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Welcome to the Easter edition of Focus Magazine. As we journey towards Easter, in the Anglican church, we use Lent as a time to reflect on our own lives in the light of the work of the Cross and of course the glorious Resurrection. In doing so, we are reminded of two things. Firstly, our own shortcomings. How many of us can honestly say that we are not guilty of “messing up” in some way or other. We can “mess it up” if we have a problem with anger, un-forgiveness, hatred for a neighbour, a lack of compassion for those in need, untruths said to tear someone down rather than build them up, unhealthy cravings for power and status. Standing at the foot of the cross, we all recognise just how much we have “messed it up”. Secondly, the perfection of Jesus. When we lift our gaze from our own shortcomings, we see more clearly the beauty and perfection of Jesus. We recognise through his words of forgiveness to messed up humanity, his words of redemption to a thief, his words of compassion to a beloved disciple entrusted with caring for his mother, that Jesus is spotlessly, perfect…completely and utterly free from sin. The message of the cross is freedom from the condemnation of sin for those who believe.

Freedom to live a life of service, commitment and sacrifice for the one who modelled such a life for us. Freedom to live a resurrection life bringing hope and healing to those we meet. Freedom to live as Jesus calls us to live in the power of his Holy Spirit. In this edition of FOCUS you’ll see images of ordinary folk who’ve experienced true freedom in Christ and now live to serve him. You’ll be encouraged at how ministries birthed by God’s Spirit and centred on the healing of the cross are making a real difference in our town of Lurgan. You’ll be challenged by how both young and old, male and female are serving together today as part of the same church family, sharing the same Good News. You’ll be humbled by the stories of those who sacrificed so much in the past in order that we might enjoy freedom today. You’ll be invited to consider your financial response in support of the work of Shankill Parish according to biblical teaching in the area of giving. I trust that every member of our church family will find something within this edition of FOCUS which will enable us all to feel included and valued. This Easter, may we all be blessed with a clearer understanding of the true cost of the cross and live in a manner which reflects that cost in our lives.

Rev. Geoff Wilson [Rector]

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EASTER GENERAL VESTRY 17th April Jethro Centre 7:30pm

All parishoners welcome but only registered members may vote.


COLLECT, STORE, DISTRIBUTE The aim of the ‘The Shed’ is to collect, store and distribute dry (non perishable) foods stuffs to those in need, within the local community, throughout the year. Many parishioners generously donated and helped with the Christmas hamper initiative over the past two years. The Shed extends our compassion to those in difficulties throughout the year. Christians against Poverty (CAP) clients and others will benefit. You may have noticed the ‘Tesco’ trolleys at the back of the Church or at the reception area at Jethro – this is our means to collect donations. The Shed (a wooden hut) is physically based at Dollingstown Church and like CAP this ministry is also in partnership with Magheralin Parish.


On Saturday 19th May, Down and Dromore Youth and Children’s Department are hosting a children’s praise party. The event will take place in Moira Parish Halls from 2pm -5pm. The speaker will be Nick Harding other activities include ‘The Big Children’s Challenge’, games and crafts. There will be music, puppets and lots of fun. Primary school children aged 5-11 are welcome with their leaders. The event is free. For more information please contact Julie Currie or see

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The demand is so high that no food donated has actually made it into the shed – it has gone straight to help those with empty cupboards. When we deliver gifts of food on your behalf, we always find it a very humbling experience. We are grateful to God for what we have. For those in real need it brings a message of joy and hope and provides clear evidence of Gods love in action. When out shopping, please always try and pick up a few extra groceries. Many of you will be aware of the buy one get one (or even two) offers and special ‘lost leader’ offers in the shops. Please avail of these offers to both make our money go further and bless others – a little extra expense can make a real difference to those who have very little.

We also have contacts with another Church who has an arrangement with sympathetic food manufacturers to purchase foods at a fraction of the price charged in the shops. If this arrangement develops further it will maximize our buying power and the help we can offer. On behalf of those who have received food either at Christmas or more recently, thank you to all who gave donations. The food trolleys will remain throughout the year at the back of the Church and in Jethro reception.

HOLY COMMUNION Sundays@Shankill Parish Church 9:00am

MORNING WORSHIP Sundays@Shankill Parish Church 10:30am

EVENING WORSHIP Sundays@Shankill Parish Church 6:30pm




We can truly say that, in 2011, God has been at work in our community and that He continues to grow His Kingdom through the debt counselling work that Christians Againtst Poverty do. This year, CAP has been able to see and help more clients than ever before who suffer in financial hardship. Our team of CAP volunteers continues to grow and we have been privileged to see people’s lives change forever as 10 people we have worked with, have either recommitted their lives to follow Jesus, or made the commitment for the first time.


CONFERENCE families looking forward to 2012, in a way which seemed impossible to them the year before – CAP has provided that spark of hope. Now that we are in 2012, our desire is that we share that spark of hope with as many people as we can reach. Our centre was taking appointments for February back in December, suggesting to us that this could be our busiest year yet. Your support, as always, is so appreciated and we thank all who prayed, gave financial donations, befriended and gave of their time and their skills.

We finished the year by delivering food hampers and oil vouchers to those we work with and were humbled to see

First Things - Affirming the essentials of Christian faith is a conference organised by New Wine Ireland, Church of Ireland Evangelical Fellowship, Evangelical Fellowship of Irish Clergy and Reform Ireland. The conference is taking place in the Jethro Centre on Saturday 21st April 2012 at 2pm with Bishops Greg Venables and Michael Nazir-Ali, concluding with a worship celebration at 7pm in the Parish Church. During the afternoon session, both bishops will address the conference, examining the issues of mission, evangelism and the uniqueness of Jesus. Everyone is warmly invited to attend.


