It’s hard to believe that the wonderful days of Summer are coming to an end – and what a lovely Summer we have been blessed with this year! I do hope that you managed to get some time for rest and recreation before we start back into our Autumn season of activities. Many of the activities in Taney this year have centred on the Bi- Centenary of Christ Church. On 24th June we celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the church with a wonderful Service of Thanksgiving at which the Celebrant was the Archbishop of
Dublin, The Most Rev’d Michael Jackson and the Preacher the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, The Rt. Rev’d Michael Burrows – a Son of Taney Parish. This was also the occasion of the launch of Carol Robinson Tweed’s updated Parish History, Taney – Progress of a Parish which was launched at the Reception following the Service by Mr. Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport and Sport. If you haven’t already got a copy, they are available from the Parish Office.
Another highlight of our Bi-Centenary celebrations will be the Flower Festival which will take place in Christ Church on the weekend of 5th-7th October. The theme is ‘Reflections of Harvest in Dundrum’. I have no doubt that this will be a spectacular event hosted and organised by the members of our Taney Flower Guild. Associated with this will be an Art Exhibition in the Sinnamon Hall. Please spread the word to your family members, neighbours and friends about this event. Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will mark the close of the events on Sunday, 7th October at 6.00pm. At this special service we will welcome the Choristers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dean, Dr. William Morton as our special Preacher. You will find further details of this special weekend elsewhere in this edition of Taney News. However, I would like to thank all who have been working so hard over the past months to plan and arrange both the Flower Festival and Art Exhibition. As well as being a wonderful occasion to showcase our Parish at its best, it will also be an important fundraiser to offset the cost of the refurbishment of the church, much of which took place last year.
By the time you read this message we will all be getting back to our more usual routines – schools, colleges, work and home. With the evenings closing in, we have activities and programmes to suit every taste and age-group. 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 on our website and you are welcome to join in any of the activities.
To help kick-start our new season of parish life, we encourage you to make a special point of attending our ‘Back to Church Sunday’ on Sunday, 9th September. It is hoped that everyone will make a special effort to attend one of our morning services that day along with your families. Following the
Family Service in Christ Church, there will be a Reception in the Parish Centre where the leaders of our parish organisations will be on hand to tell you all you need to know about each organisation. In addition to the ‘Harvest’ Service mentioned above, on Sunday, 14th October we will hold our Family Harvest Thanksgiving in Christ Church and the more traditional Harvest Thanksgiving Service in St. Nahi’s. The preacher at these Services will be The Rev’d Abigail Sines, Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral.
Harvest Appeal 2018
The theological basis for making a ‘thank-offering’ at harvest time goes way back to the book Deuteronomy in the Old Testament when the Children of Israel were commanded to bring their ‘First Fruits’ to the priests. Here in Taney we have continued that tradition over the years by asking for a special donation or ‘Thank-Offering’ for various projects or particular needs.
I am sure you are all too well aware of the important part that music plays in our worship and we are very blessed here in Taney that we have the wonderful services of our organist, Dr. David Adams and the members of our choirs in both churches. Central to this are the two organs, which complement
the singing and set the mood and tone for our worship It has been a long time now since any money was spent on these two instruments and while for most of us they seem to be in good ‘voice’ to the more discerning ear, they are both now in need of some remedial work before they deteriorate to the point where they will need serious refurbishment. With this in mind, we are seeking your prayerful support for this work through this year’s ‘Harvest Appeal’. The special envelopes will be in the church pews in the lead up to our Harvest Thanksgiving Services and I would ask you to be as generous as possible when considering your contribution.
We look forward to seeing you all again over the coming weeks as we welcome the start-up of our various parish organisations and the re-opening of our Taney Parish National School.
With best wishes