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3 In the Public Eye Rev C Campbell
10 Mothering Sunday Rev C Campbell
17 St Patrick Rev C Campbell
24 Palm Sunday Rev C Campbell
31 Easter Sunday Rev C Campbell
7 A Stranger in our Midst Rev C Campbell
14 The Waiting Game Rev C Campbell
21 Visitor Dr H Walker
28 What about him? Rev C Campbell
5 Waiting on God : Communion  
12 Hot Air?  
19 Tongues of Fire : Pentecost  
26 The Cornelius Angle

Services at 12:00 noon
every Sunday


Visitors and friends most welcome

Flower List
3 Mr and Mrs G Lowry (in memory of Wendy)
10 Mrs B Chappell
17 Mrs C Shannon
31 Easter Sunday
7 Mrs A Locke
14 Mrs A Gilding
28 Mr and Mrs McConnell

Your Minister writes:-


The Latin phrase ‘fugit irreparabile tempus’  means we cannot stop time in its tracks.-Tempus fugit literally means ‘time flies’ and it feels that way this year. We are well into March, it is Spring and we’re half way through Lent. Special days like ‘Mother’s Day;’ ‘Palm Sunday’ and ‘Easter Sunday’ will be with us before the end of the month.

We will have some special services, as well as a ‘Soup and Sweet Lunch’ on 24th March, do plan to come along to all the services, and note one or two illustrations in this Calendar which remind us all about this important time.


There have been a few deaths of senior and faithful members of the congregation and women’s league over the last two months. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Dorothy McMinn, Margaret Parry and Roslyn Longridge and I would extend the sympathy of the church committee and congregation to them.


The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on Wednesday 10th April at 7:30pm and I would encourage all members and friends to come along to support us. There are many challenges to be faced in the coming year. I would ask anyone interested in helping with a Sunday School to see me. Young people in their late teens or older folk find the experience and challenges both interesting and rewarding.


Thanks to Jim Dalzell, we have a new ‘Prayer Board’ in the Schoolroom for Saturday mornings. Prayer requests are invited and will be incorporated into Sunday worship. The Church will also be open most Saturday mornings and this will provide an opportunity for private prayer and reflection. I look forward to seeing you soon,





Colin Campbell



Church News - March 2013


The Carol Service was held on December 9th and for this the church was beautifully decorated and thanks to Mrs carol Shannon for the beautiful flower arrangement on the Communion Table. Also thanks to all who helped decorate the church and tree. It was very encouraging to see many friends, visitors and members of our congregation attending this service. The Ballykeel Conservative Flute Band led the praise and provided the music for our carols.


Just before Christmas, on the ‘Free Coffee’ morning when the ladies thank those supporting them over the year, donations of £153 were made and given to the MS society. Later, members of the Women’s League and friends went to ‘The Moat’ in Donaghadee for their Christmas Lunch. This was a delightful venue with an excellent lunch and good Craic, helped by Margaret and her banter.


The year ended with a ‘last Light’ Service in church on 31st December. Members from the Methodist church joined us for some Scottish dancing, led by Jean McCadden and her group of dancers and this was followed by refreshments before going upstairs to church for worship when Rev. Tom McKnight gave a short address.


The Annual Clergy Black Santa appeal raised over £1550. Thanks to all in the community who supported this work.


It is good to see Mrs McConnell and Mr Ian Elliot back at church following some surgery in hospital.


Dates to note:


Women’s League Meeting at 2:00 pm  on 16th March

in First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street  led by Mrs Joan Playfair.


Congregational AGM on Wednesday 10th April at 7:30 pm.





Church News - May 2012



The Annual General Meeting of the Congregation was held in the schoolroom on Wednesday 28th March where Rev. Colin Campbell conducted proceedings.

Ten members of the congregation attended and five apologies were received.

The Secretary’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; Sunday School Report and Women’s League Report were presented to the meeting by the respective secretaries.

