Issue 151 “UNION NEWS” October 2022

Dear Parishioners,
Let’s Stand Together Sunday- 2 nd October
On Sunday 2 nd October we are holding a special Parish service in All Saints’ at
11.00a.m. I warmly invite parishioners from each of the churches to come together for a special Service of Praise and Thanksgiving. During the pandemic we were denied the opportunity to meet together and we hope this Service will be a great reunion of young and old. The music will be truly uplifting and the singing of the hymns inspiring. Please, please, please make this Service a priority for your attendance.

Heartfelt Thanks
Olive and I would like to thank you all very much indeed for your expressions of love and sympathy following the death of my dear brother, Winston. Winston had a weak heart and unfortunately, when he recently contracted pneumonia, his heart was not strong enough to take the fluid from his lungs. We were  blessed as a family to be able to spend the last two days of Winston’s life on earth with him in the hospital which was a great comfort to him and to us. Winston had a very strong Christian faith which sustained him and us at this time. We pray that Winston, now in the fuller presence of God, may rest in peace and rise in glory. And we thank God for Winston’s long ministry in the church.

We would like to say thanks to all of you who have helped us in any
way after Jean’s unexpected death.
Your thoughts, prayers, messages, phone calls, cards, calling to our
house, helping preparing for the funeral, doing the flowers, digging the
grave, playing the music, ringing the bell, helping with the parking,
doing the teas or by just being there. We have got great comfort from
that in a most difficult time.
So from all of us, many, many thanks!
Arie, Peter-Jan, Jennifer and Norbert Gorissen

The Season of Harvest
This month we will be celebrating the harvest in the Parish in a very special wayindeed. On Sunday 9 th October the Harvest Festival Service will be   in
Killucan Parish at 11.30 a.m. and the special preacher will be Archdeacon Craig
McCauley, Rector of Virginia, Co. Cavan. We very much look forward to Craig’s
visit and his very fine preaching.

On Sunday evening, 9 th October, at 7.p.m. there will be a lovely Harvest Festival Service in Almoritia church.
Harvest Extravaganza- Sunday 16 th October
In All Saints’ Church there will be a Harvest Extravaganza on the weekend of 15 th and16 th October.

On Friday 14 th the church will be beautifully decorated with fresh
flowers and produce and plenty of toy farms. The church will be open all day
Saturday 15 th and Sunday 16 th and teas and coffees will be served.

On Sunday 16 th the Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Church and the special preacher will be Luke Hawkins, Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital School. Luke, like Craig, is a very fine preacher and we look forward to his visit.
At 7.00 p.m. we invite everyone to come to a Harvest Songs of Praise in All Saints’
Church which will be very special indeed.
In Kilbixy a Service of Harvest Readings, Hymns and Prayers will be held on Sunday
30 th October at 5.00 p.m.

St. Luke the Evangelist
Healing is a very important aspect of God’s love for us. We will hold a special
Service of Healing in All Saints’ on Tuesday 18 th October at 11.00 a.m. within thecontext of a Service of Holy Communion.

All Saints’ Sunday School
We hope to launch our renewed All Saints’ Sunday School on Sunday 23 rd October at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’ Church. Faith is such an important part of  our lives and the Sunday School provides the opportunity for children’s faith and knowledge of faith to be nurtured. We sincerely hope that parents and children will attend this Sunday School Service.

St. Simon and St. Jude
On this holy day, 28 th October, a Service of Holy Communion will be held in All
Saints’ church at 11.00 a.m.

All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day this year falls on Tuesday 1 st November. It is always a special
occasion and we will have a special Service of Holy Communion with hymns at

The Confirmation Service will be held on Sunday 6 th November at 11.00 a.m. in All Saints’. We look forward to welcoming the Bishop and I would ask you to pray for all the candidates who are preparing for this important day in their Christian life.

We look forward to a very exciting and inspiring time in the Parish this autumn and
we pray that God will bless all our endeavours which are done in His name.

With God’s blessings,
Rev. Alastair Graham


Church Services this Month

Sunday 2 nd October
All Saints’ 11.00 a.m. Stand Together Sunday
A special service for everyone in the Parish.

We hope you will attend.
Sunday 9 th October
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion (said),
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Harvest Thanksgiving

Preacher: Archdeacon Craig McCauley

Almoritia 7.00 p.m. Harvest Thanksgiving
Sunday 16 th October
All Saints’ 11.00 a.m. Harvest Thanksgiving

Preacher: Luke Hawkins, Chaplain
7.00 p.m. Harvest Songs of Praise

Sunday 23 rd October
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Sunday School Service
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
Sunday 30 th October
All Saints’ 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Killucan 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rector
Kilbixy 5.00 p.m. Harvest Readings, Hymns and Prayers


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