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

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News - 2013

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MAY 2013

The Rev Hutton returned to the pulpit on Sunday 20th January, having reduced his three service commitment, with the Rev Joe Nixon conducting the service in Banbridge.

It was with deep regret that the congregation learned of the death on Monday 14th January of Mrs Molly McClure, the mother of our former Honorary Treasurer, Mrs Elaine Crozier. Molly dearly loved the services in our church and the cup of tea and chat afterwards.

Likewise, we were saddened to learn of the death on Tuesday 5th February of Mrs Sadie Hanna, the mother of Mrs Doris Hutton. Sadie was a regular attender at our services when her grand-daughter Caroline was the organist.

The sympathy of the Warrenpoint congregation was extended to the Moderator by our minister who conducted the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mrs May Peden.

The AGM of our congregation was held after our service on Sunday 3rd March. After reading the minutes of the last AGM, Mrs Laura Wharton presented the Honorary Secretary’s Report. Mr David Wharton, the Honorary Treasurer, asked our minister, the Rev Hutton, to read the Financial Report. Both these reports were adopted by the congregation and the Rev Hutton thanked Laura and David, and indeed the entire congregation, for their efforts during 2012.

The ladies of the congregation were present at the Newry Sale on Saturday 23rd March and raised £118 for the church funds by their efforts.

Whilst we didn’t have a service on Easter Sunday, our service on 17th March was a résumé of the events during the last week of Jesus’ life. The service on Sunday 7th April – the second Sunday of Easter – dealt with the post-Easter experience of the Disciples.

We conclude our report by expressing our sympathy to the Rev Brian and the Rev Lena Cockroft on their recent bereavements.

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It was good to welcome the Rev Gilpin back to Warrenpoint after an absence of quite a few years. He undertook to conduct the Rev Hutton's three services on Sunday 21st October, as the Rev Hutton was in North Down, conducting services in Comber and Newtownards.

There was an above-average attendance for our Communion Service on Sunday 4th November. The congregation was saddened to learn of the hospitalisation of two members, whom we remembered in our prayers.

After much preparation our church was prepared for our Carol Service, thanks to Mrs Charlotte Holmes, Mrs Doris Hutton and Mrs Pamela Wharton. The Service on Sunday 2nd December was conducted by the Rev Hutton with praise being led by the Warrenpoint Silver Band. The six readings were read by Mr Stephen McMahon, Mr Jamie Wharton, Mr Tom Wylie, Mrs Laura Wharton, Mr David Wharton and the Rev Hutton. There was a good attendance, and a special offering for the Southern Area Hospice Services raised £300.

This service is the highlight of our year in Warrenpoint; the old church takes on a wonderful Christmas appearance enhanced with candles and decorations. Added to this are the lovely voices of Alice and Hannah Cartmill's duet and Alice's solo, "O Holy Night", the number one favourite Carol as polled by Classic FM.

After refreshments of hot mince pies, shortbread, tea and coffee there was an opportunity to share in conversation with our friends from neighbouring congregations. This provided an occasion for Mr Kenneth Wharton to present Mrs Doris Hutton with a cheque for £752 from Benagh LOL 302 towards the upkeep of the church. After the service the Rev and Mrs Hutton went to Kilbroney Parish Church in Rostrevor for an Advent Carol Service there.

Santa Claus came early to Warrenpoint, as he made his usual appearance with a gift for every child at the close of the Christmas-themed service on Sunday 16th December.

Our service on Sunday 6th January was conducted by Mrs Doris Hutton, who was deputising for her husband, who had taken ill during the service earlier that day in Newry. There was a good attendance to hear Mrs Hutton make her "debut" as a lay-preacher.

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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