The service for the Third Sunday in Advent is led by the members of the Sunday School at Clough who do a wonderful job of leading our worship in a very special Christmas service. Big thanks goes to Leanne Straney for organising the recordings and making the whole thing possible, and to all the children who have put together such a brilliant service. Thanks also goes to Laura Patterson who accompanies the service on the organ at Downpatrick and plays the hymns Come and join the celebration and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. You can view the video here:
Installation at Banbridge
On Friday, 11th December – the same day as the latest lockdown in Northern Ireland ended – the Presbytery of Antrim installed the Rev Brian Moodie as the new minister of Banbridge Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. In the present circumstances the occasion was much more scaled down than usual with no visitors or guests allowed to be present, no hymns, no speeches and no refreshments, but nevertheless it was a considerable achievement on the part of the Presbytery of Antrim and the congregation to arrange for all the necessary steps leading to an installation – candidature, taking the mind of the meeting as well as a full installation service – during a pandemic. We wish the Rev Brian Moodie and the congregation every blessing for the future.
The Sunday School at Clough have this week put together a very special service. At this time of year we would usually be holding our Children’s Day Service where the children of the Sunday School would lead our worship and also receive their prizes for attendance and for work submitted to the denominational Sunday School Exhibition. Since none of that can happen this year the Sunday School at Clough decided to put together their own act of worship, all filmed at home under the current restrictions and together it forms a wonderful service which can be viewed through this link:
Very special thanks go to Leanne Straney whose Idea the service was and who did so much to make the service happen.
Taking part in the service are;
David Rooney – Welcome
Ethan Straney reads Mark 10: 13 – 16
Sophie Ramsey and William Rooney sing ‘My Lighthouse’
Olivia Rooney – Prayer
Ethan Perkins – Prayer of Thanks to God
Poppy Rooney reads 1 John ch.4 v.9.
Zak Straney reads the poem ‘Hold my hand, Lord’
Lexie Rooney – Prayer
Eva Rooney & Anna Rooney – Lord’s Prayer
Abi Straney sings ‘Who is the king of the Jungle?’
Sophie Ramsey sings ‘I believe, I believe’
Hannah Rooney reads John 3: 16 – 17
Sarah Rooney sings ‘For God so loved the world’
Abi Straney – Prayer, ‘Hold my Hand God’
Sunday, 21st June is also Fathers’ Day and in this week’s Time for a Story video Sue Steers gives an account of the history of Fathers’ day:
Children of the Sunday School who led the service at Clough
The annual Children’s Day service at Clough was held at the morning service on Sunday, 16th June. With songs, readings and prayers the children led the service on the theme of the Feeding of the Five Thousand and prizes were awarded for attendance and participation in the recent denominational exhibition held in All Souls’ Church, Belfast when Clough Sunday School were awarded a magnificent total of 17 prizes. At the service the Rev Dr David Steers thanked retiring Sunday School Superintendent, Elsie Nelson, for the tremendous service she has given to the children and the church over recent years.
All the children’s work was displayed in the church