Mrs M. McConnell was re-elected Treasurer and Mr P. Shannon, Secretary.
Mrs N. Brown – Davis was elected to the Church Committee and standing members of the Committee re-elected with authority to co-opt should it be considered necessary.

The positive contribution by the Women’s League to both the community life of Holywood and the financial well being of the congregation was highlighted; although concern was also expressed at our need to improve church membership.

The AGM is a once a year opportunity for each of us to be involved in the affairs of the Church; to learn of the opportunities and concerns with which it will be faced in the coming year; and to assist in the promotion of our Congregation.

The Meeting concluded with prayer.


Peter Shannon




The Women’s League will be catering on May 7 for the May Day Celebrations. It is always prone to be a very busy day - so if you could help in any way - baking - clearing tables - keeping tea and coffee pots filled please see Mrs Barbara Lowry. Your help would be very much appreciated.


A few weeks ago it was a delight to see Mrs R Longridge at our Saturday morning coffee. She enjoyed speaking with old friends. We hope she will pay us another visit soon.



We were pleased to welcome to our Pulpit The Very Rev. Bill McMillan on Sunday 4 March and Sunday 15 April, and on Sunday 11 March Mrs N. Walker. We are always delighted to have them in Rev. Colin Campbell’s absence.


Miss Margaret Parry has recently gone into a Nursing Home. We wish her well and hope that she will be happy there.



It was with regret that we heard of the death of Mrs Joyce McGranaghan. Joyce was a regular customer at our Saturday coffee mornings. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband William and the family circle.



Congratulations to Mrs Jean McCadden (Church Organist) for receiving a well deserved award for Service to the Arts and the Environment for teaching Scottish Country Dancing to Adults and Children in North Down for 53 years. The first class she founded in Helen’s Bay in 1959 is still going strong. Jean’s reputation as a talented and enthusiastic teacher has proved to be the secret success and longevity of her career.

Well done Jean—may you continue for many years to come.

The congregation and many friends have asked me to pass on their congratulations. They were delighted you had received this award.


Doreen Crozier

Jean receiving her award from the Mayor at a
special dinner in Bangor Castle. On Jean’s right
is her Nominator, Mr Patrick Brunskill.



Church News - February 2012


The Church was beautifully decorated for Christmas.


The Ballykeel Conservative Flute Band led the congregation in our Candlelight Carol Service. They played for all the Carols and also delighted us with several musical items.


After the service our little Band of Ladies provided everyone present with a most welcome cup of tea, delicious sandwiches and tray bakes. Thank you Ladies.



Jars of Grace. Barbara Lowry would like all Jars to be returned to her by the 31st January. Any money received will go to the Moderator’s appeal.

The Thoughts and Prayers of the Congregation go to all those who are unable to attend Church Services through illness or infirmity. We want them to know we are thinking of them and we wish them well.

The Women’s League held a Ballot and raised £125. This money goes to the Moderator’s Appeal. This charity is for the Belfast City Hospital’s Cancer Unit. Well done to the League for such a splendid effort.

On Saturday 17 December 2011 the Ministers from all the Churches in Holywood took their turn in collecting for the Black Santa Appeal. The amount raised was £1,387.00. This was tremendous. A big Thank You to all the Black Santas who nobly braved the cold weather.





At the end of October, we were very pleased to have the three generations on the ladies side of the Campbells with us at Morning Service ...Kathleen, Heather and Meighan



Miss Emily McFarland presided at the organ on Christmas Day. Mr Hugh Crawford played on New Year’s Day as Emily was not free to do so. We are grateful to them for helping out to allow our organist Jean McCadden to get away on holiday.



Miss P Williams is now back home again and we are pleased to hear she is doing well.


The Women’s Quarterly Meeting is on Saturday 21st January. It is being held in Killinchy at 2.00 pm.



We have just heard of the death of Mr Bobby McMinn on 30th January, and would extend our deepest sympathy to Dorothy and the whole family circle.




