Parish News

Confirmation

An information evening concerning confirmation classes will be held on 26th November in East Glendalough School at 7.30pm. It is mainly geared for pupils in secondary schools. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please let Revd Jack or Revd Ken know.

Eco Tips — The Joy of Christmas Memories

A walk along supermarket aisles leaves no one in any doubt that Christmas is approaching. Shelves groan under the weight of sweets, chocolates, alcohol (all those lovely treats that are just that, treats, if consumed in the correct proportions!), but also a plethora of decorations, Christmas themed cushions, crockery, everything it seems, all there to lure customers to buy more than they need or can afford. Time was (still is for some) that decorations were stored in a box in the loft and then lovingly unpacked in the days or weeks coming up to Christmas, each item evoking beloved memories before being hung on the tree or placed around the house. For sure, replace those broken tree lights or buy occasional baubles, but maybe this year think before purchasing vast amounts that are not really needed. Ditto for Christmas presents. Children can be totally overwhelmed by piles of gifts, often the packaging being preferred. One could buy fewer, maybe better quality, presents for family and friends or go for experiences or gifts that will last all year round (e.g. annual subscriptions). Christmas should primarily celebrate the birth of Christ, but is also (partly) about giving, but not about wanton waste or debt. So, enjoy the festivities, remember others, reduce your waste / mind the environment.

The Hub

Christmas gifts and cards are now available from The Hub. The shop is currently open most mornings Monday to Saturday. Lesley Rue would be interested in hearing from any new potential volunteers.

On Thursday mornings from 10.30am LET’S CRAFT! meets in The Hub

The Friendship Group Christmas lunch

There is a friendship group within the joint parishes, for people who are retired, and for those who aren’t able to get out to meet people as regularly as they would like. The Friendship Group Christmas lunch will take place on 9th December at 12.30pm in the Wicklow Methodist Hall. If you would like to attend, please contact Linda Walsh: 086 8228378.

Advent Midweek Services

There will be a series of midweek Advent services in Wicklow Parish Church. The services will begin at 7.30pm, and last around half an hour. This year, we will use a resource produced by the Irish Council of Churches, focusing on the homeless / housing crisis in Ireland, and our Christian response. The series is entitled: ‘A lot can change in 6 months’. All welcome. Themes as follows:

Thursday 28th November  What is a house? What is a home?’ Thursday 5th December  The scale of the issue / Personal impact Thursday 12th December   Addressing stigma / Complicity & exclusion Thursday 19th December  Hope – our Political agency is real!

Choir

In recent weeks, a choir has been re-established. The hymns of each Sunday’s Principal Service will be practiced in the church from 10.30am. If you would like to join the choir, please let Tim Hicks know.

Advent Prayer

Father, in this season of Advent, we prepare our hearts for your coming.  You are the vine, we are the branches.  Come and tend us, prune us, clean us.  Discard in us everything that does not bear fruit. Nourish in us everything that bears much fruit.  As we celebrate your coming as a vulnerable baby  our hearts await your glorious return as the eternal King.  Nurture in us expectant hearts, O Lord.  Cultivate in us a deep longing for more of you until that Day when you burst through the heavens,  and flood our horizons with your glorious splendour.  For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,  throughout all ages and generations. Amen.