WOMEN’S GUILD CELEBRATES The Women’s Guild began in March 1962 when the late Mrs Agnes Cartwright gathered a group of ladies to act as hostesses for a dinner to launch the Men’s Stewardship Campaign. From these beginnings, a more long-lasting organisation was formed with 175 members. The aim of the Guild was to radiate friendship within our church. Meetings were held in the Parochial Hall, Church Walk, each month. The Guild then formed a choir under the baton of the late Mrs Rosie Tyrell and the pianist was the late Miss Long. Seventy of the members were in the choir. From 1962 until 1978, the choir performed a concert each year, filling the hall to capacity.

principles apply today, with any funds raised supporting the needs of the Parish.

When Shankill Parish decided that it was necessary to build St Andrew’s, a small work party was formed, meeting every Monday evening in the old school in Flush Place. All the cross stitch on the kneelers, still used in the Parish Church today, were the handiwork of the Guild. They also made anything from aprons to bed clothes, made dolls and dressed dolls, and also knitted lovely cardigans and hampers to raise money for the St Andrew’s Building Fund. The same

Over the 50 years since it’s foundation, 5 ladies have served as President, the late Mrs Agnes Cartwright, the late Mrs Ann Crooks, Mrs Myrtle Lockhart, Mrs Mary Good and Mrs Emma Beckett, our present holder of the office. During the Guild’s lifetime, members have hosted many interesting speakers on various themes and topics and this continues today. New members are welcome to these meetings. The Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May at 8pm in the Jethro Centre.

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ARISE Sundays@Jethro Centre 7:00pm


SUPPORTING THE BEREAVED GriefShare is a biblically based seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss—whether your loss was recent or many years ago. For the last few months a group of 12-15 people have been attending this course run for the first time in the Jethro Centre. Each week began with a video presentation centred around a topic important to the grief recovery process (such as the journey of grief, the effects of grief and what to do when your spouse dies) followed by group discussion over a cup of tea or coffee. All who came along have found it to be a positive and helpful course. Here are some comments from those who attended: “It has been great to be able to share openly and honestly and learn from other peoples experiences” “As the years go by it is helpful to still be able to talk about things” “It has been good to meet people I didn’t know and build friendships” “This course has shown me more of Gods love…I know he is with us always” We plan to run this course again in Autumn 2012. For more information please speak to Clare Kakuru or contact the office directly.

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HOLY COMMUNION Thurs@Shankill Parish Church 10:30am

REMEMBERED 27 October 2011 Alice Scott, Seapatrick Nursing Home, Banbridge 4 December 2011 Margaret Jordan Cornakinnegar Road, Lurgan 8 December 2011 Rodney McCoy 3 College Walk, Lurgan 15 December 2011 William (Billy) Black, Aughnacloy House, Lurgan 24 December 2011 Jean Anderson, 47 Wood Lane, Lurgan

CHILDREN’S PRAISE PARTY 19th May Moira Parish Halls 2pm - 5pm

14 January 2012 Maureen Reilly Churchill Avenue, Lurgan 25 January 2012 David Williamson 16 Festival Square, Lurgan 31 January 2012 Cecil Johnston 40 Trasna Way, Lurgan 4 February 2012 Maurice Stevenson 3 Cottage Walk, Dollingstown 6 February 2012 Annie Wetherall, Roe Fold, Main Street, Limavady

8 February 2012 Mary McConnell 4 Hamilton Gardens, Lurgan 11 February 2012 Tom Anderson 47 Wood Lane, Lurgan 18 February 2012 Mrs Peggy Fleming Donaghcloney Nursing Home 20 February 2012 David Stevenson 1 Toberhewny Manor, Lurgan 22 February 2012 Esther Burns 3 Ardboe Drive, Lurgan


Sometimes I wonder what it must have been like for the people who first heard the gospel preached on this island many years ago. As Patrick and the other missionaries told them about Jesus, what might their reaction have been? You see, these people would not have been like you and me. They would not have grown up familiar with the Christian faith. There would have been no Sunday School, no church, nothing at all. (Isn’t that a scary thought?) At best, they may only have had a basic understanding of God to be the Creator of the world, but that would have been about it. Yet, this Easter time we remember and celebrate the amazing news that Jesus, the Son of God, came down and walked amongst us as a mere human being, and made the ultimate sacrifice, by giving up his life on a wooden cross to

save the whole world. Imagine how that must have sounded for people hearing this for the first time in Patrick’s day. It must have sounded like foolishness, an unbelievable tale, ‘How could God’s Son possibly do that for me?’ Perhaps it is a question we should continue to ask ourselves, as we try to fully take in and marvel at the amazing love of Jesus who died for us all, of him ‘who loved me and gave himself for me.’ For his sacrifice on the cross is surely the greatest act of love the world has ever seen and can ever see: the Son of God who did no wrong, paying the ultimate penalty, so that we each can be restored in a loving relationship with God. It’s often said that actions speak louder than words. If you ever doubt that Jesus really loves you, just look to the cross.




COMMUNITY OUTREACH GROUP The Community Outreach Group (COG) which was formed about seven years ago under the umbrella of Shankill Parish Caring Association, is, as the name implies, a cross-community group which seeks to bring together people from all sides of our community, enabling them to develop respect, trust and tolerance of one another’s culture and religion. To that end, the committee puts together a series of meetings where topics of mutual concern and interest at both local and national level are presented to interest, inform and perhaps challenge our perceptions of one another. The theme this year is “Understanding our Past”. We began in January with a talk by the well-known author and local historian, Dr.Frank McCorry, on the subject “Lurgan - then and now” which was very well received. This was followed on 16th February by “Reflecting on Inter-church Relationships”, a most informative, thought-provoking and well-balanced presentation by Fr. Andrew McMahon from St.Paul’s Parish. The enthusiastic response from those present indicated the high level of interest in this topic.


