First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Newry
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Sunday School Events - 2011-12


Beetle Drive

A Beetle Drive organised by the Sunday School was held in the Warnock Hall on Thursday 3rd November 2011. This was a very successful fun night, which ws thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We raised £100 for Sunday School Funds. A special "thank you" to everyone who helped on the night, and to those who donated raffle prizes and pastries for the supper.

We were delighted to present a cheque for £200 to a representative of Southern Area Hospice Services on the night. This donation was made possible by the money raised from our Sponsored Walk and Barbecue in June 2011.

Presentation of cheque to Southern Area Hospice Services

 


Carol Service

As is now tradition we held our Christmas Coffee Morning before the Carol Service. This was just as successful as previous years and was extremely well attended by the entire congregation and many thanks to everyone for their kind and generous donations, it is greatly appreciated. It is hoped everyone enjoyed the chance to have a chat with friends and relax in the busy run up to Christmas.

Our theme for the Carol Service this year was "The Real Meaning of Christmas" and during the Carol Service the younger children dressed up and played out the story of Jesus' Birth while the older pupils read the story, "A Christmas Window". The children also sang "Away in a Manger" and Martin said a prayer for us. Members of the congregation were given a scroll detailing the poem that the children had read during the service (see below). Many thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule and making a special appearance to present the children with Selection Boxes.

"A CHRISTMAS WINDOW"

One day in December I happened to pass,
In the high street, a window with nine panes of glass.
And on each, a letter all covered in snow,
which spelled the word "Christmas" when read row by row.
And it caused me to wonder what Christmas might mean
to the thousands of people who passed by that scene.

C is for crackers - each contains a surprise.
And then there is M and I think of mince pies.
R stands for Rudolph who has a red nose; And pulls Santa's sleigh wherever he goes.
S is for stocking that's filled up with toys; Brought by Santa for good girls and boys.
A stands for adverts - there's still time left to shop till you drop.
I for illuminations twinkling so bright.
T is for tinsel which catches their light.
H stands for holly, red and green; Brightening up the winter scene.
One final letter - I'm sure you know; That S stands for Santa - the star of the show.

But as I continued to ponder these things,
I thought, "Is that all that this season brings?"
Is there nothing more than the food and the fun,
And the tinsel and glitter which soon will be gone?
It was then I remembered a story that's true,
And nine different images came into view -

C stands for census ordered by Rome, for that's how the story began; Amazing how everything fell into place, but then it was all in God's plan.
I stands for inn, which sadly was full when Joseph and Mary arrived.
R stands for room - there was none to be had except in a stable outside.
S stands for Shepherds, watching their flocks in the fields near Bethlehem.
A for the Angel who brought them the news that a Saviour was born unto them.
M stands for Magi - from eastern lands, men who were really wise; They were led to the child who was Israel's king, by a star they observed in the skies.
H stands for Herod a wicked man, who lied to the wise men and said, "I too would like to worship this child", but he planned to kill Him instead.
T stands for treasures the Magi brought - Gold, frankincense and myrrh; Which, when they had found and worshipped the child, they presented to him there.
The central letter still remains, but now it should be clear; That S stands for Saviour - the Lord Jesus Christ, whose birth is the reason we're here.


Christmas Outing

On Saturday 21st January the Sunday School enjoyed their annual trip to Newry Town Hall to see the pantomime, which this year was Jack and the Beanstalk. As in previous years it was a great presentation by all the cast. We had 30 Sunday School members, parents, grandparents and friends attending and the production was greatly enjoyed by all. This is the sixth year we have had this successful outing and hopefully it will continue for many years. The children also enjoyed Goody Bags, provided by the Sunday School, as they watched the performance.


Sunday School Conference

The Sunday School children won several prizes for their competition work at the annual Conference, which was held at Clough on Friday 1st June 2012. The prizewinners from Newry were:

Abbey Hanna - 3rd prize - Group C4 (Ind) - Jesus did many things to help people. Decorate and write out five things you could do to help others.

Alex Wharton - 2nd Prize - Group D4 (Ind) - Read Psalm 100 - and re-write in your own words.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st Prize - Group F4 (Ind) - Produce a poster for the denominational magazine about any issue which concerns your age group.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st prize - Group F5 (Ind) - Do your 'Family Tree' using a tree outline, showing members of your family, with photographs.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st prize - Group G1 (Group) - Prepare a Leaflet to give to your Church on the work of Christian Aid.

Gail Hanna's Class - 2nd Prize - Group G2 - Design a board game on the theme of either 'The Exodus', 'Joshua and the Canaanites', 'The Lost Sheep', or 'Saint Paul and his Travels'.

