Archive | August, 2009

Senior Camp 2009 Videos

31 Aug

Gareth McFarland has (finally) got all those videos he took at Senior Camp online. These are my favourite two videos.

Andrew McKelvey – Desperado

Amazing, jaw-dropping, beautiful… and the singing’s pretty good too.

Mastermind Part 2

A better quality video than the one in our camp review and still hilarious.

Click here for more including Ali G, Random footage, Francies’ poem and even more of Rob dancing!

Thank you Gareth.

Mission Video

24 Aug

Powerful. A must watch.

(HT: SWS)

A new contender for my favourite video of all time. Watching it made me think not only of the unreached people who live far away but of the unreached people who live on the same island as me. A large number of sizeable towns in Ireland have no evangelical witness and many have never heard the gospel faithfully explained.

Pray for the unreached people of the world.

Pray for the unreached people of Ireland.

Be prepared to be used as part of the answer to your prayers.

Dromore Outreach

21 Aug

“Over 15 years of gospel ministry I have been involved in many weeks osf outreach. This past week ranks as the most encouraging week that I have experienced in such work” Rev. David McCullough 

Here are thirteen reasons Dad gave after the week to be encouraged and give thanks to God:

1. Seeing the Lord at work – stirring up workers, equiping men, women and children to serve Him, burdening more and more to pray.

2. Over 40 adults were involved in some way in our efforts to make contact with the community that we live in.

3. An increasing number came to pray.

4. Hearing some of the men of the church explain the gospel so clearly in teaching at the clubs.

5. Seeing members of our church family take on new challenges in your service for Jesus.

6. Seeing God’s people work alongside one another with one aim, to glorify God in making others glad in the gospel.

7. Watching about 20 or so little children associated with our church having fun together and learning about the Lord Jesus.

8. Having a total of 65 boys attend the Champions League Bible Club and seeing them sit as the gospel is faithfully explained.

9. Having the oppertunity to reach 6000 homes with a copy of the Word Today.

10. Having so many new people across the door of our meeting house for the parents evening on the last night of the Champions League.

11. Seeing our young people with a real passion to tell of Jesus Christ.

12. Listening to the prayers of hearts that long for God to be glorified by the rescuing of sinners.

13. Watching God’s pepole do the little behind the scenes activities that are vital to the smooth running of such a week.

Special mentions for those from other congregations who helped.

Hayley Rolleston and Brenna McEwen who helped run the Junior club in the morning, distribute literature and register boys at the football club.

Alistair Rolleston for his 2 cameo appearances at a prayer meeting and literature distribution.

Peter Loughridge, Joel Loughridge and Gavin Blackwell for organsing and providing expert coaching at the Champions League Club.

Mission worker Philip McCollum for co-writing the leaflet, organising the week, preaching in the open air, giving talks, doing door to door and distributing a truckload of leaflets.

Photos

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Hayley, Brenna and Emma – not crying!

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Philip about to start an open air

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“…For Champions”

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Cambi and the only footballer at the club that I can put photos up of

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So proud of the blue shirt

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Head coach in action alongside James F and the Moderator

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IFAcoachingbadgeswell and Joel look in pain, Dave soon will be

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Helping with the competitions

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Not afraid to start with the basics, “This is a football…”
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Probably the most well designed leaflet I’ve had the privilege of distributing – In 2 weeks 6,000 copies were given out  by Dromore RPC

Leaflets were given out in Dromore, Hillsborough, Donaghcloney, Gamblestown, Blackskull, Waringstown, Kinallen and Waringsford.

Three simple point to pray for:

1. Pray that the Lord will use the work done for His glory.

2. Pray that some would yet respond to the offer of a Christianity Explored Course.

3. Pray that we would have grace and patience as we sow the seed of the gospel.

“Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15 v 58

Lisburn GO Week

19 Aug

R.P.C BannerGreetings Readers, i’ve decided that we hear quite a bit about the work of GO Teams, these are great, but a lot of work goes on in congregations across Ireland behind the scenes as numerous GO Weeks go ahead without the need of help from teams. So I thought, where better to start than in Lisburn!

