Church of Ireland Notes from “The Irish Times”

Saturday 30 August 2014

Creation Time Celebrations
Church of Ireland parishes are encouraged to join with faith communities throughout the world in celebrating Creation Time from next Monday, 1 September to 4 October.

Creation Time, which is endorsed by the World Council of Churches and actively promoted by Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI), is an opportunity to reflect on the wonder and mystery of God’s Creation and to choose better ways to relate to the living earth, ways that reflect God’s ways of justice and peace.

This year’s theme is ‘God, Whose Farm is All Creation’, which ties in with the fact that 2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The goal of IYFF is to reposition family farming (which is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector world–wide) at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying opportunities leading to a shift towards more equal and balanced development.

Resources on the theme, including sermon starters, liturgy, prayers and background information, are available on the Eco–Congregation Scotland website – – and these ‘excellent resources’, have been recommended by the ECI chairman, the Ven Andrew Orr, who is Rector of the Tullow union of parishes in Co. Carlow.

ECI, an ecumenical project of the Irish Inter–Church Meeting. In order to continue its work, ECI is also reliant on donations and grants and would welcome parishes holding retiring collections for the work of ECI after their Creation Time or Harvest Thanksgiving service.

The autumn season of ordinations begins tomorrow (Sunday). At 4pm in St Columb’s cathedral the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe, the Rt Revd Ken Good, will ordain Catherine Simpson as a deacon intern to serve in Castledawson. At the same time in the Church of Christ the Redeemer, Shankill, the Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Rt Revd Harold Miller, will ordain Sam Johnston as a deacon intern to serve in Shankill and will raise the Revd Geoffrey Haugh and the Revd Andrew Thompson to the priesthood.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the services in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin will be sung by the Past Choristers Association. The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, will celebrate the Parish Eucharist and conduct confirmations in Christ Church, Rushbrooke, for the Cobh and Glanmire union of parishes which is vacant by the preferment of the Revd Brian O’Reilly to Rathdrum in the Diocese of Glendalough. In Clonmacnoise there will be an Evening Service in Templeconnor church At 4pm and at 7pm the Annual Praise Service will be held in Drumully church which is part of the Galloon grouped parishes in Co. Fermanagh.

Heritage Week continues with opportunities to visit churches which are not always open outside of service times. Today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) Calary church in Co. Wicklow will be open from 2–6pm withy free guided tours as will St Doulagh’s church, Balgriffin which is part of the Malahide group …read more

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