Revd. Linda Frost instituted as Rector of the South Leitrim Group of Parishes

On Sunday afternoon, 16th July, Revd. Linda Frost was instituted as Rector of the South Leitrim Group of Parishes (which consists of Mohill, Carrick on Shannon, Ballinamore, Farnaught, Annaduff, Drumreilly, Drumshanbo, Aughavas, Fenagh and Kiltubrid). Revd. Linda has been Bishops Curate in this group of parishes since 2014. The packed service, which was led by Bishop Ferran Glenfield , was attended by people of all age groups including clergy from both Church of Ireland and Catholic churches, parishioners from all ten churches in the South Leitrim Group as well as Councillors and representatives of community groups that Revd. Linda has worked with over the last three years.

The service also included the commissioning of Stephen Frost as Diocesan Reader as well as Ruth Dobson (Mohill), Noelle Scott (Mohill) and Julie Marshall (Ballinmore/Drumreilly) as Parish Readers. During the service, Revd. Canon Dr Maurice Elliott spoke fittingly on the keys to effective pastoral ministry.

The music was a highlight of the afternoon – the Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir sang a wonderful version of Just a Closer Walk with Him and the worship group sang Come Holy Spirit. One of the hymns sung during the service was ‘Together we Serve, United by Love’ by Daniel Charles Damon. Revd. Linda said that the words of this hymn represented the past three years as well as her vision for the South Leitrim Group of Parishes as they move forward.

We pray for the Lord’s blessing on Revd. Linda as she continues her ministry in the South Leitrim Group of Parishes. We thank God for the support that she has had from her team of Diocesan and Parish readers over the past three years. As Stephen, Ruth, Noelle and Julie join that team may they strive to become a beacon of hope, to offer a home to all those who will come and to witness the grace of Christ Jesus. We pray for Linda, her team and the South Leitrim Group as they ‘serve in Spirit and truth, remembering Love is the strength of our song’.


Revd, Linda with newly commissioned Diocesan and Parish Readers (l-r) Noelle Scott, Ruth Dobson, Bishop Ferran, Revd. Linda, Stephen Frost and Julie Marshall.


Revd. Linda with her husband Stephan and their children and grandchildren


Bishop Ferran Glenfield with Rev. Linda Frost

Revd. Christiaan Snell Welcomed as Minister-in-Charge of the Edgeworthstown Group of Parishes

On Sunday afternoon, 9th July, family, friends, colleagues and parishioners gathered in St John Church, Edgeworthstown to welcome Revd. Christiaan Snell as the new Minister-In-Charge of the Edgeworthstown Group of Parishes in Co. Longford.

The service was a wonderful occasion with great music and singing. It was led by the Ven. Isaac Hanna, Archdeacon of Elphin and Ardagh with The Rt. Revd. Ferran Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh preaching. In his address, based on Isaiah 61, Bishop Ferran spoke of the promise of hope. We have a new day, a new beginning and there is no need for despair as our future is in Christ.

During the service words of welcome were expressed by Dr. Fergus O’Farrell, the lay leader of the Methodist Church and member of the Covenant Council. He highlighted the significance of Rev. Christiaan’s appointment as minister in both the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church. It is a wonderful example of the outworking of the covenant which was agreed between the two traditions in 2002.

Refreshments were served after the service at which further words of welcome were extended to Rev. Christiaan and his family by Ed Lindsay on behalf of the parish and Dean Arfon Williams on behalf of the clergy of the Diocese. Rev. Christiaan acknowledged everyone’s warm welcome saying that it was great to be part of a new beginning. He said that even though we come from different backgrounds and traditions our focus should be on Christ, treasuring Him.

We thank God for the openness, acceptance and warmth that exists between the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Church of Ireland and we pray for Rev. Christiaan and his family as they begin a new chapter of ministry among these churches.

