Weekly News as of May 24th 2020

Notices from May 17th 2020

Easter Vestries
Easter Vestries – Monday next (18th May) is the deadline according to the Constitution for Easter vestries. As State law trumps Church Constitution requirements, it is not possible to meet this deadline. The bishop will write  informing  of the revised timescale that will take into account the constitutional requirement to announce the date on two consecutive Sundays. Meanwhile, the present office bearers and select vestry members remain in position.
The bishop has asked that people keep their giving envelopes to one side each week and hold on to them or if safely possible to get them to the treasurer.


Educational Grants

Diocesan Grants for pupils, attending Protestant Managed Secondary Schools, are available to those who are in receipt of Secondary Education Committee Grants (SEC). Application forms are available from all Clergy and from the Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Education. Completed forms must be received by the Secretary by the 30th June.

There are some Book grants available for pupils attending local Secondary Schools. The application forms are available from the clergy. Receipts for the books must be submitted along with the Grant application form, to the Diocesan Secretary, by mid-September.

Some small Transport Grants, to assist parents bring their children to C of I Primary Schools, are available through the clergy. Parents need to apply, in writing, to their Rectors, stating the distance from the school. These grants are on a first received, first awarded basis. Applications should be received by mid-August.

There are no Diocesan grants available for 3rd Level Education but there are other Resources that may help towards this funding. Contact the Secretary,

Rev. Canon Doris Clements, Doobeg Hse., Bunninadden.  F56 CV63 Co. Sligo. Mob: 086-2497806: E-mail = doristsclements@gmail.com

The Prayer Course

Church Services

Looking at the government’s road map it seems that the earliest we would be allowed to be open for worship is July 26th.  However, for this to occur there will need to be some special planning on maintaining social distancing.  Watch this space!

For the moment though, no  services in church until further notice!

An online service is available for the group at the top of the website.

A Diocesan online  service can be found at www.tuam.anglican.org The link is on this website.

Services will be delivered by a different member of diocesan staff each week. Please see the special link at the top of the website to find the links.

Diocesan Service Booklet

The diocese has produced a service booklet for the crisis.  These have been distributed to those for whom I have contact details.  Should you require additional copies or know of someone who missed out please let me know as I have spare copies.

Pastoral Care

Please phone, text and Skype each other!