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Runner-up Parish Magazine of the Year June/July 2011


RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Parishioner, PARISH HOG ROAST BBQ and BARN DANCE FRIDAY 10th JUNE at 7pm I encourage you to attend our Parish Hog Roast BBQ and Barn Dance which takes place on Friday, 10th June, at 7pm in the beautiful surroundings of Tony and Clodagh Reid’s garden at Unicarvel, 88 Ballyrainey Road, Comber. Tickets for this major parish fundraising evening need to be purchased in advance from the choir at any of our church services or by telephoning Robin Haldane at 028 90655457. The ticket price of £20 for adults and £5 for children includes: • Complimentary drink on arrival • BBQ foods including selection of salads and desserts • Barn Dance • Music Also on offer throughout the evening for your enjoyment: • Games and activities for children • Wine Bar • Chocolate Fountains and Tuck Shop • Ballot with a large selection of exciting prizes kindly donated by local businesses • Separate ballot with the names of the 50 people who sponsored a portion of the Hog • Tombola and more... This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our Patronal Festival and promises to be a most enjoyable evening for parishioners and friends of all ages. However, the success and enjoyment of the evening depends ultimately on your support. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a financial donation, please place it in the labelled wooden box on the table at the back of church. All the proceeds from the evening will be allocated to our Building Fund Appeal. CRèCHE AND SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZE GIVING SUNDAY 12th JUNE at 10.30am I look forward to welcoming our younger parishioners together with their teachers and parents to this important service. The Prize Giving Service this year will have an exciting new dimension to it as we also include the toddlers who have been attending the Crèche since its commencement last October. Just like the Sunday School pupils, they will also receive a prize which will recognise their overall attendances throughout the academic year. I thank those parents who serve on the Crèche Rota so faithfully and the Sunday School teachers for their enthusiasm and commitment. Yours in His service,




WANTED for a ‘FEAST of the FIVE SENSES’ at our Mid Su mme r

HOG ROAST AND HOE DOWN

on Friday 10th June, 7pm at ‘UNICARVEL’

(home of Tony & Clodagh Reid, 88 Ballyrainey Road, Comber)

* enjoy splendid garden views and surrounding countryside * experience the sounds of dance reels and jigs, laughter and chit-chat and the gentle clink of glasses * smell succulent pork as the hog slowly roasts on the spit * taste delicious savoury foods and sumptuous desserts - and our WOW factor - a Chocolate Fountain! * feel the clasp of hands as friends and families jig the night away

Tickets on sale now! ticket price includes BBQ foods, dessert, Barn Dance and complimentary drink on arrival

Also on offer: games for children and young people, Tuck Shop and Wine Bar

Proceeds for the Parish Building Fund Appeal

IT’S ONE SUMMER FIESTA NOT TO BE MISSED! 


SERVICES IN JUNE/MID-JULY Thursday 2nd The Ascension Day (White) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sunday 5th 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

The Seventh Sunday of Easter (White) Holy Communion – The newly confirmed will receive Holy Communion for the first time at this service Reader Trevor Buchanan Acts 1: 6-14 Gospel Clergy John 17:1-11 Intercessions Karen McAlpine All Age Worship & Holy Baptism followed by refreshments Reader Sarah Craig John 17: 1-11 Choral Evensong Reader Graeme Stevenson 2 Samuel 23: 1-5 Reader Graeme Stevenson Mark 16: 14-20

Thursday 9th 10.30am

St. Columba (White) Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry

Sunday 12th 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

The Day of Pentecost – Whitsunday (Red) Holy Communion Reader Paddy Malone Acts 2: 1-21 Gospel Clergy John 20: 19-23 Crèche & Sunday School Prizegiving Reader Emma Craig 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13 United Belmont & District Council of Churches service for Pentecost in Garnerville Presbyterian Church No service in St. Columba’s

Thursday 16th (Green) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sunday 19th 8.15am 9.30am 10.30am 7.00pm

Trinity Sunday (White) Holy Communion Reader Leonard Pugh 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 Gospel Clergy Matthew 28: 16-20 Family Communion Gospel Karen McAlpine Matthew 28: 16-20 Morning Prayer Reader Tony Greeves Genesis 1: 1-2:4a Reader Clare Best Matthew 28: 16-20 Occasional Prayers Clergy Holy Communion Reader Patricia Wilson Isaiah 6: 1-8 Gospel Karen McAlpine John 16: 5-15

Thursday 23rd St. John the Baptist (Transferred) (White) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry 


Sunday 26th 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

The First Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Reader Muriel Arndell Gospel Clergy Holy Communion Reader Fiona Haldane Gospel Karen McAlpine Intercessions Helen Donaghy Evening Prayer Reader Karen McAlpine Reader Karen McAlpine Occasional Prayers Karen McAlpine

(Green) Romans 6: 12-23 Matthew 10: 40-42 Romans 6: 12-23 Matthew 10: 40-42 1 Samuel 28: 3-19 Luke 17: 20-37

Thursday 30th St. Peter (Transferred) (Red) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sun 3rd July 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

St. Thomas Holy Communion Reader Lindsay Hodges Gospel Clergy All Age Worship Reader Clergy Late Evening Office Reader Esther Templeton

(Red) Ephesians 2: 19-22 John 20: 24-29 John 11: 1-16 1 Peter 1: 3-12

Thurs 7th July (Green) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sun 10th July 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

The Third Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Reader Michael Davey Gospel Clergy Holy Communion Reader Alan Rogers Gospel Clergy Intercessions Meryl Townsend Compline Reader Gina Greeves

(Green) Romans 8: 1-11 Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 Romans 8: 1-11 Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 Luke 19: 41- 20:8

Thurs 14th July (Green) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Readers and Intercessors: If you cannot read or lead the prayers on the appointed day, please arrange a swap with someone else on the rota and let the Churchwardens know. We are always delighted to add new names to the Rota of Readers and Intercessors. If you would wish to serve your church in this way, please contact Muriel Arndell (028 90655500). The readings are from Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary and are printed on our parish website:

www.stcolumbas.down.anglican.org 


PARISH PRAYER God, our Heavenly Father, make the door of our Church wide enough to welcome all who need human love, fellowship and a Father’s care; but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and hatred. Here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Thomas Ken 1637-1711

