Fermanagh Churches Forum

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Lenten lunches and Faith & Friendship

On Wednesday 21st February, the Fermanagh Churches Forum is holding the first of this year’s Lenten lunches from 12.30 to 2pm in St Michael’s Parish Centre, next to St Michael’s Catholic church. As in previous years, we will share a simple lunch, provided by the church community, followed by Scripture reflection and prayer. There is no entrance charge but a collection will be taken for Christian Aid and Trócaire. Further Lenten lunches will be held in Enniskillen as follows, all on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 2pm and open to everyone.

28th February – McArthur Hall, Enniskillen Methodist Church, Wesley Street entrance.

7th March – St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall

14th March – the Bridge Centre at the Presbyterian Church

Please note also that the Faith and Friendship group, an interdenominational Bible study, fellowship and prayer gathering, sharing the reflections of Rev. Ruth Patterson, will meet on Wednesday 21st March from 12.30 to 2pm, at the Riverview Room in the Bridge Centre. All are very welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring your own sandwiches!

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Day of Prayer in Enniskillen

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Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Photo: © Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints. All Rights Reserved

Photo: © Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints. All Rights Reserved

We hope that you will be able to join us once again at our annual Christian Unity Week Service, which will take place on Thursday January 18th at 7.30pm in Enniskillen Methodist Church. The material for this year’s celebration has been prepared by Christians in the Caribbean, and its themes raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by churches in the region.

The reflection will be given by Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, Lay leader of the Methodist Church in Ireland. As you may remember, he gave a brilliant talk to the Forum in October, as part of our Reformation/reformations series.

As always, the service is open to everyone, and a warm welcome is offered to all. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards, giving us an opportunity to meet and talk with old and new friends.

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2017 AGM

We are very pleased to invite you all to this year’s AGM, which will take place on Thursday 16th November at 8pm in the Riverview Room of the Bridge Centre (the hall at the Presbyterian Church) East Bridge Street, Enniskillen.

Our guest speaker will be Jonny Hanson, co-founder of Jubilee, an interdenominational Christian cooperative focused on agriculture and environmental stewardship. Jonny, who was brought up in Monaghan and Malawi, will be talking about the Jubilee Farm project, which integrates care farming, community-supported agriculture and conservation education and engagement, all in a two acre walled garden in the centre of Larne. As always, refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to chat to old and new friends.

Please note also that our membership year begins at the AGM and there will be the opportunity to pay your subscription (still only £10) during the evening. If you are not yet a member, this is the ideal opportunity to join us!

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Autumn Seminars 2017

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2017 Fermanagh Churches Forum Conference

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(in association with Fermanagh and Omagh Council and the Irish School of Ecumenics)

Our conference this year will be held at the Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen on Thursday September 21st 2017 from 10am  until 4pm and our theme will be Civil Society Engaging with Politics

The conference will explore, through input and interactive discussion, the ideas of common good, equality and democracy as key to the flourishing and wellbeing of all the people of Northern Ireland.The purpose of the conference is to encourage and empower all of us to be engaged in the politics of human and eco flourishing. It is about faith in action as we endeavour to play our part in participatory and deliberative democracy.

Programme

10.00am – 10.25am Registration – Tea / coffee on arrival
10.30am Welcome
10.40am – 11.10am Dr. Johnston McMaster: ‘Saving Democracy For The Sake Of Equality’
11.10am – 12.00 noon Interactive Group Discussion
12noon – 12.45pm Questions and Answers. Facilitated Plenary Discussion
12.45pm – 1. 45pm Lunch
1.45pm – 2.15pm Dr. Johnston McMaster: ‘Is a Common Good Possible In A Contested
Society?’
2.15pm – 3.00pm Interactive Group Discussion
3.00pm – 3.40pm Questions and Answers. Facilitated Plenary Discussion
3.40pm – 4.00pm A Way Forward ?
4.00pm Closing Reflection

To book your place or if you have any questions, please click here to email us.  The conference is free of charge but booking is essential for catering purposes. We need to receive your booking by Monday 18th September.

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Photograph from the Killyhevlin Hotel website at www.killyhevlin.com

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Study trip to Donegal

Mount Errigal, photo from Wikipedia

Mount Errigal, photo from Wikipedia

This year’s Fermanagh Churches Forum study trip will be a visit to Donegal, on Saturday 10th June. The outline for the day is as follows:

8.15am Meet at Ardhowen car park for 8.30 coach departure.

