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We held a special 2 week Gospel Mission in Cookstown Primary school from Sunday 2nd - Sunday 16th November.
The Speaker was Mr Trevor Matthews (Faith Mission).
The first week consisted of different speakers each night who covered a range of topics, with Trevor bringing a closing epilogue.
Sun 2nd - "Conquering addiction"
Mon 3rd - "Coping with trauma"
(Craig McMillan - paralysed playing sport)
Tue 4th - "Coping with tragic loss"
(Andrew Cardy - losing a child in violent circumstances)
Wed 5th - "Coping with family tragedy"
(Phyllis Arnold - author of 'Some party in heaven)
Thur 6th - "Overcoming alcoholism“
Fri 7th - "Handling depression"
(Dr. Andrew Collins)
Sat 8th - "Total transformation"
(Bobby Mathieson - former prisoner)
Click Here to listen to the differnt Speakers and Testimonies
Our special Encounter service is continuing on the last Sunday evening of each
'Encounter' - hear about lives that have been completely transformed through an encounter with Jesus.
This meeting will be followed by a Fellowship Hour in the Church hall, when you will be able to chat with us further around a cup of tea and biscuits.
Sunday School Attendance Prizes
Every year we award prizes on Youth Sunday to the young people that attend our Sunday School and special prizes for anyone completing 3, 6, 9 12 years unbroken attandance.
Congratulations to Amber Rodgers who received a prize for 3 years unbroken attaendance.
Last Year Sarah Johnston received a prize and joined the list of previous young people, Stephen Wilkinson, Stephen Johnston and Adam Johnston who completed 12 years unbroken attendance.
Congratulations again to Sarah this year who received another special prize for being the first person to complete a massive 13 years unbroken attaedance.
We are running another series of Fit 4 Life events which on Wednesday 2nd April 2014.
The nights kick off with a keep fit hour for all different levels of fitness including walking - 20, 40, 60 minutes routes, Aerobics, Armchair Aerobics and refreshments.
This will be folowed by a time of chours singing, ending with a special Speaker and a healthly supper.
For more details Click Here.
To listen to our special Fit 4 Life speakers Click Here
Parent ‘n’ Toddler Group
We have started a new Parent 'n' Toddler Group called First Steps on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am - 12noon.
First Steps is a place where you can make friends and relax and where your children will have an opportunity to learn and play happily along with other children.
Cookstown Baptist Just Jesus Events
The Big Questions Click Here for more info
We held a special gospel outreach service on the last Sunday of every month of 2013. These services delt with ‘The Big Questions’ of life including ‘What is the meaning of life?’, ‘Is there life after death?’, ‘Why didn’t the world end on the 21/12/12?’, ‘Is suicide the answer to my problems?’, ‘Why does God allow suffering?’ etc. This will allow us to touch a nerve with the questions that people are asking in the world today.
You can listen to all The Big Questions meeting on the Resources/Sermon downloads Index page.
|Monday 16th||Fit 4 Life||7.00pm||Jeannie Graham|
Special Bible Study
& Prayer Meeting
|8.00pm||Pastor Gareth Bell|
|Wednesday 18th||Harry Ferguson Night||8.00pm||George Conn|
|Thursday 19th||50+ Fellowship Meeting||2.30pm||Pastor John Taylor|
|Friday 20th||Youth Event||8.00pm||Joel Hutchinson|
|Saturday 21st||Children's Fun Day||2.00 - 4.00pm||Colin Tinsley|
|Saturday 21st||Manna||8.00pm||Joel Hutchinson|
The Women arranged a month of meeting from Wednesday 10th April to Wednesday 1st May 2013.
The nights kicked off with a keep fit hour for all different levels of fitness including walking - 20, 40, 60 minutes routes, Aerobics, Armchair Aerobics and refreshments.
This was folowed by a time of chours singing, ending with a special Speaker and a healthly supper.
Fit 4 Life Gospel Service
The Speaker was Pastor Gareth Bell who spoke on “Are you FIT 4 ETERNITY?”,Ali Colvin one of the Fit 4 Life Fitness Instructors gave his testimony and Alice Marks brought a message in song.
You can listen to the speakers of all the Fit 4 Life meeting on the
Left - right Mrs Jill Patterson, Mr Edwin Poots (Health Minister) Mrs Elaine Hill, Pastor Gareth Bell and Mrs Heather Hamilton.
A few of the Ladies and young girls that took part on the first night of the Fit 4 Life Event.
Some of our young people are took part in outreach work durning the summer in Romania and Spain.
To help support them, the BYF gave out tubes of Smarties, which were handed back filled with 20p pieces or £1 coins.
Thank you to all that helped with this worth while cause, it was greatly appreciated.
Click Here to listen to Pastor Bell interviewing Lauren Bell on her forthcoming outreach to Spain through Baptist Missions.
Click Here to listen to Robert Hill interviewing Jason Dobson on his forthcoming outreach to Romania through the Exodus Team.
Fellowship Hour after the Evening Service Sunday 11th November 2012
Induction Service Friday 9th November 2012
Another chapter in the life of Cookstown Baptist Church commenced on Friday 9th November 2012 with the induction of our new Pastor Mr Gareth Bell. The church was filled to capacity as church members, adherents, family and friends came to witness this memorable night.
The church is looking forward to Gareth being joined by his future wife Miss Nicole Menary when they get married next June.
Pastor Chambers (former Pastor) was Chairman, with Pastor Ewart (Principal - IBC) leading the act of Induction.
Pastor Robert Hunsdale - Agape Fellowship (Gareth's home church); Pastor William Colville - (Director - ABCI); Pastor Colin Cooper (Knockconny Baptist Church) and the Rev Tom Greer from our local Presbyterian Church extended greetings.
The charge to Pastor and Church was brought by Pastor Alan Baird (Tutor at IBC).
Referring to 1 Thessalonians 2, Alan likened the congregation in Cookstown to a Shepherd and his sheep. The Shepherd is to inspire and encourage his flock to live lives worthy of God and the sheep are to be submissive and obey their Shepherd. He also asked us to pray daily and continually and to be present and participate in order to encourage our Shepherd.
The evining ended with supper provided by the ladies.
Please continue to pray for Gareth and the Church as we serve the Lord together.
In 2012 the Church decided to issue a Call to Mr Gareth Bell to serve as our new Pastor.
Gareth is engaged to Nicole Menary and was a member of Agape Fellowship Belfast. Before commencing his studies in the Irish Baptist College Gareth had
a very successful career in banking. As part of his training at IBC Gareth completed his practical placement in Great Victoria Baptist Church with Pastor Brock. Gareth graduated in June 2012 from the Irish Baptist College with a Diploma in Ministry Studies and Bachelor of Theology Degree from the University of Chester.
Gareth has felt lead of the Lord to accept the Call as Pastor and was Inducted into the Pastorate on Friday 9th November 2012.
History Of Cookstown Baptist Church
The History of Cookstown Baptist Church, published in 2002 has been made available on the web site.
The booklet is reproduced in PDF format and can be read here