We have started displaying some of our butterflies inside the windows of St Molua’s, looking out. Whilst they are colourful, these are plain… (they’re too far away to read). But there’s still time to get creative! Think about: What has brought you HOPE during this pandemic? Friends, family, church, God, a favourite Bible verse? WRITEContinue reading “Butterflies of Hope”
The Autumn 2020 edition of our parish magazine CONTACT is now available to read or download in the Resources section of the website, along with copies of previous editions from the past year or so. We hope you enjoy reading the various articles and resources. Please feel free to share with your friends!
Dear friends, I hope this finds you well. On Sunday 2nd August we returned to ‘in-church worship’. It has been so lovely to be able to return to worship in the church building, to see our friends face to face (albeit behind masks!) although I am aware for some of us, it has been quiteContinue reading “The Rector Writes …”
New Wine Ireland has a vision that, in our generation, we will see churches across Ireland renewed and restored in passion for the Word and Works of God; that we will see individuals and families transformed by meeting Jesus and empowered by his Holy Spirit and this will impact our society; and that Christians willContinue reading “Kingdom Women 2020 Online”
Down and Dromore Youth and Children (DDYC) has launched an exciting competition for September. Butterflies of Hope is an encouragement to the whole church family to send out a message of blessing and hope to the community and beyond. As many of our ministries can connect again with local people face to face the butterfly provides aContinue reading “Butterflies of Hope Competition”
Following the success of the last Diocesan online Alpha Course we’re going again! In these times of continuing uncertainty, why not join us to explore the big questions of life and faith? All from the comfort of your own home. Beginning on Tuesday 29 September at 7.30 pm, Alpha is a series of 12 sessions exploringContinue reading “Alpha Online Course starting September”
‘Don’t miss this moment’ is the theme for Bible Week 2020 in Belfast Cathedral and online. Our speaker over four nights, starting Tuesday 1 September, is Peter Lynas, Evangelical Alliance UK Director. We’re going to explore through scripture, the challenges and opportunities facing the church in this unique moment. Don’t miss this moment and don’tContinue reading “Bible Week begins”
Bishop David has written to every parish in the diocese and asked them to give generously towards the relief of suffering in Lebanon following the massive explosion in Beirut. The terrible images of the explosion evoked for him, very personal memories of his visit to the country a few years ago as a guest ofContinue reading “Bishop opens Diocesan Lebanon Appeal”
Since re-opening for public worship at the begining of August, we have continued to advise the use of face masks for services at St Molua’s. We have now received further advice from our church leaders that, in order to protect one another, you should wear a mask when in the church buildings (unless you areContinue reading “Face coverings in churches”
On Sunday 16 August 2020, and for the first time in at least 800 years, Nendrum Ancient Monastic site was the setting for a service of ordination. The Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Revd David McClay, ordained two presbyters for ordained local ministry – Revd Rory Blake-Knox for Moneyreagh Community Church and Revd Stephen Doherty for GlenContinue reading “Historic ordinations at Nendrum Monastic Site”
Some great activities for children from the Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Network and Together@Home – enjoy!
The Church of Ireland is backing the Scamwise NI campaign, through the Church Leaders Group, to keep people safe from scams. In any year, most people will be targeted in an attempt to scam them out of money, but if you can spot a scam, you can stop it too. The video below produced byContinue reading “Scams – advice on staying safe”
Produced for the Diocese of Down & Dromore, the following short animation gives you an idea of what to expect when you return to worship in your local church building. Not all parishes will open together, and some may implement arrangements slightly differently within Church and NI Executive guidelines, to suit local circumstances. Please ensureContinue reading “What to expect when you return to church”
Please read this important information and guidelines regarding return to in-church worship First published on 2 July 2020 Guidance on facemasks updated 19 August 2020 Dear friends, I hope this finds you all well. These past few months have been a very strange time for us all. I hope you have still managed to feelContinue reading “The Rector Writes …”
Bishop David introduces a new video series where singers and musicians from around the diocese are invited to share their favourite song or hymn with us. “As we return to worship in our church buildings but are still not allowed to sing, I want us to keep at the very top of our priorities andContinue reading “Let’s Sing!”