Lambeg Parish Church


A Church of Ireland Parish in the Diocese of Connor

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Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - NIC101735

Lambeg Parish Rectory
58 Belfast Road

Lisburn.

Co. Antrim

BT27 4AT

Phone: 028 9266 3872

Email: ejcoulter@gmail.com


Lambeg Parish Church has been witnessing to the Gospel of Christ from the beginning of the l4th century and possibly even earlier. Generations of men,women and children have had their spiritual needs met by a church that has accommodated itself to the changing conditions of the area.

Beginning as a rural parish for centuries, it became an industrial region with the setting up of paper, linen, and thread industries. Thousands were employed in these industries,which achieved world-wide renown. The influx of workers led to rebuilding schemes in the church to accommodate the growing number of people living within  the parish boundaries. Today, the parish of Lambeg has become a suburban parish, with new housing, even within old estates such as Clonmore and Hilden. Whilst times have changed, people and their spiritual needs remain the same, sinners in need of God's grace. As Jesus Christ, the Lord, remains the same, ‘yesterday, today and forever', the Gospel proclaimed to generations in the past needs to be proclaimed to the present generation of people within our parish. God's church is always on mission until Christ returns. To that end, we need to explore together as a parish how we move forward with the Gospel in this era of Lambeg's history.How do we reach a new generation? How can we develop our witness today?

Hopefully, later this year, we can explore this together in a ‘Parish Consultation' as we consider our responsibility of witnessing to our generation about the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ.

So, watch this space

Harvest

There are two things we should always think about at harvest time. The first is. ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. part of the Lord's Prayer.

We are very fortunate in the times in which we live in that there has probably never been another period in history when we have been so well-off. (older members of the parish can remember times when it wasn't always this way). There were times when income levels were much lower, when there weren't huge supermarkets. and when there wasn't the variety of food products that we have now.

In our affluence we take a lot of things for granted now. The danger of this is that we can forget the needs of others as well as the fact that it is God who gives us the health, strength and ability to earn our income in the first place.

This little petition in the Lord's Prayer reminds us to be thankful on a daily basis to God and to remember the needs of others even as He has met our needs.

There is a second thing we should remember at harvest time

ln another prayer, Jesus taught his disciples to pray about another harvest. In Matthew 5:37 -38, Jesus said to his disciples. "'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the lord of the harvest, therefore. to send out workers into his harvest field."' Here. Jesus is referring to the fact that God wants to reap a harvest of souls. through a growing number of people sewing the seed u

of Gad 's Word

So. pray for the work of mission both at home and abroad and for more people to be involved.

This harvest time, let us thank God for all his blessings and pray for a harvest of souls.


The meaning of Easter


"He has risen. He is not here."The words of the angel to the women on the first Easter morning. Momentous words that changed the course of history. Momentous words that have changed countless lives throughout the past 2000 years. The events of that day continue to have repercussions on the lives of millions throughout the world as the Good News of Jesus penetrates into more and more countries, reaching more and more people. Lives are being changed in every generation, in every culture, in every nation and in every people group that make up the world's nations.

When the angel spoke these words to those women on that Resurrection day, a turning point in history had been reached. God had planned that His Son would come to rescue people from sin, death and hell, by his death on the cross. The Resurrection of Christ from the dead was God's 'Yes' to all that is claimed for the death of Jesus.

Can he forgive our sins?  Yes! Christ rose from the dead!

Can his blood cleanse us and give us new life? Yes! God raised Christ from the dead. Can we have a fresh start with God, a new beginning in life? Yes! ' On the third day he rose again!’

The death and Resurrection of Jesus is not a mere story in a book - it's the greatest story ever told!  In fact, it shapes our story, the story of our lives. Many people throughout the world have joyfully discovered this. Are you one of them?.