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The Dean Writes:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,
Here is an extract from my address to The Easter General Vestry:
Welcome to this Easter General Vestry Meeting. This is the ninth Easter General Vestry Meeting I have addressed here and as the 28th Rector and sixth Dean of St Macartin’s Cathedral.
An Easter General Vestry gives us an opportunity to look back over the past year and to give thanks to Almighty God for His faithfulness, love, and blessing upon us as a congregation. As always at this meeting I want to thank people for their work during this past year. I want to remind us all that everyone of us is valued, important and essential to the life and ministry of this parish. I hope you believe that your contribution is as important as anyone who leads from the front or leads an organisation. Without all of you, the work of the kingdom of God would not be advanced in this parish or in this community.
The role of the church is very much to be part of the community and not apart from the community where we see ourselves as not just looking after ourselves and our own interests - inward looking. We need to be prepared to get out into the world around us and show the love of God reflecting through us, put our Christian beliefs into practice, bring the church into the community and then the community will be more at ease to come into church!
Thanks be to God we have had a year of much activity and growth. Perhaps another one of the continuing challenges is to find ways of engaging our newer parishioners fully in the life and witness of the parish. It was very encouraging to see new families, but we need more integration and social engagement. To that end we have made some advances. We have a vision of a growing, flourishing church in Enniskillen. To help us with that vision we want to equip our parishioners. I mention this to highlight the need to support our various clubs and organisations, to ensure their continuation and to prevent us taking the work of leaders and officers for granted.If you want these and other organisations to continue to operate in this parish, get involved in them! To a large degree, our future is in our own hands.
If you want to be part of a parish which offers a really good social dimension – support the events which are organised and be prepared to help out with organisations. If you want a Christ-centred parish that stretches our spirituality and a living faith – come along to the Pilgrim Group or ask for prayer when you need it. I would like to promote ‘Pilgrim’ as a teaching and discipleship resource. Interestingly almost 100 copies of the Pilgrim Reflections on the Beatitudes were taken by parishioners to read during Lent. Follow up Pilgrim Reflections will be available for our next church season (Easter to Pentecost) – forty days of reflections on the Lord’s Prayer (see page 10). Our Pilgrim Group aims to help the local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day. Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers! As well as Pilgrim we have at present many successful ventures – Sunday Lights/Sunday Lights Café, Mothers’ Union, Men’s LIFE, Messy Church, Xplore for our Confirmation Class and the uniformed organisations.
If you want to be part of a parish whose church attendance continues to grow – come to church more often. The addition of the regular Thursday Morning Service is a great alternative for those for whom Sunday mornings are busy.
We have a wonderful parish, with facilities which are second to none, and I have no doubt that God will continue to bless our efforts to build up his kingdom in this place. And while technically he doesn’t need our help to do so, he magnanimously invites us to join him in the work of his kingdom, which should be, and is, a pure pleasure and privilege. There is something for everyone – do lend your support and encourage others to get involved. We all need to be actively involved in parish life and if we do not care, we will find ourselves growing cold and indifferent in our relationship with God and with others.
As a Christian community, faith development and spirituality must remain a priority, and while the success of such ventures can never be measured by the numbers attending, I do issue a challenge to those of you who have never attended any of our organisations or groups to give even one of them a try – you might well be surprised by what God has in store for you!
The same can be said about our services, whether on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings or Thursday mornings – and so I issue a similar challenge to those of you who might not be regular attendees: gathering together in the Lord’s House and around His Table is the platform from which springs all our other activities and ministries. Lets us live out our Vision of 'Saint Macartin’s at the heart of the Community – Strengthening Commitment, Outreach, Worship and Christian Love'.
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.
Highlights of the recent choir concert are now on line - click on "videos" and scroll down.