St. Luke's Mullaglass

Church of Ireland

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Christmas Wreaths/Posies for SALE

Christmas Wreaths and Posies are now on sale, with money going to Church funds.

Christmas Wreaths and Posies are both priced at £10 each.

Please give your order to Gloria, or fill in the order sheet in the church.

Below are photographs of the two floral displays.

Christmas Wreath (Left) and Posy (right)

Letter from the Rector (Oct 2021)

The following is a letter from Rev. Alan Synnott for the attention of all Parishioners

Dear Parishioners,


As I write this letter to all four churches within the parish group I do so first and foremost in a spirit of encouragement and hope. Our hope is founded upon the sure rock of Jesus Christ, the very radiance of God’s glory and God’s expression of love to us and to all people. We are slowly emerging from a very dark period, and I want you all to be encouraged in faith and life that Jesus’ promise to never leave us nor forsake us still holds true, be of good cheer.


We have been looking closely at our Sunday Schools to get them up and running again and so we have been doing our Safeguarding Trust training and we are almost up to date on that. We also had an evening with the Diocesan Youth and Children’s ministry coordinator David Brown who has helped us draw our plans together. Those teachers present have decided to restart the children’s ministry in their churches after half term on Sunday 7th November 2021. We will be tying together the arrangements for the other churches as soon as possible.


To mark the recommencement of our Sunday Schools we have decided to hold an act of family worship on Sunday 31st October 2021 at 6:30pm in St Luke’s Mullaglass and we are inviting all our Sunday School children from all four churches to come along and enjoy this time together. Mullaglass is the largest venue in the group and therefore the safest for this event. Our speaker that evening is our own Jill Hunter. Spread the word!


Our Sunday Schools are run by volunteer teachers who undertake this ministry with admirable selflessness and sacrifice of time and energy, and some have, after decades of work and commitment, expressed the need to retire form this labour of love. We thank you for all that you have given to the children of our churches, and we will make more of this within the family of the parishes you have served. This of course means that we desperately need people to take up the task and we would be best served if we had several teachers and helpers to run Sunday Schools on a fairer rotational basis rather than burden the one or two faithful workers. Are you able to help? Please let me know.


The Diocesan Youth Department has organised two events for children in the upcoming weeks, on 16th October there is a Hedgerow Harvest Walk for families, for more details go to this link http://armagh.anglican.org/WhatsOn.html as it must be booked in advance. This event will be run by Mr. Alyn Jones whose intimate knowledge of our natural world is second to none and he brings it together with a lively insight on the faith which will make this a wonderful family outing for all. Then on 13th November 2021 there is a Diocese wide event called Birds, Bees and Native Trees so listen out for more about this in the church announcements.


We now pass on from the season of Harvest Thanksgiving to the time of Remembrance and on to the penitential season of Advent as we look again to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord in due course. May we each be blessed with a sense of his presence, love and peace.


Yours in Christ,
Alan

Harvest Thanksgiving 2021

St. Luke’s Parish Church, Mullaglass held its annual Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 3rd October 2021 at 10am morning service, and at 7pm for evening service followed by Supper.

An enjoyable evening of friendship and fellowship, this was our first event like it during COVID-19.

The church was beautifully decorated in flowers, and fruit and vegetables.

For the first time since COVID-19 the choir were able to perform an anthem, together and fully robed. The anthem; an original piece written by Gloria Hutchinson to the tune of faithful one, was sung from the balcony to a rather brilliant effect. The choir anthem coming from above and flowing over the congregation instead of the usual location in the quire stalls at the front of the church. This change allowed the choir to perform whilst also being a safe distance from the congregation.

Another first during COVID-19, we were able to put on a supper after the evening service. Keeping people seated, ensured good social distancing practice and everyone was well fed and watered with their table’s personal supply of sandwiches, buns, tea and coffee.

All in all a very successful harvest, and a credit to all those who helped setup, decorate, and cater to the service.

See below for the Photo Album from the services, or click here for larger images

Baptism Font

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Morning Service

Evening Service

Parish Pilgrimage to Rome?

