The Rector Writes – return to normal service; Open Air Service; Gift Day & Back-to-Church

Throughout this issue of our Parish Newsletter, there are references to acvies what will be recommencing after the summer break. But then, in most spheres of life it is traditional for the month of September to be a busy one.

For younger families, it marks the end of the summer holidays when schools and colleges begin their new academic year and for those who work outside the home commuting times increase. On the other hand, some see this me of year as an opportunity to take a break away to sunnier climes with a view to shortening the winter. However, here in, this September promises to be a very busy one indeed!

On Sunday 4th September we will once again be joining with our friends from Kilternan Parish for an Open-Air Service followed by a bring your own picnic in Tullow Church grounds. The preacher at this Service will be Rev. Rob Clements who was instituted as Rector of Kilternan last April. I would encourage as many parishioners and friends as possible to attend this event to offer a traditional Tullow welcome to Rev. Rob and our close neighbours from Kilternan.

Sunday 18th September has been designated our parish Gift Day and although there are not any specific events planned for the day itself, it is hoped that all three scheduled Services will become a focus for our parish gift-giving. However, if people are unable to be present on the 18th, please note that gifts may be offered throughout the month of September and beyond. In addition, at the 10:30am mid-morning and the 7:00pm Sundown Services there will be an official launch of our Diocesan ‘Come&C 5 Marks Challenge’. This is based on the 5 marks of mission of the Anglican Church: To Tend, Tell, Teach, Treasure and Transform, and is being rolled out throughout the United Dioceses on that date.

Sunday 25th September at our main 10:30am mid morning Service has been chosen as our ‘Back to Church’ Sunday. This concept is a recognised and popular one throughout, not only the Church of Ireland, or the worldwide Anglican Church, but is muldenominational and marks an occasion when people formally resume their normal routines after the summer break and they invite their friends to do likewise. It is hoped that parishioners would embrace this concept by making every effort to attend and to also invite their friends to come and see for themselves all that Tullow has to offer both in terms of worship as well as sporting and social outreach for all ages.

With every blessing,

John.

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