Dec
4
7:30 pm19:30

Watchmen - Kilbride's Sacrifice in Two World wars

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David Holmes is researching the men with connections to Kilbride Parish Church who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the service of their country during World War 1 and World War 2. He will be giving a presentation on some of his research to date and will try to put a human face to the lives of some of the 24 men who are named on the war memorial in St Bride’s.

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Mar
15
12:15 pm12:15

St Bride's Parish Church Ladies' Group: Stew Lunch to Celebrate St Patrick's Day

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The Ladies’ Group will be organising the annual stew lunch to celebrate St Patrick’s Day ( a few days early!). The lunch will be held in the Parish Hall immediately after the morning service. If you would like to come along and enjoy a bowl of stew and a dessert please let any of the ladies on the committee know a couple of weeks before it if possible.

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Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

Spring Concert with The Clare Chorale

The Clare Chorale performing in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

The Clare Chorale performing in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

St Bride’s is pleased to be hosting a musical evening featuring the very popular choir, The Clare Chorale, a mixed voice choir based in Ballyclare High School and conducted by Sheelagh Greer.

Tickets will be available in early 2020. More details to follow.

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Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group: Abaana

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Abaana is a Christian based charity which invests in Children in Africa, helping them to break the chains of poverty, through education. There will be a guest speaker coming this evening to describe the work done by the charity across Africa, and in particular Uganda where a group of volunteers from Ballyclare Presbyterian Church went during the summer of 2019.

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Oct
9
6:30 pm18:30

Watchmen - Visit to the Moyle Interconnector Substation at Islandmagee

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The first trip of the new season will be to the Moyle Interconnector substation which is near Ballylumford Power Station on Islandmagee. This site is where the Northern Ireland electricity network interfaces with the Scottish electricity network via submarine cables. The visitors will be able to see the equipment involved and Sam Gibson, manager of the site, will explain how it all works as it helps to secure a robust and reliable electricity supply with benefits for people on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The facility is managed by Mutual Energy - follow this link to find out more; Mutual Energy

The visit will start at 6:30pm at the interconnector site so everyone will need to leave the church car park by 5:45pm.

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Sep
30
11:00 am11:00

Feast of St Michael and All Angels

This year we are having a celebration of Holy Communion on the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, an important day which is observed by the Church of Ireland. It is usually celebrated on 29th September and as it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

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Sep
28
10:00 pm22:00

Harvest Celebration - Decorating the Church

Helpers to decorate the church.

As always we need as many volunteers as possible to help with the decoration of the church on Saturday morning at 10:00am. Please don’t leave it to the faithful few - your help is both needed and appreciated

Gifts for decorating the church.

Gifts of flowers, fruit and vegetables will be most welcome, as always. The church will be open for decorating and gifts can be left then; you can leave them in the porch, or at the back of the church. Thank you for your help.

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Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Ulster Rugby

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A visit to the Kingspan stadium has been arranged for the game against the Ospreys on Friday, 27th September and a group of 17 parishioners and friends will be heading to the Kingspan Stadium to see Ulster play the first home Pro14 match of the season.


Applications for tickets have now closed.


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Sep
20
7:45 pm19:45

Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band - Centenary Celebration

Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band has had a long association with St Bride’s having played at the church’s annual Carol service for over 50 years. The band was formed in 1919 and this year is celebrating its centenary with a special concert in the Theatre at the Mill on 20th September.

Tickets are £16.00 and are available by calling the box office on 028 9034 0202 and buying them over the phone, or by calling in person, or on-line by following this link - Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band

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Sep
7
2:30 pm14:30

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2020

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An information meeting will be held in the Parish Room in Kilbride for anyone interested in going to the pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year. Come along and find out more about this event which will be led once again by Rev. Canon David Humphries. David will give a presentation on the pilgrimage and will answer any questions about any aspect of what will be a wonderful trip. If you are keen to go there will be an opportunity to complete an application form and pay a deposit to secure your place. Light refreshments, typical of the Holy Land, will be served at the end.

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Sep
3
6:30 am06:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - North Down Coastal Path

Leave the Square car park at 6:00pm. Drive to the Park and Ride car park beside the railway station in Holywood and park. Take the train to Helen’s Bay station and walk back along the coastal path. Seniors go free on the train but only if you bring your Translink pass! For a shorter walk get off the train at an earlier stop before Helen’s Bay and walk back to Holywood or don’t take the train at all and walk along the coastal path until you meet the main body of walkers coming the other way.

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Difficulty rating - 3

Distance - 8 km

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Sep
1
12:15 pm12:15

Invitation to the Rectory

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Map of Doagh with the new Rectory highlighted in red and the route from the church shown in blue (map courtesy of Google).

Map of Doagh with the new Rectory highlighted in red and the route from the church shown in blue (map courtesy of Google).

Provisional Date for visiting the New Rectory

The Blessing and Dedication of the new Rectory took place on 27th July and parishioners were invited to visit the Rectory the following day after the morning service for a short reception, and to see the house and garden. However due to the very bad weather it had to be postponed and is rescheduled for September. The precise date will be confirmed closer to the time so this date is provisional.

