Youth Club On 16th November we had sixteen young people from the parish at the second of our occasional Youth Club meetings. I say occasional in two senses. 1) We are still new and feeling our way forward as to what suits in terms of regularity. The pressures put on young people in terms of time to do homework and extracurricular activities, helping on the farm and transport is not to be ignored. We are also dependant on the availability of our excellent Diocesan Youth Workers. 2) It was a good occasion with the enjoyment of a Chinese Takeaway, games and watching a hilarious film. It is important that young people in the parish have a mutual meeting point as it is not always easy to meet across the parish. Apart from the scattered nature of the parish, there is a variety of schools and colleges attended and different church schedules each Sunday.
Christian Aid Thank you to Andrew Coleman who valiantly set up four Power Point Presentations for our four different churches on our two Mission/Aid giving Sundays. (Not so easy going from one church to the other, but we did it!) The total giving for 2007 will be out in January.
Schools - Two sets of fruitful fundraising, Fashion, Food and Flair for Desertserges NS; for Ballymoney NS two fabulous Fayre Stalls at two different fairs and a Christmas Quiz Competition to be judged on 11th January. Thank you to all who support our two schools so well.
Friends of St Mary's Desertserges Thank you to all those who organised the evening of Irish Lace Making at Hosford's Geranium and Garden Centre. To John and David Hosford for hosting us; to Pat and David Lamb, Marjorie and Graham Garland; to all those who baked and helped on the night and to Veronica Stewart and her helpers for a most interesting talk and display of Irish lace. I had no idea there was such a variety all with geographical associations. The Fund is now reaching the point where we can start the process in asking for grants and permission to go ahead.
In the present moment (as I write) - it is still early in Advent and with three scrummy community Christmas dinners already on my waistline (!) – I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and all best wishes for 2008. My thanks in anticipation to all those who will have helped with, and participated in, our various Carol Services and the Christmas Day Services. On the 30th December the Christingle Service at 5pm will have been totally lay led. Thank you to Caroline Fogarty for heading this up. This service is for all ages.
Looking forward On Epiphany Sunday (6th Jan) we again combine with our Methodist friends for theCovenant Service. Please support this important act of worship which this year will be at St Mary's, Desertserges.
10.30am - 12noon Monday 21st January. A Birthday Coffee Morning. Come to the attractive River Lane Café in Ballineen (back of Fehily's Foodmarket) for a free cup of Susan Fehily's lovely freshly brewed coffee (or tea) and a slice of birthday cake. Instead of giving the Rector a beautiful birthday present this year - or a card even - come and help her celebrate her birthday and put a donation into the bucket for the Friends of St Mary's Desertserges (No, it's not the Rector's Big O - but heading that way!) Everyone is invited and welcome. Fehily's is a Fairtrade shop.
8.30pm 23rd January Vestry Meeting at Ballymoney Hall
7.30pm 25th January Youth Club at Ballymoney Hall. Games Night
BURIAL 20th November In St Fin Barre's Burial Ground, Dunmanway – Alan Pumford