A big thank you to all who helped with the Christmas decorations yesterday.

The Leprosy Mission warmly thank the appreciative audience who attended the concert on Nov 21st, and especially those who baked or who helped on the evening. £1,070 was raised in donations, plus shop sales of £365, for the benefit of leprosy affected people – a splendid result.

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.

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.

Parish Leaflet drop – anyone who would be willing to distribute the Christmas leaflets, ‘Joy to the World’, may pick a bundle up at the Welcome Desk.

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.

Presbyterian Herald: Subscribers are asked to pick up their copies from the Crush Hall. There are a number of spare copies in the Crush Hall. If you would like to receive a copy each month please contact Church Office.

PCI Calendar 2018. The Calendar, priced £4, features scenes from the life and work of PCI as well as key dates in the Church year. It has 2 months to view, accompanied by specially selected Scripture verses. To order please visit or call 90 417 297.

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

“Seek the sheep” – take part in our challenge. Some sheep have got lost in Kings Square. Pick up a sheet at the Welcome Desk and find the sheep. Download “Seek the sheep” challenge from our website. When you find them, write down their names on the sheet and send it back to Knock Presbyterian Church or bring it with you to the Jamboree on Sat 9th.

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.

Tues 5th
Ladies Guild at 2.30pm in the Bell Hall.

Women’s Ministry Christmas Fair at 7.30pm. All tickets sold!

Cis Ireland Belfast Group invite you to the God and Science meeting at 7.30pm in The Hub on Elmwood Avenue. Mart de Groot, formerly Director of Armagh Observatory, will speak on the ‘Star of Bethlehem’

Wed 6th
Intercessors Prayer Meeting at 11am in the Upper Room followed by lunch in the Bell Hall

Powerhouse at 7.30pm in the Bell Hall.

Thurs 7th
Seniors’ shopping trip to Abbey Centre Shopping Centre 10.30am – 3pm. Sign up at Welcome Desk or front vestibule.

RFC meets at 7pm followed by Congregational Committee at 7.45pm.

Sat 9th
Carol singing in Kings Square 1pm – 2pm. Come along and sing with us.

Christmas Jamboree 2.30pm – 4pm. All welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holywood Parish Asha Support Group ‘Music for Winter’ fundraising event at 7.30pm in the Church. Tickets, £10, may be purchased on line or at the parish office, 71 Church Road, Holywood.

“Choirs at Christmas” for Christian Aid in St Molua’s Church, Stormont. Admission £10 (includes refreshments).

Sun 10
Children are asked to bring along presents (unwrapped) for those less privileged. These will be given to Belfast Central Mission for distribution.

7.45pm – 9.30pm – “Supporting Young People’s Mental Health”, a follow up to Emma Scrivener’s talk, with child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Janet Wilson. For all adults interested in promoting good mental health in young people and knowing how best to support those struggling with mental health difficulties.

Week commencing 11th December

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

Fri 15
Men’s Breakfast at 7.00am.

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.

Dec 24th
Christmas Eve service at 8pm.

Dec 25
Christmas Day 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.