Thursday 8th March brings another local speaker to the Jethro Centre, namely Lurgan-born priest and published poet, Michael Maginn, taking as his theme “Growing up and living in Lurgan”. We look forward to hearing this account of his personal journey. Moving on then from local themes, the committee has planned four further talks as follows: Dr.Eamon Phoenix, political historian at Stranmillis University College and well-known writer and broadcaster will speak on “The two Covenants of 1912 in context” on Thursday 19th April, followed by “The 1916 Rising -  Different Perspectives” on Thursday 31st May. Rev. Dr. Johnston McMaster, popular speaker worldwide from the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin, will give two talks on 10th and 24th May. The committee has been greatly encouraged by the numbers attending these meetings and by the inter-action among people from both communities, so please do come along and bring your friends. Your support and participation are much appreciated.

WENDY MCDOWELL TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m married to Paul and have a son called Nathan. We are originally from Waringstown but have now made the move to Lurgan. Paul and I are members of Queen Street Methodist church. When I’m not working I enjoy reading, gardening and painting. I also work parttime as a lunch-time supervisor at King’s Park Primary School. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SPC? I will be assisting the Rector, clergy staff, and Parish Administrator with office duties. ARE YOU ENJOYING IT? Yes, it is a priviledge to work with such a passionate and dedicated team of people. Everyone has a great sense of humour which makes the time go a lot faster! WHAT DID YOU DO PREVIOUSLY? I used to work for Robert Graham Estate Agents, Valuers&Auctioneers.


The ‘Mustard Seed’ ministry has arisen out of our Vision process and our heartfelt desire to reach those who are lonely or isolated within our community. Launched in January 2012, this exciting ministry continues to grow and develop.

We currently host an outreach lunch in Mourneview Community Centre on the 4th Thursday of each month at 12.30 pm. Our aim is to provide fellowship and friendship over a hot meal. To date we have in excess of 30 people meeting together each month. More volunteers

are always welcome to come and join the existing team. If you are interested in volunteering further details are available from the Parish Office.

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UNITED HOLY WEEK SERVICES 2nd - 6th Apr Shankill Parish Church 7:45pm


This year the beautiful Island Roy was the location again for the Crusaders Seniors weekend from 10th – 12th February. The theme of this year’s weekend was ‘rags to riches’. This theme was carried through in our talks and in our activities. On the theme of rags, everyone dressed up on the Saturday afternoon in ripped jeans and other clothes that would not normally see the light of day and headed off to the coastal town of Dunfanaghy for a photo challenge afternoon. This involved each team having to perform some funny and embarrassing tasks and document it all on camera. Some of the 20 challenges ranged from proposing to a member of the public, (Steve Lewis loved this one!), Irish dancing in the main street and doing a team handstand. We came back to the Island to get ready to head out for the riches part of the evening. Everyone scrubbed up, put suits and dresses on and went out to enjoy a lovely evening meal in the Downings Bay hotel, sampling some of Donegal’s finest steaks and pizzas.

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The speaker for our weekend was Stuart Moles, who challenged us about what Christianity should look like in today’s modern world. He encouraged us to live ethically and to make a difference where we live. Our worship leader for the weekend was the wonderful Paul Kissick who led the worship sensitively and passionately. A huge thank you goes to all the leaders who gave up their time & sleep and brought so much to the weekend. A special mention must go to all the drivers, washer uppers, listeners, encouragers and to the chefs for the weekend, Hannah, Jack and Bethany. Also thanks to Steve for bringing his trailer. Without it we would have had no room to bring any clothes or food!




RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS Following the completion of a 7-week marriage course, 13 couples renewed their marriage vows at a moving evening service in the Parish Church on Sunday 12th February 2012. Joy and Chris Stevenson led the course in Café Rhema, during which couples were reminded of the importance of, amongst other things, of The Art of Communication, keys to Resolving Conflict and The Power of Forgiveness.


The course comes at a time when Christian marriage is coming under increasing pressure from secular society and Canon Liz McElhinney’s address was a timely reminder of how couples can keep their love for one another alive as well as their love for God. Those who renewed their vows during the service, used red carnations to symbolise their ongoing commitment and love for one another.

VIRGINIA MORALES The following interview tells us a little about Virginia Morales, who will be joining the staff team in Shankill Parish in June, for a year.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m from Montevideo in Uruguay, a small country in South America. When living in Uruguay I worked in the Anglican Church with children and teenagers for ten years. During that time Geoff Hamilton from Lurgan worked within the same project. In the last few years I moved to North America to be with my parents and two sisters who had moved north several years earlier. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SPC? I am very excited to be coming to Lurgan as part of the SAMS FUSION programme for a year. WHAT DID YOU DO PREVIOUSLY? I worked with families in parenting and education as a Home Visitor.

RESTORATION ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL Parishioners and friends of Shankill Parish have been responding to the appeal, with a sum of money (now approaching £65,000) towards the restoration work. This magnificent sum has been made up from some 150 people and families within the Parish and 40 from friends. To date 76 of those responding have indicated that they would like to have loved ones remembered on the memorial plaque. If you would like to respond and have a loved one remembered, its not too late. Please get in touch with the office or visit

In the near future we will be in a position to prepare applications to Charitable Trusts for funding. These Trusts are always more impressed when they see that the applicants have made a big effort to raise as much of the finances as possible themselves. In faith we await the response to the appeal and we pray in faith that God will abundantly bless it. Keep an eye out for special evenings of prayer. Dates will be announced in future additions of Focus.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM YOUR LIFE SO FAR? I have learnt that God choose to love me first. I am open to God to change my life. This means that I need to be open to other people’s realities, sharing God’s love and the talents we have received as a gift from God. I also have known times when my faith has not been strong, and I had to ask God to hold me. I needed to trust. I am very thankful for this opportunity to share with another part of God’s church in a different language, climate and culture. I come to serve with you. I hope that we can learn from each other.

