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…

The situation in Gaza and Israel has been dominating the news over the last number of weeks. Reports from the region paint a picture of a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis. Since the beginning of July over 1600 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have lost their lives. News reports this morning speak of fresh waves of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City and renewed rocket attacks by militants on Israel. In the midst of all of this ordinary people's lives are being torn apart.

The Queen was in Belfast this week and accompanied by the First and Deputy First Ministers visited Belfast's Crumlin Road. Later on she called at the set of Game of Thrones in the Titanic Quarter. Her visit prompted the question on Radio Ulster would she be 'swapping one throne for another'?

Today at our morning service we were praying for Iraq. News currently coming out of Iraq portrays a picture of a country in great turmoil and in the midst of real crisis. The Bible encourages Christians to pray for the nations of the world, and to pray for the peoples of those nations. We have already mentioned Operation World in the context of the World Cup, but today let me encourage you to take a moment and watch this short video on Iraq (produced by Operation World).

The sun is shining and we're well into the month of June. This Sunday at 11am we have a visit from Rev Ronnie Hetherington who will be speaking on the topic 'Called to Serve'. Ronnie works in Union Theological College in Belfast, where he has the role of 'Director of Ministerial Studies'. Ronnie has preached in Ballyhenry on numerous occasions and his visits are always very appreciated.

Letterkenny is a busy town in County Donegal. Its population of 20,000 is made up of people from many different backgrounds. On Sunday 8th June Tommy and Helen Bruce travelled down to Ballyhenry to share with us something of the life and work of Letterkenny Presbyterian Church. Lorna Morrison (a member of Ballyhenry) has been working for the past year in Letterkenny on a volunteer scheme run by the Youth and Children's Board of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.