The parishes of Muckamore, Killead and Gartree will be sharing the gospel during a week of craic and fun as they launch their RE–NEW mission.
The Rev William Orr, the rector of the joint parishes, previews the events of this week of mission which runs from March 18–23.
Is it possible to bring together two elements rarely spoken of in the same sentence: The Gospel & Good Norn Irish Craic???
As the Rector of the joint parishes of Muckamore, Killead & Gartree, on the outskirts of Antrim I believe it is. Therefore, from Monday 18th – Sunday 25th March 2012, the parish is running a week of events called “RE–NEW”, which is designed to give an opportunity to share the Good News of the Christian Gospel, in a context where people will come along to have a good nights craic and fun, and in doing so have an opportunity to respond to the saving love of Jesus.
For Example, on The Wednesday night in St John’s Hall in Crumlin, we are having a Square Dance: Thursday Evening a Couples’ Night in the Dunadry Hotel: On Friday evening ‘Flute Band Church’ which is a special concert headlined by Mourne Young Defenders Melody Flute Band from Kilkeel, with other local bands supporting them: and on the Saturday Evening what we are calling ‘Saturday Night Live’ with again more food, music and dancing.
On top of that, the week–long series of events also seeks to simply bless the community in which they are placed. For instance, in Ballycraigy School on the Monday morning all the ladies in the community are invited to stay in the school after they drop their kids off to be pampered with a free head massage or nail manicure, or simply to relax with a free cup of coffee.
On Tuesday morning come along to receive free advice from the local benefit agency volunteers who will be there to give advice on these issues.
At each event the Rev David McClay who is rector of Willowfield in Belfast and Adrian Plass, writer and author from England, will be our inspirational speakers.
David is also bringing a team of people with him to help do primary and secondary school assemblies, and a team of people who will be available at every event to pray for people for any physical, spiritual or emotional concerns or difficulties.
On top of all that there will be smaller gatherings in people’s homes for coffee and afternoon tea, where folk can have an opportunity to ask questions about the Christian faith in a more homely environment.
The whole event concludes with an all–age family celebration in Ballycraigy school on Sunday 25th March @ 11am. You can find out much more about the events in question by visiting our website: www.re-new-mkg.org.uk.