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BUN SALE FOR ROMANIA 25th Mar @ Arise Jethro Centre 7:00pm

BELFAST MARATHON 7th May Belfast All Day




A team of 12 people from Crusaders are currently making preparations to serve God in Romania for 10 days this summer. As part of their preparation, the team meets every Sunday afternoon to take part in a discipleship course to help them to grow in their faith. They also plan to serve people in our local community over the next few months to make a difference at home as well. I am so excited about the potential that lies in each person on our very mixed team. Some have served God overseas before and for others this is a completely new experience. Some are at university and others are at school. There is also a fairly even mix of boys and girls. But what each person has in common is that they want to bring hope and love to the people they will meet in Romania and they know God will provide the strength to do it. The project in Romania will consist of several different elements: + Spending time with the children in the orphanage and bringing joy through games and activities. + Teaching the children at the orphanage and the local town how to speak English through daily classes in which they will learn basic English and the message of the Gospel. + Delivering food parcels to house bound and elderly people. We spend time in each home singing worship songs, praying and listening to their stories. + Taking part in the church services

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Several members of the Romania team will be completing the marathon - donations greatly welcome


Laura Wright [30] Leader Stephanie Prentice [21] Co-Leader Simon Beattie [22] Worship Leader Jack Wilson [20] Prayer Co-ordinator + Organising an Irish Night for the church community to bring the church together for a night of fun, food and dancing. Over the next few months there are a lot of things people can be praying for... For the team: Pray for unity, friendship, growth, strength to try new things and courage for what lies ahead. Pray that each member can fully embrace the role in the team they have been assigned and discipline with the discipleship course and daily Bible readings. For the project: Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the people we will be working with from 6th – 16th August 2012. Pray for Pastor Istvan and his church who we will be working with and to find someone who can teach us how to effectively teach English as a foreign language so we can make the most of this opportunity. Pray that hope will be brought to the town of Alesd. For the fundraising: Pray for events that are planned to go well and that we can get a positive response from supermarkets for bag packing to reach the £4000 required.

Ryan Wilson [18] Fundraising Co-ordinator Sophy Irwin [19] Encourager Zara Jackson [19] Photographer Nikki Beggs [21] Food Co-ordinator Chloe Patterson [19] Social Co-ordinator Jill Costley [16] To organise acts of kindness for our local community Andi Prentice [16] To organise acts of kindness for our local community Patrick Neill [16] To support both fundraising and social event organising



Recently I started to read Bishop Ken Clarke’s book “GOING FOR GROWTH”. On the very first page Bishop Ken made the point that we are all influenced by others, going on to suggest we reflect on those who had influenced our own Christian lives. Several people come to my mind but I would like to mention three in particular. My daughter, barely in her teens, who spoke to me of her faith, explaining why she is a Christian and encouraging me to think of things spiritually. It would have been hard to say no to her! A mature Christian man who befriended me, sharing an occasional cup of coffee, going to the odd rugby match and enjoying friendship with our wives. While he was certainly not “in my face” with Christian issues, I realised quite quickly there were important things about his life and attitudes which were sadly lacking in mine. Lastly there was a niece, even younger than my daughter who at a Sunday morning service at the Ian Knox 1984 mission, responded to his invitation to come to the front. Young


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as my niece was she had already made her Christian commitment and she admitted later that she didn’t know why she had walked up, just that God wanted her to. What she did that morning, together with my daughter’s witness and my friend’s befriending, enabled me to take the same walk in the afternoon. All this took place over a period of a year or so. A man befriending me, a daughter having the courage to share her faith with her father and a niece responding to God’s prompting. From 13th-20th May there will be a mission at Shankill Parish Church, called Mission Hope. Does this present opportunities for witness as God wants us to? Could we get close enough to someone, a friend or family member to ask them to some of the events? Could we, even in the most simple of ways just as my daughter did, share our faith with someone? Like my niece, even if we don’t know the reason why, could we respond to a prompting from God? Let’s make ourselves available and leave the rest to Him.



15 Churches from the Lurgan area have launched an exciting mission that will take place from Sunday 13th 20th May at Shankill Parish Church. ‘Mission Hope’ takes place from 13th-20th May and is aimed at people in the Lurgan area who are facing difficult issues in their lives. The speaker for the mission in May will be Jay Lowder, a renowned international speaker. Based in Texas, Jay is used to speaking in front of 40,000 people in the USA. Gerald Hewitt from ‘Mission Hope’ said, “The world today is changing - securities are shaken and many people are facing new problems. This mission will touch on those issues and hold out hope for the future. Jesus is the only hope in helping us face life in 2012 and beyond.” Jay Lowder, Mission speaker said, “This will be my first time in Northern Ireland and I am truly excited about the mission and what God will do during the week. I am looking forward to speaking at Shankill Parish, and I trust that people of all ages will come to hear what God’s word says about facing life’s issues.”

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RELATIVE Each issue of Focus we will be looking at those relationships that make us who we are. In this issue we meet three generations of the Prentice family; Nell, Mark & Stephanie.


amily are the most important people in my life. When our son Mark was born it made us feel complete as we already had a daughter, Gillian.

Mark leads a very busy lifestyle and many a time he meets himself coming backwards. One of his greatest qualities is that he values his family a lot. He always visits and talks to his parents. I consider this a privilege as I often hear older people say they never see their family. Mark and his family will soon be moving to their new home after having lived with us for a short period of time, we will once again suffer from empty nest syndrome. I really admire my son for bringing his children to church and teaching them Christian values, this provides such an important start in life. My grand-daughter Stephanie has many qualities that I do not possess. Namely the ability to travel to far away places on her own, not knowing the conditions or the people she will be living with. Stephanie also has such perserverance. One of my memories of her childhood was of a school play when she was playing the role of Dorothy in the ‘Wizard of Oz.’ On the night before the play Stephanie suffered a temperature and sore throat but her attitude was that the show must go on, and so it did.

