FROM THE RECTOR
Christmas in St. Maelruain’s
Sun 14th December:
11am - Parish School Carol Service and play
Sun 21st December:
11am - Good News Club Carol Service
7pm - Nine Lessons and Carols followed
by refreshments in the Small Hall.
Wed 24th December:
11.30pm -‘Midnight’ Holy Communion
Thurs 25th December
9.00am - Christmas Morning Holy Communion with hymns
11am - Christmas Morning Family Holy Communion
Sun 28th December
11am - Family Service
Wed 31st December
11pm - New Year’s Eve Multi Cultural Service
Please Note : SUNDAY MORNING HOLY COMMUNION 8.30AM SERVICE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 9.00AM
BAPTISM On 1st November Milo Hewitson was Baptised, baby son of Emma. Please pray for Milo and his family as he begins his Christian life.
BISHOPS APPEAL The project this year for the Bishop’s Appeal is the Al – Ahli Hospital in Gaza which is run by the Anglican Dioceses of Jerusalem and which was damaged in the recent conflict in that region. Funds raised will go towards medical supplies, fuel for generators and basic food parcels and blankets.
GIFT DAY Thank you to all who gave so generously to our Annual Gift Day, this year in aid of a new Church boiler. The sum raised, as we go to print, is €5, 515. If you haven’t given your donation yet, it’s not too late. Don’t forget that there is a tax rebate of 31% available on all recorded donations given annually over the sum €250 to the parish.
ENVELOPES Church giving envelopes will be available in the Church Porch at the end of the month. If anybody would like to join the envelope scheme, keeping in mind the tax rebate available to the parish, please ask the Rector or contact the Parish Office 462 6006.
THE CHURCH OF IRELAND GAZETTE If you would like to subscribe to the Church of Ireland all Ireland weekly newspaper please contact the Parish office.
The Select Vestry is looking for volunteers to help with small maintenance jobs around the Parish Centre and also if there is anyone with knowledge of lawnmower repairs who would like to help out with the upkeep of our graveyard machinery. Please contact Billy Gould on 087 986 4551 if interested.
Subscription of €40 is now due on orders of the Diocesan Church Review Magazine, please send payment to Parish Office as soon as possible. If you do not wish to continue with you subscription or if you would like start receiving the magazine, can you please let the Parish Office (462 6006) know before the end of December.
DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS
The Church will be decorated for Christmas on Friday the 20th December at 10am. Donations of flowers, greenery and decorations gratefully received. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to come along and help to decorate the church, young, old, male or female!
MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST
On Monday 10th November we held a Quiz Night in aid of Church Boiler replacement. Whilst we would have wished for a greater attendance, those present had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to Eileen Dunne for organising the questions, Liz Norris Quiz Mistress, and all who brought items for supper.
Monday 8th December: 8pm. Christmas Flower Demonstration with Janet Edgely & Regina Donoghue.. All welcome. Please bring your favourite Christmas treat to share at supper. (excluding mince pies)
Monday 12th January 2015 – Annual Dinner. The venue will again be Blazin Grill who are local and excellent value. If you wish to join us for this night out please contact either Valerie (086 8594850) or Miriam (087 2939751)
For December they have requested toothpaste. However, can we also contribute Christmas fare. Please bring along your items on Monday 8th December.
January: They have requested kitchen towels, if you plan on coming on 12th January, bring them along and I will put them in my car boot..
……. and lots of presents !! Miriam – Secretary.
We had our annual joint BB and GB enrolment service on Sunday 23rd November which there was a great turn out. And a special thank you to Mark Atkinson for the lovely sermon. All the boys enjoyed it and was great to see some old and welcomed faces.
BB will finish on Friday the 12th December for the Christmas period and will restart in the New Year, mid January. We would like to wish all the parish a very happy Christmas and New Year.
We wish all in the bowls club health and happiness for the festive season and as we go to print, looking forward to seeing everyone at the bowls Christmas dinner this Saturday.
The December ‘Turkey’ Whist Drive is on Monday 15th at 8.00pm in the small hall. All Welcome!
PRAYERS FOR THE PARISH
Prayers for the parish continue on Monday evenings at 8.00pm in the upstairs of Parish Hall, needs your support.
BIBLE STUDY of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Thurs afternoon at 3.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.
PARISH COFFEE MORNING
Our November Coffee Morning was a bit of a surprise, just as we had intended! Everyone had quite a chuckle when they arrived and found three Victorian (well, sort of) maids waiting to greet them. The phones and cameras were whipped out at amazing speed! We felt like celebrities! We had candles, crackers, mince pies and lashings of tea and cake and the atmosphere was very warm and jolly. Thank you one and all for your support and generous donations throughout the year. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Our next Coffee Morning will be on 30thJanuary. Vivienne, Regina, and Barbara.