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Cork & Dublin Churches Closed Temporarily

BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED BUT SERVICES ONLINE REMAIN OPEN

Due to Covid Restrictions in the Republic of Ireland services at the Cork and Dublin Unitarian Churches have temporarily closed.

Services can still be found online: 

Dublin Unitarian - 

Sunday Sermons, CHildren's Addresses and Weekday Reflections can all be found on their Home Page - Click Here

Cork Unitarian - 

Sunday Services, Night Prayer and Reflections can be found on the Facebook Site - Click Here

 

 

July Magazine

Dear Friends,

The July edition of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Magazine is available. Below is a comment on the magazine cover,  a copy of the table of contents followed by the editorial. 

If you may be interested in submitting articles or subscribing to the magazine, please contact Rev. Heather Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Magazine Cover Photo: We pass on our congratulations and share our pride with Rev Keith Parke for holding the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church's first ever Drive-in Service'! With hymns being posted online in advance, and an impressive sound system, it is wonderful to see how this congregation has embraced ways of worshipping 'together but apart’.

Contents 
Editorial 2
Letter to the Editor 3
Translations 4
News of the Churches 6
Video Reflections and Meditations: 9
A Sunday Service from Rev Paul and Mrs Carol Reid
A Prayer for the Healing of the Nations from Rademon
Time for a Story with Rev Sue Steers: Faith the Church Cat

Children's Corner 16
Just for Fun! The Answers 17
Ten Things to Share about Non-subscribing Presbyterianism 19
Obituary — Dr James Riddell 22
New Hymn from Rev Lena Cockcroft 23
Press Release: Faith and Freedom 24
Online Ministry Links and Addresses 26

 

Editorial
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." — Galatians 3:28
At the time of writing, much of the Western world is torn by a very public death in America: the death of a man named George Floyd, caused by injuries inflicted by police officers as he was arrested. It was not the first time a person's death was caused by people in authority, and I doubt it will be the last, but it raised the profile of the systemic injustices within society; and acted as a spark to light a fire among the unvoiced, unheard communities. Protest, violence and division were the inevitable results. These are not new themes. It seems we humans will always need to compare ourselves to an 'Other', be it those of a different race or theology, gender or social class. We see it throughout the Old Testament, and we witness it throughout the New. One of the most radical aspects of Christianity was that it sought to do away with the practice of `Othering' on these grounds, yet still we find dichotomies — 'what fellowship shall light have with darkness', or the various 'marks' referred to in Revelation. These references, however, are focused on the Eternal Soul which endures within us, and not the physical trappings which surround it. Your understanding of the correct way to worship God should not matter (neither Jew nor Gentile), your social status should not matter (slave nor free), or your gender, eye-colour, skin colour, right-or-left handedness, marital status or age. What matters is our willingness to submit to God's authority with His command to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and a recognition that the life, death and teachings of His Son and Spirit are a portrait of His character. I have green eyes. For this, centuries ago, I could have been put to death. I have a skin condition which corresponds with the description of leprosy in Leviticus. For this, I would have been outcast in society, despite the fact that I am not in the least contagious. I am a woman. For this, I would have been viewed as property in many cultures. Yet all those things are temporal, and will expire when I do. God recognised that we humans needed a reminder that it was the spirits of those around us we needed to learn to recognise and be able to discern who would support our faith, and who would endanger it. Through Christ, He held the hand of the leper, the eyes of an outcast woman, the hearts of fishermen and Pharisees. He became the voice of the voiceless and the misrepresented. He was not just the God of the Second Chance, but the Second Look. Perhaps now is a good time to take a second look at the society we are in. Are there those being suppressed, even oppressed? Are there voices being silenced, or drowned out? Why not take the first step, and listen; for in their voice and their story we may hear more similarities than differences and more commonalities with the life-experience of Jesus than we may have expected. What we 'do for the least', we are told, 'we do for Him.' Therefore, when we listen, we both listen as the Lord, and to the Lord.
L. J. Isham said that "listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals," and if anything is required for our world at this time, it is healing.
Let's listen to the Lord, and to each other, and let the healing begin.
Yours in Christ,
Heather

UPDATE: Services Resumed

Dear Friends

An UPDATE on the resumption of Sunday Services:   