JUNE/MID JULY SIDESPERSONS’ ROTA JUNE Sunday 5th...................................................Ross Carnduff and Chris Thompson Sunday 12th.................................................Eleanor and Geoff Launchbury Sunday 19th.................................................Irene Gray and Margaret McConkey Sunday 26th.................................................Kathleen and Alex Acheson JULY Sunday 3rd...................................................The Wilson Family Sunday 10th.................................................Joan Madill and Brian Gillespie

CONFIRMATION 2011 It was a source of great encouragement and blessing that eight of our parishioners were confirmed this year by the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Right Reverend Harold Miller. On Sunday, 22nd May, in Willowfield Parish Church, Bishop Harold confirmed Brian Brown, Richard Brown, Mark Wilson and Belinda Tunnah; on the following Sunday in St. Donard’s Church he confirmed Eve Tunnah, Sophie Pyper, Lauren Brooker and Hollie Wilson. They have all worked very hard in recent months to prepare for this most important occasion in their lives and I look forward to administering Holy Communion to them for the first time in St. Columba’s on Sunday, 5th June, at 8.15am. I encourage you to remember them all in your prayers and to support them as full communicant members of the church. The Rector 


CLERGY PARISH VISITING It is always a great privilege for the Clergy to visit parishioners in their homes. If you would like to request a Clergy Visit please telephone the Rector (028 90471514) or the Curate (028 90653370). In addition to requested Parish Visiting, the Clergy will be visiting parishioners in the following districts during June: Rector: Knocktern Gardens Marina Park Lambert Avenue Sandhill Gardens Roddens Crescent Rosepark Meadows

Curate: Elsmere Park Cyprus Park Church Road, Dundonald Castlehillview Cottage Gardens Belmont Park Castlehill Manor

ALL AGE WORSHIP TEA AND COFFEE A very big thank you to everyone who supported the earthquake and tsunami relief effort in Japan at our last tea and coffee, where we raised just over ÂŁ80. On Sunday, 5th June, we shall be supporting a local charity, Reconnect, which provides training and support for people with acquired brain injury. Tea and coffee will be back again at All Age Worship on Sunday, 4th September, when we shall be supporting the Meningitis Research Foundation. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer break. Roberta

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK I wish to thank Hazel Reid for organizing the Christian Aid door to door collections in our parish so effectively and all those who assisted with them. Together, they have worked very hard to promote the important work of Christian Aid and to raise much needed funds to support those who are in such great need in different countries throughout the world. The total amount of money collected will be announced in church when all the money has been received and counted. The Rector 


ACCOLADE FOR THE COLUMBAN At the 2011 Church of Ireland Communications Awards Presentations held this year at the General Synod in Armagh, parishioners will be delighted to know that in the All Ireland Parish Magazine category, judged by an independent panel of external media professionals, The Columban was awarded the Runners Up prize for the third consecutive year. Said the judges: “For the third year running, The Columban maintains its impressive position as an exemplar monthly publication. The magazine is engaging, with a very good use of images and colour; simple, easyto-follow written content and an impressive mix of material for all ages.” The winning entry came from St. Patrick’s, Coleraine, while third prize went to St. Gall’s, Carnalea. The parish newsletters of Tamlacht O’Crilly and Desertmartin and Termoneeny were also highly commended. In the photograph The Columban editor, Ian Noad, receives his award from the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Alan Harper. Afterwards, Ian said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of The Columban, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those parishioners and organisations who have contributed so many varied and fascinating articles over the past year; our printer, Wendy McCague, and her team at Dataplus Print and Design; and the Rector, Curate and Select Vestry for their continued support, all of whom have played so vital a part in this welcome success”. The Diocese of Down and Dromore featured strongly in the All Ireland Parish Website category as well, where first prize went to Holywood Parish and second prize to Seapatrick Parish, Banbridge. In the Diocesan Website category, Down and Dromore was awarded joint first prize with Connor Diocese. The Rector writes… “As a member of the General Synod it was a personal delight to have been present when the Archbishop of Armagh announced on the final day of business that our very popular parish magazine had been awarded the Runner Up prize in the Magazine Category of the Communications Competition for the third year in succession. This is a magnificent honour for The Columban and I warmly congratulate our hard working and conscientious editor, Ian Noad, on this richly deserved award.  I also wish to congratulate Wendy McCague and her team at Dataplus Print and Design, as well as those many parishioners who submit such interesting articles and assist with the distribution of The Columban across the parish and wider community each month. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent parish magazine which is deeply valued and appreciated by its readers. It is a source of immense encouragement to all of us that its very fine quality has once again been recognised by the competition judges in this unique way.  I wish The Columban continued success for the future.” 


KNOCK KNOCK, IT’S THE CURATE! It is hard to believe that June is here once again and that we are in the midst of the exam season. My thoughts and prayers are with all our young people who are preparing for exams of all shades, whether they be regular end of year exams, GCSE’s, A Levels or university ones. Over the course of the next few months the Curatage desk will be busy looking at next year’s programmes for our young people and what we need to put into place for them. Could I appeal for people throughout the parish to pray for the leaders of our organisations as we meet to discuss ways forward; ways in which we can reach out more effectively to parents; ways in which we can improve on the excellent work that we have in place and how we can improve our communication with our young people. June also sees our Surfers Course again. There may be still room for others - check the sheets at the back of church. All are welcome! If you can help out drop me a line. In previous editions of The Columban, I also mentioned the proposed recording of services for our housebound parishioners. As I was writing this letter I discovered that the Bishop has just given approval for this exciting initiative! By the end of June, and over the summer months, we hope to be able to train up a team of people who will be able to record and distribute services to our housebound parishioners. I personally will be making calls to all those who have already indicated that they would like to “listen in” to our services. If you are reading this and would like a recording of our services, and I haven’t called with you by the end of June, please do phone the Curatage. The purpose of all of the above is to allow access to church for as many people as possible. Church is about belonging to a body, a community which looks out for one another, where everyone is welcome. As ever, if there is anything we can do to help you engage with our worship and our activities, please do let us know. Every Blessing Robert

BOOK SALE The selection of second hand books will continue to be available for sale at the rear of the church throughout June. A contribution towards Church Funds of perhaps £1 per book would be appreciated. If this proves popular, we might also request books from parishioners. Any queries, please speak to the Churchwardens. 


