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Alpha

Plans?

You are invited to Alpha for a time of food, conversation and talks that make you think.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.

Where?

At High Kirk Presbyterian Church, 65-71 Thomas St, Ballymena BT43 6AZ

When?

Thursday evenings at 6.30pm (beginning with a meal)
From 25th April to 27th June

Day Away to Corrymeela, Ballycastle

Saturday 15th June (9.30am to 3.30pm)

Contact: Keith McIlroy

keith.mcilroy@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.

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.