Issue 47 www.trinitypresbyterianchurchomagh.co.uk June 2009 Inside this issue: GG Youth Club 2 NEW COMMUNICANTS GG Youth Club 3 Sunday School Project 4 CCAP Project 5 1st Omagh BB 6 1st Omagh BB 7 Simon Duff 8 Youth in Focus 9 GG BBQ 10 GG BBQ 11 GG BBQ 12 Presbyterian News 13 Trinity Book in Canada 14 Pictured here are the latest new Communicants in Trinity Church. They are: Trinity Book in Canada 15 Front L-R Keshia Eccles, Julie Parke, Lauren Eccles and Rachael Eccles Rear L-R Aaron Carson, Adam Moore and Darryl Gilchrist. Neighbourhood Watch 16 Chatterbox Playgroup 17 Why?? 18 Paul Bell 19 2nd Youth 20 2nd Youth 21 2nd Youth 22 2nd Youth 23 Jengana Charity in Kenya 24 Jengana Charity in Kenya 25 Jengana Charity in Kenya 26 Young Communicants from Gillygooley who were received into the Church Trinity GB and PW 27 are L-R David Fleming, Dale Elliot, Ashley McIlwaine, Naomi Hannigan, Adam Stevenson, Emma Mills, Alex McKinley, Morgan Semple and Aimee Summer arrangements 28 Gault. Page 2 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 Gillygooley Youth Club This year the club broke with tradition and ended the season with a special evening of fun activities followed by presentation of awards. This replaced the usual Parents & Friends night which due to the large membership of the club has become impractical to organise within the limitations of the Orange Hall. Instead a night of fun was organised using bouncy castles, gladiator castles, Sumo wrestling costumes and rings. The club has experienced another very successful year such was the number enrolled in the Senior Club that membership had to be closed early in the season. The clubs success can be greatly accredited to Jennifer O’Donnell, Leader-In-Charge, for her unfailing dedication and faithfulness to those in her charge. This is a voluntary commitment which one trusts is recognised by parents and young people. She is ably assisted by Bernie Liggett, Linzi Smyth, David McKinley and Raymond King who also give great service to the Club. Members and Management are sorry to be losing Bernie Liggett who resigned at the end of the season. Bernie has given 11 years of her spare time as a voluntary leader and her endearing personality and ability to work with all age groups made her a valued member of the team. Bernie became involved in the club as a stranger but left as a friend and colleague to all who know her. “Many thanks for your commitment and service to the Community” Enjoying Sumo Wrestling are L-R Ryan Jessica Sproule (centre) tries her Sumo suit for McFarland, Stephen Hemphill, Craig Burrows, size watched by L-R Claire Watson, Carol Gary Donaldson and Mark Clements. Fleming and Rachel Armstrong. L-R Reece Stewart and Callum O’Donnell do L-R Kylie Nethery, Megan Harpur and Emily some Sumo Wrestling on the clubs closing night. Gault take time-out for our photographer. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 3 Bernie Liggett presents the Junior Personality award of the year to joint winners Nicola Some members of the senior club wait for the Hemphill and Chloe Donnell also in photograph prize winners to be announced. Jennifer O’Donnell, Leader-In-Charge. Leaders David McKinley, Bernie Liggett and Members of Gillygooley Primary Youth Club Jennifer O’Donnell join some junior members for with leaders and assistants. a photo call before prize presentation. L-R Leaders David McKinley, Jennifer L-R Katherine Graham and Emma McFarland O’Donnell and Raymond King take a break from pose for the camera at the youth club. leadership duties. Page 4 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 Sunday School and Bible Class Project During 2008/2009, the children and young people of Trinity and Gillygooley have been collecting money for Treasure Box - The Youth and Sunday School Project of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland for 2008/2009. All Sunday School teachers or Youth Leaders understand the importance of having good quality resources to help in the task of sharing the Christian message with the next generation. It is easy for us to take for granted the huge number of resources we have available to us here in Ireland. In Malawi, where the majority of people live below the poverty line and struggle to have enough food to feed their families, there are few if any curriculum resources available. This year, we are partnering with Christians in Malawi who share our concern and passion for the work amongst children and young people The money collected for the project will be used to provide: 1. A new curriculum and resources to be used with children and young people from 2-18 years old. 2. Support the work of the newly formed Sunday School Committee in the Synod of Livingstonia. 3. Training programmes in relation to the new curriculum for Sunday School teachers and youth leaders. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 5 Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Introduction to the CCAP ¨ Formed in 1924 ¨ 1st Presbyterian Missionary arrived in 1958 ¨ 500 congregations ¨ 600,000 members ¨ 3 autonomous Synods in Malawi: Blantyre, Livingstonia and Nkhoma Ministries of the CCAP ¨ 11 secondary schools ¨ 2 colleges ¨ 5 hospitals ¨ Evangelism and Christian Training ¨ Development and Relief work Youth and Children’s Ministry The church takes very seriously work amongst children and young people. Rev Stephen Bota leads the work of the Sunday School Department and will be key in ensuring the resources provided through the Treasure Box Project are made available to local congregations. The CCAP also places a high priority on work among students in secondary schools, colleges and universities. Many students in these institutions come to faith in Jesus Christ through the work of the chaplains. Evangelism and Christian Training Due to the critical need for ministers, all three Synods have started their own theological courses in Ekwendeni, Nkhoma and Zomba. These colleges provide training in relevant subjects for ministers. The Synods also have Lay Training Centres where short courses for elders, youth leaders and Sunday School teachers are offered. Healthcare 40% of Malawi’s healthcare needs are being met by the churches, including the CCAP’s five hospitals. These hospitals are responsible for a network of dispensaries and primary healthcare clinics. The CCAP also runs Nurse Training Schools at Ekewendeni, Nkhoma and Mulanje. Development and Relief Development and Relief, especially in relation to HIV/Aids, is a growing ministry in the Synods and is taking place in both urban and rural areas. In these areas