ST. COLUMBA’S DOVES We have come to the close of another year and are enjoying some trips out and about. We’ve been to feed the ducks, had a picnic at Stormont and we’ve eaten chips in Holywood. Our numbers remain few but we’ve had a lot of fun. If you have children aged between three and six years of age, please encourage them to come and join us in September! Karen McAlpine

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES Sunday 5th June

10.30am All age Worship

Sunday 12th June

Young People’s Prize Day

After a successful year when we have seen the numbers growing, particularly in the Bubbles class (3-5years), it is time for the Young People’s Prize Day and we hope for a full attendance of all those who have been coming to Sunday school this year. In the junior class prizes will be given to those who attended, whereas in the other classes prizes will be graded according to the number of attendances with first, second and third prize groups. On behalf of the teachers, I would like to say a big thank you to all those parents who have supported us throughout the year by sending their children to Sunday School. It makes it more rewarding for us if, after our weekly preparation, we have children and young people present to take part in the activities we have ready for them. I would also like to say thank you to the other teachers, Louise Craig and Patricia Wilson with the Bubbles group, Joyce Stevenson with the Splash group and Alan Boyd with the X-Treme group, who have given me so much support this year in this very valuable work for our church. Beth Cairnduff

WOMEN, KNOW THY PLACE The renowned news reporter, Barbara Walters, of 20/20 (ABC’s prime time news magazine programme), once ran a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. Returning recently to Kabul, she observed to her surprise that women still walked several paces behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women seemed happy to maintain the old custom. Barbara approached one of the Afghani women and asked, “Why do you remain happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?” The woman looked at her straight in the eyes and, without hesitation, replied: “Land mines.” 10


THINK ABOUT IT Quite a few years ago I decided to write to all young people in the parish to invite them to consider joining the choir. I got a list of about 90 names of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 and I wrote a letter to each of them, setting out what the choir did: the special services, the range of music sung and the benefits of being in the choir, such as learning about music, singing in public and gaining confidence and social skills. I concluded by saying that I would be at the church on two consecutive Saturday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00 and that I hoped that some young people would come along to find out more, and perhaps sing some simple tunes for me so that I could decide if their voices were suitable. I posted those letters in the expectation that maybe six young people would join the choir and I went to the church on the two Saturday mornings and waited for four hours in total. How many responded to my letter? NONE! Not one person out of 90 came to the church or contacted me later to express interest. More recently, I have included several appeals in the magazine to all parishioners to consider joining the choir. These have been met with virtually no response. So, I am appealing yet again to you to consider joining. The commitment is attendance on Sunday mornings and the first Sunday evening of each month, as well as on Thursday evenings for practice. There are also occasional special services at Easter and Christmas. If we do not get new recruits to the choir the blunt truth is that at some point in the future there will be no choir, at least not as currently constituted. The choir exists to provide leadership in the sung parts of the services. Can you imagine what it would be like with no choir? There would undoubtedly be an impact on the congregation’s ability to sing psalms, canticles and hymns and this, in turn, would impact on the overall quality of worship in St. Columba’s. Do you want to turn up on Christmas Eve and sing a few carols, or do you still want special music to enrich the Carol Service? The same applies to Holy Week and Easter and, indeed, to each and every Sunday of the year. I hope you will think about the future of worship in St. Columba’s and consider joining the choir. Yes, it will mean giving up some time. Yes, it will mean commitment. I have included this appeal in the June magazine in the hope that you will think about it over the summer months, with a view to coming along in September (there will, of course, be a short and simple audition, but nothing to be too concerned about!). Please contact me if you are interested. My contact details are in the magazine or see me after any of the services. Gerald Hill, Parish Organist and Choirmaster 11


ST. COLUMBA’S YOUTH GROUP

JUNE ACTIVITIES Whilst officially our Friday Night Youth Group has closed for the Summer Exam Season, we still want to make sure that over the month of June there are activities running in church for our young people. To that end here are a few dates that might be of interest to you, and to which all young people on the parish roll and their friends are invited. Friday, 3rd June, 8pm: Crazy Golf at Dundonald Ice Bowl and McDonalds Come rain or shine, pirate golf r us! All are welcome! Bring friends... who’ll win? Who’ll cheat? Friday, 10th June, 7.00pm: Hog Roast BBQ & Barn Dance Tickets for young people are £5... which includes food and activites. We’ll also have loads of things for you to do! Any adults going, prices are £20 for them All are welcome! Friday, 17th June, 8.00pm: Ideas Swap Night, the Curatage, 3 Sandown Park South A ‘Looking Forward’ for leaders and young people. Ideas on the horizon include weekend away, other trips out, junior and senior groups, speakers etc... Plenty of ice cream and crisps will be served! Robert

LAST MINUTE A minister was waiting patiently in a queue to have his car filled with petrol just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.  “Reverend,” said the young man, “I’m so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.” The minister chuckled, “I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business.” 

BELFAST MARATHON We’ve run/walked as fast as we could! A huge thank you to all those who supported the Building Fund Marathon Relay Team this year, both financially and with good wishes on the day. We managed to get round the course in six hours and six minutes, a fantastic achievement! It was great to be part of a very strong team including Pam Hunter, Kathleen Acheson and Hugh and Liz Miller. I would also like to extend congratulations to Murray Hunter and Beth and Mervyn Cairnduff for making it around the whole course, and remaining standing afterwards! To David Proctor (son of John, our Glebe Warden) who ran the whole way! And to Gillian Sadlier, our Parish Treasurer, as well as Bishop Harold Miller, both of whom participated in other relay teams. Robert 12