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Trevor and I consider having four grand-children a great privilege. The best advice we would give them is simply this, ‘Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.’

“The best advice we would give them is simply this, ‘Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”


can remember the moment Stephanie was born. When the Doctor said, “congratulations its a girl, strawberry blonde”, I felt that I was going to burst with pride.

Steph has a strong sense of adventure and independence of thought. Her faith, determination and awareness of others who are less fortunate, are the greatest things I admire about her. As for Steph’s future I hope that she finds fulfilment in all that she does and has good health and happiness. Looking back, one of the main events that shaped our relationship growing up would be reading stories together and

saying prayers at bedtime. I’ve always thought that this is the best way to end the day. I hope that I pass onto my children the importance of being open minded about the people they meet and most of all, to enjoy life. It’s hard to give advice on how to raise a family because what works for one, might not work for another, but I can say this; having a close loving family is a great support system for whatever life has to throw at you.


hroughout my life my Nanny has always been an inspiration. I have a distinct memory of her always being involved in many activities and groups and the real joy she had from meeting new people and lifelong friends. She is a talented lady with a real artistic flare and the cards and decorations that she makes for birthdays and Christmas are a constant reminder of a gift that she just loves to put her time and effort into. My Dad never ceases to impress me; I always wonder how he can juggle the commitment of bus driving and fire-fighting all at once, one of those would be enough for most. On top of this over the last couple of years he has been coaching a rugby team and it has been great seeing him so involved and encouraging younger players. I remember being sick with both scarlet and glandular fever just when I was about to embark on my Gold Duke of Edinburgh and run a marathon to fundraise for Uganda. It was a low point in my life as I was housebound and exhausted for so long. Dad really helped me to build my strength back.

“Ever since I was little he encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone” This was such a frustrating time but he always made time to help me. I remember him taking me up the mountains to try and build up my endurance, it was such a difficult day but I think through the struggle it brought us closer together. Our mountain walking has continued; I love getting away from the hustle and bustle and enjoying the sense of satisfaction you feel at the top of a mountain. It gives us a great opportunity to catch up and chat through things in life. In the past couple of years both my Dad and I have been through a few tough times together. It has taught us to be honest about our emotions and feelings and the importance of listening and making time to share with each other, even if it is on the other end of the phone. Having someone to trust and share my worries with is the most comforting thing about my relationship with my Dad. I believe I inherited the adventurous gene from my Dad. Ever since I was little he encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and give something

new a try. Once in South Africa I really wanted to go on the largest rollercoaster, I was so scared, but Dad was the one who encouraged me to just go for it. Both my Nanny and Dad have always made an effort to support charities and volunteer their skills whenever they can. As a child I remember collecting with both my Nanny and my Dad for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This was my first experience of volunteering and since then it has developed into a deep passion of mine. This committed, sharing and outgoing spirit is something I have always admired about them. They donate their time for charities and sports teams to simply be with people and encourage others to develop. I have a real desire to see injustice and inequality in the world diminished and their influence in this area of my life has really led me to me pursuing a career in the area of International Development. I am so grateful for their support in everything. I have been involved in a lot of volunteer and charity work and they have always been the fuel behind me, encouraging and going above and beyond to help me reach my target. I miss them when I’m away (something that I would never admit) but a friendly phone call every now and again reminds me that no matter where in the world I am, I’m never forgotten about.

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Taking the model of the parable of the talents, several groups of young people set out to see how they could multiply what has been given to them.

Activity: Purchased the equipment needed to offer haircutting services. Amount Raised: ÂŁ32

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parable of the talents


he parable of the talents is a story told by Jesus of a master who entrusted some money (talents) to his servants. While the master was away, two of the servants were able to make their money grow and then gave the proceeds back to the master on his return. The other servant neglected to do anything with the money and just buried it. We all have been entrusted with gifts from God. God gives us talents so that we can use them for His kingdom and His glory. But the word talent is broader than money. When God gives us talents, as in some kind of special ability, then we must use them for Him. After thinking about this passage we came up with a plan in Crusaders (Shankill Parish’s Youth Group) for how we could re-enact the principle in this story, to start with a small amount of money and make it grow and give the proceeds back to our master.

ACTIVITY: They challenged friends to an arm wrestle. The winner gets £1. AMOUNT RAISED: £13.00

The Crusaders were put into groups and given £10. They were challenged to grow the money they were given by using their God given talents and some creative thinking. The money they make is not to be kept for themselves but to be given away, to bless a charity or someone in need. Here are some of the stories of how they got on.

Crusaders meets every Sunday Night at 8:30pm in the youth suite of the Jethro Centre. Every night you can expect food, fun, games & quality banter. Meet new people and learn about what it means to live a life that follows Jesus. If you are aged 11 – 18 and like the sound of Crusaders please come along. For more information please contact Laura Wright (028) 3832 5673.

ACTIVITY: Bought wool with the £10, then created knitted scarves and iPod/iPhone socks. AMOUNT RAISED: £45.00

ACTIVITY: Several groups used their £10 to buy sweets at a wholesalers and then sold sweets to friends at a profit.

ACTIVITY: Using their £10 they bought fruit, sugar and jam jars. They then made jam and sold it to family and friends.



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n this edition of Focus we read a snapshot of the stories of four members of Shankill Parish Church who served during the war. Their stories of determination, bravery and selflessness give us an insight into the cost of war and the sacrifices which were made by so many ordinary men and women. Interviews by: Clare Kakuru

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Isobel Kane

Molly Frost

Isaac Douglas

Thinking she would like to see the world, Isobel joined the Queens Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and was a member of the reserve at the end of 1943. Known as a ‘QA’ she was sent on active duty to India where she served in a medical hospital in Poona, a military hospital in Burma and also in Hong Kong.

