In October 2012 Eileen works as a Deaconess in First Presbyterian Church, Magherafelt. She works under the guidance and direction of the minister and is involved in a range of activities including pastoral visitation.
Before starting her Deaconess training in September 2009, Eileen enjoyed a long career in nursing. Her home congregation is Orritor Presbyterian Church in Cookstown. As part of her probationary training as Deaconess, Eileen also served in First Presbyterian Church, Cookstown until August 2012 before moving to Portrush Presbyterian Church.
As I reflect back over this past year I am so thankful to God for His guiding, guarding and keeping in every circumstance.
I am now half way through my fourth year in First Magherafelt and I continue to be so thankful to God for the help and support of my minister, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Curry, and his lovely wife Lorna and for the encouragement of the Kirk Session in all aspects of the work in which I am involved.
Last year I wrote about a new partnership that was developing between our church and a local special needs school and I am delighted to report to you that Café Revive continues to thrive. This year, we have a new teacher and six new students and the cafe is open most Thursday mornings during the school year from 10.30am-11.30am. We praise God that the young folk are gaining valuable work experience and life skills that will equip them well as they transition later this year to third level education.
The joint night time StreetReach ministry between our church and Magherafelt Baptist continues to be an encouragement and a blessing. Last night, in the trailer, the team were talking about how difficult it is sometimes to respond to the many questions that are asked as we serve tea, coffee and cup-a-soup to the revellers who pour out of the pubs and clubs in Magherafelt each weekend. Together, we considered the words of Jesus in John 6:29 as He responded to a question. ‘Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”’
My prayer is that together, in First Magherafelt, we would continue to help each other to grow and mature in our faith as God teaches us to believe in the One He sent.
Thank you for praying and thank you for reading this report.