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Refined is a new digital programme for supporting and developing congregational life and witness - more information and resources can be found at https://presbyterianireland.org/refined It follows on from the These Three Remain initiative, a response to the Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 - resources mentioned in those earlier podcasts can still be accessed at https://presbyterianireland.org/thesethreeremain This podcast feed also contains audio from addresses, lectures, and events of the ...
 
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For our first episode of a new year, Rick Hill hosts a conversation about Refreshment and Renewal. Rev Sam Finlay, Minister of Redrock and Druminnis Presbyterian Churches in County Armagh, along with Paul Bowman, Youth Worker in Fitzroy Presbyterian reflect on coping with the challenges associated with leading in the church. They talk about sustain…
 
Tune in for a festive special on the Moderator's theme of, Hope at Christmas. Host Sarah Harding, editor of the Presbyterian Herald, is joined by Rev Richard Kerr, minister of Templepatrick PC, Olivia Elwood, member of Bloomfield PC, and Ilona Veres, PCI global mission worker. This episode explores how the World Development Appeal will bring hope t…
 
While so much of life was disrupted and so much church activity was paused last year, it could be argued that one thing that couldn’t be stopped by any restrictions was prayer. We can always approach God, and perhaps we found a greater emphasis on prayer or a freshness in how we prayed with others. Rev David Cupples (Enniskillen Presbyterian Church…
 
Christian parents who want to actively help their children follow Jesus may find that this role changes as their family gets older. In this episode, Dr. Gareth Crispin (Cliff College, England and father of 3) and Gillian Spiers (mum of 4 from First Dromara Presbyterian) are in conversation with Graeme Thompson (PCI Youth Development Officer) about …
 
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference known as COP26 is currently meeting for twelve days of talks in Glasgow. To give an insight into why we as Christians, both individually and corporately should be concerned about climate change and suggest some practical ways we can respond, this episode hears from Rachael Thomas, a member of Knock Presbyterian…
 
Ministry to children and families has been seriously impacted by the pandemic and we may have lost momentum that we had in this ministry previously. So, what are some of the things we need to think about as we restart children’s ministry for this season? For this conversation, Ruth Bromley is joined by Rev Mark Johnson (minister, St Andrew’s Bangor…
 
This isn’t an easy time to be a leader. The newness of the moment, the need to learn new skills, the pressures of decision-making among the vast array of opinions alongside constant changes and the need to generate momentum. So, what are we learning about leadership? For this conversation, host Rick Hill is joined by Rev David Thompson (Secretary, …
 
The General Assembly is meeting next week for the first time since June 2019. This episode looks ahead to the practicalities of what to expect and some of the themes being discussed this year as we are joined by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rev Dr David Bruce, the Clerk of the General Assembly Rev Trevor Gribben and the Secretary for the …
 
The Bible is part and parcel of congregational life, whether on Sundays or through the week, but this episode of the PCI Podcast explores how we are doing when it comes to Bible engagement. We live in a time where access to the Bible has never been higher and yet readership is in decline. Add to that the disrupted rhythms of the past 18 months. So,…
 
Guests at the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s (PCI) centenary event ‘On These Steps’, which took place on 17 September 2021, were treated to the premier of a specially commissioned song by the Belfast-based indie singer-songwriter, Ferna. The livestreamed event from PCI’s Union Theological College in south Belfast, marked the part played by the Co…
 
The impact of the pandemic for declining churches has accelerated some towards the point of unsustainability. What might a journey of re-habilitation involve for congregations like this? This conversation with Rev Neil Stewart (Trinity Greyabbey and Cloughey) and Rev Marty Gray (Ravenhill) and hosted by Neil Harrison, seeks to share experience and …
 
The podcast returns after a summer break to bring you a fresh set of conversations over the coming weeks to help us reflect on the life and witness of our congregations at this time. This episode focuses on how we can be going about resuming and re-starting some of our rhythms in the months ahead. Host, Rick Hill, is joined by Rev Alistair Bates (W…
 
