Despite the recent extreme weather, the three services will go ahead in St Paul’s as normal tomorrow, Sunday March 4th. See right-hand corner of this website for details. But unfortunately we have had to defer the visit of our planned guest speaker at the 10.30am service, Barbara O’Connell, CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, so we will launch our 150th anniversary community project on another Sunday.
Just down the road from St Paul’s, beside the site of our old parish hall, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland have an assisted-living centre in two houses (pictured above) on Adelaide Road. One of their goals is to develop a sensory garden for their residents and other clients behind these houses and the Select Vestry have approved this as a community project for us as a parish in this our 150th anniversary year.
CEO Barbara O’Connell will speak at our main morning service this Sunday, March 4th, about the work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and we will use the opportunity to launch this parish project. There will be a retiring collection for the Sensory Garden Fund.
A brain injury can happen in seconds and change a life for ever. See the ABI website for more information abiireland.ie
Nominations are closed and the count begins …Come along to find out – and sing – the favourite hymns of St Paul’s parishoners at our Songs of Praise this Sunday, February 25th at 7pm. It will be a celebration, in this our 150th anniversary year, of the great musical tradition of St Paul’s, as well as a thanksgiving for the tremendous restoration work, which is nearly complete, on our pipe organ. Refreshments will be available in the Parish Centre afterwards
This Ash Wednesday, February 14th, and each Wednesday throughout Lent, there will be a short service of Holy Communion at 7.15 am in addition to the regular 11 am Communion service.
The following Monday, February 19th, a Lent discussion group will start to meet weekly at 8 pm in the Committee Room (upstairs) of the Parish Centre. This year we will use the 2018 Lent Course prepared by the Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland: As the Father sent me, so I send you – The Five Marks of Mission.
The themes are: Feb 19th Tell; Feb 26th Teach; Mar 5th Tend; Mar 12thTransform; Mar 19th Treasure. The booklets that accompany this course will be provided. All are welcome.
The parish is to work towards an Eco Congregation Ireland award as part of marking our 150th anniversary. The Rector explained in his address at the 10.30am service on Sunday, February 4th, that Eco Congregation Ireland (ECI) is an ecumenical organisation which encourages churches to take a more eco approach to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.
While St Paul’s ticks some boxes in this regard, there is much more we can do, both as a parish and as individuals. An action plan is being drawn up and all suggestions are welcome. You can learn more about the ECI here.
Here’s one project you can get involved in immediately: for Lent (which starts on February 14th), the Bishops’ Appeal is partnering with the ECI in “Jars4Journeys“. The idea is that every time you use a car for a journey that you could have done by foot or by bike, or take a flight, you put some money in a jar to go towards offsetting your carbon footprint. The proceeds will go towards projects in Third World communities adversely affected by climate change. Learn more and download a jar label here.
St Paul’s enjoys a great musical tradition so, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, we are holding a Songs of Praise on Sunday, February 25th at 7pm. The choice of hymns we sing that night is to be decided by an open vote.
One of the forms at the back of the church can be filled in, or email email@example.com, to nominate up to five of your favourite hymns. You are also invited to give a reason for your number one choice, but that’s optional. Closing date for nominations is Sunday, February 18th. All welcome to get involved.
After that, come along and enjoy a great sing-along on February 25th. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Centre afterwards.
The big celebration will be held on Sunday, July 8th, when there will be a service at 11.30am to mark 150 years, to the day and to the hour, since the consecration of St Paul’s. This will be followed by a garden party in the church grounds.
The Rector is in the process of inviting back some former curates, as well as the only surviving rector, the Ven Gordon Linney, along with former parishoners who went on to be ordained, to preach at services throughout the year.
Here are some other dates for your diary:
11th Confirmation Service, 3pm
14th Ash Wednesday Services at 7.15 am and 11 am
19th Lent Discussion Group meets Mondays of Lent, 8 pm, Parish Centre
25th Songs of Praise, 7 pm
23rd Daffodil Day Coffee Morning 10.30 am Parish Centre.
25th Holy Week begins. Evening Services 8 pm rotating around parishes of Christ Church Dun Laoghaire, Holy Trinity Killiney, St Matthias Killiney/Ballybrack, St Patrick’s Dalkey and St Paul’s
1st Easter Day
29th Visiting preacher: the Very Rev. Paul Bogle, Dean of Trim, a former parishioner.
