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Church Without Walls – 30th January

Models in Ministry I got news at the end of last week about the death of a friend of mine. He had been ill for quite some time and, the last time I bumped into him, he spoke with me about his serious illness.  I wasn’t able to go to his funeral service, because I […]

Rector’s Letter – February 2024

Dear Friends, The month of February marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day or 6 week period when we remember Jesus fasting in the wilderness after being commissioned at His baptism and beginning his public ministry. Christians have always used this period as an opportunity to deepen their own […]

Church Without Walls – 23rd January

Places of Sanctuary I spoke to someone recently who hadn’t been in the church building for some time. They told me it felt like coming home. There’s a reassuring sense of peace you get when you come across the door and take your seat. You recognise faces that you haven’t seen for a while and, […]

Church Without Walls – 16th January

Behind the Scenes of a Radio Broadcast It all started with an email back at the end of November. The producer of religious broadcasts on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle got in touch asking if St. Finnian’s would broadcast its morning service on Sunday 14th January. I was hesitant, to be honest. My last […]

Church Without Walls – 9th January

Making Your Words Count We’re preparing in our church to broadcast a service on BBC Radio Ulster this coming Sunday and it’s been quite an interesting exercise to prepare. It’s a great privilege to share your worship with a larger audience and you know all sorts of people will tune in from all sorts of […]

Church Without Walls – 2nd January

Leaving the Fragrance of Jesus Sometimes you come across a book that stops you in your tracks and changes the way you think. I had the experience of reading such a book in December. It was called ‘Gatecrashing.’ It was written by Brian Heasley and tells the story of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza. If you […]

Rector’s Letter – January 2024

Dear Friends, January can be quite a challenging month as people head back to work and school after some time away. Perhaps we have spent more than we normally do on presents and luxuries and the thoughts are anxious about the credit card bill that will be dropping its way through the letter box. Sometimes […]