Throughout November, we will be accepting donations from the congregation on behalf of PCS. PCS continues to help many Presbyterian children and their families who face financial hardship. Please consider making a donation to the Society this year. If you wish to have a collection card or make a single donation, please speak to Barbara Spratt.
November 4, 2018
September 10, 2018
Our midweek resumes on Wednesday 12th September at 7:45pm in the McCloy Hall. Our midweeks over the next few moths will be using the Essentials material, produced by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Essentials aims to help followers of Jesus reflect on and live out the essentials of discipleship. It has been developed specifically for the context of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, drawing on a wide collection of voices, insights, teaching and testimonies from right across our denomination. There will be a short video and some group discussion each week. If you want to think more practically about what it means to follow Jesus, please come along.
September 10, 2018
We are holding a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday 29th September from 10am to 12 noon. Lauren Martin, a nurse, will be coming to speak. Lauren has been with us before and is worth hearing. The cost is £6, with proceeds going to the human trafficking charity, Flourish. Please sign up if you intend to come, or speak to May Adamson for more details.
March 3, 2018
Buggy Buddies is our Mums and Toddler’s group, meeting each Friday morning. Each week we have games, craft, songs and a snack. It’s designed to allow little ones to play happily and for the adults to enjoy a chat together.
Currently, we need more volunteers to help us run this popular outreach into our community. If you could get involved to help with this, even coming one week per month, please let us know.
January 22, 2018
We will be running the Discipleship Explored Course in Alexandra as our next midweek series.
The course helps us make our way through Paul’s New Testament letter to the Philippians, involving a short DVD and some opportunity for group discussion each week. It gives us the opportunity to think about what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus in our world, our culture and our own context.
Each night will last for just over an hour and you are free to say as much or as little as you’d like when it comes to the group discussions. All eight sessions are stand-alone, so if you miss a week, that’s OK.
If you’d like more information about Discipleship Explored, then please speak to our minister, Ian, who will be happy to chat to you. Please think about coming along. Lots of people have found this really helpful as they look to grow in their faith.
July 16, 2017
We will long remember the Concert by the the Band of the Royal Marines, Scotland on 15th May 2017. It was amazing to see the church full (almost to overflowing), the queue going from the church gates, around the corner, right up Castleton Avenue and disappearing into the distance!
We were honoured that evening to be joined by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle; Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston and Senior Naval Officer NI, Commander John Gray. Thank you so much to everyone who helped in any way to make the concert such a success. A special thanks of course goes to the excellent Band of the Royal Marines, Scotland who gave us a memorable concert. The last piece they played was ‘We’re no Awa tae Bide Awa’ to which there can only be one reply – ‘Haste ye Back’!
The Seafaring Charities chosen to be supported that evening were the Sea Cadets and the Mission to Seafarers, the total raised being £2,400. We were delighted to be able to present cheques for £1,200 to the charities representatives, Lieutenant Commander Cliff Burns and Rev Colin Hall Thompson.
May 21, 2017
On Monday 15th May 2017, we were delighted to be able to host the only full concert in Northern Ireland this year by the Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland.
The church was full, almost to overflowing, as around 550 people packed the pews in anticipation of hearing one of the best Military Bands in the world and they weren’t disappointed. The evening was amazing, the musicians were brilliant and the music was inspiring.
Thank you to the Sea Cadets and everyone who helped in any way, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you especially to The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland who gave us an unforgettable evening. They chose to end their concert with the old Scottish tune of ‘We’re No Awa Tae Bide Awa’ to which we can have but one answer – ‘Haste Ye Back!’
April 4, 2017
During the weekend of Friday 7th -Sunday 9th April, the Boys’ Brigade sections celebrated 75 years of the 58th Belfast Company in Alexandra. This included their B.B. Display, which was held on Friday 7th April. The theme for the evening was the Object of the Boys’ Brigade, with the items centering around the B.B. habits of Obedience, Discipline, Reverence, Self-Respect and Christian Manliness. Former B.B. member, Alan Logan, was the Inspecting Officer.
On Sunday 9th April, a special anniversary service was held in the evening, with special guests, the Boys’ Brigade Centenary Male Voice Choir providing a repertoire of fitting pieces. Former B.B. member and officer, Rev. Ivan Ferris was the speaker. A lovely supper was enjoyed afterward in the church hall.
The next big event for the 58th is their Anniversary Dinner in October. Keep your eyes peeled for more information closer to the time, or have a look on their Facebook page.
April 1, 2017
It has been great to join again with our neighbours in Newington and Seaview Presbyterian Churches for our joint services during the Easter season. Our joint Palm Sunday service was held in Alexandra, with the Good Friday service being in Newington and the Easter Sunday evening service held in Seaview. These a valuable times spent together. We look forward to our series of joint Advent services at the end of the year.