On Thursday, 15 July 2021, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Right Honourable Brandon Lewis MP, published a Command Paper entitled, ‘Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past’. In its response to the Secretary of State’s statement in the House of Commons, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said that key principles previously commi…
 
This is a challenging time to do ministry and the last year has been draining in so many ways for those who take a lead within our congregations. Therefore, for this episode, Rick Hill is joined by Dr Lena Morrow, Rev Jonathan Frazer and Rev David Allen to explore the whole area of rest and refreshment for ministry leaders. They explore things such…
 
The experience of the pandemic has been shared globally and as global disciples we have a responsibility to care and respond in appropriate ways. In this episode we have an opportunity to hear an update from three of PCI’s Global Mission Workers including Diane Cusick (Zambia), Rev Peter Fleming (Nepal), Rev Steve Kennedy (Romania).…
 
With restrictions gradually easing, how might church leaders consider using the summer months with better weather and longer evenings, to renew church community and refresh church life. Walking with others, football, barbeques, and a church weekend are just some of the helpful ideas shared by Rev Marty McNeely (Ballykeel PC), Rob Bailie (Dundonald …
 
This episode is focused on congregations can recover core elements of their life and witness that has been lost over the past year. We hear from Author and Pastor Karl Vaters who unpacks some key themes from his recently published book called “The Church Recovery Guide.” He explores the need to re-assess our programmes, re-engage with volunteers an…
 
The pandemic has undoubtedly taken its toll on young people and it is important for us as adults to try to understand how it has impacted them. Katherine Dickson (The Big House), Ashley Parks (First Lisburn Presbyterian), and Lyndsay Shields (Hillsborough Presbyterian and GB district commissioner) each work closely with teenagers and share with Gra…
 
In our last episode we explored how we could go about pursuing new connections with new people. This time we take a look within our church communities, to consider how we can go about re-building our congregational life together again. Host Rick Hill is joined by Rev Helen Freeburn (Galway) and Rev David McCullough (Annalong) to discuss opportuniti…
 
One positive outcome of digital church is that it has never been easier for unreached people to go to church and yet we know that the experience and expression of church is one that is corporate. Digital communication, offering prayer, regular phone calls and distributing resource packs are just some of the helpful ideas shared by Rev Lachlan Webst…
 
We’ve heard lots over the last months about ‘road maps’ and in this episode of the podcast, three leaders in the life of our denomination join Rick Hill to reflect on the moment we are now in and how we can move forward. The current Moderator of the General Assembly Rev David Bruce, the Clerk of the General Assembly Rev Trevor Gribben and the Secre…
 
Meeting in smaller groups throughout the week is something that happens in many of our congregations and is one of the areas of church life that has been able to be maintained in various forms over the past year. Rick Hill (PCI) is joined by Rev Sam Mawhinney (Adelaide Road, Dublin) and Jonny Campbell (Orangefield / Alpha NI) to discuss howsmall gr…
 
The creativity and courage of congregations and individuals is encouraging in stories of life and witness from across PCI including recipes, a drive-in cinema and the hope of sunflowers. These are some of the examples told by Neil Harrison and Pauline Kennedy along with guests Flo Houston (Conor) and Andrew Dawson (Second Dromara), as we hear good …
 
Parenting our children through the pandemic has been a challenge in many ways over the last 10 months. Caroline Hawthorne (Waringstown Presbyterian) and Marc Harding (West Church, Bangor) joined Ruth Bromley and Graeme Thompson to reflect and share about parenting children through lockdowns, homeschooling and faith journeys. They discuss challenges…
 
The simple practices of noticing others, being brave, asking good questions, looking for relationship opportunities and praying. These were some of the things that emerged from this conversation between a minister, a community outreach worker and a university student as Neil Harrison was joined by Rev Andy Carroll (Donabate), Rebecca Smyth (West Ki…
 
