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Mrs Jill Hunter     posted 24/09/2017
At our morning worship on Sunday 24 September, our new Rector Rev Alan Synnott introduced
Mrs Jill Hunter (Diocesan Lay Reader) from Mullabrack Parish who will be taking up a role in our
Parochial Group, helping Rev Synnott deliver weekly services in all four parochial churches.

We at Christ Church, Bessbrook welcome Jill to our group and convey God's richest blessings to
her in her new role.



Institution of New Rector     posted 23/09/2017
A special service of Institution of Rev Alan Synnott as Rector of the Parochial Group of Camlough,
Mullaglass and Ballymoyer Union was held in Christ Church, Bessbrook on Friday 22 September.

The service was conducted by His Grace, The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh
and Primate of All Ireland.

A large attendance, with repesentatives from Alan's previous parishes in Co. Sligo, Roisin Mulgrew
(Newry, Mourne and Down Chairperson) and other local representatives enjoyed the setting of
Christ Church in the rolling Co. Armagh countryside. 

The Readings were read by Mr David Hawthorne (Ballymoyer Parish Reader) - Isaiah 43 vs 1 - 11,
Rev Amelia McWilliams (Diocesan Curate)  - 1 Timothy 6 vs 3 - 16 and Mrs Jill Hunter (Diocesan Reader) -
Matthew 5 vs 1 - 16.

Hymns sung, selected by Rev Synnott, were 'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation',
'As the deer pants for the water', 'Thy hand, O God, has guided', 'May the mind of Christ, my Saviour',
'Come down, O Love, divine' and 'And can it be'.

Parishioners, Hazel Cunningham, Ernest Cowan (both Bessbrook), Master William Conn (Mullaglass), Tom Porter (Belleek) and
Lucy Livingston (Ballymoyer), read at various locations in the church.

The Declaration was read by the Assistant Diocesan Registrar, Rev Canon Shane Forster and the sermon was delivered by the Archdeacon of Ardboe, Venerable Andrew Forster.

Afterwards, a bountiful and enjoyable supper was provided in the Parish Hall with speeches led by the Archbishop, Rev Canon Neville Hughes (Rural Dean), and Rev Alan Synnott.  Mr Nicholas Prins conveyed best wishes from the Sligo parishes and Rev Keith McIntyre conveyed a warm welcome from the neighbouring Presbyterian congregation.

The evening ended with the cutting of a cake welcoming Rev Alan and his wife Anne to the Parochial Group.



Farewell Service     posted 17/09/2017
Rev William McCracken bid farewell to Christ Church on Sunday 17 September after serving our
Parish as a Curate for the last 10 years.  Known simply as William to all, he was joined by his wife
Rachel, and children Jake, Matthew & Caitlin. Rev McCracken based his last sermon on the theme
of sharing and the service included his 5 favourite hymns and a favourite psalm.

Afterwards, People's Churchwarden Janice Kinnin, led the presentation of gifts to Rev McCracken
on behalf of the Select Vestry, parishioners and Sunday School of Christ Church.

A large number of parishioners attended a picnic lunch in the Parish Hall as parishioners enjoyed
fellowship with the McCracken family who were provided with a laden hamper and celebration cake.

The parishioners of Bessbrook will fondly remember William's ministry and extend God's richest
blessings to the McCracken family on their future ahead.



Rev William McCracken     posted 08/09/2017
It is with deep regret that we confirm the Rev William McCracken will be leaving our Parish on Sunday 17th September. 
The Rev McCracken will conduct Morning Worship as normal and a 'Bring Your Own Picnic' lunch will follow in the
Parish Hall to acknowledge the dedicated support and pastoral care provided by Rev McCracken over the last 10 years. 
William, Rachel and their family will continue in our prayers and we thank them for everything they have achieved for
our Parish and extend God's richest blessings to them for their future ahead.



