This month’s cover story, ‘All in the same boat’, describes a very special church outing that saw members of Galway Presbyterian Church travel to the island of Inishbofin. Rev. Helen Freeburn describes why they went on this trip and how many of those on the boat had also made great journeys to come to Galway.
‘Changing lives with a smile’ is the My Story… for September from Neville Pogue, a member of Benburb Presbyterian Church. He describes how going on a mission trip to Romania for the first time 10 years ago has been a life-changing experience – and the first of many mission trips to the region.
This September, five students will enter Union Theological College to begin study for the ordained ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In ‘Exploring God’s call’ Rebecca McConnell chats to Rev. David Allen, Dean of Ministerial Studies and Development of the College, about his role and the plans for a special open day at the College in December.
In ‘Emerging leaders’ Sarah Harding reports on Emerge, a new project designed to train emerging leaders in PCI. The project looks at topics such as the theory of leadership, including different leadership styles; the concept of leading change; and relational awareness in leadership.
Tom Finnegan, PCI’s Training Development Officer and Emerge course co-leader, said, “It’s an opportunity for people to think about leadership and how they grow in it – we give them a lot of things to think about and to continue to develop.”
This month’s Talking Point by Norman Hamilton is entitled ‘Engagement is essential’, where he considers the challenges of Brexit and suggests that, as Christians, it is imperative that we engage with the process.
Mission Connect for September offers mission news from a deaconess in Lisburn, an Irish mission worker based in Kilkenny and global mission workers serving in Portugal and Nepal. We also hear from one minister serving in Monaghan Presbytery and another minister serving in Co. Dublin. A daily prayer diary, covering various aspects of the work of the Church, is also provided as a guide to our prayers for the month.
Are you ‘Socially awkward?’ This is the question asked by Sara-Louise Martin, a social media expert. During the General Assembly this June, the SPUD youth delegates highlighted the issue of social media and encouraged churches to engage with it positively as a missional tool. So with this in mind, Sara-Louise suggests some of her top tips to get started.
Many of us will have a Scripture Union memory, from attending SU at school, or reading Bible Study notes produced by Scripture Union, to going on an SU camp in the summer. In ‘150 years of Scripture Union’, Karen Jardine examines the legacy of the organisation so far as it celebrates this significant anniversary.
In ‘What is a Christian film?’ Neil Sedgewick explores what faith lessons can be learned at the cinema. Aside from specifically faith-based film-making, Neil asks if so-called secular films can still do something spiritual even within these constraints.
“I want to suggest that by applying a lens of faith to what we watch we can observe things with a different intentionality and potentially, through our conversations on these films, do a better missional work in the world,” said Neil.
In this issue of the Herald Christine Craig, Emerge course facilitator member of Kilbride Presbyterian Church, provides her ‘life lessons’. While Dawn McAvoy, an administrator and researcher for the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland, shares her thoughts in ‘As I see it…’.
Also to be enjoyed are the ever-popular letters and Life in PCI pages, as well as the news and reviews pages. Not forgetting reflections by Betsy Cameron and Arthur Clarke.
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