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The Parish of Agherton, Portstewart

The Church of St John the Baptist

Diocese of Connor - Church of Ireland  -  Anglican  - Episcopal

  19 Church Street, Portstewart, BT55 7AH, Northern Ireland
  Parish Office Telephone 028 7083 3277   Email:agherton@connor.anglican.org
 

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Special Services :-
Harvest Festival 12th October. Lunch in the parish hall after the 11am service. Preacher: The Ven. R. Miller



WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF AGHERTON PARISH


 Welcome to our parish website and thank you for taking the time to look us up. If we can be of any further help to you please do get in touch. Inquiries about baptisms, marriages, funerals, genealogical searches and more general requests can be made through the Parish Office, the contact details of which are given above.

Please visit us again and if you're in Portstewart feel free to come and join us  at any of our services. You'd be very welcome whoever you are and where-ever you are on your journey of faith.

Please see the Notices page for details of current services and events.

Peace be with you.

Stephen Fielding +  Rector 


                                Rector's Letter Sept-Oct The Voice Magazine
Dear Parishioners,

I hope the summer has been refreshing and re-creative. I hope you’re looking forward to a new organisational year and welcome the resumption of parish group activities now the autumn is almost upon us.


Canon Gough
During the summer Canon Hubert Gough celebrated 60 years in holy orders which was marked at the beginning of July. Some pictures of the refreshments and celebratory cake which followed the 9.30 service are included in this issue. We wish both Hubert and Joan well for the future. We’re grateful for his support in Agherton at our services and greatly value the contribution all our retired clergy make to the life and witness of our parish.

Information Evening Porch Extension
A special information evening has been organised by the vestry to bring everyone up to date with plans for the porch extension. It takes place on Thursday 25th September 2014 from 7-9pm.
Our architect, Mr Glenn McCaffrey and Professor Dobbs will give short talks about the scheme at 8pm and there will be a message from Bishop Abernethy. Attractive pull-up boards are being developed for display and we’re grateful for the assistance of Karen Yates and Zing in producing these.

Please put the date in your diary and come along to hear more about this most significant development in the life of the parish for manys a year. Your support is essential as we move Agherton parish forward, providing a building more fit for purpose, as we progress into the 21st century.

AAA Fundraising
The activities of the anniversary appeal committee, under the chairmanship of Derek Scott, have brought both parishioners and many from outside the parish together this year including a successful fashion show, BBQ and Car Boot Sale. We’re pleased that the committee has offered to organise the Harvest Lunch this year following the 11am service and look forward to that on October 12th.

Autumn Study Group
The year’s autumn study group will run over four sessions starting on Tuesday 7th October then again on 14th, 21st, and 4th November. We’ll be covering ‘the four basic activities that have remained constant and indispensable for the majority of Christians’, in Rowan Williams’ most recent and delightful book ‘Being Christian’. Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer should offer plenty of scope for discussion as we reflect together on these essentials of Christian practice. All are welcome. It would be useful to have purchased a copy of the book for the opening meeting and to have read the first chapter on Baptism in advance of the first evening. Try thebookwell.co.uk or Amazon.

Here’s hoping for another fruitful organisational year. Try your hand at volunteering, singing in the choir, joining the bowling club. Come to the Wednesday mid-week service as we offer prayers for those in need. Put your name on a rota for Parents & Toddlers or Wednesday coffee morning. There’s plenty on offer for many tastes and preferences. Keep a look out for opportunities to serve and support your parish.

Every blessing,

Stephen Fielding.