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Renewed appeal for prayers for the Middle East

The Church of Ireland archbishops have renewed their appeal for prayers for peace in the Middle East. Archbishop John McDowell (Armagh) and Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin) have issued the following statement: “We renew our call for members of the Church of Ireland to pray that peace will prevail and humanitarian aid will reach all who […]

Bicycles for Maridi

Bishop David has launched a diocesan appeal for 100 bicycles for clergy in Maridi Diocese, South Sudan. The diocese has 92 priests and 5 deacons plus lay readers, evangelists and Mothers’ Union workers serving 75 parishes. These are scattered across a wide area, largely inaccessible by car, meaning that to reach their congregations clergy must […]

Easter General Vestry – Tuesday 16th April

The Easter General Vestry, the annual business meeting of the church, will take place on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30 pm in the Huston Hall. Those who are registered as Vestry Members are entitled to vote, but all are welcome.

Organ Scholarship call for applications

The Dioceses of Down & Dromore and Connor Organ Scholarship Scheme 2024 invites applications from candidates of all ages who are Grade 4 and above. Benefits of the Scheme Free fortnightly lessons for the three–year duration of the scheme. Development of practical skills including hymn playing, choral training and performance of organ repertoire. How to […]

Church Without Walls – 5th March

Showing and Sharing Vulnerability One of my favourite TV shows is on RTE television and it’s a show called, ‘Operation Transformation.’ It usually starts in January and finishes its 8 week run at the beginning of March. It documents the life of 5 leaders who apply to be on the show. They usually want to […]

Commissioning Service for Andrew and Joanne Quill

Andrew and Joanne Quill will soon leave their home and family in Northern Ireland to work in a church and community in South Sudan. Our church, along with 18 others, is committed to supporting them financially. We want to support them in prayer, too, as they undertake this work in a very different country and […]

Midweek Lenten Service

In our midweek Lenten services we will be thinking about some of the spirituality of that great saint, St. Benedict. St. Benedict of Nursia, who lived from 480-550, was an Italian monk who founded monasteries which exist up to the present day. They were centres of worship, prayer and learning, and places of welcome.

St. Finnian’s Safe Church Initiative

In November 2022, our church was the setting for the launch of the Mothers’ Union 16 Days of Activism campaign. During the launch, we heard about the practical support Mothers’ Union members give to local organisations who support victims of domestic abuse. It was during this talk that we first heard about the Safe Church […]