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Nine days of Christian outreach entitled 'Rise & Shine' at Magheragall Parish Church

Nine days of Christian outreach entitled 'Rise & Shine' will be held in Magheragall Parish Church from Saturday 1st March until Sunday 9th March. The title for the Mission was taken from Isaiah 60:1 'Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun; the glory of the Lord is shining on you' and the programme is designed to share the good news of Jesus Christ within our church family and throughout the community.

Roger Murphy Paul Hoey Paul Woodman
Roger Murphy Paul Hoey Paul Woodman

The Missioners
The nine days of Christian outreach will be conducted by evangelists - Roger Murphy, Paul Hoey and Paul Woodman:

Roger Murphy
Roger is a Church Army Captain, who is an itinerant evangelist working for 'Through Faith Missions' and he lives in Warwick, England. He is married to Jill, an auxiliary nurse and they have two grown up children and two grandsons. Roger has been a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland for over 10 years leading missions across the province, since he first came on Walk Ulster in 1995. He is also a keen Chelsea fan!!!

Paul Hoey
Paul was born in Belfast but has lived for nearly 25 years in Co. Fermanagh. His wife is Sharon, and he has three grown up children, Ruth, Grace and Aaron.

Paul has been a Church of Ireland minister for over 28 years most of it in parish ministry in Belfast, Portadown and Fermanagh. Since 2003 he has been working with CPAS as Ministry Adviser for Ireland covering the whole island - preparing churches for outreach, training church leaders, facilitating churches for strategic planning and development and anything else that will help them be more effective in living and sharing the message of Christ in the local community.

Paul enjoys anything to do with music ' listening, playing, singing etc. - also general reading, travel, anything arty and Bono (his faithful dog) and has a passing interest in Liverpool football club.

Paul Woodman
Paul is a full-time leader in City Life Church, Southampton. He is married to Susannah and they have two children. He first started presenting the Christian message using escapology and illusions in 1989 and widely travels to speak at schools, community centres and prisons. Paul's main focus in Southampton is developing church projects that reach into the community, such as Splash working with children and CLEAR supporting refugees.

For the past year the Mission Planning Group have been preparing for the nine days of outreach and have drawn up, with the support of the parish organisations, a varied and exciting programme of events and services. In preparation for Rise & Shine and to enable us to share our faith naturally sixteen adults have participated in the Lost for Words Course by CPAS led by Paul Hoey and Marion Wilcox. Prayer has underpinned the preparations as we seek God's guidance, endeavour to honour the Lord and wait on the Holy Spirit to touch lives during our Mission.

Rise & Shine Mission Programme

Saturday 1st March 7.00pm Fun for all with supper

Sunday 2nd March 11.30am Mothering Sunday All Age Service
6.30pm Songs of Praise
8.00pm Actodus Youth Drama

Monday 3rd March 10.30pm Coffee Morning
6.00pm Kids' Club (Pre-School to P3)
8.00pm Girls Nite In

Tuesday 4th March 10.00am Spring Flowers with Roberta Orr
8.00pm Can't Cook, Won't Cook

Wednesday 5th March 10.00am Teddy Bears Picnic
1.45pm Senior Citizens' Club
7.00pm Lads & Dads Nite In

Thursday 6th March 10.30am Coffee Morning
6.00pm Kids' Club (P4 - P7)
7.30pm Bowled Over

Friday 7th March 10.30am Coffee Morning
6.00pm Kids' Club (P4 - P7)
7.30pm Couples Nite Out at Edenmore Golf Club

Saturday 8th March 8.30am Men's Breakfast
12 noon Spring Dander
3.00pm Race View - Karting for Young People
8.00pm Strictly Salsa and Supper

Sunday 9th March 10.15am Sunday School
11.30am Praise Service
6.30pm Thanksgiving Service (with Prayers for Healing and Blessing)

In addition to the events listed the Missioners will be visiting a number of schools in the area. Also, a presentation of the Christian Faith will be given at all events during the Mission week.

Further information from the Rector, the Rev Nicholas Dark, Tel: 028 9262 1273