Harvest Service

Dear parishioners,

As I’m sure you are aware, recent guidelines issued in the last few days are making it mandatory to wear a mask on entering and leaving a church building.  Presumably, there remains the usual health exceptions.  

This Sunday is harvest Sunday and despite all restrictions, we want to warmly welcome you to our church service.

Regards,

Rector 

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Organ Scholarship

‘Learn to play the organ with a scholarship from Down & Dromore, and Connor Dioceses

The Church of Ireland is offering a scholarship to any individual, who wants to learn how to play the organ.  Under 18s as well as adults may apply for this scholarship to do this course.  

For further details, please contact the Rector, who will send out all the necessary information and application forms. 

All applications must be in before the 30th August.’

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Return to Church, Latest News

Dear parishioner,

As you know, over the past three months we have all been in ‘lockdown’ because of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus.  Along with many other sectors of society, the churches had to close down, and only recently have been given permission to re-open.   Whilst we have been able to continue to meet virtually through the internet and to follow church services on the telephone, we have missed the warmth of our gathering together in our church buildings and are glad that we are now allowed to return.

However, this return is under strict conditions, which are mandatory before any church can meet.  As the health and safety of our parishioners is paramount, the Select Vestry has started to formulate a safe way back to church and this will take time.  It will be August before the committee appointed to this task reports back to the vestry to give clear direction on how we can fulfil government and church requirements.

Many churches are doing exactly as we are doing and though some may open in July or August, the majority are planning for a September return.  As far as Lambeg parish is concerned, the Vestry is in complete agreement that until everything is fully risk-assessed and we have the volunteers in place, we will not be rushing into re-opening.  We are very much mindful of the age profile of our congregation and that many have been ‘shielding’ at this time: we in no way want to put them at risk when we return to church.  We will only be opening when we feel it is safe to do so.

If you would like to be a volunteer to help in this re-opening process (volunteers must be under 70 with no underlying health issues), please send your name and contact details to our parish secretary or to the Rector, and if you have any queries, do feel free to give us your feedback.  We will of course be keeping you fully informed of our back-to-church timetable as soon as we possibly can.  Until then, continue to listen in to our Facebook service and if going on holiday, have a safe summer break.

Every blessing,

Rector

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Dial – In – Sunday Service

Good news!! From this Sunday you’ll be able to listen in to our service on the phone. Just dial 028 92 508 097 anytime from 12 noon. Calls will be charged at local rate.

We’re delighted, as this means those with no internet access can connect with us on a Sunday morning.  Also, if anyone would like to listen to our weekday messages this too will be available half an hour after they been recorded live.

If you know someone this would be useful for, please let them know!

Rector

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Latest News:

Latest News:    Coronna Virus – Lambeg Graveyard

Dear all, Lambeg graveyard will be open for the normal hours from Saturday morning with the following restrictions in place: please observe all government regulations concerning social distancing. – Visitors showing any symptoms of Coronavirus should not enter this graveyard. – Visitors to the Graveyard must socially distance themselves by at least two metres from anybody else in the graveyard. (This does not apply to members already living in the same household). – There should be a gap of at least two metres between parked cars. – Visits to the graveyard should be kept to a short duration. – Visitors should bring their own water and water containers – water taps should not be used (They have been disabled for public safety purposes). – Dead foliage should be brought home or may be placed in the graveyard skip but water containers of any type should be brought home. – Remember, this graveyard normally closes at 6p.m. – Please see notice on the main gate.’
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