(Timings from here are approximate)

10.45 Arrive at Dunlewey Cultural Centre for tea/coffee and scones. Meet Dr. Joe Kelly, our guide for the day.

11.30 Depart for trip with commentary to visit Loch Gartan, political and religious sites in Cloughaneely Parish and arrive at Óstan Loch Altan in Gortahork for a soup and sandwich lunch.

2 – 3.30pm Visit the Gortahork grave of Constable Charlie McGee, the first RIC man to die in the Rising. Further tour to visit Olpherts’ estate.

3.30 – 4pm Return to Dunlewey Centre and depart for Enniskillen.

6.30pm (approx) Arrive back at Ardhowen car park.

To secure your place on this trip, we are requesting a small payment of £5 per person, which will be donated to Christian Aid and Trócaire. The costs of the trip, including coach, refreshments as mentioned above, and any entrance fees are being met by the FODC Good Relations Programme.

If you would like to join us on the study trip, please email Tanya before Monday 5th June.  The coach for this trip is relatively small, and so places will be limited to around 30 people.

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Forthcoming events

 

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The Faith and Friendship group, an interdenominational Bible study, fellowship and prayer gathering, sharing the reflections of Rev. Ruth Patterson, will meet on Wednesday 8th March from 12.30 to 2pm, in St Michael’s Parish Centre, Enniskillen. All are very welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring your own sandwiches!

 

On Wednesday 15th March we are holding the first of this year’s Lenten lunches from 12.45 to 2pm in McArthur Hall, Enniskillen Methodist Church, Wesley Street entrance As in previous years, we will share a simple lunch, provided by the church community, followed by Scripture reflection and prayer. There is no entrance charge but a collection will be taken for Christian Aid and Trócaire. Further Lenten lunches will be held in Enniskillen as follows, all on Wednesdays from 12.45 to 2pm.

22nd March – the Bridge Centre at the Presbyterian Church

29th March – St Michael’s Parish Centre, next to St Michael’s Catholic church

5th April – St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Hall

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – service on 19th Jan

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Left to right: Rev Chris MacBruithin (curate, St Macartin’s Cathedral), Margaret Barkey (FCF committee member), Eileen Gallagher (FCF chair), Ronald Brown (FCF treasurer), Catherine Mulholland (FCF committee member), Tanya Jones (FCF secretary), Very Rev. Kenneth Hall (Dean, St Macartin’s Cathedral)

Crossing Barriers is the theme, especially relevant to us, of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated from 18th to 25th January. The material for this year’s celebration has been prepared by Christians in Germany, based on the words in 2 Corinthians reminding us of how we share in God’s love and in a commitment to his message of reconciliation.

There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are finding expression. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down. The fall of this wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible.

For many years the Fermanagh Churches Forum has coordinated a service in Enniskillen to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. At first this was held in neutral, secular venues, but recently it has rotated among four Presbyterian, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Catholic churches in the town centre.

This year the service will be hosted by St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral on Thursday 19th January, beginning at 7.30pm. The Dean, the Very Rev. Kenneth Hall, is delighted to welcome all to an inspiring evening of shared liturgy and music. Lay people, clergy and choirs from different Christian traditions will take part in the service along with young people from many schools in Enniskillen. The guest preacher will be the Cathedral’s curate, Rev Chris Mac Bruithin. After the service, refreshments will be served, giving the congregation the opportunity to share socially as they have in their worship.

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AGM 2016

tpciWe are very pleased to invite you to this year’s AGM, which will take place on Thursday 17th November at 8pm in the Riverview Room of the Bridge Centre (the hall at the Presbyterian Church) East Bridge Street, Enniskillen.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Gladys Ganiel, whom many of you will remember from her visit to Fermanagh a few years ago.  Her new book, Transforming Post Catholic Ireland, includes a chapter about the Fermanagh Churches Forum, and it will be fascinating to hear her insights into the work which we do.  As always, refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to chat to old and new friends.

Please note also that our membership year begins at the AGM and there will be the opportunity to pay your subscription (still only £10) during the evening. Additional donations are also very welcome.  We will also be electing our new management committee.  If you would be interested in helping in this way, please let me or another member of the current committee know.  It does not require a great deal of time, and no special skills, but is essential to the continuation of the Forum.

 

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