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Rector’s Letter – July/August 2020

Dear Friends, It is hard to believe this is our fourth magazine since lockdown began. I think we are now entering week 14 at the time of writing this. I hope everyone is keeping well and positive in these challenging days. A friend of mine who is a young widow described lockdown very powerfully in […]

All-Ireland Mothers’ Union Poetry Competition

You don’t have to be Emily Dickinson or Christina Rosetti, just someone who loves the gift of words. Theme : Covid Times You can write about absolutely any aspect of the current pandemic in whatever format you wish – silly or serious, rhyming or non-rhyming – it’s up to you! All we ask is that […]

Gazette back in print for July

The Church of Ireland Gazette will be back in print next month, and its office is now open again for advertising and editorial enquiries.  Please see below for more information, including how to take out a subscription.

Church Without Walls – 19 June

What’s love got to do with it? A few nights ago I was on a Zoom call and one of the people on that call spotted the batik on my study wall that is featured in the first photograph today. They asked me where it had come from and I told them it had come […]

Reflections on lockdown – young people & youth leaders

We want to hear from young people (aged 11–19) and youth leaders about what lockdown has meant to them.  Lockdown has brought unprecedented changes to our lifestyle, our interactions with others and what we consider normal. Each experience is also unique and important.  At DDYC we have created a form (here) by which you, our young people, […]

Our fragility

Covid-19 is telling us a great deal about our own fragility. It is also shattering any illusions that might previously have existed, of us humans being in control. All we’re doing is limiting damage and trying to cope. In situations like this, people who normally wouldn’t pray or seek God are known to start looking for help from above. The phrase ‘no […]

Keeping a Christian Journal

Some today view journaling as a sentimental token of a bygone age. For others, it’s a distraction from getting things done amid our frenetic pace of life. However, it can be an invaluable means of grace in the Christian walk and a practical discipline with many benefits. Good journaling is not just an exercise in introspection, […]

Church Without Walls – 16 June

Occupational hazards Do you remember before lockdown when, occasionally, we found ourselves at social gatherings? It might be a family wedding or funeral. It might be a barbecue or a sports event. You go along with someone else and you are introduced to other people. As the conversation flows a bit, one of the questions those who are […]

‘Serve from your Sofa’ podcasts

In his blog (13th June), Jono recommended these podcasts produced by The Leprosy Mission NI. Well worth listening to! Mission has not been cancelled! Many of our summer plans are going to look much different than initially planned. You may have planned oversea mission trips; some may have been looking to attend or volunteer at […]