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CCB Communications Competition

The Central Communications Board’s annual Communications Competition is now open and entries are invited for print media from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses, and affiliated organisations, in the following categories: Diocesan Magazine, Parish Magazine/Newsletter, Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Magazine/Newsletter. The Central Communications Board alternates the scope of its competitions each year between print, photography and online media, and this year’s competition will focus on print.

Quality of presentation, strength of content and outreach potential will be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Wednesday, 26 April.  Winners will be announced with a presentation and awards ceremony at this year’s General Synod, which will take place in person in Wexford on Friday, 12 May, and Saturday, 13 May. 

The Bishop of Meath & Kildare, the Most Revd Pat Storey, who chairs the Central Communications Board, remarked: ‘This year’s communications competition is a great opportunity to highlight the work of magazine editors who bring stories to life in print across the Church throughout the year.  Print media continues to have a very important role in building Christian community and helping to share our faith.  Feedback on the winner, runners–up and highly commended entries will also help editors to learn from others.’

Entry forms for the competition may be had from Peter Cheney in the Church of Ireland Press Office by email at press@ireland.anglican.org or by phone (from Northern Ireland) on 028 9082 8882 and (from Republic of Ireland) on 048 9082 8882. One recent copy must be sent in hard copy with a completed entry form to Peter Cheney, Church of Ireland Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2QH.

As part of the Church of Ireland‘s MindMatters initiative the Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough has planned a one–day seminar for clergy entitled ‘Ministry after Covid’ which will be held next Tuesday. The Archbishop will welcome participants and facilitators.

In the evening in the Armagh Robinson Library there will be a launch of the recently published An Architectural History of the Church of Ireland. Written by architectural historian, Dr Michael O’Neill, the book will be launched by Primrose Wilson, President of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Published by Church of Ireland Publishing, the book is available from the on–line store on the Church of Ireland website.

The Most Revd Andy John, Bishop of Bangor & Archbishop of Wales, has invited Dr Rita Kelly, Development Officer for Irish with Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, to attend the General Assembly of the Welsh Church, which is begins in Llandudno next Tuesday. She is so looking forward to gaining insights into the methods used by the Welsh Church in making the Welsh language an intrinsic part of worship. The Welsh language is long–established as a mode of worship throughout Wales – it will be of particular interest to her to learn how it is sustained and what methodologies she can bring back to the Cumann Gaelach as they continue to promote and further the use of Irish in the Church of Ireland.

The Search–TCD Chaplaincy Colloquium makes a return for 2023 on Saturday 22 April in the TCD School of Religion from 10.15am to 5pm. ‘A New Look at the End Times’ will feature young Irish thinkers on the relevance of biblical apocalyptic today.  Details are available at searchjournal.ireland.anglican.org and places may be booked at subscriptions@searchjournal.ireland.anglican.org and pay Search via Michael Denton, 10 Emer Drive, Dublin D16 F788 or to IBAN IE34 AIBK 93541703 164005.

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