Derryloran Parish - April & May 2017
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151

Life in the Parish has been a veritable mixture of ups and downs. Sadly, we had a high number of deaths in the parish and community, and our thoughts have been with the bereaved. Confirmation was a highlight for the young people, whilst the Big Breakfast was again a great success. New lighting in the church has drawn favourable comments from the congregations, and our Lenten Course from USPG encouraged us towards “Living the Authentic Life”.

Please note the following dates for your diaries!

HUB COMMUNITY CHOIR: On Sat 8th April at 730pm in church we present this popular local choir as they perform music with a Spring theme – thus setting the mood for this lovely season. They will be joined by our own choir for this free concert. There will be a collection, but we simply want to see the church filled!

PASSIONTIDE: As we look forward to Holy Week and Easter, please note the following dates for your diary:- We observe our Lord’s Passion with our customary Holy Week Services beginning on Palm Sunday 9th April) with services at 9am 11.30am and 7pm (Palm Praise). Our services during the week at 8pm (Mon-Fri) on the theme “Where Jesus trod” and our traditional Children’s Service will be on Good Friday 14th April at 10.30am.

EASTER DAY: Our services on 16th April are at 9am; 11.30 Easter Communion and at 7pm Easter Praise and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Please plan to attend!

BARCELONA: Once again our adventurers set off to explore the sights of another European city from 24-27 April – thus adding to their exploits in recent years – Paris, Rome, Kracow, Prague, Malta, Berlin, Amsterdam and Israel (3 times).

ANNUAL EASTER VESTRY: will be held on Thur 27th April at 8pm in the Upper Room, when again we hope for a representative attendance from all in the Parish.

CHRISTIAN AID: We thank all who supported our Lenten Lunches in our hall – another great success! We are delighted to be accorded a Civic Reception in the Burnavon to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cookstown Group.

MOTHERS’ UNION: The Corporate Communion will be on Maundy Thursday, 13th April at 8pm and the Diocesan Service will be on Sunday 14th May in the Cathedral at 11am with the Annual Outing later that month and also the Annual Dinner in the Braeside (dates to be confirmed).

ASCENSION: We celebrate this important day with Holy Communion at 1030am on Thursday 25th May and in the evening the Cookstown Clerical Society annual Choir Festival. This is open to all, so do come along and enjoy a feast of great music!

CHRISTIAN AID: We thank everyone who supported our recent Soup Lunches during Lent, and now look forward to the week of house-to-house collections which begins with the annual Praise Service on 15 May in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church at 7pm featuring a host of local musical talent.

SAINTS’ DAYS: We continue of observation of these special dates with Holy Communion at 1030am as follows: 1 May Sts Philip and James; 25 May Ascension; 31 May: the Visitation.

CHILDREN’S DAY: Sunday School Prizes will be distributed at our special service at 11am on Sunday 4th June – don’t miss it! Our newly formed junior will be singing at it!

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