Welcome to our website! Whether you are a regular member, occasional visitor or just simply curious, we hope you will find information here that will be interesting and relevant. Perhaps you are planning a trip to Northern Ireland. We would strongly advise making beautiful County Fermanagh part of your itinerary. During the summer our four-century-old church is open to visitors every day and it would be even nicer if you could attend one of our services. We'd love to meet you!
The Dean Writes:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,
Harvest is a time of thanksgiving to God for all His provision for us. It is good to cultivate a grateful heart, and studies have
shown that people who practise thankfulness tend to have a more positive outlook on life, be more optimistic about the future,
and are generally healthier than those who do a lot of grumbling and complaining.
On one occasion Jesus met a group of ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19). They called out to Him in a loud voice, asking for Him to have pity on them, which He did. He sent them to the priest, and on the way they were healed. However, only one of them returned to give thanks to Jesus, and he was a Samaritan. He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him, giving praise to God in a loud voice.
It occurs to me that most of us make a loud noise when we are in need of help, but we are much quieter about giving thanks. We are not inhibited when making our needs known to God but how many of us make a point of giving Him thanks when we have received His help? Do we come to church regularly and sing praises loudly? Do we speak of what blessings we have received? If God is generous to us are we generous in return with our weekly giving to God’s House?
Why not try and cultivate the discipline of gratitude in your life? Make it a rule to thank anyone who helps you in some way, or who encourages you. Let them know you appreciate them. Review each day before you sleep, reminding yourself of every good thing that happened, and offering your thoughts to God as a prayer. Introduce a short time of giving thanks to God each Sunday in church before the service begins. It is good to chat to each other at church (I am all for that) but remember our primary reason for coming to church is to thank and praise God.
Rather than focus on what you do not have, or what has gone wrong, train your mind to focus on what you do have, and what has gone right. You will be surprised at the difference it can make. So for this Harvest Season, and the coming days, let us be people of ‘positivity’ rather than people of ‘negativity’!
Of all we have or receive, the most precious thing is that God blesses us with an abundance of love, may we share that love with each other.
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices.
If you like Christian rock music, you may well enjoy listening to Spirit Radio, broadcasting from the Irish Republic. The station is rapidly expanding its network of FM transmitters to reach larger cities in the State but there is also Medium Wave coverage on 549 metres (545KHz), accessible in most of the Republic and in all of Northern Ireland. Its website is at https://www.spiritradio.ie/ and you can listen on-line at http://streamdb5web.securenetsystems.net/cirrusencore/SPIRITIE?stationCallSign=SPIRITIE (or click on the icon beside this text).
Admittedly, its greatest music appeal would be to people in the age range 15-35, but there are also inspirational messages, information features and news bulletins with at times a distinctly Christian slant. It is entirely non-denominational.