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 in Ballyhenry for our morning service at 11am. As usual music will be led by our Praise Group and there will be a supervised creche and summer Sunday School programme. Our Bible teaching this week comes from John 8 vs 12 where Jesus said 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' Niall will be giving our talk thinking about how the image of light is developed in the Old Testament and how the New Testament writers applied their conviction that Jesus really was who He said He was.

This Sunday morning we meet for our morning service at 11am (we pause our evening service format during the summer months). This week we begin a new series where we will be looking at a selection of the 'I am sayings' from John's gospel. In this series we have opportunity to hear Jesus in His own words as He takes us to the heart of who He is and what it means to believe in Him.

This week we are looking at John 6 vs 35:

'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'

During the month of July our morning services continue at 11am each week. Our morning service includes a supervised crèche and a children's provision for children of primary and pre-primary school age.

Please note there are no evening services during July (or August). There are midweek meetings in the church on Wednesday 8th and Wednesday 29th July (8pm, preceeded by Prayer Gathering at 7.30pm). Home Groups rest during the summer months.

This Sunday morning we meet for morning worship at 11am. As usual our service includes a supervised creche and a full children's provision. Praise will be led by our Praise Group. Niall will be speaking on the 'Parable of the Bags of Gold'. This parable (often known as 'The Parable of the Talents') is found in Matthew 25: 14-30. Do be encouraged to read the passage in advance and to pray that God will speak to us as once again we have opportunity to sit under His word. 

This Sunday morning (11am) we come to the third in a series of four talks on the theme 'The King and the Kingdom'. This week we are looking at Jesus' parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (found in Matthew 25 vs 1-13). One of the sources I have found helpful in preparing for this has been a book called 'Last Things First'. This book (by Graham Beynon) helps us to see how the return of the Lord Jesus is foundational to what the Bible teaches. The book can be purchased from our on-line Bookstore.