Lambeg Parish Church

A Church of Ireland Parish in the Diocese of Connor

Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - NIC101735

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Updated 22-03-20

Rev. Eddie Coulter

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As you may be aware by now, the Church of Ireland House of Bishops have suspended indefinitely all services and meetings in Church of Ireland churches and buildings.

This means that in Lambeg and Hilden there are to be no church gatherings of any kind in the next 3 months at least.  This includes all organizations, the Annual Easter Vestry, vestry meetings, midweek services, parish fete, or any other special services normally held.  The only exceptions are marriages and funerals, which are required to comply to government restrictions for social gatherings of any kind.

Clergy have been told by the church authorities and that they are not to visit homes.  Nor can they visit hospitals during this period except in an emergency and then, only with permission from both hospital and family.

In terms of communication to the parish and pastoral care of the parish, this will be done through various electronic means  and by telephone.  Various electronic means include What'sApp - there is now an active Lambeg Parish What'sApp group.  If you would like to join that, please send me your mobile number, which I can add to the group if you are already using What'sApp.  This will keep you in contact with other parishioners and up to date in what is happening in our parish life.

I have been very encouraged by parishioners' responses on What'sApp, especially in volunteering to get groceries for any housebound or elderly parishioners who need help.  

I am hoping to use Facebook in relation to a possible Sunday morning address, as well as our website to post basic information on.

For those not on social media, I am sending out a letter to all parishioners within the week so that they can be brought up to date on parish arrangements during this uncertain period.

If you feel anxious or would like to chat, please feel free to give me a call.  Keep safe and well.

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Our main worship centre, the parish church, stands on a site where there has been a church since the 13th century.  The years since then have brought many changes to the area but our task is still the same – to build up a worshipping, witnessing, serving community of people who want to grow in their faith and encourage others to come to know Christ also.

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