19 November 2023, 2nd before Advent

Church of Ireland
Calry Parish Church
Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh
Notice Sheet
Rector: Ven Patrick Bamber Tel: 071 91 46513
Associate Minister: Canon Ronnie Bourke
Day off - Monday
Linked with the Diocese of Kindu, Province of the Anglican Church of Congo

This morning we are thinking about the persecuted church. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is held in November. Some 360 million Christians live in places where they are persecuted simply for their faith.

Scriptures passages today are Psalm 125 and 2 Corinthians 4.
Hymns are: Jesus, hope of the nations; 605 Will you come and follow me; 597 Take my life and let it be
Sunday School and Bell Tower Group (12s-14s) are both meeting.

Coffee and tea will be served afterwards.
3.00 pm - service in St John’s Hospital.

Forthcoming Calry Service Times

26th November
Kingship of Christ
11.00 am Holy Communion


3rd December
Advent Sunday
8.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Service of the Word

10th December
Nativity Service
11.00 am All Age

17th December
Carols by Candlelight
7.00 pm Carol Service

24th December
Christmas Eve
11.00 am Morning Prayer
11.00 pm Holy Communion

25th December
Christmas Day
11.00 am All Age


Calry Choir

Rehearsals for our carol services are now taking place on Mondays at 7 pm in the church.

Calry Women’s Fellowship

Tomorrow at 7.30 pm in the Catacombs making Christmas crafts. All women welcome!

Other Meetings and Activities this week:

Tuesday 11.15 am Rectory Bible Study NB: Note the slightly later time– The Book of Proverbs. All welcome.
Wednesday 12 noon – midday prayers on Zoom
Wednesday 4.00 pm Rectory – Youth confirmation preparation
Wednesday 7.15 pm - Marriage Course – last session.


The CU now has a five-strong student committee and there are two meetings a week open to students and staff Wednesday at 6 pm and Thursday at 1 pm both in the Sanctuary beside the Chaplaincy Office.

Rising Up Against Domestic Violence

The Mothers’ Union is calling us to a focussed time of prayer and action from Saturday 25th November to Sunday 10th December to combat domestic violence. For more information go to: www.mothersunion.org/riseup

Advent Bible Buddies Launch Night

On Friday 1st December 6.30 pm – 7.15 pm children with a parent or guardian are invited to Taunagh Parish Church, Riverstown to receive their free Bible Buddy Teddy and Advent Family Bible Reading Pack. The eircode is F52 FY71.

Carbury NS Parents’ Association

The PA is holding a Festive Flower Arranging Demonstration on Monday 4th December at 7 pm. Cost is €10.

Mothers’ Union Enrolment & Advent Carol Service Wed 6thDecember in St John’s at 8 pm

Mulled wine and mince pies afterwards in the Parish Room. Marlene Horan and Andrea Norris are being enrolled. It will be Trudi Williams’ last night as Branch Leader and Margaret Henry’s last night as Hon. Treasurer. From January Marlet Hunter will be Branch Leader and Kathleen Nairn will be Hon Treasurer.

Drumcliffe Christmas Tree Festival 7th – 12th December

Would your organisation or group like to contribute a tree to this year’s festival? There is no entry fee. Give some expression to creative flair! For details go to: https://drumcliffechurch.ie/christmasfestival/

Theology Ireland

If you are interested in going a bit deeper in your knowledge of the Book of Psalms this could be just for you. Lectures in person or online in January and February. Pick up a leaflet at the back of church or go to: www.theologyireland.com

Lissadell Fundraiser

Our neighbouring parish of Lissadell are bravely and ambitiously addressing some challenges including recent damage to the roof. They have just completed a complete renovation of the beautiful east windows. If you would like to support them please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/k3k8u-lissadell-church-restoration-fund
Save the Date – Legacy Talk for Men

On Thursday 1st February 2024, the Riverstown Group of Parishes will be hosting a visit from Andy Lamberton from Exodus North West. Andy will give a ‘Legacy Talk’ at 8 pm, about the need for engaged fathers today. This talk is aimed at all who are (or are going to be) fathers to children and young people.


This is Tammy’s last Sunday. She leaves for Asunción, Paraguay on Thursday. Bon voyage ! Buen viaje !


Prayer Requests for Israel and Gaza

Pray for an end to all violence and injustice in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Pray that the church might be a beacon of hope in the region through their testimony in words and actions.
Pray that the Lord will comfort those who have lost loved ones, or who are waiting to hear about missing family and friends.
Pray also that the international community will work towards lasting peace in the Holy Land.

For more information go to this Open Doors page: www.opendoorsuk.org/news/latest-news/israel-gaza-prayer

Other Topics for Prayer:

• persecuted Christians everywhere
• all who grieve
• conflicts in Ukraine, Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar, Syria

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Hebrews 13.3