The Cathedral re-roofing starts on 2nd June. Have you sold your Slate Tickets?
If not please help and return as soon as possible. If everyone sold their allocated tickets
we would receive £100,000 The total cost of the project is £450,000. The last major
expenditure on the cathedral roof was in 1960 when a re-roofing project was undertaken.
It is not surprising therefore that, after a period of 57 years, major works are once again
required. This will be an expensive project which will involve elaborate scaffolding. Slates
will have to be removed and stored carefully, damaged timber will need replacement, other
timbers will require treatment, and insulation will need to be upgraded. Slates will then have
to be replaced using durable nails. The opportunity will also be taken to replace damaged
stonework and faulty gutters, downpipes and lead valleys. It is most likely that internal
redecoration of the cathedral will be required when the roof project is complete.
Daily Hope is a free phone line of hymns, prayers and reflections for those who don’t have access to the internet at home. Just call 0800 804 8044 from a UK mobile or landline and select your preferred option.
2020 Confirmation Service
Due to circumstances beyond our control the Confirmation Service on 15th March 2020 had to be cancelled at the last minute. This was very disappointing for the 18 young people who had been prepared and rehearsed for their special day. This service has been rearranged for Wednesday 16th June at 7.30pm, unless Covid restrictions change in the interim period.
2022 Confirmation Group
We hope to begin Confirmation Classes again in November with a Confirmation Service in the Spring of 2022. This group will be made up from Years 9 and 10. Names of the those wishing to be confirmed should contact the cathedral office email for an application form. Email email@example.com.
‘Tears of Gold’ Art Exhibition June 19th to 26th in St Macartin’s Cathedral
Enniskillen Rotary Club invite you to an exhibition by artist and peace activist Hannah Rose Thomas, to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and Rotary International’s supporting role in its formation. The theme of the exhibition is peace building and conflict prevention. Hannah’s portraits have been shown in the Houses of Parliament, European Parliament and Westminster Abbey, but this will be the first time they will be on display in Ireland. Open Monday 21st of June to Friday the 25th June 2021 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm daily. In addition, it will be open Sunday (20th) 2.30 to 5.00pm, Friday (25th) from 6.30 to 8.30pm and Saturday (26th) 10.00am to 12.00 noon. For further information Contact Heather Ellis, on 07557507978 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Lights and Sunday Lights Café
Both Sunday Lights + Cafe are staying online for the foreseeable future. Weekly sessions will be uploaded to our Children and Youth Google Drive every Friday ahead of service on Sunday. Each session contains a Bible passage, a YouTube video link, some discussion questions for you and your family, an interactive activity idea and short lesson as well as some additional resources. These can be completed at your own pace but make sure to tag us on social media to keep us up to date! Our Google Drive can be found at the following link (this can also be found on our social media pages): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nDxZoBQus757nWwnLT0g5aNtLLpw5fXC?usp=sharing
Messy Church @ Enniskillen Cathedral
Messy Church is a great opportunity for children to learn about God and the Bible in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. It is a FREE group open to all primary-aged children of all denominations. This year Messy Church is going online! We have created a private Facebook group to share video messages, worship videos, craft instructions, pictures and updates. Packs containing craft supplies will be available to pick up from the Cathedral Hall on specific days. A letter with all these details has been sent to all families on the register last year. New families are always welcome - please get in touch for more information on how you can get involved!
Messy Church @ Home will be held on the third Thursday of each month. This month’s session is on 15th October 2020. Each child or young person must be registered to participate in an organisation @ Enniskillen Cathedral. Each organisation has a separate form that must be completed. Children may want to participate in more than one organisation, but you must complete a separate registration form. Although we are not meeting in person, it is crucial to register your child so that we can begin in-person meetings once regulations permit.
A copy of each registration form is available:
On our social media pages and Google Drive
On the Enniskillen Cathedral website
From St Macartin’s Cathedal Office
All forms must be printed, completed fully and signed by a parent/guardian. Completed forms should be returned in a sealed envelope addressed to FAO [name of organisation] e.g. FAO Messy Church, to
St Macartin’s Cathedral Office
For more information, or updates on all things Children and Youth @ Enniskillen Cathedral, please email us at email@example.com or visit our social media
Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, the Church of Ireland joins with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of two-metre physical distancing. We acknowledge that some people may be unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons.
