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Letter from Robert - Spring 2018

Dear Parishioner
Although the recent weather has been more reminiscent of Winter rather than Spring, we are of course well into 2018 and by the time you receive this letter, you will be preparing to put your clocks forward and we will be heading towards Easter and April with the promise of new life and new birth.
This year we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the opening of Christ Church as a place of worship. We have been preparing for this important milestone for some time now, perhaps most noticeably by the refurbishment and updating the facilities in the church, some of which is still ongoing.
A number of events have been arranged for the coming months in celebration of
the Bi-centenary. These include:
A Concert to be given by the Army No. 1 Band on Friday 27th April.
A Bi-Centenary Festival Service on Sunday 24th June – being the Sunday closest to the opening of the
church 200 years ago. The preacher will be Bishop Michael Burrows, a son of the parish.
A Taney Golf Classic in September.
A Flower Festival and Art Exhibition on the weekend of 4th to 7th October.
An Advent ‘Songs of Praise’ with the Stedfast Brass Band on Advent Sunday 2nd December.
You will find more information on some of these events elsewhere on our website, but please do make a note of the dates now! The events of Holy Week are so well recorded in the Gospels that we can  follow the footsteps taken by Jesus in each of the days leading up to and including his Resurrection on that first Easter Day. Once again this year we will celebrate the Holy Communion at 7.15am each morning in Holy Week, followed by a light breakfast and in the evenings at 8.00pm we will hold a series of Services to reflect these events. We will be helped in this by Professor Ben Wold of the Department of Biblical Studies in Trinity College and a parishioner of Taney. I do hope that you will be able to travel with us as the pilgrimage of Holy Week unfolds, reaching its climax on Easter Day.
During Lent we make our annual collection for the work of the Church of Ireland
Bishops’ Appeal Fund. On page 12, you will find details of the wonderful work undertaken by Bishops’ Appeal in the developing world. Special ‘Bishops’ Appeal Envelopes’ are in the church pews and are enclosed in this edition of Taney News. Please return your donation on the Offering Plate on Sundays or to the Parish Office by Easter Day. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Taney Parish’. On Sunday 13th May, we look forward to welcoming Archbishop Jackson to Christ Church, Taney, for this year’s Confirmation Service. I would ask you to keep the candidates in your prayers in the coming weeks. Their names are listed elsewhere in this issue. Our thanks go to Rev. Cathy, Rev. Nigel, Trilly Keatinge, Ms. Tara O’Rourke and Fionnuala Drury who have been assisting in the preparation of the candidates for this important step in their journey of faith. Please do support them by your presence with them on their special day.
Vera joins me in wishing you and your families every Blessing for a joyful and Happy Easter.
Rev. Canon Robert Warren