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St. Mary’s Church, Macosquin  

Parish of Camus-juxta-Bann

Looking Back - Looking Forward

Autumn Magazine 2017

Rector’s Reflection

Celebrating Harvest and the annual Bishops’ Appeal Collection
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service  will be held on Sunday 1st October at 10.30am.  

Our Guest Preacher will be the Revd Canon Peter Wilson,  who is remembered  with great affection by many parishioners as an outstanding pastor and rector from 1985 - 1992 .  He left Macosquin to become the Rector of Maguiresbridge and Derrybrusk in the Diocese of Clogher, where he remained until 2005.

Now retired and living in Fermanagh, Canon Peter still visits Coleraine occasionally.
We welcome him back to St Mary’s Church very warmly.

‘Count your blessings’ was  a popular children’s chorus which every Sunday School child knew by heart. Our annual Harvest celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the abundance of good things we enjoy throughout the year. We are richly blessed.

This is the underlying theme of the Diocesan  Stewardship Renewal Programme  Abundant living, Cheerful Giving to be held in every parish during October.

The words of the  Chorus of another popular hymn, ‘God forgave my sin in Jesus name’  encourage us to be generous in our response to God’s lavish generosity

 He said freely freely,  You have received,  Freely, freely give.
Go in My name,  And because you believe,  Others will know that I live

As we celebrate our good fortune at Harvest time, and respond this year by reconsidering our financial commitment to God’s work through our financial support of  the church and its ministry, God also  calls us to remember and respond to the needs of others who have very little to celebrate. When we give, and how we give, indicate to others that God is truly alive within us,  and working through us.

More than half of the world’s population lives in poverty and is dependant on the good will and generosity of others to alleviate their suffering.   

The Bishops’ Appeal Fund makes it possible for the Church of Ireland to respond rapidly and generously to disasters and the plight of the world’s desperate people.

Beginning with our Harvest Thanksgiving Service and at every service  throughout October, we will  invite our congregations to  pray for those in need and to contribute to the Bishops’ Appeal  Fund.

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      Senior Citizens’ Lunches
£5 per person payable on the day
Please collect tickets in advance from the village shop on weekdays, or  the table in the church entrance foyer on Sundays.  It helps us estimate how many to cater for.

The Lunch  Menus, Speakers and Musicians  October - December

4 Oct
    Baked Meat Loaf  in a rich tomato sauce,   Jam sponge & custard
Belfast Days - Recalling the Troubles  Eimear O’Callaghan - BBC journalist                                                                                                                       

11 Oct Roast stuffed chicken in bacon, Fruit Salad and Ice cream
Citizens’ Advice Bureau -  Who, What, When, and How the CAB can help
18  Oct  Pork & Apple casserole Rhubarb crumble & custard
Keith Leighton  What you should know about making and updating a will

25 Oct Mince steak pies, Rice pudding and fruit compote
Norman Breakey    -  Classical Guitar Recital

1 Nov   Chicken fillet casserole, Treacle Tart & custard
Canon Walter Quill       Faith in dark places

8 Nov Baked gammon, Banoffee Pie & Ice cream
Rev Mark Donald - Ministry to HM Forces

15 Nov   Roast stuffed pork, Fruit Crumble & custard
 Joseph Cassells  How Coleraine Academical Institution changed the world

22 Nov Braised steak & onions,     Rhubarb sponge with custard  
Bernard Loughrey - Music for the Soul

29 Nov  Irish stew (Beef), Mixed Fruit Flan with Ice cream
Ivan Campbell   The small print in Insurance policies                             
6  Dec  Cumberland sausages in Onion gravy,  Apple Charlotte with ice-cream               

Sainsbury’s Christmas Celebration and Fun with Manager Gillian Ekin

13  Dec Christmas Lunch  Soup, Turkey & Ham Christmas Pudding  or   Trifle
               Macosquin Primary School Choir

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Choral Evening Service with Cantemus  - Remembering the Faithful departed
Beginning on all Saints’ Day,  the first fortnight of November is a Season of Remembrance, in which the church commemorates  the faithful departed, and among them,  those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in times of war.  

