The lights on the Christmas Tree outside the Parish Hall will be switched on and Santa will be coming to say hello to the boys and girls. The event starts at 6:00pm and there will be refreshments available in the church hall. Everyone, young and old, is welcome.
The annual St Patrick’s Day stew lunch will be prepared by the Ladies’ Group and will be served in the parish hall immediately after the morning service.
The ladies will be publicising this event in the New Year and will need to know how many to cater for so look out for details in February and March.
Most of the leaves from the trees around the church grounds have now fallen and a big effort has already been made by the grounds’ team to clear them up and take them away for composting at Bruslee. The final big tidy-up of the year will be on Saturday morning, 1st December, at 9:30am. It will be an opportunity to clear the last of the leaves and other debris from around the church, the hall and car park. This is an established annual event and 'lunch' will be provided by Muriel. Bring the usual garden tools and leaf blowers if you have any. There will also be a 'sale' of odds and ends from the old rectory garage with proceeds going to church funds. Come along and give a hand if you can.
A special service on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the first word war. During this service we will commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in conflicts around the world. In particular we will remember the 24 men whose names are inscribed on the church war memorial and who were connected with St Bride’s.
A choral evensong will be held in the church on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. During this service the commissioning of two parish readers will also take place, David Holmes from St Bride’s and Michael Ogilby from St John’s in Ballyclare. This will be carried out by Rev. Kevin Graham from St Bartholomew’s on the Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
The interment of the time capsule will take place at the end of this service. The time capsule is being buried with contents that reflect the year 2018 and the life of St Bride’s in this the 150th anniversary of its consecration in 1868. It will be opened in 50 years time.
Come along to find out exactly what is involved in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the places you will visit and the people you will meet. Canon David Humphries and Rev. Amanda Adams have a vast knowledge of the Holy Land having led many pilgrimages there over a period of more than twenty years. They will be very happy to tell you more about it and to answer any questions you might have. And get a literal taste of the country by enjoying a free Israeli lunch at the end!
Dr Michael McBrien, a consultant anaesthetist, based at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, will be giving a talk on the work done by medical staff from all over the world aboard the Mercy Ship. The current ship is called Africa Mercy and Dr McBrien has served on it a number of times since his first trip in 2011.
Click on this link to read more about this charity’s work - Mercy Ships
Come along to the Parish Hall and hear a group of fun-loving ladies who have a programme of West End, folk and contemporary music with a good dose of comedy thrown in.
Tickets are £10.00, which includes a light supper, and they will be available soon from the church wardens or pay at the door on the night.
St Anne's Cathedral
Our Musical Director, Beth Aiken, will be taking part in an organ recital at St Anne's Cathedral, immediately before choral evensong. Beth is one of three organ scholars taking part so come along to support her and hear some wonderful music played in a magnificent venue. It starts at 3.00pm and will be followed by choral evensong at 3:30pm.
Fairy Tree Cakes is a bakery business specialising in celebration and wedding cakes located in Ballyclare. Its owner is Katie Gardiner, an award winning baker and pastry chef, and she will be giving a talk on how she produces such wonderful creations and demonstrating how to ice and decorate a cake.
The first meeting of the badminton club will be this coming Tuesday, 11th September, at 8:00pm. New members with all levels of skills and none are always welcome. If you are over 16 years old come along to get fit and have some fun. The club will meet every Tuesday evening throughout the winter.
Sunday School Registration
Sunday School registration will take place on Sunday, 2nd September. Please contact the Sunday School superintendent, Eleanor Graham, for more information or follow this link to go to the Sunday School page on this website - Sunday School
Eleanor Graham - Tel. 028 93340000 or email - Eleanor
For children attending Sunday School who might like to take part in a Junior Choir, rehearsals are starting on Sunday morning, 2nd September, from 10:15 – 10:35.
For more details contact Beth Aiken by email by clicking on this link - Junior Choir
The Battle of the Somme Parade, organised by the Ballyclare Branch of the Royal British Legion, will be held on Sunday, 1st July. The parade will form up in Harrier Way car park at 2:15pm and will march off at 2:30pm. The service will take place in Ballyclare War Memorial Park at 3:00pm and will be conducted by Rev. Canon David Humphries.