Address given at the General Vestry on 15th April 2015
My dear friends, how time flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe that that I have now been with you over a year-and-a-half, and that this is my second time to chair this Easter General Vestry Meeting. Since we last met together in this context, we have, of course, moved into the Rectory, and bit by bit I’ve been getting to know more people and getting better acquainted with our parochial strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. The good news is that our strengths and opportunities by far outweigh our weaknesses and challenges, so much so that not a day goes past when I don’t thank God for having brought me to this parish.
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Our long awaited Sunday evening services will commence on Sunday 2nd November at 7pm in the church.
These services will consist of a more modern liturgy and contemporary worship songs led by Eric Hughes, youth worker at Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church. These services are open to all but may particularly suit teenagers and young adults who are searching for an alternative to more traditional Sunday morning worship. They are also aimed at the many people who find Sunday morning attendance difficult due to commitments of sport etc.
We pray that this initiative will be blessed by our Father God, and in turn be a blessing to all who come.
We have a great parish here in Clontarf and we plan to celebrate this on Sunday 21st September, the weekend which coincides with the first anniversary of the Institution of Revd Lesley as our Rector.
There will be a service of worship at 10.30am as usual followed by a social tea / coffee / biscuit and a display of opportunities for activities on offer to parishioners. Please make an extra effort to come along and also invite a friend/relative/neighbour to come with you. A warm welcome is assured!
Regular church attendance strengthens us personally and builds up the life of our community – it’s a great habit to be in but an easy habit to get out of. This is a great opportunity to get back into the habit, especially if you haven’t been for a while