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/

Rev Gary Millar is on holiday until 29th July.  Rev Fiona McCrea

will be covering any pastoral emergencies during this period and can be contacted at:- 02891473400

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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 12 July 2020 


service led by Peter Morris is available on Youtube at https://youtu.be/M9b7swHbNOo .

Children's time with TOM team can be accessed via this link


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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.

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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 e mail 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,


I wonder what would happen if we applied the same standards of loyalty to our Christian activities that we expect from other areas of our lives?

If your car starts once every three tries, is it reliable? 
If the postie skipped delivery every Monday and Thursday, are they trustworthy? 
If you don’t go to work once or twice a month, are you a reliable employee? 
If your fridge stops working for a day or two every now and then, do you say, 
“Oh well, it works most of the time.”? 

If your water heater provides an icy cold shower every now and then, is it dependable? 
If you skipped a couple of electric bill payments do you think NIE would mind? 

If you fail to worship God one or two days a week, 
would you expect to be called a faithful Christian?

We expect loyalty and reliability from things and other people.
Isn’t it reasonable then that God just might expect the same from us?

An ancient Chassidic parable tells the story of Yechiel, the young grandson of a Chassidic rabbi, who once played hide-and-seek with a friend. When it was his turn to hide, he found a great hiding place where he waited, somewhat impatiently, for his friend to find him.

He waited and waited; it seemed like hours - but his friend never came. In fact, his friend had never even started looking for him. He’d left the little boy and gone home.

With tears streaming down his face, Yechiel ran to his grandfather and told him what had happened. Deeply moved by the hurt of his grandson, the rabbi also broke into tears saying, "God says the same thing - 'I hide, but no one tries to find me’ ".


This is what the Lord says:
“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
    that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols
    and became worthless themselves.
They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,
    who brought us up out of Egypt
and led us through the barren wilderness,
    through a land of deserts and ravines,
a land of drought and utter darkness,
    a land where no one travels and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land
    to eat its fruit and rich produce.
But you came and defiled my land
    and made my inheritance detestable.
The priests did not ask,
    ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;
    the leaders rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,
    following worthless idols.

Jeremiah 2: 5 - 8

God bless, Gary 



 

A Quote from our Founder - John Wesley