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Sunday 8th September 2019 – Trinity 12

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 8th September 2019

Today: 11am Morning Prayer
7pm Holy Communion

Wednesday: 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Family Service
7pm Evening Prayer


SCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 18-11 (OT page 658);
Philemon 1-21 (NT page 206; Reader: Mrs Helen Rawlings);
Luke 14:25-33 (NT page 74).


S-CLUB starts back today and we look forward to welcoming all children aged 3 years of age and upwards. Parents are asked to complete the annual consent forms in the Parish Hall following the morning Service on Sunday 22nd September. Family Service will be next Sunday (15th September) at 11am when all members of S-Club will be in Church. The children are asked to wear something “green” or to bring something “green” for a special themed Service.

BALLYMORE CHARITY CRAFT GROUP recommences for the new season, tomorrow evening, Monday 9th September in the Parish Hall 7.30pm – 9.30pm. We meet on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. We would love to have some new members join us.

The new season for the Girls’ Friendly Society starts on Wednesday 11th September at 6.15pm in the Parish Hall. Please note that admission forms must be signed on that night by a parent/guardian. We look forward to seeing all the members returning and also to welcoming new members too.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet in the Minor Hall on Thursday 12th September at 2pm when the subject will be “Stories and Poems”. On Thursday 26th September the subject will be “Memory Boxes”. New members will be very welcome.

Mullabrack Rural Deanery MU Service will be held on Thursday 12th September 2018 at 8pm in St Luke’s Church, Ballymoyer. If you need a lift, please meet in the Church Car Park at 7.10pm at the latest.
BIBLE STUDY / PRAYER GROUP will meet in the Parish Room on Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm for a time of prayer followed by a Bible Study at 8pm. New members will be made very welcome.

GDPR: Back in September 2015 we started the massive task of updating our Parish database and in the months following tried to contact all our parishioners to make sure that we had the most up to date and accurate contact details for them. It was not an easy task and we got information for about 90% of the Parish. Since then the new General Data Protection Regulations came into law in the UK. We therefore now require the consent of every member of the Parish in order to hold those records and to be able to contact parishioners using their address or telephone number. Over the next number of months we will be producing a new GDPR consent form for every parishioner to complete and sign. The regulations state that everyone over the age of 13 must sign their own form and those under 13 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian. It will be a time consuming exercise but is now a legal requirement. More information will be provided in the next few weeks as to how we are going to administer the paperwork.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE CARDS for the year 2018/2019 should be handed in to whoever is stamping the cards in Church during the month of September. New cards are ready for collection and are available in the Church porch.

BLACK BAG COLLECTION: Bags of unwanted clothes, paired shoes and curtains can be left in the porch of the Parish Hall anytime during the next few weeks. No ripped or dirty clothes, ladies boots, quilts or pillows please. All money raised will go to GFS funds.

FREEWILL OFFERING & GIFT AID: Any parishioners who do not currently use Freewill Offering envelopes or a monthly Standing Order and would like to do so, please contact Mrs Ann Liggett or Tom McCord. Gift Aid allows the Parish to claim back 25% on Freewill Offerings or Donations from the Revenue Authorities when the donor pays at least the amount of Income Tax as the Gift Aid claimed in the relevant year. If you do not currently Gift Aid your offering and wish to do so, please do get in touch. For those who presently Gift Aid, thank you for your additional support. Please make sure you notify us should you no longer pay income tax, change your name or address, so that our records are up to date.

HOSPITAL VISITING: Please inform the Rector if you are going into hospital or you are aware of any parishioner who has been admitted and would appreciate a visit. Due to patient confidentiality clergy no longer have access to the denominational list of patients and are therefore often unaware of parishioners having been admitted to hospital. It would also be appreciated if the Rector could be notified when those in hospital are discharged or transferred to another hospital. Thanks.

ARMAGH CATHEDRAL: The Dean and Chapter invite the clergy and people of the Diocese of Armagh to a Service of Choral Evensong on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 3.15 p.m. to mark the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. The Preacher at the Service will be the Right Revd Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph.

SAFEGUARDING TRUST: Our Parish is committed to the Church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust policy which sets standards for the welfare of all children involved in the ministry of the church with a view to protecting them. The parish panel members to whom any concerns can be brought to are the Rector, Garry Morton and Mrs Ann Poole. Their contact details are displayed on the notice boards in the Church and Parish Hall.

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET: Information and articles to be included on the weekly announcement sheet should be sent to the Parish email address by Thursday evening. Thanks.

PARISH WEBSITE contains information about the Parish and its organisations as well as the weekly Services. Please do have a look at it and let us know if there is any other information we should add to it.

8th ————–
15th Mrs Beryl Grant
22nd Mrs Gloria Topping
29th Mrs Janet Hamill

8th Mrs Helen Rawlings (Philemon 1-21)
15th Family Service
22nd Roy Tilson (1 Timothy 2:1-7)
29th Mrs Melanie Meredith (1 Timothy 6:6-19)

SICK & BEREAVED: If you know of any parishioners who have been unwell recently, bereaved or who would appreciate a home visit please let the Rector know.