Job Opportunity – Pioneer Evangelist Sligo

This exciting new role will work alongside the Lead Evangelist at Sligo Centre of Mission to help develop fresh expressions of Christian community. As a team, the Centre of Mission is looking to build on and pioneer new forms of community within the Sligo, North Leitrim and Bundoran, and beyond, as appropriate.

In this role, you will explore what communities are appropriate for young people and those in need, supporting the planning and facilitating of local services. This will enable more time for evangelism throughout the week. This role will specifically look to provide support in the digital aspects of the work, which have grown significantly over the recent period.

This role will also help to develop the work of the COM by creatively and effectively sharing faith to those who come to holiday in Bundoran from around the world. The work will be heavily focused in the Bundoran during the summer period and more focused in Sligo and North Leitrim during the winter season. This enables networking and communication with existing ministries and the pioneering of new ones using the GRACEUP values of Church Army as a benchmark.

As this role will look to support and enable people’s faith journey, the successful candidate will be someone who prioritises their relationship with God and is comfortable with different styles of church. You will need to be an energetic and outgoing person, who is able to take the initiative and will be at ease in the local context.

Find out more at https://churcharmy.org/career/pioneer-evangelist-sligo/

 

 

Cavan Christian Men’s Conference

When Trusting is Tough: honesty and hope from the Psalms

This years Cavan Christian Men’s Conference will take place on Saturday 12th Nov from 9:30am-1pm at the Cavan Crystal Hotel.

Book online at: www.tiny.one/ccmc22

Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry 2022

Coming up on Sunday, 20th November

This year, the Church of Ireland’s Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry will be on Sunday 20th November 2022.  The Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) is delighted to make available a new prayer journal to accompany the day. Produced in partnership with Missional Generation, the prayer journal is designed to help young people to pray and provide creative ways to listen to and respond to God.  The prayer journals are available from Diocesan Youth Officers or youth ministry contacts.

 


In addition, the Exalt prayer app now has some new features.  Since the launch of the app at the Summer Madness youth festival in June CIYD has seen over 250 young people downloading the app.  Exalt is designed to help 11-18 year olds, their peers and their youth group leaders to explore a weekly devotion together; this is designed to help young people seeking a faith in Jesus as well as those who have an active rhythm of faith.

The aim of the app is to make a creative and interactive way to help young people to pray as they explore six rotating themes over a year. During the year, young people will listen to reflections on Freedom, Justice, Forgiveness, Giving, Rejoicing and Mission.  The hope is that as a generation listens to people reflect on Scripture and hear honest and open testimony, we will see this generation growing in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

One of the new features allows users to share their experience of the Bible verse into their digital spaces, strengthening the young person’s confidence in sharing the Christian faith and Scripture amongst their digital platforms.  Exalt is available from either the Apple Store or Google Play and to find out more, readers are welcome to check out its promotional video at https://vimeo.com/726774098

Day of Prayer for Iran

Bishop Ferran is calling for churches in the KEA Diocese to join churches around the world in a day of prayer on this Sunday 23rd October.

Churches across the globe, from Brazil to Japan, Mozambique to Australia, will be lifting Iran in prayer. We are so thankful for this encouragement to the Iranian Church.

Simple prayer resources are available at elam.com/dayofprayer to help your church get involved.

Speaking of the event, David Yeghnazar, Executive Director of Elam Ministries  said ‘Over and over, we have seen that God uses prayer. I remember when our friend and colleague Farshid was imprisoned in Iran for his faith, he memorably wrote: ‘I sense the fragrance of your prayers as a cool breeze on my heart and it strengthens me from afar’. Prayer is powerful’. 

We pray that as churches around the world unite in intercession this Sunday, the Iranian church will be encouraged and strengthened.

If you would like to encourage the Iranian church a 10-second video of your church praying for Iran – or a word or a verse of encouragement would be very gratefully received at dayofprayer@elam.com.

Together Again: KEA Diocesan Synod 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Synod of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh took place this Saturday 15th October in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. The day’s proceedings began with a celebration of Holy Communion in St George’s Church. In his sermon, based on Nehemiah 8 v 1-12, Bishop Ferran Glenfield said that after an absence of three years we were returning to Synod after our own mini exile. Covid-19 has affected every aspect of our lives and we have lots of work to do in terms of the rebuilding and restoration of our church. This passage reminds us that infrastructure matters – the buildings, ministry, policies and investments of our church need to function properly and accountably. However, rebuilding is means to an end – we must be rebuilding the community of God on the Word of God. Following the service, the Synod moved to the nearby Bush Hotel to continue with the day’s proceedings.