Lisburn GO Week Helpers

Lisburn GO Week Helpers

Our GO Week ran from 9th-14th August, after a questionaire about our last few GO Weeks, a few changes were made to the programme and I think these helped a great deal, it was a refreshing change for the usual helpers who were down all week. Our days ran from 10am to about 8.30pm. The whole week was quite hectic and as a result very tiring but completely worthwhile as I saw many spiritual benefits from the week. Even being in the church all week with mostly the same group of people, greatly enhances the fellowship you share, you get to know your fellow members so much better and all being there for the same purpose was greatly encouraging too.

Our week began with the usual congregational lunch after morning worship on Sabbath, this was a good time of fellowship for the church to enjoy but after it, we recieved a briefing from all the members of the Outreach Committee on the various ministries and activies that will be going on throughout the week. After this, a time of prayer followed which was fantastic as it gives us time, as an entire congregation to bring our prayers and petitions for the week before the Lord.

Congregational Lunch

Me either being highly unimpressed by the quality of soup or quality of Emmaline's company...

Me either being highly unimpressed by the quality of soup or quality of Emmaline's company...

Briefing Meeting for Congregation

Briefing Meeting for Congregation

And so the work began on Monday, each morning, one of the Elders led a Bible Study based on the book by Donald Whitney, ‘Ten Questions to Diagnose your Spiritual Health’, these were very challenging with topics ranging from ‘Thirsting for more of God’, ‘Loving More’ and ‘Concern for others Spiritual and Temporal Needs’. A time of discussion and prayer followed these studies. I really enjoyed this time, it got the day off to the right start, reading from God’s word, discussion, a few challenges for our lives and prayer. I really enjoyed sitting and listening to the thoughts and ideas raised and discussed by every one and especially the older members of our congregation, in particular, Mrs. Leahy (see the Moderator’s Diary) who has such a vast knowledge of the word of God and brought forward many thought provoking questions and statements during the studies. After this, a time of coffee, pancakes and shortbread was provided before the helpers headed down to our Bible Club in the morning. Later on in the week, this was especially appreciated!

Coffee Time

Coffee Time!

Coffee Time!

Our Holiday Bible Club ran from Monday-Friday and a decision was made to hold it in the local school rather than in the church, this way, it was closer to a lot more homes, but also I think parents perhaps felt more comfortable bringing their children to the school and we had great numbers, i’m told an average of 51.8 over the 5 days?! Mostly every one was well behaved as lots of games, singing, lessons, memory verses, craft and quizes were carried out. Our lessons during the week were based on the ‘Wordless Book’ which contained no words or pictures but only colours, each of the colours represented a different theme, (for example, Black was Sin, Red was Christ’s death, Green was Growth.) This worked well as by the end of the week, most of the kids were able to remember the story based on the colours.

Bible Club Story

Enjoying the school's playground

Enjoying the school's playground

At the end of the week, Clare decided that never again, she would ever make up actions to Psalm Choruses on the spot...

At the end of the week, Clare decided that never again, she would ever make up actions to Psalm Choruses on the spot...

Robbie and William try out their own craft

Robbie and William try out their own craft

This wasn't during my Lesson!!

This wasn't during my Lesson!!

Dad deep in prayer during Mum's Memory Verse....

Dad deep in prayer during Mum's Memory Verse....

Pre-Talk Nerves?

Pre-talk Nerves?

Debbie using me as an illustration?

Debbie trying to impersonate me as a baby.

On Monday afternoon, the church had a brilliant, brand new idea of having a Fun Day at the church for the local community to come along and enjoy. We had various games around the site of the church, both inside and out, both wet and dry, it was fantastic, we had around 50 young people attending this, along with many parents, it was so encouraging to see, in Lisburn, many would see church as completely irrelevant to them, not even seeing it as a tradition to go along on a Sabbath, so to see so many on the church site and having fun there was fantastic. The kids were able to run round and try any games they wanted, prizes were distributed for the highest scoring kids in each game. Unfortunately due to all the Child Protection issues there aren’t many photo’s I can use of all the different activites but hope you get a good grasp of how awesome it was any way!

Gregg was clearly missing Gregg's Games...

Gregg was clearly missing Gregg's Games...

Michelle in Action

Unfortunately...my game was quite popular...

Unfortunately...my game was quite popular...

Hoola Hoops

When Debbie swapped with me, we bent the rules a wee bit...

