Virtual pilgrimage UPDATE

Virtual pilgrimage UPDATE

DAY 13

 

Today, by 9.20 pm, we have covered a futher 175.84 miles.
From Belfast to Downpatrick (21.7 miles), where Ken and Bruce advised at Zoom coffee that St Patrick was buried. All you could want to know about St Patrick can be found here: https://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/historical-notes#1520982712069-b988dbed-5fec. He was born in Romanised Britain, taken as a slave to Ireland, escaped, and then returned to evangelise particularly the northern part of the island. Evidence suggests that Christianity had arrived in Ireland before Patrick, although this might have been focused in the southern part; in any case, Patrick’s life associates him with just about everyone in the 5th C church, so his influence was decisive. Also the snakes: he and Hilda had something in common. According to Wikipedia, Downpatrick was re-evangelised by John Wesley, but there is no account that he banished anything.
Here is a stone circle close to Downpatrick:
By Ardfern – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

 

From  Downpatrick to Armagh (44 miles): Armagh is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. It has two cathedrals, both dedicated to St Patrick. St Patrick seems to have ousted a pagan centre of religion in order to found his church in 445; one account tells of his disagreement with a pagan chieftain over the land to build the church, where
By the 7th C, Armagh was the site of the most important church, monastery and school in the north of Ireland; there was the Book of Armagh prepared, containing some of the earliest examples of Old Irish. The book is described here: https://www.confessio.ie/manuscripts/dublin#1
Here is a photo of one of the cathedrals, built on the original site:
By JohnArmagh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

 

From Armagh to Tobernalt in County Sligo (88.7 miles). Like Armagh, the sacredness of the well at Tobernalt predates the arrival of Patrick and Christianity. The well itself is a natural spring in a forest, and the name (Tobar na nAlt)  is understood to refer to its curative powers for body pain. It took on a new role during the early 18th C when English law forbad the mass, as peripatetic priests would arrive in the area and word would spread of the opportunity to hear mass at the well. The Celtic feast of Lughnasa – a harvest festival held at the end of July – has been turned into Garland Sunday. The first mass since the Penal Times was held at the well on Garland Sunday in 1921, and the tradition has grown subsequently.
Above is a drawing of Tobernalt by William Wakeman in 1882.

 

And below is a photo of the Sligo landscape:
Photo by Keith Richardson on Unsplash

 

And a mural for key workers in the town of Sligo:
Photo by Sibeesh Venu on Unsplash

 

We have 21.44 miles in hand, but we will stop in Sligo for the night! The map shows our progress today:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read about our whole journey so far on our Vitual Pilgrims’ Progress page.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Christian Aid, Current
Video for Sunday Worship

Video for Sunday Worship

Our video service of worship for Sunday, 9th May 2021, may be found on YouTube HERE.

N.B. This recording will not be available until shortly before 11:00 am on Sunday – prior to this, it will show the video as being unavailable and “private”.

Order of Service: HERE

The video and those of previous weeks’ services may be found on the Recordings of Services page of this website.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Worship
Virtual Pilgrimage for Christian Aid 2021

Virtual Pilgrimage for Christian Aid 2021

Join us on a Virtual Pilgrimage in aid of Christian Aid

WHAT?    Members and friends of our church are working together to undertake a virtual pilgrimage around Great Britain and Ireland.

WHEN?    During the whole of the month of May.

WHY?    Our main purpose is to raise money for Christian Aid (Christian Aid week is from 9th to 16th May this year) and, as we walk, members may make a donation to Christian Aid and/or encourage friends, family and neighbours to make a donation or sponsor them.

WHO?    We calculate we need at least 30 pilgrims to complete the pilgrimage, and of course we would welcome as many as possible, from the oldest to the youngest, by any mode of self-locomotion including wheelchairs, and for any length of time, and for any distance.

HOW?    We hope that, by aggregating the miles walked, run, cycled and swam etc. we will journey together to a number of sites of pilgrimage and of significance to the Christian faith. Our aspirational route, of some 2500 miles, will take us from Nottingham to Canterbury, to Kirkwall, to Furness, to Kells and St Davids. Those participating will record how far they’ve travelled, and log that with the central team. Once we have added all the miles completed together, we will be able to plot how far on our route we have reached. We will celebrate our achievements with photos, with information and with anecdotes of previous visits.

