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Mothers’ Union Holy Week & Easter Resource Pack

For the majority of us, the season of Holy Week and Easter this year (2020) will look very different to those in the years gone by as the world lives through the COVID-19 pandemic.  This does not stop it from being a deeply spiritual and holy time for us all and perhaps this year, in the silence […]

April’s Church of Ireland Gazette free to download

In the light of the Covid–19 crisis, the Board of the Church of Ireland Gazette has made the April 2020 issue available as a free download here. In a statement on their website the Board said: “This is our response to the global health crisis and the measures implemented by governments in Northern Ireland and the Republic […]

Lent & Easter family activities

SEEDS Children’s Ministry, in Derry and Raphoe, has produced a 5–page resource for Holy Week and Easter.  Please also visit its Facebook page for a daily thought over Holy Week and Easter. The Children’s Ministry Network has highlighted the following ideas (amongst others) to help in preparing for Easter, and celebrate all that Jesus has done for us through […]

Church Without Walls – 2 April

A call to prayer and a lesson from the McKinley family Over the past few days, I have been busy preparing and recording some messages for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. It’s still a work in progress and we are very sorry that our speaker arranged for this week, Reverend Adrian Green from Mount Merrion, […]

Palm Sunday call to prayer

As part of the Palm Sunday call to prayer for Ireland between 3–4.00 pm made by church leaders and para church leaders from across the island, Bishop David invites everyone with a connection to any of the churches in our diocese to do three things on Palm Sunday 5th April from 3.45 pm – 4.00 pm. To […]

St Finnian’s Annual Accounts and FWO list

Due to the current situation, the Easter General Vestry may not take place. However, below you will find the annual accounts and FWO list. Mike Johnston (Hon. Treasurer)

Understanding Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a moveable feast that falls one week before Easter Sunday. Christian worshippers celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, which took place the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday in the Bible – The Triumphal Entry  Jesus […]

Encouragement from Bishop David

Following the issuing of the most recent guidelines, Bishop David writes to encourage us as we look ahead to the next few weeks and beyond.  Dear Friends This morning, two things happened that were very poignant. I received in my inbox an email that I had written late last night and sent through to our Diocesan […]

Church Without Walls – 30 March

The goal, some technology and some encouragement in John’s Gospel I have always had a great admiration for those who are skilled with their hands, those who can make and fix things and can turn their hand to any problem of a practical nature and come up with a solution. I tend to be at the opposite end of that particular spectrum and am best kept away […]

Church Without Walls – 27 March

The sights and sounds of hope Hope is a really important word in the season we are all going through at the minute and, in today’s blog, I wanted to reflect a little on some of the sights and sounds of hope in my life in recent days. This morning, as Conor was doing his […]