 


Ms. Ruth Gailbraith, Ven. Isaac Hanna, Bishop Ferran,Rev. Alastair Donaldson, Rev. Christiaan Snell, Dean Arfon Williams, Dr. Fergus O’Ferrall, Dean Nigel Crossey, Rev. Linda Frost


Dean Arfon Williams, Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Revd. Christiaan Snell, Revd. Fergus O’Ferrall, The Ven. Isaac Hanna.


Bishop Ferran with Revd. Christiaan, his wife Karen and their three children.

Revd. Christiaan Snell to be welcomed as new Minister in Edgeworthtown and Longford

This Sunday, 9th July, Rev. Christiaan Snell will be welcomed as the new Minister-in-Charge of the Edgeworthstown Group of Parishes in Co. Longford. The service will take place at 4pm in St John’s Edgeworthstown.

Rev. Christiaan will also be taking up a position in the Methodist Church in Longford and Drumshambo. He will be welcomed by the Methodist Church at a service at 12pm in Longford Methodist Church. This is the first time that such an appointment has been made since the covenant between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland reached agreement on the interchangability of ministries. It is visible evidence of the openness, acceptance and appreciation of each other’s gifts, ministry and worship that exist between the two traditions.

Rev. Christiaan moves to Longford with his wife Karen and children Zoe, Daniel and Joshua. We pray for every blessing as they begin their ministry in the area.

Director of Music Wanted

Calry Parish Church is looking for a Director of Music. This person will need to be a capable organist, comfortable with both traditional and contemporary styles of worship music and able to develop and cultivate musical talent in worshippers of all ages – singers and musicians. Harmony with the doctrines and beliefs of the Trinitarian churches is essential.

Sound a note, if interested, to Canon Patrick Bamber 071 91 46513; calry@elphin.anglican.org; or write to: Calry Rectory, The Mall, Sligo, F91 VW6P.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 18th July.

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Road Trip

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear them from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

In response to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s call to prayer, yKea (the youth ministry team at Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh) organised a week long prayer road trip around the diocese. Throughout the week our focus for praying was to align our hearts with God’s, to seek His face and pray ‘thy Kingdom Come’ over our land. A small team join Hannah O’Neill and Marian Edwards (the DKEA Youth and Children’s co-ordinators) on the road trip. It included four Emmanuel Church Lurgan interns – Robbie Norton, James Patterson, Matthew Turner and Ryan Osborne. Beth Tays towards the end of the week. Here’s a glimpse of what we got up to during the road trip…

Sunday 28th May

The week kicked off with the first prayer gathering in Virginia. We had a time of worship and a variety of prayer styles including led prayers, prayer stations and praying in groups. It was wonderful to be joined by Cootehill Christian Fellowship for the evening. Pastor Paul Hackett lead prayers for unity amongst our churches. We know that ‘where God’s people dwell in unity…there the Lord commands His blessing.’ (Psalm 133) And so, as we planned for this road trip, our desire at yKea was to gather Christians from across church backgrounds to unite and pray together. We believe that many of the partnerships formed during our week of prayer were significant and we hope to continue to build on these relationships in the future.

Monday 29th May

Day 2 of our road trip started with assembly in Cavan Royal School where Robbie (one of the interns) taught about prayer and Ryan (another intern) shared some of his own personal experiences in prayer. We then headed to Killeshandra for scones and a chat with Rev Ali Calvin, to hear a bit about her parishes and pray before an assembly in Killeshandra NS. Then it was off to Cootehill for lunch and a prayer walk before our evening gathering in Crom Church, Co Fermanagh. Crom is a beautiful setting by Lough Erne and it was great to have so many join us from Fermanagh and Cavan to pray. We had a time of confession followed by prayers for the local area and Ireland. Each evening we had a different global focus and on Monday we prayed for the East Africa Crisis. It was a real joy to pray together with fellow Christians in God’s presence. Afterward, a highlight for the team was getting to climb the bell tower and ring the bells!