The Rectory address is 53 Brook Meadow, Doagh which is just off the Ballymena Road but, due to the limitation for parking in the avenue, it is requested that the number of cars parking there should be kept to a minimum. With that in mind car pooling will be used from the church.

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Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Randalstown

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to Randalstown and park in the car park at Drummaul Parish Church in Church Street. Follow the route as shown on the Highway to Health map for the town - Randalstown map

We hope to meet up with some walkers from Drummaul and walk around the town together. The walk will divert off to see the war memorial garden beside the Presbyterian church.

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Difficulty rating - 2

Distance - 6 km

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Aug
13
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Cregagh Glen from St Finnian's Church

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive into Belfast and near the top of the Cregagh Road take the last avenue before the Knock dual-carriageway and park along the avenue leading to the church (or other nearby streets).

The walk starts on the other side of the dual-carriageway and leads up through Cregagh Glen on unmade paths so walking shoes/boots are recommended. The path is steep in places and there are steps at a number of locations. Near the top the path opens out into farmland.

Cregagh Glen

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 7 km

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Aug
6
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Shane's Hill & Agnew's Hill

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to the back of Ballyboley forest and park in the car park on the Shane’s Hill Road. Follow the Ulster Way signs across the road and through a short section of forest heading north. Climb firstly Shane’s Hill and then Agnew’s Hill before retracing the route back.

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Difficulty rating - 8

Distance - 6 km

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Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Olderfleet Castle, Larne

The ‘Clyde Valley’ memorial, The ‘Princess Victoria’ memorial and the Chaine Memorial Tower.

The ‘Clyde Valley’ memorial, The ‘Princess Victoria’ memorial and the Chaine Memorial Tower.

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to Larne and park near the leisure centre on Tower Road. The route will go along the Chaine Memorial Road towards the harbour, past the round tower and the SS Clyde Valley and Princess Victoria memorials, before turning right into Bay Road, left on to Coastguard Road and follow it to the roundabout. Coastguard Road continues on the opposite side of the roundabout and leads down to the ruins of the castle. Double back on the Coastguard Road, then the Curran Road and turn right at Larne Methodist church on to the Glenarm Road. Follow it to the entrance to the Chaine Memorial Park and follow the path through and down to the coastal path. Return to the cars along this path passing the leisure centre.

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Difficulty rating - 3

Distance - 6 km

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Jul
9
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Divis

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. This will be the same route that was walked around Divis last year. Drive to the car park just above Hannahstown and then follow first the blue way markers and then the red to the top of the hill, returning down the opposite side looking out for the World War 2 aircraft that crashed during the war.

Follow this link for a map - Divis

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 10 km

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Jul
2
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Castle Gardens, Antrim

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm and drive to the Castle gardens in Antrim parking in the Castle grounds car park just off the Randalstown Road. The walking route goes around the back of Clotworthy House, across the Six Mile Water using the Deerpark Bridge, then right to follow the river downstream to Lough Neagh. Continue south along the lough shore, through Rea’s Wood, eventually emerging onto the A6 Dublin Road. Turn left and continue along the Dublin Road towards the town centre, turning right on to Bridge Street, then High Street and Market Square. Cross under the A6 road again using the underpass at the river and back into the Castle Gardens. Follow the path through the ruins of the castle and into the main garden area before returning to the cars in front of Clotworthy House.

The route is almost as seen on this map (courtesy of the the WalkNI website and the former Antrim Borough Council)

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Difficulty Rating - 4

Distance - 6.0 km

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Jun
25
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Glenarm Forest

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm and drive to Glenarm along the A2 coast road from Ballygalley and past St Patrick’s church on the road out of Glenarm towards Carnlough. Park in the car park just past the church beside the children’s play park and toilet block.

Walk over the footbridge and over to the marina and then into the village, up Toberwine Street and on to the entrance to the forest. Walk the long loop around the forest following the red waymarkers and then back to the village. Look out for red squirrels on the walk.

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Difficulty rating - 5

Distance - 6.5 km

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Jun
18
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Cavehill

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive to the Cavehill Country Park near Belfast Castle. The route follows the green waymarking arrows and will take in McArt’s fort at the top of Cavehill before around towards Divis and back to the car park. A challenging route. Follow this link for a map - Cavehill

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Difficulty rating - 7

Distance - 7.2 km

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Jun
11
6:30 pm18:30

St Bride's Rambling Group - Buttermilk Bridge, Broughshane

Leave the Square car park at 6:30pm. Drive over the Collin to Broughshane. Turn right at the ‘T’ junction on Main Street and the car park is at Houston’s Mill just beside St Patrick’s church. Starting to walk at approximately 7:15 pm. The walk follows the River Braid and back by main street. This walk is suitable for all abilities. It is the intention that some parishioners from St Patrick’s will join us for this walk.

Follow this link for a map of the walk - Buttermilk Bridge

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Difficulty rating - 2

Distance - 5 km

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