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GO Rally 2011

6 Jan

After a prolonged Christmas break, every one at Another King hopes you’ve had a wonderful festive season and welcome to 2011!

I’m not sure what your January schedules are looking like, what resolutions you’ve decided to take up, perhaps some dreaded exams are looming. However, the start of a brand new year gives us an excellent opportunity to look forward and see what we can do with it. So with the GO Rally coming up this Friday evening, there’s a fantastic chance to already get planning to serve the Lord this year.

What does it hold in store for you?

Some information on R.P Mission Teams and ‘Student witnessing in Belfast’ will be provided during the night, and it’ll be a chance to get your hands on the application forms for this years GO Teams and the prayer cards. Inside information has also been leaked to suggest that there is one brand spanking new team available this year; so if these aren’t incentives to spend a Friday night away from the revision desk or cinema screen, I don’t know what is!

Please make the effort to come along and be challenged to serve this Summer! For all the important information, see below:

Date: Friday 7th January

Location: Dromore R.P.C (Brewery Lane, off Meeting Street)

Start Time: 8pm

Speaker and Topic: Rev. Vincent McDonnell on ‘Blow the Master’s Trumpet’

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Stranraer GO Team

13 Sep

That’s right folks, GO Team report season continues here on AK. This time, it’s the turn of Stranraer which took place on Saturday 4th September. (see controversial section of comments concerning Committees, Weddings and Bun-Clarification here.)

Once finding out our hastily put together travel arrangements, we found ourselves sitting in the foot-passenger section of Belfast’s Stena Line Port at the early hour of 6.15am. The murky morning didn’t dampen our spirits, and soon there were 7 Team Members, 3 Cooks and a Mr and Mrs Loughridge setting off across the Pond for our days work in Stranraer. I myself was a bit apprehensive, not at the prospect of doing a days work in Scotland, but more at the fact that if I bought the ridiculously over-priced Fry, I may end up seeing it again due to the rocky nature of the journey.

One hour into our crossing, I was told that there was ‘only two hours to go’ until we reached our destination, so of course cards were brought out to pass the time and it wasn’t long before the Team was involved in an intense game of Pitt while Ken worked on the Trinity announcements for the following morning. (Unfortunately there was no opportunity to hi-jack these and make some funny changes.)

Tom and Pete wolfing down their Fry

You think Brenna looks annoyed here? You should have seen Pete when there was no match report in the paper of N.I's 1-0 away win!

A drowsy Tom during Pitt

On arrival at Stranraer, we were whisked away in cars to our HQ for the day, Stranraer’s hall, where we enjoyed a much needed cup of Coffee or Tea and we also met up with the group that came down from Airdre to help out (despite reports that Beth was driving slowly cautiously). Shortly after, we started into our Leaflet Distribution for the day, some of us headed into villages on the outskirts of Stranraer whereas others targeted the centre of the town. The invites were simply inviting the local people to come  to the services along with a short explanation of why they should return to Church.We arrived back to HQ for Lunch and were greeted by glorious smells which meant that there would be no salad sandwiches served but cocktail sausages and potatoes galore.

Although the Distribution was our main ministry of the day, but we also went into one of the Nursing Homes just up the road from the Church in the afternoon. This was an enouraging time of praise as many of the older folks were able to sing along with the Psalms and Ken Nelson spoke for a short while. After this we dusted off the rest of the leaflets in good time, meaning the total for the day was around 800 distributed.

Capturing a rare photo of Beth!

George, the affectionately named 'Crazy Ken' and Bob

The rest of the day consisted of sharing in a time of fellowship with the members of Stranraer, we had tea together and then a short period of Psalm Singing (from the old Psalter…so of course I messed up quite alot) and before we knew it, the time had come to wave goodbye and head back to the Port.

The way home was a sleepy one, after some consumption of food and games of Pitt we were soon back in Belfast and heading our seperate ways. It was strange being on a GO Team for just a day, the main benefit I felt was the opportunity to encourage the people of Stranraer, they clearly loved having us over and it was nice to be over and help them with their outreach. Much prayer is needed for the future of the congregation however, so please remember this work.

Stephen with the condemned chair in the background!

Connor and Stephen cracking jokes about the Pulpit...

The Milford Rejects/Londonderry/Derry/Bready GO Team

8 Sep

Apologies for our recent lack of activity on Another King, most of the writers have had a fairly busy few weeks, James has been touching numerous smelly feet of children whilst having to endure a topsy turvey time of exams/remarks, if you don’t know what Robert’s been up to then you’re clearly out of the loop and Andy remains the only one with a viable excuse as he continues his work placement. Hopefully we will be back to regular business shortly!

So yes, here it is, the GO Team report for whichever of the above titles you find is the most appropriate. I’m fairly sure that most people didn’t even know that there was going to be a GO Team here untill some Prayer Points were sent round, so hopefully i’ll shed some light on the foundation work that was being done this year in the UK’s recently voted City of Culture!

