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.
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 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.