Hello Ladies Those of you who attended the AGM and Triennial Elections will agree, I’m sure, that this was a wonderful meeting. The turnout was marvellous, the atmosphere one of great congeniality with John, our Rector, chairing the whole proceedings with humour and his usual aplomb. The results of the Triennial Elections were as follows: Branch Leader:  Yvonne Robb Hon. Secretary: Sandra Lowe Hon. Treasurer: Eileen Gibson Committee Members:    Caroline Auchmuty; Barbara Gibson; Jill Gillespie; Liz McCaughey; May Morrow; Joyce Stevenson; Linda Wilson; Liz Miller (ex officio); Roberta Rogers (ex officio) All in all, it was a truly successful meeting and, on behalf of Kathleen and myself, I would like to wish the new Office Bearers and Committee members every success in their future endeavours. I know they will be just wonderful. On a personal note, I would like to say a big thank you to Kathleen, Yvonne, the Committee members and, indeed, all our Mothers’ Union Members for the great friendship and support I have received over the last three years. I would also like to thank John, our Rector, and Robert, our Curate, for their continued and faithful support of Mothers’ Union. This is so much appreciated. I have really enjoyed my time as Branch Secretary and look forward to many more happy years in Mothers’ Union. I also cannot forget Ian, our ‘Trusty Editor’, who ensures all the articles go to press on time and who gives guidance and assurance when needed.  He is, without doubt, our Editor Extraordinaire.  Thank you, Mr Ed! We now look forward to our outing on Tuesday, 21st June, to Belfast Castle, leaving the car park at 7.00 pm. It just remains for me to wish you a lovely summer and to hand you over to my successor, the lovely and younger Sandra!  To her, I give only one piece of advice:  ‘When you are feeling stressed out, just apply the Custard Principle - don’t get upset over trifles!’ Love, Irene 13


BROWNIE NOTES It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the end of another fun packed year of activities. Our Pack holiday which completes our year will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June when we will be going to the Ganaway BB Centre in Millisle. Don’t worry Dads, we will be back home in time to join in the celebrations for your special day! As this is only a few yards from the beach we are hoping for sunny weather so that we can investigate the rock pools and build our sand castles. Let’s hope in the next edition of the magazine you will be able to see our pictures of the great time we had, and think about joining us next year! Beth Cairnduff

PSALM 23 A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school but young Timmy didn’t want his mother to walk with him. .....he wanted to walk with his friend. His Mum wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence and yet know that he was safe. So she asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. The neighbour said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour girl he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?   Do you know her?” Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.” The little girl said, “Well, who is she?” “That’s just Shirley Goodnest,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter, Marcy.” “Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us?” “Well,” Timmy explained, “Every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers ‘cos she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest  (surely goodness) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life’… so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!” The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, The Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy’ be with you today and always! 14


LADIES BOWLING Pictures 1 and 2 Members enjoy lunch and fellowship at the Point restaurant Picture 3 Phyllis Newton (centre) presents the Eileen Madill Shield to Jean Lockhart (left) and Molly Clarke (right)

PAUSE! This is a new initiative that requires no organizing or commitment, it is simply just a case of turning up! It is an excuse to go somewhere for a walk, perhaps for food or maybe just for coffee. It is about getting together with no agenda, simply to be with each other. We are kicking off in June and will continue during the summer months. It is open to all ... all ages, all friends, all individuals ... simply everyone! If people want to walk after lunch that’s fine, if they want to simply sit and watch the world go by, that’s grand as well!

First Outing Sunday, 26th June A picnic lunch in Tollymore, meeting at the main car park at 1:30pm for lunch (regardless of the weather!) Robert 15


Parents Leaders Young people Rota of Helpers Clergy Vestry Young Leaders


Playing your part in Youth Ministry at St. Columba’s Over the course of the past year much thought, prayer, work and effort has been put into preparing programmes, nights away, nights in, sermons geared to young people, activities for the Crèche, Brownies, H2O, Music Group and Doves to participate in, and much more. We are now at a stage where we would like to develop our work with our young people much further. But we cannot do this by ourselves. We need your help! The illustration I am using this month is that of a keyboard. Imagine if on a Sunday morning our organist was limited to one or two notes on the organ... hymns would be extremely dull. We need the full scale to enjoy music and the same is true of our parish youth ministry! What can you do to help? Just ask any of our current leaders or Clergy. There is much that can be accomplished, there is a long way to go and we need to keep moving.

We do have a big vision for what our parish can provide for our young people. Could you be part of it? Come September, we would love to welcome many more children and young people into our youth activities but we need all of the people above, and more, to get on board and “play their part”! The Rector and I would be delighted to chat to anyone who would be willing to help in anyway. Robert


ANYONE FOR TENNIS? Then Pick Up a Raquet at CIYMS! The month of June brings the wonderful prospect of summer and the one major sporting event that is so evocative of the new season – Wimbledon! It is here that the professional elite of tennis will again pursue its ultimate glory in the men’s and women’s singles. Home hopes will once more rest with Scotland’s Andy Murray whose form has dipped somewhat this year. But Andy remains among the top ten players in the world and, if he finds his best form and fitness, can be a real contender for the top prize. Tennis achieves a huge following during the television coverage of Wimbledon each year. For two weeks, even people with no enduring interest in sport switch on and watch the players engage in a non-contact battle that can often match the effort – but thankfully not the mortal outcome – of Roman gladiators. Such is the glorious game of tennis where fitness, speed, movement, guile, and endurance can all define a champion. The international popularity of tennis has also reached new heights in recent times thanks to the stellar talents of rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who, between them, have won the men’s title at every Wimbledon since 2003. Of course, not all of us take up tennis with the aspiration of making it to Wimbledon’s hallowed centre court! Many of us, just like me, have picked up a racquet for the first time only as adults and joined in the recreational fun, fitness and fulfilment this can bring at one’s local tennis club. I have played for some years at the Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society (CIYMS) Tennis Club where I had the privilege of serving as captain in 2009. I remain there as a member of the club management committee and we are always welcoming new members – including beginners! It’s a sport that can be taken up at virtually any age, so pick up a racquet and get in the swing! CIYMS is an excellent place to learn and develop the skills of tennis, and anyone interested in coming along should speak to me at Church or phone or text me on 077 74 295407. Parents should note that CIYMS has an excellent and thriving junior section where professional coaching is also available to help develop the talent of younger players. This professional coaching programme is similarly available to adult members. The club now has six artificial grass courts with floodlighting, a modern pavilion with first class facilities and an ambitious future development programme that includes plans for an all-weather ‘dome’ to enable play during the worst of the winter months. All of this is provided at the CIYMS complex at Circular Road, Belmont, which is also home to CIYMS rugby and cricket clubs, two hockey clubs, an athletics club, a bridge club and a range of other sporting and community interests. In the meantime, and to cultivate one’s interest, switch on the television and, should he be fit, wish Andy Murray well as he again bids to become the first British player to win Wimbledon since 1936. And if it spurs you into playing, CIYMS is waiting! Ivan Maginnis 18


