Tag Archives: RPCI

Go Teams 2011

8 Jan

Audio and video from the Go Rally will hopefully be added shortly but first here’s a look at this year’s teams.

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Gartmore Audio

3 Aug

The talks from Gartmore are now available to download on the RP website, or from this page in slightly better quality. Also available here is the seminar given by Ken Smith on the subject of personal evangelism. Well worth a listen. To download any of these, right click > “save link as…”. Files are about 16mb each.

Ken Smith

Talk 1

Talk 2

Talk 3

Talk 4

Talk 5

More conference reaction on the way tomorrow!

Senior Camp 2010 Video

12 Jul

Full report tomorrow – 20092008

Gareth has some videos from Monday night up

Rev. Stephen Neilly

29 Jun

Former minister of 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian, Rev. Stephen Neilly, applied to become a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland at Synod earlier this month. It was decided that he would be available for a call from next January. Rev. Neilly preached in Dromore recently and I thought some of you might be interested to see who he is and watch his two sermons from Luke 9.

Senior Camp 2010 News

10 Apr

Global warming has done away with the old pictures of polar bears

The Summer Camps application form is out this weekend and here are the details for Senior Camp (16+).

Senior Camp

Dates: 3rd-10th July 2010

Venue: Royal School Armagh

Leaders: Robert and Lynn Robb

Cost: £160

Speaker: Rev. Albert Baxter (1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church of Ireland)

Google has revealed some information on the speaker from his church’s website:

“Albert Baxter was installed as the Minister of 1st Portglenone on 1st March 1985.
Albert grew up in Castlewellan (Co. Down) and was educated at Castlewellan Primary, Down High School (Downpatrick), Queens University (Belfast) and Union Theological College (Belfast). He served a 3-year assistantship in Ballyclare Presbyterian Church before being called to 1st Portglenone.
He is currently the only salaried member of staff in the Church here (with the exception of a part-time organist and a part-time caretaker).
Albert led Scripture Union Camps for a number of years, as well as overseeing the work of the Presbyterian Church’s Summer Outreach Teams throughout Ireland.He has one very unusual hobby – He drives tour-coaches for a local Coach Company!
Our Minister lives in the Manse (the house provided by the Church)”

Update: You can learn more about Albert Baxter in an interview in the next Messenger Magazine.

Listen to Albert Baxter- Why Are We Waiting So Long For Revival?

Download mp3

Senior Camp 2009

Young Adults’ Weekend 2009

16 Sep


Murlough Bay, Sunday afternoon

The weekend started with the devasting news that Andy Mo would not be able to make it to Annalong due to Swine Flu but despite this catastrophic set-back the over 18’s staying in the newly-revamped Mullartown House still had a great time. Tom and I arrived early for our YAW debuts so we took the liberty of getting sweets in Newcastle and testing out the playpark before the first talk. Simon Sweeney introduced proceedings with remarks such as “We aren’t big into activities” whilst also pointing out the Book “Stall” before EP minister Andrew Lucas came to speak on Ruth chapter 1. He preached through the book in a series of four addresses during the weekend and I found his second talk on Saturday morning particularly challenging as he spoke of Ruth’s faith as she stepped out into the unknown. Saturday also saw two seminars as Rev. Barry Galbraith provided a robust defence of infant baptism and Rev. Nigel Agnew spoke on how we ought to see Christ when reading the Old Testament showing how we often read passages looking for ourselves (e.g. How am I like David/ Ruth/ Samson/ Elijah etc in this passage?) when we should really be seeking Christ and learning more about Him who was the perfect King and ultamite Kinsman Redeemer.


A good place to start


Not me and Tom


Real Quote “I wish I’d brought my guitar”


Heather and Tom trying to ignore Mary-Lynn


Tom having a bright idea?


Waiting for the first talk


One of the Quiz teams


One of The Clarifier’s signs

I have to confess I don’t really know what others did on Saturday afternoon though I heard rumours of climbing a mountain but the option of football was always going to win my choosing. Newcastle’s Mauds was invaded in almost CYSC-Morrellies style proportions on Saturday night as I discovered the joys of some sort of Strawberry-Shortbread icecream concoction. On Sabbath we worshipped at Rathlin Island  Rathfriland and afterwards we headed to the beautiful Murlough Bay for a walk as we continued to enjoy probably the best weather of the summer.


 Newcastle, I think?


 Barry G about to start


 Armed and dangerous


Sweeney likes internet retail


Hezza being camera-shy 


 The new Morellies?