At the beginning of his President’s Address to the Synod, Bishop Ferran welcomed Canon Andrew Ison and Mildred Gilmore, Wendy Lyons, Carl Kilroy and Marie Maxwell Davey from the Ballisodare Group of Parishes who were attending their first in-person Synod, since the group was transferred to KEA.

In his address, Bishop Ferran noted how much had been lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a church we lost momentum in realising  our 20/20 vision which was launched in 2015. The aim of the 20/20 VISION was to work together to resource each local church to fulfil its role in the community. Because of Covid it has not been possible to celebrate this initiative in 2020 however there are number of significant examples of how the 20/20 VISION is working out on the ground:

  • We have reinstated three Archdeaconries in Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. Not for Ecclesiastical decoration but to resource clusters of parishes in our widespread Diocese, actively bringing clergy together, supporting the work of Select Vestries and acting as a focus for ministry among children and young people.
  • The Diocese has, through the development of Ordained Local ministry identified, trained, authorised and deployed seven Ordained Local Ministers: John Addy, Adam Norris, Albert Dawson, Steve Frost, Xanthe Pratt, Ed Smyth and Malcolm Young. Two more are about to start their training in January 2023; Damien Shorten and Faith Sithole.
  • ReCentre Community Church in Sligo is a new church forged in partnership between Sligo Cathedral and The Church Army lead by Alan Williamson. It is a fresh expression of church in which old and new are working together for the Kingdom of God. The Church of Ireland is planning to invest in starting and supporting these new church communities across Ireland. It is the start of a journey to renew the church and reach out to people who never attend traditional church. It is hoped the KEA will be at the vanguard of this renewal.

In his address, Bishop Ferran paid tribute to all those who have worked so selflessly in two of the sectors most impacted by Covid; health and education. He noted that change is the order of the day in many of the schools under Church or Ireland patronage. New principals have been appointed in a number of National Schools in our Diocese as well as in The Royal School Cavan and Wilson’s Hospital School. He encouraged our prayers for them and their staff as they seek to deliver high quality education and uphold the Christian nature of these schools.

Bishop Ferran also spoke about the transition of the Royal School Cavan from a fee-paying school with borders to a non-fee paying day school. The aim of this move was to grow the school and to make it more sustainable for the future. In partnership with the Department of Education, a building programme has started to provide the school with modern accommodation and sports facilities.  He encouraged families in Cavan to opt for the Royal School.

Ending his address, Bishop Ferran noted that since our last gathering in 2019 we have said farewell to a number of clergy including Revd. Ali Calvin, Rev Richard Beadle, Archdeacon Isaac Hanna, Revd. David Moses  and Rev Malcom Young. He welcomed Revd. Mark Smith, Canon Andrew Ison and Dean Gerald Field who will be helping in the Roscommon Group. He thanked Damian Shorten who is stepping back from role as Diocesan Youth and Children’s Worker and wished him well as he prepares for ordained ministry. He also welcomed Warren and Annalyse Humphreys and Clare Russell who are taking up roles in ministry especially among children and young people. Bishop Ferran noted that this was the first in-person Synod since Maud Cunningham’s passing – a loss we all still feel.

As a final encouragement, Bishop Ferran noted that, while the tide for Christianity is going out in our part of the world, ‘out there on the horizon in the ocean of God’s love is a wave which will become the next incoming tide. God will see to it as he has done in the past. The tide will come back in again and we his people will rejoice’.

Following his address, Synod heard greetings from Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin who spoke of his Church’s own journey toward a synodal process. Martina Gilmartin, representing the Bishop of Kimore, Martin Hayes spoke passionately on the wonderful message the church has to offer the world.  The Synod also heard a wonderful report on the work of the Mothers Union by newly elected Mothers’ Union President, Ann Howard. In his report on Youth and Children’s Ministry, Damian Shorten spoke of the challenges churches face in reconnecting with families. Reporting on the work of the Scribe, Revd. Patrick Bamber encouraged us to read about what is happening in other parish groups and think about the bigger story we are part a small part of. Geoff Scargill from Protestant Aid encouraged members of the Synod to help find the people who were afraid to ask for support. Lydia Monds spoke of the generosity that has enabled the work of the Bishop’s Appeal and Linda Abwa from CMSI spoke of the wonderful opportunities to link with churches around the world.

