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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.

Intern Scheme 2017-2018

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

 

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.

The Seed is Sown

The Seed is Sown

Think of your first memories of church. If you’ve grown up in the church from a young age, your thoughts probably begin with Sunday School.

Our faith journeys started around tables, hearing the old faithful stories. Noah and the ark showing us that nothing is impossible with God. David and Goliath teaching us that even if we’re weak, God can use us to do incredible things. And the great account of Calvary, and the hope and forgiveness we find in Jesus there.

We think back to the teachers who inspired us and led us to know Christ for the first time, the songs that we still remember to this day, the friendships we made.

The influence our Sunday school teachers had on us, continues to impact us to this day. So I want to insure the impact we have on our children is positive, helpful, and leads them closer towards Christ.

Our vision, is to see children grow in their love for Jesus and each other. Our aim is to love them as membImage result for cs lewis children are not a distractioners of our church family, learn from them and teach them,  to serve them as fellow disciples and to reach out to them with the hope of the gospel, and release them to reach out to their worlds.

To be a Sunday school teacher is not a job or Sunday routine but a privilege, to be chosen and used by Jesus. These children deserve our best, our dedication and our prayers. This is the authority Jesus has given us, trusting to us this perfect and beautiful message that offers real and true life to our children. And I believe that often we can be shortsighted and unbelieving about what the message of gospel can do to them. But the disciples were teenagers when they were called, whole families were gathered in churches in Acts and no where in the bible does Jesus reserve His teaching for adults only. He welcomed the children, picked them up and held them close to His heart. [Matthew 19:14] They are invited to relationship with Jesus. They are not excluded. They are not too young. [1 Timothy 4:12] They are welcome before Him always.

This ministry is a whole church investment. Disciples making disciples of all ages. It’s about relationship, about loving the other [John 13:34-35], about pushing each other towards Jesus. [Hebrews 10:24] Being committed to each other, and the glory of God.

Let’s be re-inspired by the significance of this ministry. By the joy experienced in the Father’s heart when a seed is planted in the heart of a child. [Mark 4:1-21] The simple and beautiful truths that sink deep into their hearts; that they are loved, known and forgiven. Sunday school is one step on their journey of faith. One step on their journey towards Jesus, towards serving Him, towards being the leaders of our churches, towards changing their culture and generation with the love of Jesus.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

We always need more disciples willing to take on this vital role of discipling children!

If you’d like to get involved in this ministry, please talk to Gillian or Nikki. Or feel free to contact the church office at office@highkirk.org.uk.

Holiday Bible Club 2016

This years Holiday Bible Club is almost upon us. As always we have two programmes running, one each for Primary & Secondary school ages. Check out the dates below and be sure to tell others. We can’t wait for a super week of fun!

The Royal Quest (Primary School)

An action packed week full of excitement, discovery, kings, queens, hidden treasure and so much more!
Join us as we embark on The Royal Quest with lots of games, crafts, stories, singing and fun along the way!
Don’t miss out, the adventure awaits you!

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The Source (Secondary School)

Welcome to The Source 2016, Ballymena’s very own youth festival. With lots of activities, workshops, seminars, opportunities to reach out, chill out and, of course, The Source : Live & Loud each night we really have something for everyone! Tell your world, come along and experience it all; you won’t want to miss it!

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