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ICC Centenary

The Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter–Church Meeting will hold a joint service of worship in St. Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30pm.

The service will celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Irish Council of Churches – one of the world’s oldest national representative church bodies – whose first meeting took place on 23 January 1923. The service will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ballymascanlon Talks which led to the establishment of the Irish Inter–Church Meeting, through which the ICC engages with the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland.

The theme of the service will be  ‘Celebrating our Reconciling Vision of Hope’ It will be led by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, and the preachers will be the Most Revd Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, and the Revd Dr Harold Good, former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award in 2007.

At the service we will give thanks for the courage of our predecessors, for whom these were brave initiatives, recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of reconciling, which is part of the unfinished work of peace on our island, and bear witness to the hope that comes from the promises of a new creation in which there will be no more division, violence or pain.

Trinity College Chapel Choir will sing at the Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral, Waterford, tomorrow (Sunday) when the celebrant will be the Dean of Waterford, Very Revd Bruce Hayes. The choir will sing music by Trinity graduates Brian Hennessey, George Jackson and Sean Doherty. The organist at Christ Church is a former organ scholar at Trinity, Simon Harden, who is now lecturer in organ at TU Dublin Conservatoire. Back in Dublin the choir will sing at an Epiphany Carol service in the College Chapel on Thursday.

The Church of Ireland Youth Department’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund is once again open for applications with the next closing date coming up on Friday. The fund is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who can demonstrate a current involvement in the Church of Ireland.  It seeks to support training and development courses, mission teams, leadership opportunities and placements that can be shown to significantly develop the faith of the young adult applicant; grow the skills of the applicant especially, but not confined to, leadership skills; and be of significant use to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in the 12 months following the completion of the opportunity.

An application form (in PDF format) can be downloaded at this link.

All completed applications should be posted to: Young Leaders in Ministry Fund, CIYD, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2QH, or emailed to admin@ciyd.org For any further information or questions, email Simon Henry at simon@ciyd.org

Dublin and Glendalough Youth Council is delighted to host the Summer Madness team in running a ‘Winter Madness’ event for youth groups and young adults. Winter Madness will take place in Holy Trinity, Rathmines, on Saturday 11 March.  It will feature the Revd Scott Evans as the speaker and Hollie McCullough and her band will be leading the praise and worship. It will be free to attend, and will give young people a taster of what Summer Madness is like.. Members of youth groups should attend with an adult. For more information contact Emma Fawcett at dgyc.office@gmail.com



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