Feb
1
to 28 Feb

Register of Vestry Members

 
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In the Church of Ireland, those members over 18 and who subscribe to Parish funds can, if they sign what is called the Register of Vestry Members, attend and vote at the annual business meeting – held around Easter time and therefore referred to as the Easter Vestry.

At that annual business meeting an election is held to appoint 12 people who will deal with the business affairs of the parish for the following 12 months. Those elected are referred to as the Select Vestry. The annual accounts are also presented at the Easter Vestry and often various leaders will give an update on their area of activity. From time to time other voting takes place to elect people to represent the Parish in the wider church and to elect people who will, should the rector move on, be involved in the appointment of a successor.

The register will be open only for the month of February for anyone who would like to add their name and be eligible to take part in the Easter Vestry meeting. It will be available at the back of the church every Sunday and at other times as arranged with the wardens. The date of the Easter Vestry meeting will be Tuesday, 9th April at 7:30pm beginning in the church with a short service of Holy Communion followed by the meeting in the parish room immediately afterwards.

For more details on the Easter Vestry see the Connor Diocesan Regulations by following this link - Regulations

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Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

Visit to Belfast Synagogue

Please note - date and times are provisional and will be confirmed closer to the visit.


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Following on from the series of meetings entitled ‘How Jewish is Christianity’ a visit to the Belfast Synagogue will be arranged. There is a certain dress protocol to be adhered to for this visit, mainly concerning headwear, and this will be explained in detail prior to the visit.

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Mar
1
8:00 pm20:00

Women's World Day of Prayer

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This year the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held in the Old Presbyterian Church in Templepatrick. There will be a choir practice for this service on Sunday, 24th February, at 2:30pm in the church and this will be followed by a practice for readers at 3:00pm.

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Mar
17
12:30 pm12:30

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group

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.

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Mar
29
7:45 pm19:45

Concert at the Theatre at the Mill - 'Live Issue' Gospel Band

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This concert is being held at the Theatre at the Mill and tickets are available by booking through the theatre’s website (follow this link Theatre at the Mill), by calling the theatre box office on 028 9034 0202 or by buying them in person at the theatre box office. Tickets are £12.00 each.

It is also possible to book a meal before the concert in the Yarns Bistro, located in the main Mill building close by. The Bistro is open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm allowing adequate time for you to enjoy your meal before taking your seat in time for the start of theatre’s programme. Last orders are at 6:30pm.

The restaurant is open for reservations only. Bookings must be made in advance by calling the Bistro on 028 9034 0022 (Lines are open Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm).

MAKING MUSIC A ‘LIVE ISSUE’

 Since Live Issue reformed back in 2006, the band’s unique style of music and ministry has reached a whole new generation across Ireland, the United Kingdom and America. In that time Live Issue has released four albums, produced a DVD entitled “Life and Music” recorded live at Revelation TV in London, undertaken four very successful tours of the United States, including appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and had the opportunity to record with many of the top American artists of Country and Gospel music. In February 2012, the group was invited to perform at the “International Festival of Country Music” held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. During this event Live Issue had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs and George Hamilton IV. 

Live Issue literally made history in Nashville by becoming the first country band from Ireland, and only the second group from the British Isles, to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. In July 2013 and 2015 the group returned to Nashville to honour further invitations as part of their US tours which also included concerts in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama. The LaGrange Daily News in Georgia remarked, “the members of Live Issue have become ambassadors not only for Country Gospel Music, but also for their Christian faith and everything that is good about Northern Ireland.” In July 2015 their tour included a special tribute concert in Nashville to honour the life and music of their close friend George Hamilton IV.

Live Issue comprises of Colin Elliott, Roy Dreaning, Sam Armstrong, Carl Sands and Ivan McLernon. Although the group still plays at many events in Northern Ireland, they are also regularly found performing at concerts and conventions throughout the British Isles and Europe. Live Issue has shared the stage with many Country music legends and their live performances in Nashville have been broadcast across the world on WSM Radio and Music City Television.

‘New Christian Music’ named Live Issue as “Artist of the Year” for four consecutive years in the Country Gospel category and in 2014 the group was awarded “Country Band of the Year” in the Northern Ireland Gospel Music Awards. In 2010 Colin Elliott, with the assistance of his colleagues in Live Issue, produced a ‘duets’ album entitled, “Old Fashioned Hymns and Gospel Songs for Those Who Miss Them!” with the late George Hamilton IV. The double CD featured many of the stars from the Grand Ole Opry such as Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, George Beverly Shea, Pat Boone, Charlie Louvin and Connie Smith. Production on this landmark album took over two years to complete and was recorded both in Northern Ireland at Hillcrest Recording Studios in Portadown and at Lamon Recordings in Nashville. As well as recording and producing the album, Colin Elliott and Live Issue provided the backing for each track. The album was released in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday 3rd July 2010 and in February 2011 it was also nominated for a Dove Award, which is the highest accolade in Gospel Music.

Live Issue is considered by many to be one of the most popular Country Gospel groups in the British Isles, not only for their musical and singing ability but also for their warmth, humility, sense of humour and love for the Lord. This is clear both in their music and to anyone who has had the opportunity to see the group play live. Each August one of the group members, Roy Dreaning, organises ‘Gospel Fest’ which is a weekend of Gospel music that takes place in Banbridge Co. Down. With over a thousand people attending each night, the event has attracted visitors from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Probably one of the most amazing facts about the members of Live Issue is that they all have day jobs and families which undoubtedly requires some skilful time management in order to fulfil all their commitments and responsibilities throughout the year. The members of the group also see their role in Live Issue as a ministry and therefore any proceeds or expenses the group receive are ploughed straight back into keeping Live Issue on the road.

