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

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News - 2012

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Two of the best attended services in Warrenpoint during any year are the Harvest and Carol Services. That was true again on Sunday 7th October, when a good attendance was present for our Harvest Service. The Rev Hutton conducted the service and the Warrenpoint Silver Band led the praise, which were the old time favourites "Come ye thankful people, come", "To Thee O Lord our hearts we raise", "Lord of harvest once again" and "We plough the fields and scatter". During the offering the band played an arrangement entitled "All things bright and beautiful" arranged by Mr Maurice McCabe. The old church was beautifully decorated with flowers, fruits and vegetables, both the sight and aroma of which gave us a real flavour of old time harvest. The Rev Hutton took the petition from the Lord's Prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread", as his text and, in doing so, highlighted the serious state of poverty in the world today. After the thought provoking harvest address, the congregation enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to chat with our friends from sister and neighbouring churches.

Our next big service is just two months away on Sunday 2nd December at 3:30 p.m. Once again the praise will be led by Warrenpoint Silver Band. At our Carol Service, the old church takes on a truly beautiful Christmas atmosphere with decorations and candles. Not to mention the refreshments afterwards of mince pies and shortbread. As usual the offering is for the Southern Area Hospice Services why not join us to welcome in the Christmas season?

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On Sunday 15th April the Rev Rosalind Taggart conducted our Service in the absence of the Rev Hutton, who was on holiday.

On Sunday 6th May we had 12 members present for our Spring Communion Service. It was nice to welcome a visitor who was in the locality and dropped in and joined us in the Lord's Supper.

We continue to carry out improvements to the church the new kitchen is proving a great asset. Since our last report we have carried out improvements to the electrics in the kitchen and the toilet.

Mrs Agnes Wharton provided new floor covering for the kitchen and toilet area, and Mr Jonathan Wharton donated all his time and materials in installing additional electricity provision.

The May meeting of the Presbytery of Bangor was held in Warrenpoint and members were greatly encouraged by the visitors' complimentary comments.

The members have other schemes in hand to carry out further improvements in the coming months.

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MAY 2012

The Annual General Meeting of the congregation was held on Sunday 4th March after the regular afternoon service.

The Honorary Secretary's Report presented by Mrs Laura Wharton was agreed on the proposal of Mr Neil Grant and seconded by Mrs Doris Hutton.

In presenting the Financial Report, the Rev Hutton said that Mrs Elaine Crozier had resigned as Honorary Treasurer, a post she undertook in 1991. The Rev Hutton paid tribute to work that Elaine had carried out during the last 21 years, and said that he was delighted that Elaine had agreed to continue as a member of the Committee. The Financial Report was agreed on the proposal of Mr David Wharton and seconded by Mr Ian Wharton.

The Rev Hutton stated that the congregation had lost three valued members during the year, and that it was up to everyone to continue the good work started by the late Mr George and Mrs Sarah Holmes.

The election resulted in Mr and Mrs David Wharton being elected as Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary respectively. The Committee was re-elected with the addition of Mrs Elaine Crozier.

As any visitors will know, the church lacked kitchen facilities, but this was rectified recently when Mr Gareth Wharton supplied and fitted a splendid kitchen, and his nephew, Mr Jamie Wharton, connected up the water supply. The Ladies of the congregation are delighted with the new facilities and look forward to welcoming the Presbytery at their meeting.

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After having conducted our Harvest Service on the first Sunday in October, Rev Rosalind Taggart came to the help of the Rev Hutton once again when she conducted our service on the third Sunday. We deeply appreciate her assistance, and all the more so, as she travelled from Ballycarry to Warrenpoint to take the service.

We celebrated our Autumn Communion Service on the first Sunday in November, and it was good to welcome a new member into our community.

Many of our congregation were present at the local Orange Hall, to witness the Rev Hutton dedicate a plaque in memory of Lance Corporal Stephen McKee who was killed early in the year in Afghanistan.

On Sunday, 4th December, the small church was beautifully decorated for our Candlelight Carol Service. The praise as usual was led by Warrenpoint Silver Band. The theme of our service was "Let's go to Bethlehem" and consisted of readings and carols. Alice and Hannah Cartmill accompanied by their Gran, Mrs Hilary Hamilton, sang a duet and Alice enthralled the congregation with her rendition of "O Holy Night".

Prior to our usual tea and Christmas Fayre, Mr Anthony Holmes presented a cheque to Rockfield Care Home and Warrenpoint Church, the proceeds of donations in lieu of flowers in memory of his late mother, Mrs Sadie Holmes. Sadie was a great steward of our churches in Newry and Warrenpoint. She and her late husband, George, always had a special place in their hearts for Warrenpoint, and they did much around the church to keep it going. Once again our friends in Benagh LOL 302 have proved wonderful benefactors to our church. Mr David Wharton, on behalf of the Lodge, presented Mrs Doris Hutton with a cheque for £1,100. We thank both the Lodge and the Holmes family for valued contributions to the church.

There was no service on New Year's Day, but we met as usual on the third Sunday for our first service of the New Year. We were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs Jean Dodds, the sister of Mrs Agnes Wharton, the mother and grandmother of many of our congregation in Warrenpoint. We convey our deepest sympathy to the Wharton family circle in their sad loss.

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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