There is a concert of classical music coming up in the Cathedral in December. The details are as follows:
Music in Fermanagh present: Katherine Hunka and Finghin Collins, violin and piano.
On Friday 1st December 2017 at 8pm
Playing Beethoven, Brahms, Janacek and Wilson.
Tickets available from the Ardhowen Box Office 028 66325440 or www.ardhowen.com or at the door of the Cathedral: £15 and under 25s £10
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.
SANDS NI Carol Service
SANDS NI supports people who experience the tragedy of stillbirth or the death of an infant in the first weeks of life. SANDS is organising an ecumenical Christmas Carol Service for those who have been affected by the loss of a baby, in St Macartin‘s Cathedral, Enniskillen on Friday 8th December at 7.30pm (apologies - this notice previously said 8pm). This will be a gentle, hope-filled service of carols, readings and prayers. Those attending are asked to bring a gift-wrapped toy appropriate to the age that the child you lost would be today. These gifts will be placed under the Christmas tree and donated to local charities. Tea and light refreshments will be served after the service.
The Cathedral Men‘s LIFE Group
This newly formed organisation had its first meeting in the form of a Harvest Supper in Saddlers Restaurant on Thursday 5th October. Those attending gave a warm welcome to the speaker, our former curate Rev Rob Clements. The next meeting was on Thursday 9th November when the main speaker was Brigadier John Graham (Rtd.), his subject being "Life & Faith in War", Sam Morrow delivered a presentation about the cathedral's early history and Ewan Richmond spoke about his faith.
Our hope is to regularly bring together all the men of the parish for an evening of fellowship, activities, and a guest speaker. For further information, contact Gordon Jackson, Karl Saunders, Ewan Richmond or David Graham.
The programme up till the summer is as follows:
7th December: Simon Wright (Salvation Army)
18th January: Rev. Andrew Rawding
8th March: The Bible comes to Life
12th April: Rev. David Cupples
17th May: Rev. Andrew Quill
21st June: Bishop John McDowell and Monsignor Peter O'Reilly (7pm @ The Kestrel)
.... the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart [1 Samuel 14]
The Crèche Room is available during Sunday Services to any parents or guardians of small children. We love having babies and toddlers in the Cathedral with us, but we understand that at times you might prefer to use the Crèche Room, at the top of the stairs from the back porch. We are interested to know it there would be demand for a Crèche Service during the l l.00am Sunday Service. This would operate on a rota basis, allowing adults with children below Sunday Lights age (primary school age) to leave little ones in the care of designated crèche leaders.
If this service would make it easier for you to worship with us on Sunday mornings, please express your interest by emailing Rev Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Curatage on 66228059.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Would you like to walk where Jesus walked and see the places we read about in church each Sunday? We are gauging interest in the Parish in a one-week Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2018. The itinerary would include Nazareth and Bethlehem, associated with Jesus' birth and childhood, as well as other spots around the Sea of Galilee where our Lord ministered. Then, a few days in and around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, including the Mount of Olives, Temple area, and the Via Dolorosa from Gethsemane towards the site of Christ's trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
A pilgrimage can bring the Bible to life and be an exciting opportunity for renewal within a parish.
The cost will be around £1895 per person. This includes flights to Tel Aviv, all internal transfers and travel by coach, full board, tour guides, entrance fees to sites, and gratuities. Late November is a comfortable time to travel in the region, not too hot and not too busy, and gives us time to get saving.
If interested, please email Rev Chris at email@example.com. If there is enough interest, we will arrange for an information evening.
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'.
Thursday Morning Services
We hold these services generally every week throughout the year (30ish minutes), followed by a cup of tea/coffee and rather sinful biscuits! There are now up to 30-40 attending each week. We are encouraging parishioners who may be in Enniskillen shopping on Thursday mornings to drop in for this short service - a mid- week pause and praise with God!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bible Reading Notes
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 direct by post to your own home. These will make the reading of the Bible easy, enjoyable, interesting and even 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!
This is our adult formation group. it is a relaxed, cafe-style night where we can get to know each other a bit better and explore our Christian faith. Some Pilgrim members like to speak a lot, and some prefer to sip coffee and listen. Some are reasonably sure about things and others are still thinking. The format is open and welcoming, and every opinion is respected. There is space for people at all stages of their Christian journey. Last year, we had two groups (Established and New). These two groups combined from September, and will meet twice a month from 7.30-9.00pm in the Devenish Room. There is now also a daytime course in the Devenish room, Cathedral Hall.
Pilgrim: Dates for your diary Day time course: on the second and fourth Tuesday morning of each month at 11.00am (next on 12th December). Evening Course : December 5th. Pilgrim Christmas Gathering: December 12th Venue: in the Devenish Room, Cathedral Hall.
This takes place each Wednesday evening in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm. Practices will resume on Wednesday 6th September following the summer recess. 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' - FORMING FAITH IN CHILDREN)
All children are asked to attend church with their families. Sunday School begins in church at 11.00am, then continues in the Cathedral Hall from around 11.20.
