First Good News – Sunday 14th June 2020

Hi again everyone. Thanks again for your photos and news – do keep them coming. I can only put together Good News with good news from you! I thought I’d start with one of the many painted stones at the harbour. This one caught my eye when out walking:

You are the peace in my troubled sea’….based on John 16:33 in which Jesus says, ‘…trusting in me, you will be unshakeable and assured, deeply at peace.’

From stones to haircuts. Will the hairdressers ever be open? More of you are taking things into your own very capable hands:


Many of you kindly ask how my mum, who is in a care home in Belfast, is doing. She’s managing well and last week they had a visit from Jordi Murphy and John Cooney from Ulster Rugby. Mum said they were very nice young men and thoroughly enjoyed her gifts of a puzzle book and Werther’s Original sweets. (Mum is at the back behind the table.)

Jim and Elma Kilpatrick have been on the BBC News again! The piece featured Jim and Elma visiting Jim’s dad after many weeks of lockdown. It was very encouraging to be reminded of the joy of being able to spend time with family.

On Monday past, Elma, Sandy and I came together (along with our technical team of Jim, Ivan and Emma) to record a simple worship CD featuring familiar hymns, prayers, Scripture reading and a reflection. This is available to anyone who would like a copy – just let me know. The plan is to record a CD every fortnight until we are permitted to meet again for worship on a Sunday, and after that it will be the Sunday Service that will be recorded. The recording can also be listened to on the Church website from this weekend. (A big thank you to Claire Black who manage our website – she has been a brilliant help over the past few months. Thank you!)

Regarding the resumption of services, as far as I am aware the NI Executive is currently in talks with leaders from the main churches regarding plans for how this can be done safely. PCI will then issue guidance for all Kirk Sessions. I will of course keep you posted but do remain prayerful about these things.

‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18