It is clear when you both watch and listen to Live Issue just how much the members of the group love their music, yet more importantly the band believes that the message behind the songs is the most important aspect of their concerts. The group members take their ministry and faith very seriously and believe that God has given them important opportunities to spread the Gospel through their music.

Live Issue’s new album “Every Road” and all their previous albums and the DVD are available in Christian bookshops or alternatively online at https://liveissuemusic.com/home

 

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Apr
2
7:30 pm19:30

Watchmen

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The fourth meeting of the new men’s group will be held in the Parish Room and April’s meeting will be a talk by one of our own parishioners, Steve Aiken OBE, MLA. Steve will be talking about his career in the Royal Navy where he served in the submarine service. At the height of his career he commanded a nuclear submarine and many will remember the BBC documentary, ‘Officer and Commander’, which featured Steve in his final command aboard the Navy’s oldest nuclear submarine, HMS Sovereign, before completing his career onshore.

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Apr
12
7:30 pm19:30

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group Fashion Show

The Ladies’ Group will be holding a fashion show with a difference in Coleman’s Garden Centre, Templepatrick. The show is being held in conjunction with Blythswood - Ireland and all fashion clothing and accessories will be available for purchase at the end.

Tickets are available from any member of the Ladies’ Group - price £15 which includes supper.

The show begins at 7:30pm (to be confirmed)

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Follow this link to their website - Coleman’s Garden Centre

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Apr
28
11:00 am11:00

Equipping for Life

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Guest preacher for this morning’s service is Rev. Bro. David Jardine who will preaching on Equipping for Life.

Equipping for Life is a faith-based organisation, founded by Brother David Jardine in 2018. It’s aim is to encourage Church people to give their services free of charge to serve those who live in areas that are deprived and may have suffered a great deal during the Troubles.

One area where the organisation is already involved is sending volunteers into schools to help children with their reading. This is going very well, and as volunteers are recruited, the project will grow and develop.

What makes Equipping for Life different is that all of the work is surrounded in prayer. This spiritual dimension is very important. Also, most of what is done is on a one-to-one basis, so that people can be given personal attention. Volunteers have begun working in the Greater Shankill area, but before long a move will be made into other deprived areas.

Brother David will be speaking on the whole project in our church at this morning’s service. If you think you have a heart for this work and would like to offer your practical skills or to pray for the ministry, do let the Rector know.


If you would like to find out more about this organisation and the work they are doing please follow this link to their website - Equipping for Life

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Feb
6
7:30 pm19:30

Watchmen - War Years Remembered Museum

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The men’s group will be going on its first outing this evening to the War Years Remembered museum in Ballyclare. Meet at the museum for a 7:30pm start and it will be finished by about 9:30pm. This museum is in the industrial estate just off the Mill Road and is packed with wartime memorabilia from both world wars and its curator has a wealth of knowledge on everything on display as well as considerable experience of the battlefields in France having been a guide there for many years.

Address is as follows;

16b, Dennison Industrial Estate

Avondale Dr,

Ballyclare BT39 9EB

Click on this link for a map - War Years Remembered Museum

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Jan
31
7:30 pm19:30

How Jewish is Christianity?

The third in a series of three meetings about our own religion and how Jewish it really is. Did you know that Christianity has Jewish roots? Well it does - very strong ones!

Come along to the Parish Room to hear (and discuss too) how much of what we do in church comes from the Jewish tradition. Following on from the this, the last meeting, a visit to the Belfast Synagogue on the Somerton Road in Belfast will be arranged. Details to follow.

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Jan
24
7:30 pm19:30

How Jewish is Christianity?

The second in a series of three meetings about our own religion and how Jewish it really is. Did you know that Christianity has Jewish roots? Well it does - very strong ones!

Come along to the Parish Room to hear (and discuss too) how much of what we do in church comes from the Jewish tradition. Following on from the last meeting a visit to the Belfast Synagogue on the Somerton Road in Belfast will be arranged.

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Jan
10
7:30 pm19:30

How Jewish is Christianity?

The first in a series of three meetings about our own religion and how Jewish it really is. Did you know that Christianity has Jewish roots? Well it does - very strong ones!

Come along to the Parish Room to hear (and discuss too) how much of what we do in church comes from the Jewish tradition. Following on from the last meeting a visit to the Belfast Synagogue on the Somerton Road in Belfast will be arranged.

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Jan
2
7:30 pm19:30

Kilbride Parish Men's Group

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The first meeting of the new men’s group will be held in the Parish Room and to get things started our own Rector will be giving a talk on his experiences in the Holy Land. David has visited Israel on many occasions and has been organising pilgrimages for over 20 years. Come along and hear for yourself the many fascinating stories he has to tell about the places he has been to and the people he has met.



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Jan
1
11:00 pm23:00

Feast of the Naming of Jesus

A special service with Holy Communion to celebrate the Feast of the Naming of Jesus.

The birth of Jesus foretold

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” - St Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 1:26-33.

The naming of Jesus

‘On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived’ - St Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 2:21.

Refreshments will be served in the Parish Room after the service.

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Dec
1
9:30 am09:30

Winter Tidy-up

Winter Tidy-up
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.

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Nov
11
11:00 am11:00

Remembrance Sunday

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.

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Oct
28
3:30 pm15:30

Choral Evensong

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.

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Oct
20
10:00 am10:00

Holy Land Publicity Launch

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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!

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Oct
10
7:30 pm19:30

Kilbride Parish Ladies' Group

Mercy Ships

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

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