Minister: Rev Andrew Watson
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Psalm 100 v 4
Carrigart is a small village on the Rosguill Peninsula of County Donegal. The village is a popular holiday destination due to its proximity to the many beaches of nearby Downings and Rosapenna. Our Church is on Church Road, heading out of Carrigart towards Milford.
A warm welcome for visitors to Sunday services is always guaranteed!
The Bewglas Centre shares the church grounds. It is a Christian Conference/Residential Centre offering self-catering accommodation for up to 35 people and may be booked on a weekly or weekend basis, or even for a day conference. Click the heading above for further details.
Carrigart Presbyterian Church is now on Facebook! Please like and share.
Unfortunately, we cannot broadcast live from Carrigart. However, we will record the service and upload it to our website as soon as possible. Short messages may also be uploaded during the week.
25th November 2020
Sunday 22nd November
This morning's service is in two parts, a live broadcast and a pre-recorded message.
18th November 2020
Sunday 15th November 2020
News update: Cairncastle Installation date is confirmed as Sunday 6th December (evening). Dr Brian Brown, Raphoe will start as Vacancy Convenor from that date.
11th November 2020
Sunday 8th November 2020
A short live broadcast on Facebook after this morning's service willl be uploaded later.
'John 16: The Spirit of Truth'
Sunday Worship 8th November 10.30am followed by an important announcement.
2nd November 2020
Covid restrictions this year have forced us all to do things differently. While online platforms have allowed us to share the Good News of God's Word more widely than ever before, there are obviously some things we wish we could share face to face.
As many of you know, the congregation of Cairncastle approached me about a year ago and had invited me to preach for their vacancy in March 2020. That service was postponed, but took place on 25th October with the result that today I received a unanimous call to be their minister. I sense God's leading in this and feel I should accept this call. We expect to move to Cairncastle, Co Antrim, in the near future.
We consider it an honour to have lived and served in this beautiful part of the world for almost 6 years now. The people of Dunfanaghy and Carrigart will always be dear to our hearts and we hope we'll stay in touch as friends for years to come. Andrew & Hazel
Sunday 1st November 2020 'Holy Spirit, the Comforter'
28th October 2020
It is so encouraging in ministry when someone expresses the desire to serve in some way. I’ve always found it particularly delightful when shy people quietly volunteer to help. They don’t want attention, they shun the limelight but God is moving in their heart and they want to do something for Him.
Anna was an elderly lady most people never noticed. A widow for many years, she practised a loyal, patient faith of regular worship and prayer. Nothing spectacular. Nothing to make the headlines.
But she does get a mention .... (click the link to read more)
Sunday 25th October 2020
The final sermon from our series in Revelation has been added to the 'sermon' blog.
Beautiful song touching on recent themes in Revelation.
21st October 2020
Sunday 18th October 2020
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Sunday 20th October 2020
This month we're usually decorating our buildings with fruit and vegetables and flowers and celebrating Harvest with friends and neighbours. While we can't gather in our meeting house again just yet, we will continue to trust and thank God for all that He provides, not least our 'daily bread'. We'll be posting prayers and a message from Revelation 19 here and on our Facebook page tomorrow morning around 11 am.
Wednesday 7th October 2020
Sunday 4th October 2020
28th September 2020 - It is with sadness we record the passing of Gilbert Hall. We commend Linda and the family to everyone's thoughts and prayers.
An evening perspective on gratitude from Nigeria. God says, 'He who sacrifices thank offerings honours me, and he prepares the way so I may show him the salvation of God.' (Psalm 50 v 23)
Sunday 27th September 2020
24.9.20 - Update on Services
Sadly the Government's moving of Donegal to Level 3 due to the increase in Covid infections means we cannot hold services in our meeting house for a few weeks. We will continue to post Scripture and Prayer online. Let's all continue to be patient and careful and remember in thought and prayer those most vulnerable, lonely and naturally anxious. The Lord is our Shepherd!
Andrew and Hazel
Sunday 20th September 2020
Wednesday 16th September 2020
Sunday 13th September 2020
While it was lovely to have the sunshine through the windows today, it unfortunately played havoc with our video! Apologies for the poor video quality, but audio is fine.
9th September 2020
Sunday 6th September 2020
2nd September 2020
Sunday 30th August 2020
26th August 2020
Sunday 23rd August 2020
Presbyterian Church in Ireland - latest guidance.
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19th August 2020
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(Read Isaiah 26 and Matthew 6 vs 5-13)
So how are the self-isolation and social distancing going in your home?
‘Cabin fever’ hasn’t hit us too badly yet, though to date both cars are washed, the garden fence is repainted and Hazel has rearranged the kitchen cupboards. New tunes are being learnt and old board games exhumed. So far, so good!
We can laugh and humour is one coping mechanism to help us through these challenging times, along with patience, courage and public spirited kindness.
And faith? Where does that come in, if at all?
Christians are grateful that we can bring our concerns to God. In His great Sermon on the Mount our Master encouraged His followers to bring our requests to ‘Our Father in Heaven’, confident He already knows and cares about our needs. Here’s what He says, ‘When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father Who is unseen. Then your Father Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ (Matthew 6 v 6)
Jesus was saying this by way of contrast to some religious people He called ‘hypocrites’ who made prayer like a performance to gain admiration from their fans. While it’s good to gather together when we can to worship and pray it’s also something we all need to do daily at home. Just listening to someone else repeat nice words is no substitute for each of us humbly bringing our own personal concerns before the Lord.
Now it’s often the case that people in the New Testament are echoing something said or written in the Old Testament and this is an example. Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 6 v 6 includes a phrase almost word for word that was written 700 years before by the prophet Isaiah (ch26 v 20). Here’s what Isaiah said, ‘Go my people into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until (God’s) wrath has passed by.’
Isaiah ch26, like so much of Scripture has a kind of ‘twin track’ going on. On the one hand it contains solemn warning for those who stubbornly disregard God and His commands. Judgement is coming!
But on the other, this passage contains tender assurance for those who trust in God, that even though we have not always pleased or served Him fruitfully, He will bring about new life and security. The trouble will pass. We are promised an inheritance in ‘the new Jerusalem’. Therefore, even in our present trouble we can pray using Isaiah’s words with thanks, ‘You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.’ (Isaiah 6 v 3)
At the moment we don’t have much choice, we’re all stuck indoors for fear of catching corona virus. It’s serious times when all people of faith should be earnestly praying to God for grace and mercy on His world. But every challenge brings an opportunity and perhaps, if we are willing to ‘hide ourselves’ in our homes for these next weeks, spending extra time humbly praying to God, we might emerge with greater peace and more - new life through Jesus Christ the Lord!
Celebrating the Lord's resurrection with visitors and friends.
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“Finding Our Way Home is a collection of prayers and reflections by Presbyterian minister Andrew Watson that invites the reader to contemplate and celebrate the gift of ‘home’ – both earthly and divine. As well as addressing key events in the Christian calendar, such as Easter and Pentecost, the book considers universal subjects including marriage, parenthood, ageing and bereavement.
Finding Our Way Home offers consolation during times of difficulty in our lives, but it also invites readers to express joy, gratitude and wonder for the many gifts bestowed upon us by a benevolent creator: be it family, friends or the untold beauty of the natural world.”
Available from Veritas bookshops and website or request it from your local bookshop.
All royalties from the sale of this book will support the work of two charities: Mission Aviation Fellowship and A21.
"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". John 1 v 29
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'Finding Our Way Home' is a book written by our minister. The collection of prayers and reflections invites the reader to contemplate and celebrate the gift of home both earthly and divine. Available in local bookshops, through Veritas or on Amazon.