they are seeking to alleviate poverty through:- ¨ Community-based orphan care and support for child-headed families. ¨ Training in agriculture, rural development and livelihood security. ¨ Adult literacy and relief in designated areas. ¨ Communication and education programme. ¨ HIV/AIDS education, prevention, care, counselling and testing. Page 6 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 1st OMAGH BOYS’ BRIGADE ANNUAL INSPECTION AND DISPLAY The Annual Inspection and display of 1st Omagh Boys’ Brigade took place recently in the Rowan Hall, First Omagh Presbyterian church. A large turnout of Parents and family were entertained by the members of the 3 sections Anchor, Junior and Company. The boys were inspected by Mrs Nuala Robinson Captain of 2nd Enniskillen Company of the Boys’ Brigade. Mrs Robinson also presented the boys with their awards which they achieved during the session. The major awards were presented to the following boys: ANCHOR BOYS Best Team: Andrew Kerr, Cameron Black, Adam McFarland, Tyler Buchanan and Jamie Wood. Best Sports Team: Charlie Fleming, Andrew Kerr, Adam McFarland, Matthew Kerr, Jamie Wood and Adam Wood. Best Boy: Jamie Wood. Best New Boy: Aaron Freedman. Youngest Boy: Aaron Freedman. Best Collector: Cameron Black (£74.80) Anchor Boy competition: Matthew Kerr and Jamie Wood. Promotion to Junior Section: Graham Carson, Cameron Black, Andrew Kerr and Charlie Fleming. JUNIOR SECTION Best Squad: James Rutledge, Luke Stockdale, Jack Hall and Graeme McGonigle. st Best 1 Year: Graeme McGonigle. Best 2nd Year: Matthew Hill. rd Best 3 Year: Sam McFarland. Best Sportsman: Luke Stockdale. Best Achiever: Sam McFarland. Best Maze Marching: Graeme McGonigle. Promotion to Company Section: James Rutledge, Kyle Swann, Adam Moore and Sam McFarland. COMPANY SECTION Stage 1 Scripture: Andrew Monteith. Stage 2 Scripture: John Kerr. Stage 4 Scripture: Stuart Graham. Overall Scripture: John Kerr. Proficiency Award Scripture: Matthew McKernan. Under 15 10 pin bowling winner: Matthew McKernan. Over 15 10 pin bowling winner: Stuart Graham and Catherine Barton. Best Recruit: Andrew Monteith. Best Boy: Stuart Graham. Promotions: L/Cpl; William Barton. Cpl: Stuart Graham. Sergeant: Jason Sproule and Matthew Alexander. Presidents Badge: Aaron Carson and Stuart Graham. Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze: Aaron Carson, Stuart Graham, Jason Sproule, Matthew Alexander Catherine Barton and Natasha Lyons. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 7 Anchor Boy Section with Leaders. Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award L-R Stuart Graham, Aaron Carson, Catherine Barton, Natasha Lyons, Jason Sproule and Matthew Alexander. Company Section Boys with Inspecting Officer Mrs Nuala Robinson. Presidents Badge L-R Aaron Carson with Heather Carson (Mother) and Stuart Graham with Barbara Graham (Mother). Junior Section Boys with Leaders. Page 8 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 www.rnib.org.uk Many thanks to both congregations of Trinity and Gillygooley for their most generous donations towards The Royal National Institute of the Blind recently. A collective amount of £2,254 was raised over this past year of fundraising, and 25% of this came from donations within both churches – an amazing sum! Peoples’ generosity never ceases to amaze me!! Street collections took place in both Belfast and Omagh, and several events were held within my university – Stranmillis; though the people of Trinity/Gillygooley were most kind. Donations came from several sources - boxes were put within both churches, a tea/coffee morning was held at Trinity, a donation was made from First Omagh Boy's Brigade and even individuals made personal donations to members of my family. I, as well as the 2 million blind people in the UK, are sincerely grateful for your benevolence. On Sunday 26th April I completed the event that everyone had been sponsoring me for, the London Marathon (dressed as Mr Incredible!), in 3 hours and 50 minutes. One of the best days of my life, but more importantly one that raised a substantial amount for several charities, not only the RNIB. On 4th May, my flatmates and I ran the Belfast Marathon relay in 3 hours and 54 minutes. Another thoroughly enjoyable day, Simon Duff collecting outside the City Hall with and another day his university friends, Gillian Chapman, Andrew for greater McKillop and Paul Stewart. causes. There are 2 million people in the UK with a sight problem and every day another 100 people will start to lose their sight. 96% of books aren’t available in Braille. It takes approximately £400 to educate a blind child for a year. YOUR money HAS helped RNIB rebuild lives devastated by sight loss. I am proud of US. www.justgiving.com/simonduff is my fundraising website. There readers of this article can make a donation, witness the grand total and see who all donated. It expires as a functional forum to donate three months after the event (26th July) though people can still go to Simon, aka Mr Incredible, with it and see the total and who all donated, beyond this date. another marathon runner, Sally Ames, who was also running in Eternal gratitude, aid of the RNIB. Simon Duff Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 9 YOUTH IN FOCUS The importance of support and understanding for young people especially twelve years to mid twenties should always be recognised and supported by parents, teachers and youth leaders and those with responsibility in our society. These are particularly difficult years for our youth as they strive to establish their own particular identity and independence. We live in a culture with its strong materialistic and consumerist influences and never before have our youth been subjected to such pressure. In this issue we focus on three young girls who are members of Gillygooley congregation and who share of their time in the hall in support of others. Leah - is a third year pupil at Omagh Academy where she is studying H.E. and I.T. she is a member of the school choir and also plays in the school hockey team. She is a member of Mountjoy Girls Brigade and completing her bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Samantha – is also a member of Mountjoy Girls Brigade and completing her bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. She is also a third year student at Omagh Academy and her ambition is to become a Speech Therapist working with children. Samantha also plays football for Cappagh Spurs Ladies team. Cappagh Spurs was formed in the 1960’s by the Young Farmers Club of the same name. Their