War memories are very different for Molly who met her husband while on active duty! Having joined the Air force Molly was posted in various places including Sidmouth, Blackheath, Ballykelly and Kidbrooke. Her role was to work in the office, processing the vouchers and accounting for all the equipment which came in and out of the stores.

Isaac signed up at the very beginning of the war to serve in the Royal Air Force as an Electrician. Due to a lack of vacancies in this area he ended up working as an ‘ACH’, an aircraft hand. Issac was stationed first of all in Blackpool and then in Halton in Buckinghamshire. He recalls later being sent to serve in Singapore, “When we were about a day away from reaching Singapore we heard that the Japanese had taken it. The Lord was so good to me. Had we have arrived a few days earlier we would have ended up as prisoners of war…goodness only knows what would have happened to us.”

The journey to India was itself a perilous one. While passing Gibraltar a German bomb struck the ships engine and when the guns started firing they had to abandon ship. “Some of the lifeboats were damaged so we had to double up” she recalls. “There were

“While passing Gibraltar a German bomb struck the ships engine ” about 20 women in my boat, drifting in the sea overnight until a destroyer came the next morning to pick us up. We were exhausted and everyone was very very sick. There could have been a lot of people lost and not picked up, but all I know is that the 40 QAs survived.” Life at war was not easy and often dangerous she recalls, “In Burma, the Japanese used to come over and bomb us. We had to get the patients out of bed and into the trenches, which were often occupied by snakes, some of them dangerous! While we were there most of the nurses ended up with tropical diseases of some kind like worms or dysentery.”

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One day, while she was working in the storeroom in Ballykelly, a sergeant came in and won her heart. After two weeks Molly and Jack were engaged and after 3 months they were married. What might be considered to be a whirlwind romance turned into 48 long and happy years of marriage. Molly recalls, “The best thing was the comradeship. There were about 20 girls living in each hut and we all looked out for and helped one another. It didn’t matter where we were from or what religion we were, we were all one. We would have died for each other. Friendships were made then which still exist today, all these years later”

“The best thing was the comradeship...we all looked out for and helped one another. It didn’t matter where we were from or what religion we were, we were all one. We would have died for each other.”

“Had we have arrived a few days earlier we would have ended up as prisoners of war… goodness only knows what would have happened to us.” Instead of landing in Singapore they went to Capetown and travelled up by train to Pretoria where, after a period of training, Isaac worked in the mechanical department looking after the engines of planes. After having to get his tonsils out Isaac returned home and was posted to serve in Ballykelly where, he recalls with a smile “I met my wife! I was looking after the planes, she was a cook. Often, if we were working late she and a few others would cook us supper at midnight…a big plate of bacon and eggs…those were good days!”


Anonymous A man who wishes to remain anonymous recalls what life was like on the front line during the war. “Quite early in the war I joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. I was part of the infantry regiment on the front line. My role as a dispatch rider was to go out ahead of the troops and gather tactical information.” When he was asked about what it was like to be in such a position he recalls, “You have no time to think on the front line—it’s all about self-preservation.” Then he says with a smile “I’m one of the lucky ones, there wasn’t a bullet fast enough to catch me!”

“I’m one of the lucky ones, there wasn’t a bullet fast enough to catch me!” Towards the end of our conversation however the mood turns more sombre. “I don’t like to think about it too much. I’m one of the lucky ones to have come home…so many didn’t. If people only knew what it was like to be at war…please God never again.”

Concluding Thoughts


ar is a costly thing. We honour these and so many other brave men and woman who were willing to sacrifice their family life, home comforts and personal safety. We thank God for the many men and women, who paid the ultimate price and gave their lives that we might know the freedom we enjoy today. As I reflect on the cost of war, I can’t help but wonder if we are as willing to pay the price for peace? Peace, although it is something which we all want, is one of the most unnatural things for a human being. We all know that we should love our neighbour, love our enemies, do unto them as we would have them do unto us. Easy to say, not so easy to do. Our natural human nature wants to seek revenge when we are wronged, demand our rights, to seek our own interest and what’s best for us. Peace is not just something we can wish for—it must be something that we work for. Peace also comes at a cost. We cannot change the past, but we can change our future. We cannot choose where we are born, into which family or which side of our town or religious tradition but we can choose how we will live today and tomorrow. Today are we willing to make our own sacrifices? Let us honour those who have gone before us by committing ourselves to give our all to strive and work for peace in our own lives and in the communities in which we live.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - JOHN MCCAMMON Canon John McCammon is a retired Anglican Minister now living with his wife Margaret in the Coleraine area. John and Margaret served for five years as Mission Partners with CMS Ireland in Kenya. John is currently a part-time lecturer on Mission at Belfast Bible College.


t is very important that we are well taught about money from a Biblical standpoint because the Biblical standpoint is so different to the world’s attitude about money. God’s work can’t advance unless there’s the finance to do that. It’s a bit like oil in the engine. The engine may have all it’s parts correctly placed and working but if there’s no oil, then the engine will simply not perform it’s function. So God’s work needs money. Our heavenly Father is immensely rich. Everything in the world belongs to Him. Everything that we have, we are given by Him on trust as stewards. As stewards of all that has been given to us, the Bible teaches that we should tithe.

Tithing is giving one tenth of our income to God’s work. In Deuteronomy we read these instructions to God’s people; “be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year”. And so the Biblical principle is very clear. 10% of what we receive from God he asks us to give back to His work. God doesn’t leave the matter vague. If it did leave it vague then it’s very easy to see what would happen. Because our human nature is basically selfish and self-centred we would find it very difficult to give anything to God’s work. We’d give a little perhaps, but we would give as little as possible. It is clearly commanded in the Old Testament and Jesus commended it and assumed we would tithe in the New Testament.

