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Lenten Resources this 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

This is the first blog of several blogs about some of the Irish Lenten Resources that are going to become available to you this lent.

The fist resource is courtesy of the Church of Ireland: “Home-Grown Lent Course”

A Bible Study resource for Lent on the theme of Creation is currently being prepared for the use of parishes in the Church of Ireland. The material will consist of a pdf freely available on the internet and via email, also available on CD-Rom at the official launch on March 6th after Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The launch will be addressed by the Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.

The Lent Creation project is designed both to link into the Anglican Consultative Council’s project “The Bible in the Life of the Church” and to function as an inaugural effort for a proposed Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland (BACI).  Welcoming the course, the Rt Reverend Michael Burrows, Chairman of the Anglican Affairs Sub-Committee of the Church of Ireland Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue said: “I warmly welcome this excellent initiative to connect members of the Church of Ireland to something which is of paramount significance in the greater Anglican context, namely working together towards a common understanding of our elucidation and application of Scripture.”

The course, designed to provide parishes with a five-week program for Lent, will consist of ten Bible passages with introductions, notes, and questions for reflection. The material is intended to facilitate thoughtful reflection on “creation” and to inspire its application.

The pdf will be downloadable from the internet (http://bibliahibernica.wordpress.com) or be requested from the working group via email (baci.anglican@gmail.com). The working group requests feedback on the course from all participating groups, so that a report may then be forwarded to the ACC to contribute to its analysis of how Anglican congregations around the world relate to the Bible.

Following the completion of the Lent 2011 project, the BACI working group plans to invite participation in an inaugural AGM, to establish a constitution and committee. Details for this event will be published shortly. The proposal is broad-church and ecumenically minded and seeks membership from every diocese of the Church of Ireland.

Coming to our blog soon details of a new exciting resource from Catholic Ireland .net on www.cilent.ie/2011.

Watch this space!

If you know of any Lenten resource available in Ireland or the UK that you think we should tell our readers about please contact us at info@churchservices.tv .

Churches asked to go Green this lent

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Eco-Congregation Ireland calls on churches to Care for Creation this Lent

Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI) is urging churches to celebrate the beauty of Creation this Lent and to take practical steps to care for the environment.

The interdenominational environmental group, which is a project of the Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter-Church Meeting, suggests that parishes, communities and individuals might like to plant fruit and nut trees in their localities.

“Planting edible landscapes is one of many practical ways we can prepare for a low-carbon future by increasing local resilience,” says ECI Communications Officer, Fiona Murdoch. “It is an especially appropriate action to take this year, given that 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.”

All good garden centres stock a range of fruit trees, although Irish Seed Savers, Scariff, Co Clare is recommended for helping preserve native Irish species. Saplings can be ordered over the internet from anywhere in the country – www.irishseedsavers.ie.

Churches are also asked to consider hosting Just Forests’ Wood of Life exhibition – a colourful, interactive display about the social, economic and environmental importance of the world’s forests through development education and education for sustainable development. Just Forests will erect the display boards and staff the event and can provide worksheets for children. See www.justforests.org.

ECI is also encouraging churches and their members to choose Lenten resources with an environmental theme. There are plenty to choose from!

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ pastoral reflection, Cry of the Earth, provides an excellent starting point for a series of discussions. It invites individuals and parish communities to reflect on the challenge of climate change and the actions we can take to help construct a more sustainable environment. Also, to reflect on the covenant between human beings and the environment “which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”. See www.catholicbishops.ie/features.

The newly-formed Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland has prepared a Biblical reflective programme for Lent on the theme of Creation, which can be downloaded for free from www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com.

ECI supports churches and Christians as they take steps to care for the environment. Its website – www.ecocongregationireland.org – is packed full of ideas and resources and anyone interested is invited to sign up to receive ECI’s monthly e-letter by emailing info@ecocongregationireland.org.

Spirit Radio – Passion for Life

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Church Services TV is delighted to announce on behalf of Spirit FM

Irelands’ first ever Christian Radio station will arrive – January 27th 2011.

Spirit Radio plans to air a mix of familiar music hits containing positive lyrics as well as a broad selection of contemporary Christian music.  Spirit Radio is to be enjoyed. It won’t preach to the choir by getting stuck into heavy doctrine. It aspires to exemplify the joy of Christianity through its appealing contemporary music, positive lyrics and chat.

6 years ago, ‘Spirit FM’ operated a temporary 3-month license as a forerunner to the Spirit Radio we know today. One particular story relates to a young chartered accountant working for KPMG, Niall Leahy. Like many Irish, Niall hadn’t considered his Catholic roots seriously. Dipping into depression and exploring Buddhism, Niall one day stumbled across Spirit FM. He was immediately intrigued by what he considered quality music and inspiring speech content. Later he heard an advertisement for a Youth2000 retreat and decided that he at least needed to see what Catholicism had to offer before looking elsewhere. Niall attended the retreat and started a journey back to God and the Catholic Church. Today Niall is into his second year training for the priesthood and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of Spirit Radio.

The station is located close to RTE on the 88-92kHz FM band in Dublin (89.9), Cork (90.9), Galway (91.7), Limerick (89.8) and Waterford (90.1).