Tuesday 30th May

Tuesday began with two assemblies-Fairgreen NS (Belturbet) and Newtowngore NS. We used our assemblies as an opportunity to teach the children about prayer and how their prayers are just as important and significant to God as the prayers of grown ups. After our morning of assemblies we enjoyed a picnic and prayer walk at Drumreilly and then made a stop at St Catherine’s Church, Fenagh to pray before heading to Carrick-on-Shannon. Whilst few in number at our prayer gathering in Carrick, we had a great night of prayer and worship together.

Wednesday 31st May

On Wednesday morning we had our final assembly of the week in Mohill NS before returning to Carrick-on-Shannon for our coffee morning for church leaders at the Bush Hotel. This was an opportunity for us to honour and celebrate those who lead and serve in our churches, both clergy and lay people. Bishop Ferran Glenfield shared a few thoughts with us on prayer. Then there was a time of prayer for each other, to encourage and lift one another up. As a team of mostly 20 somethings it was an honour to be able to pray for our leaders whose legacy we stand upon. After the coffee morning the team enjoyed lunch with Bishop Ferran and hearing about what God is doing in the diocese. Together, we then headed to Elphin Cathedral where the bishop taught us about the history and we had a time of prayer and worship. Robbie recalls the significance of our time at the cathedral ruins, “A personal highlight was at Elphin where we heard the history, prayed and worshipped. It felt significant not just for that place but for the whole land; that God wants to spring up old wells and move afresh!”

We spent some time at ‘The Well’ in Longford to meet with June Murphy and hear her vision and heart for Longford town. In the evening we had our prayer gathering in Longford. One particularly significant part of the evening was hearing from a local young person, Sinead McWeeney, who shared about her own faith and desire to share it with her friends. She told us about the Global Outreach Day on May 27th when they organised a youth event where they were able to invite their friends along to and tell them about Jesus and His love for them. Fuelled by her story we then prayed for youth ministry in Longford.

Thursday 1st June

It was a very wet day on Thursday but that wasn’t going to put us off travelling around and praying. We decided to trek down to Clonmacnoise Monastery. It was amazing to hear the history and Christian heritage of the place. With its fairly central location in Ireland we stood and faced the four provinces of Ireland and prayed for Ulster, Connaught, Leinster and Munster. We long to see God move across our land, in every corner of Ireland and to see lives transformed through Christ. Our afternoon was then spent at OM’s Lackan House in Roscommon. They had just celebrated 60 years of OM worldwide, and 15 years in Ireland. They gave us a tour of their base and told us about their ministry across Ireland. We were then able to spend some time praying for OM along with a few of their volunteers. Then as usual, we had our prayer gathering in the evening, this time at The Core, Roscommon. Folk gathered from lots of different church backgrounds and there was a great sense of unity as we prayed.

Friday 2nd June

For our final day of the road trip we travelled to Sligo. We spent time at Drumcliff with Archdeacon Isaac Hanna and heard about his plans for the group of parish with Church Army. It was really exciting to see how his dreams are unfolding into reality. We spent some time walking around the church grounds and praying for ministry there. We then finished our diocesan part of the road trip with the prayer gathering in Calry Parish. Rev Patrick Bamber had invited Christians from across Sligo to take part throughout the evening and it was incredible to see and hear about the variety of things happening in that part of our diocese. Once again, unity was a running theme for the gathering and indeed it seemed to be one of the main themes of the entire week. Matthew one of the interns from Lurgan had this to say, “I felt that the theme of unity and bringing all the churches together was so powerful. It could be the beginning of something bigger and greater than we can even dream, that through this unity God will do amazing things throughout the land.”

At the end of the week it was amazing to gather with Christians from across our nation in both Belfast and Dublin, at the 24-7 Prayer Ireland ‘Kingdom Come’ events. We thoroughly enjoyed the road trip and gathering a sense of what God is doing throughout the diocese. Thank you to everyone who came along and engaged in prayer during the week. Special thanks goes to all those who hosted us for meals and accommodation. And finally thank you to the team who joined us. They were an encouragement and blessing to so many as they prayed around the dioceses. Looking ahead to the future, we are excited and expectant for how God is going to continue to develop unity amongst His people and transform communities across our diocese through the power of His Spirit.