When Debbie swapped with me, we bent the rules a wee bit...

Tuesday went much the same, another good turn out at the Bible Club in the morning, then we really got stuck into the Leaflet Distribution in the afternoon, we covered many areas in Lisburn, giving out bookmarks which were invites to our next 6 Guest Services, all on the last 6 Commandments, which are all to do with both God and Man. Pray that there will be a good response to these and that the people’s consciences will be pricked. During the week we covered about 6000 houses, it was a great effort considering the amount of hands we had, hopefully there will be some fruit for our labours. Tuesday afternoon was also set aside for the Caring Ministry, this is a vital activity which was organised very well, a few people were set aside to go along and visit some of the more elderly in the congregation who can’t make it out to church any more, a few Nursing Homes were visited and time was set aside for us to just chat to the old people and there was a short epilogue along with a few musical performances.

Jeff sorting out the distribution

Jeff sorting out the distribution

Dr. McCollum started night-shifts during the week, I think it was getting to her....

Dr. McCollum started night-shifts during the week, I think it was getting to her....

Lunch Time!

Lunch Time!

Girls chilling on the steps

Girls chilling on the steps

Dad getting schooled...

Dad getting schooled...

Blowing off some steam during time off
Debbie the Distributor

Debbie the Distributor...

Debbie the Dinosaur

Debbie the Dinosaur

In the evenings, there were two ministries going on, most people went on Door to Door around the immediate area of housing around the church, challenging people about life after death and their views towards God’s word. There was also a very cunning move by the Outreach Committee as the other people who weren’t on Door to Door went to other areas of housing near the church to do Door to Door disguised as Leaflet/CD Distribution. This was brilliant as the people on Leaflets had to knock on doors and personally invite the people to the next series of Guest Services while also trying to give out a free CD of our last Guest Service on the 4th Commandment. It was great for both young and older people in the congregation to get more used to talking to people on the doors and generally every one was encouraged by their experiences. However, with Tom away for a week on the Ballylagan Relief Team, I had no partner in crime, however, I had one replacement in mind, and with one phone call and after a rousing “GO ON?!” Tim was there!! Tim wasn’t really bothered by the usual problem he has at large RP events as the congregation didn’t seem to accept the fact that Tom had left and called Tim, Tom for most of the week any way. And luckily, as soon as he arrived, we got McDonalds for lunch after the kids club that day.

Apparently the attendant was a bit shocked by the amount ordered

Apparently the attendant was a bit shocked by the amount ordered

I know you're all thinking it but i'm not putting it as a caption...

I know you're all thinking it but i'm not putting it as a caption...

The McDonald's Advertising Team was clearly thinking about Pete F

The McDonald's Advertising Team was clearly thinking about Pete F

Isobell was also getting stuck in

Isobel was also getting stuck in

That night we had our annual Lisburn R.P.C Football Match down at Ferris Park in Dromore. The team line up as always were the Elders and Deacons vs. the Rest, it was a pretty great game, good quality all round and generally good craic which was always the main idea as we blew off a bit of steam during our busy week. Some Dromore blow ins were also called upon as the Elders and Deacons were a bit short on numbers. The final score was 4-4 which pretty much reflected the game. James was very sporting during the game and decided that he’d only let Lisburn people score so he kindly blasted over a number of times from close range.

Some of the interesting warm up rountines

Some of the interesting warm up rountines

Good Skill

Pulled off some pretty good saves!

Despite looking the wrong way, he pulled off some good saves!

Points for effort...

Points for effort...

When Thursday came around, it was time for another new challenge for Lisburn, the Outreach Committee had planned for a free car wash to take place in the car park while a Book Fair took place inside where the visitors came and got some free coffee and tea while browsing the books that had been provided by the Bookshop. A grand total of £161 of books were sold during this so it was a great success, a number of the ladies also got chatting to the visitors so the day was fantastic. The Car Wash also turned out very well, in total, we washed 32 cars, 10 of those were people from the community who went inside to view the books, and 1 tractor. There was a great team of helpers, it was all good craic and we formed a pretty good team, we left signs on some of the congregation members cars to let them know it was theres because we did such a good job on their cars!

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Tim looking as cheerful as ever...

Tim looking as cheerful as ever...

