#Jars4Journeys Lenten Appeal
We have been invited by the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, Eco–Congregation Ireland and the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland (RCB) to take part in their Lenten initiative #Jars4Journeys.
We are asked to save an old jam jar or other recyclable container and every time we make a journey that is by foot or by bike, we are asked to donate to whatever that would have cost us if we traveled by car or bus instead (a good guide price is probably the cost of a round trip bus fare each time). The money raised will go towards three fantastic conservation projects around the world that support and help build resilience in communities who are most affected by climate change. Bishops’ Appeal and the RCB are match–funding the first €1,000/£1,000 raised.
Join us this Lent in being mindful of the impact of our lifestyles on others and on all of creation.
Click on this document link below for an interesting read about the immensely clever conservation projects that our efforts will fund.
We need your empty jam jars!
Could we please ask you to save all empty jam pots please and bring them to church and leave them at the back? We need them for our upcoming Church Fete. We are anticipating a wonderful amount of delicious home made jams but we are short of jam jars! Many thanks :)
Statement on the proposal to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution from the Archbishop of Armagh and the Archbishop of Dublin
The following statement is from The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland:
The tradition of the Church of Ireland would reject an unrestricted access to abortion, while being concerned to ensure provision for hopefully rare circumstances and in a secure medical setting. Where individuals draw such a line will inevitably differ. Instances where the life of the woman is at serious risk have long been regarded within Church of Ireland teaching as situations where termination of a pregnancy would be justifiable. For some, pregnancy after sexual crime or the medical certainty of fatal foetal abnormality might also be seen as circumstances where abortion could be considered as justified. In every situation, however, the church seeks to offer pastoral care sensitive to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of women and families who find themselves in such difficult situations.
With respect to current proposals:
• We favour a modification of the Article 40.3.3 in such a way that allows for the Oireachtas to have legislative responsibility to address termination of pregnancy, any rights of the unborn and the rights of the pregnant woman within clearly defined boundaries and parameters.
• We recognise the dilemma faced both by legislators and by medical, nursing and healthcare practitioners with regards to access to unrestricted abortion during the early months of pregnancy. However, unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, or indeed at any stage, is not an ethical position we can accept.
• We would suggest that current legislation should be strengthened to ensure that the needs of pregnant women facing difficult situations can be addressed quickly and comprehensively through improved support services. This will require significant and sustained investment in both medical and mental health services.
• We acknowledge that too often in this debate the voice of women has not been heard. The church will seek to continue to care for and pastorally stand alongside women, and their partners and families, who face immensely difficult situations and dilemmas.
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