On Sunday  5th November at 7.00pm we will hold a special  Choral Evening Service, led by the North West’s  highly acclaimed Chamber Choir, ‘Cantemus’.

During the service there will be an opportunity for people who have been bereaved to remember their own loved ones and to light  candles in their memory.
The names of the departed and of the bereaved families will be read during the service

The Cantemus Chamber Choir rehearses in our Parish Hall and is renowned throughout the Province and  further afield for their liturgical music. In June they visited Coleraine’s twin town Laroche -sur-Yon in France where they were warmly welcomed.  and performed in a concert with a local choir, ‘Roland de Lassus’.

The collection that evening will be divided between the new Northern Ireland Air Ambulance service and the ‘Community Rescue Service,’ a voluntary organisation which has responded to over 250 calls in the past year to search for missing people on the  land and waterways of Northern Ireland.  These are both very worthy causes, and we hope for a large and generous congregation.

Men’s Society Meetings - Dates still to be confirmed
The main object of the Church of Ireland Men’s Society is to provide a basis for close fellowship among men of the Church of Ireland at their parish level, and by education, recreation and worship  to encourage their full participation in the worship and witness of their church.

In recent months most of our Men’s Society meetings have been golfing expeditions.  The rector is currently preparing a programme for the remainder of 2017 and 2018.
It is hoped that members of other churches will join us for some of the sessions.

In November the Venerable David Huss,  Archdeacon of Raphoe will come to Macosquin to speak about the Biblical principles of Martin Luther, many of which are fundamental to the teaching and practice of the Church of Ireland.   This talk during the season of Remembrance, will also be a memorial to the late George Blair,  whose reformed faith and military service were the hallmarks of his life.   There will be a collection for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Fund

In December Atlantic Sailing expedition - Dermott Gordon
Dermott  has a gripping story to tell about this voyage which he made with Ivan Campbell in 2010 - 2011.

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Children’s Ministry - Alfie Hutchinson

Many adult members of the church know that the seeds of their faith were sown in their childhood years, when they attended Sunday School. The influence of dedicated Sunday School teachers continued to shape our thinking and our membership and  involvement in the church for the rest of our lives.

Sadly, all good Sunday School teachers eventually retire. Alfie Hutchinson has given years of service to our Sunday School, but has now reached that point in life when he wants to enjoy sitting with Jennifer in the congregation  on Sunday morning.

St Paul was also a teacher, and when he eventually decided that the time had come for him to step down, he wrote to his pupil, Timothy, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing’.  (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

We thank Alfie  for his dedicated service, and for planning and delivering countless  lessons as a Sunday Club teacher over many years. He too has earned a well-deserved crown of righteousness

For his godly and faithful commitment to our children,  and for  his  coordination of our ministry to children  week by week., year after year,  he deserves the highest tributes, the thanks  of his former pupils, and of the whole church. We pray that he will soon find new ways of serving  his Lord within the church in retirement.  

New Sunday Club leaders needed
Working with children and sowing the seeds of faith to a new generation can be immensely enjoyable,  fulfilling,  and spiritually enriching.    This is largely because   people learn  by teaching others. In preparing a lesson based on a  Bible passage a Sunday School teacher begins to appreciate the significance of that passage, why it is so meaningful, and how relevant it is to the way God wants us to think and how we should live.

Perhaps you  are  being called to help with our children’s ministry as a Sunday Club Leader (Sunday School Teacher). Don’t feel that it is something you wouldn’t be able to do.  You would have help and encouragement from the other Sunday Club leaders who would welcome you as a member of the team.

For more information, speak with Lynne Ballentine, Isobel McAfee,  or Clara Heaton as soon as possible. They will enthuse you.

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Mothers’ Union Diocesan Quiet Day
Over 100 Mothers Union  members from different Branches of our  Diocese assembled in a marquee on the See House lawn  on 2nd August for a service to celebrate   Mary Sumner’s Day and a magnificent afternoon tea afterwards.


In her address, the Revd Suzanne Cousins, Curate- in- charge of the Moville group of parishes, said “Jesus cared for the care givers, and that same recognition was what kick started Mothers’ Union in Ireland 130 years ago.