A team played at Balmoral Show in May winning the competition. Samantha played in the B Team which also played at Balmoral. She has also a keen interest in drama and is a member of Cappagh Young Farmers Club. Stacey - is the third girl featured in our youth slot a 6th lower student at Omagh High School whose ambition is to become either a teacher orthopist. She plays in the school netball team and enjoys music and travel. During the summer she is planning to travel with friends to Salou. Stacey has joined the Sunday School Teachers Team and is responsible for P1 and P2. She is currently learning to drive and waiting patiently to pass her test and take to the open road. In her spare time she assists in her mother’s Dry Cleaning business. For Leah, Samantha and Stacey life is just beginning as they develop their young skills and it is (Left – right) Leah McIlwaine, Samantha McCauley and Stacey Hemphill who assist in the running of Gillygooley Primary Youth wonderful to see them contribute Club and Jennifer O’Donnell, Leader-in- charge of the club says to the church and community in ‘their help and support to her in the primary club is invaluable.’ which they live. Page 10 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 ANNUAL BARBECUE IN GILLYGOOLEY The barbecue which has become the annual social success in the calendar of Gillygooley Congregation attracted an attendance of 250 plus members and friends. It was a time for fellowship when families could meet with friends and neighbours and forget their hectic and high pressured life style. A profit of over £2,900 was raised for Church Funds. Thanks is expressed to everyone who contributed and supported the event either by the provision of food or their help on the night. A special word of thanks is due to the Fleming family who made a major contribution to the event including the organising and planning. Ethel and Joe King enjoying the barbecue. ‘At work in the kitchen’ Sandra and Margaret Hemphill. Looking very relaxed are Sharon and Adrian McFarland and Robert Walker. ‘One of the key players’ Malcolm Fleming busy Looking relaxed after their meal (left-right) Jean at work. Lemon and Pansy Creery. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 11 ‘Anyone more for salads’ (left-right) Beverley Andrew Scott brought along his Scottish visitors Fleming, Dorothy King, Claire McKernan, Ross and Morag Duguid to the barbecue. Rosemary King and Iris Moffitt-Scott. ‘Young enjoy the craic also’ (left-right) Aimee Hannigan with friends Demi Watson and Judith Campbell at the Church barbecue. Looking relaxed after their meal are (left) Eileen Fleming and daughter Shirley. ‘Time to relax’ (left-right) Jacqueline Crawford, ‘Oh Rev Herron is that right!’ asks Katherine Florence Forbes and Lila Crawford. Moore with husband Jonathan at the barbecue. Page 12 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 ‘I am only joking Irene.’ says Ann (left-right) ‘Where’s my pudding’ asks Gerald McCauley as Irene Brown, Beatrice Alexander and Anne he and Irene relax at the barbecue. Moore. Young and old enjoyed the annual church barbecue (left – right) Alex McKinley, Emma McFarland, Grace O’Neill and Lisa Hemphill. Ben and Lorna Kerr are captured by our camera at the Church barbecue. ‘Food at Last’ time for the helpers to dine (left- right) Dorothy King, Malcolm and Myrtle ‘Standing room only’ at the Gillygooley McKinley enjoy their meal. barbeque as Karen Hannigan discovered. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 13 Presbyterian News in Brief By Gillygooley Correspondent Supporting Presbyterian Mission The Board of Mission in Ireland has tasked themselves with taking the gospel to six million people. Nightlight works on Belfast’s Golden Mile every weekend taking the opportunity to show practical Christian love and support. In Mullingar, Co. Westmeath the local Presbyterian congregation now meets in the school because there is not enough room in the Church to hold all who come to Sunday morning worship. Teaching English to immigrants in Kilkenny has led to gospel conversions with students and most of the class now attending “Christianity Explored” courses in the Church. Christian Training Over forty students are currently in training for the ordained ministry with ten due to be licensed this June. The Board of Christian Training takes responsibility for this and through the Students Bursary Fund the United Appeal finances student training and living allowances. This is but a brief synopsis of the work which your contribution to United Appeal supports. Each Congregation is set a target so please give generosity in your “United Appeal” envelopes. General Assembly The General Assembly commences on Monday 1st June in Church House when Rev. Dr. Stafford Carson will be installed as Moderator. Useful Contacts for Gillygooley If you require support or information regarding Gillygooley Presbyterian Church or Gillygooley Youth & Community Development Association please contact the following: Gillygooley Presbyterian Church – Rev. Robert Herron Tel: 82243 776 Sunday School – Beverly Tel: 82247 047 Gillygooley Youth & Community Development Association – Andrew Tel: 82242 895 Gillygooley Youth Club – Jennifer Tel: 82241 831 Gillygooley 2nd Youth (50+ club) - Iris Tel: 82242 895 Chatterbox Playgroup - Linda Tel: 82243 146 Gillygooley Community Choir - Andrew Tel: 82242 895 Gillygooley Community Alert – Fred Tel: 82242 708 Eric Tel: 82246 511 Gillygooley Walking Club – Iris Tel: 82242 895 Diane Tel: 82246 553 Gillygooley Pipe Band (piping or drumming lessons) – William Tel: 82248 494 Gillygooley LOL 339 – Raymond Tel: 82831 444 Fairy Water Farmers Group – Mervyn Tel: 82831 355 Gillygooley Primary School – Tel: 82242 932 Page 14 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 TRINITY BOOK GOES TO CANADA Descendant of former Minister finds us on the internet The Trinity book, which was published in 2004, has found its way to Canada! A great-great-great grand-daughter of one of Trinity’s former Ministers has contacted us, after seeing a reference to the book on the internet. As the family genealogist, Elaine Paul decided that for her the book was a “must have”. Her ancestor was Rev Josias Mitchell who was ordained as our third Minister in 1842. It was during his time that our first Church that had been built in 1752, was demolished and rebuilt on the same site. That was in 1856 when the new Church was erected in nine months for the princely Elaine Paul with “The People of Trinity” sum of £857. Rev Mitchell was central to the planning and fund raising that went into this