Holy Baptism     posted 27/08/2017
This morning the McGrath family celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism of Isla Dawn in Christ Church.  The daughter of Robert and Laura and little sister to Katie, Isla was baptised and welcomed into the church family by Rev. William McCracken.















Rectory Spruce Up     posted 13/08/2017
As the work in the rectory in preparation for our newly appointed Rector, Rev Alan Synnott, is drawing to a conclusion, the Select Vestry are appealing for volunteers to help with a general 'spruce-up' of the rectory and its grounds.  This work is scheduled for Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th August between 2pm & 5pm.  If you can help in any way it will be greatly appreciated.



Model Garden Event     posted 25/06/2017
Christ Church are celebrating another very successful 150th anniversary event with the public opening of 'The Model Garden' in Mount Charles, Bessbrook.  The property and life long endeavour of parishioners William & Hilary McKelvey, the garden has been viewed by almost 300 people over the weekend of 24/25 June.  Many travelled from many miles away and Killyman Mothers' Union enjoyed the trip to Bessbrook as a group.

The 150th Planning Committee and Select Vestry wish to place on record our appreciation to William & Hilary and to everyone who attended this magnificent garden event, which was blessed with glorious weather throughout.

We acknowledge the support of many parishioners who provided their time and skills in ensuring this was another success story in the history of our parish.  We also acknowledge the sponsorship of scones and traybakes from Fiveways NISA Newry, J. D. Hunter & Co., Markethill and The Corn Dolly Bakery, Newry for the teas in our Parish Hall as part of the event.  Photos from the event can be viewed on our Gallery page.



Date of Institution     posted 18/06/2017
The Archbishop, Dr Richard Clarke, has advised that the Service of Institution for Rev Alan Synnott will be held
on Friday 22nd September 2017 at 7.30pm, in Christ Church, Bessbrook. 

Further details will be announced when they become available.

We wish Alan and Anne God's richest blessing as they prepare to make their way to our Parochial Group.



New Incumbent     posted 11/06/2017
We are pleased to announce that the Rev Alan Synnott, currently Archdeacon of Killala & Achonry
and Rector of the Skreen Union in Co. Sligo, has been appointed as Rector for the parishes of
Camlough, Mullaglass and Ballymoyer Union by the Diocesan Board of Nomination.

A date for the Service of Institution will be announced in the near future. 

We place on record our appreciation to our Parochial Nominators, Mrs Hazel Cunningham & Mr Paul Goodland
and Doris Megarity (Mullaglass) and Wilmar Johnston (Ballymoyer Union) and all involved with the
Board of Nomination for their dedicated commitment in securing the services of our new Rector.

We look forward to welcoming Rev Synnott, and his wife Anne, to their new home in Bessbrook in due course.

Further details will be advised when available.



Mullaglass Fashion Show     posted 11/06/2017
A special invitation has been received from the parishioners of Mullaglass Parish to join them for their upcoming Fashion Show being held in their Parish Hall on Wednesday 21 June at 7.30pm.   Tickets are available from Mullaglass Select Vestry members or you can pay at the door.



Ballymoyer Union BBQ     posted 08/06/2017
A special invitation has been received from the parishioners of Ballymoyer & Belleek churches to the parishioners of Christ Church to join them for their annual BBQ & Fun Night at Ballymoyer Rectory on the evening of Saturday 10th June from 7.00pm.  A number of tickets are available to the parish at a cost of £15.00 for adults and children free.  If you require a ticket please contact Mr Paul Goodland or the Hon. Secretary.



Midsummer Festival     posted 07/06/2017
Newry Chamber Music are hosting part of their Midsummer Festival in our Church and Parish Hall on the weekend of 16th & 17th June.  On Friday evening, 16th June, their Opening Concert, featuring Maire Flavin (soprano), Joanne Quigley (violin) and David Quigley (piano) will commence at 8pm.  

On Saturday 17th June, a series of events and workshops aimed at the younger generation will be held in our Parish Hall from 11.00am.

The festival continues in Newry Arts Centre and Warrenpoint Town Hall.

