Following a resolution passed at the recent General Synod of the NSPCI, this church is now working toward the elimination of any polysytrene and single use plastic products in our church. This includes polystyrene and single use plastic cups, cutlery and plastic bags.
We will be encouraging those who use/rent our church hall to the same.
Rev. Mike O'Sullivan, Minister.
The Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland of which we are a part has a new moderator. He is The Rt.Rev. Chris Hudson, MBE. Chris is a well known peace activist who played a major role in peace talks in Northern Ireland. He is a former trade union offical and has worked tirelessly for LGBT equality in the North. He is Minister of All Souls Church Belfast and is married to Isabella.
We wish Chris the very best for his term of office and look forward to a visit to Cork!
This Sunday ( 2nd June) the Cork City Marathon takes place and this will mean planning and allowing for extra time if you are planning to attend this or any other city centre church this Sunday. We are told that Gardai will do all they can to assist drivers to get to churches. The race begins at 8.30 am and road closures will be in place for approx 6 hours and will be re opened on a staggered basis. Details can be found at www.corkcitymarathon.ie
Can we wish all taking part the very best of luck!
With Summer rumoured to be arriving for the months of June, July and August we will whenever the weather allows, hold our Sunday morning service outside in our outdoor worship area. It is an initiative started by Rev. Mike last year and proved to be a big hit with the congregation.
Sunday service, each Sunday morning at 11.
On Sunday, May 19th, our Minister was in Moneyreagh, Co.Down to take part in that congregations 300th anniversary service and celebrations. The Minister of Moneyreagh is the Rev. Chris Wilson, a former Moderator who held office while our minister was a student. Indeed, it was Rev. Chris who put the " questions to the ordinand" at Mikes ordination.
The church at Moneyreagh was packed to capacity and ministers were joined by clergy from the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland and Methodist churches as well as the Ladies Choir of the PSNI.
Pics: Mike with his wife Kay and the assembled clergy pose for the local press.
The death has been announced of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L 'Arche community.
Vanier founded L' Arche in 1964 in response to what he saw as the treatment of people with learning disabilities within an institutional setting.
Today there are 150 communities in 38 countries, including Ireland.
A former naval officer and a graduate in Philosophy and Theology he was a man filled with the Spirit of a Loving & Compassionate God. During our service this Sunday( 12th May) we will remember a man who reminds us all that faith is a call to action.
" We are not called by God to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love" - Jean Vanier 1928-2019
On Sunday, March 31st our service was led by Rev. John Phillip Carter from London. John led us in a wonderful prayerful meditation for Mothers day and then preached on " Spirituality" drawing on his vast experience as a qualified Spiritual Director.
Pictured are: The Rev John Phillip Cater and The Rev Mike O'Sullivan
Photo: Kay O'Sullivan
Over the past 2 years I have met on a couple of occasions with Debbie Keller Wood who is Director of Faith formation at the Unitarian church in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Yesterday, I received from their congregation to ours these messages of support for all we are trying to achieve here in Cork. They are very taken by our decision for the past 2 years to march in Pride here in Cork
On Sunday 24th March during a service led by the Moderator of the Synod of Munster, The Rev. Bridget Spain, our Minister, The Rev.Mike O'Sullivan formally welcomed eleven new members into the church family.
In his words of welcome Rev. Mike said; " this church is all about people. They are the blood that runs through its veins, the beat of its heart. They are the voices heard and the actions lived.."
We offer Congrats to; Walter, Margaret, Neal, Christina, Collin, Mary, Gillian, Angela, Fionn, Carmel and Colm.
A Service for Good Friday on 19th April. Service starts at 12.30.
Our service will remember those who have died for their faith, those who strove to make our world a better place.
Among others we will honour, Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Oscar Romero.
We will also honour Maximilian Kolbe, Rabbi Regina Jonas, Edith Stein, Jaques Hamal and British aid worker Gayle Williams.
We also remember two Unitarian ministers; Norbet Capek and Toribio Quimada as well as the victims of the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shootings.
We are an Open, Inclusive and Affirming church where all are welcome.