Please consider signing-up to join us on our pilgrimage HERE.

Find out more information on our Pilgrimage FAQs page.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Christian Aid, Current, World Church

The death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

The United Reformed Church has expressed its sadness at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and, on its website, has shared a reflection and prayer along with Bible passages chosen for this time in the life of our nation.

This page on the URC website may be found HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, news

Video of our Good Friday service of Reflections and Music

Our video service of Reflections and Music for Good Friday, may be found on YouTube HERE.

N.B. This recording will not be available until shortly before 7:30 pm on Good Friday – prior to this, it will show the video as being unavailable and “private”.

Order of Service: HERE

The video and those of previous weeks’ services may be found on the Recordings of Services page of this website.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Easter, Worship
Holy Week and Easter services 2021

Holy Week and Easter services 2021

All our Holy Week and Easter services were held virtually this year.

Worship for Palm Sunday was led by our drama group, the Goldsmith Players, the members of which videoed monologues/dramatised readings in which characters who witnessed the passion of Jesus Christ reflected on the events and their responses; the minister shared a series of meditations for Holy Week which were distributed using our members mailing system; on Maundy Thursday evening, Ron K led our Tenebrae service live on Zoom; our Zoom channel was also used for our Service of the Nails, led by Mark H at noon on Good Friday; the church choir led a service of Reflections and Music for Good Friday taking The Lamb of God as its theme and on Easter Sunday, our service of worship with Holy Communion was led by our minister.

We are very grateful to all those who planned and prepared worship for us, to all those who took part and to everyone who shared with us on YouTube and Zoom.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Easter, events, Worship

URC pandemic prayers

The URC is sharing prayers each week during this time of pandemic.

You may read the prayers by opening the links on THIS PAGE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Current, Prayer

COVID-19 current situation

April 2021:

  • As the government seeks gradually ease restrictions, the Elders’ Council is keeping the issue of when it may be appropriate to open our church buiding under constant review. Members will be updated of our thinking and plans via our members-announce mailings and on this website.
  • Our current hope and plan is that we will open for worship on Pentecost Sunday, 23rd May, with appropriate covid-secure arrangements and restrictions
  • The church continues to share a video of worship each Sunday, with the video becoming available for viewing just before eleven o’clock on Sunday mornings. Links to videos are on our Recordings of Services page. Orders of Service are available from this page and are distributed through members-announce.
  • The weekly eNewsletter is shared via members-announce in the middle of the week.
  • We will endeavour to keep this website updated as often as possible. Do visit frequently to check for updates, and also check our Facebook page. We would be glad to receive feedback that you think may be helpful.
  • For further information, follow the link below to read our Covid-19 page, which includes advice from the URC nationally and links to Government and Local Government advice.

Covid-19 (last updated on 3rd April 2021)

We wish to continue offering pastoral support to all members of the congregation. Any member of the congregation may contact their Elder if they, or someone they know, may need help in connection with a pastoral need or a practical need – we are here to support each other and do what we can for our communities. Any member of the Secretarial Team may be contacted if your Pastoral Elder is not available.

DO LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANY HELP.

We continue to pray for those who are having health difficulties or who have responsibility for taking decisions in relation to this difficult situation.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, 2021, Current

January Church Meeting

Our postponed 2020 Church AGM was a virtual meeting, held on the Zoom platform on Wednesday 27th January.

Over forty members attended (virtually) and, after adopting the URC Rules for Procedure of virtual meetings, we received the 2019 Annaul Report and accounts, shared some pastoral news and conducted other essential business.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2019, 2020, 2021, Report
Carol Service, Sunday 20th December 2020

Carol Service, Sunday 20th December 2020

Our video Carol Service for Sunday, 20th December 2020, may be found on YouTube HERE.


N.B. This recording will not be available until shortly before 11:00 on Sunday – prior to this, it will show the video as being unavailable and “private”.

Order of Service: HERE

The video and those of previous weeks’ services may be found on the Recordings of Services page of this website.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, Choir, Christmas, Worship
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