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The Revd Canon Paul Arbuthnot, Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes with representatives of Cobh ONE and the Royal Naval Association at Christ Church, Rushbrooke.
The Revd Canon Paul Arbuthnot, Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes with representatives of Cobh ONE and the Royal Naval Association at Christ Church, Rushbrooke.

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:

Christ Church Dublin

Crinken

Ballyclare

Cobh

Down and Dromore

West Belfast

 

Cathedral–created ‘Birds with Wishes’ to wing their way to Aleppo

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. 

Archbishop Michael Jackson with Adrian Cristae of Dublin City Interfaith Forum and on of the camp volunteers, Sammy.
Archbishop Michael Jackson with Adrian Cristae of Dublin City Interfaith Forum and on of the camp volunteers, Sammy.

Bray church communities unite to welcome Ukrainian families

Fun and games in the church.
Fun and games in the church.

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.


Quality pre-worn uniforms available in St John's Church Hall, Ballyclare, for no charge.
Quality pre-worn uniforms available in St John's Church Hall, Ballyclare, for no charge.

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.

 

Sea Sunday celebrated in Cobh

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.

 

2022 Lent Appeal tops £25,000

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

The Rev Tracey McRoberts, rector of St Matthew’s, Shankill, and Father Martin Magill, St John’s, Upper Falls, were guests at a Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle on July 5 at which Princess Anne was the guest.  The invitation was extended in recognition of the work Tracey and Martin do together, along with other clergy, across the Falls and the Shankill areas of Belfast.

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