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

May 2014

VISION 2015 ….inside: • The Challenge of Messy Church – see overleaf for Robert’s editorial Engaging in Prayer 24 Hours of Prayer: Pursuing His Glory Saturday 31st May to Sunday 1st June 9am to 9am •

Engaging with Worship – the visit of the Rev Roland Heaney, Rector of Redcross County Wicklow, to all our churches MUSIC AMONG THE TREES Friday 30 May 2014 St Senan’s, Inniscarra 8pm Amazing local talent will gather again for a feast of Music and Song in aid of the Alzheimer’s Association and another charity to be confirmed.

As we print this newsletter the planning and praying is still underway for the youth trip away in Bandon from 22-26 April. Please continue to pray for the 8 leaders and 40 young people as they enjoy this time away—and learn about NOAH—the man who stood alone with God! ...and into May as they come home and go back to school.

Messy Church – A Good News Challenge Since arriving in Blarney it has been fantastic to be part of a team of people who month by month come together and lead families in Biblically based activities, music and fellowship in Lighthouse. It has been great to engage with parents and kids from the parish and from the wider community in Blarney in such a great activity as Lighthouse. Lighthouse is part of the Messy Church family which now spans the globe … it also spans Christian Denominations. Here in Ireland we’ve discovered around 15 Messy Churches—from Donegal to Cork, Athy to Wexford and many around Dublin. Messy Churches across the world have 5 Core Values • Christ-centred - Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. •

All-age- It is for adults and children to enjoy together - every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.

Creativity—It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give EVERYONE a chance to play together.

Hospitality—It reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive.

Celebration - It reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.

In light of the Vision 2015 discussions we have questions to ask about the mission of Messy Church in our parish. With families both from the parish and outside choosing to come along once a month as to how we develop Messy Church as part of both our vision for Worship and vision for Mission in Building the Mission Action Plans in the parish. We are trying to discern, as both a staff team and Vision Development Group as to what is God saying to us as we try and develop this work. We want to ensure that we continue to grow our committed Blarney Church membership whilst also living with the current reality that Messy Church as the size of the congregation, (albeit once a month), is more

than double our average morning attendance. This is something the whole parish needs to engage with. In the meantime, below are two fantastic websites which really raise the bar in helping us all to share the Vision of Messy Church.

Yours, Robert or on our own website Messy Church is a Fresh Expression of Church :

United Celebration in May On Sunday 4th May we hope to do things a little bit different at our United Celebration – we’ll come together at 11am for worship and prayer and then split up into 3 different “Zones” Learning through Play – Where parents and kids will be able to explore the Bible through story and crafts Learning through Media – Where we’ll have a video which will spark off some discussion Learning through Talking/ Listening - Where we’ll explore the Bible Text and maybe have some discussion And then return together for 15 minutes worship and prayer, aiming to be finished around 12 noon.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015 Over the course of the last few months I have had the privilege and opportunity to talk to some parishioners about the various pilgrimages I have made to the Holy Land as a leader of groups. Some members of our parish have shown interest in going and visiting in the Land where Jesus walked. So I am planning on taking another pilgrimage in May 2015 from Cork. All are welcome Details of the tour company and an itinerary can be found on . Please do take a look at that website and if you are interested please get in touch with me.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not

be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1,9 Hi to everyone, Some of you may have seen me in church, at Sunday PM or at Toddlers. I’m Rebecca Haag and I’m doing an European Volunteer Service at the YMCA in Ballincollig, and because I have a bit time left I’m helping out in Sunday PM, the Toddler Group and also a few times in Glow and Glow Max. In September last Year I came all the way from Germany to stay here with the McMahons for 10 months. Before I came to Ireland a friend of mine gave me the above verse, to encourage me in times when I feel alone or think there is no light at the end of the tunnel. And God really blessed me with nice colleagues, a lovely host family and a hand full of great friends. I really enjoy the youth work, and the inputs in Sunday PM are also something where I can charge my batteries again. The Friday mornings, in the toddler group are always such a joy to just play with the kids and have fun with them. When I go home again in July I want to study Pedagogy, Biology or Psychology. But at the moment I don’t want to spend a second thinking about leaving, because I really enjoy my time here!


ENGAGING WITH WORSHIP - VISION 2015 Sunday 25th May Services Rev Roland Heaney – Rector of Redcross, Co Wicklow with Q&A. As well as Roland speaking there will be a short Q & A after each session, where he shares their experience of worshipping across different traditions in three locations and the growth that has emerged. The services will be shorter than usual to facilitate. 10am—St Peter’s, Carrigrohane please note no 9am service 11am—The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 11.30am—St Senan’s, Inniscarra

EASTER GENERAL VESTRY We thank those who offered to serve in the different roles (see the list elsewhere). A positive meeting heard Mick O’Dea, our treasurer, speak about how our direct giving had increased and the importance of Vision driving our budget rather than the other way around. The main focus of the evening was on the Launch of Vision 2015. A leaflet is available giving the main points and further info will be available in due course. Please engage with Vision 2015, by your prayer, feedback and action.

