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

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Sunday School Events - 2014-15

Christmas Coffee Morning & Carol Service

Before the Carol Service we had our Christmas Coffee Morning. This was just as successful as last year and was extremely well attended by the entire congregation. We also received approximately £125 in donations. We would especially like to thank Mrs F Berry for all her help an generous donations.

The children of the Sunday School retold the story of Jesus’ birth through a little play entitled 'Come to a Party' which included singing 'Someone’s Coming', 'Here we go up to Bethlehem', 'Away in a Manger' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'. Members of the congregation were given a card detailing gifts bought by the Sunday School through the Christian Aid Present Aid scheme, purchasing piglets and mosquito nets to help people living in poverty-stricken countries around the world. We also welcomed Santa who gave all the children a selection box.

Christmas Outing

On Saturday, 24 January the Sunday School enjoyed their annual trip to Newry Town Hall to see the pantomime, Cinderella, which was, as with every year, a great production. This was our ninth successful outing to the pantomime and 34 Sunday School members and friends greatly enjoyed the performance, with the children enjoying "goody bags" provided by the Sunday School.

Annual Sunday School Competitions

Work for the competitions was taken to our Moneyreagh church on Sunday, 31 May for the Convention on Friday, 5 June. Jay McWilliams received a first prize for his design of a new coat for Joseph. Abbey Hanna and Daniel Wilson received second prize for making a model of the ill man being lowered through the roof to see Jesus, and Jake McMurray and Joshua Wilson received second prize for making a model of Mary Magdalene running from the Tomb.

Sponsored Walk and Barbecue

The Sunday School held their annual Sponsored Walk and BBQ in Gosford Forest Park on Saturday, 27th June 2015. The weather was fantastic and after our walk of the Castle Trail, which some people did twice, we enjoyed excellently cooked burgers and sausages. There was a good turnout of family and friends, and we would like to thank anyone who helped in any way, and the Management of Gosford Forest Park for kindly allowing us the use of the facilities in the park. The children of the Sunday School had a fun and enjoyable day out together before we all took a break for the summer.

Here are some photographs from the Sponsored Walk and Barbecue:

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015

Sponsored Walk & Barbecue 2015


Approximately £200 was raised. All money raised through Sunday School events is used to purchase Bibles, stationery, arts and crafts items, and other items for Sunday School, including Easter eggs, selection boxes, etc.

Children's Day and Prizegiving

Our annual Children's Day was held on Sunday, 14 June. There was a great turnout of family and friends and the theme of the service was The Rainbow and The Promise. Hymns sung by the entire congregation were 'When we walk with the Lord', 'Walk in the Light', 'I have seen the Golden Sunshine', 'This is the Day', 'Colours of Day' and 'Oh Jesus, I have Promised'. Our readings were from Genesis 8 and 9.

Prizegiving also took place and shields were given to the best pupil in each class. Sunday School Competition prizes and attendance money were also awarded. We then awarded our special cups, with the Isobel Wylie Cup for Attendance going to Georgia McMurray, who had full attendance this year. The Kenneth McClure Memorial Cup and Presentation Bible was awarded to Abbey Hanna and the Rainey Prize was awarded to Alex Hanna.

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