Dear Beloved Community,

It’s been a choppy week at the Clements house as some of us got hit by a dose of bad health. Onwards and upwards now hopefully, although we’ll take it slowly this week. With the craft night and the BBQ, we are just glad that Julie stayed healthy! I’m giving my usual comments to her today, as she wanted to give a big thank you to all who helped at the BBQ. Blessing, Rob

What an amazing community we get to be part of!  The Parish and Community BBQ, preceded by the match, was a wonderful day for everyone!

THANK YOU to so many people for pitching in!  Everyone’s talents together make it possible, and we were able to feed the 5000!  Thank you to the people who made salads and desserts, who setup, who served, who jumped in when needed and to the clean-up crew!!  Please know that your efforts, both big and small, are so appreciated and without them, the BBQ couldn’t happen.  A special thanks to Emily for keeping us hydrated, Jenny and Neelam for all your making and baking in the GG kitchen, Emerson for his Brazilian talent, Emma Slowe’s team of face painters (including our very own Meg Fitzsimons), and for Mick Flemming who provided the delicious meat! 

Thank you all!


Service for Sunday 17th September:

8:30am:  Holy Communion.

9:45am: Sunday Morning @ the Gathering Grounds

11:00am: Morning Prayer.

Alpha at the Gathering GroundsThis Autumn we are running Alpha once again and you and yours are invited! We start on Sunday, September 17th at the Gathering Grounds from 7.30 – 9.15 pm. If you would like to explore your faith and what it means to you or would love to encourage a friend or relative to do so, then this is for you!Alpha is designed to spend a little time on big questions that can help you enrich and grow your understanding of life, meaning and faith in a fun and relaxed way. It’s for people of any denomination or faith, or indeed none. There is food, a video presentation, followed by discussion in a small group. You may have a burning question or want to say nothing at all – that’s perfectly fine. There are 10 Sunday evening sessions and one Saturday. It may seem like a big commitment, but why not come to the first session with a friend and see how you like it?You can watch a video of what to expect here: You can register here: you have any questions, you can email the rector, or Susan at Changing the Story ConferenceWe are delighted to host the launch of the Mother’s Union ‘Equipping The Church To Take Action and End Domestic Abuse’ Programme’ on Saturday the 16th September. Keynote speakers include Bekah Legg, CEO Restored and Rev Dr Helen Paynter, theologian and author.If you are interested you can register here: Tuesday Midweek Service at 11:30Our midweek service is on this Tuesday in the church. Looking forward to seeing you. The Parish ChoirsThe choirs are back this Tuesday. Contact Kevin our Music Coordinator at for any info. A reminder about our New Youth Choir for those aged 12+ will start at 7pm. We welcome those who like to sing & those who can play musical instruments. Find out more & Sign-Up at this link: Play Café Gets OWT! Outside With Toddlers)We’re planning on having another Jurassic-Fantastic time again this week with dinosaur themed activities. How roar-some is that! Come join us, dig for dinosaurs in the sand, have lots of messy fun with the dinosaur swamp, enjoy some sensory play in the dinosaur village and lots more. Our Jurassic Trail will be set up around the grounds for you to wander around and find before we finish with story and singing. Plenty of opportunity for the grown-ups to have a catchup too. We have a few spaces left for this week and also run a waitlist as invariably we have last minute availability due to cancellations. Spaces can be booked via the Eventbrite link below. For more information contact Lynn 087 6957061 Bumps & BabesBumps and Babes is a wonderful group to welcome parents from the parish and community, along with their new-borns and infants, to the Gathering Grounds. It’s lovely to see parents, particularly mums, meeting with other mums. In the informal and relaxed set-up on the couches.  If you are, or know of, a new parent or parent to be who would just like to relax and enjoy a cuppa in company, this is for you! Come to the Gathering Grounds on Wednesday mornings from 10am-11:30am for an informal, friendly meet-up where you can chat and meet others in the community.  So, if you’re expecting or have a baby from new-born to pre-walking, come alone or bring a friend.  A warm welcome awaits you.  No need to book. For more information contact Julie or Lynn Gathering Grounds CafeWe are open Monday till Saturday! See you over a coffee of for lunch Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. WebsiteWe have a regular update of our parish calendar on our new website. You might like to have a look or save it to your favourites. It is particularly phone friendly if you prefer to access these things on your mobile – 
Other HappeningsSign Up for the Kitchen Table ProjectJust half of children growing up in Christian homes keep their faith as adults. That is a difficult statistic to reflect on as we seek to pass on a vibrant faith to the next generation.This term, we are launching a new initiative in the parish to support family centered faith development. It’s called the Kitchen Table Project.  It’s a simple idea really. It recognizes that mums, dads, grandparents, and carers are the most important influence on children developing a faith that lasts. Faith is nurtured in the home, often around the kitchen table.What we are planning to do is to send families one resource per week to inspire faith at home. If you would like to sign up, please let Lynn of me know and we will get you signed up. We have close to 20 families signed up already, but we can have a lot more. Anam Cara South DublinAnam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 11th September at 7:15pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.  Scam Warning!I am aware that some parishioners continue to be spammed by someone pretending to the rector of Kilternan.  This is a highly sophisticated scam and has made for an incredibly painful week. I might ask you to do a few things.You will only receive communication from the parish from official email accounts, or or from the rectors mobile 087 149 6605. Be careful of email addresses seeking to closely mimic these.If you receive any suspicious communication do not answer it.  Check with me directly using official communication if unsure.Consider reporting and blocking the scammer.On WhatsApp: When you report someone, WhatsApp will keep track of that user should they get reported numerous times after that. By reporting them, you contribute to a case against them that can ultimately result a user being banned, temporarily or, in extreme cases, permanently – Gmail. Please use the block sender function. You can report the person by sending the address of the fraudulent email here – Sadly, this has become too common an experience for clergy and other persons of public confidence. For more general information on avoiding scams, have a look on the Church of Ireland website: