NEW TEACHING SERIES
Our morning series, entitled “Building with God.” will take us on a journey through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. There we read about how God called one Jewish exile to travel back to Jerusalem and encourage his fellow countrymen to rebuild their city walls and restore their corporate worship of God. It is my hope and prayer that as we study this book together, that we will be inspired to continue our own corporate worship and that we will be encouraged to keep praying, to keep serving, to keep giving and to keep inviting others to join us. Along the way we’ll also pick up a few pointers about how to deal with conflict when it arises, how to overcome outside opposition and to appreciate again the value of prayerfully reading the bible and with God’s help obeying what we discover there. We may just find that learning from Nehemiah will greatly inspire us to continue to live each day for the glory of God and to enjoy Him along the way.
Our evening series is a seven-part sermon series called “A People of Service and Outreach”. Focussing on the letter of 1 Peter this series will be adapted from Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s “Fit for Purpose” material. We will be examining what 1 Peter has to say to the church about who we are, what we are here for, what we are called to be a part of and what it means to be followers of Jesus here today?
In preparation let me encourage you to make time to read through the books of Nehemiah and 1 Peter for yourself…it should only take about 30 minutes for each book.
I look forward to meeting you at the Morning and Sunday Night Live services and in and around church over the next few weeks.
Members of the Church’s Prayer Ministry Team are available in the Prayer Chapel following morning worship for anyone who would like people to pray for them. Prayer is available to everyone whether you are a church member or not. Our prayer ministry team are trained individuals under the authority of our ministers and all matters are treated in strictest confidence. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14).
Prayer for people
This week please pray for those in our congregation family who are in hospital, or in need of prayer.
Over the next few weeks, Church Organisations and Groups start their new church year activities. Start dates are noted below.
If you would like more information on any of these, please speak to any member of staff or leader of the Organisation or Group if you know them or simply email email@example.com, telephone 02890 666683 and we will be happy to help you.
Tuesday 16 September
The Babies & Toddlers Group starts at 10.00am and meet in the Minor Hall.
Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 September
There are two International Friendship Association Welcome Meals being held in the church halls on these nights at 7.0pm managed by the IFA. All international students are welcome.
(Note: there is no Badminton Club on Tuesday 16 or Bowling Club on Wednesday 17)
Monday 22 September
There is a Session Meeting starting at 7.30pm meeting in the Parlour.
Tuesday 23rd September
The Babies & Toddlers Group starts at 10.00am and meet in the Minor Hall.
The Ladies Badminton Club meet at 10.00am in the Musgrave Hall.
Over 18 Badminton Club meet at 7.30pm also in the Musgrave Hall.
Wednesday 24th September
The Wednesday Club meet from 10.15am.
A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Macmillan “Big Coffee Morning” last week. The Wednesday Club and the Fisherwick Ladies would like to thank all those who contributed to make the morning a success and the amount donated was £565.00
Choir Practice begins at 7.45pm meeting in the Parlour – The choir are keen to welcome new members to all sections. Some musical knowledge is helpful but not essential. Perhaps this is your opportunity to use your gifts, serving God through helping lead worship. Why not come along some Wednesday and try it out – you will be made most welcome and enjoy the craic! Please speak to Neale Agnew our Musical Director or any choir member for more details.
The Indoor Bowling Club meets in the Musgrave Hall at 7.30pm. A welcome awaits you. No experience required. For more information contact Eddie Rice or Raymond Liggett.
Thursday 25th September
Girls and Boys Brigade begins tonight starting at 6.30pm. The Girls Brigade is a Christian uniformed organisation for the girls aged 3 years and upwards. It is international and interdenominational. They meet on Thursday evenings in the Church Halls from September to April. Girls 3 – 8 years are called Explorers and meet from 6.30 – 7.30pm. The Juniors (P5-P7), Seniors (Form 1-3) and Brigaders (Form 4+) meet from 7.30 – 9.00pm. ]The Boy’s Brigade also meet on Thursday. The Anchor Boys (P1-P4) and the Junior Section (P5-P7) meet at 6.30 – 7.30pm.
We provide activities and opportunities for the girls and boys and help them find new interests, learn new skills and discover their gifts. It is all about having fun and meeting new friends.
Friday 26th September
The Friday Morning Congregational Prayer Meeting starts at 7.30am in Wilson House, which is open to everyone to attend. The prayer meeting will finish at 8.15am, however if you have to leave earlier that is fine.
Thursday 2 October
Students Lunches start on Thursday 2nd October. Anyone interested in assisting by volunteering to help on a Thursday or who wish to make a financial contribution to the work of student lunches, please speak to Ruth Crawford or Raymond Robinson.
Tuesday 7 October
The NET starts on Tuesday 7th October at 8.00pm. The NET is an informal, student gathering for those who want to discuss and share what they believe. Whether you are exploring the Christian faith or a long-time Christian, come along as we explore what we believe and why we believe it. The Net meet in the church during term at 8.00pm. If you are interested in finding out more information please speak to Maddy Salz.
>>>> Sunday 12 October
Harvest Service with Nathan Norris speaking from Ovoca Manor, Vale of Avoca, Co Wicklow, which is part of Scripture Union. There will be an opportunity to contribute to the work of Ovoca Manor at this service.
SNL: Nathan Norris will speak on the work of Ovoca Manor.
>>>> Sunday 19 October
GB/BB Enrolment Service.
SNL: 1 Peter 5
Kairos Trust Prayer Ministry Training
The Trust has two prayer ministry courses coming up this October/November.
This is the basic course, which provides training and practice in Prayer Ministry as offered at the close of services in many churches. The skills learnt and understanding gained are often found to be useful for those who have a desire for Prayer Ministry. However, membership of a Prayer Ministry Team is the decision of the minister in a church.
The practical course is spread across 6 weeks, and available this year in;
- Malone Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Monday evenings from 13 October – 17 November 2014.
- Ballydown Presbyterian Church, Banbridge, Tuesday evenings from 7 October – 18 November 2014 (*excluding 14 October)
Please visit www.kairostrust.net for more information about both venues. A donation of £30 covers course materials and coffee etc.
ARKLOW SUMMER CLUB 2015
A small team from Fisherwick visited the Summer Club and spent time understanding the Arklow structures, ministry and summer club implementation. Fisherwick would like to send a team in summer 2015 to assist with the Arklow Summer Club. Please pray for and about this and if you are interested in being part of this next summer please speak to Michael or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about Small Groups in Fisherwick check out the information boards beside the Coffee Bar, the website or contact the Church Office. The Small group Co-ordinators are Peter and Linda Little.
Leading Prayers and Reading Scripture
If you would like to participate in a service by leading prayers or reading scripture please speak to Michael Anderson or Gary McDowell. You can also email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering in Fisherwick
There are many people who volunteer in Fisherwick in many roles in the church. Indeed Fisherwick church could not function without volunteers. As a church leadership, we recognise and value the contribution volunteers make to enable the vision and values of the church. Volunteers bring many new skills, knowledge and enthusiasm, adding a refreshing perspective to the work of the church.
As a church we want to develop a volunteering spirit and we want to speak with people of all ages who want to find out more about getting involved.
At this early stage we want to speak with people who are “interested” in finding out more. By showing an “interest” you are not committing yourself to anything.
To volunteer in some way is service. Service to the church and community we are called to be in.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering in any area of church life then please speak initially with our Senior Minister Michael Anderson (email@example.com) or our Church Manager, Raymond Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).