CARRIGROHANE UNION OF PARISHES St Peter’s, Carrigrohane
St Senan’s, Inniscarra
The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney
December 2008—March 2009
New Rector Appointed
On the recommendation of the Board of Nominators, Bishop Paul has appointed Rev Ian Jonas as the new rector of Carrigrohane Union. Ian is currently the rec24th December - 11.30pm tor of Kilgariffe Union in West Cork and will be well known to many in the Holy Communion in Inniscarra parish. Ian is married to Gail and they have two sons and a daughter. Ian 25th December—Christmas Day has a lot of pastoral experience being in West Cork since 1997 and before Family Holy Communion that he was seven years in the Diocese of Derby. He has also been the Regional Director of Crosslinks, as well as serving as a curate in St in St Peters - 10am Finnian’s Belfast and St Mark’s Portadown. He studied theology at St Family Holy Communion John’s College Nottingham. in Blarney—11am The nominators would like to thank all those who have prayed for them during the process and would ask that as a Parish we would now pray for 28th December - 11.30am Ian and Gail and their family as they prepare to say farewell and for the United Worship in Inniscarra parishioners of Kilgariffe Union as they come to terms with the loss of their Rector. Ian writes: “I am thrilled to be appointed as your new rector and very much look forward to joining in with all that God is doing in Carrigrohane Union. Already I feel the warmth of your welcome - thank you. No date has been set for our move, so simply with yourselves and members of Kilgarriffe Union, we pray for God’s Kingdom and the work of the church to flourish amidst all the changes.”
Letter from Ruth... Dear friends, ‘May you live in interesting times!’ Whether this is a blessing or a curse may well be open to discussion. What isn’t open to discussion is that we do live in interesting times! There may be times when we choose not to interact with the media full of economic bad news but we are all touched by these uncertainties and we cannot ignore them. Living in uncertain times is a particular challenge and we have been given a particular insight by Paul’s letter to the Philippians over these past few months. The wonderful promises of this letter come out of Paul’s long experience of life following Jesus and his living with uncertainty. He calls us to follow Jesus’ attitude of humility, encouraging us to ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in your to will and to act according to his good purpose’ (Philippians 2:13). He could face all the uncertainties of his life at that time because he had experienced the trustworthiness of Jesus again and again. ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13) ‘and my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:19). Paul wrote this towards the end of a life lived in close relationship with Jesus when he knew that, even though everything else may be taken from him, he could trust in the certainties of his relationship with Jesus. In this time, Paul asks us: where is the centre of your life and what will bring you through all the crises that life can throw at us? He speaks to us from a prison cell that we should ‘not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
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to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Philippians 4:6-7). May we each know God’s peace in these uncertain times. From Christmas to Lent, we will use the Lord’s Prayer as a basis of our thinking as a parish. Sometimes it is a case that familiarity limits the time we spend thinking about the wonderful truths in this prayer. It encapsulates Jesus’ teaching about how we should pray, highlights the foundations for our life as followers of Jesus and brings us back to the essentials of living a life of faith. We pray that, as we explore how Jesus teaches us in prayer, our experience of our relationship with him in challenging times may grow and shape our lives more and more each day. We thank God for the answer to prayer that is the news of the appointment of Ian Jonas as the Rector elect of the parish. Thank you so much to the parish nominators for all the hard work they have done on our behalf since the early summer - perhaps only their families know quite how much. We thank the Bishop and the Diocesan nominators as well. The Jonas family are not the only news in relation to new arrivals – it was wonderful to welcome Charlie Joshua Gould to Carrigrohane. Congratulations to Matt and Katie and we wish you every blessing in this new stage of your family life. The appointment process has been going on in the background while so much of ordinary parish life has been continuing on in the foreground. It takes an incredible team of people who give of their time and talents to provide the very full programme of activities in the parish. Thank you to each and every one. Thank you in particular to Helen Lane and those involved in the recent Micah
Matt’s mobile: 085 1080067