Our week began by gathering where Gateway Christian Fellowship (the official name for the new work in Derry) are meeting for worship, Steven Robinson is heading up this work and he was there to welcome us and we then were led in worship by Andrew Lytle. It was a record number of attendance that week however that was mainly due to Team Members and some visitors from Bready and Faughan. They are meeting monthly in the Junction on Bishop’s Street and there have already been some people come along to the services.

After this, we were treated to our first bout of what proved to be a week of amazing generousity and hospitality from the Bready congregation. The Team enjoyed having a relaxing afternoon, one where Anna got lost on the way to the toilet and also asked if cows are milked on Sundays due to it being a day of rest (this of course opening the floodgates for slagging her for the rest of the week). We enjoyed great food and a lovely walk before being whisked away to the Evening Service and then spent a brief time of fellowship with the Bready congregation. Before we knew it, we were left in the Church by ourselves and we then went about setting a few things up to try and make the place a bit more homely for our weeks stay.

Our days on the Team followed pretty much the same routine, after a quick breakfast and morning devotions, we were straight into our Leaflet Distribution, this was spearheaded by Fergus Marshall and we ventured into areas on both the Waterside and Cityside, distributing a very well put together leaflet that proclaimed the Gospel and advertised Gateway’s upcoming events. Despite some of these areas being quite a distance from Gateway (I quickly realised that my pre-Team thoughts of us going into the Bogside and other closer areas wouldn’t come to pass), let’s hope and pray that many would have read and been really interested in this new work and also hope that in future years, more direct areas could be reached. By the end of the week, we had given out our 5000 leaflets and they seemed well recieved by the communities we went into, we were also very grateful for the support from the willing volunteers from Bready and Faughan that helped each day.

Putting Coffee into her breakfast bowl wasn't a good start to the week for Erin...

Following a quickly devoured lunch which was usually prepared by the girls as Pete and I continued our Table Tennis Championship (he won 17-12 in the end), we gathered for the afternoon Bible Study. Blair took these and there was no repeat of those Gartmore Family Worships or Announcements as they went very well and each Team Member was challenged by them as we chatted about various approaches/techniques to evangelism and how to transfer them into different situations. We also benefitted from a structured prayer time at the end of the Study, a highlight of the day for me.

There was time set aside after the Study for some “practical work”, don’t be fooled, this wasn’t any thing in the community, it was really just a general clean up of Bready Manse! Pete F was able to vent his frustrations as when he was given the task of clipping the hedge, he had some how managed to cut clean through the wire within the first few minutes……his punishment was then to pick ivy out or a predominantly ivy hedge for the rest of the afternoon. The girls also enjoyed having to wipe down garden chairs and tables with what were presumably old pairs of McFarland boxers!

Practical Pete and his punishment

Each evening we were graciously welcomed into one family’s home from the Bready congregation, this was a great time of fellowship among the family as well as some of Bready’s other young people who came along too, also the food was immense and we were stuffed after each course. Pete F’s reputation clearly preceeded him as one evening, a lady commented on “Peter’s good Faughan appetite”….at this point I nearly spat out my mince and potatoes in trying not to laugh.

Following our massive feed, it was quite hard to move and get motivated to head back to the Church for more work. Each evening, we were heading out to areas near Bready Church to carry out some Door-to-Door work, basically giving out invites to some guest services in October where Stuart Olyott is preaching. There were some good conversations had throughout the course of the week, however after chatting during a Bible Study, we decided to draw up a Questionnaire for the last evening to help stimulate conversation and these worked very well in trying to open people up and draw their attention to the advertised Christianity Explored course.

We finished up when it was starting to get dark and then regrouped back in the kitchen at Bready to have a chat about that evenings exploits. Our day was then topped off by some hot chocolate and Evening Devotions which was another highlight for me. After this was finished we generally got quite competitive and played numerous games of Pitt and Dutch Blitz or else used the Hall for some Volleyball, Football or Uni-Hoc before people headed off to their comfy air matresses.

Out for Dinner

The abuse clearly got a bit much for Tish-Bug

We did manage to get two breaks from the routine during the week. Wednesday’s spontaneous evening off was a result of us being so tired and full after a lovely evening meal at the Buchannan’s that we couldn’t move at all, it turned into a great evening of not just team bonding, but also again with the other young people from Bready. We ventured on a short walk down to the Foyle, took a few pictures and then the girls made a horrendous decision to watch ‘Leap Year’, typical predictable rom-com stuff, although it was laughable bad at stages.

On Thursday afternoon, we decided to really get to grips with Stroke City and so we decided to go for a tour of Blair led by Blair around the city walls. It was my first time up there and I loved it, my GCSE History was flooding back to me and made me realise that this was a central part to our Northern Irish heritage and history. The fantastic afternoon was completed by a trip to St. Colum’s Park (a hot spot for new R.P couples apparently as a certain Team member mentioned how much they liked it!), we had a great time on the newly built play parks and then finished off with a game of Ultimate Frisbee.

