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Announcements Sunday 19th June 2022

Thank you to Philip Leonard who is conducting the service today.

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Drew Abernethy

COVID-19 again: Philip is currently isolating with COVID-19 again but is available on the phone should anyone need him.

General AssemblyThis is the week of the General Assembly which can be viewed online from the opening ceremony on Wednesday Evening through to the close of business on Saturday. Provided he is feeling up to it and COVID-19 clear Philip will hopefully be attending some of the latter days.

Youth Fellowship at the Manse, next Sunday 26th June @ 7pm: We have finished our programme for the year but will continue to meet together for some fun and fellowship for the next few weeks, aiming to finish up for the summer on the 10th July with probably a bbq!

The Passing of John Cunningham: It is with sadness we have to announce the passing of John Cunningham, elder of Carndonagh Presbyterian Church. John passed away on Wednesday after his long courageous battle with illness. Please do remember his family circle in your prayers over the difficult time of grief that lies ahead.

Dates for Holiday Bible Club, 4th to 8th July: We look forward to hosting the Newmills team this July for the first time in a few years but we would also love to have you help in facilitating this youth ministry. If you can help out with the club please do make yourself known. This would be an especially great opportunity for some of the new communicants to help out with church family life and share their faith.

Registration forms are available on the Inishowen Four website and from Philip directly. Please do advertise this out in the community with family and friends.

Drive In Gospel Services at Bready Cricket Club: Sunday Evenings at 6:30pm throughout May and June.

Announcements Sunday 12th June 2022

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

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

Youth Fellowship at the Manse tonight (12th June) @ 7pm: We have finished our programme for the year but will continue to meet together for some fun and fellowship for the next few weeks.

Midweek Book Study this Wednesday 15th June @ 8pm. Meeting at Howard and Helen’s home this week as we continue working our way through Bryan Chapell’s book, ‘Unlimited Grace.’ Questions and copies of the book are available from Philip.

Dates for Holiday Bible Club, 4th to 8th July: We look forward to hosting the Newmills team this July for the first time in a few years but we would also love to have you help in facilitating this youth ministry. If you can help out with the club please do make yourself known. This would be an especially great opportunity for some of the new communicants to help out with church family life and share their faith.

Registration forms are available on the Inishowen Four wesbite and from Philip directly. Please do advertise this out in the community with family and friends.

Drive In Gospel Services at Bready Cricket Club: Sunday Evenings at 6:30pm throughout May and June.

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Announcements Sunday 29th May 2022

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

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Philip Poots

Youth Fellowship at the Manse, this evening @ 7pm for anyone of secondary school age up. Please read next chapter of proximity booklet.  Hope to see members from all four churches there.

Joint Session Meeting this Tuesday 31st May @ 7pm at Malin PC. Please do prioritise attendance for review of child protection policy purposes

Midweek Book Study 8pm at Helen Stewart’s Continuing to work though Bryan Chapell’s Unlimited Grace book. If you need to question sheets or a copy of the book, please contact Philip

Dates for Holiday Bible Club, 4th to 8th July: We look forward to hosting the Newmills team this July for the first time in a few years but we would also love to have you help in facilitating this youth ministry. If you can help out with the club please do make yourself known. This would be an especially great opportunity for some of the new communicants to help out with church family life and share their faith.

Drive In Gospel Services at Bready Cricket Club: Sunday Evenings at 6:30pm throughout May and June.

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

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Announcements Sunday 22nd May 2022

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

Service next Sunday will be conducted by Rev Drew Abernethy

Midweek Bible Study 8pm at the Manse. Question sheets are available from the back or directly from Philip. Everyone is welcome from 7:30pm on and we will aim to get started at 8pm and there will be coffee and tea available along with a treat or two!

Youth Fellowship at the Manse, next Sunday 29th May @ 7pm: Please note no Youth Fellowship tonight as previously announced.

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

Joint Session Meeting, Tuesday 31st May @ 7pm at Malin PC.

Dates for Holiday Bible Club, 4th to 8th July: Plans are under way for the Holiday Bible Club at Greenbank this year and we look forward to hosting the Newmills team this July. If you can help out with the club please do make yourself known. This would be a great opportunity for some of the new communicants to help out with church family life and share their faith.

Drive In Gospel Services at Bready Cricket Club: Sunday Evenings at 6:30pm throughout May and June.

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

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