Passing of Maud Cunningham

We were all saddened to learn of the death of Maud Cunningham, our Diocesan Secretary.  Maud died peacefully at her home in Florencecourt on Tuesday 3rd November.  We offer our condolences to Maud’s family and friends and hold them in our prayers at this sad time. 

Due to the current circumstances and government advice regarding COVID 19 the family home and funeral will be private.  The funeral will leave from her home at 2pm on Friday 6th for service in St. John’s Parish Church in Florencecourt, followed by burial in the adjoining Churchyard.  This will be an opportunity for friends and neighbours to stand on route and show their support to the family and to pay their respects.  Please keep government social distancing guidelines is mind.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Connect. Cheques should be made payable to W T Morrison, Funeral Directors and sent to 41 Darling Street, Enniskillen, BT74 7DP, or use the online donation account via the website.

It is our intention as a Diocese to celebrate Maud’s life and work at some time in the future when we can meet again under more normal circumstances.

 

Faith and fostering webinar: exploring foster caring from a Christian perspective

More than 200 children are currently waiting for a foster family. They need families who will open their homes and their hearts.

God draws people into his family.  God is described in Psalm 68.6 as a ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.”  It says “God sets the lonely in families.”

Vox magazine, in association with Tusla Child and Family Agency, and supported by Christian charity Home for Good, invite you to consider answering God’s call to churches and to Christians in a national webinar.

The webinar aims to raise awareness of how Christians can help to address this urgent need for foster carers: 

When? Tuesday 17 November at 19.30

Where? Online: register via the Focus on Fostering Eventbrite page to receive the Zoom joining link.

Who is this event for? Anyone interested in hearing more about fostering. 

Find out more now: Tulsa: Raising Amazing

A word on privacy and GDPR: you will not be identifiable by tuning into the webinar and your details will not be shared or used for any purpose other than communicating information about the webinar. 

Call for Expressions of Interest: Mental Health Promotion

The Church of Ireland recently announced a major three–year, all–island, mental health promotion programme entitled ‘Mental Health Promotion across the Church of Ireland and Wider Community’. The project aims to transform the understanding of, attitudes towards, and responses to mental health within the Church of Ireland and the wider community. It has been made possible by a significant grant from Allchurches Trust – one of the UK and Ireland’s largest grant–making charities.

The Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland is now seeking to engage a researcher/team of researchers to undertake a significant piece of research, commencing in January 2021. More details are available here: https://www.ireland.anglican.org/news/10100/call-for-expressions-of-interest

The Sexton’s House Community Hub – Manorhamilton

The Sexton’s House Community Hub has recently been completed in Manorhamilton. This beautiful new community space was developed through the Shared Spaces initiative and led by Leitrim County Council. The funding has been used to develop the Sexton’s House and build a hall to the rear of the building in Church Lane, Manorhamilton. The community space will be used to promote positive relations characterised by respect, cultural diversity and people can live, learn and socialise together.

The project has been funded by the Peace IV programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

KEA Online Services

Upcoming Event: Building Blocks / Children’s Ministry Conference

Building Blocks Children’s Ministry conference 2020

Online webinars for leaders and workers in Children’s Ministry

Check out all that this year’s Building Blocks Children’s and Family Ministry Conference has to offer – you will not be disappointed! Mark the date in your calendar today! A flyer, which can also be shared with others who may be interested, is available here.

Four Candidates Ordained for Local Ministry in KEA Diocese

Last Tuesday evening, 29th September, Revd. Albert Dawson, Revd. Steve Frost, Revd. Ed Smyth and Revd. Capt. Malcom Young were ordained as deacons for local ministry. A small congregation gathered in the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin and St John the Baptist, Sligo for a service led by Rt. Revd. Ferran Glenfield, the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. Other friends and family were able to participate in the service via livestream (http://studiorove.ie/ordination/.)

 

Albert, Steve, Ed and Malcom are the first candidates in our Diocese to be ordained for local ministry. Ordained Local Ministry is a new form of ministry in the Church of Ireland, developed to meet pastoral and ministerial need in the local church. It is an unpaid ministry based in a local parish or groups of parishes alongside stipendary and lay ministries. Albert Dawson will continue to serve in the Cloonclare Group of Parishes, Steve Frost in the South Leitrim Group, Ed Smyth in the Roscommon Group and Malcom Young in the Drumcliffe Group of Parishes.

 

The address at the ordination was given by Bishop Ferran Glenfield. Speaking from Genesis 28 vs 10-22, Bishop Ferran said that, in a world that is repeatedly pleased to do without God we should never discount the God of grace who deals with us, not on the basis of what we deserve, but what we need. He challenged us not to dismiss the promises of a faithful, dependable God and never to confuse religion with the relationship that we can have with God through Jesus Christ, who is the fulfilment of God’s promises. Finally, he challenged the congregation never to doubt the purposes of God to create a people for himself to participate in His redemptive work in our world

 

Children’s Ministry Network Autumn Newsletter

We have compiled some simple ideas for families, pods, and Sunday Clubs, always with prompts for the wider parish to be involved so people stay connected with the full life of the Church. Much of our focus in this edition is outdoors, encouraging faith in everyday life. Click HERE to download the Autumn newsletter

Rev Simon Scott welcomed as Minister-in-Charge of the Longford Group of Parishes

Earlier this month, Rev. Simon Scott was welcomed as the new Minister-in-Charge of the Longford Group of Parishes (Ballymacormack, Clongish (St Paul, Newtownforbes), Clooncumber (Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim), Killashee (St Paul), Templemichael (St John, Longford).

Speaking on Simon’s appointment, Archdeacon Isaac Hanna said; “I am delighted with this appointment to Longford, Simon brings with him great energy and passion to not only to his new parish but also to the existing ministry team here in Elphin & Ardagh. This new opportunity provides him with the scope to develop and grow the Church there, obviously under the empowering and guidance of the Holy Spirit. From experience, I know also that here are some fantastic people in the congregation, who I have every confidence, will benefit from his leadership. I wish him and Tam and their family every success and happiness in this new ministry.”

Institution of Revd. Richard Waller

Last Friday evening, 11th September, Revd. Capt. Richard Waller was instituted as Rector of the Kildallon Group of Parishes (Corrawallen, Kildallon and Newtongore. To accommodate social distancing a small congregation gathered in Kildallon church while other family, friends and parishioners were able to participate via a livestream of the service. The service was led by Bishop Ferran Glenfield assisted by Archdeacon Craig McCauley.

The address at the institution was given by the Right Reverend David McClay, Bishop of Down and Dromore. Speaking from 1 Corinthians 9:16-27, Bishop David emphasised that the task of the church is to make disciples of Jesus, preaching Christ and coming alongside people. He spoke of the wonderful privilege of this work and encouraged the congregation to be active in the ministry and witness of the church.

The Act of Institution was then carried out by Bishop Ferran Glenfield. During Revd. Richard’s commissioning, symbolic gifts of the Bible, Water, the Book of Common Prayer and Bread and Wine were presented by Ewen Garland, Gwenda Richardson, Florence Bayliss and Bishop David. After this, words of welcome were given by Revd. Ruth West on behalf of the Diocese who congratulated Revd. Richard on this recognition of his ministry so far. Further words of welcome were given by Father John McMahon from Carrigallen Parish who spoke of Revd. Richard as an inspirational man of prayer. Roy Woods spoke on behalf of the Kildallon Group of Parishes.

The current health restrictions meant that we missed out on the traditional tea after the service, but the warm, end of summer’s evening gave a quick opportunity to wish Revd. Richard and his wife Janette well as they begin this next phase of their ministry.