The Rector writes ‘Welcome to our United Service on this 5th Sunday of the month. Today our service will take the form of a Christingle Service, which is really just a Morning Prayer Service with a few oranges thrown in! Joking aside, the Christingle Service, which can take place during Christmastide/Epiphanytide, is a wonderful celebration of the coming of the one true light into our world and you can read more about it at the back of this leaflet. I would like to thank all those in the parish who decorated the churches so beautifully for this festive season, those who sang in the choirs, those who provided hospitality after the services and all those who turned up in great numbers for the many services.
I thoroughly enjoyed my second Christmas in Cork.
I would like to remind you that next Sunday, 6th January, we will be celebrating the Epiphany in both churches and we will have boxes at the back to receive any unwanted gifts you may have received over Christmas. These will then be sent on to the Women’s Refuge and Simon Community in Cork.
Happy New Year to you all. ”
SUNDAY SCHOOL From January 2013, as well as welcoming children from age 4 in Sunday School, we 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.
TODDLERS PLUS ONE GROUP and MONDAY CLUB resume on Monday 7th January .
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.
JUNIOR CHOIR meets in St Mary’s Church from 6.30 to 7.15pm each Thursday night. (resumes Thursday 10 January) All school going children welcome. Contact the rector or Hilary Dring for more details.
ST JOHNS HOME GROUP meets on Tuesdays at fortnightly intervals. The group is using the Crossway Bible Guide “Discovering Luke’s Gospel” by Simon Jones (1999), Leicester and is available to purchase at €6. The next meeting will be in the New Year. Date and location to be decided.
Children’s Movie Night All school going children are invited to a ‘Movie Night’ from 6 – 8pm on Friday 4th January in the Parish Hall. Contact the rector for details.
Parking in Carrigaline. Please take care not to block the entrance to the Church when you are parking outside St Mary’s Church. (e.g. on the existing double yellow lines) If parking is tight on Church Road, please feel free to come around to the Rectory and park as there is plenty of room in the Rectory garden.
Diocesan Magazine Subscriptions for 2013 are now due. Please give payment of €20 to Wardens or Rowland Newenham.
A walking group meets on a Monday morning at 11am in the car park opposite the Bosun in Monkstown. It is open to everyone and for all levels of fitness. The emphasis is on fun and friendship. Further details by contacting Sandra Mc Loughlin on 087 1315393 or email@example.com.
The Theological Book Circle met on Wednesday 15th November to discuss the Philip Yancey book. All were agreed that it was a great book, easy to read but very profound and thought provoking. The new book chosen is ‘Christianity with Attitude’ by Giles Fraser (Canterbury Press Norwich 2007 ISBN 978-1-85311-782-4) and we meet at 8pm in the Rectory on Thursday 31st January to discuss. All welcome.
EAPPI Don’t forget to pray for Kate Cargin as she experiences day to day life as an Ecumenical Accompanier in the West Bank. You can find out more about Kate in Palestine by going to her blog site at www.kateinpalestine.wordpress.com. We will get a chance to meet her in person when she comes to speak to us at our services on February 17th 2013.
Allotments For Rent-Join Carrigaline Allotment Group at Thompson’s Farm, Aghamartha, (near Carrigaline, on the Fountainstown Road). Grow your own veg and fruit, enjoy the exercise, half and full plots available. Call or text 087 7090899 to arrange a viewing.
Wanted: A temporary part-time childminder. Hours vary each week due to shift work. Possibly 7-9am max 2 days a week. 13.50 till latest 20.30 max 2 days a week. If shifts fall on a weekend may be no work that week. If any child sick on a work day may need collection from school or minded for school hours. Mainly afternoons are Tuesday to Thursday. 3 children in infant room and 1 in sixth class. Driving essential. Contact no. 0834208090
Jan 4th ‘Movie Night’ from 6 – 8pm in the Parish Hall.
Jan 7th Toddlers plus one and Monday Club resume
Jan 9th Holy Communion at 1030am in St Mary’s Church.
Jan 10th Junior Choir resumes at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Jan 31st Theological Book Circle. The Rectory at 8pm
2013 dates for your diary
March 1st World Day of Prayer at 8pm in St Mary’s.
May 17th –19th Pentecost Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church with the theme ‘Fruits of the Spirit.’
Random Notes XXXXIII
Illustrated above is the upper part of an elegant mural monument set up at the east end of Carrigaline Church, to the memory of the Rev. John Johnson (1800-1837), second son of William Johnson (d.1827), “Deputy Governor of Cork, and its High Sheriff in 1815”, and a younger brother of Noble Johnson (1798-1880) of Rockenham, near. Passage-West, county Cork.
He was Curate of Carrigaline from 1830 until his death seven years later, and this handsome memorial, with its fulsome inscription, was erected by his widow, Catherine (d.1856), daughter of William Henry Moore-Hodder, of Hoddersfield, near. Crosshaven, county Cork.
The inscription reads as follows:
‘Near this spot repose the earthly remains of / The Revd. John Johnson, / seven years curate of this parish / He died June 11th 1837, aged 37 years. / He was a faithful instructor / “of the truth as it is in Jesus.” / His life and the peaceful serenity / that marked is close, testifying / to the reality of his faith in Him. / As a laborious parish minister and faithful / Christian friend, he will be long remembered / by all who knew him, and who heard him / continually preach amongst them, / “Jesus Christ and him crucified.” / This tablet has been erected to his endeared / memory by his affectionate widow, with the / humble hope that his flock, reminded by it, / may now “after his decease, have the things / he taught them always in remembrance”, / and be led to follow Christ as he did, to that / better world, where “they that be wise shall / shine as the brightness of the firmament, / and they that turn to righteousness, / as the stars for ever and ever.” K.L.R