At High Kirk we are on the countdown to our Word and Spirit conference on 25th February 2017. This year we’ve called it ‘Release’ as we think about our God given gifting and how we as the church can be released into our work places, communities and town with the love of Jesus!
Our speaker is Mark Melluish.
Mark is the Senior Pastor at St.Paul’s Ealing in London. He is married to Lindsay and has five children. He is also part of the Leadership Team of New Wine, a network of over 700 churches which prioritises living out God’s Word in the power of His Spirit. Mark has a heart for local church outreach and will be encouraging us to seek more of God’s Word and Spirit in our lives and to release the enormous potential of the local church to change lives. In his keynote talks he will explore how we can be more available to God and how we can continue to impact our local communities with the gospel.
This conference is not just for members of High Kirk but all are welcome, so feel free to invite your friends and family as we all pursue God together!
The weekend will run as follows:
Saturday 25th February 2017
10.00am Worship and Session 1: Building for tomorrow today
11.45am Worship and Session 2: Creating open and healthy churches
1.00pm Morning session ends
7.30pm Worship and Session 3: Keeping in step with the Spirit
James Russell from Willowfield Church will be leading us in worship throughout the day!
Sunday 26th February 2017
On Sunday we will continue the theme as Mark Melluish will speak at our 9.30am & 11.30am Services. We will be looking at Trusting God for our future – Ephesians 1:15-23.
We would love to see you there! (All Sessions are Free)
As soon as you arrive in Nigeria you are overwhelmed with people. People are everywhere, sometimes working, other times standing around and often talking & laughing extremely loudly, or travelling – Nigerians love to travel. Rarely is there an empty street – except in a rain storm. Rarely is there peace and quiet – as soon as it is light someone could be knocking on your door, sometimes just to say hallo, often needing some kind of help.
With Rev Dr Mipo Dadang, lecturer at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary and ACTS author
Nigerian society is complicated with 450 different languages spoken although Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo are the main trade languages, and English is the national language. Religious differences also divide with Christianity and Islam each claiming about 50% of the population, plus a good mix of syncretism. Both main religions are increasingly fundamentalist, leading to repeated clashes in central and northern Nigeria, and Islam’s violent Salafist wing spawning the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in the north-east. Attacks on the oil business in the Niger Delta area & clashes between Muslim Fulani nomads and Christian farmers in central Nigeria add to the uncertainty. Sadly, Nigeria is known for corruption, which the current government likes to portray itself as combatting.
Since the 1960s the Nigerian church has grown enormously. Just over half of the 189 million Nigerians now claim to be Christians; a century ago maybe 5% of the then 20 million population would have been Christians. The ECWA church, which stems from SIM’s 124-year ministry in Nigeria, claims about 6 million members and adherents, the Anglicans about 17 million. Rapid church growth is wonderful, but it creates two major issues. First of all, how do you teach all of these new believers? Secondly, how do you provide the information church leaders need in order to teach their flocks? The answer to both questions is good Christian literature.
Acts Board & Management November 2016
In the early 1990s Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS) was set up to meet these needs, previous enterprises having basically collapsed with little available to buy. We now have 12 well stocked shops, a book van and the publishing work I have headed up since 2010. While I use e-mail and the internet to do most of my publishing work at home in Ballymena, I travel to Nigeria twice a year for management and board meetings, and to see authors.
Thus in November 2016 I spent some time with 4 authors but most of my time was in meetings with colleagues as we sorted out various management issues. Thankfully we made a slight profit in 2016, but 2017 is going to be very difficult as the Nigerian economy is in a deep recession, the value of the Naira is dropping dramatically forcing prices sharply upwards, and many people haven’t been paid for months. ACTS is also going through a major leadership change as Sid Garland, our Director has resigned due to his wife Jean’s deteriorating health.
In addition, I am an SIM Nigeria missionary and I have been assisting SIM Nigeria in recruiting new missionaries for work in the far north of Nigeria. I have also many years of experience in theological education in Nigeria so I am also discussing the possibility of my teaching modular courses at some of the ECWA seminaries.
Good craic in an Acts management meeting
The Lord called me to serve Him with the words, “How shall they hear without a preacher…” And then He sent me to Nigeria where there are so many people who need to hear the Gospel, and so many who need to be built up in their faith. And that is what missionary work so often is; using all means available to reach people with the Gospel so that they in turn can reach others with that same message of life.
An exciting new position has been created at High Kirk for an Associate for Mission and Discipleship. Would you like to work in a thriving congregation and help develop mission and discipleship initiatives alongside the Minister. If you feel you could help us in this challenge and enjoy working with a dedicated team please contact us for more information.
High Kirk Presbyterian Church Ballymena seeks to appoint an Associate for Mission and Discipleship to work alongside the Minister in the oversight and development of mission and discipleship initiatives in High Kirk Presbyterian Church Ballymena, including involvement in the teaching programme of the congregation as agreed with the Minister.
This is a permanent full time position (37.5 hours per week). Salary: £22,070
Closing date: 7th October 2016
For further details and an information pack please contact:
Rev NAL Cameron
High Kirk Presbyterian Church,
65-71 Thomas Street Ballymena BT43 6AZ
OurTeam, consisting of Robert McDowell, Albert Oliver, Andy Scott, Maurice McAllister, Uel Marcus, Lorraine McAllister, Margaret McDowell, Paula Magee, Angela Boyd and Gary McQuoid, headed off to South India on 13th Jan and will be returning on 29th January.
We are going to the Victory Children’s Home in Sasalu village, north of Bangalore where we will be carrying out maintenance work at the home, providing help with the material needs for the children, helping with the children’s daily devotions, and playtime and crafts in the evenings when they return from school.
Please pray for Pastor Mark, family and staff as it is not an easy task looking after the needs of 65 children 24/7.
Please remember to continue to pray for Jennifer Mark who was with us in November and the Rose of Sharon Devadasi Project. We want to thank God for his wonderful provision of the finances for this project and trust that the Building Contractor will be able to start on site very soon.
Thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement it is a great comfort for the team to know that our church family will be praying for us.
Well it seems pretty crazy to think that we’ve actually been back from Uganda for a few months now; it’s been even more insane thinking how different things will be now for both the team and for the kids back in Uganda, as we get back to doing what we normally do.
I think everyone in the team was extremely excited to go to out Uganda (I mean, Africa, come on) but I don’t think any of us really anticipated just how much of the heart and soul of the people of Africa that we would bring home with us.
Everyone we met whilst working in Kiti Parents School were such passionate followers of Jesus and you could see so clearly that they depend on Him, every single day, because they were constantly thanking and praising Him. This thankful attitude reflected in the way the kids acted as they were all so humble, yet so excited about life! I think for the team this, alongside their joyful style of worshipping, was enormously encouraging to see, as these kids are the next bunch of Christians to go out into the world and to see that the love they have for their Saviour is real and tangible was amazing. It really was.
I think I can safely say on behalf of the team, that our mission trip to Uganda was one we’re not going to forget in a hurry. We saw God’s love in a way that you just wouldn’t see in Norn Iron, because we witnessed a people eager for it. We hardly stopped smiling the whole time (except Michael Wray who has a grumpy resting face) and that’s purely because the children give you so much to smile about. We honestly loved every second so thanks to everyone who helped us get there because it was incredible.
10 months agoby highkirkballymenaAnother great night at circuits class with Stevie Heron. He is leading us so well and people of all ages and abilities are getting so much out of it. It’s simply getting fit and having fun! Get along on Tuesday at 7PM #fitfamily
11 months agoby highkirkballymenaCome along to open space @ 8pm to be still in His presence! Everyone is so so welcome