Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

Wow! What a night at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland through to their first major football finals since 1986. AP McCoy was interviewed tonight after the match on Five Live and he was saying it was taking him in his memories back to childhood and 1982. It’s been a long time, a long long time.

On Sunday 11th October we meet for Harvest Sunday - an annual opportunity to give thanks God for all that he gives us in our day to day lives.

We are encouraging members to take the opportunity to contribute to the United Appeal of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland - an appeal that supports the mission work of the church around Ireland and Overseas. To find out more about what the United Appeal is and what it does watch this short animated video.

Sovereign Over Us

There are times in the life of a church when certain themes seem to emerge. Themes that keep on rising to the surface as we worship and study the Bible together week by week. Recently I have been struck by a recurring emphasis on what is sometimes referred to as ‘the Sovereignty of God’ – the big idea that no matter what is going on (in our lives / in the church / in the world) God is not only in control but God is also at work, working out His big purposes, in Christ, to bring salvation and healing into a lost and broken world.

This Sunday we meet at 11am and 7pm. At our 11am service we have Beginners Sunday School (Pre-School), Primetime (Primary), Bible Class (Yr 8-12) and a fully supervised creche. Praise will be led by our Praise Group. We are in the second part of our series 'Citizens of Heaven' looking at Philippians 1 vs 12-26. In these very verses Paul describes and reflects upon his situation in prison. 

This Sunday we meet at 11am and 7pm. At our 11am service we are beginning our autumn series entitled 'Citizens of Heaven.' Our plan is, between now and mid December, to work through the New Testament book of Philippians. If you want to read ahead for this Sunday you will find it helpful to look at Acts 16 vs 6-40 as well as Philippians 1 vs 1-11. The Acts section tells the story of the birth of the church in Philippi. This story has a very modern feel to it as diverse people find their hearts opened to the truth of Jesus.