Family Services are Go!

Tomorrow (25th July) is our first Family Service since we returned to in-church worship and we are excited to integrate both live and recorded content.

View/download the Order of Service for tomorrow’s 10.30 service

The service will be broadcast live via the webcam and can also be viewed later on the recordings tab, or on Facebook.

If you wish to come along in person to either the 8.30 or 10.30 services tomorrow please make sure you have acquainted yourself with the Covid-19 Response Protocols.

As lots of families are away at this time of year, we still have capacity for up to 28 people at the 10.30 Family Service, over and above those who have booked a place. There is currently plenty of capacity at the 8.30 service of Holy Communion also.

We continue to broadcast Morning Prayer each Wednesday morning at 10.30 on Facebook Live and the parish website.

A message from the Rector

My Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well and safe. The longer the current restrictions go on, I know the harder it will be to adhere fully to them – please continue to be strong and resolute in this regard and to trust the advice and directives given by the experts. Take heart – this too shall pass!

How strange it is to not have any gatherings during what is usually the busiest week of the year for clergy! More than that, it is THE most important week of the year for all of us who call ourselves Christians. Often, the busyness of life, the demands of work and the opportunities of leisure prevent us from engaging much if at all with the various liturgies of Holy Week. This year, most of us will have ample opportunity to commit some time to doing this, and I encourage you all to try and access the various services online or on television.

On Good Friday I will broadcast A Service of Meditation on the Cross at 3pm – a quiet, reflective service as we remember our Lord’s agony and death – all of which he endured for us.

I will be broadcasting morning service at 10.30am on Saturday.

The services can be watched live or later on the parish Facebook page or online at
 https://www.facebook.com/clontarfparish/.

The order of service for Good Friday can be found here.

Please do keep in touch and if you would like prayer suppport for yourself or a loved one, let me know.

Very importantly, if you have been adversely affected financially by this crisis and are struggling to pay bills or meet household expenses, please contact me directly in complete confidence at either 087 9091561 or at revlesleyrobinson@gmail.com.

I will be in touch again on Saturday dv and will provide Easter Sunday’s order of service then.

Stay Safe & God Bless

Lesley

Keeping us all safe from Covid…

Due to the very high incidence of Covid in the community at present, we are requesting that people continue wearing masks, sanitising their hands and social distancing.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH IN PERSON IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL.

Remember, all our services are broadcast live on our parish website and the main Sunday service will be recorded and available to view later on the website and our Facebook page.

If you plan on watching at home you can download/view the service sheet for the 10.30 service here:

Clontarf Parish Service on RTÉ

A Service of Morning Prayer from our parish church will be broadcast on the RTE News channel and the RTE Player on 23rd January, at 2.15pm.

Thanks to Stephanie and Lauren Maxwell, Albert Adamson, and Olwen Lynch for taking part.

We need to sing again! A message from the Rector

Following the Taoiseach’s announcement yesterday evening, we will once more be singing hymns!

As well as retaining our obligation to wear masks, we will be maintaining our policy of only using every second pew, as we have ample space to accommodate everyone. We will no longer need to collect contact tracing details

Other Covid protocols which we will be continuing to apply in the church to keep us all safe:

  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival.
  • The order of service will be on the screens but books will be available for those who ask.
  • Holy Communion will be administered in both kinds- wafers will be used instead of bread, and individual communion glasses will be used.
  • Collection plates will not be passed around – baskets will be available at the back of the church.
  • Church doors will be left open during the service for ventilation purposes.
  • Pews will be disinfected in between services.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL.

Remember, all our services will be broadcast live on our parish website through our webcam and the 10.30 service will also be accessible later on the website and our Facebook page, so nobody should feel an obligation to attend in person if they are nervous about doing so.

2022 Revision of General Vestry Register

Each January the Diocese asks us to fulfil our annual constitutional requirement to revise the register of general vestry people.

This is a register of all adult parishioners (18+) who are members of the Church of Ireland, and who are not registered in any other parish. Only those on the general register will be entitled to vote at the annual Easter General Vestry Meeting to be held in the Spring, or to serve on the Select Vestry and in some other offices.

If you are new to the parish or have not registered previously, please contact the Rector who will send you the appropriate form.

Thank you.

Christmas Services in Clontarf

Christmas Services will take place on Christmas Eve at 3pm & 11pm, and on Christmas Day at 8.30am & 10.30am.

Please note that places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To keep everyone safe, please note and adhere to the following:
– SANITISE YOUR HANDS ON ARRIVAL
– MASKS MUST BE WORN BY ALL OVER 9’S
– PLEASE FILL THE CHURCH FROM THE FRONT to BACK
– DO NOT SIT IN THE SOCIAL DISTANCING PEWS
– DO NOT COME TO CHURCH IF FEELING UNWELL- ALL SERVICES WILL BE STREAMED ON OUR WEBSITE
– WRAP UP WARM AND EXPECT LOTS OF VENTILATION!

Outdoor Carol Service at 10.30am on 19th December

Our 10.30 service on Sunday 19th December will be carol singing with some seasonal readings, and will be held in the carpark of the Parish Centre.

Wrap up well!

Limited seating will be available in the Seafield Room of the Parish Centre for those unable to stand for the service or who need to be in out of the cold.

Festive hot drinks will be served after the service.

All welcome.

Please note that this service will not be shown on the website or Facebook but you will be able to watch the 8.30am service live as it happens, or afterwards, on the website and Facebook.

New Youth Club in Clontarf Parish

Our new Youth Club for secondary school teenagers starts on Sunday 17th October in the Parish Centre, 6.30pm-8pm, and will continue to meet on the third Sunday of the month.

This gathering will be a mixture of fun, faith and friendship which is not exclusively for those seeking Confirmation, but anyone wishing to be confirmed next year must attend. The first night we’ll be having pizza, and there will also be a gift pack from the Church of Ireland Youth Department for each young person in attendance. This will be a good way for our teenagers to continue to engage with the parish even if they are otherwise occupied on Sunday mornings, and as always, they are welcome to bring friends from outside the parish.

COVID protocols will apply and masks must be worn when not eating.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 3rd October

On 3rd October, the 18th Sunday after Trinity, both the 8.30 and 10.30 services will be Holy Communion with a harvest theme. The 10.30 service will include some of our favourite harvest hymns.

There will be refreshments in the parish centre after the 10.30 service, but in line with current indoor dining rules, only fully vaccinated adults should attend (accompanying children welcome).

There will be a collection of non-perishable food items for a local homeless charity and a cash collection for Tearfund- please give as generously as you can to either or both.