On Sunday, the 2nd of July, we held our second outdoor service, to celebrate the recent spell of glorious weather and remind us that worship is not confined to a building. Extensive work was needed to prepare the area.
The area pictured used to be many years ago the ministers office and remnants the old fireplace can be still seen! It was in our church and in the spot pictured, that the Roman Catholic priest, Fr Matthew, OFM Cap, chose to sign the Temperance Movement into being.
Pictured is our minister, Rev Mike O'Sullivan before service. [ pic; P.Clarke]
This morning the Moderator of General Synod, The Rt Rev. Colin Campbell, paid a visit to the church in Cork. Rev Campbell led morning service at the church with the theme being " Working Together".
Rev Campbell was accompanied on his visit by his wife Cathleen.
During his time in Cork, Rev Campbell presented the Minister with marriage records from the church dating back to the 1830's.
Pictured below, L to R : Mrs. Kay O'Sullivan, The Rev. Mike O'Sullivan, The Rt.Rev. Colin Campbell and Mrs. Cathleen Campbell.
Today Rev. Mike, our Minister & Church Building Manager,Paul Clarke began work on what is to be a new outdoor worship area at the church. The aim is to bring our services into direct contact with nature, weather permitting of course. It is planned that on various Sundays across the summer our service will be held outside.
The plan entails the building of a permanent Communion/ Worship table using one of the original 300 year old flagstones from the church.
Pic : Paul starting the prep work!!!
In recent weeks we have had a number of enquiries about our missing plaque. The plaque is to commemorate The Rev. Thomas Dix Hinks ( 1767-1857 ), who was a Minister of our church. We are lucky that when the plaque fell from the pillar, it hit the ground and cleanly split in two.
We are in the process of having it repaired and restored to its rightful home.
Our friends at Adult Continuing Education ( ACE ) at U.C.C. are offering a variety of community based part-time cert and dip courses which begin this autumn.
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A few weeks ago, iconic Cork band, The Frank & Walters went on a nostalgic walkabout in Cork city centre during the which they visited our church, having a picture taken with our Minister. Here is a link to the resulting article as published in the Irish Examiner.
Well worth a read.
On Wed the 25th of May " The Next Step" launched an exhibition " Creative Minds" at the Unitarian Church. The exhibition runs until Sat the 26th and admission is free. It includes original and wonderful art work, paintings, woodwork, arts and crafts as well as poetry and creative writing.
Pictured at the opening, Mr Vincent Murphy, Chair of Next Step, addressing the large turn out for the launch.
The Unitarian church is proud to have an on going and close association with Next Step and was represented at the launch by Rev. Mike O'Sullivan and PRO Sara Jane Cromwell.
As Minister of the church I was honoured to attend the launch of LGBT+ Awareness Week at Cork City Hall. The evening began with the official raising of the Pride flag by The Lord Mayor.
In his speech the Lord Mayor praised all the agencies involved in the week and declared Cork to be a Republic of Equality. We were also treated to wonderful music from our talented friends at Choral ConFusion.
The Church of Ireland were represented by Bishop Paul Colton.
Rev Mike O'Sullivan
Iconic and legendary band The Frank and Walters paid a visit to the church on Thursday 10th May. The band used to rehearse in the Main Hall in the late 90's.
Pictured are band members Ashley Keating and lead vocalist Paul Linehan with Rev. Mike O'Sullivan.