MOVING ON Time does and has moved on very quickly. The season seemed to pass so swiftly that it is hard to believe that we have just held the Men’s Club 51st Annual Dinner and Prize Giving. The event this year was held in Holywood, at a new venue called ‘Coast’ in the High Street. Members and guests numbering over 30 enjoyed a wonderful evening in very pleasant surroundings, appreciated an excellent menu and were well looked after by the attentive and friendly staff. I cannot compliment highly enough the attention to detail placed by the venue. No one to my knowledge had a single complaint or criticism and we wish the owners well for the future. The evening consisted of the usual formalities and ended with the Prize Giving, followed by our customary ballot. Prize winners this year were as follows:Canon Noble Singles:

Jonathon Launchbury Runner up Geoff Launchbury

Captain’s Cup:

Paddy Malone

Lamont Pairs Cup:

Ken McNamara and Jack Crockard Runners up Jim Stevenson and Billy Nelson

Paul Stewart Knock Out Cup: Ken McNamara Runner up Derek Funston Andy Armstrong Rinks Bowl: John Robb Runners up Alan Rogers and Geoff Launchbury One item during the evening, not on my itinerary, was the unexpected presentation of a Shaefer Pen Set to the outgoing Secretary (myself ) by the Rector. It was very much appreciated and I thank all the members of the Club for their most generous gift which will be treasured. Although I have resigned as Secretary after a period of 14 years it does not mean I will not remain actively involved in the club. Prior to the Dinner we held our Annual AGM on Monday, 11th April, in the church hall. The meeting was chaired by the Rector in his role as President. In my absence, the minutes were taken by the incoming Secretary, Geoff Launchbury, and my thanks to him for this. He informed the club of my decision to relinquish the position of Secretary, a decision I have taken in light of other commitments outside the Men’s Club. As Chairman of another club as well as League Treasurer, I have found my work load building up and hence my decision to lighten it. My best wishes to the incoming officers for next season and details of those elected will be posted in the next magazine by our new Secretary. Our best wishes at this time go out to one of our loyal members, Alva Anderson, who has recently returned home after convalescence in a nursing home. We wish him well and pray for his improved health. It only remains for me to say a very big thank you to you, the readers, for your welcome comments and support for the Men’s Club articles. Also, my gratitude and thanks go to Ian Noad for his guidance, ideas and encouragement. For the last time as Honorary Secretary, thank you and goodbye. John Robb 19


We are most grateful to Walter Peake for supplying these photographs of the Men’s Club Annual Dinner and Prize Giving.

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MARTHA EYE CLINIC UPDATE Dr. Trevor Buchanan writes: Parishioners will be interested in the article published below in last month’s Sudan Medical Journal on further developments in my eye work in Yei, South Sudan. Although not referred to by name, St. Columba’s Church provided funding to allow Abui, the clinical officer working in Martha Clinic and mentioned in the report, to complete a year’s training in eye disease with Christian Blind Mission in Juba. The need in this community is huge but my efforts are ongoing and, with God’s blessing, our Church will continue to help these people and provide them with basic medical services as well as cope in an area of our world that has largely been forgotten by many of the large aid agencies and relief organisations. I would like to thank the Select Vestry and all in our parish who have contributed so generously to the Sudan Appeal over the past few years. Without their financial support, this work would not have been possible. ‘The redevelopment of the Martha PHCC Eye Clinic took place during 2010. Figure 1 shows what the building looked like at the start of the year.  It had been constructed as two wards for the former eye clinic, and was to have been operated by an NGO. However, it was never completed and for several years the empty building was used by youths for drug taking and graffiti, and to generally cause a nuisance to those who lived nearby.  In 2009, the building was handed over to the Diocese of Yei, which owned the site and plans were made to develop it as a new eye clinic, with full facilities and an operating theatre. As the building was large, it was decided that the remainder would be refurbished to create a much-needed paediatric ward for 10 children. In the early part of 2010, the Martha PHCC project manager worked with a local contractor to specify what refurbishments were Fig 1: The original building required. These included the complete renovation and upgrading of the building to include running water and solar electricity. Work began at the end of March and was completed by the end of June at a cost of nearly US$64,000. This was fully funded by a UK charity called The Brickworks. As Figure 2 shows, the building has been finished to a high standard. You can see the solar panels on the roof and the water harvesting in the foreground. Elsewhere on the site, the pit latrines have been refurbished, three new washrooms have been constructed and a kitchen shelter has been built so that families can cater for their in-patient relatives. The paediatric ward was the first part of the building to be opened and the eye clinic was opened on November 1st. We are very grateful to Dark and Light, Light for the World, ECS Diocese of Yei and the Brickworks who together have enabled us to set it up. We have an ophthalmic clinical Fig 2: The refurbished building 22


officer, Mr Abui Simon, who recently trained in Juba with the Christian Blind Mission. We thank this Mission and a church in Ireland (St. Columba’s) for assisting Abui to complete his training. The opening of the clinic coincided with a visit from Dr Trevor Buchanan (ophthalmologist from Ireland) and Mrs Pam Whitehead (optometrist from Southampton). These two visitors helped Abui Simon to assemble equipment and start the clinic (see Figure 3).

Fig 3: Abui Simon examining a patient in the new clinic

The eye clinic has been busy from the start. Using the Martha PHCC mobile clinic, outreaches have taken place on several Saturdays to identify and treat people with eye disease in villages. We are drawing up a list of patients waiting for cataract surgery and hope that the first cataract operations will take place in February 2011.’