Mid Week Holy Communion Services
A Service of Holy Communion is routinely held each Thursday at 11.00am. Those who usually attend the early Sunday morning and Sunday evening services should consider (if not working) attending the Thursday service, as it is much quieter than the 11.00am Sunday morning service.
Since parish visiting will not be possible for some time yet, I would appeal to parishioners to let us know if you are unwell or know someone who is unwell. We can arrange some form of contact to be made depending on what restrictions are in place at that time.
Please note that all Parish organisation will be unable to meet again until they are allowed to do so and all the regulations and guidelines are adhered to. We will keep you fully informed through the Cathedral News and Pew News.
Help or queries
Should you require anything please contact the Dean (028 6632 2465), or the Parish Secretary (028 6632 2917).
Do you have a Prayer book in your home? If not you should have! We are a Prayer Book church and the Prayer Book should not just be on those shelves at the back of the church for use on Sunday, but there should be a copy of a Prayer Book in every home. Everything in it is biblically based and it is a vital tool to every-day living, for daily prayer, and for nourishment and for enriching our daily walk with God. As you leaf through the Prayer Book you will find services and prayers for daily use, and for every situation and worry in life. It is a marvellous resource so use it! Copies are available from the Cathedral Office for £20.00 and would make an ideal Christmas gift!
Church History Book
The very fine book written by Sam Morrow outlining the history of the cathedral has been launched and may still be purchased from the office at a pre-launch price of £20. It is an excellent read and has over 500 photographs.
If for some reason you have not yet received the new registration pack (maybe you were out when the parish visitor called) please telephone the Cathedral Office and we will post them out. A batch of white envelopes containing the blank forms are available on the table in the Cathedral Porch. Everyone who wishes to be connected with the Cathedral must be fully and legally registered to meet the new Data Protection regulations.
If you have the talent and interest, you can help form an integral part of St Macartin's Cathedral Choir, Enniskillen, and benefit from our new choral scholarships.
The Cathedral Choir sings at the weekly Sunday morning service at 11.00am, and occasionally at additional services throughout the year. Once or twice a year, the choir sings at churches and cathedrals further afield. Recently these have included St Macartan's Cathedral in Clogher and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
Each year, commencing in September, St Macartin's offers up to eight choral scholarships; ideally two of each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass). It is useful, but not essential, for potential choral scholars to have relevant experience of singing in a choir, for example a church, school or community choir. For all, good sight-reading skills are desirable. All scholarship holders are obliged to take lessons from an approved professional vocal tutor of their own choice, or from the Cathedral's designated vocal tutor, Mr David Robertson. Application forms can be requested from the cathedral office by telephoning 028 66322917 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Old Pound Coins
The old one pound coin has gone out of circulation. Many of you will still have some in your pockets or purses! The bank will still accept, them but rather than make a trip there, you could if you wish, donate them to the Cathedral Fabric Fund. A glass jar is available in the Cathedral Porch to make your donation which will be very much appreciated. Crèche
Over last summer, we gave the old crèche room a make-over. We’ve got new furniture, toys, a dressing up box, baby changing facilities and more. The PrayGround is NOT there to keep little ones out of earshot! We love having babies and toddlers in the service with us. We honestly don’t mind a bit of noise – in fact, ‘if there’s nobody crying, the church is dying!’ The PrayGround is there to make it as easy as possible for families with small children to attend church together. Feel free to come and go as you need. You can follow the service over the speaker, and make it to Holy Communion. For children too young to attend Sunday Lights, or occasional little visitors not registered for Sunday Lights, activity bags are available from the porch on your way in. They contain colouring, reading and other material to keep younger members occupied.
