For some time now, we have been looking forward to the 200th Anniversary of the building of Christ Church – the first Service having been held on the 21st June 1818. In preparation for this Bi-Centenary, the Select Vestry has undertaken a number of remedial works to protect the building and enhance its appearance. During the Summer and Autumn of 2016, the exterior of the West Walls were re-pointed along with the roof barges. Remedial work to our wonderful stained glass windows was also undertaken. This time last year, I flagged the planned refurbishment of this building which would involve the closure of the church over the summer months. That is all now history. The church was closed and the planned refurbishment was completed on time and on budget.
This work included repair to the defective plaster work and the complete redecoration of the interior, including the replacement of the carpet and pew cushions. It also included upgrading the electric wiring where it was deemed to be sub-standard or defective, as well as the improvement of the lighting especially in the Chancel and Sanctuary areas. In order to make the church better ‘fit for purpose’ with regard to contemporary Liturgy and Worship, we installed a state-of-the art Audio-Visual System and created more flexible space in the Chancel and in the front of the Nave which has made the building more adaptable for other events such as concerts.
The time for the planning and the work is now over and
the year of our Bi-Centenary has arrived! A number of events have been arranged for the coming months in celebration of the Bi-Centenary. These include:
• A Bi-Centenary Festival Service on Sunday 24th June – being the Sunday closest to the opening of the church 200 years ago, followed by the launch of Carol Robinson Tweed’s updated Parish History ‘Taney - Progress of a Parish’ by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, T.D.
• A Flower Festival and Art Exhibition on the weekend of 4th to 7th October.
• An Advent ‘Songs of Praise’ with the Stedfast Brass Band on Advent Sunday, 2nd December.
Please do support and engage with these events as we celebrate together this important milestone in the history of Christ Church.
The Easter General Vestry was held on Sunday 15th April. Those who were appointed or elected to positions of responsibility in the Parish for the coming 12 months may be found here
. We thank those who have offered themselves in the service of the Parish as well as those who served in the past year.
Our Parish Fête is gearing up to take place on Saturday 9th June! Once again, our hardworking Fête Committee under the leadership of Gillian Haine has been planning a wonderful programme for a great family day out which caters for all ages. Please do support their efforts either by providing items for the various stalls or by offering to help out on one or other of the stalls on the day. The Fête is our most important fund-raiser during the year, as well as being a fantastic parish occasion, so do join in with your help and support and spread the word among your neighbours and friends encouraging them to attend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our young people who are preparing now for their State Exams – both Junior and Leaving Certificate. We wish them all well at this stressful time and pray that they will be given the spirit of calmness to enable them to give of their best. Best wishes to all!
As we head into the summer months, I do hope that you will be able to get some time for rest and recreation. If you are visiting other areas, do make a point of attending worship there. Parishes love to welcome visitors and do pass on the good wishes and greetings from Taney!
With every Blessing.