Fermanagh Churches Forum

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Lenten lunches, beginning 17th February, and Faith & Friendship, 9th March

800px-Illuminated.bible.closeup.arpOn Wednesday 17th February we are holding the first of this year’s Lenten lunches from 12.45 to 2pm in St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Hall. 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.

24th February – the Bridge Centre at the Presbyterian Church

2nd March – McArthur Hall, Enniskillen Methodist Church, Wesley Street entrance

16th March – to be announced (led by a representative from St Michael’s Catholic Church).

On 9th March all are invited to join the Faith & Friendship group which will be meeting in the Bridge Centre from 12.30 to 2pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch for this event.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“Salt of the Earth.” This familiar yet challenging phrase is the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated from 18th to 25th January. What does it mean for Christians today to be salt and light in the world, and how does it affect the ways that we communicate, serve and worship together?

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 Enniskillen Presbyterian Church on Thursday 21st January, beginning at 7.30pm. Everyone, from all churches or none, is warmly invited to an inspiring evening of shared prayer, reflection and music.

Lay people young and old, from different Christian traditions, will take part in the service, which is this year based upon material prepared by Christians from Latvia, and the guest preacher will be the Rev. Linda Keys. After the service, tea and coffee will be served in the Bridge Centre, giving the congregation the opportunity to share socially as they have in their worship.

The Fermanagh Churches Forum is a group of Christian believers in the Fermanagh area who seek to promote reconciliation in the community and among the churches. New members, of all ages and from all backgrounds, are always very welcome. For more information about the Forum’s work and its past and forthcoming events, please visit www.fermanaghchurchesforum.org or telephone the secretary, Tanya Jones, on 07873344811.

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Vigil for Survival

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Seminar series

Are we still up for the challenge of reconciliation? Seventeen years on from the
hope-filled Belfast Agreement, things have changed for the better, but we remain a
society limping from one crisis to another. Our political inability to deal with the
past and with sectarianism leaves us prisoners of our history and culture. We still
share no vision of a common good and no clear path into the future.
Faith communities are an integral part  our struggles towards recnciliation and,
we must admit, part of their failures. We feel disheartened and disillusioned by yet
another crisis in what feels like an endless stream of the same.
But ‘crisis’ in the language of the Christian gospel means judgment and also
opportunity. Are people of faith still able to honour their long-term commitment to
reconciliation, to renew their vision and active engagement?
A new five-part course in Enniskillen, facilitated by the well-known and popular Dr.
Johnston McMaster, will be exploring these questions. Organised by the Fermanagh
Churches Forum and supported by the Community Relations Council, the course will
begin this Thursday, 5th November, at 8pm in the Waterways Ireland headquarters
on the Sligo Road.
All are very welcome, entrance is free, including refreshments, and there is no need to book.

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AGM

We will be holding our AGM this Thursday (29th October) at 8pm at the Bridge Centre, Enniskillen (the hall at the Presbyterian church on East Bridge Street).

The guest speakers for the evening will be Susanne Downey of the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK,

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and Jonathan Hayward of Christians Against Poverty, which works through local churches to help people suffering from poverty and debt.

 

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All are very welcome, entrance is free, including refreshments, and there is no need to book. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Omagh Churches Forum Conference

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Conference: A Bridge Between Two Distinct Worlds

Pont génois de Pianella, Ota, Corse-du-Sud, France

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Fermanagh Churches Forum (in association with Fermanagh and Omagh Council)

  Venue: Manor House Hotel Enniskillen

Date: September 29th 2015

10.00am – 4. 00pm

 

‘A Bridge Between Two Distinct Worlds: Remembering the Past and Looking towards the Future’.

A day conference exploring how we can remember the two crucial events of 1916, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. The focus is less on history and more on how we use memory. It will look at the limitations of re-enactment, the paradoxes of memory, what we forget to remember, how we honour the dead without glorifying violence and how we take our own responsibility for building a different future without being controlled by voices from the grave. The exploration will bring ethics and memory together and build a bridge between two very distinct worlds, the past and the present/future.

10.00am – 10.25am        Registration – Tea / coffee on arrival

10.30am                           Welcome

10.40am – 11.10am       Dr. Johnston McMaster: ‘The Challenge to Ethically Remember in 2016’

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: ‘god and Nationalism: The Abuse of the Sacred in  

                                           War and Violence’              

2.15pm – 3.00pm          Interactive Group Discussion

3.00pm – 3.40pm        Questions and Answers. Facilitated Plenary Discussion

3.40pm – 4.00pm         A Way Forward for 2016?

4.00pm Closing Reflection

 

This conference is free of charge and open to everyone, but pre-booking is essential for catering purposes.  Please email me at info@fermanaghchurchesforum.org on or before Thursday 24th September.

 

 

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Lenten lunches

On Wednesday 25th February we are holding the first of this year’s Lenten lunches from 12.45 to 2pm in the Bridge Centre of the Presbyterian Church in Enniskillen. As in previous years, we will share a simple lunch, provided by the church community, followed by a short period of prayer and meditation. There is no entrance charge but a collection will be taken for Christian Aid and Trocaire. Further Lenten lunches will be held in Enniskillen as follows, all on Wednesdays from 12.45 to 2pm.

4th March – St Michael’s Parish Centre, beside St Michael’s Catholic Church

18th March – McArthur Hall, Enniskillen Methodist Church, Wesley Street entrance

25th March – St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Hall

On 11th March we are invited to join the Faith & Friendship group which will be meeting in the Bridge Centre from 12.30 to 2pm. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch for this event.

All are very welcome to come along – we look forward to seeing you there.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.

The Fermanagh Churches Forum organises a shared service each year to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  This year it will be held in St Michael’s (Catholic) Church in Enniskillen, on Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm.  All are very welcome.

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Glenn’s talk and our AGM

 

Aslan“It’s not safe, but it’s good.”  Readers of the Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis may recognise echoes of his description of Aslan the great Lion.  And now it is the challenging title of Glenn Harvey’s talk  at the Bridge Centre (beside Enniskillen Presbyterian Church) on Tuesday 25th November at 7.30pm.  Glenn, the local Good Relations Officer in the Irish Churches Peace Project, will be speaking about his work with the ICPP, its successes and challenges, and will welcome the opportunity to answer your questions.

The occasion is the AGM of the Fermanagh Churches Forum,  and Glenn’s talk will be followed by light refreshments (and the opportunity to pay your 2014/15 membership subscription – still only £10!) and then the formal business of the meeting. All are very welcome, entrance is free, and there is no need to book.

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