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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.

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.

High Kirk’s Got Talent Take 2

Following on from the unprecedented success of our previous event held back in 2014, High Kirk’s Got Talent (Take 2) took place on Saturday 25th March.

As a church we are about to embark on our Building Project and this was one of many opportunities over the coming months that you as members (along with extended family and friends) can help towards raising the necessary funding.

The proposals in our new building scheme will provide a more enhanced, welcoming environment with greater flexibility and additional space to help us do ‘church’ better as well as to better facilitate our current ministries and those that are yet to come. However, on the night of #HKGTT2, we wanted to draw our focus away from the ‘building’ and to remind ourselves that as a church we are about people and are blessed as a congregation in so many ways by our people.

With a wide range of acts and items, this was an evening for both young and old alike.

You can get an idea of the acts that took place, from the videos and photos below.

There will also be a DVD of the night to purchase, with all money raised going to the Building Project fund.

Mental Health Resources

Following on from Sunday night’s service when we looked at the whole area surrounding Mental Health the following information has been collated together as a signpost to available resources, help and contact details:

USEFUL INFO AND CONTACT DETAILS

LIFELINE

Lifeline is there for anyone – if you have concerns about someone else they are able to chat with you about some ways in which you can get help for them also.
Also if you are ringing about yourself they are able to set you up with face to face counselling.

RESOURCES

Anxiety UK – www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Get Self Help – www.getselfhelp.co.uk
Hope 4 Mental Health – www.hope4mentalhealth.com
Inspire – www.inspirewellbeing.org
Mental Health Access Pack – www.mentalhealthaccesspack.org
Mind – www.mind.org.uk
Minding your Head – www.mindingyourhead.info
Moodcafe – www.moodcafe.co.uk
Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk

TELEPHONE SERVICES:

Childline – 0800 1111 – www.childline.org.uk
Lifeline – 0808 808 8000 – www.lifelinehelpline.info
Samaritans 116 123 – www.samaritans.org

TRAINING/COURSES:

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) – www.ci-ni.org.uk/training
ASIST (Suicide Intervention Training) – www.livingworks.net
Mental Health First Aid – www.aware-ni.org
The Big House – 028 90 664300 – www.thebighouse.org.uk

All services available in Ballymena area

“The Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing”
The Public Health Agency – 0300 555 01114 – www.publichealth.hscni.net

COUNSELLING:

Family Works 028 9182 1721 – www.familyworksni.com
CFC Anchor Counselling 028 9065 0690 – https://thisiscfc.com/activity/anchor/
Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) – 028 9261 0586 – www.presbyterianireland.org/Mission/Mission-Projects/PCI-Counselling.aspx

COUNSELLORS IN THE BALLYMENA AREA:

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/town-ballymena.html