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

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Sunday School Events - 2009-10

Carol Service

Before the Carol Service we held our traditional Christmas Coffee Morning which was greatly supported by all members of the Sunday School and Church. Homemade mince pies and shortbread and hot coffee and tea were very much appreciated on the cold winter morning.

Our annual Christmas Carol Service was on Sunday 20th December 2009. The younger members of the Sunday School dressed up and played out the story of the Birth of Jesus. Abbey Hanna and Daniel Wilson took on the roles of Mary and Joseph. Alex Wharton, Jake McMurray and Joshua Wilson were the Shepherds and the Three Wise Men. Dylan Wharton was the Innkeeper and King Herod and Lucy Hanna and Sarah Auterson were the Angels delivering the great news. The older children read accompanying readings retelling the story of the Birth of Jesus. Nadine and Nicole Hempkin read a special poem during which the congregation were presented with a Christmas Bauble and scroll detailing 'The Gift Accepted' (See below).


A gift offered to you does not become yours until you receive it - so it is with salvation. Faith is the empty hand that reaches out to receive God's gift of life. It is the personal appropriation of His offer. It is believing in your heart that Christ's suffering and death were for your sins; that His resurrection from among the dead was for your justification. It is believing that.


Millions have already received this Gift and been made to be eternally grateful for the blessing it has brought them. Eternal life as a present possession, the forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and much more are all wrapped up in this invaluable gift of God's beloved Son.

Will YOU accept HIM NOW?

Take Him by faith as your very own Saviour, and you will find Him to be the best gift you have ever received.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves: it is the gift of God: not by works, so that no-one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Children’s Day

Our annual Children’s Day Service was held on Sunday 20th June 2010 and began with Welcoming Sentences from Nadine Hempkin who was our 'Minister' for the day. There was a great turnout of parents, family members and friends, which was encouraging for the children and indeed the Teachers. The theme for the service this year was 'God’s Wonderful Creation – Our World'. Hymns sang were 'Stand up. Clap hands. Shout thank you Lord', 'My God is so Big', 'Can you Count the Stars', 'I have seen the Golden Sunshine' and 'O O O How Good is the Lord'. The Sunday School sang 'The Creation Song' and Lucy Hanna and Joshua Wilson entertained the congregation on the recorder and the piano.

All our readings came from a story about the Creation by Barbara Wilmerton Haas and were based on Genesis Chapter 1 Verses 1-31. All our readings and prayers were read by Lauren Wharton, Naomi and Dylan Wharton, Nadine, Nicole and Sophie Hempkin, Lucy Hanna and Abbey Hanna, while Alex Wharton and Jake McMurray received the offering and Daniel Wilson and Abbey Hanna gave all the Fathers a special scroll with the poem 'What Makes a Dad' specially for Fathers Day.

Then came the all-important prizegiving ceremony carried out by our Sunday School Superintendent Mrs Daryl Hempkin and the Rev Hutton. All the pupils received certificates for the Sunday School Competitions and Attendance Money. We received prizes in the Competitions including 3rd prize to Daniel Wilson in the 4-5 age group for colouring in an outline of a scene from the Christmas Story, 1st prize in the 6-7 age group for making a collage of the parable of the Lost Sheep, 3rd prize to Dylan Wharton and Lucy Hanna in the 8-10 age group for making a model of an event in the life of Moses, 1st prize to Sophie Hempkin for writing a story about what you think would please and displease Jesus about life today in the 14+ section, an excellent achievement for Sophie as she is only 12, 1st prize to Nadine and Sophie Hempkin for making a model of a memorial garden for the church in the General Section, 3rd prize to Lauren and Naomi Wharton, also in the General Section, for making a model of Moses in the Bulrushes and 1st prize to Nicole Hempkin in the General Section for a freehand drawing of our Church and for this entry Nicole was also awarded the Domestic Mission Award for Best Denominational Entry.

Martin McGrane was the deserving winner of the Ken McClure Memorial Cup and Bible for the Best Overall Pupil. Jake McMurray and Alex Wharton, Dylan Wharton and Nicole Hempkin all received shields for being the Best Class Pupil(s). Our final presentation was the Isobel Wylie Memorial Cup for Best Attendance and this was won by Lucy Hanna and Sophie Hempkin who each only missed two Sundays throughout the Sunday School year. So huge congratulations to everyone.

Sponsored Walk and Barbecue

On Saturday 26th June 2010 the Newry Sunday School held a Sponsored Walk and Barbecue in Gosford Forest Park. The aim was not only to raise as much money as possible for Sunday School Funds and Southern Area Hospice but to also give the children of the Sunday School a fun, enjoyable day out. There was a great turnout on the day of children and adults alike as we were blessed with lovely warm weather.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. we set off on our 3.7km walk round the Deer Park Walk leaving the Chefs for the day to light the barbecues and cook the food for our return! On completion of the walk everyone enjoyed superbly cooked burgers and hotdogs accompanied by salads and tumblers of juice. As the good weather continued well into the afternoon no-one was in any hurry to leave and the children took part in organised games and races, while the adults sat round and enjoyed the craic! At approximately 4:30 p.m. it was finally time to pack up and go home having thoroughly enjoyed our day. At this time the final amount raised is £560.00, so thanks to everyone who took part, sponsored, donated or helped out.

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