Debbie's Car Sign

Initially we thought Gregg was joking...

Initially we thought Gregg was joking...

But we all got stuck in

But we all got stuck in

Interesting messages were found in some people's cars

Interesting messages were found in some people's cars

Sweet Ride

Sweet Ride

We decided Hannah smelt a wee bit

We decided Hannah smelt a wee bit

Car Wash Team

Car Wash Team

And so by Friday, I think it was fair to say that every one was pretty shattered, we’d enjoyed a great week and it was all going to be topped off by the BBQ on Friday night (after a fairly thorough clean up of the church during the afternoon), the deacons and ladies served up a great feast and there was a great number in the church from the community too, I think some of the older folks were shocked by so many crazy kids running about the place. So every ate untill they were full and good company was enjoyed. Pray that these young families who we’ve come into contact with remain for further Bible Schools and hopefully will join our Sabbath School and CY.

Later on during Friday night, Debbie gave a photo presentation on all the things we’d got up to during the week. A gift presentation was also made to Debbie who had been with us as a worker for some time, i’d just like to thank Debbie for all the hard work she put in during her time with us, she was fantastic in all the ministries she was taking part in and made an impact in so many people’s lives. Remember Debbie in your prayers as she heads off to Sudan to work with the Cush for Christ programme untill December.

And so the 2009 GO Week at Lisburn drew to a close, a fantastic week with many great memories. Hope you’ve gained a little insight into what goes on during a church-run GO Week, and maybe a better look in to what Lisburn is like as a congregation. Hope you’ve enjoyed. Stay tuned on Another King for more fantastic reports of GO Teams from across the country coming soon.

Young Adults’ Weekend

17 Aug

I’ve been asked to promote the upcoming Young Adults’ Weekend as has already been advertised on Stephen Steele’s blog Shall We Sing a Song for You. The over 18’s weekend is being held on 11th-13th September and the venue is newly-renovated Mullartown House in Annalong.

Mullartown House

Mullartown House
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How to find the place if you already know where Annalong is

The main speaker is Rev. Andrew Lucas, minister of Omagh Evangelical Presbyterian Church, who will be giving talks on the book of Ruth, and Rev. Galbriath (baptism) and Rev. Agnew (topic tbc) will also be giving seminars. The cost for the weekend is a mere £40 if you get your applications to James Blair before August 27th and £45 thereafter. No email applications will be accepted though Steelo has made the form available to download here.

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The weekend schedule (property of SWS)

I’m really looking forward to what will surely be a fantastic weekend and an oppertunity to recharge our spiritual batteries as the summer ends.

Enniskillen GO Team – What we Learned.

15 Aug

Greetings Readers!Enniskillen Team

Me and James decided that we would do 2 Blog Reports for the ‘Skills’ GO Team this year, for 2 reasons,

1. It was an absolutely beast team.

2. We always hear what goes on during a GO Team but only occasionally we hear of what the team learned from it.

So we at Another King decided we’d give our readers a bit of insight into what all the team learnt from their week down in Co. Fermanagh and try and share it with others. This is to try and give people insight on the spiritual benefits that can be had from going on GO Teams, but also encouragement of seeing our Brothers and Sisters in Christ grow from weeks like this.

Now this is some of the stuff you don’t get in Messenger reports! And yes…I did dig through the archives for some of the photo’s!

Ali GAlistair Rolleston:

Best GO Team ever. Fact. Being set to lead a group of unruly teenagers proved far easier than I thought, as time and time again, they showed personal strength and spiritual maturity, far beyond their years. The Devotions in the evening were really some thing, seeing this group of people grow close by worshipping God through our bond with Christ.

