Welcome to Kinsale Union of Parishes located in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the most Southerly Dioceses in the Church of Ireland.There are three churches in the Union, St Multose in Kinsale, Christ Church in Ballymartle and Holy Trinity Templetrine near Ballinspittle.
The Rector Makes Presentation of €150 to the Kinsale Community Playschool, March 2017.
We foster good relationships with other churches in the area and participate in many ways in the communities in which we live and work.
We have a “Vision Statement” which runs as follows:
“IT IS OUR HOPE THAT, THROUGH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR PARISH WILL GROW IN LOVE, STRIVE FOR UNITY AND BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ALL”
As part of this vision, we have adopted a prayer in which we pray for the life of the Church in every parish. We invite you to use this prayer, to help us in our work and to further the mission of the Church throughout the world.
Grant Lord, that the Church in every parish may be a place where children grow in grace as they grow in years; where young men and women find fulfilment in your service, where those in midlife find strength to attempt new and greater things to your glory and those in the evening of life glimpse the light of your eternal glory; where the sorrowing find comfort and the weary rest; where the doubting find certainty and the tempted strength to resist; where the lonely find fellowship and the sinner forgiveness. This prayer we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Reverend Peter Rutherford
Born in Belfast, the Reverend Peter Rutherford was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the University of St Andrews, Scotland, the Church of Ireland Theological College and the University of Ulster. Ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984, Peter served his curacy in the parish of Stormont, Diocese of Down. Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 1985, he served throughout the world, retiring in 2002 as Assistant Chaplain General at the age of 45. After a chaplaincy in Varese, Italy, in the Diocese of Europe, he was appointed Rector of the Castlepollard and Oldcastle Union in 2004, and Rector of the Julianstown Union in 2010, both in the Diocese of Meath, where he has also been Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Warden of the Guild of Lay Readers, and an elected member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod.
Peter enjoys walking, jogging, beagling and squash. He is a member of the executive committee of SSAFA-Forces Help for the Republic of Ireland, a member of the Irish United Nations Veterans’ Association, and a member of the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin. Peter and Janet met and married while students at St Andrews in 1980. Originally from the United States, Janet is also a graduate of the University of Ulster, and the Queen’s University Belfast. She is a theologian and liturgical scholar, a fluent speaker of Italian, and paints in oils. They have a very ‘holy’ Jack Russell Terrier, Baysie, who regularly attends worship and acts as a canine pastoral assistant!