Mothering Sunday in St Mary’s Church Macosquin
In an action packed service prepared and conducted by this year’s Confirmation Candidates four children were baptised by the Rector. Instead of a sermon a short sketch was performed, illustrating how the life of the infant Moses was saved by his sister who put him in a floating basket to be found by Pharaoh’s daughter. This was contrasted in another scene which showed how the Church of Ireland Bishop’s Appeal is helping to save many thousands of children’s lives in Africa by providing mosquito nets to put over their beds.
Malaria is spread by mosquito bites and causes half a million easily preventable deaths every year.
The service ended with the confirmation candidates accompanying the Sunday Club children as they sang, ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands.’
Looking ahead to Holy Week and Easter
The Parish is now preparing for a busy Holy Week and Easter programme. It begins on Palm Sunday with a children’s procession through the church with a pony, showing the welcome Jesus received as he rode into Jerusalem.
At 7.00pm that night and on subsequent evenings throughout the week there will be a short contemplative service, as we follow the Way of the Cross. The theme of each address will be a different sound of the Passion of Christ. These will include the shouts of the crowds, the clatter of coins, the splash of water and the thud of hammers.
The Easter Day celebration will begin at 6.30am with a Sunrise Communion Service at Camus Cemetery, during which three young adults will be baptised. It will be followed by a bacon roll breakfast on the ancient site of a 6th century monastic community overlooking the River Bann, about a mile from the Castleroe Woodland Walk beside the Kilrea Road. This is an annual service, usually attended by more than 60 early risers.
The Service in Macosquin Parish Church at 10.30am will feature an abundance of Easter eggs and Easter chicks for the children. As part of his address the Rector will speak of the work of Coleraine Dentist, Janet Markey, a member of New Row Presbyterian Church who is going to Romania in the Autumn on a project to care for orphans as a representative of The Smiles Foundation, a Christian Missionary organisation. We plan to support her mission by selling some of her fund-
Mike Roemmele (Revd)