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Weekly News Update

NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICES

Services next Sunday are open to the public and will be held in both St. Nahi's Church and in Christ Church. The service from Christ Church will also be live-streamed and may be viewed by clicking here.

LINK TO THIS SUNDAY’S 10.15 am SERVICE SHEET

The Service sheet for this Sunday can be downloaded and printed by clicking here. Moving forward we will endeavour to include a link each week for that particular Sunday's Service.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL OF TANEY PARISH PRIMARY SCHOOL
The children in Taney Parish Primary School are all delighted to be taking part in class-based Nativities, especially designed to keep their class bubbles and pods intact.  They are bringing a sense of joy, fun and excitement to our school when it is badly needed!  As we can’t invite a congregation to see them this year, the teachers are especially grateful to Rev. Nigel for allowing us to rehearse and record in the church.  Hopefully sharing these recordings will bridge the gap, before hopefully returning to our usual services in the church next year.
 
RESPONSE FROM THE RECTOR
It is indeed a difficult situation we find ourselves in again this year.  Last year we thought that the school carol services and nativities would be back to normal, but alas, that cannot happen.  Following all government advice and protocols and in line with the Departments of Health and Education protocols it is again necessary to make do with pre-recorded School Christmas Carol and Nativity services.  This is not ideal but both the Principal and I are working closely together to bring the best of what we can achieve into the homes of families of both the school and the parish. Both of us thank you for your understanding and continued support as we work to respond to what is an ongoing pandemic.  It is our hope and prayer that next year will be very different to these past two.  In the meantime, please continue to remain safe and well.
 
FAMILY SERVICE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER POSTPONED
It is with regret that the family Christmas gift service planned for Sunday morning 12th December in Christ Church, Taney has to be postponed.  This is an action that is a direct consequence of the increasing number of COVID cases within Primary School age groups.  In a letter from the Department of Health to all school principals it states and I quote ‘It is therefore imperative that we move quickly as soon as we notice a significant change in incidence.  The communication goes on to state, the following events and activities should be avoided: Indoor community gatherings involving children including communions, confirmations, nativity and other seasonal events. And to wear a mask if you cannot keep a distance from others.  Both the school and the parish are following this advice.  In relation to gifts, notices have been sent to all the families in the school advising that gifts of hats, scarves, gloves etc can be brought to the individual class rooms before Friday 17th December and they will be collected in due course and given to the Homeless Street Café; a charity that works tirelessly to help alleviate the plight of those who sleep rough on the streets of our capitol city.  However, do not despai we are planning a family carol service in the grounds of Taney Parish on Sunday afternoon 19th December at 4pm (weather permitting) and children can also bring their gifts to that service and place them around the tree in the Church porch.
 
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT/TORCHLIGHT WITH A DIFFERENCE
Once again, this year, it is deemed unsafe to have our usual traditional Carols by Candlelight in the Church.  To this end, we are holding our annual Carols by Candlelight/Torchlight in the grounds of Taney Parish on Sunday evening 19th December at 7pm. (Weather permitting). We look forward to welcoming you to the grounds of the church and can we remind you… to wrap up well.
 
A VERSE FROM SCRIPTURE
Given that some of our services have been postponed and the fact that children are encouraged not to meet indoors, I am reminded of the scripture verse Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ (Matthew 19:14).  I am acutely aware that families and children are the future of our parish and I was wondering how Jesus might respond to the ongoing restrictions.  I truly believe that out of his compassion and care for humanity, Jesus would not wish to put anyone in danger and that these decisions, difficult as they are to make, will not be regarded as precluding children from our church services.  Children have, and always will be welcome in Taney, but we must exercise caution and consider the health and wellbeing of all parishioners both young and old alike. So; to be responsible and caring towards each other, it is neither safe nor wise to be the cause of such a gathering within the confines of the church building.

CHANGE OF NAME

In the past we have always used the name ‘Special Needs Fund’.  As this has various connotations and interpretations the Rector has decided to change the name to ‘The Rector’s Discretionary Fund’.  This is a positive move and we look forward to your continued support.
 
At this time of year, we seek contributions to the ‘Rector’s Discretionary Fund’ which provides financial assistance to those who may be experiencing a difficult time financially at any given time during the year.  As you can imagine, there is a considerable demand for financial assistance in the run up to Christmas.  If you could see your way to making a contribution towards this fund it would be very much appreciated.  Contributions may be placed in an envelope in the offering boxes, please mark your envelope “Rector’s Discretionary Fund” or it may be handed in to the Parish Office. 
 
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

We remind those who may be experiencing financial stress as a result of the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic that there is assistance available from Protestant Aid.  Protestant Aid provide grants to give financial assistance to individuals or families at a time of particular need.  They also award grants to help with school fees and expenses as well as providing a heating allowance during the winter months primarily to the over 65’s who are living at home.  There is also some assistance available from the The Rector’s Discretionary Fund (previously Special Needs Fund).  Please contact the Rector in confidence.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCEL GUILD
Thank you to everyone for your continued support through these difficult times. Christmas is fast approaching, and, as in previous years the Churches will be decorated with poinsettia plants.  Should you wish to purchase a poinsettia in memory of a loved one we would be delighted to receive your donation of €10.00.  This helps us with funds towards flowers for decorating our churches throughout the year.  Please place your donation of €10.00 in an envelope with your name and the name of your loved one and place it in the collection boxes as you leave the Church, or drop it into the Parish Office before Friday 17th December at midday as we will be collating a list of names for display in the Church.

In the meantime please take care and stay safe.
Kindest regards
Jasmin Lyn and Vera.

BERMAN & WALLACE

We’re dimming the lights, we’re lighting the candles, we’re cracking open the wine & beer and we’re OPENING FOR DINNER!
 
We are now taking Dinner bookings in our Restaurant in Clonskeagh from 2nd December for Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 5.30pm till 11.30pm.
Covered, heated outdoor seating is also available...wear your woollies!
Pop in for an after work for a drink and a bite or come along with your friends and family for a good night out....
To Book, please call 01 2196252 or email info@bermanandwallace.com
 
We will also be serving our renowned Long late Christmas Lunches
 
All Covid-19 safety measures will be in place for your safety and that of our team
 
We hope to see you soon
 
Barbara, Clive & team

HOSPITAL VISITS
The clergy continue to make contact with parishioners who have been admitted to hospital, wherever possible. Please inform the Parish Office if you – or another parishioner or family member – is admitted to hospital. We are also happy to include those who so wish in our Parish Prayer List. In the event of a pastoral concern or emergency, the clergy are available on the Parish emergency phone (083 477 1673).

 

 


CONTACT US

The Parish Centre and Parish Office remains closed to personal callers at this time. Please email info@taneyparish.ie  or telephone (01) 298 5491 and we will do our best to help remotely. The Parish Office phone will be attended from 9.30am - 12.30pm Monday-Friday.

e-mail: info@taneyparish.ie

Parish Website: www.taneyparish.ie

Pastoral Concerns: 083 477 1673

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On-call telephone number. The clergy now operate a designated emergency telephone number: 083 477 1673.

This number may be called in case or cases of pastoral emergency only, should there be no reply from the parish office or clergy numbers.