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Announcements Sunday 15th May 2022

A warm welcome and thank you to Mark Hawthorne who is conducting the service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots


Book Study at Helen’s this Wednesday 18th May @ 8pm: Continuing our study through Bryan Chapell’s book “Unlimited Grace”.  If you wish to join us and would like a copy of the book or the questions that we use to help us chat, please contact Philip

Youth Fellowship at the Manse, next Sunday 22nd May @ 7pm: With Philip away for training, the next youth fellowship will be Sunday 22nd May. Please note the change of time. It would be great to see more of our young people there.

Good as new shop in aid of Church Funds is now open at Pound street Carndonagh (Monday—Saturday 10am -5pm).  Donations and your support would be much appreciated.

Advance notices

Committee Meeting, Thursday 26th May @ 7:30pm

Preliminary Date for Joint Session Meeting, Tuesday 31st May @ 7pm: 

Venue tbc but most likely Malin PC.

Announcements Sunday 8th May

Thank you to Rev Drew Abernethy who is conducting the service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Mr Mark Hawthorne (assistant Minister Newmills PC)

In-Service Training for Philip: Philip will be off from the 9th to the 15th May (inclusive) at in-service training. Every year for the first year after ordination ministers are required to attend and be involved in training. During this time ministers are expected to be free from usual duties to participate. Rev Alastair Rosborough will provide pastoral cover while Philip is away.

Midweek Prayer and Fellowship, 11th  May @ 8pm: With Philip being away this week, midweek won’t run in its normal form, however there will be an evening of prayer and fellowship at James and Kathleen Steele’s

Book Study at Helen’s Wednesday 18th May @ 8pm: Continuing our study through Bryan Chapell’s book “Unlimited Grace”.  If you wish to join us and would like a copy of the book or the questions that we use to help us chat, please contact Philip

Youth Fellowship at the Manse, Sunday 22nd May @ 7pm: With Philip away for training, the next youth fellowship will be Sunday 22nd May. Please note the change of time. It would be great to see more of our young people there.

Good as new shop in aid of Church Funds is now open at Pound street Carndonagh (Monday—Saturday 10am -5pm).  Donations and your support would be much appreciated.

Advance notices

Committee Meeting, Thursday 26th May @ 6:30pm

Preliminary Date for Joint Session Meeting, Tuesday 31st May @ 7pm: Venue tbc but most likely Malin PC.

Announcements Sunday 1st May 2022

Communion service today will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Drew Abernethy

Youth Fellowship at the Manse this evening (Sunday 1st May) @ 7pm: All young people of secondary school age and up are welcome to the manse this evening for youth fellowship. It would be great to see more of our young people coming along to join us.

Book Study at Helen’s next Friday 6th May @ 8pm: Continuing our study through Bryan Chapell’s book “Unlimited Grace”  If you wish to join us and would like a copy of the book or the questions that we use to help us chat, please contact Philip

In-Service Training for Philip: Philip will be off from the 9th to the 15th May at in-service training. Every year for the first year after ordination ministers are required to attend and be involved in training. During this time ministers are expected to be free from usual duties to participate. Rev Alastair Rosborough will provide pastoral cover while Philip is away.

Announcements Sunday 24th April 2022

Thank you to Rev Derek McKelvey who is conducting the service today

Communion Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots


Midweek Bible Study Time at the Moville Manse, this Wednesday 27th April @ 8pm:  Questions are available from Philip, please contact him or just come a long as we continue to journey through Philippians and explore God’s word together.

Youth Fellowship: Next Sunday 1st May at the Moville Manse at 7pm All young people of secondary school age welcome.

Announcements Sunday 10th April 2022

Thank you to Rev Drew Abernethy who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

Last New Members / Communicant’s Class: Classes continue at the manse today Sunday, 10th April, at 3pm.
For anyone who can’t attend this Sunday, there is also the second option of Tuesday 12th April at 4:30pm at the Manse.
 Please bring your Bibles, booklets and a pen and any problems please contact Philip.


Midweek Bible Study Time at the Moville Manse, this Wednesday 13th April @ 8pm: Everyone welcome from 7:30pm, tea/coffee and some treats available. Questions are available from Philip, please email, text or phone and he will get those to you.