Mary Sumner’s Christ like compassion and recognition that family care givers also needed healing and nurturing in faith and love. That’s what Mothers Union today, as a ministry of the church, is about: bridge building and care giving for the Kingdom of God, and so are we.

Healing, wholeness and salvation are what Jesus Christ came to bring, and they’re what Mothers’ Union is about, they’re what the mission of the Church is all about.”

Mothers Union Meetings October - December
17th  October        A Mission project  in Uganda - Speaker  Gillian Ekin

21st  November    The Healing properties of Aloe Vera  - A public meeting

                        5th December        Pre - Christmas Social Evening

The Committee is now preparing the programme for 2018.  
The theme will be:  ‘In the Footsteps of Mary Sumner.’

Secretary, Janet Kennedy and other members of the Committee will welcome members’ suggestions for speakers and subjects for meetings.

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Mission to Seafarers
Our thanks to Carol and Tommy Daly, others who helped,  and to all who contributed to the 2017 collection for the Mission to Seafarers.  The total rased by the house -to-house collection and Flag day amounted to £693.60.
The Sunday church collection added an additional £63.90 to the fund

When we buy goods in shops, or on-line,  few of us  pause to think of how the items we buy get to us,  or of the people who spend months away from their family, and for whom their home is a cabin on a ship which spends little time in any port before sailing to the next.   For the few hours that a ship unloads and loads a cargo,  often the only contacts  crew members have with people in a port are the Mission to Seafarers chaplains who visit the ships,  and the volunteers who make them welcome in a nearby  seafarers centre.  This important ministry of the church is financed by our donations.   

The Royal British Legion and The Poppy Appeal.
Fought between July and November 1917, Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. In three and a half months of fighting, an advance of less than five miles saw an estimated 550,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or lost.

Around  90,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were missing; 50,000 buried without being identified, and 42,000 never recovered from the Belgian fields of Flanders that turned into an ocean of mud. Every evening since 1928 a short act of remembrance has been held at the Menin Gate Memorial  in Ypres  to commemorate the sacrifice of the fallen.

For the millions who had fought in the Great War, and for their families, the 'land fit for heroes' turned out to be an illusion; instead there was suffering and deprivation. Out of this, on 1 July 1921 was born the British Legion. In the years that followed the Legion fought for justice for the ex service community, meanwhile seeking to protect them. It introduced the Poppy Appeal and  an annual act of national Remembrance for the fallen. It went to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent another war.

Even after the Second World War the Legion's work was far from over; the war disabled and the war widows seemed to have been forgotten in the new welfare state. Remembrance itself appeared to be under threat as the memory of war receded. There were more battles to be fought, while conflicts such as the Gulf War brought fresh problems. Perhaps most inspiring is the human aspect. Those who have done the Legion's work represent every class of society, from admirals and former private soldiers to poppy collectors. But they have one thing in common: compassion for all who have suffered in the service of the country.

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Select Vestry Matters
The Glebewardens are responsible to the Select Vestry for the care and maintenance of all church property and in this they are often helped by well-meaning parishioners.
Recent tasks include the following

Replacement of storage heaters
Few members of the congregation are aware that during the winter months a small amount of background heat is required to maintain the church and that this is supplied by storage heaters at the back of the church, behind the choir stalls, and in the vestry.  

Like all electrical equipment,  eventually these need to be replaced, and during the Summer the old heaters were removed and new ones installed by Sandy Reynolds,  assisted by Robert Kennedy .    

Remedial work on the church tower
Our thanks to Tommy Holmes,  assisted by members of the Kennedy family, who removed some rotten timbers and carried out repairs to the church tower in June

Maintenance of church property and grounds
During the summer months a small team of conscientious volunteers has cut the grass in the graveyard, the lawn  beside the Minor Hall and the Rectory garden. We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts.  Throughout the year, other volunteers help with a host of other tasks in and around the church and for this we are also grateful. Some help with routine  cleaning, others polish brass, and some do minor repairs.

One project which will soon be undertaken is to make and fit a new frame for the church porch door.  The present frame is unsound, insecure and needs to be replaced.