Merry Christmas Everyone Well since we last wrote in the last SPAN, nothing much has been going on really, you know the usual run of the mill stuff – “What’s that Katie? Oh yes, nearly forgot” – We had Charlie on 21st Nov! He is a wonderful blessing, and a very alert but relaxed baby – he even sleeps between feeds, which his mum and dad are very thankful for. Thank you so much for the support, encouragement, prayers, cards, pressies, food… It is really touching to see how excited everyone is, and all the support has been wonderful. On the work front it has been a positive, but long, term. Sunday PM are in the middle of a bible overview, and have learnt loads about the passover, the tabernacle, the various covenants, the history and the decline of God’s people in the Old Testament. The highlight of the term (for me, at least) was building a ‘tabenacle’ to help us understand how God related to his people at that stage. We acted out the various parts, including high priest and the various animal sacrifices, with some very noisy dying goats and rams!! What was so amazing was to see how Jesus fulfills this ‘priestly’ role and the session helped us make sense of this amazing passage in Hebrews 10.19-22: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood
of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Glow has been going from strength to strength and it is wonderful to have a great leader team to run what can be a fairly busy youth group! A big thank you to Fiona Cawkwell who is going on sabbatical to South America next term – we look forward to a few pics when you get back Fiona! Glow MAX has been positive and good fun, but with smaller numbers than we would like – so if you know a secondary school aged young person who might enjoy a Friday night youth group, don’t hesitate to invite them along, or point them in my direction. Dates for next term(s):
GLOW: Jan 16th, Feb 13th, Mar 20th (trip out), May 1st, May 29th GLOW MAX: Jan 9th, Feb 6th, Mar 13th,April 24th, May 22nd Sunday PM,Weekly from Jan 11th (except ½ term weekends) Katie’s Thoughts I’m really enjoying Charlie and learning to be a mum. I miss being at the groups, but had fun showing Charlie off to the Sunday PM group 2 weeks ago. I would really appreciate prayers for energy, as I am feeling quite tired and a little emotional! See you in 09.
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Blarney Toddler group. Blarney toddler group re opens for the New Year on Tuesday 13th January. We will then be looking forward to our tenth birthday celebrations in February. The big date is Feb 9th, when ten years back, we tentatively opened the doors and had three or four parents and their kids come to join us. We now average 70 people each Tuesday morning! We plan to have the Church of the Resurrection open on Sunday 8th from 2pm so that past and present members can come along and look at the photo display of Toddler events over the years. Then at 3pm there will be a special service of celebration and thanksgiving, hopefully with past Toddler Group members taking part…and of course there will be refreshments and time to chat and play together afterwards. Toddler team members are going to The Haven on Monday 9th for a birthday lunch, and we will have cake and a party at Toddlers on the Tuesday morning. We really thank God for the vision to start Toddlers in Blarney and for his faithfulness to us over the years. Ruth Hockey
Carrigrohane Toddler Group We are busy and bursting at the seams on Friday mornings in the Parish Centre with lots of regulars and also new people each week. We are thrilled to have Olga Dooly join our team of ladies who do the hard work in the kitchen. It is so lovely to be handed a cup of tea or coffee along with a smile and a chat! We were sad to say goodbye to Evelyn O’Mahoney and Mary Venables. They were both really wonderful to have on the team and we will really miss them. It is great to welcome Brenda and Janice to the team. They are going to come and try it out after Christmas! We would really welcome another person as well, on the team that helps every Friday. It is a big commitment, 9:30 – 12:30 each Friday but very rewarding, fun and a wonderful way to serve. Please call to chat about it if you want to find out more or chat to one of the team! (Leigh Hudgens, Heather Daly, Jean Patterson, Joan Hales, Marg Everett, Olga Dooly, Ruby Newton, Heather Cochrane) Janet Lane
The Lunch Club There is a suggestion of having an informal gathering of people to go for lunch after the United Celebration on the first Sunday of the month. There is no need to book and it is open to all ages and stages of people. It is a nice chance to get to know some people from the church in an informal manner. Why not join us? We will just gather after the service on the first Sunday of the month.
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with Rev. Sue Waterson Saturday, 28th February at the Parish Centre ‘Listening to God’ A chance to take some time out at the beginning of Lent. Bring a packed lunch, we’ll supply tea and coffee. Everyone welcome. No charge but donations welcome. The day begins at 10.30am. See noticesheets & website for more details nearer the time. Confirmation th
May 24 in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Confirmation is the public declaration of your Christian faith – taking on for yourself the promises made in your name at your baptism. It is not an age related event, anyone who wants to make a public declaration of their Christian faith can go for Confirmation. It is an important chance to acknowledge what God has done in your life. For younger people, we ask that they are at least in 6th class of primary school before coming for Confirmation. Preparation includes involvement with Sunday PM as well as meetings with Ruth. Please talk to Ruth if you are interested in being confirmed this year. Everyone is welcome to come along and explore whether Confirmation is right for them at this stage.
