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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


'Connect 2008' - nine days of Christian outreach in Christ Church, Lisburn
Rev Paul Hoey Roger Murphy
Rev Paul Hoey Roger Murphy

Nine days of outreach entitled 'Connect' - will be held in Christ Church Parish on Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th February. The purpose of 'Connect' is to seek to connect people with the good news of Jesus Christ and connect one another in fellowship.

The mission team is Roger Murphy, Rev Paul Hoey, John O'Neill and Karen Webb. Roger Murphy, a Church Army Captain lives in Warwick, England. Rev Paul Hoey was formerly rector of Ballinamallard and now works full time for the Church Pastoral Aid Society. John O'Neill and Karen Webb are also with the Church Army and have a particular ministry to children and young people through puppets, juggling, clowning and music.

In a statement about 'Connect', the Rector, the Rev Paul Dundas said, 'We look forward to our own parishioners planning the witness and supporting the event, which is all backed up with prayer'. In terms of preparation for the outreach, 50 adults have participated in the 'Lost for Words Course' by CPAS which has as its slogan, 'Sharing faith naturally' and in January there will be prayer ministry training led by the Rev Pat Mollan'. Mr Dundas concludes, 'These are exciting times for us at Christ Church and we pray that under the Lord's leading, we will be fervent in our desire to honour the Lord in these days and see Him touching lives during the nine day of outreach in February'.

A variety of events and services are planned - some of them are as follows:

' A Barn Dance to kick off the 9 days on Saturday evening 16th February
' For the children there is a kids club each afternoon
' Lunchtime concert in the Church on Tuesday 19th February
' A Chocolate Heaven night for ladies on Wednesday 20th February
' A Soul Food Caf' for teenagers each afternoon - and - adults each evening
' An activities night (with lasers) for teenagers and men Thursday 21st February
' Family Fun day on Saturday 23rd February
' Sunday worship with Symington Memorial Silver Band on Sunday 24th February

Full details are on the Church's website: or by contacting the Rector at 028 92 662163.