October & November 2017


Children and their parents joined together on Sunday, 15th October 2017 to make different harvest crafts (wreaths, sun catchers, scarecrow biscuits, light holders, vegetable printing etc).  It definitely owned up to its name of ‘messy’!  Everyone joined together as Rev Philip spoke to us about the cross and how Jesus was willing to become ‘messy’ for us, so that we might be clean demonstrating by removing the messy inside of a pumpkin and replacing it with a candle being His light within us.  We were then treated to hospitality with soup, rolls & hot dog.



We had excellent support for our Parish Auction and wish to thank everyone who contributed - for all the items, help in transporting items to and from the community centre, each of the stalls, the tea served throughout the day and the burger stall.  We thank God that annually we get supported in this event and that it’s always a great success.



We continued with our A.D. Kingdom & Empire cinema experience on Tuesday 24th October 2017 watching Episode 3 (The Spirit Arrives) and Episode 4 (The Wrath).  This has been a great opportunity for our men to get together and enjoy each others company with a few sweet treats!



On Friday the 3rd November 2017, Sylvia Phillips, on behalf of In-Stitches, presented a number of items (hats, coats and blessing gowns) to Mrs Eileen Simpson.  Mrs Simpson is the Nursing Manager at the Royal Victoria Hospital Neonatal Unit and these items will be used for the benefit of the babies in the neonatal unit.  



Our Harvest Lunch was held on Tuesday 24th October and was attended by approximately 70 people.  The Parish Centre was beautifully decorated by the Committee who then helped serve (along with the help of Iris Irwin) the tasty stew made by Gillian McCutcheon.  Thank you to all those who helped and Stephen Hey and Paddy O’Roirdan for the entertainment. 



Kate Osborne organised a fashion night which was very successful and we thank everyone who attended and give their support. Kate, and her husband Colin, two of our parishioners, have done missionary work at the Footprints Children’s Home over the last number of years and they continue to support it in any way they can. 




In October, as part of the wider diocesan group, some young people from CONNECT YF attended Autumn Soul Youth Weekend in Bangor. The theme for the weekend was ‘Breathe’ - exploring all that God wants to us to breathe in, so we can pour out and share the life that Christ offers to everyone. 


The young people enjoyed hearing Jasper Rutherford share from the Bible about the person of Holy Spirit as well as personal stories of seeing the Holy Spirit at work in his everyday life. We were reminded that we receive the Holy Spirit when we are adopted as God’s children that we might know deep in our being that we are children of God and deeply loved by him (Romans 5:5). We must also then be continually filled with Spirit so that the fruits of his Spirit would overflow from our lives so that we might be effective in sharing God’s love with those around us. Breathe in, Breathe out!


The weekend also included worship, workshops, late night cafe and games venues, a dodgeball competition and a quick visit to Pixie Park. The young people appreciated the opportunity to get away for the weekend, enjoying fellowship with one another as well as being equipped be walk more closely with God.

Carols by Candlelight

The carols by candlelight service this year also incorporated everyone receiving a Christingle towards the end of the service.  It made a wonderful conclusion to the service as everyone brought the light of Christ out into the world with them.  It was great to see so many peole out and it was a wonderful evening.  Well done to all who took part.