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Christianity which costs nothing is worth nothing. But Christianity which costs much, is worth much. Our tithing should involve sacrifuce. Some years ago a Christian business man was visiting Korea and a local pastor took him out to see the countryside. They were going along and they saw a very strange sight. Two men ploughing, obviously a father and a son, but they had no animal. The son was in front with the yoke over his shoulders, and the father was behind him steering the plough. The man commented that those people must be very poor, and the pastor said, yes they are very poor, they are members of my church. We wanted to build a church recently and they had no money to give so they decided they would sell their one and only ox and plough themselves this year. This man was humbled as he realised that he had never in his life, given to the point of real sacrifice. Giving will involve sacrifice. The sensitive nature of the issue of tithing stems from the fact that we have a tendency to see ourselves as separate from the church itself. Therefore, we talk about ‘giving to the church’. This wouldn’t make very much sense if we understood ourselves instead to be part of the church. So rather than giving to the church, it is we the church that gives to others. Tithing isn’t a matter of ‘giving to the church’ but the church together as a whole giving to others. All of God’s commands for us are given for our benefit and blessing and tithing is no exception. Blessing number 1: We are enriched by tithing, we are not impoverished. Jesus said the measure you use to give will be

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the measure that is given back to you. Giving is good for us. Not necessarily financially, although that may happen, but in a much more profound sense. The more we give to God’s service the more he returns to us.

“Tithing isn’t a matter of ‘giving to the church’ but the church together as a whole giving to others.” Blessing number 2: Hinges around something that Jesus said. Jesus said this on one occasion in Luke 16; if you are not faithful in handling worldly wealth then how can you be trusted with true wealth? If we are not faithful with the material wealth God has given us, then he will not entrust us with true wealth, spiritual wealth. I have noticed this over many years in ministry, whenever Christians begin to tithe then something happens in their lives. This materialistic selfish spirit that is engrained in us because we are human beings, fallen human beings, somehow is broken and there is a major step forward in the lives of God’s people. And to be blessed simply means to receive true wealth. It is possible to visualise this. If you imagine a closed fist as our basic attitude to God and money. If God has to prise our fingers open to get money from his people then God can’t get His blessing in because our hand is closed. But whenever we open our hand then God is able to pour his riches into our lives.

Blessing number 3: As we tithe and give back to God we are in fact laying up treasure in heaven. Paul said to Timothy, “command them to be generous and willing to share, in this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the age to come.” Jesus told us lay up treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Blessing number 4: This one is very obvious. God’s work is advanced and people are brought into the kingdom of God. Our society, is desperately needy. People need to hear the gospel, they need to be brought into God’s kingdom, they need to be given hope. In the third world particularly, people are needy materially and we need to share what God has given us. And our giving makes a real difference to helping God’s work go forward. In conclusion then, am I giving to God what is right, or what is left? This explains for us the biblical principle of tithing, but how will Tithing Demonstration Sunday work?


+ A GUIDE TO TITHING DEMONSTRATION SUNDAY On 22nd April 2012, each parishioner is being encouraged to put their tithe in the offering for that day. This simply means that we are asking that for one week, everyone gives 10% of their income during that week. For those who pay monthly, simply calculate your weekly pay and put 10% of this in the offering on Tithing Demonstration Sunday. For those who pay by Standing Order, place your tithe for that week in an envelope with your FWO number and/ or name and address in the offering on Tithing Demonstration Sunday. The following week, on Sunday 29th April, we promise to let you know what difference the Tithing Demonstration Sunday made to the offering compared to an average Sunday offering.




The challenge for all of us is to tithe, not just on a special Sunday, but on a permanent basis.


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t the heart of the Wear it Out campaign is a ‘fashion fast’: a commitment to abstain from buying new clothes ( jewellery/gadgets) for a significant period of time (at least 3 months) – and put the money saved and the experience of self discipline & learning, to good use.

activities of deciding what to wear, what to buy, how we want to look and what pressures we experience when it comes to ‘fitting in’ or standing out from the crowd. Tearfund, The Big House charity and Damaris have kindly provided group resources to help ‘us learn about ‘wearing our values on the outside’.

The first part of the campaign is simple: you just don’t buy any new clothes (or jewellery/gadgets) for a chosen period of time – at least 3 months but not more than 9 months. Participants are encouraged to choose a time frame that will stretch them beyond their comfort zones and provoke thinking about the role of ‘stuff’ in their lives.

Groups and individuals partaking in the fast should get creative and use the opportunity of the fashion fast to raise money for their preferred charity by carrying out ‘Bling and Bag Sales’ or ‘Wardrobe Swaps’. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the campaign is the chance to be part of a new world record. On April 10th 2012 we will be attempting to walk a kilometre down the Prince of Wales Ave at Stormont Estate, Belfast. We hope to attract at least 3000 people to join us and establish a new Guinness World Record for the ‘largest barefoot walk’.

There is a lot more to it than simply hitting the consumer ‘pause’ button. The Wear it Out campaign is designed to be completed with others – schools, universities, churches, youth groups and families can all put the money saved and whole experience of self discipline and the learning, to good use. The second aspect of the project is where you can talk about the issues and explore with others why it is so easy to get caught up in the consumerist trap and let fashion shape us rather than building our identity on firmer ground. The team behind the Wear it Out campaign have produced resources, lesson plans and group discussions. These will help those ‘wearing it out’ to talk about some of the issues that we all face when we do the everyday

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At the end of the fast particpants will celebrate with a ‘fashion fix’. There are three options depending on the amount of money pledged to do the fast. THE TOMS FIX: You get a pair of TOMS shoes (Classics). For every pair purchased, TOMS gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. This unique ‘One for One’ business model is a great way to help you understand that the lifestyle choices we all make have repercussions all around us, which is why we have chosen TOMS as one of the ways to reward you.

