Mission Matters 2017

Any plans for your future? How far will you go? Check out Raffrey! Once again, Raffrey Presbyterian Church will be hosting a large scale event to showcase a vast range of Christian mission service opportunities. This year, on Sunday 12 February, will see a special church service for everyone at 3.30 p.m., then an exhibition in the church halls involving 17 different Christian mission agencies from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Following this, the monthly Youth Rally will be held at 8.45 p.m. The special speaker at the church service will be Mr Bill McAllister, a member of a famous missionary family. His parents, Bob and Alma McAllister, served in Congo with UFM (Unevangelised Fields Mission) until they had to flee, with their young family, under threat of death following a bloody rebellion which cost six other missionaries their lives. This traumatic incident, together with the emotional return of Bob and his two sons to Congo, now Zaire, was the basis of a television documentary that was made and screened in 2015 by the BBC. The exhibition will involve an increased number of mission agencies, since the last event in 2012. Those who come along will be able to talk to missionary organisations that can provide a range of service opportunities – from one week, to short term and even longer term. The locations for service go right round the world, from many places throughout Ireland, both north and south, to the continents of Africa and South America, to mainland Europe and the Far East. The minister of Raffrey Presbyterian Church, Rev Brian Small, commented “We have had the...
Team Bethel 2015 – Improving Lives in the Community of Nakasongola, Uganda

Team Bethel 2015 – Improving Lives in the Community of Nakasongola, Uganda

In 2008 Richard McCance and Andrew McClure, 2 leaders from 1st Slieve Donard Boys’ Brigade, Newcastle raised £28,000 to help fund the ambitious project of building a school in Uganda. £6000 was used to purchase the land for a school and £22,000 went to school funds. In January 2010 Bethel Royal High School was built by Hope Builders, Fields of Life. There are now over 700 pupils attending the High School. A new headmistress called Annette Kiisa arrived at the local Kawondwe Primary School in 2003, located 2.5km from the High School. Although the locals were disappointed to see a young female headmistress arrive, she soon earned their respect. She worked tirelessly to improve conditions in the area, but found it difficult to recruit teachers due to no clean drinking water. In 2007 the Boys’ Brigade funded a borehole opposite the entrance to the Primary School. After 11 hours of drilling the water burst out of the ground and it has never dried up. Annette, often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Community’ continues to spend her time, skills and resources to improve and grow the community of Nakasongola. During July 2014, 58 members over two teams representing Down Battalion Boys’ Brigade travelled to Uganda to work at Bethel Royal High School. The main objectives were to run a Holiday Bible Club in the morning at the Kawondwe Primary School, followed by skills training at the high school. Some team members woke at 6am daily to pump water daily from the borehole for the guesthouse and the New Beginnings Orphanage. All pupils received a new outfit of clothes,...

Raffrey Mission Team to Uganda 2013

On Thursday 27 June, 27 team members, mainly from Raffrey Presbyterian Church, left to go to Bethel Royal High School, Nakasongola, Uganda. They received a very warm welcome. The team’s main objective for the trip was to supply the school with laptops and teach the students how to use them. Thanks to friends and family, 27 laptops were provided, and the solar power which enabled them to run for 4 hours each day. Before the team left, all the students at the High School received basic training and the senior pupils and teachers were taught more advanced computer skills. The team also carried out a GB and BB programme, with all the children at the Primary School and High School receiving bible lessons, crafts and games sessions. In the evening, the High School students enjoyed praise and worship. The girls used the theme of ‘Women in the Bible’ and the boys studied ‘David’. Members of Raffrey Boys’ Brigade had the opportunity to meet Ivan Zziwa whom they have sponsored for 13 years. Practical outreach also took place in the local community, with some members of the team distributing clothes to very poor families, and some ladies of the community successfully learned to crochet. Senior girls at the school also learned to crochet and knit. Some of the male members of the team undertook maintenance work by fixing desks, erecting rails for solar showers at the new guesthouse and provided lighting for the church, grain mill and new canteen. Some girls also painted blackboards. Skirts from Victoria College Belfast, football tops from Puma and dresses for P1-P3 children, many supplied...