major and very successful project. The beautiful Church building that we have today is a fine testament to his efforts. Rev Mitchell retired in 1879 after 37 years and he passed away three years later. The book correctly reported that Rev Mitchell had three daughters who had married Presbyterian clergymen. One of these was Margaret who married Rev Samuel Paul who was, at that time, the minister of Gillygooley - perhaps the first indications of the possibilities surrounding the bonding of our two congregations! Elaine Paul has provided us with photographs of her Great-great-great grandfather, Rev Mitchell, his wife and of the Rev Paul and his wife, the aforesaid Margaret. She has also forwarded a photo of herself reading the Trinity book (see above). Finally, we are printing below the contents of a letter received from Elaine Paul giving further information on her family and sending greetings to the people of Trinity. She writes: “I have been thrilled to receive the excellent book from Trinity Presbyterian Church. I shouldn't have told my other members about it! They are already wanting to know when I’ll have finished reading it so I can pass it on. The Mitchells had 8 daughters and I am wondering if any of their descendents are still in the Omagh area. In the 60's a great-aunt wrote a list of the daughters, their husbands & children: Dorothea - didn't marry. Mary - married Rev. George MacFarland, who was the minister at Fitzwilliam Park Presbyterian, Belfast Martha - married Andrew Sproule, Brookhill, Omagh Anna - married William Houston, he had a hardware & grocery shop in Omagh Nina - didn't marry, worked at Victoria College (a "ladies' school") Margaret O. - married Rev. Samuel Paul, Gilleygooley, Omagh ( married in Londonderry) Kate - married Rev. John Courtenay Clarke, Galway Presbyterian Audrina - married Robert Harper, bank manager in Raphoe? (handwriting is difficult to read), Co. Donegal Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 15 The list also includes the names of the children and grand-children from the marriages. If these names ring bells with any members of the congregation I'd be happy to forward the information I have. Of my great-grandfather Rev. Samuel Paul's eight children, two died in infancy, another at age 27 and the other five emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. One of the brothers started an apparel Margaret O. Mitchell, wife of Rev Samuel Paul. manufacturing company in Rev Samuel Paul. Peterborough, Ont., two more brothers joined him a few years after. They moved the company to Montreal some time later. When Rev. Paul died in 1904, my great- grandmother and the last two children came to Canada. She died in Montreal in 1927. Of course the immigrant generation has all passed away & of the second generation of eight only one is left, Norman Stanley-Paul who is now about 83. I believe that Norman had some Margaret Orr, wife of correspondence with Rev. Rev Josias Mitchell. Rev Josias Mitchell. Herron about 10 years ago. Although the clerical vocation skipped a couple of generations in Canada, it did pop up again in my generation - a second cousin (also a Paul) went back to university in her 30's to study divinity and was ordained as a United Church of Canada minister (a cross between Presbyterians and Methodists). My generation includes 13 Mitchell/Paul descendents...I think. I'm still working on the family tree! We've all had children so the branches of the tree continue to spread. Nearly all of us live in or around Montreal and Toronto. And now you know what happened to one branch of the Mitchells. Best regards to all at Trinity, Omagh Elaine Paul Page 16 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME - A reminder Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership between the police and the local community, supported by the local Community Safety Partnership and the District Policing Partnership. Its aim is to help people protect themselves and their property and reduce the fear of crime. Greater Gillygooley Neighbourhood Watch area is bounded on the north by the Fairy Water river and on the west by the Laght and Drumbarley roads. The southern boundary is the Botera, Falskey and Mullaghmena roads while the eastern boundary is the Beltany road, including Watson Park and Coneywarren. This is a large area containing upwards of 300 homes. Being mainly rural in nature, and in some parts quite isolated, it is most important that we all play our part by being the eyes and ears of our community as we go about our daily routines. By being more aware, and by looking out for each other, we can help deter criminal activity and promote a safer and more caring neighbourhood. ¨ Neighbourhood Watch should be a community team effort. ¨ For the scheme to have maximum effect it is up to us all to ‘Observe, Help, Report’ ¨ Prompt, accurate reporting of suspicious activity is the key to success. This is best done by ringing Omagh police directly on  8224 6177 or, totally anonymously, through Crimestoppers on free phone 0800555111 or by contacting Fred Chambers on 07801282534. Our Link Officer is Constable Robert Walker Tel.  8224 6177 Ext.56165 or Mob.07765 965846. The following extracts from various Community Safety leaflets give us a few ideas on how to help protect our properties and make it more difficult for the thief. ¨ Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. If you lost your keys how would you get in? If YOU could get in fairly easily so could the burglar. ¨ We tend to be more careless about our home security in summer weather as we spend more time working or relaxing outside. Keep your property secure even if you are nearby. ¨ Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. In two out of ten burglaries thieves don’t even have to use force to get in. They enter through an open door or window. ¨ In two thirds of all burglaries, entry is gained through a door - locked or unlocked. Lock all doors securely even if you are in the house. ¨ Garages and sheds often contain valuable tools or equipment. Never leave them unlocked, especially if they have a connecting door to the house, as thieves could then work at the door inside without being seen. ¨ Most burglaries take place when a house is empty. Make it look like you are at home when you are not. ¨ Many burglars are deterred from breaking into a home if a burglar alarm has been fitted. A properly fitted alarm can be money well spent. Most callers at your home are genuine but ‘If in doubt- keep them out’ If they have an Identity card with them get it checked, before letting them in, by