 


Emmanuel Church Lurgan Interns: Robbie Norton, James Patterson, Matthew Turner and Ryan Osborne


Unveiling the new banner at the prayer gathering at Core, Roscommon


Praying at Drumcliff Sligo


Father Pat Lombard sharing at the gathering in Calry Parish, Sligo


On top of Bell tower at Crom Church: Wilson Kells, Ryan Osborne, Hannah O’Neill, Laura Dunlop, Rev Ali Calvin, James Patterson, Aaron Magee, Robbie Norton, Matthew Turner, Marian Edwards


Coffee morning for church leaders at Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon


Praying around Elphin Cathedral

Girls Friendly Society Diocesan Festival Service

The Girls Friendly Society Diocesan Festival Service this year included a celebration of 140 years of G.F.S. work in Ireland. The magnificent 17ft birthday banner welcomed all to Drung on Sunday 28th May.

The bright sunshine was perfect for banners from all ten branches in Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh to line up outside the church and offered Bishop Ferran Glenfield an opportunity for prayer with the banner bearers.

Revd. Nick Jones led the service and taught a lively praise song that had everyone join in with the actions. His address, complete with relevant props, captured the attention of even the youngest girls present. With the help of volunteers in the role play, Revd. Nick showed how we can be found ‘NOT GUILTY’ through God’s mercy in sending Jesus – THE LAMB – to die on the cross for our sins.

The Prizegiving was then introduced by Mrs Violet Morton, Diocesan President, who welcomed everyone, expressed thanks and congratulated the girls on their excellent work. Violet presented the Diocesan Cups and Plaques to the winners in both Handcraft and Bible Study competitions. She added a big well done to every member who had competed and praised the leaders and parents for their loyalty week by week.

We were delighted that Mrs Sylvia Quinn, All Ireland President was also able to join us and Mrs Florence Higgins, former All Ireland President. Violet then called on Sylvia to present the All Ireland prizes which the Diocese had the honour of winning. Following this Sylvia paid tribute to all who down the years, built G.F.S. into the vibrant and strong society it is from its humble beginning in Bray. She then encouraged us to carry on the work and with God’s help empower girls to meet the challenges of the future.

At the conclusion of the service the banners were paraded out of the church followed by girls and leaders for photographs in the sunny outdoors.

Everyone enjoyed the wonderful array of refreshments served in the hall afterwards. Much interest was shown in the colourful display of posters there from the branches charting 140 years of G.F.S history and activities. A picture storyboard of giant K.E.A letters showing G.F.S events in the diocese drew many favourable comments. Also featured was a copy of the first meeting of G.F.S in 1877 – a testimony to the vision of those involved for the nurturing of girls and women and to “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2.
Sincere thanks to Audrey and her helpers for mounting the displays and making the birthday banner and to Violet for the birthday cake. A big thank you to the tea team who prepared, served and cleaned up after, also thanks to the road stewards who did a fantastic job.

Revd. Nick and everyone in Drung, your hard work is much apricated for making the day a memorable joyful celebration enjoyed by one and all.

 

Death of Rev. Canon Liz McElhinney

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Rev. Canon Liz McElhinney.

She passed away peacefully on 13th June at Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn. Rev. Liz serviced as Priest-in-Charge of the Roscommon Group of Parishes until August 2015 and will be fondly remembered by parishioners and members of the wider community and the Diocese.

A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for her life and ministry will be held in Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan on Saturday 17th June at 10:30am. Afterwards there will be a short committal Service in Mevagh Parish Church, Carrigart, Co. Donegal at 4.00pm.

Service of Welcome for Revd. Edward Yendall as Minister-in-Charge of the Boyle Group of Parishes

Revd. Edward Yendall with Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Revd. David Bruce, Rev. Canon Jerry Hanley, Rev. Dr Heather Morris and clergy and lay readers from the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.


