Next Sunday (14th June) the Parochial Group are going to experiment with a drive in church, graciously hosted by St. Luke’s in Ballymoyer.

  • You are asked to arrive good and early, between 11am and 11:15am.
  • There will be no toilet facilities, and you are not permitted from getting out of your car for any reason.
  • Service sheets will be handed out, and the treasurers of each church will have a labelled bucket, if you wish to leave your weekly envelopes.

Parking will be laid out to maintain correct distancing, please listen to all wardens and their directions.

Below is a map showing the location of St. Luke’s Ballymoyer.

Map showing St. Luke’s in Ballymoyer in relation to the other churches of the parish grouping.

The following is Alan’s announcement in full.

“I wish to announce that next Sunday there will be a drive-in service at St. Luke’s Ballymoyer. If you’re not sure where that is phone me up, I’ll tell you where it is and how to get there.

If you’re coming from the Bessbrook/Mullaglass end drive up through whitecross straight across the crossroads, stop at the requisite place, straight across the crossroads about a mile along the road the church is in on the left, there’s a school there as well. So turn in there and you’ll be directed to a place to park for our service. Car parking will be laid out for you so you’ll be able to sit at a distance. Please only come in a car with people with whom you share your household, ok. People who you are already in contact with. We will be experimenting, you may come away from it saying I couldn’t hear a thing I didn’t enjoy that didn’t like it, well you may come away saying that was brilliant. Come with a heart open to worship God, we’ll do our best and see how it goes.

There’s a lot of bureaucracy to address, quite rightly and quite properly and we will endeavour to get that right. We’re expecting protocols from central church as to the reopening of churches for congregational worship, but that will happen in due course, please don’t give up, this is a passing thing but it will not begin immediately and it will not begin in a way that we are used to doing it at first but we will get back to that eventually. But I will let you know. There’s no point in speculating, you hear from us, we will tell you. I’ve a great team of people around me and the best team here beside me of course [Points to his wife, Anne with a smile] and we will do everything we can in our power to bring us back together, but let’s gather slowly and responsibly.”

Rev. Alan Synnott – 7th June 2020