Meets 1st Monday of each month from October to June at 8.00 p.m.
President Rev.Edmund Coulter
Chairman George Bratty
Vice Chairman Victor McDonald
Secretary Ivan Gillespie
Treasurer Girvan Mairs
A big thanks to all those who supported our Men’s Society Quiz on 10th November. It was a great night of fun for all the parish. A big thanks goes to the family circle of our late Chairman, Robert McILhagger, for their help in organising this special quiz night in memory of Robert.
The Mothers Union have been active in various areas since September as follows. We provided tea, coffee and eats after the first Morning Prayer service in September and also met for our first meeting of our Autumn period when under the tutelage of Dorothy we all made our first decoration for our Christmas trees. Dorothy was very patient with members as they used beads and ribbon for this purpose and the end result was that every body had something ready for their trees. This was followed by refreshments and chat which all contributed.
Our next meeting was further tea and chat at Laganvale on 11 October we took the opportunity to discuss our next meeting to make washbags for the RVH A&E on 13 November and items required. The details for our Christmas lunch which is arranged for 9 December was made available and menus circulated so members could make their choice. We would like to thank Stephen Shaw for requesting permission from Lisburn Golf Club to use their facilities for this date.
Donations from our members and other parishioners were overwhelming and as a result our production line was able to fill 136 washbags which are gratefully received by the hospital as it assists our excellent nurses do their caring duties. Particularly as the busy winter period is starting. We are starting to collect warm clothing of coat, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves etc for the homeless and would like to thank Needles and Pins who are knitting hats for this purpose.
I would also like to thank Dorothy who faithfully delivers our contributions to the Foodbank every week. Our contributions have been acknowledged by the Lisburn Foodbank by letter which has been printed in The Link. Their request foritems for Christmas Hampers has been well supported and it is our hope that all who need this food can enjoy some treats for this special season. I would like to add that the Foodbank is very grateful for any monetary contributions of people are unable to provide food items
Lambeg —– 11.00 am Children come to Church for the first 15 mins of the service and then leave for classes in the church halls. When there is a family service they remain in church for the full duration of the service.
Hilden —— 12.00 noon 11.30 a.m. On the Sundays when there is no service.
Each Thursday from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
Open house is simply an opportunity to drop in for a tea or coffee and a chat.
A snack lunch is served at 12.00
There is no charge and a member of our staff is always available should you wish to share a problem or want someone to pray with you.
Open House finishes for the year on Thursday 7th December with Christmas nibbles, and our festive Quiz, which always proves to be full ‘good Craic.’
We will start back again on Thursday 11th January 2024 at 10am. So, why not start the New Year with us? You’ll be very warmly welcomed.
Parents & Toddlers
Parents and Toddlers
Meet each Tuesday at 10.00 a.m. In the Hilden Centre.
Mums, Dads, Grannies, Aunties and Child Minders are welcome to come and enjoy a chat and tea while the children play.
As always we have been enjoying fun packed mornings of play, crafts, and music making and we have been pleased to welcome more new members who have quickly felt at home with us.
It has been great that Angela has been able to be back again most weeks and we have also enjoyed having David Luckman dropping in from time to time.
We are now looking forward to our Christmas party and also hope that our members will be able to join us at our Christmas services. We hope to see everyone again on 9th January after the holidays.
Needles & Pins
Meet at The Hilden centre on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday in the month. 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Our attendance is up to 20 now. We are all busy with our needles chatting over a cup of tea/coffee and cake. Our projects range from beginners knitting squares to the more experienced crochet and knitting which is for Karen at Baby Basics.
Needles and Pins is continuing to grow. It has been an encouraging start to this year with up to 26 members attending. We continue to supply the Childrens Hospital with Trauma Teddies and garments for babies in the Neo Natal unit. There is a need for grieving garments for still born babies. Our members are now knitting grieving gowns, grieving pockets etc. These allow Baby to be dressed in suitable clothes that fit with dignity and respect. We are also knitting hats to be given to the homeless. Not all members come to knit, some come to crochet, sew or do whatever craft they are interested in. Whatever your interest you will be very welcome. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 in the Hilden Centre.
Our weekly activities include Bible teaching, games, craft and PE. Girls can also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award and leadership training.
Our Saturday morning sessions are from 10.30am to 12pm and we meet on a Wednesday evening from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
(P4-P7) Juniors section & 7.30 – 9pm (Year 8+)
Seniors & Brigadier sections Saturday 17th Sept 10am – 12noon (age 3 – 7)
We started back in September and whilst we only had a few new members, we are very fortunate in that there are 53 of us in the Company. The girls have been kept busy since we started back. They have been learning new PE, doing Scripture, badgework and craft. We are delighted that Hilary Shaw is now taking the Junior section for Scripture and Muriel Abernethy is still taking the older girls. Congratulations to two of our officers , Jennifer Kerr who became a grandmother for the first time in September and to Neve Browne who got engaged at the end of October. Craft is very popular with the girls’ and we have just had a very busy night when Dorothy Jackson visited the company and made little beaded Christmas trees with the girls. These turned out really well as you will see from the photos below. We are now on the count down to Christmas and are planning to visit the Cinema on 13th December to see the new Wonka film. We will be having a party for the Saturday morning girls and hopefully will be having a visit from Santa. We will then be on holiday on Wednesday 20th and 27th December and on Saturday 23rd and 30th December. If anyone is interested in joining the Company they would be very welcome in the New Year.
Church Lads Brigade
Starts Thursday 15th Sept 6.45 – 7.30pm (P1-P3) Martins section & 7.30 – 8.30pm (P4+) Yteam & JTC sections
The Church Lads Brigade is having a Christmas party on Thursday 14 December. We are looking forward to a rather special visitor!
We return on Thursday 11th January 2024
I want to thank all the boys for attending the enrolment service. This autumn, we welcomed Rev. D Luckman to the leadership team and we are delighted to have him teaching Scripture to the boys.