On Thursday 1st June friends, colleagues and parishioners gathered in Boyle Parish Church to welcome Revd. Edward Yendall as the new Minister-In-Charge (part-time) of the Boyle Group of Parishes (which includes Boyle, Aghanagh, Croghan and Ardcarne). The service was led by The Rt. Revd. Ferran Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh assisted by the Ven. Isaac Hanna, Archdeacon of Elphin and Ardagh.

Revd. Edward has joined the Diocese from North Wales where he has served in a number of positions of ministry over the past 29 years. Before he was ordained, he worked in accountancy and in the printing industry before going to St John’s College, Durham to train for ministry. He completed his degree there and was also the College’s Organ Scholar.

Revd. Edward was ordained at Bangor Cathedral in 1988 and served as Curate at Bangor and Minor Canon of the Cathedral. He then went on to serve in a number of positions across Wales including at Llanrhaeadr where the Bible was translated into Welsh.

Revd. Edward has strong ties to Ireland. He served for ten years in a group of parishes on Angelsey where, on good days, Ireland could be clearly seen across the sea! He has also visited Ireland on many occasions and has been to practically every county on these holidays – from Antrim to Kerry!

In his new position in the Boyle Group of Parishes, Revd. Edward will be serving the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian communities in the area. It is, perhaps, a unique arrangement in Ireland. In his address, Revd. David Bruce,Secretary of the Board of Mission in Ireland for the Presbyterian Church spoke of church unity. He said that those of us who come to Jesus attain a new citizenship which sits on top of our differences in culture, politics, nationality or religious practice and allows for unity. This unity is not about our attempts to relate well to one another but rather about how Christ relates to us – our unity comes from Him. This unity in the body of Christ is a powerful witness of the transformative power of God in this world. Following, the address prayers were said by Rev. Dr Heather Morris, Home Missions Secretary of the Methodist Church.

The service was followed by a delicious tea in the church during which further words of welcome were expressed to Revd. Edward by Rev. Canon Jerry Hanley on behalf of the Catholic Church, David Gillespie on behalf of the Boyle Group of Parishes and the Ven. Isaac Hanna on behalf of the Diocese.

A presentation was also made to Adam Norris who has been faithfully looking after the Boyle Group of Parishes during the vacancy.

Revd. Edward thanked everyone for the warmth of their welcome and said he is looking forward to pastorally caring for the parishes of the Boyle group and to helping others develop their own ministries. It is his prayer that Christ will lead us onward through the power of His Holy Spirit as he undertakes his new task.

Thy Kingdom Come

yKea, the Youth organisation of the Diocese of Kilmore, Elpin and Ardagh are currently on a week long prayer road trip around the Diocese. The initiative is a response to Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s invitation to Christians across the world to pray between Ancension Day and Pentecost. “In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities” – Archbiship Justin Welby.

yKEA have been out and about doing prayer walks, school assemblies, meeting with and praying for church leaders and gathering people to pray.

‘In doing this road trip we’ve had a desire to provide opportunities for churches across backgrounds to unite in prayer. We’ve been really encouraged by people’s responses to prayer and are expectant for what fruit God will continue to produce from these partnerships. We have a longing to seek God’s face and ask Him to pour out His Spirit on our land once again. Everywhere we go we ask God to bless the places, churches and the people of the towns and villages across the diocese’ says Hannah O’Neill, who along with Marian Edwards have spearheaded this initiative.

 

Join the yKEA team at any of the remaining prayer and worship events in the diocese. They take place each evening at 8pm:

 

  • Thursday 1 June – Core, Roscommon
  • Friday 2 June – Calry Parish, Sligo

 

To finish there are two nationwide beacon events organised by 24-7 Prayer Ireland:

 

  • Saturday 3 June, St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, 7.30pm
  • Sunday 4 June, St Catherine’s Church Dublin, 7.30pm

 

Please do come along to these events, which are open to everyone of all ages throughout the diocese. Prayer works and as we unite in prayer we will see God move in our churches and in our land.

 

To find out more about the global wave of prayer visit: thykingdomcome.global