There will be an outing for the group in May to Harrison's in Greyabbey which will leave the church car park at 4:00pm. On arrival the shop and nursery will be open to browse around before sitting down for dinner at 6.pm. This will be followed by gospel praise at 7:30pm led by well known gospel singer Warren Smyth. Leaving Harrison's at 9:30 and returning to the car park by approximately 10:30pm. Contact committee members for more details.
This morning's service will be the third of three special themed services relating to the three most prominent Irish saints, i.e. St Brigid, St Patrick and St Columba. Today's service will celebrate the life of St Columba whose festival day is celebrated on 9th June.
The Most Reverend Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, will be preaching at the 150th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service to be held in St Bride's on 10th June 2018.
Note that it will begin at 3:30pm to allow as many guests and visitors as possible to attend.
This pilgrimage will visit the sites of the six historical churches associated with the Parish of Kilbride. A number of them are now only small wall-steads or a few remnants of stone walls but all had significance as places of worship in bygone days.
We will begin at St Bride's and then make our way to the Old Burial Ground at Rashee, then to a field at Posey Hill followed by Kilbride graveyard, Doagh graveyard, Ballyhamage House and back to St Bride's.
Please note the following;
Some of the ground is quite rough and walking through some of the sites may not suit everyone.
To avoid causing any difficulties for other road users we need to take as few cars as possible so please be prepared to car share.
We need to know how many people are planning to go on this pilgrimage so please put your name on the list in the church porch if you intend going (ask the wardens for it).
We hope to have a blessed and spiritually refreshing time as we take on this pilgrimage.
This morning's service will be the second of three special themed services relating to the three most prominent Irish saints, i.e. St Brigid, St Patrick and St Columba. Today's service will celebrate the life of St Patrick whose festival day is celebrated on 17th March.
To celebrate St Patrick's day a céilí dance will be held in St John's Halls on the Doagh Road, Ballyclare, starting at 7:00m. Providing the music is Albanagh. It is a fun family event and Irish stew will be served for supper.
Admission is free.
Ballyclare Male Choir will be performing in the church as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations. Refreshments will be available in the church hall after the recital.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from our Rector at the Rectory,Tel. 9334 0225 or Neil Paget, Mob. 07769 885606 or email Neil
This morning's service will be the first of three special themed services relating to the three most prominent Irish saints, i.e. St Brigid, St Patrick and St Columba. Today's service will celebrate the life of St Brigid or St Bride, after whom our church is named. St Bride's day is celebrated on 1st February.
It's getting ever closer to the date when we will be interring a time capsule within the church grounds so if you have any contributions you think could be added please bring them forward for consideration. The capsule will be interred during the morning service.
The Parish Register of General Vestrypersons
What is a General Vestryperson?
A parishioner (someone who lives within the parish boundary) or accustomed member (someone who doesn’t live within the boundary but attends church) and whose name is on the parish list of General Vestrypersons.
How do you become one?
You fill in a form which the Church Wardens will provide.
Can anybody become one?
No! You must be at least 18 and have subscribed (by recordable means, e.g. Freewill Offering Envelopes) to parish funds in the past year.
Why might I want to become one?
When you register as a General Vestryperson you are entitled to have a say in the business affairs of the parish. The annual business meeting is known as the Easter General Vestry meeting, at which elections to the Select Vestry and other appointments take place.
If I go to the meeting can I bring up whatever issues I like?
No. The General Vestry members elect the Select Vestry and receive the Financial Statement. In our parish they also hear the Rector’s Address. Questions on these matters are welcome, but no other business is con- ducted. Most people find the meeting quite interesting.
I think I filled in a form to become a General Vestryperson about ten years ago. Do I still hold this title?
You might do! In fact, if you still subscribe to parish funds, you probably do! Get the Churchwardens to check if your name is there.
When can I register?
Only during the month of February. An announcement will be made in church, and a notice will be posted on the church door, to tell you when the Register is to be opened and closed.
If I register, how often am I required to attend meetings?
There is usually only one meeting per year.
As far as I know I meet all the requirements—do you think I should register?
Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27th January and at St Bride's we will observe this day on the nearest Sunday. It is a day when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and we would ask for all of our people to be in church so that we, as a parish family, can properly honour all those who were murdered in the Holocaust.