First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Newry
Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

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Sunday School Events - 2007-08

Carol Service

Before the Carol Service on Sunday 23rd December 2007 we introduced a new idea which was a Coffee Morning. This was very successful and extremely well attended by the entire congregation. This was greatly appreciated and everyone seemed to enjoy the chance to have a chat with friends.

The Sunday School took part in the Christmas Carol Service with a Christingle Service. We opened with a greeting read for us by Sarah Auterson followed by a reading from Luke 2 v. 1-7 by Nadine Hempkin, after which all the children sang an old favourite "Away in a Manger". Six Christingles were lit accompanied by three readings by Sophie Hempkin, Dylan Wharton and Katie-Rose Rice.

Alex Hanna then read us the meaning of a Christingle.

"The Christingle is made up of an orange, wrapped in ribbon, with a small lit candle and dried fruit or sweets inserted into the orange. The dried fuit and sweets are secured to the Christingle orange using four cocktail sticks. It is designed to appeal to children and each part of the Christingle has a symbolic meaning.

The orange represents the world.
The lighted candle represents Jesus Christ, who is seen as the Light of the World who shows us God's love.
The red ribbon wrapped around the Christingle orange is a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for our sins. It is also a symbol of forgiveness.
The dried fruit and sweets represent the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and the fruits of the earth of young people".
This was followed by Robert Little reciting a Christingle Poem. All the Sunday School then sang "Come and join the Celebration" to finish up their section of the Carol Service.

Children's Day

Children's Day was held on Sunday 15th June 2008 and was well attended. The Theme for our service was The Children's Favourite Hymns, with appropriate readings and prayers. Our Minister for the day was Nicole Hempkin. As this Sunday was also Fathers Day, Stuart Scott read a special Fathers Day poem, while Abbey Hanna, Jake Wharton and Daniel and Joshua Wilson presented all the Fathers with a special bookmark.

Shields were given to the best pupils in each class and these were received by Joshua Wilson, Martin McGrane and Megan Hanna. Competition prizes and attendance money were also received. The Isobel Wylie Cup for Attendance was shared this year by Nadine, Nicole and Sophie Hempkin who attended Sunday School every week. The Kenneth McClure Memorial Cup and Presentation Bible were awarded to Sophie Hempkin, as she was the only pupil to receive a prize from the Sunday School competitions.

The first commandment is this: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this: "You must love your neighbour as yourself." No other commandment is greater than these.

Mark 12:29-31

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17b