Alpha News Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Alpha at the Parish Centre. It’s great to have 24 team and guests meeting each Tuesday night and there is a great sense of God working in all of us. Thank you for your prayers and support. The Alpha starts again with the day away on January 17th and continues on Tuesday nights until February 17th. Theresa Curran and others from the Growth group have been involved in running an Alpha at the Catholic Church in Whitechurch which has been a real encouragement for everyone involved. So much so that there will be another course in the Spring.
Regular timetable of Services again from January: •
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1st Sunday of each month 9.00am, St Peter’s, with coffee in the Parish Centre from 10.30 followed by United Celebration of Worship at 11am in the Centre for everyone to gather together – no informal worship in the evening. other Sundays: 9am and 10am (with Scramblers & Adventurers) in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane; 11am in Blarney (with the Ark); 11.30am on 2nd & 4th Sundays in Inniscarra (with J.A.M.); 7.30pm Informal Worship in Blarney
To confirm what time services are in any of our churches, please consult the website:
www.carrigrohaneunionofparishes.ie or telephone the parish office on 4877260. We change the answer machine message at the beginning of each week—and include the times of the services for the following Sunday.
Ladies’ Guild/ Mothers’ Union Ladies’ New Year Lunch at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel at 1pm on Saturday 31st January 2009 March: Friday 6th—Women’s World Day of Prayer service in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane at 8pm Monday 23rd— Service of Holy Communion for Lady Day in the Parish Centre at 8pm followed by a presentation on the work of the Mothers’ Union Overseas by Patsy
On behalf of the Guide Dogs for the Blind—May would like to say thank you to Marg and all those who came Carol Singing in the Ballincollig Shopping Centre. It was a great evening that raised the best ever total of €470!!
If you’d like to help in the regular cleaning or flowers for St Peter’s, please contact the parish office. It’s fine to sign up to try the jobs just for a week or two! ...John French would like to hear from anyone who’d like to offer their skills/time in any practical ways around the parish buildings and grounds.
“ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD” The 4 hangings are now up on the wall in Blarney church! A big THANK YOU to all 79 people who contributed pieces. It was a huge pleasure for me putting it together and a great encouragement to see the wonderful different ways God is working and active in peoples lives. Praise God! Thank you too to Ruth Jackson for her encouragement and to Tim Jenkinson who managed to get it hanging securely and looking so well. There are sheets near the hangings with explanations of many of the ‘squares’, so come and have a look and a read! Janet
Adventurers News. The Adventurers took on some fundraising for The Leprosy Mission, after learning about Jesus healing a man with leprosy during one of our lessons. They spent a morning making all sorts of crafts and cookies which were then sold in St Peter’s the following Sunday. We were hoping to ‘be the hands and feet of Jesus’ by raising enough to treat one leprosy sufferer, (€156) and were delighted to exceed that target, raising 188 euro, which is on its way, along with some photos of our fundraising event. Thank you to all who supported and encouraged the children in their efforts - and
to all the Adventurers!
Book Club Book Club meets monthly for coffee and conversation. New readers are always welcome. The schedule for the next three months is as follows: Jan 14th—The Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri —at Janice’s Feb 11th—The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry at Fiona Devoy’s March 11th—Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh at Fiona Giles’ If you're interested in joining the book club contact Fiona (4383089)
The first parish Micah course (compiled by Tearfund and Liveability), facilitated by Helen Lane, has just finished, but the challenge of the things we thought about and discussed will stay with all of us who took part, and hopefully we will continue to think and act differently as a result. The course takes as its starting point the verse in the book of Micah where God says he requires us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with him. It helped us to see the theme of justice and God’s heart for the poor and marginalized throughout scripture and we saw examples from around the world of Christians trying to be obedient to God’s call, sometimes in quite radical ways. We thought a lot about what ‘mission’ is, God’s mission for his church and how that might apply to our own particular situation. Each week we had a ‘homework’ challenge, something to do or check out which took us a little outside of our comfort zones! I found this practical task to be one of the most helpful parts of the course. Ivan McMahon came and filled us in on some of the problem or challenging aspects of life for young, old and newcomers in the Ballincollig area. Some of us attended and event in the city centre where we looked at the declaration of human rights, drawn up 60 years ago this year. We made giant footprint shaped posters depicting some of these rights and laid them out on the pavement on Patrick street where passers by could look and discuss them with us. I could tell you more, but it might be better to go along yourself the next time the course is run….but be prepared for challenge and change! It is very much worthwhile and we are really grateful to Helen for all her hard work.