It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Miss Theo Pomeroy who died in the early hours of Thursday 22nd December and was buried on Christmas Eve.

She was a regular attendee at our Saturday coffee mornings. A lovely gentle lady, who will be sadly missed by us all. We offer our deepest sympathy to her sister-in-law, and dear friend, Mrs Allie Pomeroy who will miss her the most.



Church News - December 2011


We send our deepest sympathy to Mrs Nell Patterson on the sudden death

 of her husband Tony.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Nell and family.



 The patrons of our Saturday Morning Coffee were saddened by the sudden

 death of Kathleen McLaughlin who was a regular attendee for many years.

 Our sympathy goes to her family and friends.



Our thoughts and prayers are with the following members of our Church:-


Miss Patricia Williams, who is a patient in Meadowlands at Musgrave Park Hospital.  She had a nasty fall and fractured her pelvis.  She is undergoing physiotherapy.  Congregation members and Saturday Morning friends send her their best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Mrs Dorothy McMinn who is awaiting surgery.


Mrs Nell Patterson, who suffered a heart attack, but we understand she is back home and recovering well.






It was really most encouraging to see quite a number of visitors who came on Heritage Day and visited our Church.




Tuesday   1 November     Church Committee Meeting

Tuesday 17 November   Women’s League Meeting  7.00 pm.


On Saturday 17 December, Rev C Campbell has arranged for the local clergy to collect for the Dean of Belfast’s Black Santa Appeal.  They will, on a rota basis, sit outside our Meeting House during the day. Please come along and give them your support.




Ian and Margaret would like to thank everyone who sent us engagement cards, new home cards and gifts.


They feel very blessed to have such good friends in their lives and they thank you all.





The following couples recently celebrated special

Wedding Anniversaries:-


 Monday    5 September, Mr and Mrs R Crozier  52 Years.

Saturday 10 September, Mr and Mrs R Booker  50 Years

 Monday  12 September, Mr and Mrs C Lock      50 Years.

Sincere good wishes go to them. May they have many more happy years together.




Colin and Aline Lock celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary by renewing their marriage vows in Church on Saturday 10 September at 4.00 pm. Aline looked lovely in a dusty pink suit with accessories to match.


The Service was conducted by the Rev Colin Campbell and the organist was Mrs Jean McCadden.   The hymns chosen were ‘O Perfect Love’ and ‘Spirit of God.’


Joining with Colin and Aline to celebrate this happy occasion were fifty guests including family members, some travelling from England.  After the Service the guests made their way to the Crawfordsburn Inn to partake of a delicious meal.


All who attended this happy occasion wish to thank Colin and Aline for letting us join them in celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary and wish them many more happy years together.





Church News - September 2011


Miss Emily McFarland presided on the organ on 3 July. Mr Hugh Crawford played on the 10 July as Emily was not free to do so.  We are grateful to them for helping out to allow our organist  Jean McCadden to get away on  holiday.   



During the month of July we were honoured with a visit to our morning service by Mr Van Morrison and Dr Ian Adamson.



Once again we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Heather Walker to the pulpit on 14 August

while Rev Colin and Mrs Campbell went over to England to visit their daughter Gillian.


Here is a photo of Heather with lovely little Meighan.



Best wishes go to the following people:-


Mrs R McMinn who has had a spell in Hospital.


Mrs S. Coleman who was in the Ulster Hospital for an operation.  She is now back home convalescing.



The Children’s Day and Father’s Day fell together on 19 June.   Although the numbers in the Sunday School are rather small, the children’s enthusiasm is not. 


Cameron amazed us all with his brilliant playing on the recorder.



Mrs Doreen Crozier receiving her 15 Year Certificate from Dr Ian Adamson, High Sheriff of Belfast.


This award is for 15 years as a volunteer with the

War on Want Book Shop, Ballyhackamore.


Well done Doreen!









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