First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Newry
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Sunday School Events - 2012-13


Beetle Drive

A Beetle Drive organised by the Sunday School was held in the Warnock Hall on Thursday 1st November 2012. This was a very successful fun night, which ws thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We raised approximatekly £90 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 2012.

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. Many thanks to everyone for their kind and generous donations; it is greatly appreciated.

Our theme for our part in the Carol Service this year was "Jesus' Christmas Party", a short play based on the book by Nicholas Allan. The younger children dressed up and played out the story of Jesus' Birth from the perspective of the Innkeeper, who was ably portrayed by Lucy, while Olivia expertly read the story, and Martin and Sophie said prayers entitled "Christ Born in a Stable" and "Happy Birthday Jesus". The children then sang "See Him Lying in a Bed of Straw" and "Come and Join the Celebration", with a little help from the congregation! Members of the congregation were then given a scroll detailing gifts bought by the Sunday School through the Christian Aid Present Aid scheme, purchasing a goat and 20 fruit trees to help people living in poverty stricken countries around the world. Many thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule and making a special appearance to present the children with selection boxes.


Mothers Day Coffee Morning and Raffle

A very big thank you to everyone who attended, supported and donated to Sophie's Mothers Day Coffee Morning and Raffle. Thanks to everyone's tremendous generosity Sophie raised £262.55, which will go to Sunday School Funds. The raffle winners were:

1st Prize Pamper Hamper Mrs Sheila Thompson
2nd Prize Floral Arrangement Mrs Heather Berry
3rd Prize Bottle of Wine Mrs Karen Harshaw
4th Prize Box of Chocolates Mr Alex Hanna

The photo below is of Heather Berry and Sheila Thompson with their prizes.

Mrs Heather Berry and Mrs Sheila Thompson with their prizes

 


Children's Day

We held our annual Children's Day Service on Sunday 16th June 2013. We had an excellent number of children, watched by their parents, grandparents and friends who had all come along to see the children re-tell the story of Noah's Ark through hymns, readings and prayers. We also had musical entertainment and a Fathers Day poem and prayer. Our Minister for the day was Olivia Devlin and she expertly lead the congregation through the service. Hymns sang by the entire congregation were 'If I were a Butterfly', 'A Wiggly Waggly Worm', 'Father Lead me Day by Day', 'This Little Light of Mine' and 'Standing on the Promises of Christ my King' and the children sang 'The Animals Came in Two by Two' and 'I can see A Rainbow'.

Our first reading was from Genesis 6 Verses 6-22 and was read for us by Abbey Hanna. This was followed by our first prayer led by Jake McMurray followed by the Lord's Prayer. Alex Wharton and Daniel Wilson then read a poem and a prayer for Fathers Day, during which Megan, Matthew, Georgia, Sarah and Rebecca gave the fathers a small gift from Sunday School. Our second reading from Genesis 7 was read by Lucy Hanna. We then had our second prayer 'Grace Us Lord' by Joshua Wilson. Then Lucy Hanna played for us three beautiful tunes, including 'Amazing Grace', on the recorder.

This was followed by our all important prizegiving. Shields were given to the best pupil in each class and these were received by Georgia, Joshua and jointly by Lucy and Olivia. Sunday School Competition prizes were then received as follows - Anthea's Class received a 3rd prize for making a scrapbook about the Creation. In Gail's class Joshua Wilson, Sophie Gordon and Abbey Hanna received 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for retelling in their own words the story of King Ahab stealing Naboth's vineyard, which they read for us before receiving their prizes. Joshua also received the Committee Award for the Best Written Entry for this question. Abbey Hanna also received 2nd prize for writing a thank you letter to Jesus. In Daryl's class Lucy Hanna and Olivia Devlin received 2nd prize and Sophie Hempkin received a 3rd prize for organising a fundraising event to raise money for a charity of their choice and producing a scrapbook on the event. Sophie Hempkin also received a 1st prize for coming up with an idea for an event suitable for teenagers aged 14+ within our denomination and preparing a plan for the event. Sophie also received a 3rd prize for designing a stained glass window for her church.

Attendance money was also received and the Isobel Wylie Cup for Attendance went jointly to Jake McMurray and Lucy Hanna who both didn't miss any Sundays from Sunday School throughout the year. The Kenneth McClure Memorial Cup and Presentation Bible was awarded to Olivia Devlin. And this year we had a new award, The Rainey Prize, awarded in memory of the late Mrs Molly McClure and this was awarded to Georgia McMurray. We were delighted to have with us Mrs Elaine Crozier, daughter of Kenneth and Molly, to present these awards.

After this we had our third reading read from Genesis 8 read for us by Sophie Hempkin. Jake McMurray and Alex Wharton received the offering during which Daniel Wilson played the piano and our Offering Prayer 'The Opportunity to Give' was read by Olivia. Our final reading from Genesis 9 was read by Olivia and Lucy and our very enjoyable service closed with the Benediction read by Olivia ? 'In our Work and In our Play, Jesus, ever with us stays.'


The photo below is of the children singing 'The Animals Came in Two by Two'.

The children singing 'The Animals Came in Two by Two'

 

The photo below is of Daniel Wilson playing the piano during the offering.

Daniel Wilson playing the piano during the offering

 


Sponsored Walk and Barbecue

The Sunday School held their annual Sponsored Walk and BBQ in Gosford Forest Park on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Despite all the recent very bad weather we were extremely blessed to only have two showers during our event. After our walk of the Castle and Deer Trails we enjoyed excellently cooked burgers and sausages. The children then played games and had races with equipment purchased by the money raised from Sophie's Coffee Morning. Our 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 and there was agreement among everyone attending that we achieved this. 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 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2013

 



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