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CLASSIC PRAISE FUND-RAISING EVENING
We are holding a Classic Praise Evening to raise funds for RMNIT on Sunday 14 September at 8pm in First Presbyterian Church, Abbey Street, Coleraine. This will take the form of an evening of singing and celebration of some of the finest and best-loved Gospel hymns. If you live within travelling distance, please come along and support this event. You will enjoy some community singing of these favourite Gospel hymns. Our guest singers will be Alice and Jennifer (McKee) and the organist will be Peter Wilson. An offering in aid of the work of Rock Ministries (NI) trust will be taken up during the evening and you can enjoy further fellowship as you enjoy a cup of tea/coffee plus some shortbread at the close of the evening. Please come along, enjoy the singing and the fellowship, sing some wonderful hymns and help raise some much-needed funds for RMNIT at the same time. See you there!
Annual Sponsored Walk at Portrush
Our annual Sponsored Walk took place on Saturday 26 April from the East Strand Car Park, Portrush, to The White Rocks and back again. We were blessed with a fairly good morning weather wise, though rather breezy but this invigorated the walkers and they didn’t seem to notice the coolish conditions! Our numbers were down this year but we are pleased to report that we still received very encouraging support. Some could not attend the walk on the Saturday so they were able to complete it on an occasion which suited them better. It was a good occasion to catch up with friends and enjoy some welcome refreshments at the end of the walk. Thanks to Ernestine McKeever for the lovely scones which were really delicious! All donations for the Sponsored Walk this year are being put towards the provision of a security fence at His Grace Primary School, Butangaala, which will make a huge difference to the safety and security of the pupils and staff – especially so for those who board at the school. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE WALK AND HELPED TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS NEEDY PROJECT. THANK YOU ALSO TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT ATTEND BUT CONTRIBUTED SPONSORSHIP. With some contributions still to come, we are pleased to report that we have raised almost £2,000 which will go a long way in providing this much-needed security fence. With the news still fresh from Nigeria about the kidnap of school girls, we are so aware of the importance of such security.
Ballymoney High School Supports RM(NI)T
Once again this school year Year 8 pupils from Ballymoney High School have taken an interest in raising some very useful finances for the work of Rock ministries (NI) Trust. Ian and Phyllis visited the school in November and talked to the year 8 pupils about the work of RM(NI)T and explained the need among underprivileged children and families. The staff in the Mathematics and R E departments invited Ian and Phyllis, as in previous years, to provide this presentation as it was being used to assist the pupils in their Mathematics and R E curriculums. Once the pupils were aware of the need, they got to work in raising financial help and when Ian and Phyllis returned after Easter time, they were presented with an encouraging cheque for £286 which was to be used to update the kitchen at His Grace Ministries, Butangaala. This kitchen is an essential part of His Grace Primary School as well as the Church. The updated kitchen will provide a much safer and healthier environment for those who cook and will help to make a real difference. So a BIG THANK YOU goes to the pupils of Year 8 and their teachers for, once again, thinking about others who are so much less fortunate than themselves.
SAINTFIELD CHARITY CHRISTMAS RIDE
Saintfield has recently enjoyed yet another spectacle when almost 200 horses and riders paraded through the streets on Saturday 7 December for, what has become a Christmas tradition, the annual Charity Christmas Ride. Thanks to the organising ability of Joan Cunningham, Rock Ministries (NI) Trust will, once again, benefit from this charity event. The parade was led by a number of coaches drawn by Fresian horses, followed by numerous horses and riders dressed for the occasion in Santa outfits and other Christmas decorations. Those taking part met at the local market yard for mulled wine and mince pies before setting off on their ride through the town. Hundreds of shoppers and onlookers enjoyed the spectacle as the parade passed through the streets and gathered at the Christmas tree in the town. Those taking part then returned to the market yard for a well-deserved lunch. The weather was very favourable and so encouraged a large crowd of supporters for this now annual event. A big THANK YOU must go to Joan Cunningham for all the effort made in organising this annual event and also for securing sponsors. Photographs from this successful event can be seen below. A cheque was presented to Rock Ministries (NI) Trust in the New Year. Thank you Saintfield and thank you Joan! Well done! Those less well off than ourselves, in Uganda, will benefit from the generosity of the people of Saintfield and surrounding area!