Full details on the Newry Chamber Music Midsummer Festival can be found using this link here



CMS Ireland - Children's Competition     posted 01/06/2017
Today, 1st June, CMS Ireland announced the prize winners in their 2017 Children's Resource - Growing in God - Colouring Competition and our Sunday School Superintendent, Mrs Eileen McVicker, is delighted to have been informed that Abbey McKelvey has received a 'Highly Commended' for her entry in the 5-7 years age category and Holly Best also received a 'Highly Commended' for her entry in the 11+ age category.  Our congratulations are conveyed to both Abbey and Holly and to the Sunday School teachers and Superintendent for their continued support of our young people and CMS Ireland's annual projects.



Children's Day        posted 28/05/2017
Our annual Children's Day service was held on Sunday 28 May at 11.30am.  This special service was led by the children of the Sunday School with pupils taking the Reading and Prayers.  The Sunday School choir also performed their anthem 'Jesus Called Them One By One'.  Rev William McCracken based his sermon on this years CMS Ireland project in Kenya, on which a DVD presentation was shown.

Mrs Eileen McVicker, Sunday School Superintendent, led the awards ceremony with all pupils presented with their annual awards.  Best in class winners were Victoria Martin, Matthew Fegan, Dylan Fegan and Matthew Gilcrhist. 

Mr Matthew Kinnin presented the Dobson Memorial Cup for overall best attendance at Sunday School and Church.  The cup was won by Victoria Martin.




Favourite Hymns Great Success!     posted 22/05/2017
Our 150th Anniversary programme kicked off with our much-anticipated Favourite Hymns Service on Sunday 21 May.  Over 200 people from throughout the community in Bessbrook and beyond, attended the evening of music and song in Christ Church, with the musical accompaniment provided by the talented musicians of Tullyvallen Silver Band. 

The 12 hymns chosen by the parishioners of Christ Church were; Be Thou My Vision, Be Still For The Presence, I Need Thee Every Hour, Give Me Oil In My Lamp, Nearer My God To Thee, Amazing Grace, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, Will Your Anchor Hold, The Day Thou Gavest Lord, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah and When We Walk With The Lord.

The service was conducted by Rev William McCracken who introduced each hymn with a short biography of the writer and hymn.

If you wish to have a permanent recording a CD copy of the service will be available shortly at a cost of £5 per copy.

To order your copy, please contact either Churchwarden or contact the Hon. Secretary on (028) 30 839 041 or email kinnin@hotmail.co.uk



500 Listens and Counting     posted 21/05/2017
Since the launch of our website just over a year ago, we have now had 500 listens to our weekly service via this site.  We trust you all enjoy the services and thank you for supporting our parish.



Mothers' Union Diocesan Festival Service     posted 14/05/2017
The Armagh Diocesan Mothers' Union Festival Service was held in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on Sunday 14 May 2017.  Proceedings included the planting of a tree in the Cathedral grounds and Mrs Hazel Cunningham, Camlough and Mullaglass Branch member, acted as Banner Bearer for the duration of the service.



Confirmation 2017     posted 12/05/2017
Six young people from our Parish received their Confirmation from Archbishop Dr Richard Clarke, along with all other candidates from the Mullabrack Rural Deanery, in Mullabrack Parish Church on Thursday 11 May 2017.  We convey our best wishes and congratulations to Holly, Jessica, Jason, John, Joshua & Matthew, and look forward to them receiving their Holy Communion with us in Bessbrook.  Our first service for the new Communicants will be held on Sunday 21 May at 11.30am, with the Celebrant, Rev William McCracken.  A recording of the service can be listened to via the following link, provided by Mullabrack & Kilcluney Parish: https://youtu.be/uTtRgkgsFQs















One Year Old     posted 01/05/2017
Today, 1 May, marks the first anniversary of the public launch of our parish website.  This site has been used to announce services and provide information on our general life within our parish.  It has been used by many over the last 12 months as a tool to contact the church, especially for those researching their family history.  We believe this has been a very useful and increasingly popular method of communication for parishioners and friends alike, and to date almost 500 people have listened to our weekly worship via this website.  We trust you will continue to enjoy this site and the information provided, especially our 150th anniversary programme of events.  If however, you wish to have any item/s included please use the contact information to suggest your ideas for inclusion.  We thank you all for your support of our website and look forward to keeping you all informed of our parish life as we continue into the future.