FAIRTRADE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Despite recession and rising food prices, the Fairtrade movement continues to attract ever-increasing support in the United Kingdom. Over 6,600 churches are now affiliated to the Fairtrade Foundation and more than 500 schools have joined. There are also over 500 Fairtrade Towns. UK shoppers are continuing to embrace Fairtrade, showing no downturn in ethical values despite the tough economic times. Sales soared in the past year by 40 per cent, reaching an estimated retail value of £1.17 billion compared with £836 million in 2009. Every day in the UK we are now consuming an estimated 9.3 million cups of Fairtrade tea, 6.4 million cups of Fairtrade coffee, 530,000 cups of Fairtrade drinking chocolate and 3.1 million Fairtrade bananas. New categories are also growing, with over one million cosmetic products using Fairtrade ingredients sold in 2010. This expansion into new areas has opened up more opportunities for producers. Juliana Sampana, a shea-nut gatherer from the Akoma Co-operative in Ghana (which has recently started selling shea butter into the UK Fairtrade cosmetics market) says: “Many women in our region and elsewhere have worked so hard to put food on their tables for their families through farming and odd jobs but end up with an unfair income, leading to poor diet and diseases such as kwashiorkor and beri-beri. With Fairtrade, women are assured of a fair wage for their hard work.” Fresh commitments from the business world here include the Co-operative’s plan to convert all commodities that can be Fairtrade by 2013, starting with bananas. Topshop has launched a new range of cotton denim, while Marks & Spencer have introduced a new cotton range under its Indigo Green label. The majority of Waitrose tea is now Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed the setting up of a Fair Deal Food (FDF) Council of UK Food Producers to campaign for a price that covers costs of production. It seems that the North of England is leading the way on this concern. Barbara Panvel of FDF says there is a real danger that if action is not taken we shall lose milk production in the UK and have to rely on imported milk in our Fairtrade coffee. More information is available from the Fairtrade Foundation, Ibex House, 42-47 Minories, London EC3N 1DY (telephone: 0207 405 5942). 23


We are deeply indebted to Billy Nelson for providing us with an account of a two month adventure that he and his wife, Daphne, undertook earlier this year, culminating in a fascinating and unique journey by boat up the mighty Amazon River, into the very heart of Amazonia.

TREE OF RIVERS - A TRIP TO AMAZONIA On 10th January 2011 Daphne and I set out on this exciting voyage from Tilbury Docks, London. We were sailing on the cruise ship M.S. Marco Polo. There were about 800 passengers on board, including 200 Dutch who embarked at our first stop, Amsterdam. We then called at Lisbon, Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Mindelo, one of the Cape Verde Islands. After four days at sea, we arrived at the entrance to the river Amazon, 300 miles wide with a northern and southern channel and the island of Marajó in between, about the size of Switzerland! We proceeded through the southern channel heading for the city of Belem (Bethlehem), population 1.4 million, and anchored offshore at Icoaraci, Brazil. Going ashore by tender and having to clamber over local boats, we then had a 40 minute bus ride to a small landing stage outside Belem where we boarded a small two decker river boat with open sides. We sailed towards one of the Amazon’s many creeks and with a view of the tops of Balem’s higher buildings saw small canoes, fishing boats and wooden houses on stilts, built thus because there can be a 40 foot rise and fall in the water level. On reaching the island of Boa Vista do Acará we disembarked for a walk through the jungle. Our guide pointed out different trees, fruits and seeds. It was extremely humid, something we had noticed on our cruise ship as we ventured into the mouth of the Amazon. We returned by river boat, bus and tender, having experienced a piece of the real Amazon, then sailed the 300 miles across the massive estuary to enter the north channel and the lower Amazon river itself. Continuing our way up river we reached Almeirim (population 31,500 and transversed by the equator) at around noon the next day. The inhabitants are poor and possess few of life’s modern conveniences – only 4% of homes have a bathroom and running water, and a third of the children are unable to read or write. We anchored in the river and were tendered ashore where I decided to paint a covered walkway on wooden stilts that lead out to a three decker river boat. I took up my vantage point beside a local cafe whose proprietor kindly offered me the use of a plastic chair. When the rain came on I was invited to shelter under their overhanging roof – neither of us could speak the other’s language! One of the hazards of painting boats is that they move away but mine was quickly replaced by a similar fishing vessel, of which there were numerous examples of all sizes. After an overnight journey up river we reached Alter do Chao (population 2,500) the following morning, some 20 miles downstream from Santarem. The bay is overlooked by two hills and, very untypically, there was a beautiful sandy beach on which we had hoped to spend some time relaxing but were unfortunately 24


thwarted by constant drizzle all day. That evening we arrived at the main docks of Santarem (population 240,000), one of the larger and more important towns on the Amazon, where back in the 1920’s, Henry Ford spent US $80 million in the establishment of a rubber plantation and two American cities, Fordlandia and Belterra. The project ended in disaster, with many of the workers dying of malaria and yellow fever, and insects destroying the plantations. The next morning I walked around the docks area intrigued by several two and three decker river boats filling up with passengers, with rows of hammocks suspended over the open sided deck areas. Continuing two miles further along the front to the main town of Santarem I was amazed at the number of river boats of all sizes pulled up on the foreshore. A local market stands on the waterfront while Santarem also boasts the splendid cathedral of Our Lady of Conceiçao, built in 1761 to replace an earlier one dated 1661, the oldest structure in town. As I walked around the front a cart had stopped on the footpath with a lady cooking raw meat and poultry over an open fire! Whilst there, we experienced a typical Amazonian rain shower. The sky became extremely dark and the heaviest downpour I have ever known fell for about an hour. The local population continued to walk around , some with umbrellas, but others quite content to be drenched, the main difference between there and Northern Ireland being the warmth and intense humidity! The next morning we anchored off the town of Parintins and had considerable difficulty getting ashore by tender and clambering over the local boats. We were rescued by local Sea Scouts who also helped us up a hill to the buses for transport to the Bumbodromo Stadium where we were to watch a shortened version of the Boi Bumba Festival, consisting of elaborate multicoloured floats and figures in highly colourful costumes. At the end of June an annual folklore festival is also held there with up to 50,000 spectators, second only to the famous festival in Rio. We all thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle and were impressed by the helpful Sea Scouts. A group of Rotarians on board the Marco Polo now hope to raise money by selling a CD of insect, animal and river creatures to enable some of the Scouts to come to the UK to address various organisations (details at the end). Continuing up the Amazon, we reached Manaus (population 1.4 million) the following morning, the capital of Amazonia lying 994 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. We toured the city first, visiting a former rubber baron’s house open to the public when not used by the government for official receptions. We then visited the world renowned Opera House (Teatro Amazonas), surrounded by open ground and built in 1896 of bricks and materials brought from Europe. Inside were chandeliers, mirrors and a reception area with pillars of carera marble, a strong Victorian atmosphere and wonderful acoustics without any electronic amplification. Elsewhere, we stopped at the new fish market, over 100 yards square, full of traders and a huge display of fish of all types and sizes. Next door stood an iron scaffolding, the original fish market constructed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), now being refurbished. We also admired the world’s largest floating docks, required because of the 40 to 60 foot rise and fall in the river water levels. The following morning, still docked at Manaus, I embarked on an all day river trip in a two decker boat with open sides. First we encountered the meeting of the waters 25


