Launch of Daily Worship App at General Synod

http://bit.ly/2KOaD5tThe Book of Common Prayer (BCP) was brought into the smartphone era with the launch of the Daily Worship app at this year’s General Synod. The app is an initiative from the Church’s Central Communications Board in close co-operation with the Church’s Liturgical Advisory Committee.  Daily Worship presents Bible readings, prayers, canticles and Services from the BCP in one place and in a simplified format.  These are available for each day of the year, covering five Services: Morning and Evening Daily Prayer, A Late Evening Office, Compline, and Holy Communion. This app aims to help us in our personal and communal prayer lives – bringing us closer together as a church family and to the God whom we worship.

You can download Daily Worship from App Store (https://apple.co/2rv5aYM) and Google Play (http://bit.ly/2KOaD5t) for use on Apple iOS and Android devices – it costs just €1.09/99p.

Church and Society Commission launches leaflet on spiritual care in dementia

The Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission launched a leaflet on the spiritual care of people living with dementia at the Church of Ireland General Synod, in Limerick, on Thursday, 4th May.  The leaflet is also available online at https://www.ireland.anglican.org/resources/435/spiritual-care-in-dementia

Speaking of the launch, the Revd Adrian Dorrian said: “Dementia continues to be an issue that impacts our Churches at every level.  This leaflet provides some useful information for pastors, church visitors and family members.  It’s also a very real sign of the Covenant between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church.  We are very grateful for permission to reproduce this material.”

Discussion Paper – Rural Isolation

The Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland has published discussion papers on organ donation and rural isolation to inform members of the Church as they consider both issues. The Commission commends the papers for study and discussion in parishes across the island.

The paper on organ donation summarises statements made by the Church and its central committees on donation and consent for donation (including presumed consent) in recent years.  This includes the General Synod’s endorsement for thefleshandblood campaign, which encourages organ donation as an act of Christian giving, and links to information on becoming an organ donor.

The rural isolation paper outlines some of the factors contributing to increasing levels of isolation in rural Ireland, which may be experienced by couples and families as well as individuals.  It also includes links to advice and resources on improving mental health and reducing financial stress.

Both discussion papers will form part of a series which will cover a number of important current policy issues from a Christian perspective.

Discussion Paper – Organ Donation and Consent

The Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland has published discussion papers on organ donation and rural isolation to inform members of the Church as they consider both issues. The Commission commends the papers for study and discussion in parishes across the island.

The paper on organ donation summarises statements made by the Church and its central committees on donation and consent for donation (including presumed consent) in recent years.  This includes the General Synod’s endorsement for thefleshandblood campaign, which encourages organ donation as an act of Christian giving, and links to information on becoming an organ donor.

The rural isolation paper outlines some of the factors contributing to increasing levels of isolation in rural Ireland, which may be experienced by couples and families as well as individuals.  It also includes links to advice and resources on improving mental health and reducing financial stress.

Both discussion papers will form part of a series which will cover a number of important current policy issues from a Christian perspective.

Childrens Ministry Advent Newsletter 2015

Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation. It is a time of hope even in the darkness. It is a time of knowing that Jesus the Light of the world has come and has brought light to all of us. At this time of the year we remember that we are called to be light and hope to others in dark times. When people are waiting in darkness – maybe they are waiting for test results from hospital or are worried because they have lost their job or are fleeing war or are lonely and are not excited about Christmas because they don’t have anyone to celebrate with – Jesus calls us. Just as He is the Light of the world, bringing hope and joy and welcome to the majestic magi and the lowly shepherds, we also bring that Light to others at this time. Here are some ideas for including children in this time of waiting, hope, welcome and light this season.

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY RESOURCES FOR CHRISTMAS

ADVENT ECHO STORY:

This is a great story for children under 7.  The leader reads the phrases and the children provide actions and sounds.

 

Joseph & Mary went on a lo…o…o…ng trip (walk on the spot)

They went to Bethlehem to be counted in a census (count from one to five)

There was no room in the inn. (shake heads – ‘no’)

So they stayed in a stable.  That night when all was quiet (shhhhhh), a baby boy was born to Mary (cradle arms)

Mary rocked the baby (rock cradled arms from side to side)

As she sang a lullaby (hum lullaby)

Out in the field there were shepherds

They watched over their sheep (baa baa)

An angel came to them (arms partially raised as if wings)

There was a bright light (shelter eyes)

The shepherds were afraid (look afraid, bite nails)

The angel said ‘Do not be afraid’ (shake head)

‘Be Happy’ (smile and in joyful voices say ‘be happy’)

Today Jesus is born in Bethlehem.  He is the Lord.  Go and look for him (point)

He is lying in a manger.  Suddenly many angels sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest’.

Peace on Earth, Good will to all people.  The angels were gone (look all around)

The shepherds went to Bethlehem to look for Jesus (walk on the spot)

They walked fast (increase pace)

They found Mary (point) and Joseph (point) and the baby in the stable (point)

They were happy to see baby Jesus (clapping)

 

JESSE TREE

For Advent why not try a Jesse Tree – everything led up to Jesus! Find out about it by clicking on the hyperlink below where you can download symbols for colouring in.

http://healthy-family.org/free-jesse-tree-advent-patterns/4/#jessetree