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Summer Serenade

Our church youth team to South Africa invite you to an informal evening of instrumental music performances by team members, friends & special guest Rebekah Durstan BEM, Fri 24th May at 7.30pm, (Birney Room/Café area.)

Light refreshments will be served & all donations will support Exodus Team 25.

Everyone is welcome!

Rev Luka Vandi in High Kirk

The Managing Director of Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS), Rev Luka Vandi, will be speaking in High Kirk Presbyterian church on Sunday evening 12th May at 6.30pm.

He will be preaching from God’s Word and sharing about the progress and significance of the Hausa Africa Bible Commentary.

Rev Vandi will be passionately communicating the importance of having literature in the Hausa language for the advance of the gospel in northern Nigeria and beyond.

If you want to hear more and how you can prayerfully support this vital work then join with us in worship and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after the service.

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

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!

 

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.

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

http://www.facebook.com/scfs1

http://www.facebook.com/seafarerz