3rd February 2019



Bible Readings:

2 Chronicles 7: 11-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9


Today Solid Rock will be ………



Special Presbyterian Week of Prayer, with focus on “Building Relationships – Christs Love Compels Us” this week – Sunday 3rd February – Sunday 10th February. See resources available at r/Week-of-Prayer-2019.aspx

Here you will find daily prayers and other resources that you can use through the coming week. See also spx for more resources.



“Encounter” Sunday Evening Fellowship will continue again tonight and next Sunday at 7pm in the Boggs Room. With a cup of tea/coffee - Everyone welcome. As part of the Special PCI Week of Prayer we will take time tonight and next Sunday night to pray together. We would encourage all committed members to come along and be part of this most important initiative.


An Election of New Elders will now proceed over the next two weeks. Voting members are asked to propose, in writing, for the consideration of the Kirk Session, the name(s) of any member(s) qualified for the office. Nomination papers are available from today and these should be filled in and placed in the box in the vestibule by Sunday 17th February.

The Code of the Presbyterian Church states the following about Ruling Elders:

30. (1) The duty of ruling elders as members of Kirk Session is to work together with the minister in the oversight and government of the congregation, for the upbuilding of God’s people in spiritual fruitfulness and holy concord, and for the extension of Christ’s kingdom among all people. In exercising this leadership the Kirk Session shall oversee and work along with other members who have leadership roles in the congregation.

(2) Ruling elders, by their calling, share equally with ministers in responsibility for practical witness both within the congregation and in the wider world.

(3) In the discharge of their duties each elder should be assigned by the Kirk Session pastoral responsibilities and/or other leadership roles in the congregation.

(4) The Kirk Session, along with the Minister, should seek to ensure that all elders are equipped to fulfil their duties.

31. (1) To be chosen for the office of the eldership in a congregation a person must be a voting member of that congregation and a regular attendant on its ordinances. He should be circumspect and exemplary in his conduct, both in the Church and in the world, of acknowledged piety, endeavouring to maintain the worship of God in his family and held in esteem by the people. Women shall be eligible for election on the same conditions as men.

(2) A ruling elder shall not hold office in more than one congregation at the same time, except as a member of an interim Session.

(3) Sub-paragraph (2) shall not apply to retired ministers who may be members in the congregation.

Please take one of the PCI leaflets on the Eldership and read it and pray that the Lord will guide us in this important process.


Alpha Course meets again this Wednesday at 7pm


Meeting of Congregational Committee Wednesday 6th February 8pm


Hospital Visitation- please inform Mr Blair of anyone you know who is in hospital (028 71810255). Please note the hospitals do not automatically inform ministers of inpatients due to data protection.


Our next PW meeting will be a joint meeting held at Ballykelly on the 14th February at 7.45pm. Speaker Mrs Valerie Stewart


PW outing on Saturday 6th April to Woodbank House.  Names to Pamela Montgomery.


If anyone can help with catering on Saturday 23rd February please speak to Karen Cochrane – Tel – 07759217766


Kilfennan PW are hosting a Vintage Tea and musical evening on 12th February at 7.30pm.  All welcome.


Youth News

Love for Life Programme on healthy relationships continues  on the  10th Feb with two different ages sessions at the same time: - Housemates is for those in Year 8 & 9.  Picture is for those in Year 11 & 12. For more information please talk to Claire in church or / 07930279615

(Love for Life is an independent Christian charity in Northern Ireland who work to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships - family, friends and dating).


Junior Fuel is Friday 22nd February from 6.30-8pm for anyone in Year 5/6/7. We will have the usual games, tuck shop and Bible story. Friends are more than welcome!


Senior Fuel is Friday 22nd February from 8.15-9.30pm for everyone of Secondary School. We have sports, games, tuck shop and games consoles.


We plan to resume The Living Room drop in and we would love some volunteers to assist. You just need to be willing to be present with teens of the village. We have hot chocolate time, games consoles, space for homework.


More help is needed with Junior and Senior Fuel. Anyone who would be free for one hour a month on a Friday evening is asked to contact Claire in church or




Anyone wanting Freewill Offering envelopes or wishing to set up a Direct Debit or Gift Aid form should contact Mr Sammy Cochrane or fill in one of the white cards in the Vestibule. We also encourage you to support the Youth Worker Support Fund – speak to Sammy Cochrane.


Contributors to Freewill Offering etc. are reminded that you can have your subscriptions published by your FWO envelope number instead of your name. Please contract Mr S Cochrane.


All organisation accounts to be completed audited and forwarded to Mr S Cochrane.


Christian Guidelines Marriage Preparation Course in Strabane Presbyterian Church, Saturday 13th April 2019, 9.30am-4pm. Cost £60 per couple. Please phone 02891468846 or email to register.


PCI Family Holiday at Castlewellan Castle, Co. Down. Tuesday 23 April – Friday 26 April 2019. See: http// More information available from Mr Blair.


Abaana New Life Children’s Choir from Uganda will be singing and sharing in Sion Mills Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 12th February at 7:30p.m. Everyone is very welcome!


Concert by the Britannia Band in Kilfennan Presbyterian Church on Friday 8th February at 8:00pm. Everyone Welcome. Donations to the Church Building Fund.


Details of Presbyterian Summer Teams all over Ireland this summer for any young people to consider being part of see: on-Projects/Summer-Mission-Teams.aspx


Also Exodus Come Alive – Overseas Teams: ms/


Scripture Union Camps and Missions:


Child Evangelism Fellowship – Children’s and Youth Camps and CYIA Teams & Training. See


Please forward any announcements to Carrianne George by Thursdays – or 07544335744.