– The book of Diocesan Reports including a Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2021 is available HERE.

– Bishop Ferran Glenfield’s Presidential Address in available HERE.


Dr Nicholas Liscomb, Sarah Taylor, Rita Day, Tim Roulston, Bishop Ferran, Canon Ruth West, Archdeacon Hazel Hicks


Synod opening service


MU President Ann Howard with Bishop Ferran


Wendy Lyons Revd Canon Andrew Ison, Carl Kilroy, Mildred Gilmore, representing Ballisodare Group of Parishes attending an in-person Diocesan Synod for the first time.


Victor Scott, Linda Wedlock and Warren Humphreys who will be taking up a role especially in youth and children’s ministry in Kilmore.

DKEA Diocesan Synod


The annual Diocesan Synod for Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh will take place this Saturday, 15th October, in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. The book of Diocesan Reports including a Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2021 is available HERE.

Practical Action on the Cost of Living: New Booklet Produced to Share Local Responses

The Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission has published a short booklet with suggestions for how parishes, and other ministries and similar organisations in their local communities, can help to serve people in need at this time.

Practical Action on the Cost of Living summarises a discussion held last Wednesday morning, when representatives from Church of Ireland dioceses around the island shared stories about how their parishes are proactively responding as the cost of living crisis continues (e.g. through recycling surplus clothing, greater support for food banks, making and sharing meals together, and opening up church property as warm spaces).  Several examples were put forward about what more can be done over the coming months, along with ideas for the best overall approaches for responding locally.

Archbishop Michael Jackson, Chair of the Church and Society Commission, who organised the meeting, remarks: “The escalation in the cost of living affects everyone. It affects those on modest incomes, on pensions, and those with no money at all most acutely and most immediately. The time of crisis is now.  The booklet in a small but heartfelt way seeks to provide some pointers about how help is being made available through local ministries, and where a range of people is ready to come to your assistance.  Please avail of what is there. It is there for you as much as it is there for anyone else.  Please also ask for any help you need from others if and when you seek support.”

Church of Ireland Youth Department Launches Climate Justice Toolkit

The Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) is delighted to launch its Climate Justice Toolkit – a resource pack which explores climate change from a global justice perspective.  This has been adapted from materials produced in association with the Girls Friendly Society.

Steve Grasham, CIYD’s Youth Ministry Development Officer for the Southern Region, says: “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development everywhere. Its widespread and unprecedented effects disproportionately impact the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world. The aim of this toolkit is to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes of young people as they explore the impact of climate change on our planet, the inequality of its consequences on people, and why this is unjust.”

This toolkit uses a ‘development education’ approach – an interactive and creative learning process that seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the world we live in. It challenges perceptions and stereotypes by encouraging optimism, participation and action for a just world.  Through a process of exploration, reflection and action, the activities seek to support young people to make connections between their own lives and climate justice issues, and to empower them to make a positive difference in our world.

The resource is available in a PDF document format.  Clergy, youth workers and youth leaders can contact their Diocesan Youth Officer or Steve Grasham at steve@ciyd.org for a copy. In due course, it will also be downloadable from the CIYD website: www.ciyd.org

Left to right: Simon Henry, National Youth Officer; Emma Lynch; Church and Supporter Relations Co-ordinator, Tearfund Ireland; Steve Grasham, CIYD Youth Ministry Development Officer (Southern Region); Bishop Pat Storey, CIYD President; and Mrs Brigid Barrett, CIYD Chairperson.

Young Leaders in Ministry Fund open for applications

Young Leaders in Ministry Fund open for applications

Closing date: Friday, 30th September 2022

As our teenagers and young adults look forward to increasing youth ministry opportunities for 2023, the Church of Ireland Youth Department’s Young Leaders in Ministry Fund is once again open for applications.

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.

The next closing date is Friday, 30th September 2022, and an application form (in PDF format) can be downloaded at this link.

Please send all completed applications by post to: Young Leaders in Ministry Fund, CIYD, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2QH, or by email to admin@ciyd.org

For any further information or questions, please email simon@ciyd.org