There are many different activities for children and youths on Sunday mornings. With this in mind, it has been decided to experiment with a new timing for our monthly family services. They will take place at 5pm, will last 30 to 40 minutes with some food afterwards. If you feel you could assist in organising these services, please talk with Rev Ken. The first such service is scheduled for Sunday 28th April.
There will be a Coffee Morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Daffodil Day’, in The Hub on Friday 22nd March from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Offers of food gratefully accepted. Please come and support!
The Mothers’ Union area service will be held in Arklow on Tuesday 12th March at 8pm. The speaker is Rev Kevin Conroy.
World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The Nun’s Cross NS service on Friday 8th at 10am will concentrate on the theme, ‘Come Everything is Ready’, provided by the World Day of Prayer. That evening at 7.30pm adults are invited to the local gathering which takes place in St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow Town.
April sees the return of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. People can organise a clean up in their local area, be it urban or rural, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or logging on to www.nationalspringclean.org. Participants will be supplied with rubbish bags (which will be collected), litter picks and hi-vis vests. Alternatively, there is a “2 minute street clean”, where people are invited to spend about two minutes picking up litter any time they are out, information available on www.2minutesstreetclean.org. Both initiatives really do make a difference to your locality – isn’t it uplifting to see clean stretches of rural roadside verge, bedecked with wild flowers rather than discarded wrappers, coffee cups, bottles etc. and nice clean streets in urban areas. Rubbish begets rubbish while people may, just may, hesitate to throw litter in clean areas. Why not take the opportunity to encourage friends, family and neighbours to get involved – also, litter picking with other people can be a rewarding community activity. Furthermore, the spring clean might inspire some of you to help with either the Tidy Towns or Wicklow Pure Mile year-round litter picking schemes. The results are well worth the effort.
A donation of two benches has been made to Ashford Tidy Towns from the proceeds of last year’s Ashford Country Fair. They were recently erected on the bridge in the village and look out over the river.
The Ashford Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting takes place in Ashford Community & Heritage Centre on Tuesday 26th February commencing at 8.30pm. All are welcome! New volunteers are always needed.
Would you be interested in leading prayers from time to time in Nun’s Cross church? You could start by reading prayers from the Book of Common Prayer or another suitable prayer book or material produced by local clergy. Alternatively, you could write your own prayers and receive suitable instruction, as required. If you are interested, please contact Rev Ken.
Alpha will run on Thursday evenings in the Ashford Community & Heritage Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm commencing on 17th January and concluding on 28th March.
Alpha is an 11 week course, with an additional away day. Each weekly session includes a 25 minute lecture/video, 30 minute time in table groups or small group discussion, a bit of food/tea – basically providing an atmosphere conducive to participation, discussion and learning more clearly key principles in the Christian faith.
If you would like further information please contact either Bruce Alwood (087 2547538) or Rev Ken.
The purpose of this training programme is to equip a range of people to visit primarily in homes, whether those they visit be long-established residents or recent arrivals. There is an immediate urgency for such work not least because of a significant number of upcoming housing and residential developments but also because of loneliness and alienation in suburban and rural life in today’s Ireland. The training course will be delivered by Church Army (Ireland) through Archdeacon Isaac Hanna and his team. While having theological and intellectual credibility, the course is not designed to be academic but practical and engaging for all concerned. The course will be delivered in three full-day sessions on Saturday 9th February, Saturday 9th March and Saturday 13th April 2019. The course will lead to the commissioning before the summer as Diocesan Pastoral Assistants of those who complete it through the awarding of the Bishops’ Certificate. Candidates will need the endorsement of their rector or Rural Dean, as appropriate. They will also need to be Garda Vetted before beginning work.
If you would be interested in receiving this training, please contact Rev Jack or Rev Ken to discuss.
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