(Extract from Parish Magazine September 2019)
September/October marks the resurgence of life and activity in our Church and Parish Centre. As memories of summer recede, we get back to the routines of schools, colleges, work and home. With the evenings closing in, we have activities and programmes to suit every taste and age-group here in Taney. Just drop in and sample a tempting array of interests and organisations at all times of the day and night. Complementing our Church worship is a wide variety of parish and community activities. All are detailed here on our website, clearly listing What’s on, When, and Who to contact. Information brochures offering a wide variety of activities for parish and community, with a host of different and exciting options, are available in the foyer of the Parish Centre. You are welcome to join in any of the activities.
Our parish organisations love to welcome new members, - whether Bowling, Badminton, Rangers, Snooker, Choir, Bible Study, Mums & Toddlers or Children’s and Youth Activities including Sunday School, Junior Choir, Scouts and Guides. There is so much choice! It all helps build up the sense of community and warmth of friendship that is so much a part of life here in Taney Parish. All these activities rely on our parish members giving freely of their time, talents and treasure. If you feel that you can help out in any way with any aspect of parish life here in Taney, please do contact the Leaders or the Parish Office. They will love to hear from you!
And at the centre of our parish life is our worship. Worship of God is what we as individual Christians and as a Christian community are about. Sunday by Sunday, we gather to celebrate and worship the risen Lord, present in all aspects of our lives. Join us each Sunday in Christ Church or St. Nahi’s. Bring your young people for Sunday School, your toddlers for Sunday Creche. Worship of God is the gathering together of all people in that special fellowship of love with a warm welcome extended to all.
We look forward to our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 6th and Sunday 13th October. On 6th October, we will celebrate our Parish Harvest Festival in Christ Church at 10.15am. The Special Preacher will be The Rev’d Bruce Peirce, a former curate and tutor of healthcare chaplains based at St. Luke’s in Cork. The following Sunday 13th October at 10.15am, we have our Family Harvest Gift Service in Christ Church and the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in St. Nahi’s at 11.45 a.m.
Harvest Appeal 2019
Each year as an act of Thanksgiving, we invite parishioners to contribute to a specified ‘Harvest Appeal’ to provide funds for particular aspects of parish life. Last year, these funds were collected for the maintenance of the organs in both St. Nahi’s and Christ Church. This year we are appealing to your generosity to replace the bell-ropes in the tower in Christ Church. The existing ropes have been in use for many years now and are showing considerable wear and tear. The cost of replacing these is in the region of €2,000. We all love to hear the bells calling us to worship Sunday by Sunday and we thank the wonderful band of bell-ringers for their dedication to the ringing of the bells. The Select Vestry has also been alerted of the need to replace the Heating Boiler in the Parish Centre. The current boiler has been in service since the opening of the Parish Centre thirty years ago. The Select Vestry Buildings’ sub-committee members are currently investigating the most cost effective way to replace the boiler, taking into account modern technology and options around renewable energy. It is estimated that this will cost in the region of €25,000 - €30,000. In preparation for this it is hoped to build up a fund. With this in mind, this year’s Harvest Appeal will initiate this fund. Both these projects are important to our parish’s life and I would ask you to be as generous as possible when considering your contribution.
Communication is the key to a vibrant effective community and we are always seeking to ensure that you are kept up-to-date and abreast of all our parish activities and initiatives. Along with the quarterly publication of ‘Taney News’ which is distributed to every home in the Parish, we also publish a weekly newsletter, ‘Taney News Extra’ (fortnightly in the summer months). This is distributed by e-mail to those who sign up for it and a limited number of printed copies are available in the churches on Sundays. If you don’t already receive this by e-mail, and would like to, please contact the Parish Office during the office opening hours and you will be added to the distribution list. Parish information is also available on this website,and you can also follow us on Facebook, 'Taney Parish'. The secret of good communications is having accurate contact details of our parishioners. To this end we would ask you to let the Parish Office staff know if you change your address or contact details – be it telephone numbers or e-mail addresses. That way you can be appraised of all that is going on in this busy and vibrant parish.
On behalf of all the members of the Parish Ministry Team, we look forward to seeing you all again, as we settle into a new season of worship and fellowship.