Our Easter celebrations for 2017 are still fresh in our mind and firstly a sincere thank you to all who helped make the celebrations so beautiful and meaningful. Monkstown Church looked lovely on Easter morning and the stunning flower arrangements arranged by Valerie Little were much admired and brought joy to us all. Our thanks to our organist and choir for their wonderfully uplifting music and to all who cleaned and polished to make the church ready for our celebrations. Our thanks also to our churchwardens and administrator who worked so hard behind the scenes throughout Lent, Holy Week and Easter preparing for our extra services and events. All your help was so much appreciated! In the midst of our resurrection joy we had the funerals of John Quin, brother of Etain Murphy, and the funeral of Olive Mannion. We continue to remember these families in our thoughts and prayers. During the Easter period an enormous visual improvement was made to the entrance doors of Monkstown Church with the removal of the assorted panes of reinforced wire glass and mottled bathroom window glass and its replacement with clear glass to match the interior doors. The removal of the old red moth-eaten curtains has also made an enormous difference allowing uninterrupted views from the front steps right into the church and allowing a view of the outside world whilst walking down the nave of the church. These simple changes have encouraged a number of people to come in and see the church and made the front porch so much more visually welcoming and appealing. Please remember that we are always interested in receiving articles and news for the ‘Monkstown Voice’ and that the deadline is the 15th of the month regardless of the day of the week. Articles may be emailed to
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Lent Services Our sincere thanks to our guest speakers who reflected with us on the Wednesday evenings in Lent. Our Lenten series began on Wednesday 8 March with the rector reflecting on the Tuam mother and baby home scandal and the call for justice for all who passed through Ireland’s mother and baby homes, laundries and other similar institutions by all our religious traditions. On Wednesday 15 March we welcomed Alice Leahy from Alice Leahy Trust who spoke about justice for the homeless in Ireland and the work of Alice Leahy Trust with the homeless in Dublin. On 22 March the Revd Ken Gibson reflected on the work of the Leprosy Mission and the necessity of justice and dignity for all who suffer from leprosy. He reflected on the history and continued work of the Leprosy Mission and the close historic connections the charity has with Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire. Mrs Ann Creaner, principal of St Columba’s School. North Strand joined us on Wednesday 29 March and spoke on justice and education and the work carried out in her school supporting educational projects overseas and the creative ways in which her pupils engage with justice issues. On 5 April Karen Nelson, diocesan president of the Mothers’ Union reflected on the continued work of the Mothers’ Union in areas of support for women in Ireland and oversees. She also spoke about the current projects Mothers’ Union are supporting and showed us examples of knitwear made by members for the city maternity hospitals. Collections on the evenings were given to the charities and organisations that spoke and reflected with us. Our thanks to the speakers and our thanks to those who provided refreshments following the services.
Concert Our thanks to John Hewitson for organising a lovely musical extravaganza evening on Saturday 8 April in Monkstown church. We were treated to the African Gospel Choir, soloists Jane Lawrence and Janet de Vigne, harp music by Madeleine and the Brook Singers. This was a most enjoyable evening and we look forward to further concerts over the next few months.
Pet Service Following on from the success of last year’s pet service we invite you to put the date of this year’s service in your diaries! The Monkstown Pet Service will take place on Sunday 25 June at 3:00pm in the church. We are delighted that our friends from Irish Guide Dogs and the Irish Blue Cross will be join us for the celebrations.
Family Service Our next Family Service will take place on Sunday 28 May, the Sunday after Ascension Day at 10:45. All our younger families are especially encouraged to join us for this service.
Art Exhibition The Monkstown Art Exhibition will take place in the Knox Hall from 25 to 27 August.
Harvest Thanksgiving Our Harvest Thanksgiving Services will take place on Sunday 8 October.
Parish Sale of Work The parish sale will take place in the Knox Hall on Saturday 18 November. Donations for the sale are already being collected and good quality items will be gratefully received - good news for those in the midst of Spring Cleaning!
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Confirmation Confirmation classes continue on Saturday mornings at 11:00 during the month of May in the choir room in the church.