Use of the Upper Hall
In a changing world where, bowling, badminton,  and other social activities which used to be popular among church members and others in the wider community have lost their appeal, our Upper Parish Hall is now grossly under-used.  

For some time,  the only regular use of that building has been for a monthly Senior Citizens’ Club evening dance, a weekly mums and Toddlers morning, and the  fortnightly Rehearsals of the Cantemus Chamber Choir. The Select Vestry is keen that the hall should be better used  and all suggestions will be very welcome. However, it should be noted that our insurance policy only covers the  use of church buildings by organisations which are in some way closely associated with the church. All other groups  have to arrange their own insurance for their activities.

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Would you like to provide support to people in your local area with a terminal illness and their carers? If so, we are currently recruiting Marie Curie Helper volunteers in your area.  No clinical experience is necessary as a Marie Curie Helper does not provide any nursing or medical care or advice and will not be required to provide personal care or administer drugs.

The Marie Curie Helper service is provided by trained volunteers who offer one to–one support to people with a terminal illness and their carers, completely free of charge. This support may continue for their carers and families after bereavement.  Helpers are normally placed within 10 miles of their own home.

What does a Marie Curie Helper volunteer do?   Marie Curie Helper volunteers support people in their homes, offering a few hours of their time each week to provide: a listening ear and companionship; a short break for families and carers from their caring role; practical support, eg accompanying individuals to appointments or simply going out for a coffee and help with sourcing information on other available support.

If you are over 18 and able to commit to a minimum of three hours a week  are a good listener,  friendly and reliable please contact us to find out more on 02890 882078 0r 077 4045 6750 by 22 September 2017.

Pastoral Visits
Like all parishes we have parishioners who are infirm, and  no longer able to attend  church services. From time to time others are ill at home, or in hospital. An  important part of  the ministry of the Rector is to make pastoral  visits to those people and to others who are bereaved.  This  ministry is shared with Parish Reader, Lorna Doherty.  They pray with the sick and housebound and often take Communion to them.

Those visits are supplemented by  the Pastoral Care Team,  carefully chosen  members of the congregation who  represent the church community.  Their visits are completely confidential, and whenever possible,  they visit in pairs.

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Christian Burial 8th June  -   Kathleen Caroline Holmes   1948 - 2017

Kathleen, was a devoted friend of Jesus. She had a deep and radiant faith which shone out in her love for him, the  members of her immediate very close family, and also for the family of Jesus Christ in the church and for others in the local community.

Kathleen was one of a family of 14 (eight boys and six girls). She understood and valued   the bonds which are forged in many  large  families. Perhaps her childhood helped her to appreciate and treasure her membership of the even wider family of Christ’s church.

Kathleen was a good and close friend to people who worshipped with her week by week for years.  She is deeply missed,  not only by members of her immediate and wider family circle, but by all the people who knew her in church.  That is because Kathleen had an almost unlimited capacity for unselfish, loving friendship, which was reciprocated by so many people who knew her well, and  loved her dearly.

Her capacity for loving friendship extended far beyond the people she knew. It was expressed through her considerable loving generosity for many charitable causes.
She asked for little,  but gave much. She did so because her character  had been shaped by her faith. She knew that her friend and Saviour had given his life for her on the cross,  and she expressed her friendship with him in unselfish generosity.

Like her mother Muriel,  who toiled from early morning till late at night,  she was always doing something for others.  As a young girl she helped her mum look after her younger siblings  and with the housework.    In later years she was a tireless worker in Fison’s cheese  factory, at Ratheane Nursing home, and  when she worked as a carer.  She was fastidious in everything she did and always went the extra mile, whether in her housekeeping, or in anything else she undertook.  

Kathleen was a person who bore the cross of personal suffering with patience, courage and selfless love.   She  faced, endured and overcame awful situations with great faith and determination. At different times she  fought against enormous odds  resolutely, optimistically, and always with a deep faith, sustained by her life of prayer. .  
The last lines of the hymn, ‘What a friend we have in Jesus  could well have been written of her:  ‘ Are we weak and heavy laden,  cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge;  take it to the Lord in prayer.’

