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What’s coming up at Christmas

Please continue to join us at our 9.30 am & 11.30 am services as we celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday 2, 9, 16 and 23 December. Each week, as we countdown to Christmas Day, an Advent candle will be lit and one of our Advent boxes will be opened.

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Wednesday 5 December 7 pm: English Language Classes Carol Service

Everyone is invited to come along and share in this special service of readings and carols with our friends who speak English as a secondary language. Refreshments will be served afterwards.


Saturday 8 December 12.30pm: The Beacon Community Christmas Dinner

A time for senior citizens to share a meal, catch up with old friends, make new friends, have fun and enjoy time together at Christmas.


Sunday 9 December 6.30 pm: Family & Community Carol Service

Get your Christmas jumpers on and join us for this family-friendly service as we explore the Christmas story with songs, readings and stories. We are delighted to welcome back the choirs from Dunclug and St Brigid’s Primary Schools who will be singing during the service. Supper will be served.


Friday 14 December 6.30 – 10.00pm: The Movement & SMMR FEST present- A NEON CHRISTMAS!

Come swagged out in white or neon and bring your mates, ready for a night of worship, words, prizes, plus an absolutely lit UV Rave! You don’t want to miss it!


Sunday 16 December: Christmas Sanctuary (Reflective Prayer and Worship)

Join us for this special evening of prayer and worship as we take time out in the busyness of the Christmas season to reflect on the heart of Christmas.


Thursday 20 December 8pm: Hope House Carol Service

Join us in Hope House (7 Alexander Park) as we retell the Christmas story with familiar carols and readings.


Sunday 23 December 6.30 pm: High Kirk 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 stay after and enjoy some mince pies!


Tuesday 25 December 10.30 am: Christmas Morning Family 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!


Sunday 30 December 10.30 am: Morning Worship Service (no evening service)

We gather at the end of the year to thank God for 2018 and to commit 2019 to Him.


Saturday 5 January: Day of Prayer

The prayer room will set up and opened for New Year prayer and recommitment. Sign up for a 1-hour slot at the information desk and come pray.


Sunday 6 January 9.30 & 11.30 am: New Year Recommitment & Communion Services

If you haven’t been at church in a while, why not come and join us on the first Sunday of this New Year. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:5

Intern Scheme 2018-2019

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 20th June. Interviews will be carried out on Wednesday 27th June.

The start date for the internship will be Monday 3rd September, and will run until the end of August 2019.

Download the pdf application form here – Intern Scheme 2018-19

 

Advancing the Kingdom

Acts 15-28

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.

What’s coming up at Christmas

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.

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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)

Vacancy for Co-ordinator for Children’s Ministry

High Kirk Presbyterian Church Ballymena seeks to appoint a Co-ordinator for Children’s Ministry in the oversight and development of children’s work in High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.

This is a part-time 3 year position (16 hours per week).

Salary: £9,558

Closing date: 24th November 2017

For further details and an information pack please contact:

High Kirk Presbyterian Church,

65-71 Thomas Street Ballymena BT43 6AZ

Email: office@highkirk.org.uk

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