IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL PROSPECTIVE LEADERS
from Michael Yeates (Designated Child Protection Officer)
Anyone who wishes to be a leader in any Church Organisation involving children and young people this September MUST collect an AccessNI Form from the Church Office IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO. If you have submitted one in the past you should have received a certificate. You cannot proceed until you submit the application, undergo a short interview and have Kirk Session approval. Any queries please speak to Michael Yeates.

TAKING CARE TRAINING
Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm or Saturday 14th September at 10am. The training is compulsory for all leaders and will last for 2 hours. There is no need to register in advance as a register will be taken at each session.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Friday 11 October 2019
AN EVENING OF PRAISE in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church
Bangor Ladies Choir, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, Jonathan Rea & Alan McClure
Proceeds to Sunnyside House Residents Comfort Fund.
Details along with ticket information later. Please put this date in your diary.

DORCAS GROUP
We are a group (of ladies) who meet to chat, share fellowship and have a bit of fun creating, knitting, sewing etc. we are entertained with funny poems and share birthday cake.
Over this past year, we have knitted twizzle muffs for dementia patients, lap blankets for folks in residential care, we have knitted and sent trauma teddies to Africa. We have knitted and sent squares to women in refugee camps (who sew these into blankets to sell to support their children) and we have contributed under ware to “Undies for Africa”
We have also had “bring and buy” sales of handbags, scarves and jewellery. From these sales we have raised over £450 which has been donated to charities chosen by our members – “Helping hands” (autism), Marie Curie, Bangor RNLI, Chest Heart and Stroke, Children’s Cancer, Cruse Bereavement ND&A, Meninadanca (Brazil) and RNIB (guide dogs).
Over the past 4 years we have contributed around £14,600 to the Church Building Fund from our Annual Craft Fairs.
We are a small group and would love to be larger. We meet on Thursday mornings 10.30 am till about 12 noon. Why not think of joining us from 5 September.
Date for diaries – Saturday 2 November 2019 for the next CRAFT FAIR

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BANGOR
(Registered Charity in Northern Ireland NIC105217)

Sunday 1 September 2019

Our Mission – ‘Passion for Jesus and Compassion for People’

Sunday 1 September
10.30am Morning Service
‘From before the cradle to beyond the grave’
Rev David Stanfield

BIG TREE HOUSE is back with a PRAISE & BOUNCE PARTY today
Please register your child in the McKinstry Wallace Hall after the service

Welcome to our Service of Worship today.
If you are visiting, please sign the Visitors’ Book in the front porch.
Refreshments are available in the Hub after the services.

CONGREGATIONAL COMMITTEE please wait behind in the Session Room for a brief meeting after the service this morning.

HOSPITAL & ILLNESS
If you know of anyone from the congregation in hospital or ill at home who would appreciate a pastoral visit, please inform the Church Office.

This week’s flowers have been placed in the Church by Mr & Mrs A. Esdale

SUNDAY COFFEE BAR ROTA available for September – December

Monday 2 September
BALLYHOLME WOMEN’S INSTITUTE will have their first meeting of the new season commencing at 7.30pm. We meet once a month. All ladies and their friends would be very welcome to join with us as we start off with getting to know and catching up after the summer break. Please meet in the Hub area. We look forward to welcoming you.

Wednesday 4 September
OUTREACH COFFEE BAR 10am-12noon
PRAYER MINISTRY will be available in the Church from 10am – 12noon.
BADMINTON CLUB recommences at 2.30pm. New members welcome.
GIRLS’ BRIGADE recommences. Contact the Church Office for information

Friday 6 September
COFFEE MORNING in the Hub – hosted by Prison Fellowship N. Ireland as part of the P.F. International Week of Events, around the world.

BOYS BRIGADE recommences on Fri 6 Sept. First night back is no uniform, so if you haven’t been before a great night to come along.
Bugle Boys (Preschool & P1) @ 5.30-6.30pm
Anchors (P2-P4) @ 6.45-8.00pm
Juniors (P5-P7) @ 6.45-8.30pm
Company Section (Year 8-14) @ 7.30-10.00pm. www.firstbangorbb.org

Saturday 7 September
LADIES BREAKFAST at 10am in the Wilson Hall – hosted by P.W.
All ladies welcome to come along. Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Warden

Sunday 8 September
10.30am Morning Service – Rev Mairisíne Stanfield

SERVICE GIVING THANKS FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES
Ards and North Down Borough Council will honour local Emergency Service Personnel at an Multi Denominational Church Service in Bangor Castle Walled Garden on Sunday 8 September from 3pm-4pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This service is by invitation only, however a number of tickets will be available for members of the public to attend.
To register your interest to attend this service please email member.services@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Monday 9 September
MEN’S MORNING BOWLS – recommence at 8.30am. All welcome.
LADIES AFTRENOON BOWLS will re-open at 1.30pm. All welcome for an afternoon of fun and a cuppa.

‘LISTENING FOR LIFE’ COURSE – Starting Monday 16 September
Details and sign-up sheets in the Hub. For further details contact Meriel

# ALPHA @ FIRST BANGOR – We will be running the Alpha Course this year
again, starting on Monday 30 September. If you’ve never done Alpha, or would like to do it again, or know someone who would like to do it, why not “Come and See” or invite someone along. Further details will appear in the September announcements, or speak to David or Gary for more information.

PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES – If you would like to join the confidential prayer email please contact Meriel on meriel@firstbangor.org / 07427737227. If you would like to pray with others please contact Jenny Holley (the2holleys@talktalk.net) about the Intercessors group which meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.15am in the Prayer Room upstairs.

USHERS for August
Side Doors: Neil Hodgins
Front Porches: Evie O’Connor, Brian Sloan
Gallery: Lawrence Gray, Margaret & Robert Crangle