Parish News

Groomsport Parish Church may be small in size, but we are mighty. However, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have implemented a new way of operating. Currently, we are unable to hold any public worship services due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions.
Virtual services are posted on YouTube, Facebook and here on this website every Sunday.
If you would like to know more about our Church or activities, please contact the Church office at office@groomsportparishchurch.org.

Bishop David McClay has made a series of reflections on the book of Nehemiah.
There will be a new one posted every single day during Lent.
Watch the videos on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Letter From The Rector

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, one of the most important dates in our Church’s year. In “normal” times we would have a “Community Pancake Party” on Shrove Tuesday, followed by a service on Ash Wednesday evening. Then begins the long season of Lent – “Forty days and forty nights….” Lent isn’t just a reminder of the tempting of our Lord by the devil, although that is the inspiration for the season; Lent is also, or should be, a catalyst for our own spiritual discipline.

For too long Lent has been seen as a time to give something up, biscuits (my own personal failing), cigarettes, drink, a time to renew those new year’s resolutions that had lapsed. As Lent has fallen into disuse, even in the Church, so the idea of giving anything up for Lent has gone with it. With the Church still closed for corporate worship and prayer, keeping a holy Lent will be even more difficult for all of us, and that includes me. So this Lent I make a plea for all of us to take Lent seriously. How? Here are some ideas:

We will have recorded “A Service for Ash Wednesday”. It will be published on our Parish website at 5pm on Ash Wednesday. It would be wonderful if as many as possible could tune in to that service.

At the start of the year, I suggested we should read through the Psalms. If you never began, or have given up, do start again. The Psalms say things to God and about God that we often think but rarely put into words. Reading through the Psalms can be frustrating, energising, annoying and rewarding in equal measure. It is never dull!

Tune into our Parish website each day in Lent. Bishop David has recorded a short devotional piece for each day in Lent, based around the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah had a divine commission to rebuild Jerusalem. There could not be a more relevant book for a Church struggling with lockdown and covid-19.

Take our Lord’s advice set out in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 6 verse 6 – 13.

And each day, do hold our Parish before God in prayer. Once the lockdown is eased, we will have many things to do to bring our Church and Parish back to our pre-covid status, never mind taking it forward with a new sense of commitment, urgency and grace.

 

Some important housekeeping matters:

  • It is hoped that we will be able to open the Canon Tyney Hall for worship on Sunday 7 March.
  • The General (Easter) Vestry is a very important meeting, where details of our work over the past year will be discussed, the accounts presented and a new Select Vestry elected. Because this meeting is so important, it breaks my heart to have to limit numbers to 60, because of social distancing. Places at the General Vestry will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. To register your desire to attend, do let Amanda in the Parish Office know. Contact details are listed below. General Vestry is scheduled to take place on March 21 after morning worship, in Church.
  • In the hope that it will be possible, I am planning services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.

Part of my Lenten discipline this year will be to be in Church each morning (apart from Saturdays) at 9 o’clock and ring our Church bell prior to saying the morning office. If you would like someone or some situation remembered in prayer either let me know personally or let Amanda know in the Parish Office.

So much is uncertain at the moment, but I think we should once again renew our trust in our loving God, praying that by His grace we will come through this crisis stronger in spirit, faith and fellowship.

Please stay safe and I pray God’s blessing upon you and yours,

Duncan

The latest Parish Magazine is out! You can read it HERE.

Free Will Offering

Sadly, as you will all now know, our Sunday services are changed from their usual format.
Should you be unable to attend Church regularly or feel you would like to switch to Standing Order for your Free Will Giving,  contact us and we can send you the appropriate information. Standing orders are easily set up if you have online banking, or can fill the form in and post it to your bank.

Thank you in advance. 

 You can contact the Church office at office@groomsportparishchurch.org alternatively you use the contact form on this website, or you can private message our Facebook page which is linked at the bottom of this page.