The Rector writes ‘Welcome to our United Service! Whenever there is a ‘5th’ Sunday in the month (usually 4 times in the year) , it is our tradition to hold a morning Eucharist Service together in one of our two churches, followed by an evening Service of Wholeness & Healing in the other church. As we are here in St John’s this morning, the Service at 7pm will be in St Mary’s. People who come along to this reflective evening service often find themselves, through prayer, relieved of an internal burden that they sometimes weren’t even aware they were carrying. Healing, reconciliation and restoration are all integral to the good news of Jesus Christ. For this reason prayer for individuals, focused through laying on of hands or anointing with oil, has a proper place within the public prayer of the Church. God’s gracious activity of healing is seen both as part of the proclaiming of the good news and as an outworking of the real presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. I hope to see some of you later’
Come and join us at 5:45am next Sunday 6th May as we celebrate , ecumenically, the glory of creation as performed by the birds of Currabinny Woods! Wear sensible clothes & shoes and bring a flask and a sandwich for afterwards.
BANDON GRAMMAR SCHOOL Gathering of Past-Pupils and Staff at Bandon Grammar School, celebrating 60 years at Richmount (May 2nd 1958—May 2nd 2018) 7pm Wednesday 2nd May at 7pm. An ecumenical Act of Worship followed by a light meal, exhibition of photographs, music and chat. RSVP 023-8841713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will join again with Crosshaven for our Summer Holiday Club . This year’s Club is called ‘The Big Top’ and will be in the Canon McCrea Hall in St Mary’s School Carrigaline from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July. Application Forms are now available in the Parish Office or from the Rector.
30th April Toddlers Plus One 10am until 12 noon Parish Hall Monday Club 3pm until 5pm Parish Hall
Theological Book Circle 8pm Rectory
2nd May Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
6th May Dawn Chorus 5:45am Currabinny Woods
21st May Charting a Future Roadshow 7:30pm Parish Hall
26th May Parish Fete St Mary’s School 10am
28th May VOICE Recycling Workshop 8pm Parish Hall
The following lines by Jenny Joseph are a lesson on how to grow old (dis) gracefully! The compiler of this note disclaims all responsibility should the five “young ladies” of this parish, (all aged over ninety) decide to copy the poem’s heroine!
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.