On Friday 10th January 2020, we were delighted to welcome our new minister, Rev Robin Aicken, who was ordained and installed by a commission from East Belfast Presbytery in St Andrew's. Members of our congregation, Sloan Street Lisburn where Robin had been assistant, and Robin's home church Railway Street Lisburn, gathered with family and friends to welcome Robin to his new post.
The church was filled, and the singing was terrific! Afterwards we enjoyed supper and a catch up in the main hall. We look forward to Robin beginning his ministry in St Andrew's on Sunday 12th January 2020.
We held our Christmas carol service on Sunday 22nd December 2019, starting with tea at 6pm.
Tea was the usual high standard - Jackie's scrumptious savoury pinwheels, cocktail sausages, wheaten bread and cheese, lemon cake, chocolate cake, and apple creams.
When we had finished tea, we moved to the pews and sang carols together. Several of our members did readings, the choir sang, and Drew rounded off the evening with a short epilogue.
On Sunday 22nd December 2019 our Sunday School (SMASH) led the morning cafe church style service in the main hall.
The children retold the story of Jesus, the starmaker and creater of the entire universe, coming into the world as a little baby to save us from our sins.
We had several brilliant soloists who sang for us, and John McCandless gave a short address to finish off the service.
Cregagh Primary School held their carol service in St Andrew's on Wednesday 18th December 2019. The church provided supper afterwards in our main hall, which gave the parents, teachers and children an opportunity to chat together.
Our Care and Share Team worked very hard to get Christmas hampers ready to give out to those in need, or who will have very little to celebrate at Christmas.
Many people experience difficulty and challenges at this time of year. They struggle to afford food for their families and some will spend the Christmas period alone. We hope our hampers help in some small way.
Every year we supply food parcels and gifts to the Salvation Army, Vulnerable Adults and Children. It is a great opportunity for us to share God's love with others, and we are grateful to our congregation for their support both financially and in prayer.
We had a wonderful night on 31st October 2019 at our annual Light the Night event. We had a great night of music, face painting, balloons, and food for our bodies and our souls! Thank you to everyone who helped set up the grounds, cooked burgers and hot dogs, manned the bouncy castles, and stayed behind to clear up afterwards. And a huge thank you to our local CO-OP at Rosetta who donated sweets to give out to all the little ghosts and ghouls and fairy princesses! It was great to see our church family all working together to put on this fun evening for our community, and we loved seeing lots of families coming to have a great night out together, and all free of charge. Everyone is also welcome at our Sunday service each week at 11am!
Make a date with a friend for morning coffee in St Andrew’s on Saturday 15th October, to enjoy home made cakes and help tearfund
Bake some cakes to sell at our cake sale for tearfund
Enter our fun competition in one of the following categories
CELEBRITY BAKE Help yourself to one of the celebrity recipes on the notice board, try it at home and enter in our competition (or download the recipes from the tearfund Big Bake website)
MY SHOWSTOPPER Enter your favourite family recipe.
- Cake judging will be at 10.15, and cakes will be available to buy and try afterwards.
We were delighted to welcome back our PCI Impact Team this summer, under Rachel Bingham's leadership, with some familiar and some new faces. We are very grateful to them for all their hard work, and for the vitality and energy they brought to our church while they were staying here. Thanks to Cregagh Community Centre for shower facilities, and to many of our members for providing lunches, dinners and goodies, plus all the background workers who kept the premises comfortable for the team.
The team ran a Holiday Bible Club in the mornings, and met with teens in the evenings.