The Car Park
An extended car park, accommodating an additional 30 cars, is an extremely valuable addition in the island town of Enniskillen where parking space is at a premium. Access to the car park is limited to those who are authorised to use it - otherwise it would become a free public car park. Entry and exit from the car park is controlled by barriers. The access barrier is activated by car users who possess an activation fob. The issue of these fobs is being carefully controlled and is only be available to parishioners and others authorised by the select vestry. There is be a £25 charge (£250 for non-members) for each fob (renewable yearly) which not only reflects its cost but also includes an allowance to cover anticipated maintenance. The car park barriers are open for all regular church services, including weddings and funerals. It is also open in the evenings to accommodate the many organisations which use the facilities for evening events.
Cathedral Garden of Remembrance
With the increased number of people choosing cremation, St Macartin’s Cathedral needed to make provision for the burial of ashes in the Cathedral grounds. A Garden of Remembrance at the back of the Cathedral has been created and was dedicated by the Bishop on Sunday 17th September after the morning service. You can see a memorial stone there on which will be engraved names of committals and also a summer seat for relatives to have a private and quiet area in which to remember. This may be of particular interest to certain parishioners who may be willing to help finance this project. It may also be of interest to former Cathedral parishioners who have moved away from the area (maybe overseas and large cities where cremations are more common) and may want the Cathedral grounds to be the resting place for their ashes. Please make this widely known and donations would be gratefully received towards this project - ‘The Cathedral Garden of Remembrance Fund'.
Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking to recruit adoptive families for babies and young children. For a free information pack, please contact it on 028 71368592 or 028 90691133, Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, or e-mail email@example.com
Donations in lieu of flowers
The Church can benefit greatly from donations made in lieu of flowers at the time of a death or the anniversary of a death. Please keep this in mind, and we acknowledge with grateful thanks all who have contributed in this way in the past.
"Our Daily Bread" Bible Reading Notes
Each Sunday all three readings from the Revised Common Lectionary are printed on a Parish Bulletin. The Psalm and Collect are also listed. Make sure you get this sheet each week (If for some reason you are not out - get someone to take one for you). Please keep it and use one of the readings or psalm each day throughout the week with your private prayers.
Copies of Our Daily Bread (Bible Reading Notes) are available free of charge at the back of the church. Please take one and you will find an order form included so that you can order them and have them sent directly by post to your own home. These will make the reading of the Bible easy, enjoyable, interesting and relevant to every day life.
‘ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path’ Psalm 119
Presentation editions of the Church Hymnal are an ideal gift for confirmations or for special seasons in the Church calendar, including Christmas. Bound in soft burgundy leather cover and with gilded pages, it contains over 700 hymns - but the light pages ensure that the book itself is not overly bulky. The edition is now on sale for the reduced price of £10 until next Easter. It is an offer not to be missed! Parish Visiting Parish Visiting
This will not be possible for some time yet, so the Dean asks parishioners to let us know if you are unwell or know someone who is unwell. We can arrange some form of contact to be made depending on what restrictions are in place at that time. Help or queries
Should you require anything please contact the Dean (028 6632 2465), or the Parish Secretary (028 6632 2917).
PAROCHIAL ORGANISATIONSAll of these are currently suspended until further notice because of the Coronavirus crisis, but will remain on this page for the sake of completeness.
Men's Life Group
The next meeting will be announced shortly..
This takes place on Wednesday evenings from 4th September in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm (but check before attending!). New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ('SUNDAY LIGHTS' and 'SUNDAY CAFÉ' - FORMING FAITH IN CHILDREN)
Members are expected to attend the main service at 11am each week and leave for classes after the first twenty minutes or so. Once a month we have a family service and encourage the whole family to come together for worship.
Sunday Lights Leaders
There is still room for people who are interested in taking on this role on a rota basis
Messy Church is for pre-schoolers and primary-aged children and their families or carers. We normally meet on the third Thursday of the month, 2-4 pm, in the Cathedral Halls.
Messy Church is one of our key ministries to children and families. It does "just what it says on the tin". lt's Church, so we meet together and worship God through Bible stories and songs. And it's messy! There‘s always glue and glitter, food and fun. Messy Church is open to all children (whether church members or not) of primary school age (but younger children are also welcome) and their parents and guardians. The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child.
Even if you’ve never been before, even if you or your children aren't parishioners of the Cathedral, you are very welcome to join us. Messy Church takes place on the third Thursday of each month. However, this will require more helpers!