PEOPLE We continue to pray and practically support the Walsh Family on Jimmy’s return to Cork. Carmel would love those who can, to call and see him for approx. 20 minutes, so that he has as much social stimulation as possible, and Ruth Hockey is co-coordinating those who would like to drop in a meal to the family. So please get in touch with Carmel and/or Ruth, and if unsure please speak to Ian. The two husbands of our office “girls” had their “15 minutes of fame” on national TV in the same week at the beginning of April, which must be a first. In different ways they both found themselves caught in the crossfire of questions and answers! Well done to Pat and Robert.

Glory! Drinking from the New Wine “Glory is when we are most ourselves” is how James Boyd* helped us to understand the Glory of God and shared how he most appreciates his wife Shirley, when she is most herself. On foot of a reference to James’ explanation in a sermon, I was reminded** that one of the early Church Fathers, Saint Irenaeus said pretty much the same thing: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.” Most of us pray when there is a need, but the heart of prayer is to behold God, rather as James’ beheld the glory of his wife. It is to dwell in his presence, worship and listen. In that beholding lies the inner work of transformation, not only of ourselves but the world around us, including our churches. God’s Spirit has space to breathe new life. With this in mind we are having 24 hours of prayer when everyone is invited to drop in and stay for as long as they can. Please see below for the details.

Engaging in Prayer for Vision 2015 James’ ministry was hugely appreciated and tied in wonderfully with the visit of the 24/7 and New Wine team on their Patrick’s prayer tour of Ireland. Do look up the 24hour prayer movement led by mainly young people, and the exciting and renewing work of God that is emerging. Especially, as we prepare for Vision 2015. For many there is excitement, for others there are a lot of questions and uncertainty. If we are to engage with Vision 2015 we first must pray, then in the coming months we will be sharing more information and seeking your willingness to step out in faith. May it all be for Gods glory - when we behold Him as He really is. In the meantime we welcome the Rev Roland Heaney to our services on Sunday 25th May to encourage us on the journey.

24 hours of Prayer Saturday 31st May from 9am to Sunday 1st June 9am, in the Parish Centre Carrigrohane—with interactive and creative aids to prayer. (More details and a ‘rota’ with spaces to be filled will be coming soon!)

*James was speaking at the March Cork Spring New Wine event in Blarney **Thanks to Viv Squire

May 2014

Office opening hours: Mon & Fri 9.30am-3.30pm, with Tues & Thurs - 9.30am-12.30pm and closed on Wednesdays.

EVENTS Monday 28 April—8pm Select Vestry meeting in the Parish Centre Friday 9 May – Glow from 7-9pm in the Parish Centre Saturday 10 May – Ladies’ Guild/Mothers’ Union AGM & Outing to the Titanic Centre, Cobh No Toddlers on Friday 23 May due to European & Local Elections in Parish Centre Friday 30 May - Glow Max, 7.30-9.30pm in the Parish Centre 8pm -‘Music Among the Trees’ – a concert in St Senan’s, Inniscarra

SERVICES Sunday 27 April—9am & 10am in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane 11am in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 11.30am Morning Prayer in St Senan’s, Inniscarra Sunday 4 May – 9am Holy Communion in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane & United Celebration at 11am in the Parish Centre Sunday 11 May – 9am & 10am in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane 11am in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 11.30am in St Senan’s, Inniscarra The Lighthouse in Blarney from 3.30-5pm Sunday 18 May – 9am & 10am in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane 11am in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Xperimental from 5.30-7.30pm in the Parish Centre Sunday 25 May –Vision 2015 Visit of Rev Roland Heaney to the Union with services at 10am in St Peter’s, 11am in the Church of the Resurrection & 11am in St Senan’s. Sunday 1 June – 9am Holy Communion in St Peter’s, Carrigrohane & United Celebration at 11am in the Parish Centre

Parish Contacts: Rector: Canon Ian Jonas – 4871106 email:; Associate Minister: Rev Robert Ferris—4516620 email: ; Parish Office: 4877260 (Mon & Fri 9.30-3.30, Tues & Thurs 9.30-12.30) email:; Youth Workers: Matt Gould: 085 1080067 & Katie Gould: 085 1080030) email:, Parish website:

2014-15 Churchwardens Carrigrohane – Rector’s Carrigrohane – People’s Inniscarra – Rector’s Inniscarra – People’s Blarney – Rector’s Blarney – People’s Glebewardens Rector’s People’s Select Vestry Harcourt Wilson Sylvia Bolster Heather Lane Jim Casey Jean Patterson Robert Devoy Rosemary Hickey Irene Johnstone Doug Venn David Kagari Conor Smith (Secretary) Michael O’Dea (Treasurer)

Lucia O’Donovan Jane Moffat Richard Wood Andrew Watson Richard Bolster Kate Durrant John French Jeff Johnstone

Parochial Nominators (2014-2017): Robert Devoy, Ivan McMahon; Bill Lane; Hilary Jenkinson (Supplementaries: Ted Rea; Fiona Giles; Andrew Watson) Members of Diocesan Synod (2011-2014): Judith Monk; Ciaran McKeown; Ted Rea; Mary Venables; Matthew Watson (Supplementaries: Robert Devoy; Doug Venn; Andrew Watson; Viv Squire; Patsy Devoy) Prayer Matters Please pray for… • • • •

Baby Kristen Bolster Rodrigues—for continued healthy growth, and for Emma, Robson & Aaron Those who are ill, bereaved, coping with difficult circumstances For Jim Walsh and all the family The peoples of the Crimea & the Ukraine—& the governments of the world

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