Messy Church is one of our key ministries to children and families. Messy Church 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 of primary school age and their parents and guardians. The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child. Now that we're back in the Cathedral Hall, we are looking forward to meeting new friends! So 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 e-mail Rev Chris at email@example.com.
Our next meeting is Messy Christmas - festive messiness combining fun and faith! Time: 4-6 pm Date: Thursday 21st December. Venue: Cathedral Halls.
Messy Church Programme 2017-18
4.00-6.00pm in the Cathedral Hall
Dec. 21st - Messy Christmas
(no Messy Church in January)
Feb. 15th - Messy Valentine's Day
Mar. 17th - Messy St.Patrick's Day
Apr. 19th Messy Earth Day
May 17th - Messy Ascension
June 21st - Messy Sports Day & BBQ
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).
Our last meeting was on Tuesday 28th November when we were joined by Claire Holmes who advised on 'healthy eating‘. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th January from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Hilliard Room. There will be time for a chat and afternoon tea. We look forward to welcoming our regular members and hope to see new faces. Come and meet other parishioners - a good friend could be someone you have yet to meet.
The 60+ Christmas Party is on Tuesday 12th December at 7pm. Be greeted at the door with a glass of warmed mulled wine, enjoy a full Christmas Dinner - and take part in fun and games (not too strenuous!) afterwards. Please notify Beth in the office by 1st December if you wish to attend.
All enquiries about Tuesday Club, please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).
This meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon and Wednesday evenings 7.30 - 10.00pm. The club is in Section C of the Church League and now we are back in our refurbished hall we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.
Scouts and Guides
Sadly, due to lack of leaders, the Scout Troop is defunct. Beaver and Cub sections meet on Mondays at 6.30pm.
Mondays: Cubs: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Beavers: 6.30pm - 7.45pm;
Tuesdays: Rainbows: 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Brownies: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Guides: 6.30pm - 7.45pm
The Cathedral Youth Club, 'Saturday Night Live' meets from 7.00-9.00pm in the Cathedral Hall for Year 7 upwards. For more information contact Ronnie Carson: firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to 07872900852. Youth Fellowship
This meets from 9pm till 10.30pm on Saturday nights and is for year 10 upwards. Its emphasis is securely on faith-building.
Xplore is a relaxed, café-style venue for young people in Years 10-12. 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.
Xplore Christmas Movie Night will take place in the Upper Room, Cathedral Hall 6.30 – 8.30pm, 18th December. Get into the Christmas spirit and relax with friends, snacks and a Christmas movie. In November and December, Xplore is teaming up with Love For Life, a youth organisation which works to help young people navigate the world of sex and relationships. Sessions are run by trained facilitators and carefully put together in an age-appropriate way. They deal with issues such as safety online, social media, peer pressure and what makes for healthy relationships. Two different programmes will run simultaneously, ‘Game On’ for 12-14 year-olds and ‘Picture This’ for 15-16 year-olds. We think this will be an invaluable opportunity to keep our young people safe, happy and healthy. For more information, you can go to loveforlife.org.uk or contact Rev. Chris. Last date: Sunday 3rd December.
Time: 7-9 pm Venue: Rossorry Parish Church Hall
A Confirmation service will be held in the spring of 2018 for young people of school year 9 and above. Those who expect to be confirmed should regularly attend church with their families. There is no logical sense in being confirmed if you are not a regular attendee at church!
There will be two Confirmation classes in December, on Monday 4th and Monday 11th, from 6.30 – 7.30 pm in the Upper Room, Cathedral Hall. At our first class, there will be pizza, so come hungry! If you’re in Year 9+, it’s not too late to register for Confirmation in May 2018 – just get a form from Beth in the Cathedral Office or speak to Rev Chris. In the New Year, classes start back on Monday 8th January.
Xplore Movies - 7.00pm - 9.00pm (as arranged)
Mothers' Union: Christian care for families.
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.
The November meeting was opened by the Dean and Stephanie Hamilton with prayers from the All Ireland Prayer Vigil 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2017. Our guest speaker was Noreen Little from Action and Outreach who gave us a detailed account of her work distributing blankets, fiddle muffs and fiddle blankets to local nursing homes, angel gowns, hats, blankets, bootees and cardigans to the neonatal and maternity wards in the hospital. She had samples of some wonderful needlework, everyone is encouraged to help with this worthwhile work. Please continue with your generous donations of knitted items for the neonatal unit, S.W.A.H. Also knitted blankets and twiddle blankets for the nursing homes, patterns available from the Branch secretary, Sally Masterson. There is a special appeal for trauma teddies as stocks are low.
Our branch was represented at Autumn Council in Dromore on 26th October. Rev Andrew Quill gave a moving sermon encouraging outreach in even the smallest way using our God-given talents. The evening concluded with the Mother’s Union prayer.
On 5th December, the outing is to Ardhowen Theatre to see the musical “Singing in the Rain”
A very happy Christmas to all our members.
The New Year meeting is a service of Holy Communion celebrated by Dean Hall on Monday 8th January at 8.00pm.
A date for your diary, prayer breakfast on3rd March 2018. Parish Visiting
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!