St. Macartin's Cathedral
Enniskillen


Classical Music Concert

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.

Shoe Box Appeal

Join in the world‘s largest children‘s project to show God‘s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world. To make it even easier boxes are available in the Cathedral porch. Please secure your box with an elastic band and return to the Cathedral
no later than Sunday 19th November. There is also a leaflet with gift suggestions, an explanation of how to pack your shoe-box, a label for boy or girl to attach and an envelope for your £5 suggested donation which must be included to cover project costs including shipping . This can also be donated online and you will be emailed a barcode to print out and include in your shoebox on top of the contents. This also enables Samaritan‘s Purse to tell you which country your shoebox is sent to.

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 8.00 pm. 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.

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 next meeting is on
Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm in the Enniskeen Room of the Cathedral Hall. The speaker will be Brigadier John Graham (Rtd.) and his subject will be  "Life & Faith in War".

                                                     .... the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart [1 Samuel 14]

Crèche

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 criostoir316@gmail.com 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 criostoir316@gmail.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!


Adoption

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 anne.ohagan@familycaresociety.co.uk

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 Hymnals

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!

PAROCHIAL ORGANISATIONS

Pilgrim

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 - 14th and 28th November and 12th December.
Evening Course : November 7th and 21st, December 5th.
Pilgrim Christmas Gathering:
December 12th
Venue: in the Devenish Room, Cathedral Hall.

Choir Practice

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

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
Set-up/tidy-up
If so, please e-mail Rev Chris at criostoir316@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is Messy Science: 
Time: 4-6 pm Date: Thursday 16th November. Venue: Cathedral Halls. Our invited speaker is Rev. Mark Gallagher, Curate of Bangor Abbey. Before ordained ministry, Rev. Mark was a research scientist and magician! So come along for some mad experiments, balloon animals and magic tricks - all combining fun and faith!

Messy Church Programme 2017-18
4.00-6.00pm in the Cathedral Hall

Nov 16th  - Messy Science
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

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

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).

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th November from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Hilliard Room when we are joined by Claire Holmes who will advise on 'healthy eating‘. 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.

All enquiries about Tuesday Club, please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).

Bowling Club

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

Youth Club

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:  ronniecarson@hotmail.com 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


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.

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.
Dates: Sunday 5th November, Sunday 19th November and Sunday 3rd December.
Time: 7-9 pm Venue: Rossorry Parish Church Hall


Confirmation

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!
Application forms for Confirmation are available in the Parish Office. Please collect and return them as soon as possible.

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 October Branch meeting was held in the Hilliard Room. Thanks to Branch member Hazel Hunter who gave a most interesting and entertaining account of her many travels, mainly the Camino Walk, starting in France through to Spain and recalled the friendships made and the interesting people met en route. The Autumn Diocesan Council was held on 26th October at 8.00pm in Dromore Parish.
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.
The next meeting will be on Monday13th November at 8.00pm, Noreen Little from 'Action Outreach' Diocesan unit will be the speaker.

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.

Hospital Visiting

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!


Last updated 13th November 2017
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