Loving Jesus, loving others

News Sheet – December 2019

Sunday:         Pray that our Christmas services will be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to us but also an opportunity to invite others as we reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

Monday:         Interviews will take place this week for the three advertised posts at Legacurry – full-time Youth worker, part-time Praise Co-ordinator and Ministry Co-ordinator. Pray that we will be led to the right people.

Tuesday:        Pray for Philip as he finishes assignments and works on his dissertation for his final year and juggles that with working in Legacurry.

Wednesday:  Mike will be coming to the end of his R.A.F. Officer training.  Give thanks for mental and physical stamina, that the group has functioned well together and that he is very probably going to graduate. Continue to pray for Dawn and Lucy and quality time together.

Thursday:      Pray for calm and wisdom as the country goes to the Polls on Thursday 12th December.

Friday:            Pray for the special events taking place in Legacurry over the Christmas period, especially the Senior Members’ Party on 7th December and the Project Sunrise Concert on 13th December.

Saturday:       Christmas time can be a lonely and hard time for some.  Pray for and also reach out to those you know would welcome a hand, a smile or a chat.


Project Sunrise – Update
We are so thankful for the over-whelming support we are receiving from our church family for this project – thank you all so much! Our Harvest offering exceeded, £10,000 – our Family Fun Night filled our hall and raised over £1000 and our Christmas Cracker Concert on the 13th December is sold out!
If you would like to get involved in supporting Project Sunrise practically or financially, speak to Bobby or any member of the team and they’ll let you know how you can still do just that. God willing, in 2020, we have several exciting fundraising events planned – we’ll be telling you all about those in January. Finally – a Christmas Greeting from our friends at Sunrise – it’s ‘Ukhisimusi Omuhle’ – which means ‘Happy Christmas’ in Zulu!

Christmas Cracker ConcertFriday 13th December
If you are coming along to this event, please note that the concert will start sharply at 8.p.m. Seating is unreserved and doors will be open from 7.15 p.m. We would politely ask all guests to be seated no later than 7.45 p.m. Unfortunately it will not be possible to admit late-comers until after the interval.

Lisburn Foodbank Christmas Hampers
The Lisburn Foodbank hope to provide 200 hampers of standard food items and luxury Christmas treat items to bless those who are struggling financially this Winter. Legacurry has been asked to provide jars of Pasta Sauce and Cranberry Sauce and Christmas Cakes. Any donations should please be brought to church by Sunday 1st December. Thank you.

Senior Members’ Christmas Party  – Saturday 7th December. 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Featuring entertainment by Eilidh Patterson.
RSVP by 1st December to Frazer McCammond.  T: 07762 201450  e.frazercarson@gmail.com

Senior Youth EventSaturday 7th December
Senior youth are helping out with welcome / serving at the senior members’ party, meeting at church 12:15. If you would like to help out and are not yet signed up – please speak to Mark Little or Emma McCoosh ASAP. Afterwards we’ll be heading into Belfast for some festive spirit and grub at the Christmas Market. Let us know if you’d like to come along – we’ll be leaving church at approximately 3 p.m.

‘A New Legal Framework for Abortion Services in Northern Ireland Consultation’.    The consultation closes on Monday 16th December at 11.45pm. You can respond to the consultation online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-new-legal-framework-for-abortion-services-in-northern-ireland

Please act. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.’

The World Development Appeal 2019 is the annual Appeal from PCI which is channeled through Tearfund and Christian Aid and aims to support and strengthen communities in difficult areas of the world as they discover the resources and potential within them, and to empower them to sow seeds of hope, both in their fields and for their future. It is an opportunity for the whole Presbyterian family in Ireland to sow seeds of hope throughout 2020.You will receive a small information leaflet and envelope in early December. Please be generous in giving.

Financial Year End – To assist in the preparation of our year-end accounts, if you wish to have your contributions recorded for 2019, could you please present these on or before Sunday 29th December. Amounts received after this date will be recorded as year 2020.

Community Christmas Tree Event – with Legacurry church and Riverdale Primary. Due to existing Christmas commitments, it has been decided not to hold the Community Christmas Tree event this year.

Taking Care TrainingTuesday 7th January 2020 at 7.30p.m.
This session is for leaders who have never been trained or who should have attended the Spring / Summer 2019 course. It is an essential part and a legal requirement for all leaders within Legacurry to attend this training. Organisational leaders will be in touch with those required to attend. If leaders are unwilling to attend this training, they will need to attend at a different church or will be unable to continue helping until they have completed this training. Any questions, please contact Michelle Thompson on 07743 431312