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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
The Holy Land Reunion Dinner will be held in the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast on Friday, 15th September at 7:15pm.
It is anticipated that it will be well attended as everyone who has gone on any of the previous pilgrimages has been invited. Closing date for applications is Friday, 1st September, so contact the Rector before then if you want to attend. It is also open to anyone who may be considering going on next year's pilgrimage.
Click on this link for more details.
A new organisation within St Bride's is being created with its first meeting to be held in September. It will be called Forum and it will be lead by our Rector. It will be open for everyone to attend and will meet in the Parish Room every Thursday evening at 7:30pm.
The subject matter is completely open and will cover any topic raised by those attending. Questions that many Christians and indeed non-Christians struggle to find answers to will be addressed within a Biblical context. It will shed light on many aspects of modern living which often clash with our perceptions of how to lead a Christian life.
Come along and maybe join in with the discussions and debates or just come as an observer and be enlightened by the subjects covered, the questions asked and the answers given.
This week's walk will be in Antrim and will be following the Mill Race Trail along the banks of the Six Mile Water. Meet at The Square car park in Ballyclare at 6:00pm leaving at 6:10pm. Alternatively meet at the gates of All Saint's Parish Church in Antrim town centre at 6:30pm ready to leave by 6:40pm. There is on-street parking in the area. The avenue beside the church is Riverside and as the name suggests leads down to the Six Mile Water. Walk down Riverside and after about 300m the street veers right but the path to take is to the left. There are signs for the walk at this point. Follow this trail along the banks of the river, crossing it three times before emerging onto the Oldstone Road at Muckamore (it is approximately 1.6 miles to this point). Note there is open water at a number of points along the pathway, especially near the Oldstone Road end. Either retrace your steps back the way you came or turn left and follow the main roads back into Antrim via either the Belmont Road (2 miles) or the Belfast Road (1.6 miles).
Note that Iris McCormick will be co-ordinating this walk.