calling ‘Quick Check’ on Free phone 0800 0132290. ‘Quick Check’ is a 24 hour service. They will contact the police on your behalf if the identity is not genuine. Communicating important information quickly is very difficult - especially over a wide area such as ours. To help overcome this problem a new system, known as Ringmaster, is to be introduced this summer. If people wish, they can have their home telephone number or mobile number and/or their e-mail address entered on this system. They can then be informed instantly by text message or e mail regarding any matter which concerns their own area - such as bogus callers operating or a spate of break-ins which have occurred or, in the case of business premises, about counterfeit notes in circulation or shoplifters operating. This system has proved very successful in other areas. If you wish to be included on this system, registration forms will soon be available from Omagh District Council Offices ,the local Police station or from local Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators. Fred Chambers and Eric Crawford Gillygooley Neighbourhood Watch coordinators Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 17 Chatterbox Playgroup – by Linda Hunter The summer term began in earnest with another child joining the Playgroup bringing our numbers to twelve this year. The first trip of the term was to the Ulster American Folk Park where the children learned a little about the emigration to America. This event was organised by the Early Years Organisation and was enjoyed by all. The children have been busy exploring the topic of Pets and Sea Creatures for the last few weeks culminating in a trip to Jolly's pet shop to purchase some goldfish for the Playschool, which were kindly donated by Jolly’s. Wok has now begun on our next project and this is the development of an Outdoor Play Area (permission kindly granted by the Community Development Association). The work is being carried out by Mr Sandy Brown and we thank him for his help in this project. Out last fundraising event was held at the end of March and was our Spring Holey, a good night was had by all and we raised a very profitable £900. A big thank you to all who supported this event. Our next fundraiser is a Sponsored Walk around Baronscourt Estate on 5th June. All money raised from this will be donated to The Paul Ward in the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children. This ward specialises in caring for children who have Brain Surgery or injuries to the head. June is going to be a very busy month for the children as in addition to their usual curriculum and sponsored walk they are having a sports day and end of year trip and on their final day of term a Graduation Ceremony for those who are leaving. If you know of anyone who would like to join the Playgroup please contact Karen Alexander (8224 2006 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) or Linda Hunter (07840 996922) Back left-right) Trenda Cranshaw, Cheryl Pollock Leaders, Parents and children getting ready to (Front left –right) Karen Alexander, Sam Beattie board the ship to learn about emigration to Freddie Vincent, Marianne Alexander, Lauren America at the Early Years event held at The Hunter, Jodie Crankshaw, Gareth Forsythe, Ulster American Folk Park. Jessica Sterritt at Jolly’s Petshop. Omagh Churches’ Forum One in Christian Fellowship Churches’ Exploring Life Together this is the motto of the Omagh Churches’ Forum it is representative of all the main churches within the Omagh District Council area. The Forum has recently designed and produced an information brochure of churches within the area. This will be placed in The Tourist Information Office, Library and other public places and will be useful to visitors or anyone coming to reside in the area. A book is currently being considered to record past memories from The Ulster Project. If you have been a participant and would like to contribute an article to the book contact your church representative who for Gillygooley Presbyterian Church is Iris Moffitt-Scott Tel 8224 2895. The Forum has submitted a response regarding the disgraceful treatment of front line staff that have transferred to the Erne and Altnagelvin Hospitals. The Forum meets bi-monthly anyone interested in being involved should contact Rev Robert Herron or Iris. Page 18 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 WHY DO I DO THIS EVERYDAY? I wish to share with readers the following which was drawn to my attention recently. A graffitist carefully inscribed on a hoarding beside a busy motorway “Why do I do this everyday?” It is assumed it has been written by a commuter who daily sits in traffic gridlock as is a common experience when attempting to enter a capital city at rush hour. We can easily imagine the weary driver as he inches along the busy motorway muttering to him/her self why do I do this everyday? But many who never experience motorway congestion ask themselves the same question as they rush off to a daily toil. What is the rationale for daily toil? Three suggestions are relevant to this matter Therapy Work is a form of therapy. There is a sort of psychological salvation in the routine of daily chores. Work is part of God’s plan for fulfilled human beings. Work keeps us from three great evils Boredom, vice and want Those who anticipate retirement as unending idleness may learn that boredom can easily set in. The best way to kill time is to work it to death. Livelihood We have to work for our living. Unlimited money and unlimited time in which to spend it puts massive pressures on one’s moral values and self-discipline. Most of us have to provide for others and so we work for money. The ditty used by the Seven Dwarfs comes to mind as we work to meet our financial commitments. “I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go.” Working for pay and providing for others has a dignity and helps ones self esteem “Isn’t it funny!” · Funny how long an hour is when spent in Church, but how short it is when we are at a party, fishing or golfing! · Funny how we applaud when the football match goes overtime, but complain if Sunday worship is longer than the regular time! · Funny how a small draught in Church can be a matter of concern but standing for nearly two hours at a football match in wintry conditions is never an occasion for complaint! · Funny that when a meeting of a secular nature clashes with one which has been arranged to deal with Church matters, the Church takes second place! · Funny how labourious it is to read a chapter in the bible, but how easy it is to read a 300-page novel! · Funny how much difficulty some have learning the simple Gospel well enough to tell others; but how simple it is for the same people to understand and explain malicious gossip about someone! · Funny how parents are concerned about school lessons; but are sometimes unconcerned about Sunday School lessons! · Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided he/she doesn’t have to believe, or to think, or to say, or to do anything! All this would be funny………if it were not so tragically true! Gillygooley Correspondent. