St. Luke's Mullaglass

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Annual General Vestry Meeting Tuesday 20th April @7:30pm

The Annual General Vestry Meeting for St. Luke’s Parish, Mullaglass will be held on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7:30pm in the Church Hall.

This is open to all members of the General Vestry, and will include a rundown of the accounts, activities for the year (won’t take long to cover 2020 activities), before the new select vestry and positions are elected.

A good opportunity to see the inner workings of the church.

The meeting will hopefully be available via Google Meet as well for those who cannot make it in person.

The times and dates for the other churches are as follows:

Ballymoyer & Belleek UnionMonday 19th AprilTBD
MullaglassTuesday 20th April7:30pm
Camlough (Bessbrook)Wednesday 21st April7:30pm

Revision of the Membership List of the Church

Hi Everyone!

February 2021 is upon us, and drumroll please… Its time to update the General Vestry list for the upcoming year!

I trust you are as excited as I am!

What is the General Vestryperson List?

The General Vestryperson list is a poorly named membership list of St. Luke’s Mullaglass Church. Its designed to record all adult members of our church. It isn’t the Select Vestry, thats a completely different body. Rather its the offical membership list of the congregation.

Why should I join?

If you consider yourself to be a member of Mullaglass Church, then I would recommend making sure your name is down on the official list. It grants you certain privileges and “perks” such as the ability, (if wanted) to attend the Annual Easter Vestry, and the ability (if wanted) to put yourself forward for the Select Vestry.

Am I eligible?

There are three criteria for obtaining membership of Mullaglass Church;

  1. Aged 18 years or older. (Not normally an issue in the Church of Ireland)
  2. Belong to the Parish, or be an accustomed member of the Parish (I.e. Live near the church, or live away from the church but attend anyway)
  3. Contribute meaningfully to Church Funds.

Essentially membership is open and encouraged to all adults of the parish. Gone are the days when just the husband would be registered, the arcane and rather confusing style of recording women as, for example, Mrs Jim Irwin are long gone.

Everyone is equal and everyone has the right to be a full member of our church, as long as they meet the criteria above.

What does Contributing meaningfully to Church Funds mean?

Good Question!

No Really?

Well according to the most recent copy of the rules I have from the Church of Ireland, it means to contribute half a crown annually to the church funds. Unfortunately those rules are from 1913. Lets say over £5 new pounds annually. Essentially as love as you have contributed something to the Church then you’re good to go.

I am now as excited as you are

Brilliant news! First you can get into contact with me, Mark Irwin either by email, or contact me over on WhatsApp to find out if you are already on the list.

If you aren’t, getting on the list is as easy as filling out one of the two forms. One is for members who live in the Parish (residents), and one is for Accustomed members, i.e. those who live outside the Parish Boundaries.

What are the Parish Boundaries?

Another fine question. One which I don’t know. As far as i’m aware parish boundaries haven’t been mapped and updated for hundreds of years, with the Parish boundaries of Killeavy including our church, as well as Bessbrook and Drumbanagher and potentially Loughgilly.

We’ll judge it on whether there is another Church of Ireland closer to you or not. So for me, living in Belfast I am an accustomed member of the Parish. For the home place in Glasdrummond, on the Armagh Road, I would be a Resident of the Parish.

But generally speaking if you’re from areas such as Cloghinny, Craigmore, Derrywilligan, Glasdrummond, Goraghwood, Latt, Milvale, Mullaglass, Searce or Tullyhappy then you are a resident of Mullaglass Church. If you’re outside this area then you are an accustomed member.

The Forms

If you aren’t already on the list, simply download the correct form below, fill it in and either email it to me or post it back to me. Ideally before Friday 26th February 2021.

Email
Address

The deadline is the end of the Month to get all new names added.

Drive in Service Sunday 16th August, 3:30pm

The next parish group drive in service will take place next Sunday, the 16th August at 3:30pm at the Rectory Grounds of Ballymoyer church.

All are most welcome.

Special thanks to Ballymoyer church for organising these services.

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