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.
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.
This week's walk will be at Carnfunnock Country Park, just a few miles outside Larne. Meet at the Square car park again from 6.:00pm leaving at 6:10pm. Alternatively meet in the main car park in Carnfunnock at 6:30pm. There are two ways to get to Carnfunnock; either take the coast road north out of Larne or drive to Ballygally and take the coast road south. Drive into the country park and use the main car park. There may be a charge of £1.50 dependent on whether the kiosk at the entrance is manned or not. There are various walks to chose from as shown on the map of the park and all should be marked. Open from the link below.
Please note that Iris McCormick will be co-ordinating this week's ramble.
St Bride’s Rambling Group
Last Wednesday the rambling group had a very enjoyable walk in Whitehead when we had 21 walkers. Following on from that our next outing will be this coming Wednesday, 16th August, and this time we will be going to Ballyboley forest where there is a choice of 5 different walks around the forest.
Meeting time and place; 6.00 - 6.10pm at the Square car park in Ballyclare.
Again car-sharing is recommended. Alternatively meet at the forest car park at 6.30pm.
Directions from the Square.
Take the Ballyeaston Road into Ballyeaston village and turn right onto the Lower Ballyboley Road. At approximately 2.5 miles take a left into the Braepark Road (just before Mehargs’ old petrol station). Drive up the hill for about 1.5 miles and turn right into Upper Ballyboley Road, then a further 1 mile where there is a sign for the forest, turn left and follow the avenue up into the car park. Click on the links below for a map of this route and an alternative on how to get there.
The newly-formed rambling group will be going on its first outing to Whitehead on Wednesday, 9th August. From there it will walk along the coastal path to the Blackhead lighthouse and back.
Meeting place - The Square car park, Ballyclare
Meeting time - 6.00pm leaving the car park by 6.10pm, aiming to be in Whitehead ready to start walking at approximately 7.00pm. Car-sharing suggested. Alternatively meet in the sea-front car park in Whitehead. The car park is located just off Chester Avenue/Old Castle Road and is the smaller one closest to the town. It is accessed by turning right off the Old Castle Road. Note that the suggested route in the WalkNI website (links below) starts at the yacht club. Parking there is limited and is mainly for residents, hence the use of the alternative car park a short distance away.
If you are going please contact David Holmes by email or by phone as soon as possible giving numbers attending and if you can take others.
Email - David Holmes. Mobile phone number - 07899 666222
WalkNI - Information on the Route
WalkNI - Map of the Route
Rector's Church Warden Clarence Gibson has entered the Dervock Half Marathon and is looking for sponsorship with all monies raised going to church funds. Clarence has participated in a number of similar events in the past and this year he will be competing in a field of around 300 runners.
Dervock is the birthplace of Kennedy Kane McArthur, Marathon gold medal winner at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. The Dervock Half Marathon is organised by Springwell Running Club and Dervock & District Community Association.
If you would like to sponsor Clarence for this event please get in touch with him. Anyone who does contribute and who is a taxpayer can also complete a Gift-aid form which will increase the value of the sponsorship considerably.
What is Music Sunday?
RSCM Music Sunday is a celebration of the music and musicianship that plays so vital and beloved a part of church life. Music Sunday salutes, in words and music, the creativity, discipline, effort, and dedication of singers, instrumentalists, organists and music leaders in local churches.
It is a day to recognise and thank God for the endeavour of people – young and old, professional and amateur, administrator and practitioner- who create the wonderful music that inspires and deepens our Christian worship. It is also an opportunity to celebrate their progress and development as church musicians by awarding RSCM medals, admitting new members to the choir, or welcoming new musicians.
St Bride's Church of Ireland, Kilbride Road, Doagh
Beth Aiken, Organ and Piano
(Director of Music and Organist, St. Bride’s)
and Guest Musicians from across the Region
Performing a mix of classical and popular music
Admission is free with a retiring collection for the development of the
Music programme for the church’s 150th Anniversary (June 2018)
For further information, or if you would like to take part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Aid envelopes will be placed in the church pews on Sunday, 14th May and for a number of weeks thereafter. Last year the church and door-to-door collections raised a magnificent total of £890.70. This year the door-to-door collections will be on Monday, 15th May and volunteers are needed for this. If you are willing to help with this please contact Barbara Rea.