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Sunday 9th February 2020 – The Third Sunday before Lent

The Third Sunday before Lent
Sunday 9thFebruary 2020

Today: 11am Morning Prayer
7pm Holy Communion

Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 9am Holy Communion
11am Family Service – GFS Celebration
7pm Holy Communion

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 58:1-12 (OT page 630);
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (NT page 158; Reader: Mrs Wendy Laverty);
Matthew 5:13-20 (NT page 4).


GOSPEL EVENING: Many thanks to all who came along last Sunday to the Gospel Evening in Ballymore. A special thank you to Emo Overend for co-ordinating and planning the whole event and to guest artistes Men in Black Gospel Group, Paul Berry and Amy Eakin. Thanks to Graham Patterson for compering the evening, also to the members of the Catering Group for providing and serving the supper, and to those who supervised the car park. The special collection at the end of the evening raised over £1700. Well done! A cheque for £1500 was presented to a representative of the Motor Neurone Disease Association with the remaining money going to Parish Funds. Thank you for your support.

OPEN DOOR CLUB will meet on Thursday 13th February at 2pm in the Minor Hall. Please remember to bring your baby photos with you. New members welcome.

BIBLE STUDY / PRAYER GROUP will meet in the Parish Room on Thursday 13th February at 7.30pm for a time of prayer followed by a Bible Study at 8pm. New members will be made very welcome.

BLOOD DONATION SESSIONS: The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service blood donation sessions are back in the Parish Hall this Friday 14th February 2020 from 2.15pm – 4pm and 5.15pm – 8pm. New donors will be made very welcome. Anyone who would be available to help serve refreshments at either of the sessions should report to the person in charge at the beginning of the session.

FLOWER FESTIVAL in Ballymore Parish Church from 8th – 10th May 2020 as part of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day celebrations. The theme is “Let there be Peace”. As well as the flowers and lunch and refreshments being available in the Parish Hall, we are also hoping to have some old military vehicles and memorabilia. Please put the date in your diary and keep it free as we will need lots of volunteers to help with catering, the car park, guides etc.  An event of this magnitude also carries with it a significant financial cost. We have contacted local shops and businesses asking for support with the sponsorship of the flowers and have received a great response. Parish families may also wish to sponsor flowers and some may wish to do so in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant life event like a baptism or wedding anniversary. If you would be interested in being associated with the Flower Festival through making a donation, your name would be included on the printed programme for the weekend and also on a notice board in the Church and Parish Hall. If you would like to do this please include your details on a piece of paper and give it and your donation to the Churchwardens. Many thanks.

AMBASSADOR DIOCESAN MAGAZINE: payment of £7.50 for the “Ambassador” is now due for 2020/21 to be paid to Joanne Craig before the end of February. Thank you.

REVISION OF GENERAL VESTRY LIST will take place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 8.30pm. During this month if you would like your name added to the General Vestry List, therefore securing your voting rights at the Easter General Vestry meeting, please ask the Churchwardens for a form. Under new legislation adopted by the Diocesan Synod in October 2016 and approved by the Representative Body in December 2016 “any person registered or claiming to be registered as a resident or an accustomed member, must be an annual subscriber of a sum not less than £50 per annum to the Sustentation Fund of the Parish of which he or she wishes to be a vestry member. Such subscription must be paid either through regular giving or as a single donation. It must be contributed in an identifiable manner, therefore general Sunday cash collections are not considered as qualifying subscriptions. Contributions through an envelope system are deemed to be qualifying subscriptions.”

POYNTZPASS SILVER BAND Annual Table Quiz will be held in Poyntzpass Community Hall on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 8pm. Entry fee: £5 per team member. Supper will be served during the interval. Everyone welcome.

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.

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.