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 19 PAUL BELL By Margaret Simms Paul, you will remember, worked hard on behalf of the congregation last summer cleaning the outside of the church. Paul started off at Gillygooley, going to Sunday School, Youth Club, Church Pipe Band, till he moved to Omagh and Trinity at the age of 14. He admits that he is not a great attender, but he does have his faith and Christian values mean a lot to him and his family. Paul's conversation is dominated by references to his wife Heather and his two sons, Robbie and Tom, particularly to Robbie, for reasons which will become evident. Robbie, 5½ has had a lot of problems since he was born. In his first year he had constant seizures and in his second year he had constant surgery. In his third year he started to develop. Now he can walk pretty well holding someone's hand and he can feed himself. He doesn't talk. He gets physio and he gets occupational therapy from school. Once a week he goes to Buddy Bears in Dungannon. This facility is really for children with cerebral palsy, but because Robbie's condition is muscle- related, going to Buddy Bears has helped him. Paul's wife Heather has worked hard with Robbie and anyone knowing their son over some time can see that he is doing really well. Robbie went through 23 operations in the space of 15 months and Paul classes him as a 'wee hero'. “He's got a brilliant attitude and a brilliant personality” according to his dad. He's been nominated for a bravery award (from the William McKeown Trust). He went to Bangor on 9th June to receive that. One regret which Paul has is that his father saw Robbie at his worst and didn't live to see his progress. Being in hospital and seeing so much pain gone through by children and their families, Paul says that he and Heather are very lucky, because Robbie is at home with them now and has no more seizures. Robbie's illness has taken them to Altnagelvin, the Royal (where they had a great rapport with the doctors), Great Ormond Street in London and the Alderhey in Liverpool. He says of the hospitals that you couldn't pay the staff enough and you couldn't thank them enough. He is aware that the fantastic support they received from their parents and lots of family here and in England played a big role in helping them. Paul has a 'strong suspicion' that a lot of people in the church were praying for Robbie. He's very appreciative of this. Heather is a 'rock' to Paul and he can't sing her praises highly enough. She's 'honest and caring and beautiful' according to her husband. Having your child operated on so many times, and in such traumatic circumstances, is not easy. It puts a great strain on a relationship. But they have come through well. Robbie now enjoys watching sport, watching other children play and engaging in a bit of rough and tumble, especially with his father! His grandmother takes him to church when she goes. Tom is 2½ years old. He loves adventure, loves going out in the car. He has a great imagination and can play happily on his own. He loves his toy farm animals and tractors. There's not much time for hobbies for the adults in this household, but Paul gets away with being an active Rangers fan. He supports Spurs too, but “It's cheaper to go to Glasgow!” We talk about sectarianism. It's now controlled, he says. (You get arrested, your name and address is reported to the club and you get banned for life.) For Paul, the important factors are “the goals, the players, the squad, who made the goals, who made the mistake.” He takes his football very seriously, but he maintains that he can still sit back and have a laugh about it. At the end of the day, it's Heather and the boys which are all important to Paul. I'm looking forward to meeting these boys! Page 20 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 OUT AND ABOUT WITH 2ND YOUTH As the winter programme of activities draws to a close, members can reflect on another very successful season. Gillygooley 2nd Youth (50+ club) is now in its fifth year and continues to attract membership from a wide area. In addition to the monthly meetings members attend and participated in various other activities. A computer class for beginners has recently been completed and was run over a ten week period and part funded by Lloyds T.S.B. In March the club hosted the “Big Telly” spring chicken project which focussed on a broad range of theatrical skills. They are a professional touring theatre company who deliver theatre productions workshops etc. Several soup lunches were held in the Orange Hall with various speakers and musicians in attendance. This was especially appreciated by those who do not wish to leave their homes in the dark cold nights of winter. New Age Kurling was played on Tuesday nights with great enthusiasm and organised by Jean McCutcheon. On Easter Monday a group of members travelled to Ayrshire in Scotland where they spent 4 days touring which included a day on Isle of Arran viewing the spectacular scenery, a visit to Culzean Castle and Gardens and a day in Glasgow. It was with much sadness that members learned of the sudden death of their esteemed member Enid Mitchell on Sunday 26th April and extend to her husband James and extended family their deepest sympathy. A large number of members from the club attended Enid’s funeral in Sixmilecross Free Presbyterian Church on Wednesday 29th April. Relaxing at one of the soup lunches are L-R Lily Viewing the dancing after the soup lunch are L-R Ewing, Meta McFarland, Ellen McConnell and Sadie Clements, Harold Brunt, Eva Moffitt, Gladys Hamilton. Carol Brunt and Lily Ewing. Eric Crawford and Irene Brown have time for a L-R Gladys Hamilton, Dorothy King and Irene chat as they attend to the washing-up after the Brown busy in the kitchen. soup lunch. