On Friday and Saturday, I was at the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. This is the governing body of the church which meets once a year. Much of it is fairly dull (I think that’s fair to say), as procedural bills make their way to the floor.

However, there are many items that make their way to the floor that are exciting. This year we heard a presentation from a group of young people called Lighten our Darkness about an innovative environmental programme. We voted on a motion to acknowledge the impact of anti–refugee and migrant hatred in our communities., we committed to providing resources and support around legacy issues, and we talked about making pioneering ministry part of the very DNA of our church institution.

If you are interested in hearing a bit more about the work of the wider church, you might want to have a look at the following website: https://www.ireland.anglican.org/news 


Rev Rob

PS: Looking forward to seeing you at the fete this Saturday!!!!!

Services this Sunday

Here is the list of Service for Sunday 21st May:

8:30am:  Holy Communion. This will be in the Church building.

11:00am: Holy Communion. This will be in the Church building.

Note that there is no 9:45 service this Sunday. We will be all together in the church and the kids can leave to continue their worship in the centre. The centre will still be recovering from the fete on Saturday, so I think this makes sense for all!

Notes for this Week

Kilternan Parish Fete this Saturday

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

If you wish to donate, you might note the attached document. But in particular I might highlight:

  • Cakes and Deli.  These can be dropped into school on Friday, May 19th from 8:30 – 2:00.
  • Books can be left into the Meeting Room in the Parish Centre on Thursday, May 18th from 8:30am – 3pm and Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm.
  • Bric a Brac Small can be left into the school hall Thursday May 18th from 10am until 2:10pm and Friday 8:30am – 6:00pm. We cannot accept electrical items.
  • Tombola items can be brought to the school any day from now and placed in the boxes provided in the school foyer from 8:30am – 2:10pm.
  • Toys: Drop off to school hall on Thursday May 18th from 10:00am -2.10pm and Friday 8.30am – 6:00pm.
  • Adult Lucky Dip items – Please drop into Grainne in the school office at any time.

Raffle Tickets

There are some amazing prizes as part of our raffle this year. You can pick up tickets at the Gathering Grounds Café or Parish Office throughout the week.

Fete Silent Auction

You will have received a list of our amazing raffle prizes for this Saturdays Fete and thank you to those of you who have already bought your tickets.

In addition to the Grand Raffle, there will also be a Silent Auction for two sets of two Def Leppard tickets for their concert in Marley Park on Tuesday, July 4th.

There are two ways to submit your bid:

1.Via this link – this link will close at 1pm on Friday, May 19th, 2023.


2.At the Information Stand on the day of the Fete.

Good Luck! –  Grainne Darlington, Principal, Kilternan COI National School.

Tiny Teachers

Tiny Teachers is a programme we are running this week as part of Mental Health Awareness week as part of our Kilternan All Minds Matter (KAMM) programme to promote positive mental health.  Tiny Teachers bring a new-born baby and parent into contact with a primary school class while facilitating a conversation to encourage the development and practice of empathy skills.  Research shows that practicing empathetic behaviour improves our ability to effectively manage and respond to our own emotions and be more equipped to handle stressful or emotionally challenging situations.  We ran a trial of Tiny Teachers last year with great feedback.  This year will introduce new relationships and bring back the mother and baby pairs from last year to reconnect and do a follow up session with their respective class who met with them last year. 

Wednesday Prayer Service

Join us for a short 25 minutes to pray for the needs of the community at 8pm on zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85447977275?pwd=VGV2QkwvQU9qREc4L2prOVhFdWlPZz09

Meeting ID: 854 4797 7275 / Passcode: 232524

Play Café Gets OWT! (Outside With Toddler)

We hope to be feeling great in the great outdoors at Play Café Gets OWT!  this Wednesday with our Mindfulness Trail and activities –take a stroll through our interactive Mindful Trail, create an artistic masterpiece with mud paint, engage in our dandelion/lemon sensory playdough, walk our barefoot sensory path and lots more. Please note this will be an outdoor session, so if you are booked in for this week please do come dressed for the Irish weather! We are fully booked, however last-minute spaces do become available, so should you wish to join the cancellation list contact Lynn 087-6957061

Bumps & Babes

If you are expecting or have a baby from new-born to pre-walking, come alone or bring a friend to Bumps and Babes. Whether you are a tired in need of some caffeine or in need of a listening ear as a new parent, or parent to be, you are invited to take some time for yourselves and join us and enjoy a cuppa in company in the Gathering Grounds from 10am on Wednesday. The informal friendly meet-up is a space where you can relax, chat and meet others in the community. A warm welcome awaits you and there is no need to book. For more information contact Julie gatheringgrounds@kilternanparish.ie or Lynn

Call for Klips!

We are currently working on the summer edition of Klips. If you have any content you would like to offer, please get it to me by 30th May