The Collins'!

Skills Junior

Wearing Erin's Hoodie....watch out Andy...

Out on the Tour!

Pete was clearly happy to go inside the CoI Cathedral

Peter was still feeling awkward after the 'Hedge Clipper Incident'

Going crazy after playing Frisbee

The team finished with the Congregational BBQ on Friday evening held at the Manse, this meant there was more ‘practical work’ in the afternoon as we prepared an evening of fellowship with the people of Bready. It was a lovely time where we got to share our experiences of the weeks work with most of the folk there, eat great good and also the sunset was glorious so it was a great way to end the week.

Anna giving it stacks!

Pete F's uncomfortable hiding place

Texting 'Tom'?!

Letitia's favourite activity of the week

Most of the Team stayed over untill Saturday for the CY Conference so after some tidying up, we were by ourselves again in the Church, after our last Evening Devotions and Rachel and Letitia’s 1 Billionth Cup of Tea, we headed off to Tescos and McD’s to get some supplies. When we got back, we started into playing the scariest game of Sardines i’ve ever played, those country congregations are properly dark at night! I also witnessed Pete F manage to squeeze himself into the most uncomfortable hiding place leaving the last three people completely clueless as to where we were. After we eventually listened to Anna about her complaining about the dark, we started a game of Twister and played long into the night.

A fantastic team which was completely different from what I had in mind before I arrived. Let’s hope that the foundation work done this year will be building blocks for the GO Committee to work off and may Gateway Christian Fellowship and Bready be advanced from the work that was done.

Team Members:

  • Peter ‘the destroyer’ Fallows
  • Jonny ‘texting Tom’ Collins
  • Alastair ‘So……..how was your day?’ McCollum
  • Derek ‘back to school’ Lynch
  • Rachel ‘from Newtownabbey direction’ Weatherup
  • Anna ‘wants a night-light’ Collins
  • Letitia ‘sweetpea’ Magee
  • Erin ‘honey’ McCollum
  • Sharon ‘LONDONderry’ Buchannan

Not long to GO!

15 Apr

The official closing date for GO Team Application forms is only a few days away, so if you haven’t made your mind up yet, time to get the thinking caps on!

Please do have a good think over the next few days if there are times during your summer where you could give up a week to serve the Church. I’m sure some of our readers could give us some information on where numbers are still needed if you would like to know where you could be used best! Don’t fear about late applications, every one will be welcome!

Also a reminder that the Evangelism Conference is being held in Lisburn R.P.C on Saturday 1st May, more details will be coming to you soon no doubt.

So hopefully this post has got you all nostalgic, if so, feel free to browse through these hilariously old photos of previous GO Teams and Campaigns (as they were once called…)

Enjoy!

Retro GO Team Photos

Mission Week at Larne R.P.C

15 Feb

Last night saw the start of the Mission Week going on at Larne.

Rev. Derek Petrie has called in the big guns for what looks set to be a great week of teaching, fellowship and outreach in Larne. After holding a GO Team day on Saturday 30th, invites and advertisements have been going around the town about this week and hopefully much fruit will be seen as a result of this labour.

Take a good note of the outline of the week and do try and attend some of the meetings that are going on. If not, pray for them, pray for the speakers, that as the word is faithfully preached, people will come to know Christ as Saviour and King.

Sun 14th @ 6.30pm
Rev. John Coates – The Vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1)

Mon 15th @ 8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Joel Beeke – The New Birth – What Is it? (John 3:3)

Tue 16th @ 8:00pm
Rev. Dr. Dick Knodel – Worthy is the Lamb (Revelation 5)

Wed 17th @ 8:00pm
Rev. Derek Petrie – The Unheeding World, The Undying Church, The Unending Reign (Revelation 8 – 11)

Thu 18th @ 8:00pm
Rev. David Sutherland – The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19)

Fri 19th. Feb., 2010 8:00pm
Rev. David Silversides – The Last Judgement (Revelation 19)

Sat 20th. Feb., 2010 8:00pm
Pastor Trevor Kirkland – Ecclesiates and Christ the Creator (Especially for Young People)

Sun 21st @ 11:30am
Rev. John J. Murray – The New Heaven and The New Earth (Revelation 21)

Sun 21st @ 6:30pm
Rev. John J. Murray – Jesus Christ is Coming! (Revelation 22)

What’s the best thing in Larne?  The Road out of it The Mission Week being held from 14th to 21st! ;)

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!

Directing

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.

Champions League Club

8 Aug

CLHBC

Points for Prayer:

  • Give thanks for the young men organising the club
  • Give thanks for the premises at Dromore Rugby Club
  • Pray for safety during the week
  • Pray that many children would attend
  • Pray for good weather
  • Pray that God would be with those giving the talks and memory verses
  • Pray that the children would listen attentively
  • Pray that all would enjoy the club
  • Pray that children and parents would see Christ in us
  • Pray that many parents would attend the BBQ on Friday night
  • Pray that God would use this week to save souls of children and parents