just below Manaus where the Rio Solimões and the Rio Negro converge, the one milky brown, the other black, then run side by side for many hundreds of yards with a clear line dividing them. This is the birthplace of the mighty Amazon river, ‘the meeting of two waters’. We then navigated to Terra Nova Caboclo’s village on an island with a difficult landing area of muddy steps and a further boardwalk to the houses. We saw latex from rubber trees and how a ball of rubber was made on the end of a stick over a traditional fire, as well as manioc, the staple grain food of the Amazon area, being heated on a flat pan. Leaving the island, we entered a river channel between what appeared to be green fields but which was, in fact, floating vegetation. These channels ran for a long way, with houses floating on either side, until we eventually reached a floating restaurant. After eating, we explored further channels by canoe and passing by monkeys in the treetops came to another area of trees swamped in water, with Victoria Regia water lilies 6 feet in diameter growing on the surface, and caiman crocodiles and electric eels swimming underneath! After leaving Manaus we headed down river, arriving the next morning at the village of Boca da Valeria. Via a narrow inlet we reached the village on a hill to be met by the entire population of more than 100 children and adults. The village itself consisted of wooden shacks on stilts and a dirt track up the centre, but with no road in and out of it, typical of thousands of small isolated communities within the Amazon basin. We sailed for a further two nights and a day back down the Amazon river and arrived at Fazendinha, a landing stage for the city of Macapá which is most proud of the fact that the equator runs right through its centre, marked by a stone pillar and a long line along the ground. You can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern! A very interesting fortress, Sao Jose de Macapá, stands sentinel over the northern channel into the Amazon estuary, built in the 18th century. We had now completed our 2000 mile journey up the Amazon river to Manaus and back to the Atlantic Ocean, an adventure we shall never forget. For all the superlatives about its vast size and bio diversity, the Amazon’s overwhelming impression on visitors is its beauty. Billy and Daphne Nelson The aforementioned CD (£10.50 inc. p&p), with all proceeds going to the Amazon Sea Scouts, can be obtained from: Roger Plumb 5 Lemon Hill Myior Bridge Cornwall TR11 5NA

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Belmont and District Council of Churches

Experience the Bible Revolution The King James Bible

400th Anniversary Biblethon In Kirkpatrick Memorial Church 2nd, 3rd & 4th June 12 noon to 8pm each day Admission free – tea/coffee available RECORD DEMAND FOR ‘JESUS EGG’ In the weeks leading up to Easter, supermarkets and independent retailers across the UK were inundated with calls from customers searching for the first release of The Real Easter Egg. It is the first and only Fairtrade egg to mention Jesus and the events of Holy Week on the box. Morrison’s, Waitrose, the Co-op and Booths stocked a limited ‘trial listing’ of The Real Easter Egg and Traidcraft’s network of 6,500 retailers, a number of independent shops and a selection of cathedrals also stocked it. Schools ordered a further 30,000 Real Easter Eggs. Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ben Kingsley and a host of Coronation Street stars have backed the egg and Ecclesiastical funded a national competition for schools and churches. With their help and the support of archbishops, bishops and hundreds of schools and churches, The Real Easter Egg became the biggest mail order egg in the UK before going into stores. David Marshall, speaking for Manchester based Meaningful Chocolate Company, which developed the egg, said; “Response was overwhelming and we went to four production runs to meet demand.” For more details visit: www.realeasteregg.co.uk

FORESIGHT I became friendly with the fortune-teller, one of the more popular attractions at the amusement park where I worked. One chilly, windy afternoon, I stopped to chat. “How’s business?” I asked. “Not good,” she said. Only two customers had come by. She then added, “If I’d only known things were going to be this quiet, I wouldn’t have bothered to open.” 27


SUMMER MAGAZINES: REVISED TIMINGS

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please note, the June parish magazine this year will also include details for the first two Sundays in July (ie. up to and including Sunday, 10th July), thus making it effectively a six week magazine as opposed to the usual four weeks. Consequently, the July/August parish magazine will be slightly shorter than normal, commencing with details of events from Sunday, 17th July, and running through until the end of August, making it approximately a six week edition instead of the usual eight weeks. The July/August magazine will be available for collection by parishioners and magazine distributors at the rear of the church on Sunday, 10th July (instead of Sunday, June 26th). I sincerely hope that the above arrangements will cause the minimum of inconvenience to our readers, contributors and magazine distributors alike. Ed.

Friday, 10th June

Parish BBQ and Barn Dance (see also page 3)

Saturday, 10th September All Ages Sponsored Walk (Comber Greenway) followed by BBQ at St. Columba’s

Sunday, 2nd October Parish Harvest Lunch

Friday, 4th November Parish Wine Tasting

All proceeds towards the Church Building Fund Watch this space for further details!

A Prayer of St. Columba CHRIST WITH US My dearest Lord, Be Thou a bright flame before me, Be Thou a guiding star above me, Be Thou a smooth path beneath me, Be Thou a kindly shepherd behind me, Today and evermore.

“Mike composes all his sermons on his iPhone – he uses something called Predictable Text...”

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JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE Please note, any articles or photographs for publication in the July/August parish magazine should be handed or e-mailed to the editor by 6.00pm at latest on Sunday, 19th June. Please also see the separate notice on page 28 for further details of the revised timings for the July/ August summer magazine. Many thanks

FLOWER ROTA FOR JUNE/MID-JULY JUNE Sunday 5th ............................................. Patricia Wilson Sunday 12th ........................................... Irene Gray Sunday 19th ........................................... Margaret McKee Sunday 26th ........................................... May Preston JULY Sunday 3rd.............................................. Vera and Maureen Waters Sunday 10th ........................................... The Launchbury Family

FROM THE REGISTERS Our Joys Holy Baptism Sunday 1st May Harry David Shanks 32B Knockwood Park Our Sorrows Christian Burial Thursday 19th May John Gareth Johnston 45 Mealough Road, Carryduff

HOSPITAL VISITING The Clergy would appreciate being informed if parishioners are in hospital, going into hospital, are being transferred or if they have been discharged, and will be pleased to offer them pastoral support. Do not assume they already know the information as situations have occurred recently when they have not been informed. Please telephone the Rector (028 90471514) or the Curate (028 90653370) to enable them to take careful note of the details. 29


