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St Peter’s, Carrigrohane St Senan’s, Inniscarra The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 021-4877260

March-April 2012 Valentine’s Dinner


Ballincollig shopping centre

United Celebration... Colaiste Choilm

Family fun !

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Saturday 17 March -ST. PATRICK’S DAY 11am A Service of Holy Communion in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney. Gather for lunch afterwards in the Blarney Castle Hotel. 2.30pm the church will be open for teas and coffees – donations to costs of Parade Sunday 18 March 9am Holy Communion, St. Peter’s 10am A Service of the Word, St. Peter’s (no Adventurers!) 11am Lighthouse, Blarney—A ‘Messy Church’ event where children and adults play, pray and learn together. Everyone is welcome! 5.30pm – 7.30pm Sunday PM, the Parish Centre Friday 23 March ‘Glow’ from 7-9pm in the Parish Centre Sunday 25 March (NOTE clocks go back at midnight on 24 March!) 9am Holy Communion, St Peter’s 10am A Service of the Word, St Peter’s 11am A Service of the Word, Blarney 11.30am Morning Prayer, Inniscarra 5.30pm – 7.30pm Sunday PM, the Parish Centre Monday 26 March 8pm A Service of Holy Communion for Lady Day in St Peter’s with the Ladies’ Guild/Mothers’ Union—all welcome! Sunday 1 April—PALM SUNDAY 9am Holy Communion, St Peter’s 10.30am coffee & 11am United Celebration, Parish Centre Wednesday 4 April 8pm, Taize Service for Holy Week, St Senan’s, Inniscarra Maundy Thursday 8pm, Holy Communion, The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Good Friday 11.30am Stations of the Cross on the streets of Ballincollig 8.00pm Good Friday service, St Peter’s, Carrigrohane Saturday 7 April - Easter Eve 8.00pm -HC Easter Eve Service and Renewal of Baptism Vows, Inniscarra Sunday 8 April—EASTER DAY 10am Holy Communion, Carrigrohane 11.15am Holy Communion, Blarney Wednesday 11—Saturday 14 April—Youth Trip to Faith Mission Centre, Bandon (for Sunday PM , GLOW MAX & 6th class people from GLOW) Sunday 15 April—3.30pm—Lighthouse, Blarney Monday 23 April—8pm Easter Vestry, Parish Centre Monday 30 April—8pm LG/MU - Songs of Praise, Parish Centre

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Saturday 11th February—it all begins! ...and as it ends—Bishop Ken & the visiting team with a few of the parish team having lunch

Father George from Ballincollig, Councillor Derry Canty, Bishop Ken, Ian, & the team—with the Gospel Choir in Ballincollig shopping centre

Stewarding & Catering!

Ian taking Saltmine Theatre to Coachford National School


Colouring Competition


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Sunday PM…

is looking at the life of Joseph this term—and looking forward to the Youth Trip away from 11-14 April in the Faith Mission Centre, Carhue, Bandon. This is open to Sunday PM, Glow Max and 6th class people from Glow. Booking forms from Matt or the office. The Lighthouse is a ‘Messy Church’ event run once a month, on a Sunday, in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney. So, what’s Messy Church all about? Well, it is church with craft activities and games included within the time of worship. It is specifically designed for families with pre-school and primary school children. The Lighthouse begins with songs and a Bible story and then everyone is free to take part in the activities which always have some connection to the story. The church is usually a hive of activity at this stage, with most of the children trying to complete all the activities. Then it is time for more songs and usually an activity based prayer-time. The event always concludes with refreshments which are an integral part of the event. On Sunday 18th March, Mothering Sunday, ‘The Lighthouse’ will take place in the morning and is a special opportunity for those who have never been, to come and see what it is like and to experience church in a different way. Perhaps you like to be creative or you hear God best while being active? Whatever your age and stage— come along and join in or watch the fun and see for yourself on Sunday 18th March at 11am. April Gunn The Lighthouse resumes it’s normal 3.30-5pm slot on Sunday 15th April—and everyone’s very welcome! Parish Contacts:

Rector: Canon Ian Jonas – 4871106 email: Parish Office: 4877260 (Mon-Fri mornings) email: Youth Workers: Matt Gould: 085 1080067 & Katie Gould: 085 1080030) email: Parish website: We change the answer machine message at the beginning of each week— and include the times of the services for the following Sunday.