The Parish grouping of Camlough, Mullaglass, Ballymoyer and Belleek Union are thinking of organising a Parish Pilgrimage to Rome.

Saint Paul Lived in Rome for two years, and Rev. Synnott along with Rev. Broddle have thought it be a good idea for us as a parish to go on a pilgrimage and follow the route of Saint Paul through Rome.

Rome is a very historical city, and there are significant parts of it where we can get a real glimpse into the life of Saint Paul. Where we can connect what we read, to the real world and try and get a new sense of his life.

Rev. Broddle gives more details in the video below.

Obviously in the current situation there are no definite dates or plans, but if you think this is something you might be interested in, let your Parish Secretary know, and they can add your name to the list.

At this early stage, its more about working out realistic numbers and interest, before going further with organising the trip.

So if you are interested, let us know, no obligation.

N.B. For those who are like Gordon and I, and appreciate their classic minis, Rome is a good spot to find a few, as I discovered a few years ago. (You can have any colour, as long as its British Racing Green…)

1 Year Anniversary of our Return to In-church worship

On the 21st July 2020 our church posted its first ever YouTube video explaining the new procedures we would have to adopt to enable us to worship safely in-church.

The video introduced us to what would become our norm over the next year. Social distancing, tape, hand sanitising, and for some, the loss of their family pew.

Then that Sunday we hit two milestones. Sunday 26th July 2020 at 10am was the day we finally returned to church since 15th March 2020. We had been out of church for 18 Sundays in a row. We had missed our annual Orange Service, but most severely we had missed our most important Religious festival, Easter.

However that Sunday brought hope as we dusted the church down and welcomed those who were able back into the building for inchurch worship.

The Second milestone that day was our very first livestream of the service. It went out on YouTube simultaneously and for the very first time in the history of our church you could participate in the morning service from the comfort of your own home. That livestream video ended up being watched by 55 people, and allowed those shielding to still participate as full members of the church congregation.

The Church continued to hold in-church worship for the rest of 2020, making it to 3rd January 2021, before we had to shut again due to the rise in infections. 24 solid weeks of both In-church worship and livestreaming. Incidentally both the 3rd January 2021 and the 15th March 2020 services (The last to be held before a lockdown) had to be conducted in the hall due to issues regarding the heat in the church building.

We then successfully reopened the church again on Good Friday, 9th April 2021, back in the church building itself, and we have been there ever since.

For a small country parish I’ve been impressed at how we have collectively handled this pandemic. We rallied together collectively, and we’ve been able to achieve so much. A WhatsApp group allowed us all to stay connected to one another. Our Select Vestry was able to co-ordinate the reopening of the church, really without being able to meet together as normal. The church was reorganised and made safe for a COVID age. Together we got Internet installed into the church, we had cables wired from the hall to the church and we set up a complete livestream system from scratch with limited knowledge on how to do that.

We’ve tried to cater to all our congregation as a church. For those with internet they could communicate with the WhatsApp but also a brand new Church website. Spiritually our needs were met with twice weekly videos from the Rectory, including a bible study, which has delved deeply into the Acts of the Apostles.

For those without internet the church as a group has done its best to keep involved. Sermons have been posted out and many members of the congregation have done their best to keep into contact with those isolating.

We were able to decorate our church for Harvest, we even conducted Christmas fundraising in the form of a very successful Holly Wreath campaign.

Through all that has been thrown at us, we as a church have remained beaten but not down, and ready and raring to go.

Its been a wild and rocky year. One we could not have predicted. Its been very tough on so many people, and it sometimes feels like we’ll never be done with it but when we step back and look at where we were, and where we’ve come, we can see the progress thats been made, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In 2020 we celebrated Easter by watching pre-recorded videos of Rev. Synnott from the Rectory. In July 2020 we had brethren read to us on a video service.

In 2021 we celebrated Easter Sunday in Mullaglass Church, and livestreamed that across the Internet. In July 2021 we had brethren read to us live at the service within the Church building.

Progress is slow, but it is happening. Slowly but surely we will be back to normal. So Happy 1 year since we first re-returned to church, and let us hope that we can see more progress as we move into Harvest, and Advent 2021.

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.

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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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