TAKE NOTE: REGENT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CAR PARK – As a result of the refurbishment of the church roof, the church car park will not be available for use from the 20th April 2022. The work is estimated to take around 6 months. Vehicle access to the site from both the front and rear entrances will not be permitted during this period. Pedestrian access however will be available. From the front gate, pedestrians can keep left and enter through the doors at the ‘Hub’ during normal opening hours (access to the doors of the church sanctuary will be locked). From the small gate at the Mill St entrance at the rear, of the church, pedestrians can keep right and walk along the rear and side of the Main Hall to enter via the rear doors to the halls. Parents are encouraged to use this entrance to drop off and collect children from any organisations held during the week. This will also be the main entrance for Sunday morning worship. Public car parking (some free) is available in Mill St Car park, directly opposite the rear entrance of the church. Similarly, paid car parking is available opposite the front entrance of the church. It is important to remind everyone that access to the areas where work is taking place is strictly prohibited. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during this period of essential maintenance.
Relaxations of Covid Restrictions for Sunday services: –
- Face coverings are no longer required (including when singing) with those who prefer to continue to use face coverings clearly being free to do so.
- Social distancing is no longer required, however where possible a one meter distance is still recommended.
- The requirement to be shown to your seat and from your seat at the end of the service is no longer required. The congregation being advised to leave as quickly as possible in order not to block aisles.
- Hand sanitisers will continue to be made available and encouraged to be used. Ventilation will be a priority.
FOOD BANK – Thank you to all who have donated a variety of food stuffs for our local food bank. Your generosity has allowed the food bank to feed 598 adults and 454 children in the period between the start of October 2021 and the end of January 2022. At times the foodbank gets overstocked on items like pasta, cereal and beans, yet have shortages in some particular lines – we would therefore encourage you to follow the Thriving Life Church Compassion Centre Newtownards Facebook page (@TLCCompassionCentre) to see the current needs. Due to the car park being unavailable for the next 6 months, we have had to stop collections, but we would encourage you to take your donations directly to Thriving Life Church Food Bank which is opened every Tuesday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm.
Sunday 21: SUNDAY HUB: 10.15 am – We are open for tea/coffee before church each Sunday morning and are looking for volunteers to man it. This is a time to connect and catch up with each other. If you feel you would like to help in this way, please sign your name on the rota in the Hub or speak to Paul Martin.
MORNING WORSHIP – This morning’s service will be led by Rev Paul Dalzell and will include a presentation about The Link Family and Community Centre. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Link Family and Community Centre. The Link was an idea of the Reverend Lamont and members of Regent Street Presbyterian Church in 1997. To mark this occasion this morning’s will include a presentation from the Link. John Melvin will share with us, through stories, how people’s lives have been helped through their work. There will be a retiring offering on behalf of the Link at the end of the service..
SUNDAY SCHOOL – Just a reminder that summer Sunday school will continue throughout August. Everyone welcome from 3 to 12 years. Also brown money appeal is still ongoing for Northern Ireland children’s Hospice. Our running total is currently @ £140. Lastly an advance notice that our Samaritans purse appeal will be launched at the beginning of September. This year the majority of boxes will be going to Ukraine where so many people had to leave everything behind so it would be wonderful to fill as many as possible. If anyone has any questions please speak to Louise.
UCB BIBLE NOTES – The August – October notes are now available in the Hub.
NEWTOWNARDS HEARING AID USER SUPPORT SERVICE – Our next session is in Regent Street Presbyterian Church on Monday 5 September from 10 am to 12 noon. We can provide new batteries, cleaning and re-tubing of ear moulds for NHS hearing aids. This service will continue on the first Monday of every month.
Thursday 15: ‘FAITH AT THE MUSICALS’ – An inspirational evening of songs and stories awaits . . . This event will take place this evening at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start in West Church Presbyterian Church. Tickets via Eventbrite, £6 per person. This is being brought to you by Tearfund (West End has Faith).
ARDS & NORTH DOWN STREET PASTORS – You may be aware of the work Ards & North Down Street Pastors do every weekend on the streets of Ards, Holywood, Bangor and in the villages on the Ards Peninsula. Our volunteers engage with large numbers of young people and adults in need of help and support every weekend. We work in partnership with PSNI and Council Community Safety team. Our mission statement is Care Listen and help and we fulfil this in a caring non judgemental way with everyone we encounter. Our work is expanding and to enable us to meet the needs we are presented with we really need to grow our existing teams of dedicated volunteers. We would be really grateful if you would help us to promote our organisation within your church either by inviting us to come along with a short presentation or through your announcements. We have attached a copy of our leaflets to display on your notice board and can supply additional copies if needed. We do understand that working on the streets is not for everyone but alongside we have Prayer Pastor teams who support street pastor teams across the Borough. These prayer teams are an essential part of our work and would love to hear from anyone who could be involved in this part of the ministry. We are planning to commence a new training scheme in the early Autumn and would be delighted if your church could be represented at this. I look forward to hearing from you. Pam Williamson, Project Manager (07927035828)
CAP (Christians against poverty) DEBT HELP – Lifting the weight of debt. Free debt advice and personal support in Newtownards, Comber and the Ards Peninsula. Book your free appointment 0800 328 0006, capdebthelp.org This is in partnership with the Link Family Centre/Ards Area Churches.
VOLUNTEERS – We are continuing to appeal for volunteers to help with the Easy Worship/Live Streaming on Sunday mornings. No experience required as training will be given and you will only be required to operate on a rota system.
CHURCH OFFICE – Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday this week: 9 am – 1.30 pm.
However, you can still contact us by phone or email. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Telephone: 028 91 822416