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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.

An Event Called “Building healthy communities through honest friendship”

Monday, January 24th, 2011

An evening with Very Rev’d. Dr Ken Newell, O.B.E. former Prebyterian Moderator, and Fr. Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery. They will speak of their pilgrimage of understanding, the effect of their friendship on the communities in which they serve and the power of friendship to ‘defrost’ deep divisions.

February 1st 2011 – St. Brigid’s Day 7:30p.m.

Venue: St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Admission: £5.00 – payable at the door.

Further information about the event can be found on the Church of Ireland site http://www.ireland.anglican.org/ and http://celtic-spirituality.net/
You can find more information on Clonard’s Reconciliation Ministry at http://www.clonard.com/reconciliation4.html . You can view Catholic Services from Clonard on their CSTV channel http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Clonard/ .

Do you know of other events that our viewers may be interested in? If so please email info@churchservices.tv

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain shuimneach daoibh.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

May the gift
that Christmas is
bless you
with peace and love.

Le gach dea-ghuí i gcomhair na Nollag
agus na h-athbhliana

Advent Services On Line

Monday, November 29th, 2010

We are delighted to make this announcement on behalf of www.catholicireland.net.

“www.catholicireland.net are pleased to offer you www.ciadvent.ie for 2010. There is something for everyone within the site which reveals its content daily through the Advent wreath.
You may have a link and or the graphic and all the content with our compliments.
We hope you and your parishioners enjoy Advent and have a very Happy and Holy Christmas.”

Tony Bolger on behalf of the teams.

The First Sunday of Advent and the snow is on the ground

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The first Sunday of advent, the sun is out and the snow is on the ground. This is a perfect day for taking some of those Christmas scene photos.

Unfortunately the ice and snow also make it more difficult for all of us to travel even short distances. Yesterday I saw a young couple stop their car and offer a lift to an older woman who was walking in the middle of the road as it was too difficult to use her walker on the frozen footpaths. It reminded me that we need to make a special effort to ensure that our close neighbours are not isolated this winter.

The ChurchServices.Tv service is designed to help people at home remain part of their local Christian community in Ireland (and soon the UK) by allowing everybody to take part in Masses, Services and Prayers from the comfort of their own homes. It does not nor is meant to replace human contact. So maybe this Advent we all should all look out for each other and make sure that no one is feeling isolated or lonely.

Maria

If anybody has a community scheme that enables the housebound feel less isolated this winter please contact me at comments@churchresources.ie and I will consider adding you to this blog.