The following churches have resumed services already, or will be resuming services this comeing Sunday: 

Northern Ireland:

Banbridge 10.00am
Ballee 9.45am
Ballycarry  12 noon
Belfast, All Souls (Non- Subscribing) 11.30
Belfast 1st Presbyterian Church (Non- Subscribing) 10.30
Clough 11:15
Downpatrick 11:15
Dromore  11.30
Dunmurray 11:30
Glenarm 11:00
Killinchy  11.30
Larne and Kilwaughter 
Ralloo  10.30 + 3.00pm last Sunday in the month
Warrenpoint holding Drive in Services 1st and 3rd Sunday each month 3.30

Republic of Ireland: 

Cork Unitarian - 11am. (Building Temporarily Closed due to Covid Restrictions - Services on Facebook)

Dublin Unitarian - 11am (Building Temporarily Closed due to Covid Restrictions - Sermons and Reflections on Website Home Page)

Churches due to open

Moneyreagh 13 September 11.30 am

June Magazine

Dear Friends

The June edition of the Non-Subsribing Presbyterian Magazine is available.  The Table of Contents and Editorial appear below. 

If you are interested in subscribing to receive the magazine, please be in contact with Rev. Heather Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contents 

Editorial 2 
Article: In Transit 3 
News of the Churches 5 
Children's Corner 8 
Just for Fun! An NSPCI church quiz 9 
Video Reflections and Meditations: 11 
A Reflection from Rev Brian Moodie 
A Sunday Service from Mrs Lynda Kane 
A Reflection from Rev Paul Jeffrey 
A Sunday Service from Rev Chris Wilson 
A Reflection from Rev Colin Campbell 
A Reflection from Rev Dr John Nelson 
 
The Hymns We Sang Together: Top Ten Countdown! 23 
Daily Reflections for Worship at Home 25 
Online Ministry 34 
 
Editorial 
I have been thinking a lot about time recently. Perhaps you have noticed how lockdown' makes one day roll into another? Maybe it's just me. Even before this new `routine' was enacted however, it seemed that some days seemed to go by in a blink, and others seemed to stretch out for endless hours. It took me once again to the wisdom of Peter, who wrote in his second letter that "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day" (2 Peter 3: 8). 
 
I wondered which days Peter was thinking of. Did the days of travelling seem endless? The stormy nights at sea so filled with adrenaline that time passed in a blink? What of the feeding of the 5,000 - moving between the groups of fifty, seeing everyone sated, returning to the Master with more than they began? How long did that day seem? Yet how short a time between their entry to Jerusalem with songs and shouts of `Hosanna' to that darkened courtyard with accusations and a cockerel's cry. Yes, Peter knew that the sense of the passing of time was subjective, and ultimately used for the glory of God, even if the larger plan was invisible to those within it. 
 
The important thing, as far as Peter was concerned, was not to grow weary as the days stretched out, but to consider them a gift brought about by God's patience. A time of 'home-schooling' for the soul. At the end of that section of his letter, he exhorts us to `grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3: 18) Some lessons are learned quickly, and become ingrained in our lifestyle, our theology, our faith. Others take time and repetition; and of course, there are many styles of teaching and learning which resonate with different individuals. God does not grow weary in His joint role of parent and teacher. He is patient with us, and presents His lessons in different ways, and at the pace we need. I think that's why God chose such a variety of disciples to surround His Son. If Jesus could reveal God's character to the prim and proper Nathanael (Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' - John 1:46) and the hands-on fishermen, to the well-educated tax collector Matthew, and the questioning Thomas (lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?' - John 14: 5) then he can present Him in a way that can reach all people with God's compassion, strength and hope. 
 
Each of us can see ourselves in one of Jesus' followers. Their stories are shared with us to help us grow in grace and knowledge; just as Peter hoped, and had experienced himself. If you are feeling that 'out-of-synch' feeling of time standing still, or rushing by; days bleeding into one another or endless, sleepless nights, why not return to those familiar stories and ask God to teach you in new ways? Perhaps you could read a different translation that your usual text, listen to an audio-version or watch a signed video. The differences might shed new light, or simply reinforce your understanding. Be involved in God's lessons: as teachers, learners, and friends. Together we can grow in patience, understanding and grace. 
 
Yours in Christ,
Heather.