Bishops’ Roadshow - ‘Some aspects of the Reformation’
The Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Rev John McDowell is in the process of travelling around three venues across the Clogher Diocese to address parishioners in an informal manner. This event is being hosted by the Dean and Chapter of St Macartan’s Clogher and St Macartin’s Enniskillen and is styled on last year’s event which was well attended at each venue. This year the chosen topic is ‘Some aspects of the Reformation’. In 2017 many Christians will be commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation in Germany. As Luther discovered himself reconciled to Christ by faith, we remember that God has reconciled us through Jesus Christ, whose love compels us to be ministers of reconciliation. Everyone is welcome. The same talk is being given at each venue. There is only one remaining - 28th February @7.30pm - St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher. All are welcome.
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!
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The Story so Far
Confirmation Classes continue to run on Monday nights from 6.30-7.30. Laura and Rev Chris continue to enjoy the lively group of 25 candidates from Years 9 and 10. So far, we have looked at topics including what confirmation is and isn’t, the church year, following Christ in everyday life, and what the church is. Each young person is compiling a portfolio to show-case what they’ve learned using worksheets, posters, and participation in Sunday morning worship on the welcome team, taking the collection, and with readings and prayers.
On Monday 13th February, the Confirmation Class and Xplore joined for a celebration of all we have learned so far, before the half-term break.
After pizza and snacks, we had fun playing Clothes Peg Ninja and other games. Revd Chris fought hard but had to settle for second place in the Cereal Box Game. Katie took first place, lifting an empty Cheerios box off the floor using only her teeth when it had been cut down to just four centimetres. The group was almost unrecognisable from just a few months ago when we met for the first time. They’re not quite as shy as they used to be! We thank God for fun and friendships, as well as everything we have learnt about our place in His Church. During March, we continue to meet on Mondays from 6.30-7.30 pm in Halls Shop, Darling Street. There is no class on Monday 20th March owing to the St Patrick’s weekend. If you are in Year 9 or above in secondary school, even if you aren’t preparing for confirmation this year, on Monday 13th March we will have a joint Confirmation & Xplore Night (usual time 6.30-7.30). If you have got out of the habit of coming to Xplore, or have never come along be-fore, this is your chance to give it a go.
Laura and Rev Chris would like to thank all the parents and guardians who drive the young people to and from these events.
An exciting development is that the Bishop has confirmed the date of the confirmation service - Sunday 14th May at 7.00pm. Before then, we have lots to do: learning about Holy Communion, the role of the Bible and prayer, our own gifts and ministries in the church … as well as some pizza to eat, movies to watch, and a day trip to organise! More details nearer the time …
Cathedral Hall Update
Work on the major building project began on Monday 9th May and has progressed very quickly. The improvements being carried out include the replacement of the flat roofs with pitched ones, a new welcome area, a new parish office with a separate photocopying room, a quiet room for prayer or consultation, a stainless steel and extended kitchen and other tea stations, new toilets, including baby changing facilities, dedicated youth provision and a new office suite for diocesan use. The car parking facility will increase by thirty places. We would hope to be reopening in the week beginning 20th March - watch this space for an update! When the contractor leaves the site, the building will need to be furnished appropriately. The intention is that the Minor Hall will be fitted out with suitable seating and tables to serve a range of purposes. The reception area will require soft seating and a literature display stand. The Hilliard Room will need new chairs. The office will need to be properly fitted out with desks and storage facilities. The ‘Quiet Room or Prayer Room’, located near the Hilliard Room, will need a nice table and suitable seating. All of this will cost a substantial amount of money (approximately £30,000). Financial contributions from parishioners towards this important aspect of the project will be most welcome. It is important that the hall is properly furnished and that it will be a credit to the Parish of St Macartin’s. Donations can be earmarked for Cathedral Hall Furnishings.
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!
