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Godshandiwork Puppets at Clough

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On Sunday, 2nd July 2017 we were again delighted to welcome Sam and Silvana Shaw and Godshandiwork Puppets to Clough to lead our worship. This was a joint service with Ballee and Downpatrick and there was a good attendance of adults and children.

It was a lively occasion with music, songs, puppets and Sam’s pictures as he told with great enthusiasm the story of Joshua, Rahab and the spies.

At the start some children came out to wear some of Sam’s great collection of hats from all around the world, all of which have particular stories and meanings. In this case the children tried on hats from Ukraine, Cameroon, Peru, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Alfie McClelland also played the organ and during the collection Clough Sunday School member Sarah Rooney sang ‘For God so Loved the World’. It was a great occasion and was hugely enjoyed by everyone there.

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Clough Children’s Day 2017

There was an excellent attendance for the wonderful service at Clough on Sunday, 18th June which was led by the children of the Sunday School. During the service the children gave readings, led prayers, sang, and acted out various Bible stories. It is so encouraging to see the Sunday School growing so much and taking part in worship with such enthusiasm.

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Molly and Kayla introduced the service. Thomas read from Exodus chapter 14, helped by Hannah, Olivia and Abi. Kayla, Ethan, Sarah, Thomas, Zak and Molly led the prayers. Ethan read from Matthew chapter 8 with help from Harry, Eva, Anna and Lexie. Poems of Thankfulness were given by Charlotte, William, Sophie, Ethan and Lexie. The whole Sunday School sang ‘Who’s the king of the jungle’, ‘My God is so big’ and ‘If I were a butterfly’. Sarah sang the solo ‘For God so loved the world’.

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Singing ‘My God is so big’

Also during the service the minister presented the Sunday School members with prizes for attendance over the year as well as prizes won for their work entered into the denominational Sunday School Exhibition held at Holywood on 2nd June at which Clough won no less than 17 prizes. The work was on show in the church for everyone to see.

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Over the year the children had also been raising money for their chosen charity and this year raised the magnificent sum of £300 which Ethan presented to Kirsty Smith for the work of Shine Northern Ireland.

Special thanks was extended to Sunday School Superintendent, Elsie Nelson, and to all the teachers and helpers who have contributed to the success of the Sunday School. Alfie McClelland played the organ for the congregational hymns.

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Ethan presents a cheque for £300 to Kirsty Smith of Shine Northern Ireland on behalf of the Sunday School

Children’s Day Sunday, 17th June 2018

On Sunday, 17th June the members of the Sunday School led an excellent service and received their prizes for attendance over the year and for their work in the denominational Exhibition held in 1st June at which they won a fantastic 19 prizes, including Committee Award for Best Written Entry awarded to Molly Rooney. During the service the children delivered readings, read poems, sang songs, including a solo by Sarah Rooney.

Over the year the Sunday School had also raised £300 for Knockevin School and William Rooney presented a cheque on behalf of the Sunday School to Diane Watson for the work of Knockevin School.

 

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Presentation to Knockevin school.

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Telling the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours.

Christmas Carol Service 2017

The Sunday School conducted the annual Carol Service at Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 17th December. Under the leadership of Elsie Nelson, the Sunday School superintendent, the children had prepared a series of prayers, poems, readings and songs as they led the morning worship. Molly Rooney and Kayla Ramsey were the narrators with contributions by Ethan Perkins, Thomas Rooney, Sarah Rooney, Sophie Ramsey, William Rooney, Ethan Stranney, Lexie Rooney, Charlotte Tougher, Zak Stranney. The whole Sunday School took part in singing Away in a Manger and O What a Special Night. Warmest thanks were expressed to the children and to the superintendent and helpers. The organist was Alfie McClelland.

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Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, 15th October 2017

 

The annual service of harvest thanksgiving was held on Sunday, 15th October at 3.00 pm. This was well supported as we welcomed the visiting preacher, the Rev Paul Reid, of the Old Presbyterian Church, Larne with special music provided by local choir Harmonic Progression, the Seaforde based Community Choir for Women. The congregational hymns were accompanied by the church organist, Alfie McClelland. The choir sang Zum Sanctus by Schubert, a ‘Harvest of Hymns’, led the congregation in singing Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven and closed the service with an Irish Blessing. Following the service everyone went over to the hall for refreshments.

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Clough welcomes the Attorney General

On Wednesday, 24th May we were very pleased to welcome the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, Mr John Larkin, QC, to Clough to deliver his lecture concerning the legal case of 1836 which was such a crucial moment in the history of the Clough congregation.

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John Larkin, QC, delivers his lecture in the Church

The meeting was very well attended indeed with many visitors from local churches and from farther afield – even as far as Edinburgh – as well as including many members of various societies and organisations including the Presbyterian Historical Society, the Lecale and Downe Historical Society, the Irish Legal History Society and Queen’s University. It was preceded by a short act of worship conducted by the Rev Dr John Nelson, clerk to the Presbytery of Antrim. The congregation joined the Presbytery of Antrim, the original Non-Subscribing Presbyterian body in 1829. The organist was Mr Alfie McClelland. The Rev Dr David Steers, introduced Mr Larkin who has a long-standing interest in presbyterian history, especially in cases such as this where theology intersects with the law. The 1836 case rose out of a dispute between subscribers and non-subscribers (to the Westminster Confession of Faith) and resulted in the exclusion of the non-subscribers who went on to build the present church in 1837. Following the lecture a large number of those present were able to go to the church hall for refreshments. The lecture was both preceded and followed by good coverage in many papers including the Down Recorder, the Mourne Observer and the Belfast Telegraph.

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Rev Dr John Nelson; Mr John Larkin, Attorney General for Northern Ireland; Rev Dr David Steers

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Refreshments after the lecture