At Whitehouse we focus on following the teachings of Jesus. We particularly believe that Jesus’ words, found in two places the Gospel of Matthew describe how we want to live out our faith in God and His son Jesus. Firstly, Jesus tells us what are the first and second greatest commandments:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37 – 39
These verses also challenge us to reach out to each other and those around us, but if more was needed then the second passage which tells Jesus last words and instructions before going to heaven make it clear as to our task:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew28:19 – 20
To this end there are regular Bible studies and prayer meetings to help us as we prepare ourselves to live out our faith in the 21st century.
The pastoral care and needs of the congregation are met in a number of ways by the members of Whitehouse. At Whitehouse, we believe in the ministry of all believers, that is we are all responsible to pray and care for each other. Yet it is important to point out two things: –
Firstly, any person may contact one of the ministry team if they have an urgent or confidential matter to discuss.
Secondly, you do not need to be a member of the Whitehouse congregation to ask for our help – our doors are open to everyone.
Our Elders, Committee members and volunteer visitors have been organised into pastorate teams in order to facilitate the regular visiting of all our members and our ministerial team continue to visit those with more immediate concerns.
Whitehouse Friends and Neighbours is a group which meets every Thursday in the church halls. This is a cross community group aimed at the more senior members of our area, although everyone is made very welcome regardless of age. Some arrive around 11am for a cuppa and chat or perhaps a game of boccia or some other sort of activity. Others prefer to arrive just for lunch at12.30. This consists of a hot meal plus a sweet and tea or coffee and biscuits.
This all for the pricely sum of £3.
For anyone wishing to participate the “seniors” Bible Study commences after lunch in the session room.
Whitehouse Youth – WhY
Children and young people from babies to late teens can participate and enjoy the fellowship in numerous activities and organisations throughout the week. The church organisations seek to advance Christ’s kingdom through play, fun, teamwork, fellowship, praise and Bible study.
Sunday morning children’s ministry takes place during the church service :
Creche (under 2 years)
JAM (Year 8+).
Youth Fellowship- WhY F
On the first and third Sunday evening of the month the youth fellowship meet, called WhY F, from 6.30pm to 8pm for School Year 8 and up.
Tots and Co.
Parent’s and Carers can bring their under 5s along to Tots and Co. on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 and 11.30am.
Monday evening the Girls’ Brigade Juniors (8-11 years) and Seniors (11- 13) meet from 6.45pm – 8.30pm. The Brigaders’ meet from 8.00pm to 10.00pm.
Friday evening has the young girls of the Girls’ Brigade meeting. The Tiny Tots (3-4 years) at 6.30 – 7.30pm and the Explorers (5 – 7 years) at 6.30 – 8.30pm.
Wednesday evening sees The Boys’ Brigade Anchor Boys (P1 – P4) meeting from 7.00 – 8.00pm.
With Thursday evening being for the Boys’ Brigade Juniors (P5 – P7), Company Section (Year 8-12) and Senior section (Year 12 +) – Juniors are 6.45 – 8.10pm and Company & Seniors are from 8.15 – 10.15pm.
Whitehouse Presbyterian is well known for its Car Boot sale, some might not know the church by name but they know of the Church that runs the Car Boot near Abbey Centre. On a Thursday evening from April to September you will find a variety of items for sale at the Car Boot and there is also catering in the Church for anyone who is feeling a bit hungry. The Car Boot also picks at least one or two charities a year which it donates money to and over the years has raised thousands of pounds for good causes in Northern Ireland and overseas.