Kathleen’s trials would have overcome many others, but by God’s grace, she came through them. Her prayers were answered. One day at a time, she was given the strength she needed for each new  day.
                 ‘In his arms he did take and shield her; she did find a solace there.’

As a young woman, she was seriously injured in a tragic car accident and spent a long time in hospital,  convalescing from her physical injuries and from the even more  painful  wounds she suffered from the death of the husband she had recently married.   

Mercifully,  she was soon blessed with a new opportunity for happiness as her  relationship with Tommy Holmes developed, and in which they were both further blessed to have two children, Denver and Denise to complete their joy and happiness.

Precious as her son and daughter were,  Tommy was Kathleen’s constant tower of strength. He became her rock, and was a  devoted  husband and faithful companion.  But, again and again she had to face and overcome new trials.  Tommy became critically ill and underwent  brain surgery . That was a time of great anxiety for them both. Yet, with expert medical care and Kathleen’s loving support, mercifully her prayers were answered and Tommy survived.

Not long afterwards,  she  began  to endure years of declining health.  She, suffered from  osteoporosis, and other illnesses.  Tommy cared for her lovingly throughout,  as he  did  in recent months, weeks and days,  when she became desperately unwell and battled with an unknown, undiagnosed  and  medically untreatable condition.

Tommy, Denise, Denver and the whole family circle are profoundly grateful to the Doctors nurses and other staff of the Causeway and Royal Victoria Hospitals for the devoted care she Kathleen received , and no less to Kathleen’ brothers and sisters who were with them at her bedside constantly.

But, above all,   during her illness, and particularly,  as she drew close to death, she was richly blessed and spiritually sustained by Jesus Christ who was with her and beside her as her constant companion to the end.  

As we grieve for Tommy, Denise and Denver, for the members of her family, and her many  friends,  may her deep faith and her certainty that beyond death she would be in the even closer presence God,  and of the Saviour who was her friend, be the hope and  comfort which soothes their sorrow.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen

Gifts in Memory - Donations in memory of the late Kathleen Holmes amounted to £955. 00 and this sum has been lodged in the Parish Building Fund  

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Holy Matrimony
7th  July  Robert Todd and Fiona Henderson
8th July Mark Boyd and Leeanne McNaughton
2nd September Stuart Miller and Cathie Alcorn
16th September Adam Parke and Melanie Hunter

Holy Baptism
Holy Baptism is administered to infants on the understanding that they will be brought up in the fellowship of Christ’s church; that they will be taught the Christian faith; and that when they have publicly confessed this faith, they will be confirmed by the Bishop and admitted to the Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer Page 371)

Every Rector is delighted when parents come to request a service of Holy Baptism, but parents need to remember that the church will  require them to make promises before God and in the presence of the congregation,  in which they make a sincere commitment to bring up their child as a worshipping member of Christ’s church.  

Before the date for a service of Baptism is arranged, it is expected that parents will demonstrate their commitment to keep those promises by coming to church  services regularly for a period,  and by attending several sessions of pre-baptismal instruction.

Basic Bookkeeping and Financial Management Training
Over the next nine months  Borough Councils will be giving community associations and charitable organisations an opportunity for free training in the basic book-keeping and financial management required by the Northern Ireland Charities Commission.  These training sessions will be helpful for treasurers of  charitable groups and clubs, who are responsible for managing the accounts

Replacement of the  £1 coin - A final Reminder
The round £1 coin will soon cease to be legal tender. Use any you still have before it is too late. The  12 sided coin replaces it.  Please don’t put worthless old £1 coins  in the church collection after 15th October.

Computer course
The Macosquin Village Community Association has obtained some funding for a computer course which will be held this Autumn in the Minor Hall computer suite.
Six places are available.  This course is particularly for people who are in later life and feel ‘socially excluded,' perhaps because they are no longer in work, have a reduced income, or are suffering from poor health. Participants will learn basic computer skills and the benefits of  using the Internet to enhance the quality of their lives

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On the Move 2017
This is one of the highlights of the annual Diocesan Youth Programme events  for Teenagers.  This summer Victoria West took part and, like her sister Alex who was involved some years ago,  Victoria really enjoyed the experience, and the different community activities   she took  part in with the young members of a number of churches in our Diocese.  She really recommends that other young people in our parish set a few days aside to join in a similar residential activity  week next July.