THE T-SHIRT FIX: You get a Wear it Out t-shirt as your fashion fix – The t-shirts will be ethically sourced ensuring ‘living wage levels’ for those involved and all profits from the t-shirt ‘fix’ will be donated to Fields of Life well-digging projects in Uganda. THE DONATE FIX: You simply pledge whatever amount of money you wish to take part in the campaign. We suggest you donate the amount you would have spent on clothes over the course of the fast. This money will go directly to Fields of Life well-digging projects in Uganda.

To sign up for the Wear it Out campaign or get more information: W: FB: T: Twitter ‘@wearitouttweets’

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Why do I have to pay? +We generally value something a lot more when we pay for it! +The fashion fix at the end is a nice way to keep you motivated through the fast. +All of the alternatives also ‘fix’ it for some one else. So you learn about how our lifestyle choices can influence others both at home & across the world. +Over the course of the fast you will probably save a lot more than the registration fee. Can we swap clothes with someone else during the fast? +Absolutely – why not organise a wardrobe swap between friends, schools, universities, churches or youth groups? What if I need a new pair of shoes or trousers or skirt for work or school? +Necessary purchases for work or school are excluded from the fast. +However, your friends and family should be discouraged from offering you birthday presents or other treats of clothes or bling during this period. Be a little bit more creative and think of other alternatives. Will this campaign have a negative imapct on the retail sector? +We recognise that the retail sector is facing difficulties at the moment. The campaign is not ‘anti -fashion’ or indeed ‘anti-trade’. What we hope to achieve is a more responsible consumer and one that considers the needs of others in making their own lifestyle choices and the sustainability of their own resources.

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INGREDIENTS 100g butter, cubed 1 tbsp cocoa powder 50g milk chocolate buttons 75g golden syrup 4 Shredded Wheat 36 mini chocolate eggs METHOD 1. Put the butter into a medium bowl, then add the cocoa powder, chocolate buttons and golden syrup. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds, or until melted, then stir to mix everything together. 2. Hold 1 Shredded Wheat over the bowl and squeeze in your hand to crumble it in. Repeat with the other 3 Shredded Wheat. Stir to mix evenly. 3. Put a generous tablespoonful of mixture into each of the paper cases. Press the centre of each nest with your fingers to make a slight dip, then arrange 3 mini chocolate eggs in each of the dips. Chill for 30 minutes before eating.

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RULES: Enter a number between 1 and 4 in each empty square so that every row, every column and every 2 by 2 box contain all four of the numbers between 1 to 4.



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You’ve heard it said that you should walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before judging their actions - well on Easter Tuesday April 10th 2012 you will get the chance to identify with those who are too poor to have shoes on their feet and walk your way into the record books. Summer Madness along with several other agencies: Tearfund, Stand By Me, Fields of Life, The Big House Ireland, Girls’ Brigade, 3 Rock Youth and the Damaris Trust have orchestrated the Wear it Out campaign to challenge the powerful forces of materialism and the way in which our everyday lifestyle choices affect others around the globe. The initiative is based around the idea of a ‘fashion fast’ and in conjunction with ‘TOMS’ shoes participants are able to reward themselves at the end of the endeavour - while providing much needed shoes for those going barefoot in other parts of the world.

The annual TOMS shoes ‘Barefoot for a Day’ challenge provided the inspiration behind our Guinness World Record™ attempt at the Largest Barefoot Walk. The record currently stands at 2500 people walking barefoot for one kilometre. So, a simple stroll down the Prince of Wales Avenue at the Stormont Estate with all ten pinkies exposed could result in your entry into the record books and raise awareness for those who suffer from disease and soil transmitted infections due to lack of footwear. We are calling everyone, young and old, the whole church family to take an hour out of their day and help us make a big statement. Why not 5000 pairs of barefeet? Just a kilometre of tarmac or grass down the Prince of Wales Avenue and we can raise the profile of what Christian compassion and action can do when we ‘walk together’. WWW.WEAR-IT-OUT.CO.UK






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Enter a number between 1 and 9 in each empty square so that every row, every column and every 3 by 3 box contain all of the numbers between 1 to 9.

Down 1. Nothing (4) 2. Roman counterpart of Greek Poseidon (7) 4. Step (4) 5. Garland (3) 6. Courageous (5) 7. Arboreal mammal (5) 11. Imaginary creature (7) 12. Poisonous (5) 13. Subject (5) 16. Highly excited (4) 17. Diminutive (4) 19. Type of fish (3)


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BAPTISM 4 December 2011 Oliver Frank, son of Karl and Lana Wells, 33 The Populars, Donaghcloney 4 December 2011 Scarlett Lily, daughter of Derrick and Lynn Shaw, 12 Woodlane, Lurgan 8 January 2012 Katie Alice, daughter of John and Alison Cunningham, 158 Clare Road, Waringstown

John, Katie & Alison Cunningham

Derrick, Lynn & Scarlett Shaw with Sophy Irwin

James & Louise Hobson

Michael & Laura Wright

MARRIED 21 December 2011 James Hobson, Lisburn Road, Belfast and Louise Stevenson, Kensington Manor, Dollingstown 29 December 2011 Michael Wright, Franklin, Tennessee and Laura Kenwell, Knocknashane Meadows, Lurgan




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ISSUE TWO APR 2012 A SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED: Simon Brown Heather Clarke Issac Douglas Molly Frost Ian Gibson Graham Hare Freda Johnston Clare Kakuru Isobel Kane John Kee Deborah McCallen John McCammon Wendy McDowell Cyril McElhinney Maureen McGaffin Ainslie McMullen Rodney McShane Matthew Milliken John Moore Virginia Morales Mark Prentice Nell Prentice Steph Prentice Joy Stevenson Geoff Wilson Laura Wright Derek Woods Next Issue will be available August 2012 WWW.SHANKILLPARISH.COM (028) 3832 5673

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