Parish News

Church Services
As you know, church services have been disrupted for almost a year. The Church of Ireland House of Bishops have only recently given permission for churches to return to ‘in-person’ worship. This will not be a complete return to the normal pattern of services before COVID-19 started in March 2020, but a limited return to one service per Sunday.

Therefore, Lord willing, we will be returning to ‘in-person’ worship beginning on Good Friday evening (2nd April) at 7.30pm in Lambeg Church and each Sunday from Easter Sunday (4th April) at 10.45am. The Service on Easter Sunday is Holy Communion.

Parishioners, who are not able to get to church, will still be able to access church services through Facebook as each service will be recorded and uploaded on to our Facebook page. There will also be a pre-recorded Hilden Service on Facebook on Easter Sunday. Also, for those who do not use social media, there is an opportunity to listen to the service later on Sunday through our telephone service. Just phone (028 92 508 097) to avail of this service.
Please note carefully – As parishioners feel confident about returning to church after receiving vaccinations, numbers may exceed what we can accommodate safely under social-distancing. Therefore, we will be operating an over-flow system. This simply means that if and when the main church-building is full, we will be asking some parishioners to go to the church hall for the service. We ask for your understanding and full co-operation in this. The Select Vestry remains committed to safe, socially-distanced worship during this time and this is the only way that we can safely accommodate everyone who tums up on Sunday morning. Please, be patient and willing to serve others by following the requests and directions of the church wardens and stewards to enable everyone to worship in safety.

Coming to  Church- please remember.
First Of all, and most importantly, please do not come back to Church if you or any member of your household are experiencing or are recovering from Covld-19.

Secondly, if you are in an ‘at risk’ or vulnerable category, or are shielding, you should carefully consider when is the right time for you to return. .
Thirdly, if you are bringing infants or young children with you, remember that you will be responsible for them – especially where maintaining social distancing could be a challenge.
Fourthly, what to bring with you: Gloves (recommended);Face Covering (obligatory except for medical reasons); Tissues (strongly recommended); Your own hand sanitiser (if you would prefer to use that); a pen to complete your attendance slip.
Car Parking: When you park your car beside another car, please ensure that the occupants of that car have moved on before you leave your own car. There will be car parking stewards there to help you park.
Lastly, please follow the of the stewards on entering and exiting the service. Further instructions will be on the back of the service sheet handouts.

Parish Register
Burials
 
8th December                       Brenda Abernethy

24th December                     Mary Turley
19th January                         Maureen Clegg
21st January                         Freddie Doran
4th February                         John Belshaw
20th February                       Ronald Martin
22nd February                      Harriet Mulholland
3rd March                              Iris Wilkie
‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours’

Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all the bereaved families of our parish.

 Wedding
13th February  Adam Lyness and Claire Hanley.

 ‘What God has put together let no one pull asunder’

 Our congratulations to the happy couple and we pray God’s richest blessing on their married life.

 THANK YOU 
 A big thankyou to all our parishioners for their generosity during 2020. Though the church had a dramatic fall in income in the Covid-19 Financial period in 2020, FWO and Standing Order giving kept up.
This, together with reduction in costs left us with around £500 in the black!
Further details will be made available in the Financial Report at the Annual Easter Vestry.

 Confirmation Class will be held in May-June in anticipation of Confirmation in the Autumn. This is open to secondary school children & any adults wishing to be confirmed.
Please contact the Rector for further details.

 Organisations
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, organisations are still not being recommended to meet. Any changes on this will be published on our Facebook and website pages.

 Mothers Union has continued to keep in contact with the members during this difficult time.
We meet every month via ZOOM for those with Internet access. This is an enjoyable time for us all to share Our thoughts and prayers. Those who cannot join us on ZOOM have been kept up to date with telephone calls, Christmas cards and a Newsletter. The members have been carrying on with their projects and to date have made and donated 139 wash bags, Blankets, Mitts, Hats, Gloves, and Socks to the Royal Victoria Hospital Department. We have also donated knitted items to the Neonatal Unit at the RVH.
Hopefully it will not be too long until we resume our meetings & when we do new members will be made very welcome.

 Annual Easter Vestry
7.30pm 22nd April in church (subject to any further restrictions)
Under Covid-19 restrictions the House Of Bishops have issued strict guidelines concerning the 2021 AGMs in the C. Of l.
These are to be in person gatherings (with the proper precautions), and to strictly cover only the necessary requirements of electing a vestry and presenting the Financial Report for 2020.

 Fete
Once again, due to government restrict-ions, unfortunately there will be no Fete this year in Lambeg.

Organisations
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, organisations are still not being recommended  to meet.  Any changes on this will be published on our Facebook and website pages

Bishops’ Appeal
This year, we are not including envelopes for Bishops Appeal.  Parishioners who want to give can put their gift in an envelope and bring to  church or leave at Rectory

Lambeg Parish Women’s Group
 Sadly, this group has decided to close after many decades of faithful service in the church.  We thank them for all that they have done.  In finishing they have kindly donated their funds of £1035 to Friends of the Cancer Centre.

 

Copper Collection
The Copper Collection Fund, initiated some years ago for ‘rainy day’ projects, has since then raised over £19,000.  Please continue to put aside your ‘loose coppers’ (1p, 2p and 5ps, and dare we say it, even larger denominations) each evening and forward these to Leslie Mills – in any amounts or any containers!  This is a painless way to support Church projects – with surprising results.  It all adds up.

Postage Stamps
Please save all your used postage stamps and leave them at the back of the Church for Girvin Mairs.  These are forwarded to the Leprosy Mission which is able to raise money from them.