to Feb 28

Invitation to register as a general vestryperson

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?  


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7:45 PM19:45

Beetle Drive

Following on from the success of last year's event and by popular demand, another Beetle Drive will be held in the Parish Hall and will include light refreshments.


Entrance prices;

Adults £5.00, Children £2.50

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4:00 PM16:00

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group

Group Outing

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.  Leaving Harrison's at 9:30 and returning to the car park by approximately 10:30pm.  Contact committee members for more details.

Harrison's Website

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to Jun 1

Holy Land Pilgrimage

The next pilgrimage to the Holy Land is being planned already and more details regarding this trip will be available when it is formally launched on 21st October, 2017 in the Parish Hall.  See the entry for that date on this web page.

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11:00 AM11:00

Celebrating the Life of St Bride and Service for the Interment of the Time Capsule

St Bride

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.

Time Capsule

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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.

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11:00 AM11:00

Holocaust Memorial Day

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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.

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7:30 PM19:30

Kilbride Recital Series

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The third recital in the series will feature the a cappella choir Renaissance.  This will be the first choir to take part in any of our recitals and we are delighted to welcome them to St Bride's.  The choir is conducted by Rev. Dr Ian Mills who, until very recently, was Organist and Master of the Choristers in St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry.  He left St Columb's to take up an appointment as Deacon in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart in September this year.

For more information on Renaissance please follow this link; Renaissance

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10:00 AM10:00

Church Grounds Tidy-up

We all love looking at the wonderful autumn colours at this time of year but! Since our last tidying-up session a few weeks ago the large beech trees beside the church have kindly shed most of their leaves all around the church and the gardens and we would like to have another session to clear them all away. If you would be available for even half-an-hour it would be greatly appreciated. Bring a brush, shovel, wheelbarrow or even a leaf-blower if you have one and it won't take too long to have the church grounds tidy again.

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10:00 AM10:00

Autumn Tidy Up

It's that time of year again when we need a band of volunteers to tidy up the church grounds. Storm Ophelia has been and gone but has left a lot of debris behind so if you could help, even for a short time on Saturday morning, then please do come along and give a hand. The more who come the quicker we'll get the work done. Bring a brush, shovel, leaf blower and anything else you think would help. We hope to get started for 10:00am and be finished by lunchtime. There might even be a cup of tea and a biscuit to enjoy at some time during the morning!

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11:00 AM11:00

Harvest Thanksgiving


St Bride's Harvest Thanksgiving Service of Morning Prayer when the preacher will be Rev. Canon WJR Laverty, former Rector of St John's, Orangefield.

Everyone is encouraged to invite one friend along to this service, it could be a relative, a friend or a neighbour and the idea is to grow our parish.  Our Rector will be expanding on the idea of 'Back to Church Sunday' in the weeks leading up to our Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

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2:00 PM14:00

St Bride's Rambling Group

The next walk is planned for 7th October, starting two hours after when the decoration of the church for the Harvest Service should be complete.  The route this time is the Newtownabbey Way starting at Corr's Corner and finishing at Whiteabbey.  An alternative for some is to get dropped off at Mossley Mill, en-route, which shortens the walk by approximately one mile.  Faster walkers starting at Corr's Corner should catch up before the end.  Overall it is 4.3 miles long and given that it is a linear route it is proposed that a small number of drivers drop off walkers at the start and then drive to the end before walking back up the path to meet somewhere around the half-way point.  As long as we have enough seats in cars at the end to bring walkers back to Corr's Corner then this arrangement will work.  It is therefore important to know how many walkers we need to bring back!  Really enthusiastic walkers, suitably refreshed after coffee, can retrace the path back to the start!

There are two or three coffee shops in Whiteabbey village.

Meeting Time & Place; 2:00pm at Corr's Corner

Finishing Time & Place; 5:30pm (dependent on coffee stop!) at Corr's Corner or Mossley Mill (car park on the lower side of the Theatre at the Mill)

Links to WalkNI website;  Newtownabbey Way

Please contact David Holmes if you are planning to go on this walk, where you will be starting from and how many will need a lift back.

Email; David Holmes or mobile; 07899 666222



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10:30 AM10:30

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Note the amendment to this event which was originally arranged for Saturday, 2nd September.

Clarence Gibson is arranging a clay pigeon shooting session for anyone interested.  It will be in the Donegore area and is open to anyone over the age of 14 years.  Please contact Clarence if you are interested.  

Click on the following link to find out more details of the clay pigeon shooting event.

Clay Pigeon Shoot

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