At the start of July I took part in "On the Move" in Eglinton with Derry and Raphoe Youth.

The aim of this was to help the less able people in the community practically, by doing jobs such as weeding, gardening and painting.

Over the course of the week I made very close friendships with Americans from a visiting church and local people.

I also learnt that the phrase, "Treat your neighbour as you would want to be treated" does not just mean your close neighbours but the community around you.

I thoroughly enjoyed "On the Move". I would love to do it again and would encourage other young people to go.

Victoria West

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Mums and Toddlers
During School Term-time Mary Campbell co-ordinates a weekly session for Mums
(dads or grandparents)  to bring  babies, infants and toddlers for fun in the Upper Hall on Tuesday mornings.

Parents of toddlers and little ones  enjoy each others’ company while keeping a watchful eye on the children as they  play with our stock of suitable toys. Tea / juice and toast are always a feature of the weekly session

Knit and Natter
There is a real Buzz on Monday evenings in the Minor Hall during the winter months.. With the clicking of needles and cackles of laughter, often  as many as 30 ladies enjoy practising the ancient creative skills of crochet and knitting passed down through the generations.  New-comers are always made welcome. - You don’t need to be an expert.  Those who know are always willing to teach and help those who don’t!

Be involved - Develop and use your gifts within the church to the glory of God

Church Flower arrangements - Say it with Flowers
With the exception of the solemn seasons of Advent and Lent, throughout the year,  the beauty of the church is enhanced every Sunday by  a floral pedestal arrangement in the sanctuary.  These are often a memorial to a loved one, or a token of thanksgiving, to mark and celebrate an anniversary.

While flower arranging is undoubtedly an art, it is not  difficult to learn to create a simple and beautiful floral tribute. Nor does it have to be expensive.   In the coming weeks Virginia Anderson will  prepare the Sanctuary Flower Rota for 2018.  If you would like to contribute an arrangement for a particular Sunday, or watch and learn  how to do so from one of our experienced  arrangers,  please speak with her.  

Church cleaning rota
In essence,  Christian Stewardship in a parish is about us all  using our gifts and our time to the glory of God. One of the ways we can do this is by playing our part to help with  the routine housework of the church.  Every week,  for a month at a time, two people share the responsibility of  cleaning and tidying the church building, the entrance foyer, the Minor Hall, the kitchen and the WCs. It normally takes about two hours.  We provide all the cleaning materials and equipment. We are currently preparing the rota for 2018.  If you are willing to help, please speak with Lorna or Janet who will pair you with another volunteer for one of the  months.

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The Macosquin Defibrillator Appeal
This fund-raising effort was launched by Kenny Campbell at the Country Concert in June for the British Heart Foundation.  Since then a number of groups in the village have contributed to the fund-raising effort and we are grateful to Raymond Mc Aleese and his cycling friends, members of the Mary Pat’s Golf Society and customers in  the bar,  and to members of the church  for their support.  We have also applied for a grant and are now confident that we will be able to complete this very worthwhile, and potentially life-saving project,  by the end of the year.

Sidespersons, Lesson readers, The Prayers of the people, Refreshments
     ‘Whatever you do in word or deed,  do everything to the glory of God.’
One of the features of worship in St Mary’s Macosquin is the number of people who play different roles in our worship on a Sunday morning. We are immensely grateful to everyone whose prayerful preparation for their part in a Sunday morning service  enriches that act of worship.  Whether you have a lesson to read, prayers to lead, music to sing in the choir or refreshments to serve after the service  - Be prepared.

Come in good time to be briefed by a churchwarden, practise your  reading so that you are familiar with the passage and can read it confidently and fluently .  

If you are in the choir, be at the previous practice to learn the psalm and any other unfamiliar pieces, and  mark the hymns in your hymn book. If you are helping with refreshments, arrive early enough to fill the flasks and to set up the cups and tables

Silence is Golden   - Worshipful worship  
Be still in the presence of the Lord  
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Some members of a congregation mistakenly believe that a church service begins with the entrance of a the clergy,  or an opening hymn.
This is a misunderstanding. Your time of worship should begin with quietness and prayer when you enter the church.  

