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…

This Sunday we meet for our morning service at 11am. Niall will be speaking on the first of a four part series entitled 'Church Matters'. This week we will be looking at the question 'Church - What is it?' Through this talk we hope to piece together something of what the New Testament means by 'church' and how Jesus calls us to friendship with Himself and with one another. Our morning service will include a supervised creche, children's provision and teenage Bible Class.

Back in January we had a visit from the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rt Rev Dr Michael Barry. Those who were with us will remember how Michael encouraged us to relate with warmth and welcome to others within our local communities. Yesterday (13th) following a number of attacks on the North Belfast Polish community, the Moderator issued a statement on behalf of Presbyterians across Ireland. The full statement can be read by clicking here.

This Sunday in Ballyhenry our morning and evening services will be led by our Assistant Minister, Mr Mark Dodds. At our morning service (11am) Mark will be looking at the final chapters of the book of Daniel (Daniel chapters 10-12). Then in the evening at 7pm Mark will be speaking on a theme that will encourage us as we look beyond the Easter season. A full children's provision will be available at our morning service (including supervised Creche, Beginners' Sunday School, Primetime and teenage Bible Class). The Praise Group will be leading our praise at the 11am service.

On Sunday 29th March we had opportunity to watch a special message for Easter 2015 from Billy Graham entitled 'My Hope'. The full DVD can be viewed by clicking here.

A whole variety of resources are available on-line featuring the message of Billy Graham. A sample of which are included below:

Click here to watch a DVD entitled 'Heaven'

Click here to view a talk entitled 'Who is Jesus?'

A donkey isn't the most impressive of animals. It never has been. And yet it is a donkey that takes centre stage this Sunday as we gather to remember and celebrate the events of the first 'Palm Sunday'. Mark will be focusing our thoughts on the identity of the one who was carried on that donkey into the city of Jerusalem all those years ago, as the crowds shouted for the salvation that only God could bring. As the events of that first Easter week unfolded those cries turned to calls for this same Jesus to be crucified.

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