The choir consists of individuals encompassing a range of voices from a broad spectrum of age groups, who share a love for music and worship to God. It is a particularly friendly and welcoming group, who enjoy both the singing and camaraderie afforded by being part of the choir. In addition to parishioners, a number of choir members come from beyond the parish and contribute to the life of the choir. They are much appreciated for doing so. The choir is always keen to welcome new members, particularly those who can contribute to the Bass and Tenor sections. The choir sing at the 11am service each Sunday morning, meet for practice fortnightly on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month, and occasionally sing at other special services. The choir joins together for an annual Christmas dinner, and also take up opportunities to participate in choral experiences such as the recent Festal Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin which many choir members attended in November. If you are interested in joining, please contact the office to check the date of the next choir practice.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ('SUNDAY LIGHTS' - FORMING FAITH IN CHILDREN)
Due to Cathedral Hall renovations, all children are asked to attend church with their families. Sunday School begins in church at 11.00am then P1 to P5 go to Rebecca’s Cafe in the Buttermarket. P6, P7 and Year 1 to Hall’s shop, Darling Street. Year 9 and Year 10 will go to confirmation class and are expected to attend church and also confirmation class on Mondays at 6.30pm.
SUNDAY LIGHTS LEADERS
Extra leaders are required to keep "Sunday Lights" running smoothly over the coming weeks. Anyone interested in helping out (on a rota basis) will be most welcome. Please contact the office.
MESSY CHURCH IS BACK!
Messy Church has returned with all the fun, creativity, hospitality celebration and yes - MESS! For pre-school and primary school age children, this is a time to meet new people and have fun while learning about God. Please note the new venue while the Cathedral Hall is under renovation. For further information and details of the next meeting, please chat to Rev. Ollie or contact the office.
Fewer than a dozen parish churches in Northern Ireland 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! Please contact Stewart Scott, telephone 6632 4375.
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.
Avril and Ivan Kee welcomed Tuesday Club members to their beautiful home for the January meeting. Rev Chris opened the meeting with a scripture reading and prayer. Ivan entertained the group telling stories with his usual wit and charm. Avril served a sumptuous afternoon tea which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We are most grateful to Avril and Ivan for their hospitality. Photographs from the occasion can be viewed in either the paper or on-line versions of the March church magazine. Click HERE for the latter.
On 28th February the guest was Doris Tracey who entertained with her music and chat. On 28th March Lorna Mitchell is the guest and will show everyone how to do gentle chair exercises. You will be very welcome. Transport can be arranged by contacting Eleanor Lynn on 6632 4603.
Tuesday Club is for our senior members and meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm. New members (particularly men!) will be warmly welcomed. Transport can be arranged by contacting Eleanor Lynn on 6632 4603.
Arrangements are being made for the new season at present and members will be informed when they are in place.
Scouts and Guides
While the hall remains closed, the girls' organisations are meeting in the Methodist Hall and the boys in Garvary Hall - days and times are:
Mondays: Cubs: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Beavers: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Scouts: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Tuesdays: Rainbows: 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Brownies: 6.30pm - 7.45pm; Guides: 6.30pm - 7.45pm
This 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!
Our February meeting was held in 'Rebecca's Cafe', The Buttermarket, kindly granted by Sharon Morrison. Branch leader Stephanie opened with a Bible reading. The theme was Valentine Creativity and Crafts by Mrs Ethel Oldcroft and Mrs Gaile Weir. We were shown how to fold serviettes different ways and make brooches out of felt. Stephanie shared some recipes, baking tips and some delicious food samples, Kathleen Dougherty a talented seamstress brought in her daughter's beautiful wedding dress and some cushions that she had made. A fun and lively time was had by all. Photographs from the occasion can be viewed in either the paper or on-line versions of the March church magazine. Click HERE for the latter. The meeting closed with the MU prayer. The next meeting is on Monday 13th March, venue still to be confirmed, it will be a visitors night 'Question Time' with guests. Everyone welcome especially members from other churches and friends. 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 family member, would like a pastoral visit whilst in hospital, please contact the clergy. Please note that all hospitals in the area have changed their procedures and no longer provide clergy with any lists, therefore they need to be told if anyone is admitted and would like to be visited.