Could you help with:
Music and singing
Crafts and activities
Basic food preparation and serving
If so, please contact the office, letting us know if you have special requirements such as accessibility.
Xplore is a relaxed, café-style venue for young people in Years 9-12. We want the young people of St Macartin's to feel they belong to the wider church family, to know that they are valued, and to have a safe space to ask questions about faith as a teenager and young adult. We meet in the Upper Room (youth wing) of the Cathedral Halls on the last Monday of each month. Xplore returned in January with Bingo Night! On again on 24th February and 30th March from 7.30-9.00pm Everyone in Year 9 or above is welcome - so come along and bring a friend!
If you are interested in helping out with any of our youth or children’s programmes, you can get in touch through our social media pages. Alternatively, you can call into the Cathedral Hall to ask how you can get involved!
Find us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with the youth and children’s work going on at the Cathedral!
Facebook: Children and Youth at Enniskillen
Twitter: @ekncathedralyouth Bell Ringers
Fewer than a dozen parish churches in Northern lreland have towers with peals of eight or more bells where campanologists can exercise their skill. Enniskillen is one of these, and the peal of ten bells is rung in changes each Sunday and on special occasions. Practice takes place Thursdays 7.00-8.00pm and new ringers will be warmly welcomed to send out the call to worship on Sunday!
Crèche facilities are available during the main Sunday morning service. Parents of babies and children who are not of Sunday School age are welcome to leave their little ones in the Parish crèche and be confident in the knowledge that they will be safe and well looked after by a team of volunteers who have been trained under the Church of Ireland‘s Safeguarding Trust Policy. If you can help with the crèche, on a rota basis, please put your name on the list in the porch.
Tuesday Club (for our members over the age of sixty - meeting on the last Tuesday of the month - 2 - 4pm).
All enquiries about Tuesday Club in general (including transport), please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).
This meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon and Wednesday evenings 7.30 to 10.00pm. The club is in Section D of the Church League and we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.
Entries and general enquiries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.
Scouts and Guides 1st Inniskilling Scout Group
We need more leaders. If you would be willing to help out in any section please contact George Irvine 07864889672 or Bob Rowley 07871743763 or any of the leaders.
Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs, challenging relationships and communities. Our members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4.1 million members in 83 countries, what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level. In St. Macartin’s we aim to have a warm welcome for all and endeavour to assist in the work of the Church both in Enniskillen and overseas. We support the work of Messy Church and see this as a vital outreach to young families in our community! Please come and join us.
We thank Mrs Stephanie Hamilton our outgoing branch leader for her enthusiasm and dedication to her role since September 2016 and we welcome Mrs Jenifer Johnston as the new branch leader and look forward to exciting years ahead. We also welcome Mrs Maud Shaw as our new Treasurer.
St Macartin’s Mother’s Union Officers Branch Leader: Jenifer Johnston Secretary: Sally Masterson Treasurer: Maud Shaw Overseas Representative: Valerie Watson Committee Members: Stephanie Hall, Christine Halpin, Stephanie Hamilton, Hazel Hunter, Avril Kee, Estelle Latimer, Margaret Owens, Susan Spratt and Jeanette Wilson Theme for 2020: Building Hope and Confidence
Can you help us? The Clergy and Diocesan Pastoral Assistant are always around the parish making visits but they may not be in the right place at the right time. If you are unwell, feeling neglected or just lonely, please ring Beth in the office and one of the clergy will be delighted to call. If you know of someone who would value a clerical visit or if a parishioner has had a close bereavement please also inform Beth in the office. It is not recommended that you tell one of the clergy at the Cathedral door on a Sunday morning for there is every possibility they could forget in the midst of shaking hands with 300 people! A little written note handed to them is a safer option.
If you or a member of your family are admitted to any hospital including the South West Acute Hospital, and you would like a visit can you please inform the Cathedral Office or a member of the clergy? Do not rely on the hospital system to inform the clergy as this may not happen. This month for example a parishioner was four weeks in a Belfast hospital and five weeks in the South West Acute Hospital before her name appeared on a hospital list and the clergy were alerted of her hospitalisation! The clergy may well be on the same ward visiting other parishioners and not be aware of a parishioner in another room!