6th December 2020 – Advent II

Church of Ireland

Calry Parish Church

Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh

Notice Sheet

6th December 2020 – Advent II

Rector: Canon Patrick Bamber Tel: 071 91 46513

email: rector@calry.ie  web: www.calry.ie  fb:/calryparishchurch/  Day off - Monday

Linked with the Diocese of Kindu, Province of the Anglican Church of Congo


Church is re-open TODAY! Welcome back! As usual the service can be viewed on the website www.calry.ie/online-worship/   or at www.facebook.com/calryparishchurch/

Sadly, services in St John’s Hospital have yet to resume.

The after church Zoom meetings have been discontinued for the time-being.


Forthcoming Services (subject to change):

Date Service
Sunday 13th December 11.00 am Service of the Word
Sunday 20th


6.00 pm Carols by Candlelight and Nativity Play

NB: No morning service.

Thursday 24th December 11.00 pm Holy Communion
Christmas Day 11.00 am All Age Service
Sunday 27th December 11.00 am Morning Prayer


Re-opening of Churches

We will be following the routine we used between July and October with the one difference that sadly no live-singing or playing of wind instruments is permitted.


  1. Respect social distancing and unless you belong to the same household sit 2 metres apart from others.
  2. Use hand-sanitizer as you enter.
  3. Follow the welcome team’s instructions which will involve their noting your name for contact tracing.
  4. Everyone over 12 in the congregation should wear a mask (unless speaking or reading).
  5. If it is necessary to use the gallery those sitting upstairs must use a separate entrance and exit.
  6. Please avoid congregating by the doors.


If you don’t have internet access and can’t come to church…

Please don’t feel left out! If you don’t have internet access there is a phone number you can call to pick up the diocesan service for the week. It costs only the same as a local rate call. Dial 048 912 43 912 anytime.


Sunday School Nativity Update

As usual there are activity sheets today sent out by email to parents.

Next Sunday (13th) afternoon from 2.30 – 4.30 pm we will be filming children acting their parts in this year’s nativity play. This will then be shown, God willing, on Sunday 20th at 6.00 pm. Parents, if you want your children involved look out for information on email and ensure they come to the church at the right time. Also, you will need to sign a form on 13th giving permission for them to be filmed in the play. Please get in touch if your children can’t attend but still want to be involved.


You should find your December issue of The Scribe in church today. The Scribe is our diocesan magazine. A year’s supply only costs €20. Yvonne Stuart is taking orders now for next year. Why not have a word with her?

Alpha Tomorrow

The mid-morning group led by Tessa Marsden continues at 10.30 am tomorrow.


Tuesday Daily Office

Half an hour of prayer and Scripture on Tuesday at 9.30 am on www.facebook.com/calryparishchurch/



Alpha continues on Tuesdays at 6.00 pm. CU is on Thursdays at 1 pm. Both meetings are on Zoom. For details go to the Chaplaincy FB page: www.facebook.com/itsligo.chaplaincy.1


Wednesday Evening Fellowship at 7.30 pm

The Wednesday group continues this week at 7.30 pm for an hour of chat, prayer, worship and Bible discussion. Get in touch if you would like to join us. We are following a course called ‘The Journey’ which in six sessions provides a Bible over-view.


Grammar CU & Confirmation Preparation

This takes place on Fridays at 2.45 pm in the school library. This is recommended for anyone who started confirmation preparation last year. Alternatively, these young people can also meet on Tuesdays after school in the library. Confirmation Preparation for 2nd years is to begin in January.


Inter-church Saturday Morning Prayer

8.00 - 9.00 am every Saturday on Zoom.


Mothers’ Union

This year the MU is taking part in something called The Big Give Christmas Challenge. From 1st – 8th December any donation made online can be doubled by The Big Give. Money is going to projects for women in DR Congo. For more details please go to: https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a051r00001ef7Q4AAI


MU is also involved in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence ( until 10th December). An extraordinary 1 in 3 women worldwide are reckoned to be victims of domestic violence. This campaign aims to do something to bring about lasting change. For more go to: https://www.mothersunion.org/16-days-activism-and-global-day-resources-2020


Prayer for Chile

SAMS are hosting a prayer meeting on Zoom for Chile (Carla’s home country) tomorrow, Monday 7th, at 7.00 pm. If you would like to attend send an email to rector@calry.ie


Updates on DR Congo

There is a very informative update from CMSI about what is currently going on in the Anglican churches in eastern Congo, which includes Kindu. To read it go to the Calry FB page.


Cosy Cats AGM

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th December at 6.30 pm on Zoom. Get in touch with the office if you would like the link by calling 071 91 46506.


Church Decoration and a Thank You

Many thanks to Yvonne, Pippa and Carla who, amongst others, cleaned and decorated the church for Christmas.

If you would like to join the flower rota for 2021 please speak to Yvonne Stuart by calling 071 91 46506.



…to Elizabeth Clarke (née Henry) and Robert Craig on getting married yesterday in St Paul’s Collooney.


Also, very well done to Clara Hewston on being chosen as the Girls’ Brigade Ireland Youth Representative on the European Fellowship Committee.



Happy birthday to Nicky Newell who was 60 on Wednesday 2nd and to Luna Simeoni who was 15 on Friday 4th.


Prayer Points:

  • help as we adjust to the easing of restrictions and the re-opening of churches
  • all small groups including Alphas, CUs etc
  • the Generous Giving Team and our parish finances
  • progress in combating domestic violence
  • Brexit negotiations



The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God endures for ever.

Isaiah 40.11