NewsLetter

THE CHURCH OF IRELAND – DIOCESE OF CORK

THE KINSALE UNION OF PARISHES

NEWSLETTER September 2020

THE SERVICES ARE AS FOLLOWS

Sun. 6th Sept.
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Sun. 13th
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Sun. 20th
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Sun. 27th
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Sun. 4th Oct
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13th after Trinity
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14th after Trinity
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15th after Trinity
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16th after Trinity
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17th after Trinity
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10:00am Morning Prayer
11:30am Holy Communion
8:30am Holy Communion
11:30am Holy Communion
10:00am Holy Communion
11:30am Holy Communion
8:30am Holy Communion
11:30am Holy Communion
10:00am Holy Communion
11:30am Holy Communion
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Ballymartle
Kinsale
Kinsale
Kinsale
Templetrine
Kinsale
Kinsale
Kinsale
Ballymartle
Kinsale
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The Bread at all Eucharistic Services is Gluten-Free.

 

  • 1. The Rector of the Parish is the Reverend Peter Rutherford tel. 021-4772220 and e-address peterrutherford@me.com. The parish website is www.kinsale.cork.anglican.org. Please try to leave Fridays free for the Rector and his family, except for pastoral emergencies.

    2.  The re-opening of churches in the Kinsale Union of Parishes phase 3:

    Our gradual reopening of churches for public worship at this time is both a great joy and also something of a challenge. We are taking this slowly and being careful. Of course, for those feeling vulnerable it is important not to feel ‘pushed’ into returning to church. Also, of course, if you have had any Covid-19 symptoms you must NOT return. As advised by the Bishop, we have a small group who looked at all the church protocols in detail (Jennifer McElroy, Pam Norris and myself, all of whom have successfully completed the course commended by the Bishop). This Parish Covid-19 Group has carried out a thorough risk assessment and drawn up plans to commend to the Select Vestry. The main points for phase 3 are as follows:

    1. In September we shall have 2 x 0830hrs services & 2 x 1000hrs. Parishioners of Ballymartle and Templetrine are encouraged to support each other at the two 10:00am services. There is so much to be done before and after services that we cannot at present accommodate 3 services each Sunday.
    2. Parishioners are advised to wear masks at all public services. Those officiating need not wear masks while officiating (but will do so when offering Communion – see (i) below).
    3. We are still limited to 50 persons at one gathering, but this may change.
    4. Only every other pew can be used and signs will indicate the pews not to be used.
    5. The churches will be cleaned both before and after services.
    6. All will have to use sanitisers & bring and take away their own tissues.
    7. Congregational singing is not permitted but there will be music.
    1. The orders of services will be on a printed sheet which people will collect (not be handed) at the door, and everyone must bring a pen to complete their or their family details in case contact tracing is necessary. Prayer and Hymn books will not be issued. The sheet must be dropped into a basket by the door as people leave. They will be collected and dated later in the following week.
    2. The surfaces on which the Rector will celebrate Communion will be of hygienic paper that will be disposed of after the service. The Rector will sanitise his hands before, during and after Communion. Only the Rector will receive the wine. He uses vessels brought from home and returned to home for later washing. The Bread will be covered by a purificator during consecration. The Rector will wear an approved mask after he has received Communion, and he will then come down to people and distribute Communion to them in their pews (so avoiding people touching surfaces or other people).
    3. Some may not wish to receive Communion and they will be offered a Blessing instead but they will not be touched.
    4. People will have to arrive slowly so as to avoid ‘bunching up’, so please allow extra time for this, and the same for exiting. People may talk to others outside as long as they maintain social distancing.
    5. The Rector will continue to send out the weekly Reflections to assist those who do not wish to return to church.
    6. There will be no collection during the service but a basket by the door.
    7. Visitors from other countries will be asked if they have fully complied with government regulations here, especially regarding self-isolating.
    8. Should anyone become ill during a service they should indicate to a church warden and they will be brought to an isolation area where appropriate procedures will be followed.

    3.  There will be two baptisms of parishioners in September – Victoria Chambers from Ballinspittle and Nicholas Grimes from Monastery Gardens, Kinsale. Unfortunately, these will not be in the context of Sunday public worship due to number restrictions, but we welcome them into the family of the Christian Church and pray for them, their parents & sponsers.

    4.   The Easter General Vestry, postponed due to Covid-19, is scheduled to take place immediately after the 11:30am service on Sunday 27th September. The Bishop has instructed that this must happen before 6th October. The Select Vestry for 2020/21will be elected, diocesan elections will take place and the 2019 accounts will be presented. If government advice on numbers at meetings does NOT change then this will have to be postponed.

    Every blessing, and stay safe. Peter Rutherford

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