Select Vestry Please note a change of date for the next meeting: Wednesday 4 February in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm
20s & 30s—see website and news-sheets for news & plans!
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course and we look forward to what they will share with us about how we can best relate with the developing world. Thank you to Jaki and Patsy who both work so hard in keeping the wheels oiled. The past year has been one of increasing financial challenge for many of us and that has impacted on many different areas of life, including our parish finances. We all need, before God, to make decisions about how we use the resources he has given us, financial or otherwise. Is it possible for you to give more to God’s work in the parish? Please pray for all the decisions that the parish need to make in relation to finances over this next time. We always need to remember that we don’t face these challenges alone but to bring our needs before the Lord in prayer. Unfortunately, because of the wider economic situation, the immediate plans to build a hall at Inniscarra have had to be postponed. The vestry have agreed with the building sub-group that we will focus on the priorities of providing water and toilet facilities on the site over the next period of time. Water should be on-site early in the New Year. This autumn saw the commissioning of the first Lay Pastoral Assistants within the Diocese, a select group of seven people who have been trained in pastoral care. Two of this group come from our parish – Viv Squire and Rosemary Hickey – and we congratulate them and pray for them as they continue in this very important role. Viv continues to serve at the Bon Secours Hospital. We have been very blessed that Rosemary is on placement with us in this parish and will be supporting individuals during times of challenge for them. We will pray for her in this role particularly at the United Celebration on January 4th. It has been an interesting year for us all. We look forward to this new year and new season in our parish life trusting in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our calling is not focused on finance or buildings or all the other trappings of life, but on the call to follow Christ and Paul has encouraged us to press toward the goal that God has called us heavenwards in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). What is that? ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28: 19-20). May we know Jesus presence with us through all that this year holds for us as a parish and as his followers, Ruth
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Holiday plans Step Out: New Wine conference, Sligo 12th-17th July 2009 The New Wine Ireland summer holiday conference provides a great opportunity for you to spend time worshipping God, receiving from Him through practical teaching and prayer ministry, as well as meeting new people and spending time with family and friends. You can go as a family or on your own and enjoy the friendly and relaxing atmosphere. There have been a number of people from the parish going over the last years and it has been a real encouragement to them. David Parker is leading a teaching series during the week, including worship and ministry and every day ends with an evening celebration when there is a different speaker each evening. There is a full programme of seminars during the week and activities for children and teens. Costs (if booked by 31/03/09): Adults €150; teens €65; children €57; under 5’s €32. Accommodation is available locally. For more information see leaflets in the churches or www.new-wineireland.co.uk. Greenbelt (28th-31st August 2009) Cheltenham race course Greenbelt is a combination of a Christian festival, an arts festival and a social action festival with activities for all ages and types of people. At every stage of day or night, there is a wide selection of seminars, concerts and activities to choose from, including the hymn sing in the bar tent every evening. We are planning a group to go for the weekend, flying from Cork to Bristol and hiring a car or two. Ticket costs include camping, though there are at least some people who want to share rented accommodation. The parish group is for over 18s only, under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult. Costs (if booked by 30/04/09): Adults: £83 (concession £55) For more information, see www.greenbelt.org.uk or talk to Ruth. Education Support is provided by Cork County VEC in the Ballincollig area with reading, writing, spelling, maths, formfilling, basic computer skills & English for speakers of other languages. If you know of someone who would benefit from this free & confidential service please call 0868808057 MABS is a national, free, confidential and independent service for people who need advice on money management. Helpline number: 1890 283438 Website: www.mabs.ie