First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Warrenpoint
Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

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News - 2011

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On Saturday 2nd July the church was the setting for the wedding pf Mr Alistair Grant and Miss Andrea Graham. Alistair is the son of Neil and Elaine Grant and Andrea is the daughter of Raymond and Penny Graham. The happy couple left the church in a horse-drawn carriage for Kilbroney Park for photographs, prior to the reception in the Canal Court Hotel. The couple spent their honeymoon in Cyprus and have moved into their new home in Rathfriland.

Prior to the wedding a group of volunteers carried out some much needed repairs to the floor, and the bridegroom, his future brother-in-law and other friends painted the walls of the church and the church gates. We are extremely grateful to the Wharton family for their efforts to keep the church in a good state of repair.

Everyone wishes the newly-wed couple every blessing in their life together.

At the end of the month we were saddened to learn of the death of our good friend Sadie Holmes. Sadie and her late husband, George, were instrumental in providing a toilet and other facilities in the church. Sadie loved to come along to Warrenpoint and, in the last year or so, she missed the fellowship of her friends, but she never forgot them and was always enquiring about them. Her funeral service was held in our Newry Church on Sunday 1st August, and the large turnout was a fine tribute to a wonderful Christian lady.

Due to the Rev Hutton being indisposed, we welcomed the Rev Charles McCurdy to Warrenpoint on the first Sunday in August.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with those members of our congregation who are hospitalised, and we give thanks to Almighty God that those who were hospitalised during the early part of the year are once again able to share with us in fellowship.

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JULY 2011

This year started off with three of our members in hospital; thankfully all three have now been discharged, but all spent a long period in hospital. We deeply appreciate the care and attention they received in hospital.

Our AGM had to be postponed from 6th March until Sunday, 1st May. All office bearers were re-elected with the addition of Mrs Doris Hutton being elected Assistant Honorary Treasurer.

On Sunday, 20th March the service was conducted by Rt Rev S J Peden, as Rev Hutton was at St Anne's Cathedral for the "Thanksgiving Service" for the RUC Reserve.

The congregation was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden deaths of Mr George and Mrs Mary O'Hara; George died on the 27th March and his wife on the 4th May.

Geordie, as he was fondly known, died peacefully in Woodlodge Nursing Home, Castlewellan, where he had resided for the past two years. He was born in Dysart, Mayobridge where he farmed for many years. He was a loyal friend and neighbour in the community, often lending a helping hand to those who needed. Geordie was a keen sheep farmer and was renowned for his ploughing skills. He is survived by his sister Mrs Margaret Gracey.

His wife Mary, who was formerly Gamble, passed away suddenly in Daisy Hill Hospital surrounded by her family. Mary was born in the townland of Benagh, Mayobridge. Mary worked as a cook in Newry General Hospital and later as a caretaker in Crowreagh Primary School, which she dearly loved as she had a great fondness for children. Like Geordie, she was always there for her friends and neighbours in times of need, always there to lend a helping hand. Mary is survived by her three sisters, Clara Nicholson, Eva Gordon and Elizabeth Wilson.

Geordie and Mary resided all their married life at Glenvale Villas, Sheeptown. They were a devoted couple who had many friends and a great love of dancing. They regularly attended dances near and far, where their dancing skills were greatly admired by all. When they both retired they found a new love for travelling and enjoying going on holidays organised by the church. They were loving parents and grandparents who were very proud of their family and enjoyed spending time with them. They were never happier than when surrounded by their children, Harold, Margaret, Sharon and Jeffrey. Both funerals, which were largely attended, took place in the First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Newry and were conducted by their friend and Minister, Rev Norman Hutton.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion was observed on Sunday, 1st May, with 12 members in attendance.

On Sunday, 15th May the baptism took place of Thomas Ian Jacob Wharton, infant son of David and Laura, and a brother of Rebecca and Sarah.

Services continue on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. If, perchance, you are in Warrenpoint on any of these occasions, why not come along and support us.

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At our Service on Sunday, 17th October, we welcomed back rev Charles McCurdy, who conducted our devotions in the absence of the Rev Hutton, who was on holiday.

At our Communion Service on Sunday, 7th November, there was an average attendance.

There was a large turnout of visitors for our Service on Sunday, 21st November, at which the Rev Hutton baptised David Robert Roy Wharton, the son of Robert and Lynn. After the baptism everyone shared in refreshments and a special cake to mark the occasion.

Our Annual Candlelight Carol Service was held on Sunday, 5th December, and, despite the Arctic conditions, there was a good turnout of visitors. As usual Warrenpoint Silver Band led the praise and members of the congregation read lessons. After the service everyone was invited to stay for refreshments. Our service was only made possible thanks to the efforts of Rev and Mrs Hutton. While Mrs Hutton was decorating the church, Rev Hutton set about clearing the snow from the path leading to the church. But a subsequent snowfall later that evening necessitated Mr Anthony Holmes having to clear the path once more prior to the service. He also ensured that our church was adequately heated for our service. Many of our visitors were surprised that our service went ahead as other services had to be cancelled that day. As usual the "loose monies" in the collection were donated to the Southern Hospice Services. This amounted to £200, which Mrs Doris Hutton handed to Sister Jean Kelly on a visit to the Hospice by Rev and Mrs Hutton on Christmas Morning.

Our Christmas Service was held on Sunday, 19th December; once again the weather conditions were to have n effect on our service. Our organist, Mrs Isobel Beck, was unable to travel from Kilkeel due to icy road conditions, so Mrs Florence Berry came along to Warrenpoint and presided at the organ. As many children were present Rev Hutton conducted an "all-aged service", which appealed to all present. Prior to our usual refreshments Santa Claus appeared with a selection box for each child.

We cancelled our scheduled service for Sunday, 2nd January, as many of our congregation were spending the New Year with family and friends. Over the Christmas and New Year period several of our members were hospitalised and we hope and pray that they will soon be well enough to join with us again in our Worship in Warrenpoint.

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I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another. If there is this love among you, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17b