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 21 Renewing old friendships, left and centre, Robbie and Myra Alexander with members of Clonleigh and Lifford who were guests at one of the soup Some of the helpers at the soup lunches are L-R lunches. Olive Dunlop, Iris Moffitt-Scott, Margaret Hemphill, Dorothy King, Lily Nethery and Eric Crawford. Peggy Fyffe (left) and Betty Thompson (right) ‘Many hands make light work’ In the kitchen pause from their soup to talk to Iris Moffitt-Scott. after the soup lunch are L-R Elizabeth McGavigan, Olive Dunlop, Phyllis Donald, Margaret Hemphill and Sadie Clements. Some of the members who participated in the computer classes in the Orange Hall L-R Veronica Daly, Olive Dunlop, Margaret L-R Edith Hemphill, Mary Elkin and Sadie Hemphill and Gertie Short. Clements enjoying their soup lunch. Page 22 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 Some members of 2nd Youth as they await the departure of their boat to the Isle of Arran, L-R Ivan Cooper, Philip Elkin, Iris Moffitt-Scott, Margaret Hemphill, Andrew Scott, Lila and Eric Crawford and Edith Hemphill. Jean McCutcheon who organised the weekly New Age Kurling activities lines up her shot. Beautiful Culzean Castle sets an ideal backdrop for this photograph of Gillygooley 2nd Youth members they are L-R Philip Elkin, Edith and Margaret Hemphill, Harold and Carol Brunt, Iris Moffitt-Scott and Lila and Eric Crawford. New Age Kurling proved an important pass-time for members of 2nd Youth during the winter months. Photographed L-R Philip Elkin, Iris Moffitt-Scott, Sandy Brown, Lily Thompson, Edith Hemphill, Jean McCutcheon, Hazel L-R Joan Cummings, Noleen McClelland and McKelvey and Margaret Hemphill. Edith Hemphill view intensively the proceedings Front L-R Thelma Harkness and Sadie Clements. of the “Big Telly” project. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 23 L-R Demonstrator from “Big Telly,” Andrew Scott, Isobel Crawford, Iris Moffitt-Scott, Edith Members of Gillygooley Young Enterprise, Hemphill, Jean Cummings and Noleen Grace O’Neill, Morgan Semple (left) and Ashley McClelland at one of the workshops in McIlwaine (right) advise Iris Moffitt-Scott and Gillygooley Orange Hall which was part of the Olive Dunlop at a meeting of 2nd Youth how to “Big Telly” touring road show. play the Wii on the T.V screen. GILLYGOOLEY 2nd YOUTH VISIT SEAT OF LEARNING Gillygooley 2nd Youth (50+ club) joined with Killycurragh Senior Citizens Club to travel to the two day exhibition at Queen’s University Belfast on 29th and 30th April. The exhibition entitled ‘Young at Heart Retirement Living’ was celebrating its 12th anniversary. The exhibition offered a host of ideas ranging from home security, travel and leisure, health and wellbeing, money and investments etc. For gardeners John Cushnie gave talks and demonstrations on gardening on a budget. Members were also able to avail of the guided tours of Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens. The clubs’ travelled by coach ending the day in the Silverbirch Hotel for their evening meal. Some members of Gillygooley 2nd Youth and Killycurragh Senior Citizens club at Queens University. Page 24 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 JENGANA TRIP TO KENYA by Gillian Moore During the Easter holidays I set off for Kenya as part of a group of 4 adults visiting projects supported by the Jengana Charity. The name Jengana is a Swahili term that means “building each other”. The aim of the charity is “to make better the lives of people who are in less fortunate positions in life and to challenge those around us to do the same.” Mukuru is a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi city where approximately 600,000 people live tightly packed in corrugated iron huts amongst sewage, rubbish and with no sanitation. Disease and illness are rife and HIV/AIDS is extremely common. While in Mukuru we visited an informal school which provides basic education for children who otherwise would not be attending school. The children are from families who are barely able to feed or clothe their children never mind provide school fees. The project runs the school in a corrugated iron hut with 4 classrooms. These classrooms are tiny, with around 10 desks in each yet around 70 children are taught in each one at a time. There are also two teachers teaching different age groups in these classrooms at once! The toilets consist of two outdoor pit latrines beside the playground. This school allows the children to enroll for 50 KSH (around 35 pence) per term. Even at this, most families cannot afford the fees so the leadership allows each family to contribute what they can. Some families are giving 20 KSH (15 pence) per term. Rather than this being official fees, it is seen by the leadership as a contribution to their funds. We went on to visit Nyumba ya Tumaini (Home of Hope) –where boys that were once doomed for life on the streets of Nairobi now live in a home led by Ben who is committed to the rehabilitation of all the boys. Ben has brought around 20 boys from the streets, through his rehabilitation program to his centre. He has managed to get them through their addiction to glue and integrated into formal education. We were delighted to learn of the progress of Ben’s boys at school– indeed some have even gained first place in their class. This is such an achievement and a real inspiration as the boys have such enthusiasm for school and learning. They are so appreciative of the opportunity they have received and so work extremely hard to do well in school. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 25 This home really struggles to make ends meet and the support given by Jengana is vital to their survival. Helping with grocery bills, school fees and clothes throughout the year helps them to function. As we drove around the city centre, we had the opportunity to meet many people with no other place to call home but the streets of Nairobi. We spent one of our nights giving out bread and milk to these homeless people– many of whom were children from as young as four. We came across a lot of mothers with tiny babies, also sleeping on the streets. Sometimes we would meet entire street families. This was an incredibly humbling task, one which became more and more difficult as we drove around the city. To go back to our comfortable accommodation and leave a six year old child, sitting shivering on the footpath was not easy for any of us. However it was such a blessing to be able to give those children even a little food and encouragement. To know that for at least one night that child was not going to sleep starving, was a little comfort. