20th January, 2019 - Second Sunday after the Epiphany and Family Service.

This morning we were pleased to welcome Valerie Ireland to St Bride’s as our guest organist. Valerie is no stranger to St Bride’s having joined our choir on a number of occasions for recitals and special services. She will be back with us again next week.

Valerie Ireland with David Humphries

Valerie Ireland with David Humphries

This Sunday was also our family service and at the end everyone was able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some good conversation with other parishioners. An excellent opportunity for an informal chat and to catch up with what’s happening in each other’s lives.

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13th January, 2019 - First Sunday after the Epiphany

Jim Drennon was on the organ bench again at this morning’s service for the second week since the organist vacancy arose. His wife Betty also had an active role to play this morning as she joined the alto section of the choir, donning the blue robes of St Bride’s in place of her more familiar red ones that she wore in St Anne’s cathedral choir. Betty was a member of the cathedral choir for many years and was delighted to add her voice to the praise this morning.

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10th January, 2019 - How Jewish is Christianity?

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This evening was the first of three talks given by our Rector on the origins of the Christian faith and its very strong connections with Judaism. David explored the genealogy of Jesus and the Old Testament prophesies regarding Jesus and the Jewish faith. A very informative talk which will be continued in two weeks time.

9th January, 2019 - Kibride Ladies’ Group Art Demonstration

The Ladies Group welcomed local artist Adrainne Bowden to their January meeting. There was an excellent turnout and some were surprised to learn that they were actually going to paint and not just sit and watch! Adrainne had very kindly prepared cards for each of the members to paint their own watercolour under her guidance and patience. Adrainne shared that she had taken up painting again about 20 years ago and attends various exhibitions with her watercolours throughout the province. Adrainne is a member of Jordanstown Art Club and enjoys painting holidays in such places as Croatia, Italy and France. She has been doing demonstrations to various groups of people over the past 16 / 17 years. By the end of the evening everyone had created their very own masterpiece. Exhibition details to follow!! Supper was served with some leftover Christmas goodies and a massive thank you to Adrainne and her helper Janice for a great evening.

6th January, 2019 - Feast of the Epiphany

St Bride’s celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany at this morning’s service of Holy Communion and welcomed Mr Jim Drennon as guest organist. Jim was delighted to accept the invitation to play for two Sundays from David Humphries, the two having been good friends for many years.

5th January, 2019 - Ice Hockey at SSE Arena

The young people in the Sunday School and their families had a very enjoyable afternoon in the SSE Arena as they watched two ladies’ ice hockey teams from Clarkson University and Northeastern University in the United States go head-to-head in the ‘Ulster University Friendship Series’. These teams represent the elite of ice hockey in the US as Clarkson University from New York are the 2018 NCAA Champions and Northeastern University from Boston, the 2018 Hockey East Champions.

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2nd January, 2019 - Watchmen Men’s Group

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This evening was the first monthly meeting for the newly established men’s group. It will be known as ‘watchmen at Kilbride Parish Church’ and it got off to a very good start with ten men from the parish coming to hear our Rector give a presentation on the Holy Land, a place he is very familiar with having organised pilgrimages there for well over twenty years. David showed very interesting photos of many of the locations that the pilgrimages visit every year and there were many very relevant questions asked by the audience, and indeed by David, as he tested the men’s knowledge of Biblical locations and characters.  Everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat during what was a very informative and sociable evening. It is intended that these meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month up until June when they will stop for the summer months. Look out for more interesting talks and outings in the Diary Dates page of this website.

1st January, 2019 - Feast of the Naming of Jesus

The first service of the New Year was held this morning as the Feast of the Naming of Jesus was celebrated with Holy Communion.