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.

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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.

Soul Survior 3 is back! 4th February 2023

Soul Survivor 3 is happening on the 4th of February from 14:00-18:00 in Billis Community Centre and is open to all Secondary School age people. There is no cost as the Bishop is generously funding the event which will include a meal at 17:00. 

We have a great event planned centred around Daniel 5 and the theme of the writing on the wall. Luke Hawkins (the Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital School) will be delivering the talk and Christiaan Snell is leading worship.  We have lots of fun activities plan for a variety of preferences. No change of clothes needed, but bringing a coat is encouraged. A bus is leaving from Longford town at 13:00, for more information please contact Simon Scott.

We would love for you to invite any young people you may know of and it will be aimed to be as accessible as possible for non-Christians. There are flyers attached and a consent form that needs to be filled in for each child. If you don’t have any young people that are available then please pray for the event, that the young people going would get to know each other and Jesus Christ even further!

Contact your rector for further information.


SAMS Ireland Evening Conference – 3rd Feb


The SAMS Ireland annual evening conference Friday Night Live will take place in Annaghmore Parish Centre 7.30pm on Friday 3rd February. The event theme this year is ‘Enlarge – Expand- Extend’. We look forward to hearing stories of how the Gospel is impacting people’s lives through the work and outreach of the church in South America.

Please join us for an evening of worship, Bible teaching and stories of mission!

Please note the NEW venue this year : Annaghmore Parish Church Halls (Armagh Diocese, Junction 13 M1, Postcode: Craigavon BT62 1NT)

For further information :Email: or Tel: 02838 310144.


Reader Training – 21st January 2023

Jesus said “the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

It was a wonderful answer to prayer to have almost 30 people on a zoom call at the end of November.  People who are either already parish readers and who would like further training, or others who are interested in becoming parish readers. It is an encouraging sign of life in our Diocese to see so many interested in serving the Lord in this way.

On Saturday 21st January from 10am-3pm we will be meeting at the Bush Hotel to launch the new training.  We will be joined by Rev Dr Mark Earney, Head of Church History at Moore Theological College.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from God’s Word, to receive the course book and to get to know each other a little better before we go online for our reader training course.

Tuesday 24th January at 8pm will see the start of “God’s Big Picture” on zoom.  This is a 9 week course that gives an overview of the whole Bible. There will be a video to watch and an opportunity to discuss and ask any questions.

Our aim will then be to meet again in person before launching our second module “Overview of New Testament.”  This will go into each book of the New Testament in a bit more detail, trying to give an overview of each individual book. 

Then in September we will aim to meet in smaller local cluster groups to consider leading worship and giving reflections. 

If you haven’t yet signed up, please do ask your rector to get in contact with Rev Nick.

There will not be a charge for the training, and if you can’t make a week you should be able to catch up on a recording of the zoom.  Please do be praying that this course is a great help to our Diocese and to all who take part.