Start with a moment of prayerful thanksgiving. We all have many reasons to be thankful. ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one.’  Then pray for yourself and your family and for the people around you.  Some of them may have deep problems and needs .   Pray that God will bless them during that time of silence and will continue to do so  in the hymns, readings and other parts of  the service.

Then pray for the people who will  lead the worship and   others who will be involved.  Remember also to pray for the Sunday Club leaders and for the children.

Before the service speak to God, during the service listen to God, then after the service,  speak to each other.

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How well do you know the church buildings?  A Quiz for younger readers
( To enter the quiz,  ask for a copy of this page from the parish office?
1 In which year was the Church tower dedicated?

2 In which year was the Minor Hall dedicated?

3 In which year was the church clock dedicated?

4 In whose memory was the church clock presented?

5  In which year was the Richardson Memorial School (Upper  Hall) dedicated?

The East Window
The large stained glass sanctuary window depicts a number of significant Scriptural themes or  events in the Gospel story.  Look closely at the window and see if you can enter which event is represented in the panels outlined below














A Resurrection appearance of Jesus, Jesus with his disciples on a boat, Jesus is crucified,    Jesus in the temple as a boy, the Ascension of Jesus, The birth of Jesus. Jesus at the last Supper, The coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus carries the cross, The angel visits Mary,  Jesus is baptised, Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is crucified

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Teenage Confirmation
As a small rural parish we do not normally have enough young people to justify asking the Bishop to hold a  confirmation service in Macosquin every year.

Unless we are approached this month by at least half a dozen  young people in the right age range,   and are sufficiently mature,   we  anticipate that our next preparation course will be held between October 2018 and May 2019.

We like to prepare candidates who will be no younger than in their 14th year when they have completed the course and presented to the Bishop as ready to be confirmed.

All candidates are required to attend weekly meetings for instruction and attend Sunday Services.  They read lessons,  and are fully involved in the worship in various other ways.  They are also expected to  play an active part in the life of the church and to be involved in a charitable project as a group.  

At the end of the course   there is an obligatory residential activity weekend, during which each candidate’s readiness to be confirmed  is assessed by the Rector and by other leaders.  The confirmation course requires  a major commitment both from the candidates and their parents.

Adult Confirmation
From time to time clergy are approached by adults who for various reasons were never confirmed   in their teenage years, and who in later life decide that they would like to be confirmed.

Other adults, some of whom  were confirmed many years before, come to a point in their lives when they feel that they want to learn more about the Christian Faith, the teaching and practices of the Church of Ireland and want to renew their confirmation promises.  

The Rector is happy to offer an abbreviated version of the confirmation course to those people in any year, and after a time of preparation they are usually presented to the Bishop at a confirmation service in a church nearby,  if one is not being held in Macosquin

For more information, please speak with the Rector

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Catering for the less able members of the congregation.

Over the years we have been working to make our church more accessible and user-friendly to people with disabilities.  For the hard of hearing we have a hearing loop system.  There are large print hymn books and prayer books in the pews,  and when requested we can produce  an A3  version of the weekly pew News Sheet in larger print for people whose sight is impaired.

We have a gentle ramp to make the church  accessible to the physically infirm, and a three wheeled walking aid which can be borrowed.  

The Rector is always happy to take communion to   people in the congregation who find it difficulty to come to the communion rail, and members of the congregation gladly serve tea and coffee to the less able who stay for refreshments in the Minor Hall after a service.

We also have two disabled parking spaces beside the church gate. However, there are others who find it difficult to walk  any great distance and on a typical Sunday morning  there may be as many as 24 cars parked on the roadside and a similar number in the car park.  

If you are physically fit and drive to church, keep in mind  others who may be less able-bodied, and leave spaces which are close to the church for them.

