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

October 2012 PEOPLE...

Looking back, thanks to Sylvia Bolster and Laurel Watts for preparing the Carrigrohane display, for the Cathedral flower festival. Also thanks to everyone who has cleaned, painted and gardened the Minister’s House in Blarney – the next work party will be on Sat 20th October at 2pm. Thanks too, to those who gave out the fliers for the recent Connect 2012 events.

Change of service times reminder for October:

Sunday 7 October will be as the usual 2nd Sunday routine: 9am & 10am in St Peters, 11am in Blarney, 11.30am in Inniscarra & 3.30pm THE LIGHTHOUSE in Blarney. Sunday 14 October—United Celebration Special from 10.30am-12 noon & 3.30pm Harvest Service in St Peter’s followed by refreshments and a little folk dancing in the parish centre.

Following the Harvest Service (14 Oct in St Peter’s)—bring and share finger food (sweet or savoury!) in the Parish Centre

Men’s Breakfast in Nosh & Coffee, Ballincollig on Saturday 20th October at 9.30am. Talking about things that interest men while enjoying a full breakfast for 7 euro! This time— ’Making Work Green’. Phone parish office to book your place.

Congratulations to Viv Squire on being awarded honours as she completed her course in Spiritual Direction—and to the many young, and not so young, people • who have passed leaving & junior cert exams and graduated with degrees. We hold all of you in our prayers as God guides • your future. Congratulations also to Trevor & Diane Martin & Amy on the safe arrival of Simon and to the Devoys and Johnstones on their new grand-children!


On the 3 November at 3.30pm in Blarney, sandwiches, small cakes/scones would all be welcome for Robert Ferris’s welcome service.

Anyone who’d like to join the small team who caters for the Seniors’ Lunches—please contact the parish office or Patsy. The next lunch is on 10 October at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Please phone 4877260 to book. Ladies’ Guild/Mothers’ Union meet on Monday 15 October at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre to hear Florence Harrison from Cork Penny Dinners (LG project for this year). Booking has begun for the Women’s conference in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery from 16-18 November. Talk to Gail or the Parish Office if you’re interested in a great weekend away! Painting Together—If you enjoy painting with oil, watercolours, acrylics or charcoals in a relaxed atmosphere with chat & refreshments—do join us on Tuesday mornings in the Parish Centre from 10.30-12.30. For more details, ring Rosemary on 4346304 (wait for 14 rings for voicemail).

Bavarian Choir Concert—in Blarney church at 8pm on 31st October. Everyone welcome. Retiring collection

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Dear Friends, This autumn we welcome Bishop Ken Good as he and his wife Mary come to celebrate their marriage, 35 years after their wedding in St Peter’s Church. We congratulate them and wish them every happiness and God’s blessings on the next 35 years of married life! While they are here, Ken has kindly offered to preach and so we have arranged to have our harvest service at 3.30pm in St Peter’s on Sunday 14th October, followed by a harvest supper with a little folk dancing in the Parish Centre. But that is not all.


Earlier in the day we have a special United Celebration BEGINNING at 10.30am when Ken speaks to us about vision and church development, and how as a church we can discern God’s will for us His people. As individuals God’s Guidance is never easy and Nicky Gumbel’s teaching in the Alpha course is really helpful .He explains his points with five CS’s one of which is the “Counsel of Saints.” The idea is that when looking for guidance it is essential that we take advice and ask others with wisdom to help us. The church (i.e. “the saints” as the New Testament describes God’s people) is no different. Traditionally we have trusted the judgement and the wisdom of the Select Vestry and the clergy, which is important. But all too often there is not enough time to pray, reflect on what we are doing and look ahead to what we should be doing – especially given the accelerating changes that are taking place in society. We cannot assume that what we have always meant by “church” will be appropriate in the future. Even now, are we really tuning into the cultural shifts that are taking place? So this year, the Select Vestry has considered the setting up of a Vision and Development Group (“Vision Group” for short) and Ken comes to help us make progress. (In this Newsletter you can read about the Select Vestry proposals). Here is an outline of this Special United Service: 10.30 Worship and Welcome 10.45 Talk by Bishop Ken Lessons for God’s People to Discover His Will and Purposes—from John 15 looking at: • The Qualities required for the Members of the Vision Group • Discernment • The relationship to the Select Vestry and the wider Church 11.10 Buzz groups over a cup of coffee 11.35 Worship Song 11.40 Feedback 11.55 Worship Song (Please note children will have a film in the Meeting Room. Matt has offered to keep an eye on proceedings!)

Afterwards the Select Vestry will: Nominate their members for the Vision group, Listen to the feedback and proceed to receive nominations following the Dedication Sunday on 4 November.

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So looking ahead……

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(* Team on Mission) Hello everyone! I just wanted to write to say a big thank you for all your support with prayers and fundraising. I am blown away at your generosity - it really has been amazing. I have recently finished my three weeks of training which were challenging, funny, emotional and refreshing all at the same time! I have three other girls on my team and we are already like a little family so can’t wait to see how we work together throughout the year. We have just finished three days of planning before we head off to Gorey tomorrow, to work in the school running programs for classes up to 140 people as well as helping to run the youth nights. I will keep you up dated throughout the year, thank you again for your prayers, we really do appreciate it!