BrennaBrenna McEwen:

The Go Teamwas a great blessing to me. It was amazing to see friends who I have known from a young age now completely focused on Christ, dedicating their lives to serving him. The strength of their faith has been such challenge to me but also an encouragement to know that I can come to anyone of them for spiritual help. One of the main things I have learnt from the week is that the time we have on earth with people is short and this time should be used talking to them about God. This is a week I will never forget, some great memories

JamesJames McCullough:

God really used this team to encourage and spiritually refresh me. I learnt that we must talk more about our Saviour withour fellow believers to learn more and encourage each other. I am grateful to the rest of my team members for being so open and teaching me so much. Getting to know the other GO teamers better has made me really excited about the future of the RP church and taught me that now is the time we need to push on in our faith to become really effective servants of God

Rach WeatherupRachel Weatherup:

Enniskillen GO Team 09 – an absolutely amazing week. Some mighty craic. Psalm Sing and Devotions on the last night were brilliant!! Really such a great blessing to be part of an immense team. Such an encouragement to see God answering prayers throughout the week and the work progressing in Enniskillen. Has really encouraged me to live life more fully and to make the most of every opportunity

Elise AllenElise Allen:

The most amazing week of my life, I found the psalm singing, morning and evening devotions the most amazing ones ever. The team was such a blessing and the fellowship we enjoyed together. It was so wonderful. It was a privilege to have been a part of this GO Team and I will remember it always.

Joel Cromie:Joeline

Definitely up there with one of the best weeks of my life. Really enjoyed each night’s deovtions and it was particularly good to have such fellowship with Christians my age, I really enjoyed getting to know the Fellowship in Enniskillen and thoroughly enjoyed getting schooled by William Armstrong in the art of deception!

Hannah DrennanHannah Drennan:

Truly brilliant week! Fellowship was fantastic, particularly the late night craic! Spilling and slagging was cracker. I was really blessed by the excitement on the team for Christ and for the work we were doing. The prayers during evening devotions were incredible and a great idea. Such a GO Team!

Alastair McCollum:

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Some thing I was challenged with right before we had left for Enniskillen, “you’re not going on holiday, you’re going to serve.” A fantastic challenge that I resolved that I would try and carry out all throughout the week, and I must say, I found it a pleasure and privelege to be serving Christ and His church down in Enniskillen, taking opportunities to show love of Christ to the elderly in the Nursing Homes and talk to fellow team members of spiritual things and learning from them. In all the various ministries we carried out, I recieved so much from them, especially the show, was challenged by so many lost souls drifting past me, mindlessly rejecting what I had to say to them, it was a good reminder of why we were there. Phenomenal week with many great memories.

Windswept Mary LynnMary-Lynn Cromie:

Most emotional psalm-sing/prayer time, ever! Really encouraging week; it was such a blessing to be part of (unofficially) a team that really shone for Christ.

Tim McCollum:The Lads

I was astonished at hearing Robert Robb shout out his car window, “GO ON TIM!” Some thing I thought i’d never hear. Any way, I really enjoyed the morning Bible Studies, as Robert was speaking about different articles of furniture in the Tabernacle, particularly the Ark of the Covenant, how they all point forward to Christ. Also a great reminder in the week to be like shining stars in dark places, with our attitude and the things that we say.

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Heather McMullan:

A really great week, I am really blessed to have been on this team where every one was working for the glory of God. It had some amazing prayer times where I learned so much and I really loved the psalm sing that brought in my Birthday in the early hours of Saturday!

Rebecca McCullough:Rebecca looking Scared

I don’t really think that I can sum this week up. The bant was amazing and getting to know my brothers and sisters in Christ even better was fantastic. The evening devotions were incrediable, looking around the room seeing and hearing my brothers and sisters in Christ praising the almighty God.  I was challenged spiritually so much this week. Our time on earth is short. We have to tell people about God now, we have to live for him now, we have to start serving him now. Also that this God we serve and worship is the real and the living God, this week reminded me of that. It was an amazing week.

So I hope you have learned from the experiences and memories of the team.

Psalm 72 vs. 16

‘And blessed be his glorious name,

to all eternity.

O may His glory, fill the earth.

Amen, so let it be.’


Bad Movies Are Dangerous

13 Aug

A thought-provoking article arguing that Christians should not only avoid the Da Vinci Codes and Brokeback Mountains but also refrain from watching “dumb” movies.

“The greatest danger of these movies is not what they are but what they do to us. They give us permission and at worst train us not to think about what we’re watching. As Christians, we don’t have this option. We are charged to remain sober and vigilant and to judge all things by scripture and the gospel. Does this mean we must concoct touching spiritual metaphors based on everything we see? No. But it does mean that if we ever find ourselves being taken on a ride by a movie about giant fighting robots, it’s best to either take control or jump off.”

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