Bowls Club.First Cookstown Bowling Club meets at:7.45pm on Tuesday nights from October-March.There is good fun and fellowship over a game of bowls and a cup of tea.The club was one of the earliest indoor bowls clubs established in the 1950’s, when the sport first became popular.For more information please contact Ian Allingham (Chairperson) or Sharon Allingham ( Secretary).Sunday School.First Cookstown has a junior and senior Sunday School.The aims of the Sunday School are:•week by week to teach the children Bible Stories.•to help children understand how God speaks to them through the Bible and how they can speak to God through prayer.•to recognise that all scripture points to God.•that we all need to repent,trust and obey.The Sunday School meets in the Hall complex at 10:15am each Sunday during term time.For more information please contact Peter McIlwaine Sunday School Superindendent or Sally McGeown 028 867 66837Children’s Church.Children’s Church gives children aged from approximately 4 – 8 years of age the opportunity to learn in a way which is more suitable for them and they usually leave the main service about halfway through. The children are encouraged to have League of Church Loyalty cards which are marked each week as a record of attendance. The programme each Sunday can include stories, prayers, singing, Bible verses, poems, puzzles, games and colouring pictures. The children enjoy making their own contributions and they are given the opportunity to do this through questions and conversation.If you would like to be involved in this ministry please contact Margaret Hamilton.Bible Class (Youth Ministry)The Bible class is designed to help guide the young people of the congregation through Scripture. It is an interactive class with the young people participating in each of the studies.Noel Crooks and Matthew Black lead this ministry each Sunday Morning ( during school term) in the loft from 10:14am until 11:00am. This is open to everyone of Secondary School age.Bible Study.In First Cookstown there are four Bible study groups meeting on various days and locations. The reason for different times and locations is to try and improve availability of the special privilege of meeting together to study the Living Word of God.•Mid Week Home Bible Study is co-ordinated by Margaret Wallace. It runs every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30pm at 81, Sweep Road.•Morning Mid-Week Bible Study is co-ordinated by Ian McMullan.It runs each Wednesday at 10:30am in the Loft.•Mid-Week Bible study is co-ordinated by the Rev Dr Thompson. It runs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 8: 00pm in the Morrison Room.•The young adults Bible Study is co-ordinated by Alistair Brown. It runs on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:00pm in various homes.Free Will Offering.Each Sunday the free will offering collectors are co-ordinated by Alison Bell who is in charge of stewarding, with further ministry provided by the dedicated counting teams on a rota basis.For more information please contact either George Crooks (Elder) or Bob Agnew (Elder and Treasurer)Flower Rota.A beautiful arrangement of flowers is placed in the pulpit each week as a witness to God’s wonderful creation. Many people within the congregation participate in a rota for this ministry. Should you wish to get involved or require further information please contact the convener Sandra Rea.First on Extension.“Our loss is their gain”-there are members of our congregation who are serving The Lord Jesus in various other locations throughout the world. Each week in the church bulletin a list of names are published with a short synopsis of what these people are doing, so members of the congregation can remember these individuals or families in their prayers. Please see the Church Bulletin for an up to date list.Sound Desk and Media Ministry, including Internet.A small team of people help in this ministry by running the sound desk, recording services, distribution, designing and maintaining the church website. As we adapt to changing technology the team would be grateful for more volunteers to help and if you are interested please contact Andrew Johnston (recording and distribution) Paul Ferguson (Church A.V.) or Ronnie Irvine (Web-site). Youth Fellowship.The youth fellowship meet in the loft after evening service from 8.00pm until 9:15pm during school term time. In this group young people meet with their friends to praise Jesus, contribute to Bible based discussions, participate in games and share fellowship. Throughout the season trips to other youth events or local youth fellowships occur. If you fall in the age range 10 to 25 then please come along.Prayer Meetings.Throughout the week various formal times have been allocated to prayer meetings within First Cookstown. It only requires a willingness to attend.Prayer is invaluable and in the words of C.H.Spurgeon “ prayer is the breath of faith. Prayer meetings are the lungs of the church.”Prayer meetings occur on:•Sunday 6:30pm in the Loft.•Tuesday 10:00am In the Ministers room.•Thursday 8:00pm in the Ministers room.The words of J. Hudson Taylor ring true “ could we be content to meet a loved one only in public?”
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‘Elevenses’ began in 2002 and now we wonder how we ever did without this time of fellowship, learning about other parts of the world and definitely having our horizons widened. We meet on the first Thursday of each month from October to March, and end our year in April with lunch and an “After Lunch” speaker.The first part of our meeting is chat, tea and scones and then we enjoy a speaker with, or without, a PowerPoint presentation.Our numbers have increased each year, until we now have a 30-40 each month and at our annual lunch welcome around 56.
Leader: Secretary: Margaret Hamilton (8676 2364) Treasurer: Linda Donaghy
Members of the PW are willing to cater forgroups visiting the area and offer morning coffee, lunches and evening meals (hot or cold)If interested please contact: Anne McGuffin 028 867 62965We would enjoy catering for you.
Excellent lunch on Thursday 4th April 2014followed by a humorous but thought provoking address by Rev.Hugh Ross (Newmills)
For the beauty of the earth,For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies.Christ our God to thee we raiseThis our sacrifice of praiseMgt.Crooks
Every Believer’s responsibility.
There are many ministries in First Cookstown, led by people from different backgrounds who give freely of their time and God given talents to help the family of the church.There are also many “ behind the scene” servants-praying, encouraging, edifying, listening and often performing low key thankless tasks. If you would like to know more about a particular ministry then you can find out more from the list below.
Cradle Roll.Mrs. May Faulkner faithfully maintains the cradle roll of all children in the congregation under the age of four, ensuring each child receives a birthday card from the Church on their birthday.
Crèche. During the Church Service the crèche is held in the Loft. Under the leadership of Sandra Black, a team of vetted people (as per the Churches Child Protection Policy) ensures parents can attend morning worship knowing their children are in a safe and secure environment.The crèche facility is available during each Sunday morning service from 11:15am until 12:30pm. Any Church member who would like to get involved please contact Sandra Black.
Presbyterian Herald and Wider World.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland publishes several magazines that are distributed to members of the congregation on request. These magazines contain articles, interviews and often topical discussions relating to Christian Life. If you would like to receive ‘Wider World’ contact Iris Brown.(86762844) If you would like to receive ‘Presbyterian Herald’ or ‘Reach Out’ contact Jim Donaghy (86765805)
Child Protection. As part of the Presbyterian church in Ireland we adhere to the Child Protection Guidelines, approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and published in the leaflet “Taking Care