What will it take to advance the kingdom of God today? We are living in interesting and challenging days for the church. The Christian culture in the western world is in decline, more than that it is being vigorously opposed by liberal elites in society. These are hard days to stand for orthodox Christian beliefs which once informed everything from our education system, our hospitals and our government to our press and media. Yet we should not give up hope. Things have been worse.
In the second half of the first century AD we find a young church being established but having to face persecution and opposition from without and within. In Acts chapters 15-28 we see the church at a tipping point. Either it will grow and flourish or it will succumb to false teaching, the prevailing philosophies of the day and to Jewish legalism. Thanks to a few bold individuals filled with the power of the Holy Spirit that young fragile church would grow and would gain a firm hold upon the world’s consciousness. Roman and Greek world views would disintegrate and the Christian view of life would prevail.
Today we need to hear this story again. Today we need to recover our faith in a God who gives his church, the same church, the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to build his church. In the second half of Acts we hear how he did it and learn valuable lessons of how He can do it again in our time and in this culture.
Please continue to join us at our 9.30 am & 11.30 am services as we celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December. On Sunday 24 December we will have a combined morning service at 10.30am. Each week, in preparation for Christmas, we will light another one of our special Advent candles and will also open one of our Advent boxes.
Sunday 3 December 6.30 pm: Family & Community Carol service
Get your Christmas jumpers on and join us for a 1-hour family-friendly service. We will be exploring the Christmas story afresh with songs, readings and stories. We are also looking forward to welcoming back the choirs from Dunclug and St Brigid’s Primary Schools. Please stay and join us for supper afterwards in the McCaughey Hall.
Sunday 10 December 6.30 pm: Christmas with The Movement
Andrew and our young people will lead this special service of Christmas praise, prayer and stories.
Sunday 17 December 6.30 pm: Christmas Carol Service
We gather as a church family to celebrate the birth of Jesus with familiar readings and songs. Our special Christmas choir will be leading us in worship. Remember to enjoy some mince pies in the McCaughey hall afterwards!
Sunday 24 December 10.30 am: Please note there will be one united morning service at 10.30 a.m.
Christmas Eve Evening at 6.30pm: Christmas Sanctuary (Prayer and Worship).
Norman and Stuart will lead a special evening of reflective prayer and peaceful worship on Christmas Eve as we take time out in the busyness of the Christmas season to reflect on the heart of Christmas.
Sunday 25 December 10.30 am: Christmas Morning Family Service (No evening service)
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.
This short, family-friendly service is a wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas Day by celebrating Jesus’ birthday together. Come and join the celebration! [N.B. there will be no evening service on 25 December]
Sunday 31 December 10.30 am: Morning Worship
We gather together on the last day of 2017 to thank God for the year that has passed and to commit 2018 to Him. Stuart will lead this service and Norman will bring us God’s Word. [N.B. there will be no evening service on 31 December]
Sunday 7 January 6.30 pm: New Year Communion
We begin our new year by celebrating Communion together. This service is a good opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to the Lord for 2018. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:5 (ESV)
We hope that you are being blessed by the Thy Kingdom Come resources online and through your ministries.
Here are a few little ideas to keep you motivated in your praying and desires to see your friends and family come to know Jesus!
Here are five easy ways to pray for five people regularly. Choose the one that suits you best.
1. PIECE OF STRING
Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.
2. SMALL STONES
Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.
3. BUSINESS PRAYER CARD OR BOOKMARK
Grab a piece of card that will easily fit inside your wallet, purse or book. Write your list of five names onto the card before putting it in your wallet or book. Use this card as a daily reminder to pray for them.
4. PRAYER ALERTS
Add your list of five people to the alerts section of your phone and set reminders to pray for them. You could choose one name per day, or pray for all five across your day. Remember to set alerts for a suitable time where you can stop to pray for your list.
5. POST-IT NOTES
Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each. Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.
We pray that God will awaken your heart with a desire to make His kingdom known in your families, friendships, work places and wherever you find yourselves!
Between 25th May (the day of Ascension) and 4th June (Pentecost), communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ.
We in High Kirk want to be part of this so we would love you to sign up online at https://www.thykingdomcome.global– and receive an email a day and video to encourage you to deepen your friendship with the Father and invite His kingdom to come in the lives of the people you love and encounter daily.
There are lots of resources online for you to use, either as an individual, laser group, friendship group or within the ministries that you are part of.
On 4th June, at 10.45am (in between the 2 morning services) we intend to prayer walk around our parish, inviting God’s kingdom into the area God has placed us, the church. Every member, young and old is invited to participate!
Let’s get involved, and show that we as the church care about His Kingdom. That we as the church are not content settling for second best but instead will chose to only settle for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.”
Archbishop Justin Welby
“Experience for yourselves and the truth and the truth shall free you” John 8v32
This summer we have 20 teenagers from High Kirk, engaging with mission on a global scale. In July and August the teams will be going to take part in the work of Exodus in India, Romania, Czech Republic and Hungary as well as slight closer to home in Maynooth, Ireland. From February the teams have been meeting to get to know each other, read the bible together and to explore the theme of this year, what it means to Live Free. While they are on placement, they will be getting involved in practical work, kids clubs, work in orphanages and helping the church in whatever way they can!
India 9th- 23rd July
Romania- 9th-19th July
Czech Republic 12th-22nd August
Hungary 2nd-12th July Maynooth 19th-22nd August
The young people have big dreams for what they want to see God do while they are on team;
My dream is to help make an impact on at least one person’s life and to show them what it means to have hope!- Amy Turner
My dream is to make a connection with the people that we meet, and to be able to help them in the best way we can!- Lauren Hood
The Czech Republic and Hungary girls are dreaming that God would do immeasurably more than they could ask or imagine!!
Our prayer would be that
– God would be glorified in all that we do
– That we would provide great help to the pastor in our placements
– That the team would be united
– That we would have safety in travel
– That the people we meet and we ourselves would grow to love God more and experience His goodness
If you would like to contribute to any of the work, please speak to Andrew Dickson or Lisa Jackson.
Do you have a love for Jesus and a passion for people and the Kingdom? Are you willing to challenge yourself, be open to learning, keen in exploring a variety of ministries, and desiring to develop your gifts?
At High Kirk we offer and run a well established, flourishing Intern Scheme that provides 18-25 year olds with a one year practical placement to experience church ministry; develop your God given gifts; grow in your faith; and receive quality day-to-day training; all as part of a large and dynamic staff team.
This year we have 2 spaces available on the scheme which will provide the opportunities to be involved across each of our main ministry areas: Worship & Prayer, Youth & Family, Pastoral & Discipleship, and One Mission.
If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, or if you would like more information about the scheme, you can download the pack and application form here: … or contact our church office on 02825 644834 and speak to Andrew Dickson.
To apply for a space on the scheme completed application forms must be submitted by midday on Wednesday 21st June. Interviews will be carried out on Wednesday 28th June.
The start date for the internship will be Monday 4th September, and will run until the end of August 2018.
1 week agoby highkirkballymenaGet along this morning & hear as Norman continues our ‘Advancing the Kingdom’ series!
5 days agoby highkirkballymenaAll family and friends are so welcome, see you @ 7:30pm
3 weeks agoby highkirkballymenaNorman is leading our thoughts on what is is to be ‘Justified’ from Romans 3 tonight. Join us! Also remember next Sunday is a gift day- be thinking about this prayerfully!