Choral Evensong - Sunday 15th April
There will be a service of thanksgiving for the life of John Sullivan (Old Boy of Portora Royal School) in the form of Evensong in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen on Sunday 15th April at 4.00pm.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School and Clongowes Wood School will both be involved as will both Archbishops of Dublin and the Bishop of Clogher. All are welcome to attend. There will be no Evening Prayer at 7.00pm. Music in Fermanagh's next event is in the Ardhowen Theatre on Wednesday 11th April at 8pm, featuring tenor Andrew Irwin, a member of Rossorry Parish, who will perform Schubert's Song Cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin, accompanied by Martyn Parkes on piano. The ticket price is £15 booking through the Ardhowen website or box office.
Parishioners will be aware that the roof of the cathedral, which is a Grade A listed building, has been giving rise to problems in recent years. There is the very obvious damage to the plasterwork in the south west corner of the nave beside the Pokrich stone, which has been caused by ingress of rain water. Slates are constantly falling off which may allow rain water to enter the roof space. Falling slates also give rise to serious health and safety risks which may cause personal injury. In stormy conditions, the slates can be observed moving on the roof. A preliminary survey has been carried out which has confirmed the worst fears. Major expenditure will be required on the roof. A recent investigation has indicated a woodworm infestation which may require the replacement of some of the roof timbers.
The last major expenditure on the cathedral roof was in 1960 when a re-roofing project was undertaken. It is not surprising therefore that, after a period of 57 years, major works are once again required. This will be an expensive project which will involve elaborate scaffolding. Slates will have to be removed and stored carefully, damaged timber will need replacement, other timbers will require treatment, and insulation will need to be upgraded. Slates will then have to be replaced using durable nails. The opportunity will also be taken to replace damaged stonework and faulty gutters, downpipes and lead valleys. It is most likely that internal redecoration of the cathedral will be required when the roof project is complete.
It is difficult to estimate the cost of the work at this stage other than to say that it will be substantial. Professionals will need to be employed to carry out detailed surveys and prepare specifications for the work to be undertaken. Only then will it be possible to estimate costs accurately.
The possibility of obtaining grant aid or other financial support will be explored fully. If grant aid is obtainable, then the procedures laid down by the funding bodies will have to be followed rigidly. In the meantime, we can be sure that substantial financial support from parishioners will be needed to enable the essential work on the cathedral roof to be carried out. A major effort will be required to raise the necessary funds for this vital work. The Cathedral Men‘s LIFE Group
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: (This may change due to the cancellation of the December meeting - watch this space.)
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]
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. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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 on the first and third Tuesdays from 7.30-9.00pm in the Devenish Room.
If you think you’d like to explore Christian faith in a relaxed format over coffee, come along! Pilgrim is suitable for people who are just considering Christianity, who are new to the faith or returning after a ‘break’, as well as people who are already regular worshippers wishing to drill down deeper into what the Church says and does.
There is only one meeting in April - Tuesday 17th. All welcome!
This takes place on alternate Wednesday evenings in the Cathedral commencing at 7.30pm. New choir members are most welcome, currently tenor or bass singers would be particularly encouraged to consider joining. Please contact Glenn or Jayne to find out the date of the next 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. Our Sunday Lights/Sunday Lights Café year will end on Sunday 29th April. This will take the form of a Family Service and gifts will be distributed to all who attended throughout the year. Thank you to all involved and to the parents for bringing their children to church. It would be nice if we had a higher percentage turn out each Sunday! A special thank you to all the teachers and helpers. We as a church appreciate the time and effort of those who prepare and teach. The new season will begin again on Sunday 23rd September, but in the meantime please continue to attend 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 (but younger children are also welcome) and their parents and guardians. The rule is: no child without an adult, and no adult without a child.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have special requirements such as accessibility and would like to let us know beforehand, Rev Chris is your man!
During March and April, Messy Church is joining with CMSI (Church Mission Society in Ireland) to learn about Egypt. In March, we learned about this big, hot, sandy country and the Christian Church there. We wrote a memory verse in hieroglyphs, decorated Joseph’s multi-coloured coat, and through crafts and games we learned about Joseph in Egypt.
Can you remember our memory verse? “Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
This month, we have more crafts and games in store! Come along and learn what missionaries do in Egypt to make a difference to people’s lives.
Messy Church is open to all primary school age children. New friends are welcome, whether you go to a different church or to no church! Thursday 19th April 4.00 - 6.00 pm in the Cathedral Hall.
The programme for the rest of this school year is:
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! Due to illness and injury the Bellringers are running short of helpers. If you could assist please speak to Stephen Richmond or Jim Lucy.
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 - meeting on the last Tuesday of the month). Rev Chris opened the February meeting with scripture readings and prayer. Norma Ferguson from Chest, Heart and Stroke was the speaker. With the aid of slides, Norma gave a most informative and interesting talk on the necessity to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Members were given the opportunity to select their choice of locality for the close of season May outing.
Tea was served bringing a most enjoyable meeting to a close.
All enquiries about Tuesday Club (including transport), please, to Eleanor Lynn (66324603).
This meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon and Wednesday evenings 7.30 to 10.00pm. The club is in Section C of the Church League and we are appealing for NEW MEMBERS to join in the fun and fellowship of bowls.
Enquries to Maud Shaw - 02866322133 or Mobile 07720081175.
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: email@example.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.
The countdown continues to the Confirmation of our twenty young candidates on Sunday 27th May. In March, we looked at Holy Communion. Rev Chris got the ‘family silver’ out, so we could look at the paten and get the feel of the chalice in our hands. We discussed what the ‘Lord’s Supper’ means and why it is important to take part regularly. The next time we are given bread and the cup like this, they will be consecrated and we will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time!
Dates for April are as follows:
Monday 9th, 16th, 23rd Confirmation Class
Monday 30th Xplore (finish time 8.30 pm)
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 takes place on Monday 30th April, from 6.30 - 8.30 pm in the Upper Room. It is open to all Confirmation candidates and others in Years 9-12. At this meeting, we are having a pre-Confirmation party to celebrate all that we have learned along the way. If you are already confirmed, you are welcome to come along to celebrate with us. There will be party food, games, music and more!
Feel free to bring a friend. It’s especially fun to catch up with the Confirmation Class of 2017! If you have any questions, or to let us know about special requirements (dietary, accessibility), email Rev Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our last meeting was held in the Hilliard Room on Monday 12th March. It was opened by Branch Leader Stephaine Hamilton with a Bible reading and the Mary Sumner prayer. The speaker was Valerie McMorris, Faith and Policy Unit co-ordinator, who gave an interesting and informative talk on her work in the Clogher Diocesan Mothers’ Union Trustee Body. Out of thirty three MU branches, twenty one belong to a prayer chain. There are three different types of prayer - Private prayer, Public prayer and Meditative prayer. Anyone can ask to be part of the prayer chain which is kept going around the parishes for thirty days. Each branch has a prayer representative who will get in touch with the coordinator with a prayer request. The Lenten box collection this year is for the overseas appeal. Our overseas representative Jenifer Johnston gave an account of the work that the funds are so badly needed for recently in Church. The meeting closed with the Mothers’ Union prayer. The next meeting is on Monday 9th April at 8.00pm and is Visitors' Night. Historian and genealogist Frank Roofe will be speaking on ‘Old Enniskillen.’ Everyone welcome. 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!