Pete Graham of Habitat plans to visit both churches on Sunday 15th January. As parishes which have supported Habitat for many years, both with donations and as volunteers, this is a welcome return to our agenda of the work of HfHNI.
Visit Habitat's website to see the work they are currently involved in. There is a link to this and other supported groups on this website. See "Mission & Ireland" to visit these external sites.
Congratulations to Bertie McNeill Mr. Bertie McNeill, a member of Greenisland Parish where our rector used to serve, has reached his 100th birthday. Bertie is one of those "backbones" of the church, serving as he did with his late wife Irene, in the administration of the parish offerings over decades. We send our congratulations to Bertie, through his son, parishioner Brian McNeill from Killaney. Bertie has attended St Andrew's from time to time over the years.
Mr McNeill now lives in Greenisland Abbeyfield, just a few yards from The Church of the Holy Name where he served for so long in various roles as Select Vestry Member, Glebewarden, and, very importantly, the "man who fixed the church clock" at both the Spring and Autumn equinox. Those who know Bertie well will join in his family's delight at his reaching this great milestone.
The Brownlee Brothers are well renowned for their combined efforts in world and Olympic Triathlon events. They are truly a remarkable pair. But they are first of all brothers; and their love and support for each other was demonstrated in a unique moment at a recent Triathlon Event. The YouTube video below is worth watching. What would you give up to support your brother or sister in the church family?
Sunday 8th January sees the start of a series of sermons based on Hebrews 13: Manifesto H13 Keep on loving each other as brothers!Sunday 8 January 2017 Epiphany 1
How you start something has a big influence on how you finish it! What about the New Year?
At St Andrew's Killaney and St Ignatius' Church Carryduff, God's people believe in putting God first. That's why, come the New Year, we meet together for worship at our local. Sunday 1st January is not only New Year's Day, but also the day on which we celebrate the Naming of Jesus at his Circumcision.
Services are as follows:Sunday 1 January 2017 Naming of Jesus
Few Christmases in adult experiences come without a mixed bag of emotions. The relentless suffering of others we witness on our screens, the sense of excitement in the children around us, the reminders through appeals of the needs of others, the rich aromas of a well used kitchen, and the memories of loved ones. Yes, that is part of this time of the year: a season pregnant with feelings.
The birth of Jesus, who had come to be our Saviour, took place in a similarly mixed world. We are told by theologians and scholars that his birth was heralded by an angel host and a knife wielding soldier corps, and was followed by mourning in Bethlehem, and hiding in Egypt. Today, for many, such hiding and such violence are a daily reality rather than the subject of theologians' debate. For them we pray and, with them, earnestly yearn for a better world.
May you know Christ in your life this Christmas: not just as an afterthought but as a first thought on Christmas Day. Greetings from the rather sick household of which I am a part this week, and if we don't see each other until the New Year, may that be a happy one for you too.
Starting with a late night gathering in St Ignatius' the parishes celebrate Christmas this year in regular style: the churches are decorated for the season, and the congregations have already enjoyed the seasonal Nativity by the Sunday Schools and J Club. Now it is time to remember the Birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. For details of services click here
Late night refreshments are available in St Ignatius' from about 10.45 pm on Christmas Eve, leading to our first Communion of Christmas, beginning at around 11.15 pm. The next morning a Family Communion takes place in St Andrew's Killaney at 9.30 am, followed by a Christmas Morning Service for all the family at Carryduff at 10.30 am. See you there!
We welcome Northern Ireland Brass to our Carol Service this year in the beautiful setting of St Andrew's Church Killaney. Along with the traditional lessons and carols, the Ensemble wil perform two pieces, a Christmas Medley and a carol "Who is he?" while accompanying all the hymns with their unique brass sound!
The whole community has been invited with notices being distributed in various locations and in various ways. Please come. Refreshments follow in the Hempton Hall.
The Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts are providing various readings and dramas to help bring us into the Christmas Season. A light supper has been promised by the supporting scout committee. So let's see you at St Ignatius Church on Sunday evening!
All roads lead to Lough Moss Centre for the biggest gathering of the community each year. It is, of course, the Community Carol Service organised in conjunction with the connect churches in the district. A warm invitation has been sent to local schools to come and sing, and this year Millennium IPS and Carryduff PS Choirs are performing.
Led by a band from Carryduff Baptist Church the traditional Christmas Carols will be enjoyed by all who attend. Refreshments afterwards are provided for all who wish to stay.
Mayor Cllr Brian Bloomfield hopes to attend and will receive the offering for his designated charity, TinyLife, based nearby in Carryduff.
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With many people around the commonwealth and further afield, we turn to God on Sunday 13th November to pay our respects to those who died in conflict and to pray for peace for the world. Joining the service at Carryduff are the uniformed organisations associated with the church.
Killaney Church meets at Noon for our annual remembrance service.
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Our November edition is online. see the link to the left of this page to this and all recent editions
J C Special in Carryduff (10.30) and CF@W in Killaney (12.00) take place on 23rd October. While geared for younger people, the challenge issued applies to all. Come along, enjoy the worship and re-think the attitude you bring with you to worship.