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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Notices: Sunday 31st May 2015

11am Morning Prayer & Sunday School
7pm SNATCH - Aghavea Hall

Next Sunday: 7th June 2015
11am Gift Day Service of the Word & Sunday School
7.30pm Favourite Hymns Evening - soloist: Lynda Lindsay

This Week:
Tuesday 2nd
8pm Crosslinks Prayer Meeting - all welcome

Thursday 4th
9pm Football friendly v Clabby - Fivemiletown

Coming Up:
Thursday 11th Barnabas Cup 7-a-side - Ballinamallard
Sunday 21st Children’s Day - speaker: Rev Adrian Dorrian (St Mark’s, Dundela & CMSI Chair). Followed by Parish Lunch for CMSI - sign up sheet available in the porch

Sunday School Update
Sunday School will begin at 11am in church, before the young people and teachers move across to the Church Hall for age-appropriate Bible teaching. This will be on a trial basis running through until Children’s Day on 21st June. For more information, speak to Gary, Linda or any of the Sunday School teachers.

The Barnabas Cup
The Churches 7-a-side football tournament is on
Thursday 11th June in Ballinamallard.
To join the Aghavea team, speak to Alan or Gary.

Crosslinks Camps
Junior Camp: A Great Escape - Castlewellan Castle 8th-12th August, ages 8-11.
Senior Camp: Rock Solid - Castlewellan Castle 8th-15th August, ages 12-17.
Reset: Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills 21st-23rd August, ages 18-30.
See flyers in porch for more information, or visit www.crosslinks.org/camps

Cleaning Rota
Please sign up for the cleaning rota - spaces available from June onwards. You can help to make the parish church a welcoming place for the church family and visitors alike.

1 Thessalonians: Walking Worthy...
31st May ...in Afflictions (2:17-3:13)
14th June ... in Holiness (4:1-12)
28th June ... in Hope (4:13-18)
5th July ... for the Day (5:1-11)
12th July ... in Everyday Life (5:12-28)

Congratulations to Jack Ovens, who was a member of the Ballinamallard United U-12s team which won the Barcelona Football Festival Cup last weekend.

Crosslinks Prayer Meeting
Tuesday night at 8pm in the Church Hall. All welcome as we pray for Crosslinks mission partners around the world.

Sermon Notes: Walking Worthy in Afflictions (1 Thess 2:17 - 3:13)
Christians facing persecution find pain in separation + strength in partnership

The Pain of Separation (2:17-20)
- Orphaned, separated
- Longing, eagerness, wanting - to see you face to face
Q: Do we feel this pain of separation from other Christians?

Timothy’s Mission (3:1-5)
- Timothy sent to: - strengthen and encourage you; - find out about your faith
- Promise of persecutions had been fulfilled - would any be shaken? In vain?
Q: Who can we go to as we bring strength & encouragement?

Timothy’s Report (3:6-10)
- Good news of faith and love - mutual encouragement, joy
- Continued desire to meet up - leads to prayer:
Q What encouragements have we heard from other Christians recently?

The Prayer of Partnership (3:11-13)
1. Bring us together - Father and Jesus to clear the way
2. Increase your love - Lord to do it, modelled on Paul’s love for them
3. Strengthen your hearts in holiness to be blameless
Q: Who can we pray this prayer for?

Favourite Hymns Evening
Sunday 7th June at 7.30pm.
Soloist: Lynda Lindsay
We’ll sing a selection of favourite hymns nominated by the congregation. Please submit any nominations today.

Irish Women’s Convention
Holding on to Hope with Nancy Guthrie
Saturday 17th October 2015 in Assembly Buildings, Belfast
Tickets £17 (plus transport, to be arranged) - speak to Lynsey to book.

Prayer Diary
Sun 31st Give thanks for God’s faithfulness in the past month
Mon 1st Bishop John, as he leads the Diocese of Clogher
Tue 2nd Crosslinks mission partners, and tonight’s prayer meeting
Wed 3rd All who mourn the loss of loved ones - for God’s comfort
Thur 4th Boldness as we invite friends to Favourite Hymns on Sunday
Fri 5th Local schools, as pupils continue with exams
Sat 6th Those who work on farms - for safety in dangerous work
Sun 7th Give thanks for God’s gifts to us as we hold our Gift Day
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Prayer Diary updates can be accessed each morning at our Facebook page, Twitter account, or by downloading the free ‘PrayerMate’ app for your smartphone and adding the Aghavea Church feed.

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