Eastern Presbytery Weekend 2007

1 Nov
Carlsberg don’t do Eastern Presbytery Weekends but even if they did they couldn’t have beaten this one. For me the Eastern Presbytery Weekend is always one of the highlights of the year and this year was probably the best yet. The weekend ran on the traditional format, wisely not changing a winning formula, possibly a lesson for Nigel Worthington or maybe the IFA should have appointed Peter Loughridge as manager after Lawrie’s departure!
Anyway leaving serious Nige-bashing safely in the hands of AWS, the speaker for the weekend was the recent RP signing of Rev.Andrew Kerr of Knockbraken RPC. Gareth Kerr (no relation) intensified the pressure on Rev.Kerr’s shoulders by pointing out this was Andrew’s debut at an RP young people’s event but he stepped up to the plate and delivered a quality weekend’s worth of talks on the topic “The Christian Anatomy”. Lessons were drawn from various body parts mentioned in Scripture and reminded us of the illustrations God has given us showing his care for us and how we are to serve him. His use of powerpoint however was described as being a little too “Presbyterian” by a member of Lisburn.

Tom pondering on the talks

Friday night’s games were organised by Carrick CY. The highlight of which had to be my introduction to “Whoosh ball” a game set to take the world by storm. Rumours abound that it may even become part of the London 2012 Olympics. Sleep came in the early hours of Saturday morning after much “bant” and a tube of Jaffacakes. Saturday afternoon’s activities consisted of football in Kilraughts car park and some girls stuff, henceforth abbreviated to “guff”, in the church hall. No pictures of football are available as no-one with a camera ventured outside into the sub-zero condtions.


More of the women’s game

Volleyball- Tom in action

On Saturday evening Lorna and Ali organised the activity. A game called Conclusions in which we had to act out the final scene of a well-known movie in groups. Absolutely hilarious though the judges did have a bit of a ‘mare in their scoring of the acting. How could anything have beaten Ice Age in which Rob admitted he’s ginger, Champion the Wonderhorse saved the day and Gregg (our hero) Somerville had a starring role as a mammoth? Rumour has it there are video of some of the acts which I’ll try to get my hands on.

The new and improved Napolen Dynamite

On Sabbath we return to Kilraughts for worship during which Ali was left very confused by DF’s children’s address and afterwards we enjoyed a great lunch thanks to the ladies of Kilraughts. Also saw Debbie P for the first time since the legendary Cloughmills Go Team. There were only two flaws in the whole weekend which meant it wasn’t quite perfect. Firstly Tom “the Muppet” Sommerville managed to forget the clocks went back and woke our room at 7:15! What an eejit! I only realised after having got up and showered! Also I’m sorry to say that salad was offered as an option on Saturday for lunch. Don’t make friends with salad!

Some extra pics

Bex, Claire and the self-confessed Ginger

Calvin taking a photo of his own shoulder

The party bus!

Aaron, Abi, Tom, Harry and Ali

Rufus and Elvis

Sunday 7:15am not 8:15 Tom!


14 Responses to “Eastern Presbytery Weekend 2007”

  1. Anonymous November 1, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

    “Aaron, Abi, Tom, Harry and Ali”

    Should I be worried that Mcfly was the first thing that came to mind when I read this?

  2. James McCullough November 1, 2007 at 6:36 pm #

    There would be an arguement that if Mcfly ever pops into your mind you should be worried!lol
    Or maybe those in the photo should be worried?

  3. Rachel November 1, 2007 at 11:46 pm #

    ep weekend was so much fun!!
    and des dancing to the naepolian dynamite was absolutely hilaious!!

  4. Anonymous November 2, 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    lol much as we all love being reminded of arguably the best EP weekend ever;did u hav2scar us all with that last photo??

  5. Steelo November 2, 2007 at 11:35 pm #

    Haha James have to laugh at you showering!! Even (most of) the CTI Americans managed to safely negotiate Daylight Saving Time :D

    However I think we need to get away from using ‘Presbyterian’ as an insult. I know its more cumbersome to say ‘PCI’ or something, but calling them Presbyterians is really a compliment they don’t deserve! :-P

  6. Peter November 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    I enjoyed the weekend a lot too. If you lot had a great time and were blessed through it, then it is all worthwhile.

    Maybe like Lawrie I should bow out while the going is good?!!

  7. James McCullough November 5, 2007 at 7:19 pm #

    The important part of the shirt is the part you can’t see. The back proudly displays “HEALY 9”. Need I say more?

    What do you mean bow out! You mean the North is offering you more money to join their committee?

  8. Gareth November 5, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    Peter, I assure you its not time to bow out! One evening without you was enough to prove that!

  9. Alastair McCollum November 6, 2007 at 6:48 pm #

    No Peter! Don’t do it! Not that saying Gareth in charge would be a bad thing but it makes the weekend complete with you telling us to watch your car instead of going to sleep etc. Ali

  10. Naomi November 12, 2007 at 6:35 pm #

    Hey James, just wondering what the Lisburn member meant by “too Presbyterian”??

  11. James McCullough November 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    DMFWS will not reveal its sources of one of the few amusing jokes on this website. The comment was made in jest as we all know that Rev.Kerr has left such dark circles (thats a joke again incase you’re wondering) and is now a full-blooded RP. Though in all seriousness it has to be said that technology is overused in some churches and whilst this doesn’t mean we should fear technology the word should remain at the heart of our worship, not HD Plasma TV screens on every wall.

  12. Anonymous November 13, 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    been to cloughmills james?

  13. James McCullough November 15, 2007 at 11:19 pm #

    Yea, though marvellous as the place is it doesn’t have alot to with the Eastern Presbyterian Weekend!lol.
    I presume your comment was related to my previous comment and not the Weekend. I can’t see anyone being able to disagree with Cloughmills’ modern, multi-purpose Psalm board or maybe you’re referring to the Batman-style signal used to summon Rev.PJ in an hour of crisis as pointed out to me by Steelo.

  14. harry November 21, 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    hilarious!!! if any1 has videos of lee dancin please tell me – markcoulter50@yahoo.co.uk

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