Proximity - a new PCI resource

First Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney will be one of 5 centres in Ireland hosting a launch night for a new PCI resource called "Proximity". The event will be held on Monday 24th September, 2018.

Proximity is a series of small booklets providing relevant and challenging content for the context of relational discipleship. This resource is designed as coffee conversations ideal for either one-to-one or smaller discipleship groups and will provide biblical content and practical questions on a wide range of key discipleship themes.

Proximity will be available from this September and will be launched in several different locations across the denomination. These launch nights will happen in the locations where the “Disciple Makers Network” has taken place, aiming to follow up this training by putting a specific and practical resource into people’s hands.

The events will take place from 7:45pm - 9:30pm (with the exception of the Dublin event, which runs from 10.30am - 12.30pm) at the following dates and venues:

  • Tuesday, 18 September - Assembly Buildings, Belfast
  • Thursday, 20 September - Ballygawley Presbyterian Church, Ballygawley
  • Monday, 24 September - First Ballymoney Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney
  • Thursday, 27 September - Ballydown Presbyterian Church, Banbridge
  • Friday, 5 October - Lucan Centre, Dublin - (note this event begins at 10.30am)

The purpose of each launch night is to share the vision of Proximity, make the resource available and share some helpful ways of using it.

More information on the resource can be found on the PCI website by clicking here.

Rev Gareth MacLean bids farewell to First

Having just returned from a church mission trip to Johannesburg on Saturday 7th, Rev Gareth MacLean conducted his last service of morning worship as minister of First Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney on Sunday 8th July.

While Gareth acknowledged the import of the occasion, he reminded the congregation that the focus of the service was to meet with and worship God.

During the service, Grace Lee, who had also been on the mission team, brought an update about the team’s activities.

Gareth then preached a sermon based on Acts 2, comparing the positive elements of the work and witness of First to the early Christian church, encouraging the members to continue to model the early church. He recalled the progress that the church had made in terms of faith and outreach but he also used the opportunity to deliver a gospel call - to invite those who had yet to make a commitment of faith to accept Jesus as saviour. 

 Rev Gareth MacLean shaking hands with clerk of session Neil Robinson (right) flanked by Lara MacLean (far left) and Helen Murray (far right). (Photo: Andrew Robinson)

Rev Gareth MacLean shaking hands with clerk of session Neil Robinson (right) flanked by Lara MacLean (far left) and Helen Murray (far right). (Photo: Andrew Robinson)

Following the worship service, Neil Robinson, clerk of session, spoke fondly about Gareth’s time as minister of First before Helen Murray, church secretary, presented Gareth and Lara with a gift. 

 After the presentations, the congregation moved to the main hall to enjoy a bring and share lunch.  

 Gareth had this to say in a prepared statement on the church bulletin: "On this our final Sunday in First Ballymoney, we wish to express our love and gratitude for every member, for every conversation and for every experience that we have shared with you in our time here. It has been a privilege to serve here in First Ballymoney and see how God has been at work in us as a community as we have listened to His voice and stepped out in faith with Him. We are forever grateful for the grace, kindness, love, patience and generosity which you have shown to us as a family. With much love, Gareth, Lara, Karis, Archie and Lily."

 Bring and share lunch in the main hall

Bring and share lunch in the main hall

 Bring and share lunch in the main hall

Bring and share lunch in the main hall