Easter Sunday Evening Singing Group Practice this Thursday 14th April @ 7pm: Our last Thursday singing group practice before our Easter Praise Service if you can’t get along to these practices please do check out the videos on our Facebook page. For those helping out musically on Sunday, Philip will be at Greenbank Hall from 5/5:30pm on Sunday evening.

Easter Sunday Evening Celebration Praise Joint Service next Sunday 17th April @ 7pm: Easter Sunday evening we will be having a joint evening service together in Greenbank Hall with a time of fellowship afterwards. Please do invite others as we enjoy this time of worshipping together.

Younger Youth Activities: Please do make yourself known if you or someone you know would be keen at volunteering to help out as we try to get some of our younger youth activities going again.


Easing of Restrictions: In accordance now with PCI guidelines, face coverings can now be removed for the whole service including singing. However, please feel free to wear your face covering as you see fit and feel comfortable with and please be considerate to others with whatever decision you make.

Announcements Sunday 3rd April.

Thank you to Rev Philip Poots who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Drew Abernethy

New Members / Communicant’s Class: Classes continue at the manse today (3rd April) at 3pm.
For anyone who can’t attend this Sunday, there is also the second option of Tuesday 5th April at 4:30pm at the Manse. Please note that if you can come along today you don’t have to come on Tuesday, it’s an either or option.
 Please bring your Bibles, booklets and a pen and any problems please contact Philip.


Youth Fellowship at the Moville Manse, this evening Sunday 3rd April @ 7pm-8:30pm: Young people of secondary school age and up are welcome to the manse for YF, please take a look at the next chapter of the Proximity Booklet and bring it with you.


Easter Sunday Singing Group PracticeWe will be having another singing practice next Thursday Evening (7th April) at 7pm at Greenbank Hall. If you can’t get along to these practices please do check out the videos on our Facebook page.

Easter Sunday Evening Joint Service Sunday 17th April @ 7pm: ..we will be having a joint evening service together in Greenbank Hall with a time of fellowship afterwards.

Midweek Book Study at Helen Stewart’s – 6th April @ 8pm: The study group has started back at Helen’s every other Wednesday evening at 8pm. The next study date will be this Wednesday 6th April when we will look at the opening chapters of Bryan Chapell’s Unlimited Grace book. Please contact Philip for a copy of the book and a workbook.

Youth BBQ at the Manse with Fahan PC -next Saturday 9th April @7pm.  We are going to have a joint Youth Fellowship BBQ with some of the young people from Fahan Presbyterian.  We will be having some fun and food together and it might do no harm to bring some clothes you don’t mind getting messy and even a spare change of clothes.

Younger Youth ActivitiesWe’d really like to try and get moving along with some of our younger youth activities/programmes, please do let me Philip know if you think you’d be able to help out with something like that. We’d love to try and motivate and encourage young families back to church by providing a space for younger children and we need help to be able to do so.

Good as New Shop in aid of Donagh National School thanks. The Parents Association of The Donagh N.S would like to thank everyone who gave their support over the last five weeks at The Good As New Shop.   Your support is really appreciated

Covid19 restrictions: Easing of Covid 19restrictions come into effect Monday 4th April…so for this Sunday the same format continues. See guidelines issued by the PCI general council below.

Following discussion, the General Council, acting on behalf of the General Assembly as
authorised by Par 272(3) of the Code, approved the following easing of Covid-19
mitigations & measures for all PCI congregations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of
Ireland, to take effect from Monday 4th April 2022, with any necessary decisions being
taken locally:

  1. At all times government advice should continue to be followed with regard to selfi solation related to Covid-19. Further, those who have (or think they might have) any
    of the symptoms of Covid-19, or are just generally feeling unwell, should be
    encouraged not to attend services, meetings or activities.
  2. It is recommended that church buildings and halls should continue to be as well
    ventilated as possible and hand sanitiser should continue to be available.
  3. It is recommended that, social distancing should no longer be required in church
    buildings and halls, though where possible an area of seating should be set aside,
    where 1 or 2 metre social distancing is maintained, for those who wish to avail of it. It
    may continue to be preferable to space out chairs in halls and rooms where this is
    possible.
  4. It is recommended that, face coverings should no longer be required in church
    buildings or halls (including when singing), with those who prefer to continue to use
    face coverings clearly being free to do so.
  5. Restrictions relating to Communion are no longer required, though some of the
    advice in the previously provided guidelines may continue to prove useful. Sensible
    precautions should continue to be taken both when preparing and distributing the
    elements.
  6. Restrictions relating to Baptisms are no longer required, though some of the advice in
    the previously provided guidelines may continue to prove useful.
  7. Restrictions relating to catering on church premises are no longer required, though it
    is recommended that sensible precautions should continue to be taken.
  8. Home Groups and other church meetings may take place in private homes, with
    sensible social distancing and good ventilation as appropriate.
  9. Pastoral Visiting in private homes may continue to move towards a more normal
    pattern of in-person visitation, though wisdom should be exercised with regard to
    sensible precautions.

Please note the following:
§ These nine points replace all previous PCI required mitigations and measures, in
all areas of congregational life e.g. previous necessary restrictions on aspects of
youth and children’s ministry no longer apply.
§ The effective date of Monday 4th April 2022 has been set by the General Council
to enable announcements to be made at Sunday Morning Services prior to the
changes taking effect.
§ A Kirk Session can of course decide to enhance what is recommended and
continue to require certain additional measures and mitigations within its
congregation, dependant on local factors.
§ It is important that signage which is no longer relevant should be removed e.g.
referring to previous measures in relation to compulsory wearing of face-coverings.
§ All ministers in congregations and vacancy conveners (or stated supplies) are
asked to share this email with members of their Kirk Session(s), to enable any
necessary local decisions to be taken. It is important that other leaders in the
congregation are also made aware of the changed position in regard to these
matters and when these changes take effect

Announcements Sunday 27th March 2022

Thank you to Rev Derek McKelvey who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

New Members / Communicant’s Class: Classes continue at the manse this Sunday, 27th March, at 2:30pm sharp!. Please note the change of time, (this is to facilitate Philip going to do an evening service in Dromore, Co. Down)
For anyone who can’t attend this Sunday, there is also the second option of Tuesday 29th at 4:30pm at the Manse. Please note that if you can come today you don’t have to come on Tuesday, it’s an either or option.
 Please bring your Bibles, booklets and a pen and any problems please contact Philip.

Easter Sunday Singing Group Practice – next Thursday 31st @ 7pm : We will be having another singing practice next  Thursday Evening at Greenbank Hall. Philip will hopefully get a wee video made of the songs and popped up online and can try to make a CD too for anyone who would like to practice at home.

Midweek Bible Study at the Manse – Wednesday 30th @ 8pm: Midweek Bible Study is on at the manse, question sheets available from the back or from Philip directly. Aim to start at 8pm but welcome from 7:30pm and tea/coffee provided.

Midweek Book Study at Helen Stewart’s – 6th April @ 8pm: The study group has started back at Helen’s every other Wednesday evening at 8pm. The next study date will be 6th April when we will look at the opening chapters of Bryan Chapell’s Unlimited Grace book. Please contact Philip for a copy of the book and a workbook.

Youth BBQ at the Manse with Fahan PC – Saturday 9th April (time tbc): we are going to have a joint Youth Fellowship BBQ with some of the young people from Fahan Presbyterian. It would be great if some of our young people could come along too.

Younger Youth ActivitiesWe’d really like to try and get moving along with some of our younger youth activities/programmes, please do let me know if you think you’d be able to help out with something like that. We’d love to try and motivate and encourage young families back to church by providing a space for younger children and we need help to be able to do so.

Good as New Shop in aid of Donagh National School will run for another week…..(closing next Saturday 2nd April)  Open each day from 10am –5pm …….so still an opportunity to pick up that bargain!.  Thank you to everyone who donated items to sell in the shop and for your support for the shop over the past month. 

