This week we conclude our three part series on the Church. The World asks, “Is the Church Relevant Any More?” And Jesus says, “You are Salt And Light” We will be reading from Matthew 5.
Next week we begin our Advent Series - Fixated. Join us each day on the blog from Friday as we seek to be fixated on Jesus this Christmas season.
This Newsletter is also available on the church website each week. www.burnsidepci.co.uk
Sunday 3rd December - 11:00am Advent Week 1 - Fixated
Sunday 10th December - 11:00am Advent Week 2 - Fixated
Sunday 17th December - 11:00am Advent Week 3 - Fixated
7:00pm Carol Service
Sunday 24th December - 11:00am Christmas Eve Service
Monday 25th December 10:00am Christmas Morning Servivce
Sunday 31st December 11:00am New Year’s Eve Service
Choir practices begin this Sunday after the morning service in preparation for Christmas. If you would like to sing in the choir then please wait behind.
The PW and Friendship Hour will be joining together for Christmas dinner at the Lodge Hotel, 12:30pm Tuesday 12th December 2023. Cost is £20 and menu options can be obtained from Anne Freeman or Helen Murphy. Everyone is welcome to attend even if you don’t normally attend either organisation.
Blood Donation Session
Wednesday 6th December 2023
In: Burnside Presbyterian Church Hall - Portstewart
Session hours: 12.30pm – 4pm & 5pm – 7.30pm
GB continues this Tuesday.
Explorers (3-7 year olds) 6pm-7pm
Company section (8 - 18year olds) 7pm- 8.15pm
7:15pm Monday & Thursday. New members will be very welcome.
Continues this Wednesday at 9:30am in Minor Hall
Community Cafe - Drop-In
The Drop-In continues on Thursday 10:30am - 12noon. Do invite others to come and join us. Free tea/Coffee scones and biscuits.
Advent Blog Series
This year starting on the 1st December and throughout Advent we are going to read the first half of the book of Hebrews using Tim Chester’s book “Fixated” as our guide. (We will explore the second half of Hebrews during Lent guided by Tim’s other book “Forgiven”) Daily videos will be on the church Blog.
A limited number of copies are available in the Church Vestibule (£2.50)
If these books are taken please write your name on the sheet in the vestibule and I will order more. Please note I can only get the reduced price if I order at least 10 copies (Otherwise the price will be £4.99)
or you can -
Buy on Amazon (£7.79)
Or Buy From “Ten Of Those” (£4.99) ebook also available.
Some information after the Committee Meeting this week.
We are delighted that Lynne McGowan has been appointed as the Congregational Treasurer and we want to thank Francis Kerr for 11 years of service in the post.
From Sunday 19th November we will be returning to passing the offering plates along the pews as we did pre-Covid. Obviously many people now give through Standing Orders (which is much more convenient for banking) and we ask you to simply pass the plate along the pew.
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, 10th December 2023, immediately after the close of public worship when the appointment of new congregational trustees for church property will be made by members of the congregation duly qualified to vote.
The current holding trustee is the Education Board of the Presbytery of Coleraine And Limavady. Education Boards will soon cease to act as holding trustees for congregational property and a new company “The Presbyterian Church In Ireland Holding Trustee Company” has been formed and by a decision of the congregation we can move our title deeds to the new company.
The Burnside Blog
The Blog continues every weekday, there will be a short devotional Podcast/Video some topics for prayer, articles to read, music to listen to and Jigsaws to puzzle you.
Coffee moring Saturday 25th November in the Royal Court Hotel, Portrush
A Gospel Concert will be held in Largy Community Hall, tonight on Friday 24th November at 7.30 p.m. Guests include Drumachose music group, Jennifer Lapsley, William Sayers, Brian Rankin, Eva McClements and the Makariuk family. Compere: Ken McCaughey. Admission: £10 (adults) and £5 (children). Everyone welcome.
COUNTERPOINT CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT Friday 1st December at 7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Coleraine.
Special Guests: Joanna Higgins (soprano), Cheryl McCay (Cello), Julie McClelland (Piano) Tim Cairns (Flute), Adrian Millar (Trumpet) & Andrew Harrison (Organ). Suggested subscription £10 payable at the door.
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Table Quiz and Chinese Night. Saturday 25th November in New Row Presbyterian Church Hall beginning at 7pm.
Neville from Barnabas Aid was speaking at the PW this month and if you would like to bring dried food to provide Hope and Aid for Suffering Christians, contributions can be left in the vestibule. You can bring Rice, Salt, Sugar, Lentils, Chickpeas etc. Nothing in tins and nothing containing liquid, oil or animal products. More details in the vestibule.
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Livestream Of Services
If you aren’t able to join with us on Sunday you can watch the Livestream at anytime throughout the week.
I pray that you may know the Lord’s blessing this week.