Rectory Clean Up     posted 19/04/2017
Today a large number of parishioners from our Parochial Group volunteered in giving the Rectory and its garden a 'spring-clean'.  This important work will ensure the rectory remains in pristine condition.  The Select Vestry greatly appreciate the support of all who helped out today.



Gallery Update     posted 17/04/2017
Our 'Gallery' section has been updated to include photographs from our Easter Sunday church floral decorations.  Our best thanks are conveyed to all who provided flowers and decorated the church so tastefully.



Mullaglass Big Breakfast     posted 09/04/2017
An invitation from St. Luke's, Mullaglass has been extended to all parishioners of Christ Church to join them in their annual Big Breakfast morning on Easter Sunday morning from 8.00am to 9.45am.  Proceeds are in aid of church funds and CMSI 2017 Project.



Youth Club Easter Trip     posted 05/04/2017
Members of our Junior Youth Club had a very enjoyable night out at the Fun House in Newry on Tuesday 4 April to finish off their 2016/17 season.  This coincided with their Easter break and all members received an Easter Egg as well.  Meanwhile, Senior Group members had an equally enjoyable Easter party in the Parish Hall.  This concludes the weekly activities for the Youth Club this season, though Senior Group members have agreed to attend during May & June (weather permitting), to help with the work in our church grounds and graveyard.
















Easter General Vestry Meeting     posted 04/04/2017
Our annual Easter General Vestry Meeting was held in Christ Church Parish Hall on Monday 3 April at 8.00pm.  The meeting was chaired by Rev William McCracken.  This is the annual business meeting of the church which elects the Select Vestry for the forthcoming year, whose role is to manage the fabric, finance and furnishings of the Parish.  The result of the election was as follows:

Churchwardens:
Rector's - Mr Alan Cummins
People's - Mrs Janice Kinnin

Glebewardens:
Rector's - Mr Paul Goodland
People's - Mr Adrian Fegan

Supplemental Glebewardens:
Rector's - Mr Gordon Thompson
People's - Mrs Hazel Cunningham

Diocesan Synods Persons:
Mr Adrian Fegan & Mr William McKie

Supplemental Synods Persons:
Mrs Ella Harvey & Mrs Joyce Postlethwaite

Parochial Nominators:
Mrs Hazel Cunningham & Mr Paul Goodland

Supplemental Parochial Nominators:
Mr Ernest Cowan & Mrs Hazel Paul

Honorary Secretary:
Mr Trevor Kinnin

Honorary Treasurer:
Mr John Cunningham

Select Vestry:
Rev Canon Neville Hughes, Rural Dean   EX-OFFICIO
Rev William McCracken - EX-OFFICIO
1. Mr Alan Cummins - EX-OFFICIO
2. Mrs Janice Kinnin - EX-OFFICIO
3. Mr Paul Goodland - EX-OFFICIO
4. Mr Adrian Fegan - EX-OFFICIO
5. Mrs Libby Cartmill
6. Mr Ernest Cowan
7. Mrs Hazel Cunningham
8. Mr John Cunningham
9. Mr David Goodland
10. Mrs Ella Harvey
11. Mr Allen Kinnin
12. Mr Trevor Kinnin
13. Mr William McKie
14. Mrs Hazel Paul
15. Mrs Joyce Postlethwaite
16. Mr Gordon Thompson



Fraudulent text message and email alert     posted 27/03/2017
Please be aware that the Church of Ireland are reporting the following warning on their website:

It has come to our attention that a number of fraudulent text messages and emails are being circulated purporting to be from the Church of Ireland – which is also described by the sender as the ‘Church of Ireland Charity Organization’ and ‘Ireland Church’. 

