Carol Service 2017 – Wonderful. If you weren’t there watch it here.
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.
“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.
Do you have a love for Jesus and a passion for people and the Kingdom? Are you willing to challenge yourself, be open to learning, keen in exploring a variety of ministries, and desiring to develop your gifts?
At High Kirk we offer and run a well established, flourishing Intern Scheme that provides 18-25 year olds with a one year practical placement to experience church ministry; develop your God given gifts; grow in your faith; and receive quality day-to-day training; all as part of a large and dynamic staff team.
This year we have 2 spaces available on the scheme which will provide the opportunities to be involved across each of our main ministry areas: Worship & Prayer, Youth & Family, Pastoral & Discipleship, and One Mission.
If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, or if you would like more information about the scheme, you can download the pack and application form here: … or contact our church office on 02825 644834 and speak to Andrew Dickson.
To apply for a space on the scheme completed application forms must be submitted by midday on Wednesday 21st June. Interviews will be carried out on Wednesday 28th June.
The start date for the internship will be Monday 4th September, and will run until the end of August 2018.
Download the pdf application form here – Intern Scheme 2017-18
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.