GB Football Success

Congratulations to the Seniors who took part in the District Football competition and gained 3rd place. The team members were Hannah Ashe, Bronwyn Crockard, Faith Elwood, Anna Hogg, Jenny Hogg, Rachel Maguire, Olivia Murdock and Zara Thompson. On Friday night the Brigaders competed in the District Unihoc Competition and came Runner-up. Team players were Bethan Martin, Zoe McSpadden, Courtney Nannery, Emma-Jane Savage, Caitlin Thompson and Taylor Trouton. Well done...

GB District Duster Hockey Results

Congratulations to the Juniors who took part in the District Duster Hockey competition recently. Two teams were entered with Team A winning 3rd place and Team B gaining 5th. Team A consisted of Megan Brown, Naomi Elwood, Courtney Martin, Rachel Medwell, Izzy McConnell and Cherith Woods and Team B members were Iona Bunbury, Amelia Dunwoody, Rebekah Gilmore, Olivia Lacey, Alex Morrison and Lucy Willis. Well...

BB Duster Hockey Results

Congratulations on the Anchor Boys who came 3rd in the Down Battalion Duster Hockey competition yesterday. The team consisted of Kyle Bradshaw, Harvey Davidson, Jack Drysdale and Reuben Maitland.

Raffrey Boys’ Brigade Display and Report 2014

The 67th Annual Display of the 1st Raffrey Company of the Boys’ Brigade was held in the Martin Church Hall on Friday evening. Guest of honour was Rev Scott Woodburn, Battalion Scripture Convenor, Rev B Small was Chairman. Anchor Boys Back Row L to R: Noel Porter, Ethel Murdock, Hannah Gibson, Jonathan Murdock, Jonathan Christie, Natalie Thompson, Ashleigh Thompson, Diane Heyburn & Rebekah Heyburn 3rd Row: Jack Drysdale, Harvey Davidson, Kyle Bradshaw, James Jackson, Matthew Murdock, Mark Jackson, Reuben Maitland 2nd Row:, Daniel Gilmore, Jack Dickson, Uel Dalzell, Ben McCleery, Jacob Bradshaw, Oscar Rooney, William Morrison, Ethan McVeigh Front Row: Isaac Campbell, Cameron Maciejewski, Elliot Maitland, Ben Shaw, Ben Drysdale   Junior Section Back Row L to R: David Heyburn (Jun), Anna Thompson, David Morrow, Joel Thompson, David Heyburn (Sen), David Burgess, James Gibson 3rd Row: Joshua Burgess, Cameron Nannery, Robbie Willis, Oliver Haslett 2nd Row: Andrew Lennon, Reuben Graham, Callum McVeigh, Sam Kirk, Loris Carson, Matthew Cooke, Scott Patterson Front Row: Jude Weatherup, Euan Campbell, Frazer Martin, Matthew Nelson, Adam Jackson, Ben Brown (Absent: Harry Horder & Cameron Morrison)   Company Section Back Row L to R: David Heyburn (Jun), David Murdock, James Gibson, Darren Loughlin, Nigel Ross, Aaron Jackson, Peter Robinson, Peter Gibson, David Robinson, Andrew Fitzsimmons, Jonathan Murdock, Callum Stewart 4rd Row: Tyrone Burgess, Noel Porter, Reese Donaldson, David Wells, Tom Hogg, Andrew Woods, Andrew Pentland, Andrew Martin, Aaron Haslett, Adam Crawford, Matthew Jackson, Luke Gibson, Peter Garrett 3rd Row: Daniel Fegan, Ross Connolly, David Small, Andrew Lennon, David Heyburn (Sen), Jonathan Irvine, James Gibson, Joel Thompson, Andrew Neill, Jonathan Burgess, Aaron Patterson, James Gibson, Scott...