The Rector writes ‘Who would have thought that this could all continue for as long as it has… and indeed it continues into an uncertain future. We can only take one day at a time. We now have a roadmap from the authorities that will perhaps allow us to have our churches open, with social distancing, at the end of July, but this is not a given, it will all depend on the non-spread of the virus and many details will have to be worked out, like sanitizing etc. As I said last week, I am so grateful for the technology that allows me to reach out to all of you with email and zoom and of course with the livestreaming facility. One area that is increasingly worrying is the area of how we can continue financing our parish. We still have most of the same outgoings but with limited income (as we no longer have the income from the collection plate nor the regular envelope giving). This was one of the issues that occupied us at the Select Vestry meeting last week. We decided to try and reach out in whatever way we can. To this end, I have put up a
GoFundMe facility on the parish Facebook page and thank you to those who have already contributed via the link. I have asked Simon Woodworth to look into adding an iDonate facility on our parish Website and Helen Arnopp, our Hon. Treasurer, will be sending out a letter outlining our financial situation and the various options available to us in the coming days. Perhaps those of us who contribute via standing order could increase our giving, if we can, even by the tiniest amount, to help compensate for the missing donations of those who usually give at the Sunday Services? As you know, I rarely speak to you directly about parish finances but it wouldn’t be fair of me to leave this entirely on the shoulders of the Select Vestry in these extraordinary times.’
The Hole in the Wall
by Mary Cowhig
Our poor Parish Hall’s in a dire situation.
Somebody felt that it lacked ventilation.
He sped down the road, without stopping at all,
now there’s a large hole in one part of the wall.
The Canon was lying in slumber quite deep,
When a sound down below woke her
up from her sleep,
two Guards in a squad car were paying a call,
“there’s a large hole in one part of your wall”
There’s one consolation, for what it is worth,
it could have been worse, nobody’s hurt.
But for a long time, we’ll be lacking a hall,
as there’s a large hole in one part of the wall.
How to view Live Stream Services
If you are on a PC , just go to the parish website www.carrigalineunion.org and under the top right hand corner of the screen you’ll see ‘’Live Streaming of Services’ If you click on that you will be able to choose to view the service. You can also google ‘Carrigaline Union of Parishes Youtube’ and click on the link to see the recorded services. A huge thank you to Simon Woodworth for all the work he is doing to keep our online presence possible. This pew sheet has the readings for today and the prayers of intercession. A copy of the Holy Communion Service was sent out with previous emails, if you’d like a copy just let me know. The Church of Ireland website has all of the Book of Common Prayer online if you’d like to look at it click on the link below.
The sermon and the Intercessions along with the contents of the Pew Sheet are put up on the parish website on Mondays if you want to read them there.
Some of you were asking me what to do about your giving during this time of not being able to gather in our churches. If you use envelopes, you can post it to Helen Arnopp, our Honorary Treasurer, at her address in Ballea, Carrigaline, P43 HT95 or if you’d rather set up a standing order or transfer , here are the details of our deposit bank account:
IBAN – IE47BOFI90297974081798 BIC – BOFIIE2D
RECTORS & CHURCHWARDENS SAVINGS ACCOUNT
There is also a GoFundMe link on the Parish Facebook page and I believe that some parishioners have set up a jam jar at home and are putting their usual ‘Plate’ giving into the jar with the intention of passing it on to the Parish when this is all over.
Every Wednesday at 10:30am there is a Morning Prayer from the Rectory by Zoom. Just email or ring the Rector for the link.
The Wednesday nights Zoom Gatherings are at 7:30/8pm.
You can check in from 7:30pm and then we begin at 8pm.
At the moment we are looking at particular events from the Bible, seen through the eyes of the German Painter Sieger Koder and we can have a general chat around that. (using some of the material from a book from ‘Glimpses of the Divine’ by Gemma Simmonds.) in order to join the Zoom Meeting, just email or ring the Rector.
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DOWNLOADED ZOOM ON YOUR PC/TABLET/SMARTPHONE, IT IS REALLY EASY TO DO…… just google ‘zoom us’ and you will be led to the Zoom site where you can follow directions to download the Zoom software on your device, then you have to register as a user, using your usual email address and picking a new Zoom password. It is all completely free so don’t worry about costs.
Zoom software is being used everywhere at the minute and it is very user friendly. In the parish we use it now for Select Vestry meetings, I also use it daily for Morning Prayer with the other clergy in the diocese and we use it for Diocesan meetings, Boards of Management etc. so do try it.
If you have any problems with installing Zoom, let me know and I will try and walk through it with you. I’m afraid we are going to be relying on it for some time yet!
God bless, Elaine