 Emmaline and Alison


Kathryn and Ruth


Happy Ben


I wonder from the expression on Tim’s face has someone just shouted “Go On Tim!”
Brain freeze
Heads turn as the lads arrive
Icecream and playpark but not the Summer Conference
Rob just about to fall out
A helping hand from Ben
On top of the world
Organising the distribution of July’s Messengers


Rathfriland RPC


Note the impressive roll up screen


Lunchtime in the Hall


Ironically Rathfriland’s had firestation burnt down because it didn’t have a smoke alarm


Finn McCool once played golf here


Off to the beach
I’d make a Chariots of Fire joke only it was on Sabbath
I’m plotting splashing the girls
Enjoying the sunshine
Erin and Tom have seen the light
Chilling with Dr.McCollum



Trying to avoid a repeat of any confusion surrounding a vote of thanks I’d like to say thanks should go to those responsible for organising the weekend and the cooks who gave up their time to provide food for us. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and being one of the younger “young adults” present I appreciate having the time to learn from the more mature Christians there. I regard some of those attending as real heroes in the faith and it was a privilege to spend the weekend with them. It’s always challenging and encouragin to attend Covenanter Youth events as I see the calibre of other believers from whom I have much to learn whilst also reminding me of God’s goodness and that the future of the church is bright as we seek to take the Gospel to the ends of this island and the ends of the earth.


Thanks to Carla and Amy for their pictures.

CY Summer Conference 2009

2 Sep

The official end to an RP’s Summer is signalled by the CY Summer Conference for young people from across the denomination and despite very little sleep, 1 1/2 hours drive and detours via the Morrison and Fallows residences I arrived with Andy, Joel and Pete F in time for the 3pm kick-off in Portrush. Prof Robert McCollum was speaking at Glenmanus whilst Robert McCollum Jnr spoke to the U16 at the traditional venue of Ballyclabber where 2 of my younger siblings benefited greatly from his teaching. The theme for the day was Church Membership, an issue about which many believers today fail to realise its true importance. In the afternoon Professor McCollum explained the biblical basis for visible membership in the local church and told us of the significance of the vows of membership. Then at tea-time RP’s scattered across the North Coast in search of food before regrouping at Ballyclabber RPC for the evening meeting where the Prof told us of the potential of a church with a committed membership and gave us a checklist showing us what a committed member looks like.

What does a committed member look like?

1. Commitment to the head of the Church, King Jesus

2. Commitment to the doctrine of the Church

3. Commitment to the worship of the Church

4. Commitment to the prayer life of the Church

5. Commitment to the finances of the Church

6. Commitment to the members of the Church

7. Commitment to the outreach of the Church

Afterwards Morellies of Portstewart was invaded by Covenanters and the rain failed to prevent the usual visit to the playpark. This conference reminded me that God has blessed the RPCI with many gifted and godly preachers who provide real spiritual sustenance. How often do we take the gift of preachers for granted? We ought to continually thank God for this  and pray that God will continue to provide us with men for the ministry of the calibre of the speakers at this conference.



Glenmanus RPC after the first talk


Better than Mr Chips


Chip-shop regular Alastair explains the finer details to Amy and Ruth


 Andy Mo acquires drinks

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 Ben realises his chips are finished

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 Deliberating about going for a walk

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 Leading the way/ Romantic stroll

summer 376

 South African Pete with Hannah, Ruth and Amy

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 Trying (and failing) to get back before the rain

summer 380

 While Gavin’s back is turned…

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 Slug, Hayley and Alison loving the Morellies

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 Brenna disproving her camp song

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 Playpark banter

 Thanks to Brenna for most of the photos.

Other News

Fan of Gregg?

Great news! You can now join the We Love Gregg group on Facebook created by Tom and Jen. At the Summer Conference Gregg brought my Bible and Psalter which I had left behind at Ballyclabber to the gathering at Portstewart so I signed up without a moment’s hesitation.

Termonscotland Update

All of Another King’s writers have now successfully applied for the Covenanter International Holiday Conference to be held in Scotland next summer. The closing date for applications isn’t until January but as spaces are filling up I’d advise sending the form off sooner rather than later especially if you want a place in the House in order to ensure that you are as far away from our tent as possible!

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.

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
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.


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.

Fantasy Football Leagues 2010

29 Jul

Just to get you in the mood.

The new football season is almost upon us which means its time to get ready for Fantasy Football 2010 and this year we bring you 3 exciting leagues.

Firstly the RP Championship returns with Jonathan McKelvey already signed up and determind to retain his crown. This league is for Reformed Presbyterians only and the code is 147853-40177.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to join the Another King league, the more the merrier. Code is 147853-40183.

New for this year is the RP Superleague. This league is meant for those RPs who take the competition quite seriously and takes the new head-to-head format which means that each week your side will be up against another team with which ever side wins more points claiming the victory and taking three league points. Only 30 teams can take part so the code will not be on general release but all you have to do is contact me for the code, if there are alot of people wanting to enter (remember there were over 50 in the RP Championship last year) participation in previous competitions will be taken into account. The top 8 teams after 30 gameweeks qualify for the Quarter-finals after which semis and a final will determine the overall winner.


You can join as many leagues as you want and if you took part last year and can remember your username and password joining the leagues is even easier as you should already be signed up for them. Don’t worry about signing up early as you can make unlimited alterations to yourteam between now and kickoff. If this is your first time we use “the Official Fantasy Game of the Premierleague” found at www.fantasy.premierleague.com and after registering and picking your team you join a league by clicking on “Leagues” and entering the code in the appropriate box.