The power of the phone call, pressing into God, doorstep conversations, sitting still and creating family moments of discipleship. These were some of the things that emerged from this conversation between a minister, a deaconess and a youth worker as Rick Hill was joined by Rev Ben Walker (Saintfield Road), Joanne Dunlop (Hospital Chaplain) and And…
 
Our final episode of 2020 has a special guest. Well-known pastor and author Jon Tyson joins Rick Hill to discuss the whole area of discipleship and spiritual formation. Jon is pastor of Church of the City New York, and has also written several books including "A Creative Minority" and his latest work "Beautiful Resistance". On the podcast he shares…
 
Where is home? And who do we include or exclude from our vision of home? This episode ties in with the launch of the Moderator's Christmas Appeal to benefit Christian Aid, Tearfund and PCI's partner churches across the world in their broad-ranging relief and development response to COVID-19. The Moderator, Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, Rev Dr Liz Hughes (…
 
PCI's Mission Development Officer Neil Harrison is joined by Josh McCance (Balbriggan and Donabate) and Andy Frost (Share Jesus International) to discuss the power of local mission and share ways that we can build community and connection to continue to share our good news even during a time of lockdown. We also hear from Dave Clawson (West Kirk) a…
 
Youth and children's ministry is yet another area of congregational life that has been undergoing refinement this year. PCI’s Ruth Bromley (Children's Development Officer) and Graeme Thompson (Youth Development Officer) joins Rick Hill to reflect on this and share what they have been hearing from recent conversations with a variety of leaders, volu…
 
As global disciples, we are all called to go deeper and wider in our relationship and involvement in what God is doing in other parts of the world. How do we grow the roots of a relationship overseas and how might we become more involved in appropriate ways? Pamela McCullagh (Annalong congregation) and Neil Harrison (PCI's Mission Development Offic…
 
Refined is the new digital programme of resources to support and develop congregational life and witness. The Moderator, Rev Dr David Bruce, joined Rev David Thompson (Secretary of the Council for Congregational Life & Witness) and regular host Rick Hill (PCI's Discipleship Development Officer) to introduce this new resource and discuss being refin…
 
PR consultant Rebecca McConnell (First Rathfriland), Creative Associate Jamie Neish (Carnmoney) and Assistant Minister John Graham (Hill Street) join PCI's Rick Hill to consider our engagement with social media, both personally and as congregations. It's an area that many congregations have chosen to explore in recent months, discovering fresh oppo…
 
It's a challenging time to be in leadership, no matter the capacity, and leaders in congregations right now are dealing with changing restrictions, differing expectations and heavy decision-making. This episode of the These Three Remain podcast focuses on the area of shared leadership, with Rosie Donaldson (Kirkpatrick), Joe Campbell (First Holywoo…
 
Three ministers join PCI's Rick Hill to discuss how their congregations are seeking to restore and renew the rhythm of their ministry and witness. Revs Stuart Hawthorne (Waringstown), Gareth MacLean (Orangefield) and Mairisine Stanfield (First Bangor) chat about the importance of prayer and the need to open ourselves to God's voice, as well as taki…
 
This episode of the These Three Remain podcast considers the area of Mental Health. PCI's Rick Hill is joined by Dr Tim Huey (Whiteabbey), Rev Peter Lyle (Ballyholme), and Dr Susan Williams (Hamilton Road) to hear their unique perspectives. Each shares some of their own journey, signposts approaches to self-care, and together they explore how we ca…
 
Three experienced youth workers join PCI’s Rick Hill to consider how youth and children's ministry can be shaped in the term ahead. Johnny Bell (Saintfield Road), Laura Hutcheson-Magee (Gilnahirk) and Peter Wright (Hill Street) discuss what form youth ministry will take by exploring blended approaches that combine physical and digital ministry. The…
 
This episode of These Three Remain reflects on the recent permission given to congregations north and south of the border to reopen their doors for services and gatherings. PCI's Rick Hill is joined by Rev Damien Burke (Drogheda), Rev Darran McCorriston (Ballyloughan) and Rev Albin Rankin (Stormont) to discuss the next steps in each of their congre…
 
