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Announcements Sunday 18th October 2020

Update: A reduced Presbytery Commission will meet on Tuesday 12th January 2021 @ 7.30pm in Ebrington Presbyterian Church  to ordain Philip Poots and install him as Minister of ‘The Inishowen 4.’ Philip will also be inducted to his work with the Home Mission. This service will be live streamed on Youtube for the congregations of Carndonagh, Malin, Greenbank, Moville, Hillhall & Newmills to watch. The service will remain, for a period, on social media to permit ‘catch up’ viewing.

Sunday Services: As Donegal has moved into level 4 covid restrictions Sunday Services will not resume until after 10th November.

Announcements Sunday 11th October 2020

Message from Rev David Latimer. Delighted to announce that Philip Poots has accepted the Call to become the next minister of Carndonagh, Greenbank, Malin & Moville. The vacany commission will explore as to how and when can proceed to Ordination, Installation & Induction.

Link below to thought for the week. Open in Chrome,

Announcementst Sunday 30th August 2020

A warm welcome to Rev David Latimer who is conducting the service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Derek Mc Kelvey

Meeting of session and committee today after the service.

Face Coverings in Church    The leaders of the four main Churches in Ireland have issued a joint statement.   “Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.”

Guidance for leaving the Hall following service

 Those who are seated towards the stage from the side door leave by the side door. Those who are seated from the side door towards the front door of hall leave via the front door. Continue to observe 2m social distancing as you make your way out of the building.

 Announcements are posted on Church’s website & facebook page (hillhead church) each weekend.  www.hillheadchurch.org

 

 

Announcements Sunday 23rd August 2020

A warm welcome to Rev Stanley Irwin who is conducting our service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Derek Mc Kelvey

Thank you to Graeme Stewart for his kind donation of the pedal operated hand sanitiser. It is a very useful device to have available to us and we very much appreciate his generosity.

Face Coverings in Church

The leaders of the four main Churches in Ireland have issued a joint statement recommending and encouraging the wearing of face coverings at all services of worship, with respect for people who will be exempt as provided for in state public health guidance.

“Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.”

Instructions for leaving the Hall following service

Those who are seated towards the stage from the side door leave by the side door. Those who are seated from the side door towards the front door of hall leave via the front door. Continue to observe 2m social distancing as you make your way out.

Freewill offering contributions may be placed on plates as you enter or leave the hall or contributions can be made by bank transfer to the following account.  Please use your FWO number and initials as a way of identifying yourself on the statement.

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 Reopening for Worship

As we reopen for worship we are guided by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland protocol (Stay Safe at Church) for reopening for worship. Mitigating risk and ensuring safety for all from Covaid 19 is paramount.

  Stay SAFE at Church. Give consideration to the following guidance.

  Stick to the rules.

Follow the advice for entering & leaving building

 A   Assess the risk:

Do not attend if you are displaying symptoms of Covaid 19 or have been in close contact with anyone displaying symptoms that may be Covaid 19. Take primary responsibility for your own health and wellbeing by carefully considering the level of risk involved in coming to church. Do not feel under any pressure to be present if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of attending.

 F   Foster good routines. Hand hygiene, social distancing, cough etiquette

 E       Encourage individual responsibility.  Hold yourself and others lovingly accountable for taking advice and instruction seriously and resist the temptation to become careless with compliance as the necessary practices become more familiar as week follows week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements for Carndonagh Sunday 16th August 2020

A warm welcome to Rev David Latimer who is conducting our service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Stanley Irwin

Thank you to John who coordinated the setting up of the hall for today’s service and thanks also to Sandra and Helen for their guidance with the seating and recording of attendees this morning.Thanks also to Graeme Stewart for his kind donation of the pedal operated hand sanitiser. It is a very useful device to have available to us and we very much appreciate his generosity.

 Reopening for Worship.  As we reopen for worship we are guided by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland protocol (Stay Safe at Church) for reopening for worship. Mitigating risk and ensuring safety for all from Covaid 19 is paramount.

 Stay SAFE at Church. Give consideration to the following guidance.

  Stick to the rules. Follow the advice for entering & leaving building

 A   Assess the risk: Do not attend if you are displaying symptoms of Covaid 19 or have been in close contact with anyone displaying symptoms that may be Covaid 19. Take primary responsibility for your own health and wellbeing by carefully considering the level of risk involved in coming to church. Do not feel under any pressure to be present if you are uncomfortable with any aspect of attending.

 F   Foster good routines. Hand hygiene, social distancing, cough etiquette

 E       Encourage individual responsibility.  Hold yourself and others lovingly accountable for taking advice and instruction seriously and resist the temptation to become careless with compliance as the necessary practices become more familiar as week follows week

Worship format. There will be some changes to worship format in that the offering will not be taken up during the service.  You may place your offering in the plates at the door or you may wish to make your FWO contribution by bank transfer. Details available from treasurer.

Singing.  It is possible that restriction will remain for some time on singing in worship as research suggests that singing can project water droplets far beyond the 2 metres required for social distancing.  Instrumental and recorded hymns permitted.

 Guidance for leaving the Hall following service .Those who are seated towards the stage from the side door leave by the side door. Those who are seated towards the front door of hall leave via the front door. Continue to observe 2m social distancing as you make your way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

Due to Corona Virus restrictions in place all Church services and activities are suspended.

 A Facebook Page for the 4 churches has been set up by Rev Derek Mc Kelvey. He has posted a number of services for Easter week and for Easter Sunday on this facebook page. Check in with the link below. If you would like to chat to Derek his phone number is 07788665202 or you can private message him on the Inishowen 4 facebook page. Derek will post a Sunday service next week again.