The message is followed up by an email which claims that the Church of Ireland is awarding €200,000 in cash and a travel visa to Europe to random mobile phone numbers across 16 countries in West Africa.

This message and email is not from the Church of Ireland and/or any body connected with the Church.  The Church of Ireland does not allocate funding in this way and the email appears to be a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal and banking details and/or monies from the recipient.
 
If you have received this message or email, please delete it.

The domain irelandchurch.com is not one of our official domains.

To link the above press release, please click here.



Large Attendance at our 150th Launch Event     posted 26/03/2017
A large attendance was gathered in our Parish Hall on the evening of Saturday 25 March 2017 for the official launch of our 150th anniversary programme.  The evening was opened by Rev William McCracken who handed over to The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh for prayers and address.  The Archbishop described the history of the Church of Ireland, 150 years ago, and conveyed best wishes to the Parish for the next 18 months of activities.

Trevor Kinnin, Hon. Secretary, gave the details of all our events in the 150th programme before Rev Canon Neville Hughes, Rural Dean, closed in Prayer.  Special prayers were said for Archdeacon Terry Scott and his wife Alison, who couldn't attend the event due to a family bereavement earlier in the day.

Alan Cummins and Janice Kinnin, Churchwardens, presented a gift to each of the officiating clergy before supper was served.

Visiting clergy who attended represented the local Presbyterian, Methodist and Roman Catholic denominations, along with Rev Amelia McWilliams and Rev Canon Joyce Moore, who had previously served as Curate in the parish.

Photographs from the event can be viewed here.



150th Anniversary Launch This Week     posted 20/03/2017
As we look forward to welcoming the Archbishop to our Parish Hall for the launch of our 150th anniversary programme this Saturday evening, a number of local press outlets have been forwarded a Press Release in an attempt to highlight the events coming up during our anniversary.  Please look out for this in the local Newry & Armagh newspapers, along with the Belfast Newsletter.  A post has already been made on our Diocesan website and a post on the main Church of Ireland website should follow this week.  To view the full press release please link here.


400 up!     posted 15/03/2017
Since the launch of our Parish website on 1 May last year, 400 listeners have now enjoyed the recordings of our weekly services.
Our latest services can be enjoyed by clicking here.


Holy Matrimony     posted 10/03/2017
Congratulations are extended to Arlene Weir and Mark Johnston who were married this afternoon in Christ Church, Bessbrook.
Our prayerful best wishes are extended to the new Mr & Mrs Johnston.















150th Anniversary Meeting Date Change     posted 07/03/2017
Please note that due to a clash of events, our next 150th Anniversary Planning meeting has been changed from 8 March
to Wednesday 15 March at 8pm in our Parish Hall.  We apologise for any inconvenience.


Youth Support Workers Training Course     posted 24/02/2017
Over the last number of months, Mr David Goodland, has participated in the Education Authority assessed Youth Support Workers Training Course.  David is the first person, who has come through our Youth Club as a young member, to take such a course.  David was assessed by the Education Authority during our Youth Club programme on Tuesday 21 February in our Parish Hall.  We extend best wishes to David as he continues this very important course and subsequent qualification.  To view some photos from David's assessment please link here.


Marriage Enrichment Course     posted 24/02/2017
A 4 night Marriage Enrichment course is being hosted at Mullabrack, aimed at those who are married and those who are planning to get married.  If you are interested in attending this course, please contact either Churchwarden.  To view further details please click here.


Vacancy Advertisement     posted 23/02/2017
The advertisement for a new Incumbent for the Parochial Group of Camlough, Mullaglass and Ballymoyer Union is now posted on the Diocesan website.  Interested parties can view the advert will the following link:
https://www.ireland.anglican.org/vacancies/471/incumbent-camlough-mullaglass-ballymoyer-diocese


Revision of Vestry Members     posted 19/02/2017
The annual Revision of General Vestry Members will take place on Sunday 26 February 2017 at 7.30pm.  Currently the list of membership is open for interested parishioners to register.  The registration will remain open until Sunday 26 February at 7.00pm.  Any parishioner, who attends church regularly, pays over £50 per annum through our envelope system and is aged 18 or over, is eligible to register.  If you wish to do so, please contact either Churchwarden who will give you the relevant registration form.


