News from around the Church of Ireland
Welcome to our regular round–up of news from around the Church of Ireland’s dioceses and parishes, looking back over the last weeks of summer activities. This summary’s stories are from:
Last year, the ‘Homing Pigeons: Birds with Wishes’ project captured imaginations! Good wishes arrived to Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on the wings of fanciful works of art, created by school children in Aleppo, Syria. This year the joy continued, as the cathedral welcomed children from two direct provision centres in Dublin and from the local community to participate in a ‘Birds with Wishes’–themed creativity camp.
St James’s Church, Crinken, was a hive of activity as Ukrainian families gathered for a Family Fun Week recently.The summer camp was coordinated by volunteers from Crinken, Liberty Church and Cornerstone Church (both located in Bray). About 80 Ukrainians availed of the camp on one day or another and a team of 75 volunteers helped bring the plan to fruition and came to welcome those from Ukraine.
St John’s Parish Church Hall, Ballyclare, is the hub for the Ballyclare and District School Uniform Recycling Scheme. Under the scheme, a wide selection of quality pre–worn uniforms and PE Kit for Fairview, Ballyclare Primary, Secondary and High, plus all the other local primary schools, is available free of charge to families who need them. Every item has been carefully selected and quality checked to make sure it’s good to go, saving families money and helping reduce the quantity of perfectly good clothing that ends up being sent to landfill every year.
On Sunday, 10th July at Christ Church, Rushbrooke (Cobh), the annual Sea Sunday service took place. Representatives from many aspects of Irish maritime life were present as well as civic dignitaries from Cobh. The music at the service was provided by the Commodore Male Voice Choir.
Down and Dromore is delighted to have raised over £25,000 so far to its Lent Appeal for 2022. The diocese’s churches came out in force to back the Bishop’s Big Bike Ride back in March which highlighted two projects we’re supporting in partnership with Bishops’ Appeal. One is in Jordan with Tearfund and the second is in Honduras with Christian Aid. The diocese will be supporting these projects until at least the end of 2022 so it’s not too late for you or your parish to send a donation.
‘A great privilege’ to meet Princess Anne
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