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The next Marriage Course will run in the Parish Centre, Church Hill, Carrigrohane from Saturday 14th April until Saturday 26th May at 8pm, hosted by Janet & Bill Lane and Robert & Patsy Devoy. If you know of anyone who would enjoy coming along, please pass this invitation on. Bookings have begun and space is limited. Phone 4877260 or email for more information or to book a table for two.

The atmosphere is relaxed with a choice of desserts & coffee/tea at candlelit tables for two—more like a ‘date’ than a ‘course’! • It’s a great way to take time out of busy schedules and have space to enjoy as a couple. • The evenings include video presentations and time to chat as a couple – with short input slots from the hosts. • Privacy is VERY important. There is no group work and guests are never asked to share anything about their relationship – except with their partner. It suits couples who have been married a little while or for many years, or who are living together. A few years ago, an older gentleman guest of the Marriage Course said, ‘After 40 happy years, we had a whole new beginning’! Sometimes people who are planning to get married come along too. The course is based on Christian principles—but people of other faiths, or none, find it enjoyable and helpful. Sessions cover: Building strong foundations; The art of communication; Resolving conflict; The power of forgiveness; The impact of family – past & present; Good sex; Love in action. Check out for more details. To quote the website: ‘Why do the course? Regular check-ups help a car run smoothly and reduce the risk of breakdown. The best sports professionals spend hours being coached and perfecting their technique. The greatest achievements in life take practice, training and dedication. It is the same with marriage. A strong, loving and lifelong relationship doesn’t happen by chance. It takes effort and dedication to keep the fun and romance alive. We can all learn how to make even the happiest marriage better.’ The course costs 70 euro per couple which covers materials and catering for the 7 weeks – but if that’s a problem, a smaller contribution is fine. Patsy & Robert, Janet & Bill

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Dear Friends,

SNAPSHOTS OF CONNECT 2012 Along with the images in this edition of ‘Connect’, here are some “snapshots” of Connect 2012.shared at the United Celebration and Parish Lunch on the 4th March. The location of the outreach in Ballincollig Shopping Centre, the festive atmosphere created by hundreds of balloons carried through the mall and “floating” above the coffee shops, the scores of children who had their face painted; the conversations with their parents and many others. It was the “church” on the street. The overwhelming response to the family fun morning with 20 car loads and 15 “walk in” groups turned away. The “barking” success of the “Dogs Tea Party”, none of whom were seen drinking a Fairtrade cuppa, but their owners, from so many Family different backgrounds lapped it up - the church engaging with the stranger. The ‘Real Food—Fast’ Fun culinary feast where faith was shared while the Morning bowls were stirred left visitors appreciating the naturalness of the telling.

Dog’s Tea Party

So many memories – The Mix was enjoyed enormously and brought stories of God connecting with people in new ways, which softens the disappointment of poor attendances; the professionalism of the Saltmine Theatre Company. And last, but not least, the team Ken and Helen Clarke assembled: George and Eunice Newell, Ali Calvin and Karen James – their presence brought confidence, experience and the joy of working with such wonderful people.

And at the heart of it all was a team from the Union, rolling their sleeves up, praying, sharing creating without a single complaint. One of the team summed it up so well when she described how, with many others, she pushed and pulled the seats to the back of the school hall on the final evening, with smiles and banter, alongside people they had got to know better during the week. Here was Carrigrohane Union working as a team in new Bag and deeper ways because of Connect 2012. Packing for free

THANK YOU TO EVERY SINGLE ONE. There is now much to pray about. There is a new sense of urgency to find the ways and means to keep making the connections as part of the routine of Parish Life. There are many missional questions to be faced, but we can be confident in the knowledge that the Church can be unapologetic about her message when it’s shared with such generosity of heart.

