The Rector writes ‘We are delighted to have our annual Songs of Praise this evening at 7pm in St John’s Church Monkstown. Thank you to all who voted for their favourite hymns from the 6 choices in each of the 6 categories and I hope you won’t be disappointed with the winners when all is revealed at this evening’s service. Several of my favourites made the grade and I promise I didn’t cheat! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger, Hilary, Kay and Frank forproviding us with music each week. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to relax knowing that our organists have thought about the readings and the service and have picked such fitting hymns each week. In the Church of Ireland, our hymn singing is such an integral part of our worship that to be able to call on four such able organists is really to be spoiled. On your behalf I thank them all. As the prayer that we will say tonight has it : ‘May your presence and beauty be found in every note, and may the words that are sung reach the hearts of your people so they may draw closer to you. Amen!
SUNDAY SCHOOL We welcome children from age 4 in Sunday School, and we now also encourage children from age 3 to join with the older children as long as one of the parents can accompany them. In this way, they will get used to Sunday School in an informal way and be completely ready to go ‘solo’ from age 4. Thank you to the dedicated Sunday School teachers for all the effort they put into helping our children learn about God. It is very much appreciated by us all.
Songs Of Praise tonight in St John’s at 7pm. All welcome.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE and MONDAY CLUB GROUP will not be meeting tomorrow Monday 11th as it is the school half term holidays.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION SERVICE 10.30am every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church. The first Wednesday of each month will have special prayers for the work of the Mothers’ Union followed by refreshments after the Service. All Welcome.
Mother’s Union, Wednesday 20th February at 8pm in St Mary’s Parish Hall. Alicia St Leger will give a talk on the Huguenots in Cork. All welcome.
JUNIOR CHOIR takes a break for half term and will resume on 21st February.
Monkstown Home group will suspend meeting until after Easter to allow members to join the Lenten services and bible studies.
Diocesan Magazine Subscriptions for 2013 are now due. Please give payment of €20 to Wardens or Rowland Newenham.
EASTER VESTRY This annual meeting, which is open to all parishioners, will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April. If you would like to have a vote at this meeting, you will need to register as a vestry person. Remember that while all are welcome to attend the Easter Vestry meeting only registered vestry persons may vote or be voted into office. The meeting to review the list of Vestry Members will take place on Ash Wednesday 13thFebruary at 7pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Please see the Rector or the Church Wardens for the relevant forms should you wish to be registered as a vestry person.
Theological Book Circle will meet next in the Rectory at 8pm on Thursday 25th April when we will discuss Fr. Peter McVerry’s book ‘Jesus – Social Revolutionary?’ published by Veritas (2008) ISBN 978-1-84730-110-9. All are welcome.
MEN’s Shed- All men are welcome to go along and find out more about the companionship and skills training available in the Mens’ Shed Kilnagleary on the Minane Bridge Road. See leaflets at the back of the churches for more details
Mad About Science Workshops. Kids will get the once in a life time opportunity to play with their food while carrying out exciting experiments. Canon Packham Hall, Douglas on Sat, 16th February, 10am-1pm. €20 per child. Contact Michelle Woodworth 086 0830898 www.madaboutscience.net
The Social & Health Education Project is running five short courses around Cork City starting late January : Women’s Health & Wellbeing, Coping With Stress, Effective Communication, Intro to Personal Development and Family Communication. For further information phone Geraldine or Liam on 4666180.
CONFIRMATION NOTICE-If you are planning on being confirmed this coming autumn, please put Saturday 9th March in your diary for the ‘Confirmation Morning with the Bishop.’ This is an event which everyone wishing to be confirmed in 2013 must attend. Please let the Rector know if you wish to be confirmed this year as she is putting the class plan together. She will let everyone know the actual date for this year’s Confirmations as soon as the Bishop decides on one.
Each Wednesday at 7.30pm during Lent, we will have a short Service in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline followed by a Bible Study. This year we will be using a Study Course which was developed by the Church of Ireland, on the theme of Economic Justice. All are welcome to attend.
The dates are as follows:
Wed 13th February (Ash Wednesday) 7.30 Eucharist, followed by Bible Study in the Church.
Wed 20th February 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by a talk in the Hall given by Dr Alicia St Leger, courtesy of the Mothers’ Union.
Wed 27th February 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 6th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 13th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Wed 20th March 7.30, Evening Prayer followed by Bible Study.
Feb 13 th Review of Vestry Members 7pm St Mary’s Church Hall
Feb 13th Ash Wednesday 10.30am and 7.30pm Services.
Feb 17th Kate Cargin, EAPPI recently returned from the Holy Land speaking in both churches at the normal morning services.
Mar 1st World Day of Prayer. Claire Jackson speaking 8pm St Mary’s.
Mar 9th Saturday Service 7pm St Mary’s Church
Mar 16th Eucharist Service “as Gaeilge” 7.30pm St Mary’s Church
Mar 29th Children’s Easter Club
Mar 31st Easter Sunday Dawn Service, Monkstown.
Apr 11th Annual Vestry Meeting 7pm St Mary’s Church Hall.
Apr 25th Theological Book Circle 8pm The Rectory.
Apr 27th MU Brunch in Rectory.
May 17th Flower Festival Opening Service, 7pm St Mary’s Church.
May 19th Closing Service, 7pm Bishop Michael Burrows preaching.
June 1st Parish Fête in St Mary’s School, Carrigaline.
July 22nd –26th Children’s Summer Holiday Club Week.
Random Notes No. XLVIII
Members of the Select Vestry of the Carrigaline Union of Parishes (Carrigaline and Killanully), photographed at the Rectory, Carrigaline, by Hodder Roberts, c.1965.
Left to right (standing): Revd Leslie Colthurst, Rector, 1962-1972; ‘Eddie’ Wolfe of Shanagraigue; George Stoney, of Currabinny; ‘Joe’ Whitley, of Kilmoney; Patrick Coughlan, of Ballinrea; ‘Jack’ Chambers, of Knockmore; Worth Newenham, of Coolmore.
(seated): ‘Em’ McAdoo, nee Stoney, of Currabinny; ‘Sam’ Williams, of Coolcower; ‘Jack’ Stanley, of Ballynameetagh; ‘Kitty’ Geary.