Stranraer GO Team (Monday)

We are grateful for the safe arrival of the team, including someone who drove all the way from the Isle of Harris, having never driven on the mainland before! On Saturday evening the team spent time with some of the congregation and watched 'Logic on Fire' - a recent documentary about God's work through Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

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On the Lord's Day, there was a further opportunity for the team and congregation to get to know each other over a church lunch. In the afternoon we went into a nursing home, which one of the members of the church has recently moved into. We held a brief time of worship with the residents, singing some familiar psalms.

On Monday the team made the most of the glorious bank holiday weather to give out leaflets inviting people along to our Mission services from Wednesday to Friday this week, along with two special services on the Lord's Day. Some good conversations were had, and two of the team members came across a man who said he had been searching for something more, and said he might come along. We pray that he would. Following a BBQ tea, the team spent time doing some practical work around the manse.

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We finished the night off with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges small churches have. We are thankful for a great start to the week!

Newry GO Team Update: Thursday & Friday

Newry's week of Holiday Bible Club came to a close with hotdogs for the children and parents. During this, the team was able to give an Indian mother a Hindi translation of the Gospel of John. All the talks at the Holiday Bible Club had been from the Gospel of John.

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Unfortunately for the Summer Youth Club the weather forced the planned trip to Slieve Gullion to be cancelled. However the team was undeterred and they quickly came up with a Biddy Up Challenge night over their dinner in the local Pizzaria La Dolce Vita.

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At both clubs Nigel Agnew took some time to present the gospel to those in attendance.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks again for all the helpers who gave up their time to help with the GO Team. Pray that all the work done throughout the week would have been to the glory of God and that fruit would result from the work.

Pray for the lady who received the Gospel of John in her own language. Pray that God would speak to her through his word and that she could come to know Jesus as her Lord and Saviour.

Pray that God would use the words spoken by Nigel Agnew as a means of reaching the hearts of the young people who were listening and that they would come to know both God and Jesus.




Newry GO Team Update: Tuesday and Wednesday

Newry's Holiday Bible Club and Summer Youth Club began on Tueday. A good number of young people attended the youth club in the evening. On Tuesday afternoon the team also carried out some litter picking around the canal in the city.

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On Wednesday all the children returned to the holiday bible club which was a big encouragement and they were all well behaved.

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The team also hosted a tea party in the afternoon and the hall was nearly filled by all those attending. Two polish visitors even stopped by as all the elderly people enjoyed fellowship together. They also had the opportunity to sing along to Elvis on the ukulele.

In the evening the youth club enjoyed a photo challenge around the town and some pizza before listening to a talk by Alan Keenan. He spoke from Ezekiel 16:49-50 and explained how Christian's should react to the environment.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks for the times of fun and fellowship enjoyed by those on the team and amongst those attending the events throughout the week. Give thanks that children returned to the Holiday Bible Club and fot the good attendance at the tea party.

Pray that the children and teens at both clubs would understand the message delivered to them and that it would have a spiritual impact upon them. Also pray for attendance at the Holiday Bible Club to increase if God wills.

Pray for Thuesday's speakers, Yvonne Wilson at the Holiday Bible Club and Stuart Gamble at the Summer Youth Club. Pray that God would speak through them to use their words for his own glory and the work of his kingdom.

Newry GO Team Update: Monday

On Monday the team had a productive day preparing for the Summer Bible Club and New Youth by decorating the church hall.

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The team also enjoyed times of fellowship during morning devotions and evening worship. In the afternoon there was a discipleship study.

Nigel Agnew also led the team in a study of Psalm 88 and following this the team distributed the booklet ‘What's the point of life?’ by Mez McConnell in the area surrounding the church. Several good conversations were had with those that the team met on the doors.

Prayer points:

Give thanks for the times of fellowship that the team can enjoy and pray that each member will experience spiritual growth personally whilst on the team.

Pray that God would be working in the hearts of those that the team spoke to and also for those that received booklets. Pray that the booklets would be read and that they prompt people to consider their own spiritual condition.

