The Rector writes: ‘As you may remember, last year we in the Church of Ireland undertook a parish–based Census exercise These census figures have now been analysed and evaluated. Here are some of the country-wide details, the average attendance at Services on a ‘usual’ Sunday, based on the 2013 exercise in November, was 58,000 people (15% of those reporting as Church of Ireland in the 2011 national Censuses). Of those attending in November 2013 the proportional breakdown by age was:
15% aged 0–11; 7% aged 12–18; 6% aged 19–30; 14% aged 31–45; 19% aged 46–60; 24% aged 61–74 and 15% aged 75+. Breakdown by gender was 57% Female, 43% Male, so the women won this one!
On Christmas Eve/Day 2012 108,000 people attended Services (29% of the population); on Easter Day 2013, 76,000 people (20% of the population) attended a Church of Ireland Service. The Census also records the extent to which the Church of Ireland is involved in key milestones in life: There were 3,700 Baptisms; 2,300 Confirmations; 1,300 Weddings and 3,500 Funerals taking place in Church of Ireland churches across the island each year. It certainly makes for interesting reading and hopefully will be of some use enabling dioceses and parishes to plan ahead for spiritual and numerical growth on an evidential rather than anecdotal basis. check out the www.ireland.anglican.org website for further details‘
TEA & COFFEE in the Parish Hall after 11am Service in St Mary’s Church.
WEDNESDAY SERVICE this week is in St John’s Church Monkstown rather than in the usual St Mary’s Carrigaline. Thank you to the Mothers’ Union for organising this ‘away’ day Service and to Sarah Foote for her kind hospitality in having a tour of her garden and some refreshments after the Service. If you would like a lift over to Monkstown, please let Hilary Dring or the Rector know.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB ‘STARSHIP DISCOVERY’ This year our Parish will join again with Templebreedy Parish to run a children’s Bible-based Holiday Club from 21st—25th July in the Canon McCrea Hall, St Mary’s School. 10am till 1pm. €30 per child or €70 per family, which includes snack. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or the Rector.
Beetle Drive, Friday, 27th June, St. Mary’s School Hall, Waterpark, at 7.30pm. €10 per person, €20 per family. A fun-filled evening for all – refreshments, prizes, raffle, chat. In aid of Ashton School Hockey trip. Contact Hilary on 086-2637137 or 086-3680513.
CARRIGALINE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE Allotment Project 2014
Are you in receipt of Social Welfare? Are you interested in gardening or growing your own vegetables and would like to be part of a small group of like-minded people? If so this project could be just for you. For more information please call 021/4919299.
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE!
If you would like to be a Junior Leader in this year’s Holiday Club, please come along to the Parish Hall at 10am on Thursday 3rd July where we will be having the first of the training sessions (Drama, Art, Action Songs). Revd Elaine and Revd Isobel will be running the training sessions from 10am till noon on each of the Thursdays in July (3rd, 10th, 17th) and the actual Holiday Club is on Monday 21st till Friday 25th July. To be a Junior Leader, you must be either in Secondary School already or about to begin in Secondary School this September.
June 23rd Toddlers plus One Group 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3pm Parish Hall.
June 26th WEDNESDAY HOLY COMMUNION IN ST JOHN’S CHURCH MONKSTOWN @ 10.30am
June 27th CAMEO 10.30am Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
July 21st – July 25th Summer Holiday Club ‘Starship Discovery’
Sept 5th Parish BBQ