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Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John Ch 6 v35
Family Fun Day
The afternoon proved to be most enjoyable for members of the congregation, friends and visitors; tots, teens, parents and grandparents had lots to entertain them. Tattoos and the bouncy castle were a big hit with the tots while teens had a go at penalty shoot, orienteering, basketball and fly casting. The egg and spoon races and welly-boot throwing uncovered much unexpected talent within the congregation!
Refreshments in the form of hot dogs and (hot) tea and coffee were served in the Manse, where there was shelter when the forecast "sharp showers" blew over.
The afternoon was deemed to be a success and brought together all ages from within the congregation and beyond.

Family Fun Day
Family Fun Day 2015 Family Fun Day
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
Matthew Ch 16 v25
  Auction Clip Art
The Church Auction took place on Saturday 9th May, and in the preceding week items were gathered, sorted and lot-numbered in preparation for the "Day".  In all over 240 lots came under the hammer, raising a total of £2428 for the Development Fund.  

Tea, coffee and lunch were also available and were much appreciated by all.  

Thanks to those who supported the effort, either by donating, by purchasing or by helping in any other way.
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Matthew Ch 12 Vs 3-9
Farming Service 2015 This year's Service for the Farming Community took place on Sunday 19th April 2015 with a packed congregation in the sanctuary at Second Ballyeaston.  The service was conducted by Revd Chris Glover who also gave the address.  A Focus on Farming was given by Mr Ian Marshall, the President of the Ulster Farmers Union, and the commendable work of the MS Society of Northern Ireland was discussed by Coroline Millar.  Clare Chorale led the praise along with the Church organist Mr Wilbert Garvin. The offering at the service was donated to MS Society Northern Ireland and to this year's Presbyterian Church in Ireland Youth and Children's Project, Project Emmaus.  Following the service, supper was served in the Brann Memorial Hall.  We would like to thank everyone for the help and support for this evening.
Farming Service 2015 Farming Service 2015
  Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Exodus Ch 20 Vs 12

With our colleagues in First Ballyeaston, we promoted a Christianity Explored course, held over 8 weeks, in Ballyclare Golf Club during the autumn of 2014.  With reasonable numbers attending, we were able, once it was over, to reflect on what we might do next in terms of Mission.  The consequence has been a desire to enhance the involvement of those on the fringes of the congregation, along with those who might be interested in joining.

We intend to embrace the Season of Invitation from the UK wide initiative Back to Church (  We intend to encourage attendance at some of our special services, especially by those who have, often inadvertently, found themselves falling away from that fundamental of our faith, attendance at worship. Perhaps we will organise the occasional meal we can share together, just as happened in the early church.  Maybe some folk have been back for family occasions but don’t know quite how to come back regularly.  Let us support them and see what happens!  We do however need everyone on board helping your Session as the initiative develops. 




“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves
Matthew Ch 6 Vs 19-21

This year (2013), with the newly refurbished halls, we were able to hold the Autumn Craft Fair on 9th November.  Stall-holders offered a wide range of wares from jewellery, antiques and soft-furnishings to jams, chutneys, cup cakes and sweets.  Local charities and youth organisations from the church were also represented.  Lunch and light refreshments allowed visitors to take a break from serious shopping.  The weather was kind and we had lots of satisfied stall-holders and customers.
Over £1100 was raised for the Development Fund.
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