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 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.

As another term begins this Sunday is a day of new beginnings.

At our 11am service we will be bidding farewell to our Assistant Minister, Mark Dodds, Claire and the family as they prepare to begin ministry in Eglish and Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Churches. Watch out for a guest appearance by the Ballyhenry Puppets, music with our Praise Group and a cup of tea after the service. Mark and Claire have been a real blessing to us in Ballyhenry and we look forward to sharing this special time with them.

Community based activities for children and young people

Beginning September 2015


Rainbows (currently oversubscribed)

For girls aged 4-7. Playing games, reading stories, making and baking things and always having a good time together!

Thursdays, 6.45pm-7.45pm. Begins Thursday 17th September.


Brownies (currently oversubscribed)

This week the Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention is taking place in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor. Bangor Worldwide has been meeting annually for over 80 years and brings together Christians with a heart for mission from many different churches and missions organisations.

Bible Readings each morning (Monday-Friday) are led this year by Paul Mallard, pastor of Widcombe Baptist Church in Bath.

A range of well respected speakers, from around the world, will be addressing the evening meetings. 

A number of afternoon seminars are also taking place.

This Sunday Niall will be speaking on the raising of Lazarus and Jesus' words in John 11:25-26 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.'