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We now return to the “routine”, but also the highest point in the church year, Easter Day. As last year, the Inniscarra Easter service is transferred to Saturday evening when there will be an opportunity for the renewal of baptism vows. This is a tradition of the church and this year we would love to welcome those who may want to share briefly their story of what God is doing in their lives at this time. Please let me know. This Easter may we all know the truth that “When we die with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him” Romans 6 v 8. For the full plan of Holy Week and Easter services, please elsewhere in this Connect Newsletter.


More immediately we have St Patrick’s Day to focus on. Once again we aim to build on our witness in Blarney of offering refreshments in the church from 2.30pm, by being present on the green with a Footprints bookstall and a giveaway, which will include handing out a flier of the Lighthouse taking place the following day when it transfers to the morning service by way of an experiment. So if you have a family you particularly may like to make Blarney your place of worship that day. There won’t be Adventurers in St Peter’s – so as many of us as possible can join in the Lighthouse. It is an opportunity to share the vision of Lighthouse across the rest of the Union, so whatever stage you are at, do come and join us and find out more - to help we will be having a special feature geared to adults.


The church’s AGM—the Easter Vestry will be held in the Parish Centre on Monday 23rd April at 8pm. Nomination papers will be in the churches for the positions of Wardens and Select Vestry members. Please consider serving yourself—and/or nominating others.


Congratulations…to Clare and Paul on the birth of baby Faye Gleeson and her baptism on the 11th March & to Martyn and Naomi Tyrrell on the birth of Kirsty Grace Verinder Tyrrell on 29th February in England. Martyn, Mark Dunwoody, the Diocesan Youth Worker leaves for a new Naomi & post in the Diocese of Montreal. Carrigrohane Union owes a Kirsty debt of gratitude to Mark not only for leading the Diocesan Youth, which many of our young people have been part of, but also because of the valuable advice and support that his presence has given to the Youth Management Group in the last 18 months. We pray for Mark, Diane, and the boys Gareth, Ricky and Dylan as they make this big move. Welcome Home—to Helen Lane after her year in Sierra Leone.


Please pray for the Parochial Nominators and myself as we meet with two candidates for the Blarney post on Saturday 24th March.


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A few words from some of the visiting Connect 2012 team: Thank you to ALL the team for a fantastic week...brilliant organizing, great hospitality, varied programme, outstanding team, Kingdom growth, lives changed, and most of all a wonderful wonderful Grace-filled God!! To Him be the Glory! Thank you to all for your selfless service. Praying for Alpha . +Ken and Helen To everyone in Carrigrohane Union—Thank you so much for welcoming me as part of Connect 2012. It was a privilege to be a part, and I feel I have taken so much more away than I have given. You have given me a heart for the people of Cork and I will continue to hold you in prayer. Thank you all also for your generosity in many ways. Love from Karen (Willowfield, Belfast).

Book Club

—meets at Janice’s house on Wednesday 14th March to talk about A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Ladies’ Guild/Mothers’ Union In January the Ladies’ New Year Charity Lunch raised €688.00 for Release International, which supports persecuted Christians and their families throughout the world. Thank you! If you’d be interested in a Pampering Day (organized by Mothers’ Union in the diocese) a chance to relax & unwind in the Trident Hotel, Kinsale on Saturday 24th March from 2pm—contact Gail (4871106) because bookings need to be in by 19th March! Everyone is welcome to a Service of Holy Communion for Lady Day in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane at 8pm on Monday 2 March—and to ‘My Song of Praise’ an evening of sharing and singing in the parish centre at 8pm on Monday 30 April.

Holiday Plans? Give New Wine a try ! New Wine Sligo—Summer 2012 8-13 July—with Bishop Ken Clarke as the morning Bible Teacher! Sessions for all ages, workshops, fellowship—and beaches nearby! Booking forms from the Parish Office or Early bird rate ends 30th April!

16+ and looking for something useful to do this summer?

• CDYC Holiday Club Leadership in West Cork at the end of July (cost 100euro) • CDYC Romanian Mission Trip at beginning of August (cost 500-600euro) INTERESTED? Call Judy on 0874184359 or—places are limited and references from youth leaders/Rectors will be needed.

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