Thanks to George and Myrtle Irvine, who generated funding after the sad death of their son, the Cathedral is now equipped with a defibrillator, an instrument used in suitable circumstances to restart the heart following cardiac arrest. In connection with this, instruction classes have started for of a team of over forty volunteers from within the congregation. These sessions cover not only the safe use of the machine (using a simulator), but also cardiac massage and respiratory support. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Dr. Willie Holmes on 66327091 or speak to him at church.
Sponsored Parish Walk
A sponsored walk has been organised after the Sunday School End of Year Service and Presentation of Gifts on Sunday 11th June. We encourage as many as possible to take part in this short walk followed by a soup and sandwich lunch in the Cathedral Hall. A sponsorship form is included with the church magazine and is also available in the porch.
St Macartin’s Football Team
Would you like to be part of St Macartin’s Football Team to play for the 2017 Barnabas Cup Soccer Tournament at Fisher Park, Ballinamallard on June15th (6:30pm)? This tournament runs annually and is organised by Magheracross Parish Church for the local churches. The tournament involves one evening with ten 7-a-side teams. They begin with two round robins (5 teams in each) followed by semi-finals, final and 3rd place play-off. Teams can be single or mixed gender but must players must be 16+. There are medals and a cup for the winners. Please contact Gareth Palmer, The Dean or place your name and contact details on the sheet in the Cathedral porch.
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, will be 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.
East Africa Crisis Appeal
The Disasters Emergency Committee in the UK has just launched an East Africa Crisis appeal, in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation in the region which has left millions of people starving and in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. Bishops’ Appeal is calling on our supporters to pray for those affected by the crisis, and to give what you can to help these men, women and children in their time of need. All the money raised for our emergency appeal will be split between two of our main partner charities - Christian Aid and Tear Fund, both of whom are members of DEC. More details, and how you can help are on pages 6 and 7 of the Cathedral News - click HERE if you don't have the magazine to hand.
Cathedral Garden of Remembrance
With the increased number of people choosing cremation, St Macartin’s Cathedral is making provision for the burial of ashes in the Cathedral grounds. Plans are now at an advanced stage, Anyone who would like to make a donation towards this fund is welcome to do so.
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
Dates for your diary:
Sun 7th May, 7.00pm Pre-Confirmation Service, including preparation
It is extremely important that all confirmation candidates attend, with your parents/ guardians. Godparents are also most welcome to attend.
Sun 14th May, 7.00pm Service of Confirmation
We would encourage all our parishioners to remember the candidates in your prayers as these young people take this exciting step in their Christian journey.
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)
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.
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 one of our key ministries to children and families. It has been impacted this year by the work on the Cathedral Halls, but with the work complete to our beautifully renovated venue, we hope to get it going again more regularly.
Our next Messy Church event is Messy Pentecost on Thursday 1st June from 4-6 pm.
From September, we will return to having Messy Church 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.
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.
Tuesday Club (for our members over the age of sixty). With the reopening of St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, the Dean welcomed members to the Enniskeen Room for the April meeting. Those attending who hadn’t seen around the building got the opportunity to do so. A scripture reading and prayers followed . All enjoyed an afternoon watching flower arranging skills incorporating a mixture of foliage and flowers. The beautiful arrangements went into a draw. The outing to Blessingbourne Estate is on 30th May. Tea/Coffee will be served in the Cathedal Hall from 10.00-10.30am. Eleanor Lynn (6632 4603) will contact members to arrange transport (6632 24603). The day will finish with a meal in the Carrybridge Hotel.
This meets twice on Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.00 noon and 7.30pm - 10.00pm but is suspended over the summer.
Last month, on 1st April, Saint Macartin’s hosted the last diocesan Xplore event of the year. Over sixty young people and their youth leaders attended, including a good number of our own Confirmation candidates.
The theme for the evening was Gentleness and Self-Control, part of a series on the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23).
On arrival, Laura had transformed the porch into a Hot Chocolate Bar. Never have fancier hot chocolates been served! Popping candy was a favourite topping. Laura warmed up the crowd with a number of messy games before Nathan Blair and Band led us in a time of worship.
Our invited speaker was Rev Suzanne Cousins from the Moville Group of Parishes in Donegal. She explored the meaning of gentleness in particular before suggesting how young people might apply Bible teaching in their own family, school and social lives.
We had the chance to respond to God’s Word to us at a number of multi-sensory prayer stations, before the pizza arrived and we said our goodbyes.
Many thanks to all who helped make the night a success.
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!
Members and friends spent an enjoyable evening in the Horseshoe and Saddlers Restaurant for their annual outing where a tasty meal was served. Arrangements were made for those planning to attend the Clogher Diocesan Mothers’ Union Festival Service on Friday 12th May, celebrating 130 years of Mothers’ Union in Ireland and the Diocesan Spring Council to be held on Thursday 25th May in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall. A table quiz organised by the Branch Leader Stephanie Hamilton brought the evening to a close.
Members are wished a happy, healthy, safe summer break and we look forward to meeting again for a new season on Monday 11th September 2017. 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.