Sunday Service at 11am
Everyone Welcome!

Rev Gary D Millar MPhil (Ecum), MTh

Church Road, Holywood
Co. Down,
BT18 9DP
Tel. 028 90422409 
email:- gary.millar@irishmethodist.org

 

Hello my name is Gary Millar and I am blessed to be Minister for Holywood Methodist Church


Alongside this resource, the MCI will record a service each Sunday that you can link to as a congregation in our own homes.- see link:- https://www.irishmethodist.org/


email:-

gary.millar@irishmethodist.org


FOR INFORMATION ON RETURNING TO CHURCH PLEASE GO THE

NEWS AND EVENTS TAB ABOVE

CLICK ON RETURNING TO CHURCH

As you can see from the photograph below the painting of the interior of the church has been completed.  Thanks goes to all involved who made this possible especially our painting contractors "Peter Stevenson and Son".


Todays service for Sunday 29th November led by Rev Gary Milar and Miss Jasmine Beattie, Advent reader:-Mr Archie Wood

is now available to view on our Face Book page

Just follow the links.


God bless,
Gary


Click on link below to watch Allie Pomeroy's committal 28th October 2020 at Redburn Cemetery, Holywood


https://fb.watch/1t3J_PxUfd/

BELFAST CENTRAL MISSION

Since 1890, Belfast Central Mission has provided for the vulnerable and needy year-round.  Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year for many families, and 2020 is likely to be difficult for even more. 

https://www.belfastcentralmission.org/news/bcms-christmas-toy-appeal

“Belfast Central Mission Toy Appeal”  –   The Church will be open to receive gifts of Toys on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th November between 12noon and 1 pm


Advent Services will be led by Rev Gary Millar and Jasmine Beattie -


Advent Readers:-


Archie Wood

Edna Mairs

Ann McCarty

Mariam Bambrick


Sunday 29th November - The format of the service this year will be different – service will be on-line following Government guidelines.


6th December - 2nd Sunday of Advent - The format of the service this year will be different – service will be on-line following Government guidelines.


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COPELANDS DEMENTIA CARE

Located in Mallisle, Co Down,

We need to raise £1.3 million

Will you help us reach our goal, please click on link below for more information.


https://www.copelands.org.uk/



Hello!!

My name is Jasmine Mary Beattie, but people just call me Jasmine, and the odd time Yasmin but I'll usually answer to anything! I am 22 and just graduated from Queens with a BTh in Theology with a degree plus in Youth ministry.

I am looking forward and excited to taking up my role in Holywood Methodist Church as Youth Family worker, starting on Tuesday 1st September 2020 and of course seeing you all soon.

God bless Jasmine x

COPELANDS -Building is progressing well but we are still continuing to fundraise. We need to raise £1.3 million and we’ve raised £1,267,104.87 so far!  Will you help us reach our goal? 

To make a one-off donation please send a cheque made payable to BCM (Copelands), to:

Income Generation & Marketing Manager
BCM, Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street, Belfast
BT12 5AD

To listen to the recording of the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mr Trevor Neill, please click on link below:-

Harvest Letter 2020 

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all

As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. – G. K. Chesterton 

Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made. – R.C. Sproul

 

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it,

but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis


As we come to harvest this year, it’s difficult to find the right word to convey the strangeness of the situation we find ourselves in (along with much of the world).  Words like “normal”, “strange”, “challenging” all seem played out and almost meaningless now in the face of the C-19 pandemic.  That is precisely why I opened this letter with three quotes from individuals who wrote about HOPE.  Not the shallow kind of hope that looks for nice weather tomorrow, or a win on Saturday. But a HOPE sure and steadfastly grounded in Christ

We have all been seriously impacted by the current pandemic.  Some of us have lost loved ones in circumstances where it was impossible to give them the farewell we would have wished.  Some of us have had health issues made more difficult because of potential vulnerability to the virus. Some have had to cancel or postpone long-planned weddings. Our church building was closed to us for months.  Guidance from every church body meant that ministers have not been allowed to visit hospitals or homes.  We have been separated from our friends and loved ones.  It has been a time of hopelessness and bleakness for many. 

 

            Yet throughout times such as these, God’s word remains unchanged. He who “neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Ps 121) has been watching over you and me.  Jesus is still “the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Heb 13:8) and His love for you is unchanging.  He still calls us to real HOPE in Him.

 

            The HOPE that Christ calls us to is not RELIGION, it is one of RELATIONSHIP with Him - the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace.  In Him our HOPE is for a harvest of love, life and liberty in the freedom of heaven.  Don’t look to religion for hope in this world, look to the one who put the world in its place in His creation.  Celebrate harvest this year with hope in your heart and an eye to the return of Christ. 

            This year, because of the risk of cross-contamination with C-19, we are unable to decorate our sanctuary as we would like to.  Instead we are supporting the work of our local food bank which has been using our Cedar Hall for several months now.  The need will only be greater in coming weeks and months.  Your donation of non-perishable food would be greatly appreciated.

 

God bless,

Gary

 

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I

shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

 

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

 

 


Dear Holywood Methodist Church family,


A few quotes on Sabbath have been speaking to me this week in my reading and I thought I'd share them with you as we prepare to "do our own thing" as a society from September onward:

“To gain control of the world of space is certainly one of our tasks. The danger begins when in gaining power in the realm of space we forfeit all aspirations in the realm of time. There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

“I have come to think that the moment of giving the bread of Eucharist as gift is the quintessential centre of the notion of Sabbath rest in Christian tradition. It is gift! We receive in gratitude. Imagine having a sacrament named “thanks”! We are on the receiving end, without accomplishment, achievement, or qualification. It is a gift, and we are grateful! That moment of gift is a peaceable alternative that many who are “weary and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care” receive gladly. The offer of free gift, faithful to Judaism, might let us learn enough to halt the dramatic anti-neighbourliness to which our society is madly and uncritically committed.” ― Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance

May you who are weary and worn be blessed by the remembrance that God created the Sabbath for you as a gift. May you receive the rest the Spirit desires for you and that Christ waits for you in.  Shabbat shalom (Peaceful Sabbath.

God  bless
Gary


THOUGHT FOR THE COMING WEEK . . .



Love


This is just a small bit of Barclay’s commentary on Hebrews 10 19-25 –

“Let us put our minds to the task of taking thought for others.    That is to say, let us remember that we are Christians not only for our own sake but also for the sake of others.  No man ever saved his soul who devoted his whole time and energy to saving it; but many a man has saved it by being so concerned for others that he forgot that he himself had a soul to save.  It is easy to drift into a kind of selfish Christianity; but a selfish Christianity is a contradiction in terms.”

Barclay puts this even more forcibly than I might have done, but I agree with him.  After all, aren’t we told that when faith and prophesy have passed away the one thing remaining is love. - 

Contributed by:- Archie Wood.



 

A Quote from our Founder - John Wesley