Dear Beloved Community,

In our Gospel reading on Sunday, John 17:6-19 when we read John’s account of Jesus, knowing He would be leaving His disciples, praying to God in their presence. Jesus wants his disciples to overhear what he is saying, wanting them to know that he is not leaving them alone but in the hands of God.

“While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe. No one was lost, but now I am coming to You and I ask You to protect them and keep them safe.”

Jesus is not just praying for the disciples here but for us too. Jesus knew that life in this world is difficult.

On Sunday, the children used and created mazes to think about how finding our way through life can sometimes be like finding our way through a maze. Every day we have to make choices and we don’t always know which way to go. Sometimes we might choose the wrong route, and we have to back up a little and start over again.

Both prayer and God’s word can help us make our way through the maze of life, Life is not always easy, but God can guide us and lead the way, ensuring we don’t get lost.

God, as we search for the path that will lead us safely through this

world, we place our trust in You and ask for Your guidance and protection.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Kilternan Ministry Team

PS. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. There is a tradition of wearing red, so why not come to worship in the reddest outfit you can find! We also have Brian Hickey so please do come along as we welcome him back to Kilternan!

Service for Sunday 19th May 2024.

  • 8:30am:  Holy Communion (Church)
  • 9:45am:  Sunday Morning at the Gathering Grounds
  • 11:00am: Morning Prayer (Church)

Sunday Sermons Available online

During the rector’s sabbatical, we will not be recording services. You can access older sermons on –

The best way to keep in touch with what is happening is on the website. Details here:

Notes for this Week

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The Rector is currently on sabbatical until 27th May 2024. For general queries please contact

Annemarie McCleane in the parish office. Email:  Phone: 01 295 26 43

For pastoral emergencies, you can contact Rev Fred Appelbe at

Midweek Service

There is a service of Morning Prayer on Tuesdays at 11:45am  in the Meeting Room. All welcome.

Gathering Grounds Cafe

All-Inclusive Social Group for the Neurodiverse Community

–  Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:30am. Come along and meet new people for coffee and chats!  Please share this invitation to anyone who might like to come along.

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Intergenerational Tea Dance – 17th May – 4pm – 6pm

The Gathering Grounds, in collaboration with Dún Laogharie-Rathdown Sports Partnership will hold an Intergenerational Tea Dance on Friday the 17th of May from 4-6pm in the Gathering Grounds.  The George Hunter band will be playing, Chef Rob and Emma will prepare nibbles. Cakes, tea and coffee will be in abundance!   Booking is essential.  Please sign up through the website,

KAMM – Mind, Body and Soul Series of Talks – 16th May @ 11am

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Kilternan All Minds Matter (KAMM) will host a series of free talks on Thursday mornings beginning this Thursday, 16th of May at 11am.

The series of talks will promote wellness in the mind, body and soul.  Information included in this series is applicable to people of all ages, and stages of mental wellbeing.  Talks are held in the Main Hall at the Gathering Grounds, lasting approximately 45 minutes. 

This Thursday, we will hear from Rachel Young, a nutrition and health coach and wellness consultant.  She will explore the basic principles for healthy nutrition and how we can adjust our ways to improve these.  Looking specifically at how, when, where and why we eat, and how these impact our choices on what we eat. 

Youth Night at The Gathering Grounds – 19th May 2024

Kilternan Youth Group returns this Sunday in the Gathering Grounds from 7:30pm-9pm.

Open to 1st-6th year students.  Register for Youth Night on

Annual Country Fete – 25th May 2024

The countdown to the Kilternan Fete is on and preparations are underway!

This is an exciting family fun day which brings all our community together.  There are so many ways that you can help, and we would really appreciate it if you took the time to complete the attached form at your earliest convenience to let us know how you can help. Scan the QR code to access and complete the form or contact the parish office.  Many thanks from the Fete Committee

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Annual Country Fete – Raffle Tickets 2024

Raffle tickets are now available to purchase from the Gathering Grounds Café or from the Parish Office

Annual Country Fete – Dog Show – Registration now opens for Most Photogenic Pet

Entries for the category of Most Photogenic Pet are now open, this is an online competition only and closing date for entries is 23rd May 2024.

Play Café Gets OWT! (Outside With Toddler)

Play Café returns this week! We celebrate the start of summer with our messy and sensory play activities, story and singing. We hope to be able to move to our outdoor programme in the coming weeks – possibly this week but we’ll let everyone know beforehand. Though we are fully booked on the booking system via the website, please do get in touch with Lynn if you wish to join the cancellation list – last minute spaces always become available. Lynn 087 695 7061

Bumps & Babes

New parents, and parents to be, are invited to come join us and enjoy a cuppa in company at the Gathering Grounds on Wednesday morning from 10am-11:30am. An informal friendly meet-up where you can relax, chat, and meet others in the community. So, if you are expecting or have a baby from new-born to pre-walking, come alone or bring a friend.  A warm welcome awaits you for more information contact either Julie or Lynn 087 695 7061