We are now gearing up for our Parish Fête on Saturday 10th June! Once again our hardworking Fête Committee members have 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 fundraiser 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 Holy Week and Easter Services were vibrant as well as reflective. The Tenebrae, Seder Meal and the Way of The Cross Service on Good Friday each in their own way brought insight into Our Lord’s Passion. It was heartening too to see the early morning Eucharist during Holy Week showed a marked increase in attendance this year – followed by breakfast, which provided a further time of fellowship. The Family Eucharist in Christ Church on Easter Day was very well attended and was a lively celebration of the Resurrection. It was followed by, the now customary, Champagne Reception for adults and Easter Egg Hunt for our younger members! We thank everyone who contributed to these events. We also thank the members of the Chancel Guild who decorated both our churches so beautifully and appropriately for our Easter Celebrations!
Earlier this month, we were pleased to welcome Archbishop Jackson to Taney for our Confirmation Service. This year 26 of our young people were confirmed along with one Wesley College student and a candidate from Kilternan Parish. We wish all these young people well as they continue their journey in faith.
As I mentioned in my letter in the Easter edition of Taney News and in my address to the Easter General Vestry, plans are now well under way for the bi-centenary of Christ Church next year. Your Select Vestry has now approved the details of the refurbishment of the church, which will take place over the summer months. Details of the proposed work and the costings appear in the summer edition of Taney News. It will necessitate the closure of the church from mid-June to early September. During that time, Services will be held in the Sinnamon Hall, which in its own way will allow a more flexible approach to our worship – indeed our curates, Cathy and Nigel are already planning a ‘Pet Service’ for Sunday, June 18th! For those who would prefer a more traditional setting for worship, St. Nahi’s regular congregation would be delighted to have you join them. Please note also that during this time of refurbishment, there will not be Sunday evening Services in Christ Church. The proposed work will not only spruce up the church for our upcoming important anniversary, it will also make it more adaptable to meet the ever changing needs and patterns of worship, and will allow the area in the space provided by the building to be put to more flexible uses, such as concerts and recitals. As you will see in Taney news magazine, the cost of this work is estimated to be in the region of €250,000. In order to raise the funds to meet the cost of this project, I have asked The Rev’d Nigel Pierpoint to head up a fundraising Committee, not only to seek direct contributions from our parishioners, but also to plan various fundraising events over the next 18 months or so. I know we can rely on your generosity as we go forward in faith into the third century of Christian Witness at Christ Church, Taney.
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.
Rev. Canon Robert Warren