Martin McGrane - 2nd Prize - Group G3 (Ind) - Draw or paint freehand a picture of any church in the NSPCI.

Sophie Hempkin and Nadine Hempkin - 3rd Prize - Group G6 (b) - Any other written work which does not fit a given question but which is in accordance with the faith and values of the NSPCI.

Sophie Hempkin - The James Meneely Award for Best Arts and Crafts Entry - Group F5 - Do your 'Family Tree' using a tree outline, showing members of your family, with photographs.

The photo below includes Sophie Hempkin (3rd from left) who collected the prizes on behalf of Newry.

2012 Sunday School Conference in Clough

 


Children's Day

We held our annual Children's Day Service on Sunday 17th June 2012 and this was well attended by children, parents, grandparents and congregation members. The Theme for our service this year was "Jesus Loves You" with our Minister for the day being Abbey Hanna. Hymns sang by the entire congregation were 'Praise Him, Praise Him, All His Children Praise Him'; 'How Deep the Father's Love for Us'; 'Jesus' Love is Very Wonderful'; 'Jesus Loves Me' and 'O Happy Day', and the children sang 'Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam' and 'Jesus Loves the Little Children'. During the service we also had piano recitals from Daniel and Joshua Wilson, who also played during the offering.

Our first reading was entitled 'Jesus loves you unconditionally' and was read by Lucy Hanna and was followed with our first prayer, a Child's Prayer, which was read by Joshua Wilson, Alex Wharton and Jake McMurray with the Lord's Prayer lead by Abbey. As this Sunday was also Fathers Day, Joshua, Rebecca and Sarah Wharton and Georgia McMurray presented all the Fathers with a special bookmark while Martin McGrane read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ? 'Love is Patient'. Sophie Hempkin read our second reading entitled 'Jesus Loves You' and this was followed by prayers from Martin and Lucy. Olivia Devlin and Lucy gave a short address to the children ? 'Does God Have Favourites?'.

This was followed by our all important prizegiving. Shields were given to the best pupil in each class and these were received by Abbey, Alex and jointly by Martin and Sophie. Sunday School Competition prozes were then received as follows:

Abbey Hanna - 3rd prize - Group C4 (Ind) - Jesus did many things to help people. Decorate and write out five things you could do to help others.

Alex Wharton - 2nd Prize - Group D4 (Ind) - Read Psalm 100 - and re-write in your own words.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st Prize - Group F4 (Ind) - Produce a poster for the denominational magazine about any issue which concerns your age group.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st prize - Group F5 (Ind) - Do your 'Family Tree' using a tree outline, showing members of your family, with photographs.

Sophie Hempkin - 1st prize - Group G1 (Group) - Prepare a Leaflet to give to your Church on the work of Christian Aid.

Gail Hanna's Class - 2nd Prize - Group G2 - Design a board game on the theme of either 'The Exodus', 'Joshua and the Canaanites', 'The Lost Sheep', or 'Saint Paul and his Travels'.

Martin McGrane - 2nd Prize - Group G3 (Ind) - Draw or paint freehand a picture of any church in the NSPCI.

Sophie Hempkin and Nadine Hempkin - 3rd Prize - Group G6 (b) - Any other written work which does not fit a given question but which is in accordance with the faith and values of the NSPCI.

Sophie Hempkin was also awarded The James Meneely Award for Best Arts and Crafts Entry - Group F5 - Do your 'Family Tree' using a tree outline, showing members of your family, with photographs.

Attendance money was also received and the Isobel Wylie Cup for Attendance went to Lucy who only missed one Sunday from Sunday School throughout the year. The Kenneth McClure Memorial Cup and Presentation Bible was awarded jointly to Sophie and Lucy. Well done to everyone!

After this we had our third reading read for us by Olivia ? 'The Greatest Commandment' ? Mark 12:28-34. Our Offering was then received by Alex and Jake and Abbey read the Offertory Prayer. The very enjoyable service closed with the Benediction from Abbey.

2012 Children's Day Service

 


Sponsored Walk and Barbecue

Our annual Sponsored Walk and BBQ was held in Gosford Forest Park on Saturday 23rd June 2012. Despite all the recent very bad weather the Lord blessed us with some pretty decent weather and despite a few showers were able to complete our Walk of the 2km Castle Trail without getting too wet. The sun came out for our BBQ and we were able to dine outdoors with the children able to play a few games of football after enjoying excellently cooked burgers and sausages. The event was very well supported by children and adults and we would like to thank everyone who participated, donated and helped out with the BBQ. Our aim is 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 and enjoyable day out together before we all take a break for the summer. We would also like to thank the Management of Gosford Forest Park for kindly allowing us the use of the facilities in the park.

Here are some photographs from the Sponsored Walk and Barbecue:

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2012

 



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