The completion of the ‘Hall Together Now’ project, which involved major renovation and extension of St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, opens up new and exciting opportunities for the Church of Ireland parish of Enniskillen, and also for the Clogher Diocese, and the wider community. Information about this can be found on pages six and seven of the April Cathedral News. (For those without a paper copy, this can be viewed by following the link from our main web page). Please note that after the morning service on Sunday 2nd April there is an invitation to everyone to see round the hall - it could be very crowded! We have invested in lavish new furnishings, all of which are costing 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.
Thy Kingdom Come 2017
The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations around the world to join in a focused time of prayer from As-cension (25 May) to Pentecost (4 June 2017) as part of the global prayer movement, "Thy Kingdom Come".
This year we are planning to join with other Christian communities throughout the world to pray for ten days. We will be opening our new Iona Prayer Room in the Cathedral Hall between 9am and 9pm every day. Full details are on page twelve of the April Cathedral News.
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
April is our last full month together before the Service of Confirmation on May 14th. Doesn’t time fly! It will be extra important to attend all remaining sessions of preparation, as we get our portfolios ready and cover last topics before the big day itself.
Dates for your diary in April … Saturday 1st @ 7.30-9pm Diocesan Xplore Night.
Confirmation candidates are invited to join us at the Cathedral along with youth groups from around Clogher diocese. There will be some worship, teaching on ‘Gentleness and Self-Control’, creative prayer activities, and hot food to end. All young people in Years 9 and up are invited to attend. Monday 3rd @ 6.30 Confirmation Class Monday 10th No class (Holy Week)
Monday 18th No class (Easter Monday bank holiday) Monday 24th @ 6.30 Confirmation Class
Please note also that there will be a pre-confirmation Service on Sunday 7th May at 7.00pm in the Cathedral. All candidates must attend this service, and we hope to see parents and guardians, godparents and others there too.
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.
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 retaining its tradition of 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. The next meeting is on Thursday 6th April from 4.00-6.00pm. This should be in the reopened Cathedral Hall but please check beforehand by contacting 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.
The Dean opened the February Tuesday Club meeting with a scripture reading and prayers, remembering those members who are unwell and those hospitalised, A warm welcome was extended to Doris Tracey who on the accordion led an afternoon of community singing with intervals for recitations. Light refreshments brought a very enjoyable afternoon to a close. We met on 28th March where the theme was chair exercise with Lorna Mitchell. The next meeting is on 25th April when Yvonne Elliott will demonstrate her flower arranging skills. The organisers will be glad to welcome regular and hopefully new members. Transport can be arranged by contacting Eleanor Lynn on 6632 24603.
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.
This meets twice on Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.00 noon and 7.30pm - 10.00pm.
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 March visitors evening was held in Saddlers, Belmore Street with the theme, "Question Time" with guests. The Dean opened the meeting with prayer and extended a warm welcome to members and visitors. Margaret Owens was an able chairperson for the evening with a panel from Education - Adele Kerr, Security - Trevor Stevenson, Health - Hilary Campbell and from the clergy Rev Chris Mac-Bruithin. The panel answered in detail a number of questions that had been submitted by the members about their own professions. We had both an interesting and informative evening. Special thanks goes to Norman Coalter for the use of his premises and providing supper for over fifty people. Stephanie closed the meeting with the MU prayer. No branch meeting 10th April - Holy Week Service in Cathedral 7 30pm. 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.