Pray that a good number of children will attend the Summer Bible Club today (Tuesday) and for Anna Murphy as she takes the first talk. Also pray that the Summer Youth Club would be well attended and for Benjamin Agnew as he will be speaking.

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Newry GO Team Update: Sunday

Newry's GO Team kicked off on Sunday and it also coincided with the baptism of Georgia Maebh Keenan. This brought many visitors to church who were able to join the congregation for a BBQ lunch after the service.

The team will begin distribution today (Monday) and they also plan to host a Holiday Bible Club and Summer Youth club beginning on Tuesday.

Prayer Points:.

Please pray for the team which consists of; Eleanor Alexander, Joel Armstrong, Sarah Hughes, Tommy Jarad and Lois Kennedy. Also pray for the Murphy and Agnew families as they provide help throughout the week. Pray that there will be good unity amongst the team and that they can all use their gifts in service to God.

Pray for the distribution that will take place. Pray that the literature will be well received and read and that such material will have a spiritual impact upon the readers.

Pray for the Holiday Bible Club and the Summer Youth Club, pray that both will be well attended and that they would be a way of teaching young people about God and the Bible. Pray for those giving talks at these clubs; Anna Murphy for the Holiday Bible Club and for Benjamin Agnew as he is a part of the organising panel for Summer Youth. Pray that the speakers will know God's help and guidance and that they would be used as mouthpieces for God.

Bailiesmills Go Team Update: Wednesday & Thursday

The Bailiesmills GO Team continued on Wednesday and came to a close on Thursday night. Others that helped with the GO Team and were left unmentioned in the last update include; Rachel Wallace, Amanda and Rachel Petticrew, Leslie McConaghie, Sam McDonald, Elizabeth Edwards, Rev. Watterson, Mrs Watterson, Margaret and Richard Prall and Heather Armstrong. Give thanks for all those willing to help with the Holiday Bible Club.

The memory verse for Wednesday was Romans 1:16 which reads, ’For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek’ and on Thursday night it was Galatians 3:26, ’for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith’.

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The team was blessed with amazing weather for their final evening and so Ben Matthess took a considerable amount of time to set up a water balloon catapult for the children. Four hundred water balloons were thrown and the children loved the activity. The parents were also invited for supper on the final night to hear about what the Holiday Bible Club had been doing over the week.

Prayer points:

  • Give thanks for safety throughout the week and the good weather to finish off the Holiday Bible Club. Give thanks for the children who attended throughout the week and for those parents that took time to attend on the final night.

  • Pray that the children would go away from the week knowing more about God’s word and that they would come to know the saving power of the gospel in their own lives.

  • Also pray that the parents who attended would have heard something of the gospel and that they would be stirred to start attending regular worship services at Bailiesmills.

Bailiesmills GO Team Update: Monday & Tuesday

The Bailiesmills GO Team focuses on hosting a Summer Bible Club in the evenings for children of primary school age. Those helping with the GO Team are Labhaoise Blair (Limavady RPC), Ben Matthess (Woodstock RPC) and Robert McCaughan (Knockbracken RPC) as well as other helpers from surrounding churches. Each night features games and supper. This is followed by a time of joint Psalm singing. The children are then divided into two group (ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 11) for the story, memory verse and quiz.

Monday’s memory verse was 2 Corinthians 5:17 which reads, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’ and Tuesday’s memory verse was 2 Timothy 3:12, ‘Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,’

Prayer Points:

  • Give thanks for those willing to volunteer to help with the Summer Bible Club. Pray that God would be pleased to use their gifts to teach the children about God and the Gospel.

  • Pray for safety for each night of the Summer Bible Club.

  • Pray that the children would have an enjoyable time and that they would settle and listen well during the story and memory verse and that the Word of God would be stored up in their hearts.

  • Pray that God would speak to the children directly, even at this young age, so that they may Jesus as their Saviour and that they would be made into new creations in Him.

