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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,
Many people like to sing. No matter what we sound like, there can be a stirring within us on special occasions that prompts us to sing. In the Christmas story, singing is featured on three occasions. When Mary visited her elderly relative, Elizabeth, she was so overwhelmed with happiness at the forthcoming miraculous birth of her Son, that she burst into a flow of praise. Her words are known as The Magnificat which we often sing at Evening Prayer. Her words have been set to music by numerous composers down the years, for example the Hymn ‘Tell out my soul’. Mary recalled God’s promise that He would rescue His people and, through the Messiah, save the world. So Mary sang of God’s mercy and benevolence on the helpless, the humble and the hungry.
The next ‘song’ came from the angels, on the night of Jesus’ birth. They appeared to the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem, and were full of the glory of God. ‘Peace on earth’, ‘goodwill toward man’. The final ‘song’ in the Nativity story came from the shepherds, who hurried to see the new-born baby. They were so overwhelmed by the implications for Israel, that they sang praises to God as they returned to their sheep. Mary, the angels and the shepherds could not help but sing for joy at the coming of the Messiah.
They were the first, but not the last! Since the day of Pentecost, hundreds of millions of people have raised their voices in gratitude, thanks and wonder at God’s love and mercy in Mary, the angels and the shepherds could not help but sing for joy at the coming of the Messiah. They were the first, but not the last! Since the day of Pentecost, hundreds of millions of people have raised their voices in gratitude, thanks and wonder at God’s love and mercy in sending Jesus. Down the centuries, countless poets and musicians have composed music to describe a wondrous moment in history.
At Christmas, around the world, people come together to sing carols and other songs that express the wonder of God’s Gift to us. The Season of Advent is about preparation - preparation to receive the King. His time to return as the all-powerful Messiah is in the near future, but we so often rush into the season of Christmas and miss the Season of Advent. It is essential for all of us to make the proper preparations to have Jesus as Lord and King of our lives, and we can only do that by regularly worshipping Him and spending time in His presence. There are many opportunities for you to attend church during Advent and Christmas and truly worship our Heavenly King. As you draw close to Him may you experience that true heavenly joy! Let his grace and forgiveness give you hope. Let his mercy bring you joy.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder.
And His name shall be called:
Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God,
the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Please scroll down to see the schedule for our Christmas services - everyone, irrespective of creed or background, is most welcome !
Our Christmas Services
Sunday 11th December at 11.00am
Children from each of our Sunday School classes will be taking part and
rumour has it that Santa Claus may well be coming along as well!
We encourage parents and grandparents to join us
Wednesday 7th December at 6.00pm - Community Carol Service with
Willowbridge School (begins in St Macartin’s Cathedral
and ends in Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church)
All are welcome to this community event.
Sunday 18th December at 7.00pm - Parish Carol Service
The loose collection at this Carol Service will be given
towards the Dean of Belfast’s Black Santa Charities.
Please give generously.
CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY SERVICES
11.00pm Christmas Eve - Holy Communion
Celebrant: The Bishop, Rt Rev John Mc Dowell
Preacher: Rev Darren Thompson (Methodist Church)
9.00am Christmas Day - Holy Communion
Celebrant: The Dean, Very Rev K R J Hall
10.30am Christmas Day - Holy Communion & Family Service
Celebrant: The Dean, Very Rev K R J Hall
You are welcome to attend the most suitable service.
It is hoped that as many families as possible will
attend the 10.30am service on Christmas Day.
All ages are welcome and children are asked
to bring with them something that Santa brought
(adults can do this too!). The Dean and Curates
will take a walkabout to view the toys and we
always celebrate the birth of Jesus with chocolate!