Inishowen 4: Greenbank, Hillhead, Malin, Moville. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=inishowen%204%20greenbank%20hillhead%20malin%20moville&epa=SEARCH_BOX

.Easter Morn —Email from Rev Drew Abernethy.

Kathleen; Kathleen S; Barbara and Florence… Oh how I long that you ALL may knock the very real presence of our Wonderful; Glorious, Risen Saviour this Easter Day… For tomorrow is……

Easter Sunday…The beginning of a new week. The celebration of a new age. The anniversary of the death of death 
The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed. Jesus lives! He Lives For ever! 
Because he lives – We too shall live. 
This is the day to give thanks – And celebrate – And rejoice will all our being.
In the God who made us: In the Saviour who suffered for us.  Died for us.  And is risen again. AMEN  John Piper has written a little book just published in March of this year: ‘Coronavirus and Christ.’ (you can download it)  Page 50 of the Book.. He writes….‘Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:29–31)

Not one sparrow falls but by God’s plan. Not one virus moves but by God’s plan. This is meticulous sovereignty. And what does Jesus say next? Three things: You are of more value than many sparrows. The hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not.

Why not? In Christ we are not his dispensable pawns. We are his valued children. “You are of more value than many sparrows.”  This is the secret…. knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.  And not only sustains, but sees to it that everything, bitter and sweet, works together for our good—the good of those who love God and are called in Christ (Rom. 8:28–30).That kind of rock-solid confidence in the face of death has emboldened Christ’s people for two thousand years. The truth of God’s wise and good sovereignty has been the stabilizing power for thousands of Christians in the sacrifices of love.The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed. Jesus lives! For ever! Because he lives – We too shall live.  Every Blessing your Brother and Sister in Christ Drew and Liz. 

Information & Messages Friday 3rd April 2020

Facebook Page for 4 churches has been set up by Rev Derek Mc Kelvey.The four Presbyterian Churches in North Inishowen welcome you to share their worship, prayer and news.Check in with the link below. Please invite your friends to ‘like’ the page. He plans to post prayers, reflections and services. If you would like to chat to Derek his phone number is 07788665202 or you can private message him on the Inishowen 4 facebook page. Email is: mckelveyderek@gmail.com

Inishowen 4: Greenbank, Hillhead, Malin, Moville. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=inishowen%204%20greenbank%20hillhead%20malin%20moville&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Email from Rev Drew Abernethy

Trust everyone is keeping well and staying in and yet admiring again and again the beauty of Donegal… the work of C = God is the Creator. Enjoy the beauty all around you. My thoughts and Prayers have been very with you ALL at this time. I have been reading through the Psalms and last night I was reading Psalm 31.. it begins with the words: ‘O Lord, I come to you for protection’ and it ends with these encouraging words ‘So be strong and take courage; all you who put your hope in the Lord!’  Then I turned to Psalm 33 and it ends with the words: ‘We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surrounds us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.’  The Lord is our refuge and strength in this time of crisis. Encourage the children to reflect on the letters of the alphabet … those greats biblical truths about our Almighty yet very personal God … 

He is our Father and he is Near.  Like many through the land and like many in the ‘4 Churches’ I am confined to the house, family not near – Craigavon; Larne; Scotland and Sheffield…  food delivered but I am taking time to pray; to read and to contact family and friends.. those calls I said to myself I would make but never seemed to get round to. (do you know that feeling). Friends I do miss you ALL but I recall the words that I have often shared with you… ‘(My/Our) Faith is being sure of what we hope for and (very) certain of what we do not see.’ 

Stand Firm! Take Care! Every Blessing!      Drew and Liz.  Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 6

 

 

 

messages and information

Email from Rev Drew Abernethy. Afternoon Kathleen and David…. how are you and everyone in Carndonagh coping in these anxious times. All of you have been much in our thoughts and prayers. Having come to know you all over the years part of me just longs to share with you and the good folk of the other Churches the sure and certain assurance that our Sovereign Faithful Loving Father God is very much with each one of you. Pass on to the folk of Carndonagh, especially the very vulnerable; our love and our promise that we will continue to hold you up before the A= Almighty. I trust that soon I will be back with you to share God’s Eternal Word.  Every Blessing Drew and Liz. Psalm 46:1ff.   

 Message from Rev Derek McKelvey

Derek McKelvey here. Just sending our love and prayers to you all in these unusual days. I hope to post some prayers and reflections here for us to use as we are not able to meet at present. My number is 07788665202 if you would like to chat.

Worship is not cancelled…..a different way to worship

Due to the current restrictions on worship services, many congregations are preparing for a very different form of worship this Sunday. Creatively using live streaming and pre-recorded messages via websites and social media platforms, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr William Henry will also begin a series of Sunday worship services for the wider Presbyterian family that will be available on the PCI websiteThe pre-recorded service, which will last around 45 minutes, will follow closely a usual Sunday worship service and will include a children’s talk and song, prayers, three hymns and Dr Henry’s sermon. The only element that will be missing will be the offering.

Speaking to the Church ahead of the virtual service in a short video posted on social media, the Moderator said that we were living in exceptional days, “While you are not able to meet in that place that has been so familiar to you, that place where God has drawn alongside you, I know that many congregations will be livestreaming their service of worship this weekend. The first in this series of Sunday services will be available on PCI website  and via PCI’s Facebook page on Sunday morning (22nd March)

 

The Taoiseach’s recent statement regarding measures to contain Corona virus and a desire to minimise social interaction to protect all worshippers and particularly those deemed most ‘vulnerable’, the decision has been taken to cancel church services and ALL church activities until further notice.

 

 

Corona virus measures

 

The Taoiseach’s recent statement regarding measures to contain Corona virus and a desire to minimise social interaction to protect all worshippers and particularly those deemed most ‘vulnerable’, the decision has been taken to cancel church services and ALL church activities until after 29th March.