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…

Home Based Fellowship Groups meet regularly on alternate Wednesday evenings throughout this term.  Fellowship Groups have become a central, and appreciated, part of our life together in Ballyhenry over the last few years. Meeting in six homes around Newtownabbey groups give individuals the opportunity to meet together, to enjoy a cup of tea, to chat, to read the Bible and to pray together (though no one has to say or do anything!)

This term we are working our way through the book of Ephesians under the overall title 'Building a Community where Jesus is at home.'

A number of news and media outlets have carried news today of a treasure find on the outskirts of Newtownabbey. Treasure Hunter Tom Ross found a rare 300 year old ring in a ploughed field that apparently used to be the site of a church and graveyard.  From the 1500s on engaged couples exchanged 'posy rings' as a sign of their commitment to each other and it is one of these gold rings that Tom found. 

The ring contained an Old English inscription 'I noght on gift bot gifer' which translates into modern English as 'Look not on the gift but to the giver.'

Northern Ireland has a new world champion. Last night Belfast born Carl Frampton outpointed Spain’s Kiko Martinez in front of a sell out crowd of 16,000 in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. For many the fight will have brought back memories from the mid 1980s when Barry McGuigan (Frampton’s manager) secured his own world title to the unforgettable strains of ‘Danny Boy’. The fact that Carl is a former pupil of Glengormley High School has heightened local interest in his victory, with the Newtownabbey Times having given full coverage to the fight build up in last week’s paper.

Activities for Children and Young People - Beginning September 2014



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 18th September.


Brownies (currently oversubscribed)

This morning brings the sad news of the death of US actor Robin Williams, at the age of 63. Although Williams played many roles throughout his career he will be remembered by many for his masterful performance as John Keating, the inspirational English teacher, in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. At the heart of the film Mr Keating (played by Williams) encourages the boys in his class to reflect upon the passing nature of their lives and to 'seize the day' a line immortalised in the Latin motto 'Carpe diem'.