First Presbyterian Church (Non-Subscribing), Newry
Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

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In January the Sunday School children, along with Sunday School teachers and parents attended the pantomime Beauty and the Beast in Newry Town Hall. An enjoyable evening was had by everyone. Thanks to Mrs Daryl Hempkin who organised the outing.

The repairs to the roof of our historic church building and the Warnock Hall have been completed. The restoration of the church boundary walls has also been completed and we have received many compliments regarding the visual impact the repairs have made on the local landscape.

We would like to thank Mr Keith Parke and Mr Sam Agnew for conducting our services on 7 January and 25 February respectively. On 24 February the Rev. Hutton officiated at the wedding of James Hanna and Heather Swiffen. We wish the newly-weds every happiness for the future.

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On Sunday, 17 December, a double christening service took place. Both Lily Abigail, daughter of Laura and Mark McCullough, and Charlotte Alice, daughter of Christine and Stuart Curran, were christened by the Rev. Norman Hutton, who patiently carried them around the church to introduce them to the congregation.

In keeping with tradition, the Sunday School and members of the congregation brought toys for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Christmas Eve Carol Service included a nativity drama by the Sunday School children; it was entitled A Christmas Pass the Parcel. This featured poems and singing, accompanied by the Manor Quartet, after which the children distributed sweets to the congregation. The choir sang the beautiful carol 'Child in a Manger' accompanied by the organist Mrs Madge McNelis. The service concluded with the singing of 'Jingle Bells' and 'Santa Claus'.

On Christmas Morning a short service was held at 11am, conducted by the Rev. Norman Hutton.

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The first commandment is this: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this: "You must love your neighbour as yourself." No other commandment is greater than these.

Mark 12:29-31

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17b