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/


If, for whatever reason, you would appreciate some human contact with our church, or have a question, then please contact


Rev Gary Millar


Telephone:- 028 90422409 - and we will respond to you



Rev Gary Millar Mphil (Ecum), Mth

Church Road, Holywood

Co Down

BT18 9DP


Tel:- 02890422409


email:- gary.millar@irishmethodist.org

website:- holywoodmethodist.org



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Sunday 9 August 2020 

Today's service led by Rev Mandy Durrell is available on Youtube at https://youtu.be/p8KZAMJpI2I .

For information on returning to church please go to the News and Events tab above - click on Covid 19 update

Update on Church - Painting


5th July 2020.

As you can see from the photographs the painting work is almost complete.  Our sincere thanks goes to all involved who made this possible especially our painting contractors - "Peter Stevenson and Son"

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UPDATE - July 2020


From our Circuit Superintendent, Rev Fiona McCrea (Carnalea MC)


Good afternoon Bangor and Holywood Circuit

 

Last week the First and deputy First Ministers confirmed the date of 29th June for the re-opening of church buildings and as a circuit executive we met to discuss this.  Much of our meeting was spent focusing on 3 questions...


 - What was possible before that may not be possible for some time?
 - What lessons have we learnt from lockdown that we want to build on going forward?

 - What are our priorities in the months ahead?

It was an encouraging conversation as we shared how our circuit and societies had adapted to lockdown and how the pastoral care, discipleship and mission of the church continues despite our buildings being closed.  We recognise that a return to church as we know it is not possible at this time, those things that foster fellowship such as a cuppa before or after the service and chatting to friends beside us in the pew, will not be possible for some time.  We will also not be allowed to sing together, do prayer ministry, offer transport to and from church etc. for the foreseeable future and we felt that those in the vulnerable category should not be in attendance or would choose not to be in attendance at the church even if we opened our buildings. 

Our decision as the circuit executive was not to reopen our buildings for worship and to continue with audio services, CDs, printed service sheets, online bible studies, prayer meetings, coffee mornings etc for the months of July and August.  During the summer we will continue to seek God for the way ahead, we will plan as societies for a return to our buildings at some point, but no decisions will be made until we meet again at the end of August to discern the next steps together as a circuit exec.

On the 20th May I sent an email with the words below, and they continue to be my prayer for our circuit today and in the months ahead!

Acts 4v31 says 'After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.'

Let me change one word in this verse, imagine for a moment it says this...'After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was closed. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.'

Our churches are closed but the Holy Spirit continues to work in and through us!! Please continue to be church where you are, engage in the opportunities you have to be disciples on mission in your homes and communities and stay safe. 

Blessings


Blessings
Rev Fiona McCrea
Bangor and Holywood Circuit Superintendent


 

 


Dear Holywood Methodist Church family,

John 1:28-34 (NIV)

This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptising with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”

Unless Jesus is revealed to us, we stand no chance of recognising him. Surely, we can read about him from the pages of Scripture. Others can preach, teach, and otherwise tell us about him until they are blue in the face and we can be confident we have understood them perfectly. In fact, we can give our mental, intellectual, and even wilful assent to all of the truth and truths concerning him. Still, unless Jesus is revealed to us, we stand no chance of recognising him. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus to us.

Now, to be sure, the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus to us through reading Scripture or through the witness of others or by teaching and preaching and so forth. It is important that we realise that just because these things are happening and just because their essential content is accurate does not mean Jesus is being revealed by the Holy Spirit.

And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’

The Holy Spirit revealed the truth about Jesus to John—and to everyone who has ever truly known him since. Note how it worked. The Spirit revealed and John recognised. We see this pattern unfold many times with particular people before this Gospel is done.

Since the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit has been labouring to reveal Jesus to the whole world. The big question is: Who will recognise him? And among those who recognise him, who will receive him? Yes, these are the questions.

Many among us have accepted the truth about Jesus, but their faith has never gone anywhere beyond that. Perhaps you thought that was the end of it—accept Jesus and go to heaven when you die. There is so much more. Does the Bible even ask us to accept Jesus? The gospel is just the opposite, isn’t it? After all that has happened, that God accepts us is the miracle. The biblical invitation, as we will see, is to receive Jesus; to welcome him into the deepest place in our lives and cede him control. It is a journey of responding to revelation.

A PRAYER
Abba Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus, the one who is both the revealer and the revelation. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might more deeply perceive the depths of who he is. It is in his name I pray, amen.

THE QUESTIONS
What keeps people from recognising Jesus?
Is your faith in Jesus grounded more in an intellectual assent to the truths about Jesus or has Jesus been revealed to you as the Truth? See the difference?
If it is the Spirit who reveals Jesus and people who recognise him, what is our part in the process, if any?

God bless, Gary 



 

A Quote from our Founder - John Wesley