Humour - Taking a back seat
The story is told of a Rector who   arrived in a new town and the Bishop tasked him with building a church. Having come from a parish where all of the congregation sat in the back pews, as far away from the pulpit as   it was possible for them to be, he commissioned the architect to draw up a plan for the church with some unusual features. It was a beautiful modern building, but the first people to arrive on the Sunday after it had been built were surprised to find that there was only one pew, and that it was at the back of the church.

As soon as the pew was filled it rolled forward to the front of the building and a new empty pew emerged from below the floor at the back of the church. When it was filled, it also rolled forward and another appeared at the back of the church. This continued until all the congregation had arrived. This mean that everyone was seated at the front and there were no empty rows at the back.

Jesus told a story about a dinner party in which some self-opinionated guests took the  seats of honour and were asked to  move to a lower position.  In many churches, I suspect that he would tell a different story and ask everyone to come a little closer


A New Vision tor the Parish and for our Ministry
‘Where there is no  vision the people perish.’

Ten years ago , and not long after I arrived in Macosquin,  I took a group of carefully chosen people to spend a weekend in Malin on the Innishowen Penisula.   

There, we prayerfully analysed the strengths and weaknesses of our parish and formed a vision of how we might take our parish forward into a new and exciting future.  Since then  many of our objectives have been fulfilled and the story of the church in Macosquin has inspired other churches .

I used  my recent holiday in the South of France as a spiritual retreat to reconsider the future of my ministry,  and also the future  needs of our church.  Inspired by prayer and several conversations with an elderly couple who live in the South of France,
I  returned revitalised,  with a new vision for the parish of Camus-juxta-Bann in which recent arrivals and also the younger adults and a number of others who have been on the fringes of the church will be given new opportunities to become involved in building and shaping the future of our parish.

In the coming months I will be sharing and developing that vision with a number of  others.   We will build teams of people who have new and fresh ideas which will help the church grow as the spiritual centre of the Macosquin and wider community and in which Jesus  Christ is visibly present,  working  amongst us .  

This new chapter in my ministry and in the life of the Parish of Camus-juxta-Bann will begin with  a unusual event - ‘A Wake.

People   who have been enthusiastically involved in various aspects of the church’s mission and ministry in our parish, and in other churches, will share their enthusiasm and their faith story with a number of specially chosen guests at a social evening

It will be an evening to  celebrate all that has been good about our church in recent years, but also  to affirm our belief that God is waking us up to the knowledge that he is giving new opportunities to everyone present that night,  for them  to use their own gifts in his service, and exercise different roles in his church of today and tomorrow.

At this stage all I ask is that you pray for the people who will be invited to take part, and that God will enthuse, encourage and bless them with vision, as they do so.

18                                Mike Roemmele

     Miscellaneous Parish Information

Church services each month are held as follows:
9.00am Holy Communion every Sunday - followed by a cooked breakfast

10.30am Holy Communion (1st & 3rd Sunday) Morning prayer (2n,,d 4th & 5th  Sunday)
10.30am  Sunday Club in Minor Hall during church services in school term-time.  
We try to make  the services on the 4th  Sunday appealing to families with children

10.00am Holy Communion and prayers for the sick.

The Church is open to visitors every day from 9.00am  - 4.30pm for private prayer

Other parish activities
These are advertised in more detail on the church noticeboard in the entrance foyer and in the weekly Pew Newssheet

10.30am   Mothers and Toddlers - Upper Parish Hall (School term weeks only)

7.30pm Choir Practice ( normally from  September  - Easter)
12.00 - 1.45pm Senior Citizens lunches (October - March)

Mothers’ Union
7.30pm 3rd Tuesday (October - May) in the Minor Hall

Men’s Society
Meetings are held at intervals during the year and there are some enthusiastic golfers  who compete more frequently

Macosquin Women’s Institute 2nd Wednesday 7.30pm in the Minor Hall
Macosquin’s Senior Citizens’ Club   last Wednesday 7.30pm in the Upper Hall

To find out more about our church you can:
Visit our website  Facebook: Camus connectins
Phone the Rector  Canon Mike Roemmele Tel: 07977 239863
Churchwardens Sandy Reynolds   07968076761 Lilian Davis 07710781436
Parish Admin Staff - Lorna Doherty 0759 6006839, Janet Kennedy 0776 1112978

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