Mothers' Union Dates     posted 14/02/2017
Camlough & Mullaglass Mothers' Union Branch have announced their diary dates for 2017.  These can be accessed here.


Revision of Vestry Members     posted 12/02/2017
With the annual Revision of Vestry Members due to take place over the next few weeks, existing members and those parishioners contemplating on registering, should take note that the  RCB is pleased to make available a new Parish Handbook which aims to connect the foundations of our Church to today’s members and to make the role of service on a select vestry enjoyable and rewarding.

The Parish Handbook is a manual to support select vestries, parish officers and all members of the Church in the administration and organisation of parish life. It explains how requirements of the Constitution relate to today’s parishes, offers solutions to typical parish issues, and provides clear guidance to select vestry members on what is expected of them and tools to help them in their role. The last time the Church published a guide with a similar purpose was in 1982 so it is hoped that an update will be of value to today’s Church members.

The Handbook is currently available online, organised by topic and available on a new section of the main Church of Ireland website, called Parish Resources.
The guidance notes can be found under the relevant topic areas – e.g. Select Vestry, Parish Finance and Generous Giving at:

https://www.ireland.anglican.org/parish-resources


Cathedral Appointment     posted 03/02/2017
Mrs Florence Hoey, our immediate previous Parish Reader, has been appointed by the
Archbishop as Cathedral Reader in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh from 1 January 2017 in
succession to Mrs Betty Beamish who has recently retired. 
We extend our best wishes to Florrie in her new role.
Further information can be viewed at http://www.armagh.anglican.org/News/Florence Hoey.html


Parochial Nominators     posted 03/02/2017
At our Select Vestry meeting on 25 January, the Rural Dean gave an update on our new parochial grouping and with the ongoing arrangements in our group advertising for a new full-time rector.  It is envisaged that an advert could be placed during February.  The Select Vestry elected Mrs Hazel Cunningham and Mr Paul Goodland as Parochial Nominators for our parish and they along with the nominators from Mullaglass & Ballymoyer Union will have great responsibility in securing the services of a new incumbent.  We offer them our full prayerful support.


Christmas Wreaths / Flowers     posted 30/01/2017
The Select Vestry have requested that parishioners please remove any Christmas wreaths/flowers that remain on family graves within the churchyard.  The Churchwardens have been granted permission to remove such flowers by the end of February.  We appreciate your co-operation with this matter.


Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime     posted 16/01/2017
Our Sunday School pupils will be attending the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime in Newry Town Hall on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.30pm.  Parents are requested to leave their children off at NEWRY TOWN HALL between 7.00pm - 7.15pm.  Pick up times will be confirmed on the night.


Select Vestry Meeting     posted 08/01/2017
The next scheduled meeting of our Select Vestry will be held in our Parish Hall on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 8.00pm.  With the new Parochial Grouping of Camlough, Mullaglass & Ballymoyer Union now formed this meeting will allow us to nominate and elect 2 Synod Members and 2 Parochial Nominators.


Confirmation     posted 08/01/2017
Confirmation classes will resume in Mullabrack Parish Hall on Sunday 15 January from 3.30pm.  The Archbishop & Rural Dean have advised that the Confirmation Service will be held in Mullabrack Parish Church on Thursday 11 May at 7.30pm.

Isla McGrath with her parents, Robert & Laura, Godparents and Grandparents.
Confirmees with Archbishop Dr Richard Clarke,
Rev Canon Neville Hughes (Rural Dean) & Rev William McCracken
Youth Club Junior members at the
Fun House, Newry for their Easter trip.