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 are having a special focus on the work of the missions organisation Open Doors. Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide. Through their work they supply Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. They also seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution.

Belfast County Court has delivered judgment in what has become a highly publicised case involving local business Ashers Baking Company. This case has involved important issues of conscience and as such it has been a case that many within both the church and wider society have followed with considerable interest. Further to the Court's ruling the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has issued a statement expressing concern at the finding.

This Sunday we gather together for our morning service at 11am. Mark Dodds (our Assistant Minister) will be speaking on the topic 'Church where is it going?' This talk will round out our current series where we have been thinking about how God calls us together to be friends of His, and to grow in friendship with one another. There will be a supervised creche along with full children's provision and teenage Bible Class. Our 11am service will also include a celebration of communion when we will remember the death of the Lord Jesus.

This Sunday we have our annual PW Service at 11am. (PW stands for our 'Presbyterian Women' group). Ladies from PW will be taking part in the service and our guest speaker will be Mrs Irene McMahan (Irene and her husband Wilson have for many years been involved with the missions organisation OMF at home and overseas. Irene is currently actively involved in church and community life in her hometown of Antrim). All the usual Sunday morning aspects will also be present - Praise Group, creche, children's provision etc.

This Sunday we gather for our morning service at 11am. Laura and the Praise Group will be leading the praise and Niall will be speaking on the topic 'Church - How it Works (Part 2)' This topic ties in with our upcoming election of a new committee (scheduled for early June). We will be going back to the book of Exodus (35:30 - 36:7) and seeing how God gave practical skills and gifts to two men (Bezalel and Oholiab) to enable work to be done on the Tabernacle.