The baby being presented for Baptism this morning is Rosa Jeanetta Ruth Wilson infant daughter of James and Christina.

World Development Appeal Envelopes have been distributed with this month’s Knock Life. All 2017 subscriptions – WFO, United Appeal, World Development etc. should be in Church Office by 31st December if they are to be recorded in this year’s contributions. Any monies received after that date will go into the 2018 accounts.

Anyone wishing to contribute to a gift for Alan and Ruth Dickey. Donations may be placed in a striped envelope, or any envelope clearly marked with Alan’s name. We plan to make a presentation on 24th December. If you would like to attend Alan’s Installation & Ordination on January 4th at 7.30pm, we hope to organise a bus leaving Knock at 6pm, please sign the sheet on the Welcome Desk no later than next Sunday.

For Christmas presents and cards which help those struggling in the developing world, pick up a Leprosy Mission, Tearfund or Christian Aid brochure from the Welcome Desk.

Dr Mike Hughes in Potters Village in Kisoro has asked the team going out to Uganda in January, to bring with them shoes and clothes for children aged up to 3 years but particularly for ages 6 – 18 months. Would you be willing to donate these and, also needed, 4 unwanted, but usable, suitcases, to help the team carry these gifts, please? The plan is to leave the suitcases with the folks in the diocese or Potters. The items would need to be with the team by Sunday 7th January at the latest, as the team leaves on Friday 12th.

MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES: Sunday Services: We are always keen to add more people onto our list of instrumentalists and singers for Sunday services. Adding your name will put you on an email list which will let you know what help is needed with no requirement to commit to a large block of services; even being able to help out once every five to six weeks would be much appreciated!

We are taking a group of young people back to Teenstreet from 28th July to 4th Aug 2018. Teenstreet is a youth conference with over 3500 young people from all over Europe run by Operation Mobilisation. If you would like your son/daughter to go, leaflets are on the Welcome Desk.

You are invited to sign the large Christmas card in the Crush Hall and donate the money you would have spent on sending cards to church members by including this in your contribution to the Christmas offerings.

Presbyterian Herald: Subscribers are asked to pick up their copies from the Crush Hall.

SU Bible Reading Notes for 2018 – If anyone would like to order or to change their order, please contact Heather Donaldson – 90 763 041 – or email

Abbeyfield Belfast has almost 60 years experience of alleviating loneliness and providing companionship and support to older people. This Christmas the Society seeks to invite older people to come to any Abbeyfield House throughout December for a hot meal, activity or an overnight stay to enjoy a warm welcome good food, friendship and vital company. For further details please contact Niki Molloy, the Operations Manager at 028 9038 1332.

Small Group Week

Wed 13
Wednesday Walkers meet at 11am in Crawfordsburn Country Park and at 12.30pm for Christmas Lunch at the Rambling Rose Restaurant.

Thurs 14
“Be-filled” Bible Study at 11am – coffee/tea and scones at 10.30am.

Fri 15
Men’s Breakfast at 7.00am in the Bell Hall. Speaker: Michael Jemphrey.

Sat 16
Saturday Striders, weather permitting, will walk from Holywood Exchange to Dirty Duck, near Holywood train station, and back to Holywood Exchange. All on the flat. If interested contact Frances Gibson ( 07748 677 111).

Sun 17
All-age carol singing at Marie Curie Centre. Please meet in Centre reception at 3.15pm.

Community Carol Service at 6.30pm.

Week commencing 18th December

Tues 19th
Ladies Guild meets at 2.30pm. Christmas Devotions and Festivities.

Wed 20th
Powerhouse at 7.30pm in the Bell Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: Joint services at 10.30am on 17th, 24th, 31st and 7th January.

Dec 24th
Christmas Eve service at 8pm.

Dec 25
Christmas Day service at 10.30am.

Dec 31st
Evening service as usual at 6.30pm.

Jan 7th
Communion service at 10.30am.

Please note: Our Christmas offerings will be divided between “The Big House” a small Christian charity based in Belfast, offering help to young people experiencing mental health issues and providing counselling services etc, and David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia where a growing number of people are being hospitalised with illnesses related to the poor quality of water. There is a project to dig shallow wells to alleviate the problem – each well costing in the region of £500.

Irish Christian Men’s Convention – an evening with Mike Reeves – in the Whitla Hall, Methodist College at 7.30pm. Sign-up sheets on the Welcome Desk