We will be making this a special day when, during the 9am service in St Peter’s and the United Celebration in the Parish Centre, we will dedicate ourselves afresh to Christ’s service— in particular through: • the Stewardship of our finances – see the letter sent to every church member re our need to increase our giving by 20%, and we bring our response cards as a symbol of our offering for the coming year. • moving forward with the nomination of the Church members of the Vision Group. Please pray for Ken as he comes to guide us and let’s pray that as His Church we will be led to move forward bravely in the confidence of doing His will. Every prayer and blessing, Ian


(abbreviated to “Vision Group”) - The Select Vestry Proposals Purpose: • To be a prayerful fellowship with clear goals and objectives for the building up of the Church in Carrigrohane Union of Parishes and to extend God’s kingdom. • To be a sounding board for the staff team in all matters of the ministry and mission of the church i.e.; Up, In and Out. • To be a place to consider current issues of policy and planning. • To prayerfully consider the direction of the church for the next three to five years.

TEARFUND IRELAND Visiting Speaker Sunday 28th October Our Harvest Collection will go to Tearfund

On Sunday October 28th, Carrigrohane Union will be hosting Niamh Daly from Tearfund Ireland who will be speaking at all 4 services that day! Assuming her voice holds out, she will be speaking about the work of Tearfund, particularly focussing on a Membership new program Tearfund has introduced 3 staff members i.e.; Rector, Blarney Minister and called “Connected Church”. This Youth Worker(s) program seeks to build closer links 3 members from the Select Vestry between individual churches here in 3 members from the General Church Membership Ireland and specific sponsored organi1 ex officio chosen by the Vision Group members sations abroad. Niamh is Director of Commitment of Vision Group members is to Communications with Tearfund Ireland, having joined them in 2011. She has 3 • make meetings so far as possible a priority, daughters and writes: “What excites • be willing to share their views honestly, • be willing to listen to God in prayer and through me most about the work of Tearfund is that it uses a really good development the other members. model that works through the local Meetings and Accountability church. I love working for an agency • The Vision Group will meet not less than 5 that ultimately depends on the Lord in times a year, and will be accountable to the everything it does. Working with Select Vestry. extremely poor communities struggling • An interim review of the value of the Vision to feed themselves and yet relying on Group will be held after the first year and a the Lord as ‘the bread of life’ is hugely full review after two years. humbling.”

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CONNECT 2012 - WOOF WOOF! One of the key recommendations emerging from the Connect 2012 programme was to keep going! So on Sunday 16th September we held a service for the blessing of pets. The astonishing thing is that at least half of those who attended were people we had never met before (let alone the pets!)…so Woof! Woof! …we are barking up the right tree! So keep inviting others to the Harvest Service in St Peter’s and the Men’s Breakfast on the 20th October.

Ballincollig Shopping Centre

On Friday 2nd November the management of Ballincollig Shopping Centre have said we can have a stand as we did last February. This time our “give-away “will have a Christmas theme. Of course this means we need a team – the bigger the team the longer we can be present…from 12 mid-day onwards? So, with this Connect Newsletter you will find a card which we ask you to complete if you can commit to attending, and also if you have any particular skills you can contribute; e.g.; children’s stories, face painting, friendly smiles, etc.

Meeting to plan for GIVE AWAYS

Friday 12th October 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church All are welcome with their ideas and offers of support in respect of the two forthcoming giveaways: • Ballincollig Shopping Centre—Friday 2nd November • Blarney Toys and Presents—Saturday 8th December


In November 2011 we invited everyone to join a small group with a special focus on the book of Esther. Once again, all are welcome to join a small group for this season. Such groups are a great way of getting to know people and growing in faith. This year we are taking the theme of how we find fulfilment and purpose for our unique purpose for life using material by Rick Warren called SHAPE i.e.; Spiritual Gifts Heart Abilities Personality Experience Here are the dates – just turn up or give the hosts a call with any questions. Tuesdays: 8pm at the Parish Centre, commencing: Tues 4th Nov Contact: Rosemary Hickey Tel: 4346304 Wednesdays (alternate weeks): 10.45am to 12.15pm Parish Centre, Carrigrohane, and commencing: Wed 7th Nov Contact: Joan Hales Tel: 021 4343059 Wednesdays: 8pm at 15 St Mary’s Place, Carrigrohane, commencing: Wed 7th Nov Contact: Dean and Mary Venables Tel: 4877006 Thursdays: 8pm in the Parish Centre, Carrigrohane, commencing: Thurs 1st Nov Contact: Bill and Janet Lane Tel: 4874055 NB: The Thursday Blarney growth group will be running the Alpha course commencing in October – do get along to do this great course that gets to the heart of what it is to be Christian: Thursdays, 8pm the Alpha Course, Rathpeacon Community Centre. Contact: Judith Monk Tel: 4542691

It’s not too late to come along to the Parish Retreat on Sat 6 October: Nurturing & Celebrating Our Story—led by Fr James McSweeney from 10am-4pm in St Luke’s Education Centre, Blackrock. During the sessions there will be space for walks & personal quiet. Cost is 10 euro and lunch & coffee/tea are provided. Please phone the parish office to book by Thursday 4 October.

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. PDF Creator - PDF4Free v3.0 http://www.pd

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