31st May 2020 – Pentecost

Church of Ireland

Calry Parish Church

Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh

Notice Sheet
31st May 2020 – Pentecost

Rector: Canon Patrick Bamber Tel: 071 91 46513
Linked with the Diocese of Kindu, Province of the Anglican Church of Congo

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Forthcoming Sunday Services (subject to change):
Date Service Time & Type
7th June
Trinity 11.00 am All-age Service: Facebook or calry.ie

New Birth…s!

Ronan and Aíne had a little girl called Cora Kate Ivers on Friday 29th, born at 5.09 pm weighing 8 lbs 9 oz. Both mum and babe are doing well.

Also, Damian and Amy have also had a little girl called Verity Rebecca Shorten born on Tuesday 26th weighing 8 lbs 6 oz. Amy and Verity are also doing well.

Many congratulations to both families! We pray for God’s blessing and protection for you all.
Calry Daily Office (prayer, Bible reading and reflection):
Monday – Friday 9.00 am and Saturday at 9.30 pm at: Facebook or calry.ie

Do you enjoy listening to choir members singing each Sunday? Can you sing? If you would like to be part of singing for the glory of God in our virtual choir please get in touch with Canon Patrick or Matthew Topley (+44 7732 312108). To contribute you need internet access, a pair of headphones and some way of recording yourself singing.

The Irish Blessing

Today a special initiative of Irish churches is to go live: a sung version of ‘Be Thou my Vision’. Every church in Ireland prays each Sunday (and more) for Ireland and its local communities and facilities. Churches see healing through prayer as a result. The Irish Blessing merely captures and harnesses the collective power of prayer into one island-wide direction. Blessing is a profound Biblical practice which still has a dynamic role to play in secular contexts. It is a timely gift which churches can bestow to Ireland during this pandemic.

Confirmation Preparation
The group is continuing to meet even though term is over on Tuesday at 4 pm on Teams.
How is your prayer life?
How is your prayer life?

On Wednesday evenings at 8 pm a group of us meet for an hour to explore the huge topic of prayer, following material called The Prayer Course. The session involves watching a video for 20 minutes. All are welcome. We meet on Zoom but you don’t need anything special to join in, just internet access and an electronic device. For more information on the course go to: https://prayercourse.org/ The book that accompanies the course is called ‘How to Pray – a simple guide for normal people.’

Are you busy on Saturday at 8 am?
…if you’re not then why not join us for the Zoom Sligo churches weekly prayer meeting? You don’t need any special software, just an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Ask if you would like to Zoom link in order to join in.

There are some really useful ideas for children to explore this morning’s themes. Go to the Facebook page for more information on www.rootsontheweb.com

Youth – If you could ask God one question
Next Saturday the young people should be looking at the question ‘What about followers of other religions?’ It is the next question from a book called ‘If you could ask God one question’.

Carla has set up some challenges for the young people for the summer with a prize for the overall winner. For more details email Carla on carla.marin.r@gmail.com

The Bible and The Bishop
Bishop Ferran is leading a weekly reflection on a psalm. The latest one is on Psalm 16 and is available at: https://www.dkea.ie/the-bible-and-the-bishop/ or via Spotify, iTunes or any Podcast App.

Want a Phone Call?
If you are a Calry parishioner and would like to have a phone conversation with someone from church then please give your number to the People’s Church Warden Temitope (089 989 0284) or Canon Patrick. We will put you in touch with one of the Welcome Team to give you a ring.

If you are able to make your giving electronic please contact either Mrs Margaret Henry, the Hon Treasurer, on 086 330 0474 or Canon Patrick to get bank details. Of course, if you prefer to give by cheque that can be sent to Margaret at her home address: Carrowlustia, Calry, Sligo.

However, if you are in a situation where you actually need financial help yourself please get in contact. Protestant Aid offers grants to families or individuals who need practical help. This is all handled with the utmost confidentiality.

CMS Ireland have recently published a briefing about the situation for DR Congo. You can see it as a post on the Calry Facebook page.

Here is an excerpt about Kindu:

‘Meanwhile further South, in Kindu Diocese, the Congo River burst its banks and poured into Kindu city in early April. Archbishop Masimango has been active in seeking support for local communities, not far from his home, who have been devastated by the crisis. The risk of cholera and the spread of Covid-19 and Ebola are all magnified by these flood events.’

CMS Ireland encouraged Archbishop Masimango to make a proposal for the most urgent needs right now. The Diocese of Kindu proposes giving assistance to 300 families. This includes plastic sheeting for shelter, as thousands of homes have been destroyed by flooding, and soap and Jerri cans for water to enable them to maintain some level of hygiene to protect from both Ebola and C-19. The funds required to help one family with these supplies is about €25. If you would like to give to help our partners in Congo please get in touch with Patrick or Margaret. Already €100 has come in… but we would love to give a lot more.

Why not use a little CMS collection box? Ask Patrick if you could use one.

Vision Statement
David Bourke is chairing a sub-committee of the Select Vestry (called the Generous Giving Team) that is working on a vision statement for the Parish. If you would like to contact him with any thoughts you have on the matter use his email address which is: davidcbourke@gmail.com

Church of Ireland Gazette
You can access the May edition of this national Church of Ireland magazine The Gazette for free at the moment by going to: https://gazette.ireland.anglican.org/may-gazette-download-for-free/

The Scribe
A special July/August edition of The Scribe is going to be published online. The deadline for material is 12th June. If you have a story of faith or something relevant for church life from this strange time would you let Patrick know?

New Website
A new Calry website is available from today. It’s at: www.calry.ie It is not all complete as yet. If you have any good quality images of some aspect of our church life please get in touch with Eric D’Errico at ericderrico@gmail.com However, you can now view the various videos of services without going to Facebook and you can also see these notices.

Do you need prayer?
The new designated prayer email address is: prayer@calry.ie
If you need prayer for yourself, someone else you know or a situation that is a cause for concern then just send a brief message to this address and a team of Calry parishioners will pray for you.

Up-to-Date Details and GDPR
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Pray for:
our link diocese of Kindu in DR Congo as the people cope with not only the C-19 epidemic on top of Ebola but also recent flooding
teachers coping with the added responsibility of predicted grades for LC
wisdom for leaders negotiating government coalition
HSE employees, care home staff, other health care professionals and ‘front-line’ workers putting themselves at risk for the benefit of others
those whose mental health is suffering
families with financial worries
the whole church to be given a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit
‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’
Acts 2.17-18