EPC Summer Camps 2015

The EPC Junior Camp will take place on Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th July 2015 at Dunluce School, Bushmills.  The booking form can be downloaded here.

The EPC Inters Camp will take place on Friday 3rd to Friday 10th July 2015 at the Moyallon Centre, Portadown.  The booking form can be downloaded here.

The EPC Senior Camp will take place from Saturday 11th to Friday 17th July 2015 at Shepherd'ʹs Lodge Mountain Centre, Donard Wood, Newcastle, Co. Down.  The booking form can be downloaded here.


Free Church of Scotland Prayer Notes - May 2015

The Free Church of Scotland prayer notes for May 2015 are now available here.


Electronic Version of The Evangelical Presbyterian Mar-Apr 2015 - Now Available

The PDF of the March-April issue of The Evangelical Presbyterian is available here.  Articles include:
  • First Word - Pray for Vanuatu
  • Genesis and the age of the Earth - Rev. Robert Beckett
  • Eldership - A New Testament Emphasis - John Grier
  • Joshua Chapter 7 - Rev. Andy Hambleton
  • Nomad YFC - Jonathan McCullough
  • "She's Game, Boys!" - Remembering Mary Slessor of Calabar - Sid Garland
  • Heaven in Two Words - Rev. Robert Johnston
  • Book Reviews
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • Obituary for Miss Eva Ingram
  • Who is God? - Harold Gibson


Electronic Version of The Evangelical Presbyterian Jan-Feb 2015 - Now Available

The PDF of the January-February issue of The Evangelical Presbyterian is available here.  Articles include:
  • First Word - No Secrets
  • BBC Radio Ulster Broadcast
  • Natural Selection does not explain Evolution - Rev. Robert Beckett
  • Opening the Archives - Ernest Brown
  • How Can I Pray for my Church?
  • W. P. Nicholson - God's Rough Diamond


Presbytery Day Conference - Saturday 25th April 2015

Venue: Belfast Bible College

Programme
10:00 am - Registration and Coffee

10.30 am - Session 1: Paul Levy

11:30 am - Coffee

12.00 noon - Annual Meeting of Presbytery

1.00 pm - Lunch / Seminar / Bookstall

2.00 pm - Afternoon activities
- Walk through Lady Dixon Park
- Football or Frisbee in the garden

3.00 pm - Session 2: Paul Levy

Interview: Musa & Pamela Gaiya

4:30 pm - Close

* Children’s Programme & Crèche available.  A bookstall will be available throughout the day.

Speaker

Paul Levy is from Wales and has been pastor of the International Presbyterian Church, Ealing for 12 years. Under God he has seen the church grow significantly through the preaching of the Word. Paul is assistant Editor of Evangelicals Now and contributes to Reformation 21 blog. He is married to Claire, originally from Ballyclare EPC. They have three young children: Noah, Ellie and newborn Phoebe. Paul enjoys watching Welsh rugby and reading good books.


Cost
  • Adults and children aged 11+ - £13.50
  • Children under 11 - £7
  • Pre-school children - Free
  • Max. cost per family is £40 (children up to 18yrs)

Booking Form: Download here


Public Morals Committee responds to "Conscience clause" consultation

RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE AMENDMENT BILL - February 2015 

Dear Mr Givan, 

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is increasingly concerned with the marginalisation of Christians in the UK. The recent Ashers Bakery case highlights great inequality in how some groups within our society have their beliefs protected while others are now being persecuted for their beliefs. As such we believe that a Freedom of Conscience Bill is needed for our Province. In particular, the NI Sexual Orientation Regulations should be amended to protect Christians so they are no longer asked to go against their conscience by “equality” law. 

We believe the Christian conscience has been and continues to be a morally good and stabilising effect on society as a whole. In accordance with Matthew 5:13,14 we seek to be salt and light in a fallen world. Sadly the state has moved away from this Biblical perspective and the secularising agenda is now working against the church, and is beginning to persecute those whose core belief is to love God and love our neighbour as ourselves. 

We therefore appreciate every effort to amend our legislation to ensure that there is even-handedness for all whose conscience is bound by what they believe. It is our prayer that Christians will be protected by the state when asked to go against conscience by promoting, endorsing or facilitating homosexuality. We want to see protection for the likes of Ashers and other family run Christian businesses, without the victimisation of any other group in society. 

We fully support your amendment clause and pray that you will know of wide support from many others churches, as well as from others outside the church who also value their right to live out their beliefs in the workplace without persecution. 

Yours sincerely, 
Robert Johnston.


Download PDF statement here




Statement from Public Morals Committee of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church - 3rd February 2015

WHY DOES THE STATE WANT TO FORCE CHRISTIANS TO ACT AGAINST THEIR CONSCIENCE?

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, along with many other Christian churches and individuals, is greatly concerned that the NI Equality Commission has decided to pursue what we regard as a malicious prosecution against the owners of Ashers Baking Company.

Ashers did not refuse to provide a service to a customer, but they were within their rights to refuse to promote same sex marriage, which is not legal in Northern Ireland. By so doing, they were merely acting according to conscience which was well informed by the Word of God. Such a Biblically informed conscience is not to be prosecuted, but rather it is to be valued.

As Christians we take our Bible seriously and therefore we believe that we are duty bound to love our neighbour no matter who they are or what they believe. We freely acknowledge that we have no superiority over others who refuse to accept the Bible. But we also believe that God’s design of sex along with His rules that protect it, are what is best for everyone without exception.  

We believe the Bible is the best foundation for society, and in an increasingly secular age, it is vital that those who hold to Biblical standards are not penalised for so doing. We believe it is quite wrong for the state to insist that Christians in the workplace should be forced to act contrary to their Biblically directed conscience on this matter.

We fear that if the prosecution is successful, it will further endanger Christian freedom of conscience and lead to increasing levels of intolerance against those who hold to the Bible. Such an outcome would not only have grave implications for Christians, but would not be good for society as a whole.

We assure Ashers of our full support, and we urge all Christians to make this a matter for prayer in the coming days.

Rev Robert Johnston
Convenor
Public Morals Committee

Evangelical Presbyterian Church


CEF Training Event

The EPC Youth Committee have organised a training event for those involved in youth/children’s work on Monday 23rd February 2015 (7:30pm – 9:30pm).  The evening is open for the whole denomination and will be run by Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ireland (CEF).

The topics that will be covered in the evening are shown below:

Teaching God’s Word
-  Making your Bible story live

Class Hour
-  Foundations for life (Bible verses-more than memorising)
-  Managing your classroom (dynamics of discipline)




EPC Camp Reunions

The EPC Junior Camp reunion will take place on Saturday 21st February 2015 at Ballyclare EPC.  The booking form is available here.

The EPC Senior Camp reunion will take place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015 at Ganaway Activity Centre, Millisle.  The booking form is available here.

Details of the EPC Inters Camp Reunion will be available soon.


Free Church of Scotland Prayer Notes - February 2015

The Free Church of Scotland prayer notes for February 2015 are now available here.


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