Mothers’ Union Festival Services of Thanksgiving

This May, Mothers’ Union Groups from across the Diocese gathered for two Festival Services of Thanksgiving. The first service took place on the 9th May in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, the Virgin and St John the Baptist, Sligo. The second service took place on the 23rd May in St Patrick’s Church Ballintemple. The theme of both services was ‘Transformation – Now!’ with the reminder that with God nothing is impossible. Dean Arfon Williams preached at the first service from 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 and 15 and Linda Abwa from CMS Ireland preached at the second service from Galatians  vs 1-6 vs 1-10. The services of thankgiving were a wonderful opportunity to gather together as a family to recommit ourselves to a vision of transformation in our own lives, in the MU and the world – transformation made possible by God’s mercy through our faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘It’s Your Call’ video explores vocations

What does it mean to explore a call to ordained ministry?  It’s Your Call features interviews with a range of clergy about their ordained ministry in communities in different parts of the island of Ireland.  Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry. For others, it can mean serving God through faithful discipleship in other areas of everyday life.

The Commission on Ministry is asking parishes to encourage conversations and discussions by holding a Vocation Sunday on 21st May, or another date at their discretion if this is more convenient, and It’s Your Call may be a helpful resource for showing in a six-minute slot in your service, or indeed through parish websites and social media.  If a parish would prefer to have its own copy or if broadband access is limited in a particular location, the video can be downloaded from this page on the Church of Ireland’s Vimeo channel.

Anyone with an interest in exploring a vocation to ordained ministry is encouraged to speak with their Rector in the first instance.  A range of resources is available at which include articles on pathways to ordination, lay ministry, Pioneer Ministry, and understanding selection, and posters for parishes to encourage people to think about the role to which God may be calling them. 

Young Leaders in Ministry Fund open again for applications. Closing date: 31st May 2023

Closing date: 31st May 2023

The Church of Ireland Youth Department’s next round of applications for the Young Leaders In Ministry Fund is now open and the closing date for this is Wednesday, 31st May. The fund is open to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who can demonstrate a current involvement in the Church of Ireland. It seeks to support training and development courses, mission teams, leadership opportunities and placements that can be shown to:

1. significantly develop the faith of the young adult applicant;

2. grow the skills of the applicant especially, but not confined to, leadership skills; and

3. be of significant use to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in the 12 months following the completion of the opportunity.

Please do share widely in your networks and with your young people/leaders – this can make a significant difference to a young person’s experience and we have seen great uptake with the Fund since its inception.

The application form is available at this link.

KEA Diocesan GFS Diocesan Service

This Sunday the 30th April, Derrylin Parish Church hosted the KEA Diocesan GFS Service. Almost 30 girls, their parents and leaders joined together for a wonderful service based on the story of baby Moses. The girls from the Derrylin GFS branch read a poem entitled; ‘Hush a Bye Baby in your Reed Boat’ by Bob Hartman and Sam Hargreaves. In his sermon based on Exodus chapter 1 and 2, Rev Alastair Donaldson spoke of how, during a time of great darkness, God was working out his plan to rescue his people through the lives of three women – using the faith of Moses’ mother Jochebad, the obedience of Moses’ sister, Miriam and the courageous love of a pagan princess. Rev. Alastair noted that God is always at work in His most perfect timing, and that, when the time had fully come, God sent his Son so that we might be redeemed and adopted as his own children (Galatians 4vs4).

Girls from every GFS branch took part in the service by reading a bible reading or prayer. After the service there was a cup of tea in the hall and a special time of hospitality and friendship. We pray for the girls in the GFS branches around the Diocese and beyond as they deepen their knowledge and strengthen their faith in Christ.

Sperrin Choir on a Journey through the Musicals at Holy Trinity Crom

On Saturday 29th April the excellent Sperrin Choir will be performing at Holy Trinity Crom outside Derrylin for a concert commencing at 7.30pm tickets priced £10 or €10. The Sperrin Choir is a 50 person, cross-community choir based in Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland. This spring their programme has consisted of ‘A Journey Through the Musicals’ and as usual they have been hitting all the right notes as they revisit some great pieces from Musical Theatre. Please do mark this in your diaries wherever you might be in the diocese and it promises to be a lovely occasion.

Canon Edward Yendall installed as Canon in St Patrick’s Cathedral

Congratulations to Canon Edward Yendall who was installed as our Diocesan Canon in in St. Patrick’s on Tuesday 7th March.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, is the Church of Ireland’s National Cathedral, with a common relation to all of the 11 dioceses which make up our Church. Like all cathedrals, in part it is governed by a group called the Chapter, which is made up of Canons. There is a Canon to represent each of the dioceses, and Bishop Ferran has recently appointed, Canon Edward Yendall, as our diocesan Canon. This is a great honour for Edward, and we send him our congratulations and good wishes.

Once installed, Canon Edward’s responsibilities (while continuing his ministry locally) will include participating in meetings of the Chapter and spending two different weeks of the year ‘in residence’ in the Cathedral, which involve being present and involved in its daily life, assisting at weekday services, and preaching at the morning and afternoon service on the Sunday. To learn more about St. Patrick’s, you might like to visit its website at the link above.

‘O God, the King of glory, who art ever adored by thy holy angels, yet delightest in the praises of the sons of men: Prosper with thy blessing, we beseech thee, the work of our National Cathedral; that they who minister or worship therein may offer unto thee true and laudable service, for thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
(adapted from ‘Parish Prayers’ by Frank Colquhoun)

The Marriage Course – starting Thursday, 20th April 2023

The Marriage Course: time and space to focus on your relationship

A message from the Church of Ireland Marriage Council

As a Marriage Council we long to see relationships floursh between husband and wife. The Marriage Course is a series of seven online sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.

The course will run each Thursday evening – there’s no counselling, no airing of dirty linen in public, no group discussions, and to top it all it’s absolutely free.

Hosted by Jonny & Alison Campbell-Smyth, we believe this online course will enrich everyone’s marriage whether you are married 1 year or 60 years.

Book at:

Cavan Christian Women’s Conference – 25th March 2023

Cavan Christian Women’s conference is on the 25th March this year.  The title of this year’s conference is ‘The Heart of the Matter’ and with the help of our speaker Lizzie Smallwood we’ll be working our way through the book of James.  
This year is a morning conference from 9:30am -1:30pm in the Cavan Crystal Hotel.  The cost of the conference incl mid morning tea/coffee and scones is 10 euro.  There is the option of staying on for a conference Lunch after for an extra 12.50 euro.

Spring newsletter for Children & Families Ministry

Our Children and Families Ministry Spring Newsletter has lots of ideas and new resources for St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Lent and Easter.

You can access the newsletter’s online version in a flip book format here (best viewed on a tablet or laptop):

Or download it as a PDF document here:

We hope you enjoy it, and we would love to hear your feedback or any pictures you can share with us if you use any of the resources at Church, home or school.