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Men's Night - Tuesday, 5th July 2016

We gathered on Tuesday evening for some fun, due to the weather we were forced to go inside for a putting competition inside the fountain rather than a round of golf. Afterwards a BBQ was enjoyed by all and followed by Ken Rainey sharing about his journey through life to date.  Ken told of how he realised his need for God in his life, and how he changed his life around to meet with God.  After Ken shared his life story, desserts were enjoyed by all.

 

Many thanks to everyone who took part in arranging this very enjoyable event and of course all the attendees.

 

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Women of Freedom Event - Thursday, 30th June 2016

Over 70 women from all over the diocese as well as Ardess attended this event at the end of June and found it a blessing and encouragement.

Rev'd Caroline said she wanted to hold such an event before she left the parish and the timing reminded her of former FocusFest Women's conferences in Belfast, that built one up before the summer season started.

 

In a fun, interactive evening, Rev'd Caroline explored what it was to be free in Christ in today's world. She gave examples from her own life where God had dealt with fears and growing up with dyspraxia and low self-esteem; where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Cor 3: 17).  Marian shared about being released from reliance on superstition, tradition and charms. Sarah talked about being released from a fear of cockroaches and vomiting, through prayer. Soon after, God led her to pick up a cockroach with impunity (and a tissue!) and experience being sick, without the fear.

 

Rev'd Caroline reminded us that Jesus said "we were all slaves to sin, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed". (John 8: 34-36). We can only be released from a state of sin through Jesus' work on the cross and taking hold of that truth for ourselves.

 

Fiona then shared her story of coming to faith through her father's prayers and then his funeral; her recounting of coming to church as a sceptical non-believer had us in stitches!  It was a useful reminder to be aware of how our  worship can appear to those coming in for the first time, and also bolstered those of us who pray for our 'prodigal' children.  Prayer ministry was available and many women availed of the prayer.

 

Our thanks go to Helen Blair who led us in worship, the prayer ministry team and members of the Mothers' Union who provided delicious refreshments, and all who helped to make the evening a memorable one.

Fountain Centre Website

We are delighted to announce that the Fountain Centre's website is now up and running:  http://www.thefountaincentre.org/

In-Stitches Outing

In-Stitches enjoyed a wonderful day out on Saturday 18th June 2016.  They enjoyed morning tea at Dobbies Garden Centre, Saintfield.  They had retail therapy at Sprucefield...and met up with Frank Mitchell from UTV weather!  A thoroughly enjoyable day was topped off with an excellent mealing at The Viscount, Dungannon.  Everyone had a wonderful time and a big thank you to Liz Crook for organising the event and of course, all those lovely ladies who attended!

Dobbies Garden Centre, Saintfield

Dobbies Garden Centre, Saintfield where we had morning tea and the only person missing is the naughty Sylvia Phillips who was hiding behind someone else.

 

Vera Beacom with Frank Mitchell from UTV Weather

Vera Beacom with Frank Mitchell from UTV weather who was at Sprucefield. Everyone had a great time doing a bit of retail therapy.

 

 The Viscount in Dungannon

The Viscount in Dungannon

The Viscount in Dungannon where we all enjoyed a lovely meal before heading home.

Friends in the Afternoon Outing

On Tuesday, 14th June 2016 , 27 members travelled by coach from the Parish Centre to Blessingbourne Country estate at Fivemiletown.

 

On arrival, Mrs Lowry, estate owner, met us and served all a delightful afternoon strawberry cream tea, in the historic coach house.  Then followed a guided tour of the Carriage and Costume Museum.  Here we saw a collection of original carriages and coaches, costumes and family military  memorabilia.  Next on to the 150-year-old beautiful Elizabethan manor house – the Lowry family home.  Mrs Lowry gave us a most interesting account of the history of the house and its arts and crafts features and private art collection.  There were spectacular views from the downstairs rooms of the gardens and the lake (with the recent resident pair of nesting swans).  The lake gave a wonderful backdrop to the gardens with the trees, flowers and shrubs now in full bloom. Small farm animals and peacocks added to the beauty of nature all around us.

 

Next, a very brief period of retail therapy in Fivemiletown and then on to Cavanaleck Presbyterian Church Hall where the ladies of the church had a really lovely evening meal waiting for us.  After this, tired, but happy and replenished in body and mind we made our way home to Ardess.

 

 

Mother's Union Outing

Our Mothers’ Union enjoyed a tour around Belleek Pottery on Saturday, 4th June 2016, for our annual outing.  We seen the oldest and most prestigious Belleek pottery upon our arrival to the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre and then we had a personal guide gave us a tour around all of the production areas, which we found very interesting and informative.  We were fortunate enough to be blessed with a beautiful summer’s day which added to our enjoyment and relaxation.  When we returned to Kesh, our indoor members joined us for a tasty meal at the Sizzling Stone.

 

 

Curate Appointed - Reverend Philip Bryson

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Philip Bryson has been appointed to the parish.  His ordination will be in Enniskillen Cathedral on Wednesday 7th September at 7.30pm.

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