Announcements Sunday 20th March 2022

Thank you to Rev Philip Poots who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Derek McKelvey

Communicants/Membership Classes: The first of our communicants/membership classes begin today at 3pm at the manse. An extra day/time for classes is also available on Tuesday 22nd March at the Manse @ 4:30pm. Classes should last no more than an hour. Please do contact Philip if you cannot attend any classes and he can try to make an alternative arrangement.

Youth Fellowship – Youth Fellowship meets at the manse at 7pm this evening. This is for all young people of secondary school age.

Midweek Study at Helen’s this Wednesday 23rd March at 8pm – Midweek Bible Study has started back at Helen Stewarts. While the study at the manse focuses on diving deeper in the book of Philippians by working on from Sunday’s sermon, this will be a study of Bryan Chapell’s “Unlimited Grace.” Everyone welcome 

Easter Joint Evening Service Music Group Practice –There will be a practice for the singing group this Thursday 24th at 7pm at Greenbank (will be held in Church if Hall not available)


Sunday School – we would really like to try and get some more of our youth ministries up and running again, particularly the likes of Sunday School. If you are interested or you know someone who is interested in helping out, please do let us know.

Members of the Committee are asked to wait behind for a moment after the service

Good as New Shop will be open to the end of the of month beside Neil J. Doherty Auctioneers, Carndonagh in aid of Donagh National School.  Open Monday to Saturday from 10am –5pm.  Donations and your support most welcome

Announcements Sunday 13th March 2022

Thank you to Rev Drew Abernethy who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

Midweek Bible Study at the Manse – this Wednesday 16th March at 8pm ….though everyone welcome from 7:30pm. Question sheets are available directly from Philip or hard copies are available on the porch table.

Presbytery Divine Healing Service ………..today at 3:30pm in Glendermott Presbyterian Church Hall


Communicants/Membership Classes: The first of our communicants/membership classes will be next Sunday 20th at 3pm at the manse. 

Easter Joint Evening Service – the singing group will aim to have their first practice on Thursday 24th at 7pm at Greenbank Church. If that date/time doesn’t suit or you can think of a better one please do let Philip know and he will see what he can do. Also if musicians can please make themselves known to Philip as he puts together a program for the Joint Easter Evening service.   This is for all four churches and it would be great to get a good balance of people from all four to come along.

Mission in Ireland Evening, Magheramason PC today Sunday 13th March  @ 6:30pm – there will be a Mission in Ireland evening at Magheramason Presbyterian Church. Speakers will be Tracey Nicholl a deaconess in St James’ Presbyterian Church Ballymoney and Rev Gunther Andrich, Minister in the Home Mission congregations of Irvinestown, Pettigo and Tempo.

Good as New Shop in aid of Donagh National school is open throughout the month of March beside Neil J. Doherty Auctioneers,  Carndonagh. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am –5pm.  Donations and your support most welcome.

Announcements Sunday 6th March 2022

Thank you to Rev Philip Poots who is conducting the service today

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Drew Abernethy

Youth Fellowship—tonight (Sun 6th March) from 7 – 8:30pm at the Moville Manse for all young people secondary school age and up. Please bring your proximity booklet and if you can have a look at chapter 3 before hand!

Exodus Freedom Event Richill Baptist Saturday 12th March @ 7:30pm. This is for all young people of secondary school age and it would be great if we could get a carload going down for this event to engage with other churches. We will talk about this at YF so please come along.

Attention all musicians looking forward to Easter and hopefully our joint Easter evening service, Philip would like anyone with musical ability to make themselves known so that he can organise a musical group and some others pieces for that evening.

Membership / Communicant classes – thanks to everyone who has said about coming forward for communicant’s/membership classes. Details of these classes will follow in the coming weeks and there is still time to let Philip know.

Mission in Ireland Evening, Magheramason PC Sunday 13th March  @ 6:30pm – there will be a Mission in Ireland evening at Magheramason Presbyterian Church. Speakers will be Tracey Nicholl a deaconess in St James’ Presbyterian Church Ballymoney and Rev Gunther Andrich, Minister in the Home Mission congregations of Irvinestown, Pettigo and Tempo.

Good as New Shop will be open throughout the month of March beside Neil J. Doherty Auctioneers, Pound Street,Carndonagh in aid of Donagh National School. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am –5pm.  Donations and your support most welcome.