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Congratulations to High Kirk Community Playgroup

Our Playgroup, here in High Kirk, recently had an inspection carried out by the Department of Education.

We would like to congratulate the staff on a very successful outcome.

They were awarded the highest level for their overall effectiveness as a Playgroup. A copy of the report can be found at https://www.etini.gov.uk/publications/pre-school-inspection-high-kirk-community-playgroup-ballymena-county-antrim.

Read more about them at www.highkirkplaygroup.co.uk and blog.highkirkplaygroup.co.uk.

Appointment of Pastoral Associate

We are seeking to appoint a Pastoral Associate to work alongside our Minister in the oversight and development of all aspects of pastoral care.

This is a permanent full time position (37.5 hours per week). Salary: £22,401.00

Closing date: 18th August 2017

For further details and an information pack please contact:

Rev NAL Cameron,
High Kirk Presbyterian Church,
65-71 Thomas Street,
Ballymena
BT43 6AZ

Or email the office at office@highkirk.org.uk

Mid Week Motivation

Mid Week Motivation

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!

 

Be Part of Thy Kingdom Come

Be Part of Thy Kingdom Come

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

Summer Exodus Teams

Summer Exodus Teams

“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.

Intern Scheme 2017-2018

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.

Download the pdf application form here – Intern Scheme 2017-18

 

Finding Joy In Life Again

Finding Joy In Life Again

Grief Share is a bereavement support programme run in the church to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. It is run over a 13 week period. Participants may join the programme at any stage and some even choose to repeat it at a different stage in their grief.

Each week we watch a DVD dealing with a particular aspect of bereavement. We then have a cup of tea or coffee and break into smaller groups to discuss the video contents and any specific concerns that the participants have. The GriefShare Team provide a warm and welcoming environment and are sensitive to the individual needs of those attending. Some people are able to talk about their grief but some prefer just to listen to the discussion. Everyone’s grief experience is different but one of the most helpful things is talking with someone else who has been through a similar loss to your own. Many participants say that just the fellowship of the meetings is really beneficial.

The programme is structured to progress from the initial shock of bereavement to finding joy in living again. Each session provides some really useful scriptural references to help us understand that God is with us in the darkness of our loss and He will provide healing for us if we let Him. In many ways the GriefShare journey is about increasing our dependence on God and realising that He has a purpose for each one of our lives which transcends our human relationships.

Some participants gain so much from the programme that they are able to come back as Team members to help others through the grief journey. A listening ear and a compassionate heart is all that is required as God does the rest!

Home

Home is a new preaching series beginning Sunday morning 30thApril.

Church ought to be like a home to us. It is home for those who are believers – we are meant to feel at home in this place where we are loved by our Heavenly Father and by our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Home is the place where we can be ourselves and are loved for who we are more than what we do or what we have achieved.

Home is the place where we find our identity – the place to come back to when we are messed up, lost and confused. Home should be welcoming and hospitable.

As part of the series we encourage people to invite friends and work colleagues as we explore what it means to come home to God our Creator and Father.

God has placed eternity in the hearts of every person, we are restless until we find our spiritual home in God.

Easter 2017

PRAYER FOCUS IN HOLY WEEK

The prayer room will be open from 8am to midnight each day from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April and from 8am to 6pm on Good Friday (14th).

Please sign up for a prayer slot as individuals or as a Laser Group. This is one of the best weeks in our church calendar – please become part of it.

Prayer changes things.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 8PM

This is a lovely service of meditative praise, a sermon based on the events of the first Good Friday followed by the celebration of Communion.

EASTER SUNDAY 16TH APRIL

10.30am We have one united Easter morning service of celebration led by the choir as we explore the theme of Hope this Easter.

The children will have a separate programme from the start and will join us for our closing hymn.

6.30pm The young people will finish this Resurrection Day by leading us in worship and reflection on what Easter means.

Please plan to join us this Easter at High Kirk.

 

Seafarers! The postmen you didn’t know you have!

Dear friends,

Maritime transport and the international shipping industry are essential to the world’s economy. Over 90% of world trade is carried by sea and it is, by far, the most cost-effective way to move large quantities of goods and raw materials around the world. Without shipping, the import/export of affordable food and goods would not be possible – half the world would starve and the other half would freeze!

There are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.

The majority of seafarers (men as well as women work at sea) come from poor countries, and they work at sea to provide for their extended families back home. In the past, 1 or 2 year long contracts at sea were common. Nowadays many still spend 9 months at sea without any holidays and then they go home for 3, and back for another 9 months. In 30 years of life at sea, many may only have been able to spend a total of 5 years at home with their families. Just think of the loneliness, struggles, temptations and sacrifice involved. Not to mention the unforeseen dangers of accident, fatigue, malnutrition, storms, pirates etc etc

Seafarers are indeed a forgotten people group, unseen by most of the world’s population, but without whom cruise liners couldn’t sail, oil tankers would be empty, car carriers would stop sailing, bananas would remain in their country of origin and everything made in China would stay in China! They are the taxi-men and women of the sea, and the postal delivery before it reaches your postman. Seafarers and awareness of them is a strategic missionary vision. The hearts of seafarers are open to the Good News of the Gospel, and no matter which religious background they come from we are able to befriend and help them in many ways.

In Cork we have met seafarers from over 100 countries, and some of these are ones where missionaries struggle to visit. It has been amazing to become a friend to so many and speak into their lives since 2006. The Seamen’s Christian Friend Society (SCFS) is an international, non-denominational and evangelical Seamen’s Mission. It is a UK registered charity and was founded in 1846. My colleague in Hamburg, Martin Otto, has written a few books, but two I would recommend to anyone who is interested are: ‘Seafarers! A Strategic Missionary Vision’ and ‘Church on the Oceans’.

Here are a few extracts from ‘Seafarers’ to whet your appetite:

“The ocean rages and roars, unlike anything the seafarers have experienced before. Huge waves roll over the ship. A seaman sent to check the security of the containers on deck is seized by a great wave and thrown into the sea. How terrifying! But the next wave throws him back on board. This African understands God’s message . . .

Moses, the radio officer of his ship, is looking forward to being back home with his family. He is on his last journey which takes him through the perilous and dreaded Biscaya. Suddenly horror is written on the faces of the crew – the engines have broken down! And right in the midst of a wind-force of 12! The ship becomes a plaything for the waves. Twenty seafarers, among them Moses, lose their lives when the River Guara sinks

. . . Tables, chairs and dishes go flying through the air. The lifeboat is torn from its anchoring. Loud shouts are heard everywhere. The River Adada struggles in a desperate fight for survival. There’s only one hope – prayer! Muslims as well as Christians plead to God for their lives. Everyone is saved and three Muslims convert to Christianity when they see how clearly God answers prayer . . .”

To give a feeling for what it is like on board here is a short (just over 1 min long) video clip taken recently on board a bulk carrier. The crew were Indians and Filipinos. Thanks for praying for us and all your wonderful support!

God bless you! With much love, Colin, Sunhwa, Aidan and Jenai.

http://www.scfs.org

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