The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
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 children of the Sunday School group at the Church of St Multose, Kinsale, Sunday 18th June, with the Rector and Gail Swanton their co-ordinator.
The new Hon. Treasurer, Jonathan Grimes, presents the out-going Hon. Treasurer, Fred Treacy, with a gift from the current members of the parish Select Vestry, in appreciation of his 35 years financial service to the Kinalse Union of Parishes.
Parade after Sea Sunday Ecumenical Service The Church of St Multose May 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 in 1957, Peter 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, he served a curacy in the parish of Stormont, Diocese of Down. Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 1985, he served throughout the world, resigning in 2002 as Assistant Chaplain General.
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 was also Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Warden of the Guild of Lay Readers, and an elected member of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. Since 2011 he has been an Oblate (external member) of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross, Rostrevor, Co. Down.
He enjoys walking, jogging, and beagling. 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 is married to Dr. Janet Rutherford. Originally from the United States, Janet is also a graduate of the University of St Andrews, the University of Ulster, and the Queen’s University Belfast. She is a theologian and liturgical scholar, a fluent speaker and translator of Italian, and a keen sailor. They have a very ‘holy’ Jack Russell Terrier, Baysie, who regularly attends worship and acts as a canine pastoral assistant!