13th Visiting preacher the Rev Canon Susan Green; Chaplain Kilkenny College a former parishioner.
26th Summer Fair
8th 150th Anniversary Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving 11.30 am followed by Garden Party
2nd Open Air Service and Family Barbecue
30th Service of Harvest Thanksgiving Preacher: the Very Rev. Arthur Barrett, Dean of Raphoe, a former parishoner
St Paul’s was the sixth of seven Church of Ireland churches to be built in this area within 30 years of the opening of the Dublin-Kingstown railway, the Rector, the Rev Gary Dowd, told the congregation who attended the service yesterday to mark the opening of the building for worship 150 years ago.
However, while it opened on January 2nd, 1868 the building was still not finished and another six months passed before the church was consecrated. This date, July 8th, falling as it does on a Sunday this year, will be the focal point of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Lords Longford and de Vesci gave the site, and consent to build the new church had to be given by the Rector of Monkstown Parish, the Rev Ronald Mac Donnell. A bequest of £4,000 from a Miss Jane Shannon from Belfast financed the construction of the building; she also left money to build three other church in the Dublin area but of those only Zion and St Paul’s remain open today.
The first Rector of St Paul’s The Rev G.W. Dalton, was appointed in August 1867 about four months before the building opened. Apparently he left a distinct impression on the neighbourhood, being far from what is called a popular man, said Rev Dowd, who is the parish’s 10th Rector.
Only one former Rector is still alive, Gordon Linney, who served 24 years, second only to Rev EG Robinson who served 26. The second Rector, Canon John Dowse, spent the shortest time here, leaving after just five years, having been appointed as Rector of Monkstown, which was obviously deemed to be promotion in those days.
There have also been at least 30 curates and some of those surviving are being invited back to St Paul’s to preach on different Sunday mornings throughout 2018, along with the Ven Linney, and some former parishoners who went on to be ordained.
Rev Dowd quoted some comments made 50 years ago by the then Rector, Rev John Duggan on the 100th anniversary of St Paul’s: “In the past, the life of the church and the life of the individual were closely woven together in a manner that is not so apparent in our modern society with its commuters into the city for a five-day working week and the car available at the weekends, available to transport the family to the caravan at the sea side for the weekend”. However, Rev Duggan added: whether you are a regular church goer or not, Church still enters your life at crucial times: baptism, Sunday School, youth organisations, Confirmation, marriage, death.
“Can we still say that?” asked Rev Dowd, pointing out that within the last 25 years, society has undergone more rapid changes than at any time before.
Concluding an entertaining potted history of St Paul’s, our current Rector added that while it is nice to look back over those 150 years, it is only a building and the Church is its people. It is we, the parishoners of 2018, who will determine the next chapter of the history of St Paul’s.
How the Victorians saw the opening of St Paul’s
In the “Daily Express” of January 3rd, 1868, appeared the following account of the opening of the Church:
“The new Church of St. Paul, Glenageary, was opened for Public Worship for the first time yesterday morning. The sacred edifice is situated on an eminence close to the Adelaide Road Station and commands a fine view of a wide tract of country.
“The district is attached to the Parish of Monkstown, but the increasing importance of the locality rendered it desirable that more spiritual provision should be made, and there is no doubt that the new Church will supply a want which has been generally felt.
“The Church of St. Paul is of the Gothic style of architecture and, although not large, is extremely tasteful and imposing. The building measures 101 feet 6 inches internally by 35 feet 6 inches wide, and 55 feet 6 inches high to ridge. It comprises a Nave, and Chancel measuring l8 feet 6 inches by 21 feet. It is in the Decorative style and has at the south-west corner a Tower and Spire rising to a height of 120 feet to the top of the iron finial.
“The structure was erected by Mr. John Nolan of Dublin, from the design of Mr. A. Jones, Architect. The amount of the contract was about £4,000.”
A service to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the new church of St Paul Glenageary will be held at 10.30am on Sunday, January 7th.
The church was opened for “divine worship” on Thursday, January 2nd, 1868. The consecration of the church had to be postponed until the completion of the building and took place on July 8th, 1868 at 11.30am.
In 2018, July 8th falls on a Sunday and a service that day, also at 11.30am, will be the focal point of our celebrations. A garden party in the church grounds will follow that service.