As we turn our eyes towards the summer, what possibilities might the next couple of months bring us in our congregations? So many plans have gone out the window, so for this episode of These Three Remain, PCI's Rick Hill talks to Rev Stephen Richmond (Donegal), Rachel Haffey (Maze & Ballinderry) and Mark Hawthorne (Waringstown) about how they are e…
 
This episode of These Three Remain takes a global perspective and hears from some of PCI's Mission Partners across the world. Rick Hill chats to Peter Lockwood (serving with UMN in Nepal), James Cochrane (church planter in Porto, Portugal) and Helen Johnston (PCI's Mission Support Worker), and together they explore both unique and common challenges…
 
How can we think more locally to get alongside people and make a difference in our local communities? Suzanne Harrison (Waringstown), Rev Niall Lockhart (Ballyhenry) and Rev John Coulter (Ballysally) join PCI's Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill in this latest episode of These Three Remain to discuss how they are developing their local impa…
 
Lockdown has turned lives, jobs, churches and even the General Assembly upside down. In this episode of These Three Remain, the new Moderator Rev Dr David Bruce, Rev Trevor Gribben (Clerk of General Assembly) and Rev David Thompson (Secretary of the Council for Congregational Life & Witness) join Rick Hill to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their…
 
What have we learned through lockdown? And how can we keep hold of these lessons and apply them and not lose them post-lockdown? That’s what this week's guests discussed on the latest episode of These Three Remain podcast. Higher education manager Victoria Carroll (Donabate), retired teacher Alan Rowan (Ebrington) and Rev David Clarke (Sligo) joine…
 
It's not just churches that have changed during lockdown. Workplaces have been turned upside down. In this latest episode of These Three Remain podcast, we talk to three Presbyterians who are keyworkers in education, health and retail. Primary school principal Mark Beattie, GP Dr Alastair Aicken and supermarket manager Caroline Orr share their expe…
 
Three ministers and a musical director share their thinking and learning about online worship in this new episode of the These Three Remain podcast. Revs Gordon Best (Newmills), David Leach (Union Road and Lecumpher) and Gareth McFadden (Kilbride) are in conversation with PCI's Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill who also catches up with Bal…
 
These Three Remain podcast is back with this new episode that asks how we can turn the conversation outwards to consider the needs of others in our care and our community. Michelle Purdy (Ballyclare deaconess), Rev Jane Nelson (First Omagh) and Rev Richard Houston (Lucan) join PCI’s Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill to discuss how we can b…
 
This latest episode of the These Three Remain podcast thinks about what a Christian response to the crisis that can equip us missionally. What is our message in this moment? PCI's Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill is joined by Rev Norman Cameron (High Kirk), Rev Dr Frank Sellar (Bloomfield) and Rev Lesley-Ann Wilson (Ballycrochan). They di…
 
How we can continue to enable discipleship from a distance is the topic of this fourth episode of the These Three Remain podcast. PCI's Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill is joined by Rev Mark Johnston (St Andrews, Bangor), Michael Wylie (Discipleship Associate at Carnmoney) and Rev Marty Gray (Ravenhill). They discuss how the principles at…
 
The third episode of the These Three Remain podcast explores how we can equip and support those from our congregations who find themselves on the frontline of this crisis. PCI’s Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill is joined by Dr William Henry (Moderator), Karen Jardine (Public Affairs Officer) and Rev Christoph Ebbinghaus (Kirkpatrick Memor…
 
The second episode of the These Three Remain podcast explores how congregations are reimagining relational children, youth and family ministry. PCI’s Discipleship Development Officer Rick Hill is joined by youth worker Nicola Clarke (Orangefield), children’s worker Suzie Taylor (Waringstown) and Rev Andre Alves-Areias (Mosside & Toberdoney). Listen…
 
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