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Timetable 10.00

SESSION 1 Transforming Truth Ann Benton




SESSION 2 OPTION A Women Blessing Women Kathleen Nielson or OPTION B Passing on the Baton Ann Benton

Main Hall, Assembly Buildings

free tea and coffee available




SESSION 3 Pointing to Jesus Kathleen Nielson



Main Hall, Assembly Buildings Europa Hotel

tea and coffee on sale Main Hall, Assembly Buildings


Dear Friends, We are just delighted to welcome many of you back again, along with lots of new faces, to our second Irish Women’s Convention. Thank you for joining us for, what we trust, is going to be a very special day, as we meet together to study God’s word. We live in a world that believes in transformation … that longs for transformation; a world that promises richer, faster, fitter, healthier, smoother, slimmer, trendier, happier … you name it - it’s out there, whereas Jesus is interested in transforming what’s in there. He is in the business of transforming us from the inside out – not with a pill or a lotion or a new routine, or even a surgeon’s knife, but with His piercing, all-powerful, life-giving Word. And that’s what today is all about. We’re thrilled to welcome Kathleen Nielson and Ann Benton amongst us. Both Kathleen and Ann are women who have experienced God’s transforming work in their own lives and are here to open up the Bible today, to point us to the One who has the power to work real miracles and bring about real transformation in our hearts and in the hearts of those with whom we rub shoulders every day. Our ongoing prayer for today has been that all of us will encounter God, be transformed and leave with a deep desire to bless the lives of others with His word. May God bless each of you deeply.

Diane Casement Chair of IWC


Our speakers

KATHLEEN NIELSON Kathleen Nielson lives in the United States with her husband Niel. They have three grown up sons, two daughters-in-law and a granddaughter. Kathleen used to be an English teacher but now, through her work with The Gospel Coalition, she spends her time speaking at women’s conferences and writing Bible study resources.

ANN BENTON Ann Benton is married to John, the pastor of Chertsey St Baptist Church in Guildford, Surrey. Having worked alongside her husband and raised four children, she has written a number of books on family issues. Ann is also involved in running parenting courses and speaking at conferences.

Directions 1 2 3


Turn left out of the main entrance. Cross over Howard Street. Walk straight on down Great Victoria St. for approximately 500 yards. The Europa is on the right hand side of the road. At the hotel make your way to the Grand Ballroom.


Convention Goody bag!

At IWC we have a passion for sharing excellent books and resources. So this year we have a special offer of 3 carefully chosen books for only £10. Available at the bookstall.

You Can Change Tim Chester Don’t be put off by the title - this is definitely not a ‘self-help’ book, but a ‘God-help’ book! God not only has an agenda for personal change, but He also supplies the power to bring that change about. This is an encouraging read for all of us who struggle with sinful behaviour or negative emotions of any description.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness Tim Keller ‘A truly liberating book for anyone who’s ever worried about what other people think of them or been caught up in conflict.’ In a world obsessed with ‘self-esteem,’ Tim Keller explores the antidote; gospel-humility.

Uncover Rebecca Manley Pippert A series of 6 Bible studies based on the Gospel of Luke, designed for discussion with non-believers who want to find out more about Jesus for themselves. This is a resource that has taken our university Christian Unions by storm!


Recommended reading Know and Tell the Gospel John Chapman An old favourite and hard to beat!

Meeting Jesus:Women of faith from the New Testament Jenna Kavonic /The Good Book Company

This is an excellent study of some of the women who Jesus met with and transformed during his time on earth.

The Praying Life Paul Miller

Paul Miller takes us on a gentle drive through his own life experiences and highlights the power of prayer for everyday life - this is a powerful book!

One-to-One Sophie De Witt

This book explores the what, where, when and how of reading the Bible one-to-one, and will make you want to get up and go find someone to read the Bible with!


Aren’t they lovely when they’re asleep? Ann Benton

Written from a Biblical perspective, this book will give you six key concepts for bringing up children: accept, beware, communicate, discipline, evaluate and fear the Lord.

The Age of Opportunity Paul Tripp

If you have teenagers in the house then you will really enjoy Paul Tripp’s humorous and encouraging book describing grace-filled parenting.

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Elyse Fitzpatrick

Are you tired of struggling with fear and worry? You are not alone! You will find great help and support from this book which offers very practical solutions based on Biblical principles. It has a great chapter on perfectionism!

Sweethearts for a lifetime Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack draws on 40 years’ experience as a Biblical counsellor and provides lots of advice and practical tips to strengthen marriages– it’s a must-read whether you have been married for 5 or 35 years!

Books are available at the bookstall and 5




‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world,


but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ ROMANS 12 V2






Other helpful resources These are just a few of the many great online resources members of the committee have found useful. The sites contain talks, blogs and articles which challenge our thinking and our faith.

The Gospel Coalition Girls Gone Wise Desiring God Christian Counselling & Education Foundation The Good Book Company Coalition for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood True Woman (Revive our Hearts)

Some local places to eat

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For your diary!

31 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY 2014 ‘Exclusive: The Uniqueness of Christ and His Mission.’ A weekend conference with Dr. Don Carson. Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will explore our conviction that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation in the context of a religiously pluralistic society and will renew our confidence in Christ as the only Saviour and Lord. Our hope is that this conference will rekindle a passion to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Contact Val Ellis, 028 9079 6028


We are so glad that you came today and hope that the Lord has blessed you through the teaching and fellowship. We would love to know what you thought of the day, both for our encouragement but also to see how we could improve things. Please email us at


Meet the IWC


Diane Casement

Lynn Anderson

Chair Knock Presbyterian

St Elizabeth’s Church of Ireland

Brenda Kelso

Strandtown Baptist

Gail Curry

Bethany Baptist

1st Portadown Presbyterian

Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian

Christine Mahood

Kathy Cowan

Laura Magrath

Hamilton Road Presbyterian

Suzanne Kane

Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian


Helen McNeely

Knock Presbyterian

Laura Mullan

Greenwell Street Presbyterian


Irish Women's Convention 2013 handbook  

20 page handbook for annual Irish Women's Convention, Belfast.

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