Parents of young children please note that Sunday Club will begin again this Sunday, September 8th. Sunday Club meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Participants should be aged 4+. Children are encouraged to come for the start of church at 10.30am before leaving for Sunday club during the singing of the second hymn (after approx.15 minutes).
Our annual open-air service and family will take place in the grounds of the church this Sunday, September 1st, starting at 12 noon. This Sunday marks the start of the annual Season of Creation which runs until October 4th (The Feast of St Francis). This year, the theme for the season is biodiversity, God’s web of life in which we celebrate the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on Earth” (Genesis 9:10). The Christian family is invited to mark the Season by spending time in prayer and considering ways to inhabit our common home more sustainably.
One small gesture you might consider would be to leave your car at home this Sunday and walk or cycle to the outdoor service instead. This event will go ahead regardless of the weather but Plan B is to retreat to the Parish Centre!
St Paul’s is to open during Heritage Week again this year, 2pm-4pm daily from Monday, August 19th to Saturday, August 24th inclusive. It’s a self-guided tour around our Victorian church, opened in 1868, which has a memorial in the side chapel dedicated to local men who died in the First World War.
The Rector made a presentation on behalf of the parish to Thomas Maxwell during yesterday’s morning service, to mark the end of his two years as St Paul’s organ scholar.
He has been a great asset to the choir and stepped up admirably to extra responsibilities when the organist job became vacant. We wish him well in his upcoming Leaving Certificate and look forward to his lunchtime recital, featuring works by JS Bach, Gigout, Alain and Stanford, in St Paul’s on Thursday, June 27th at 1.10 pm. Admission free but donations to Kisiizi Hospital Surgeon Fund welcomed.
There are fewer than half a dozen places left on the bus for the parish outing to Newgrange (pictured above) and the Boyne Visitor Centre in Co Meath on Saturday, September 7th. Tickets are being snapped up because group access to Newgrange is restricted – we booked our places for this trip 18 months ago!
On the day, we will meet at St Paul’s Church at 7.45 am for 8 am sharp departure. Visiting City North Hotel, Gormanston (coffee) – Newgrange – Monasterboice Inn (lunch) – Boyne Visitor Centre. Cost €45 per person to include mid-morning coffee/tea, light lunch, admission fees and return bus transport. Tickets from John White tel: 087 2594729 or email here.
We’re gearing up for our annual Summer Fair in the church grounds, on Saturday, May 25th, 10.30am-2pm. New volunteers to help in any capacity would be most welcome. Please contact the chairman of the Fair committee, Dominic Galvin: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a soup and roll lunch after the 10.30 am service this Sunday, April 28th, to which everybody is welcome. All proceeds to the Kisiizi Surgeon Fund, which pays the salary of a surgeon in the Ugandan hospital that we as a parish support. If you have not already done so by then this would also be an opportunity to return your jar of coins collected over Lent. Thank you.
Our long- term goal is to raise €11,000 per year to provide for a surgeon’s salary on an annual basis so you might consider setting up a standing order or making a yearly contribution. The bank account details if you would like to establish a standing order are as follows:
Account Name: St Pauls Church Ruanda Mission
IBAN: IE73 AIBK 9334 0677 0541 48
As with all donations of this type, if you can contribute in excess of €250, then this allows St. Paul‘s to claim a tax rebate of 45% on this amount, further boosting the overall fund. Any amount will be very welcome. Thank-you.