One particular aspect of ministry in a large and busy parish like ours is the need to plan ahead. It can be frightening how quickly one season passes and before we know it, the next is upon us! It seems no time at all since the last edition of Taney News when we were heralding the beginning of a new year of parish activities and looking forward to our Harvest Thanksgiving Services. For the past few weeks, we have been busy here at Taney making plans for this busiest of seasons. Your clergy have been busy preparing for the special Advent and Christmas Services – details of which are listed in this edition of Taney News. The Parish School and the Parish organisations have started preparing for their carol services and our Parish choirs have been preparing the hymns, carols and seasonal music to enhance our worship. The Chancel Guild will shortly be decorating the churches.
Christ Church Refurbishment
Since the last edition of Taney News, the refurbishment
work at Christ Church has been completed and the church opened again for worship and services on schedule on 17th September. We hope you are pleased with the outcome. Certainly the feedback and reaction since the re-opening of the church has been very positive – albeit that we still have a few bits and pieces to attend to. Once again we must say a big thank you to the Buildings sub-committee who monitored the work and in particular to Walter Newburn, William Hourie and Jim O’Neill who were on-site on an almost daily basis over the summer months overseeing the project. All this work, as well as updating the church for present day liturgical trends, has been undertaken with the bicentenary of the church in mind. This milestone occurs next year when a number of special Services and events are planned to mark this important anniversary, including a Flower Festival and concerts. While the actual anniversary occurs in June, we plan to celebrate it between Easter and Harvest-time in 2018. More details in the next edition of this magazine.
I would want to say as sincere thank you to those of you who responded so generously to the '€200 for 200’ appeal and the more recent ‘Harvest Appeal’. As a result of these appeals, over €50,000 was donated towards the refurbishment works. In order to restore our now somewhat diminished Parish finances, the Fund Raising Committee have some other fundraising events planned for the coming months, beginning with the production of a Parish Calendar and specially produced crystal decorations. I know we can rely on your continuing support. Thank you so much.
Patricia Parfrey and her dedicated group of helpers and stall-holders have been busy preparing for our annual Christmas Bazaar in the Parish Centre on Saturday 2nd December. This is our major fundraiser for our donations to Charities and Mission. Please do support us by providing produce and items for sale as well as being present on the day to pick up a bargain or two, and to meet with friends while being entertained by our School Choir and Orchestra – and of course we confidently expect an appearance of the big man himself! Weather permitting, we are planning to have a Live Crib in the Overend Garden. Spread the word – and bring your friends!
While for most of us Christmas is a happy family time when we can relax with family members in the comfort of our homes, we must also remember that for many people Christmas can be and is a time of fear and dread and even sorrow. As your Rector, I am very aware that there are people within our Parish community who struggle financially. This is particularly acute at this time of year with heightened expectations and when increased heating costs put undue pressure on family finances just at the most expensive time of the year. Throughout the year and especially at Christmas time, many people receive some financial assistance from the Parish Special Needs Fund. This help is not given as a charity, but to meet a real need at a critical time. By its very nature this fund is confidential and is administered personally by myself. Donations are received each year from parishioners and the Parish. If you would like to help and give a donation towards this very necessary and much appreciated work of the parish, please send your donation to me at the Parish Office, or place it on the offering plate in the coming weeks, marked Taney Special Needs Fund. On the other hand if you find yourself in difficult financial circumstances and are in need of some financial help, please do not hesitate to contact me in the strictest of confidence.
Vera joins me in wishing all of you a very Blessed and
Happy Christmas and every good wish for a peaceful and prosperous New Year and we do encourage you to make time over the Christmas Season to join us in our churches for the celebration of what Christmas is really all about – the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Rev. Canon Robert Warren