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa. It houses around 1.2 million people in the space of 2.5 square kilometers! People there live in extreme poverty. We had the opportunity to walk through the slum and visit a building in the heart of Kibera which is used throughout the week as a school and on Sundays as a church. We talked to the children and heard them sing. They are taught in English from they enter school and they shared with us many parts of their school day. Many of the text books they use have been sent from local schools and it was great to see them being put to such good use. Unfortunately there is still a real shortage of basic necessities such as paper and pencils. It was surprising to note that while classes start at pre-unit (nursery) right the way through, the children in each group are not all the same age as we would have. If children are lucky enough to be given the chance of education they slot in to the class of their ability. Therefore it is not surprising to find a 10 year old in with 5 year olds. Page 26 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 We also spent time with the children in Tumaini Children’s Home. The children here are often orphans and are given a home until the age of 18. I had brought with me a large supply of teddies which had been knitted by family and friends and was touched at the excitement of every child at being given something of their own. The staff were delighted and so thankful, not only for what we gave but the fact that we took the time to visit them. We heard the same response here as always - ‘God bless you’. What we did was small in the midst of so much need but the people, regardless of how little they had, were always extremely grateful. We made a flying visit to the New Life home which looks after abandoned babies. These babies are often abandoned by teenage or HIV mothers who are unable to look after them. They are often left at the dump, on the street or the gate of the home. The aim of this home is to look after the babies until they can be adopted. I was really impressed by the quality of care and love given to these babies. They rely totally on donations and we were pleased to be able to leave more teddies and clothes. We returned home from Kenya on April 20th with so many stories to tell. It was an excellent trip, with such humbling experiences. We saw and did so much we all arrived home exhausted! We felt what we did was very worthwhile, but we came back challenged by what we had seen. The one message we come home with is that we need to be very thankful and remember God in our day to day lives. The people we worked with were so needy and had so much to complain about yet they could do nothing but praise God and talk of His goodness. Pictured left: A very tired Sarah Moore after completing the 4 mile fun run in Omagh on Saturday 21st March 2009. Sarah completed the run and raised £580 for the Jengana charity. The money raised was taken out to support their projects in Kenya. Issue 47 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Page 27 Presbyterian Women Leader Annette Moore opened the March meeting with prayer. The hymn “There is a green hill far away” was sung. Sadie Clements read a passage from the Bible. Apologies were received from Dorothy King, Mrs Parke and Hazel McCay. Annette read out the list of churches that have been added to the extended Omagh Presbytery. The Womens’ World Day of prayer was applauded by all those who attended the service in Trinity Church on the 6th March. The members of Trinity PW will go to a concert in the Strule Arts Centre on the 6th April to conclude this session. The programme for the next session in September is really varied with something to suit everyone. It includes a cookery demonstration, crime prevention and an outing. The new Leader will be Claire McElhinney and her team. Annette thanked everyone for their support over her two year tenure as Leader. She then read a poem and tea was served by the committee. Trinity Girls’ Brigade Trinity Girls’ Brigade held their Annual Parents’ Night on the 8th April, 2009 in Trinity Hall. Reverend Robert Herron (Chaplain) presided and the Inspecting Officer was Mrs Claire McElhinney. After the National Anthem and hymn were sung GB Captain Mavis Jardine invited Claire to inspect the Company. The display followed which included singing, sketches, skipping and dancing. Catherine Moore (Explorer Leader ) presented prizes to the Explorers. Claire presented Juniors, Seniors and Brigadier with their awards and badges they had worked for during the session. Adele Donald gave out the First Aid awards to the girls that she had tutored as part of their badgework. Supper was served to a good turnout of parents which gives the girls encouragement in GB. A swimming session has been arranged for 20th May in the Leisure Centre. Gillygooley Community Diary Dates Gillygooley Youth & Community Development Association A.G.M. Monday 22nd June at 8.00 p.m. Guest Speaker Summer Scheme Registration Monday 8th June 7.30 – 8.00 p.m. Gillygooley Orange Hall both age groups Gillygooley 2nd Youth (50+ club) Monday 8th June AT 7.30 p.m. A.G.M. special guest Sinead Devine from W.E.A. (older peoples learning programme) Saturday 27th June Gillygooley 2nd Youth annual Coach Trip Newcastle and Silent Valley coach departing Gillygooley Orange Hall at 8.30 a.m. Further information available from Iris Tel 8224 2895 Monday 13th July annual barbeque in Gillygooley Orange Hall 8.00 p.m. Tickets available from Raymond Tel 8283 1444 Summer Scheme commencing Monday 20th July 9.00 a.m. until Thursday 6th August inclusive. Open to children who have completed year 2 to year 7 Summer Scheme children year 8+ Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August nightly 7.00 – 10.00 p.m. Further information available from Jennifer Tel 8224 1831 or Andrew Tel 8224 2895 Page 28 T RINIT Y & GI LLY GOO LE Y NE WS Issue 47 Summer Arrangements SUNDAY SERVICES July TRINITY & GILLYGOOLEY Rev Robert Herron August FIRST OMAGH & GILLYGOOLEY Rev John F Murdoch PASTORAL COVER July - Rev Robert Herron August - Rev J Murdoch (Tel: 82242239 ) Record of Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths in the Congregations Baptisms in Trinity Deaths in Trinity 15 Mar Alex Robert Raymond 26 Mar Joan Maguire Harkness 24 May Benjamin Stewart Brent “Let the children come to me...” “I am the resurrection and (Mark 10:14) the life...” (John 11:25) Items for inclusion in next Gillygooley News should be sent to: Andrew Scott, Editor, Tel 8224 2895. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Mills, Assistant Editor, Tel 8224 6553. E-mail: email@example.com Photographs by Billy Creery and Andrew Scott Children’s page by Jonathan and Catherine Moore.