Carrickfergus GO Team (Thursday)

After team devotions we headed to the Carrick markets to help Carrick RPC with their first pop-up café. This gave us the opportunity to engage with the locals and discuss hope, as referred to in our leaflets.

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After lunch we continued our leaflet distribution, reaching areas further west in the town.

With the rain beginning to pour, we were all thankful for a warm house and plenty of food, provided by the Stevens' family. Reenergised, we set off to Eden Community Centre where we joined the CY in their games' night, competing in volleyball and unihoc.

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To finish the evening, the CY returned to the church where the committee kindly provided chocolate bar milkshakes. A few of our team members shared their testimony and school experiences to encourage the young members of Gods power and continued help with them in school. David Duly, a member of the congregation, came to speak to the team with words of encouragement from Psalm 131 and we closed the evening in prayer.

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Prayer Points

  • Continue to pray for the young people of the church, that they will have been blessed by the testimonies tonight and will continue to grow and come to CY throughout the year
  • Give thanks for the people who have taken an interest in the leaflets and pray for others who have received it
  • Pray for Café 48 tomorrow morning and for the family BBQ in the evening, that those who have been invited will come along
  • Pray for safe journeys as the team departs tomorrow (Friday)
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Carrickfergus GO Team (Wednesday)

This morning the team met for devotions in the church, after which we headed out on leaflet distribution. Each leaflet had information on the church and included a small section on hope. 

After lunch, the team went to the Chester Care Home in Whitehead, at which one of the elderly members of Carrickfergus congregation now resides. The team sang from Psalm 23, 65 and a variety of the other old version Psalms and the Rev Harry Coulter gave a short address.

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Then it was tea time! The team was hosted tonight by Margaret Kerr. We enjoyed this time to relax and chill as a group, before heading back to the church for a time of prayer. Asking God that he would lead and guide the team in the week ahead, and that there would be a response from the community regarding the leaflets.

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Prayer points:

  • We would greatly appreciate prayer that we would be able to make contacts in Carrickfergus through the leaflets.
  • That we would have good conversations at the pop up cafe and doing door to door work tomorrow.
  • Pray that we would have favourable weather to be able to distribute more leaflets 
  • Young people would come along to the C.Y meeting tomorrow night to hear Gods word.

Galway GO Team Update: Monday & Tuesday

The final Bible study on Monday morning focused on ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. The complete dependence of all people on God was considered. The team also focused on how Christians need to recognise the many good things that come from God. Following this the team continued to distribute the ‘4You’ magazine.

In the afternoon the bookshop was manned by James and Daniel. Additionally, a stall was set up on Shop Street and it provided free Christian literature to anyone who wanted it. This stall was overseen by Patrick, Elisabeth, Bethany and Rachel. The remainder of the team attempted to do some door-to-door work. A questionnaire was utilised around the doors to spark conversations and to see what people believed concerning; the problems of the world, God, Jesus and the Bible. Many people were willing to chat and several good and encouraging conversations were had.

Mr. Matthew Brennan spoke in the evening at the arranged public meeting. He spoke openly concerning his upbringing through an orphanage and the abuse he suffered and the resulting long-term impacts of the abuse. Matthew pointed to how God provided for him and guided him towards a sure and certain hope. He even showed how God has used his bad experiences of life to help others struggling with similar problems. Those that attended the meeting stayed behind and spoke with the congregation and team.

The team met for breakfast on Tuesday morning in a nearby restaurant before travelling back home.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks for the week and for God’s provision throughout the week. Give thanks that the weather was favourable and dry when the team was out.

Give thanks that 2000 ‘What is the Point of Life?’ booklets were distributed and give thanks that 1500 ‘4You’ magazines were also distributed. Pray that they would be read, and God would use them to open people’s eyes.

Pray for those that spoke to the team at the book stall or on the doors. Pray that people would consider the questions posed and that the Spirit would be at work in their lives.

Pray for those that attended Matthew’s talk and pray that they would be convicted by what they have heard. Pray that they too would desire to have this same sure and certain hope through Christ.

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