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Airdrie Go Team 2010

8 Apr
Updated with Connor Fail Video

The Airdrie Go Team occurs each Easter in order to help the congregation distribute 15,000 invitations for their annual mission. The team that arrived into the on Wednesday 31st March and those arriving with me at “Glasgow” Prestwick were Beverley Nesbitt, Emmaline McCollum, Philip Aicken, Chris Caron and Alanna Carson (although after some luggage confusion back in Belfast she nearly came with the clothes of a 40 year old man). Leader Stephen Steele awaited us in Scotland and we were helped by many involved with the Airdrie congregation including Stephen McCollum, William Johnston, the Fishers, Megan McAleese and C.Quigleys. The horrendous weather that had preceded the team had thankfully subsided and in an answer to prayer God granted us conditions that allowed us to get all the leaflets given out. There were only a few light flakes in the air as distribution began straight after lunch.

Beverley Nesbitt, Alanna Carson and Emmaline “Chinese” McCollum

Taking off from Belfast

Ice Cream van on the same day that there were still snowflakes!

Despite never appearing in the prayer emails Andrew Morrison arrived on Wednesday evening followed by Willy “Dennis Bergkamp” Tate in time to help with leaflets after a great dinner (the food was excellent throughout the week). All team members got an opportunity to attend one of Airdrie’s METs (Bible studies in small groups- Mutual Encouragement Time) and I went on the first night before returning for Phil Aicken’s surprise birthday party which perhaps surprised Andy most of all as he didn’t have a clue who’s birthday it was. The night concluded with some pretty funny April Fool’s pranks which indicated a dramatic change in the RP blogosphere and many congratulations!

Horrifically poor photography from me, sadly I couldn’t really ask that the surprise birthday entrance was repeated!


Throughout the team different guys led our Bible Studies examining the Epistles of John and we spent time in prayer each morning before heading out for leaflet distribution. One lesson I nearly learnt the hard way is that the answer to the question “Rangers or Celtic?” should always be neither no matter which shirt a person’s drunken friends are wearing. The final team member to arrive was Sam “James May” Peilow who arrived on a Friday morning train from Stirling and was the fourth ex-Foyle boy on the team.

Alanna and Willy J

Leaflet Distribution


Hayley gives Stephen a haircut

Sam “James May” Peilow

On Friday evening we got to spend more time with the Airdrie CY as we made some horrific DIY pizzas as a challenge to create the most interesting one with only £5 led to the inclusion of Ox tongue and one with a pancake base. On Saturday morning we completed the leaflet distribution before setting up the Church on the Street stall in the town centre and giving invitations to passers-by. In the late afternoon we went to the “Portstewart of Scotland” – the seaside town of Largs. Along with some of the CY we enjoyed a walk down the coast, a nosy round the Church of Scotland, eating out in a restaurant with an interesting back wall and the town’s famous ice-cream.

Admittedly I was in the team that thought buying a Goodfellas Pizza was allowed!

Poor Carla had to test them

15,000 leaflets finished

Church on the Street

I didn’t even have the courage to pack shorts unlike these two

Emmaline and some drawing of a Covenanter field baptism near Airdrie

What has caught Steelo’s eye?

Caitlan nearly falling into the sea at Largs

CoS in Largs

Entering with caution

John Wallace :), Alexander Gordon :(


Ice Cream time

Sabbath was the highlight of the team and a source of real spiritual refreshment and encouragement. Prayer meeting, Worship and and Church lunch (with the 25th best Irish dancer in the world!) were followed by hearing the testimonies of two church members. Before the Evening service we wrestled with 1 John 5 in the team Bible Study and afterwards there was the traditional Quigley schooling at the Manse where many issues were discussed including the future of the RPCS.

Light reading from the subordinate standard


Inside Church building

On Monday we were given further heart for the church in Scotland by a Covenanter Tour which allowed us to visit many famous sites including the grave of Alexander Peden and the area in which Richard Cameron was killed by the King’s Dragoons. Connor provided great amusement by one ridiculous stunt though sadly the most controversial Reformation site of the last Go Team was not repeated!

Connor Fail

Moor where Cameron was killed

Jimmy at Drumclough just before we had a psalm sing

We arrived back to discover the existence of a great collection of old Messengers in the church building and have the traditional trip to Mr. Kebab before the first night of the Mission. It was very encouraging to see several visitors present at the meeting please keep praying and use the Go Team prayer email to keep updated, the latest one said:

“Please continue to pray for the Airdrie Mission which runs till Friday. Give thanks for a good number of visitors at the 3 evenings so far, some from church backgrounds and some not. Give thanks for good conversations with visitors and pray that they will keep coming back. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work through the preaching of the word to save bad people – which is all of us by nature.”


Recognise anyone?

After some hilarious last night banter we got a few hours of sleep before leaving for the airport in the morning. At the boarding gate a couple of team members were over the weight limit (their baggage, not themselves) and one decided that discarding a psalter was the most efficient choice. An incident surely highlighting the need for a pocket-sized Norris version!