PARISH ORGANISATIONS SOMETHING FOR YOU? SUNDAY 10.30am Sunday School (2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays) Bubbles (3-5 years) Louise Craig 90472512 Patricia Wilson 90401066 Splash (5-8 years) Joyce Stephenson 90583381 X-treme (8-11 years) Alan Boyd 07833 391945 The Grid (11 years +) Beth Cairnduff 90874047 8.00pm Beatitudes Choir David Beattie 90797125 MONDAY 2.00pm Ladies Bowling Phyllis Newton 90482113 2.30p.m. Afternoon Group (2nd Monday) May Preston 90489884 7.30pm Men’s Club John Robb 90581438 TUESDAY 10.30am Ladies Badminton Eithne Hobson 90797793

WEDNESDAY 7.30pm Bible Study Group Trevor Buchanan 90657697 7.45pm Ladies Guild (3rd Wednesday) Lilias Smith 90592039 8.00pm Senior Badminton Club Jill Spratt 07754 405511 THURSDAY 9.30am Art Club Bob Killen

90790210

7.30pm Senior Badminton Club Jill Spratt 07754 405511 7.45pm Choir Practice Gerald Hill 90422101 FRIDAY 9.45am Mums & Tots Anne Clarke 90651412 3.45-5pm Toddler Mini Soccer 3-5yrs Tim Wareing 07740 120788 6.30pm Doves Karen McAlpine

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2.00pm Ladies Badminton Kyleen Clarke 90797155

6.30pm Brownies Beth Cairnduff

90874047

8.00pm Mothers’ Union (1st Tuesday) Irene Gray 90653438

8.30pm H2O Mark Wilson

90761040

8.00pm Activity Group (except 1st Tuesday) Maureen Irwin 90795155

Young Families Group (Social events as arranged) The Rector 90471514

Please note, requests for the occasional use of Church premises must first be submitted to the Premises Convenor, Alan Rogers, on 90656183 30


WHO’S WHO IN ST. COLUMBA’S PARISH WEBSITE: www.stcolumbas.down.anglican.org

RECTOR The Revd John R. Auchmuty St. Columba’s Rectory 29 King’s Road BT5 6JG Tel 028 90471514 Email johnauchmuty@btinternet.com

PEOPLE’S GLEBEWARDEN John Proctor 13 Richhill Park BT5 6HG Tel 028 90870526 Mob 07989 469773

CURATE The Revd Robert Ferris The Curatage 3 Sandown Park South BT5 6HE Tel 028 90653370 Email rferris281@gmail.com robert@stcolumbasyouth.org

SELECT VESTRY Rector, Curate, Churchwardens, Glebewardens, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Asst. Hon. Treasurer, Brian Acheson, Helen Donaghy, Victor Dukelow, Patrick Good, Jennifer Johnston, Elizabeth Leonard, Moranne Noad, Roberta Rogers, Linda Wilson

PARISH READER Karen McAlpine 10 Old Quay Court Holywood BT18 OHT Tel 028 90424390

HON. SECRETARY & PREMISES CONVENOR Alan Rogers 50 Cabin Hill Gardens BT5 7AQ Tel 028 90656183 Email alanrogers53@gmail.com

DIOCESAN LAY READER (EMERITUS) Bryn Harris 22 Dalton Glade Glen Road Comber BT23 5SZ Tel 028 91878816

HON. TREASURER Gillian Sadlier 70 Kensington Road BT5 6NG Tel 028 90403278

RECTOR’S CHURCHWARDEN Jill Gillespie 8 Stormont Park BT4 3GX Tel 028 90876916

ASST. HON. TREASURER/GIFT AID SECRETARY/FREE WILL OFFERING Murray Hunter 13 Knockdarragh Park BT4 2LE Tel 028 90761295

PEOPLE’S CHURCHWARDEN Ronny Martin 12 Cyprus Gardens BT5 6FB Tel 028 90654301

PAROCHIAL NOMINATORS Trevor Buchanan Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard Moranne Noad

RECTOR’S GLEBEWARDEN Jim Stevenson 44 Casaeldona Rise BT6 9RA Tel 028 90583381 Mob 07973 392448

DIOCESAN SYNOD MEMBERS Victor Dukelow Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard Moranne Noad Ross Thompson 31


ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER Gerald Hill 6 The Coaches Brown’s Brae, Croft Road Holywood BT18 OLE Tel 028 90422101

MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTOR CO-ORDINATOR John Holland Greengraves Cottage 8 Ballyrogan Park, Newtownards BT23 4SD Tel 028 91814036 PARISH WEBMASTER Ivan Roche 49 Richhill Park BT5 6HG Tel 028 95140141 Email ivan@treadmillcommunications.com

ASSISTANT ORGANIST Brian Clements 150 Sandown Road BT5 6GX Tel 028 90793641

C of I GAZETTE DISTRIBUTOR Ruth Pugh 147A King’s Road BT5 7EG Tel 028 90483459

READERS & INTERCESSORS CO-ORDINATOR Muriel Arndell 18 Kinedar Crescent BT4 3LY Tel 028 90655500

BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP NOTES Evan Preston 12 Carrowreagh Gardens Dundonald BT16 ITW Tel 028 90489884

SIDESPERSONS’ ROTA CO-ORDINATOR Rosemary Coffey 44 Thornyhill Road Killinchy BT23 6SJ Tel 028 97542198

CHURCH FLOWERS Paddy Nesbitt 30 Knockhill Park BT5 6HY Tel 028 90650716

CRÈCHE ROTA CO-ORDINATOR Daphne Nelson 14 Rosepark BT5 7RG Tel 028 90483889

ST. COLUMBA’S PARISH OFFICE Office Hours Wednesday & Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm Parish Secretary: Janet Johnston Tel 028 90656891

MAGAZINE EDITOR Ian Noad 36 Shandon Park BT5 6NX Tel 028 90793704 Email noadfamily@hotmail.com

Email office.knock@down.anglican.org

SAFEGUARDING TRUST The Rector, Select Vestry and Parish Leaders are committed to upholding good practice in the parish’s ministry with children and young people. Should you have cause for concern or suspicion regarding child welfare in the parish, please contact a member of the Parish Panel below, or any of the statutory agencies.

The Rector Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard 32

028 9047 1514 028 9065 6908 028 9065 3162


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