IN TOUCH – May 2020

The Occasional Newsletter

of

Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

CONDOLENCES

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Jeffers family, bereaved by the death of Robin, on 3 April.  We hope that, when we may congregate again, we, as a community will be able to pay the respect that his life’s example deserves.

For us all, these last few weeks have brought so much change.  Many of us are confined to the boundaries of our house and garden and to the company of a few members of our family: we remember, in our prayers, all who have no house, no garden, and whose family is absent or difficult. Several parishioners have offered to deliver groceries for those advised to remain confined.  Thank you to all who have added their names to this list.

CHURCH SERVICES

Thank you to all who have tuned in to our weekly online services, and thank you to all who have so willingly agreed to take part.  Not everyone has access to the internet, there are other options: the Church of Ireland website lists a number that can be heard on radio or television. I recommend on Sundays:

RTE Radio 1, Worship at 11 am

BBC Radio 4, Worship at 8.10 am.

Links to our Sunday services can be found on our website http://drogheda.armagh.anglican.org/

Many parishioners seem to have taken up a valuable new ministry too: that of keeping in touch with those confined or alone.

As we experience these strange conditions, we are all learning new skills, new ways of looking at our world, perhaps even re-organised priorities.

PRAYERS

Let us remember in our prayers all who go to work, so that the sick may be tended, the vulnerable protected and the unseen corners cleaned. We remember too all who have lost their livelihood, their health or the lives of those they loved.

Risen Christ, stand among them, bring them your peace and healing.

Canon Joyce Moore

Message from Clive Bagnall – Honorary Treasurer

Church Giving

The Coronavirus has hugely restricted our movements and the way we operate – who would have thought our Services would be by way of computer link-ups?  Inevitably there will be challenging times ahead both individually and to the whole country.

In order to meet the operating costs of our Church, we would ask that parishioners continue to set aside their envelope or plate donations to help meet what will be difficult times ahead.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact Clive at 041 9822105.

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS

All baptisms and weddings have been postponed. This is a directive from Church House and is in line with government policy

FUNERALS

Only close family members may attend funerals, physical distancing must be maintained and undertakers are discouraged from advertising the venue and time

CHURCH SERVICES

All church services are discontinued; links to on line services can be found on our website http://drogheda.armagh.anglican.org/

If you are in need of any assistance – grocery shopping, fuel, prescriptions etc. please let us know and we will help you out. A text has been sent to all parishioners with relevant phone numbers to contact. 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO IN TOUCH

If you have any contributions/notices which you would like included in In Touch please email details to hazelspearman@icloud.com

Clergy

The Rev’d Iain Jamieson,         Tel: (041) 9870073/ 083 8640133

The Rectory, Drogheda        Email: i.jamieson@hotmail.com

The Rev’d Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: (041) 6851327/087 7468866

Dunleer, Co. Louth            Email: am.drogheda@armagh.anglican.org