In the past two years the Airdrie Go Team has greatly encouraged me to pray for the work in Scotland and to give thanks for God’s blessing there. Please remember the Mission this week in your prayers, God has used previous Missions to bring many to faith and ask that He would do so again, and please continue to pray for the work in Airdrie, that God would continue to build up the church there so that in the future they would be able to church plant for God’s Glory.

The leaflets

Airdrie Go Team gets the thumbs up from Phil

CY Prayer Email

20 Mar

SWS’s latest post highlights the importance of the much-underused CY Prayer Email. I’m not posting this in any sort of condemnatory way as I’m to blame for when there are no Lisburn or Dromore prayer points. I know it’s hard to remember and not easy to start doing but this is an important way we can encourage each other.

Senior Camp Reunion Talks Online

24 Feb

(HT: Carla’s blog, she’s also got some new photos from the weekend)

The spiritual food was even better!

Warren Peel’s talks are now available to download. They’ve appeared on the RPC website only shortly before the Messenger report of the weekend (rumours suggest you might get it this Sunday). If you were there you’ll undoubtedly be eager to listen again and if you missed Reunion don’t spurn the opportunity to put these on your mp3 player.

Prayer as Spiritual Warfare

Be a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

Know your Enemy

Fight the Good Fight

(If you need any more encouragement to listen check out Philip’s summaries of the talks)

Why Evening Worship? (part 1)

29 Jan
This post is the first in a series of seven offering reasons why we should return to church for evening worship. They were originally written by Rev. David McCullough for a leaflet addressing this issue.

I’m unsure what to use as pictures in these posts!


This article is written with the purpose of encouraging the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to make use of the privilege and blessing of evening worship. It is written acknowledging that there are Biblical reasons why it is not always possible  to return for worship on the evening of the Lord’s day.Though we may not have any direct Biblical command, “You shall return to evening worship,” we have much by way of implication from the Scripture and there are many reasons why the people of God should return for evening  worship

1. Because of the Glory of God

God’s glory is the all important matter in life. Paul exhorted the church at Corinth to, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31) The work of the devil is to rob God of His glory – that is his primary purpose.  When we are absent without due cause from worship God is being robbed of His glory because God’s glory is displayed in His people.  Added to this, if we are not growing as Christians as we should and could, God is being robbed of glory.  We cannot be growing as we ought if we are not taking in the Word of God preached.

To be continued.

Mission Video

24 Aug

Powerful. A must watch.


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.

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.

Ballyclabber Football Tournament 2009

20 Jul

UPDATE: A pair of football boots were left behind at the tournament. If they are yours contact Joel Loughridge or leave a comment.

The annual Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland 5-a-side football tournament took place last Saturday upon the hallowed turf of the Ballyclabber pitch. Steelo assured me that he would still be doing his traditional post so please view this as merely an appetiser.

UPDATE: SWS Post up now


Another King’s writers lined up in the following teams:

Faughan RPC

Graham Fallows

Pete Fallows

Andrew Morrison

John Fallows

Stephen Steele

Dromore & Lisburn

James McCullough

Willy George

Ali McCollum

John George

Willy Jess

David McMahon

Three groups, one of five and two of four, from which 1st and 2nd qualified for the quarterfinals along with 3rd from Group A and the best other 3rd placed team.

Group A




Ballyclabber 1’s 2-0 Limavady

Drimbolg 1-0 Convoy

Limavady 0-0 Drimbolg

Convoy 0-5 Cullybacky

Ballyclabber 1’s 2-1 Drimbolg

Limavady 0-1 Convoy

Drimbolg 1-0 Cullybackey

Ballyclabber 1’s 4-1 Convoy

Limavady 1-1 Cullybackey

Group B




Stranorlar 0-0 Ballyclabber 2’s

Carrick 3-1 Knockbraken

Ballyclabber 2’s 0-0 Carrick

Stranorlar 0-0 Carrick

Ballyclabber 2’s 0-2 Knockbraken

Stranorlar 1-0 Knockbraken

Group C




Dervock 0-0 Faughan

Lisburn & Dromore 1-0 Bready

Faughan 0-2 Lisburn & Dromore

Dervock 0-2 Lisburn & Dromore

Faughan 1-1 Bready

Dervock 1-1 Bready


Scorers beneath result

Ballyclabber 1’s 0-1 Knockbracken

(Gavin McCaughan)

Carrick 0-0 Bready

(Bready win 2-1 on sudden death penalties)

Drimbolg 0-1 Stranorlar

(Joel Cromie)

Lisburn & Dromore 2-0 Cullybackey

(John George, Willy George)



Knockbraken 0-1 Bready

(David Monaghan)

Stranorlar 0-1 Lisburn & Dromore

(John George)



Bready 2-0 Lisburn & Dromore

(David Smith 2)





Caught in no man’s land


Big hand









John George unleashes one


Chip taking things seriously