Added on 20/04/2013
Saturday 20 April 2013
In the first quarter of 2013 Bishops’ Appeal, which is the Church of Ireland’s principal vehicle for supporting the developing world, has allocated funding to a number of poverty alleviation projects in Asia and Africa.
£10,332 was allocated for a Feed the Mind’s literacy programme in Pakistan, £10,000 for Friend’s of Hope rural health projects in India, and €10,500 for Tearfund to assist wih anti–trafficking in India
In Africa, €7,500 was provided for schools gardens in Sierra Leone, £10,000 for a Habitat for Humanity water project in Ethiopia, €13,000 for a VSO HIV/AIDS project in Mozambique, €9,670 for Us (USPG) HIV/AIDS training in Swaziland, £20,000 for a CMSI water pump and training in Kenya, €10,500 for fruit production in Rwanda; €10,500 to fund Christian Aid self–help groups in Ethiopia, and €15,000 for a cerebral palsy project in Uganda run through Motivation.
Money continues to be donated for the Derry and Raphoe diocesan malaria nets appeal for Nigeria and the Tuam diocese’s Mabweni project for toilets and dormitories at a Masaai girl’s secondary school.
The Dean of Ferns, the Very Revd Paul Mooney, is attending the 2nd World Wide Anglican Peace Conference in Okinawa, Japan. The conference, which is chaired by the Primates of Japan and Korea, is discussing peace and security in north–east Asia and Anglican humanitarian initiatives in North Korea.
Today (Saturday), in St Luke’s Home Education Centre, the Bishop of Cork will present Children’s Ministry Certificates. This evening (Saturday) the Durham Cathedral Choir will give a concert in St George’s church, Belfast, where they will sing tomorrow morning (Sunday) at the Sung Eucharist
Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) Bishop Samuel Poyntz will conduct a confirmation in Monasteroris church, Edenderry, during the episcopal vacancy in the Diocese of Meath & Kildare while at 4.15pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, the William Lauder Memorial Organ Recital will be given by Catherine Olver. In the evening at 7pmthe Archbishop of Dublin will preach in St Paul’s Church Glenageary at a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the completion of restoration and renovation works to the church. The service will be led by the Revd Gary Dowd, and special music by the parish choir under their director, Derek Verso
Monday is the closing date for bookings for the 3rd Annual Conference of the Church of Ireland Primary Schools Management Association to be held in The Kings Hospital, on Saturday 27 April. Bookings may be made to Dr Ken Fennelly at the General Synod Board of Education in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, or to the Hon Secretary, CIPSMA, The Rectory, Church Road, Malahide, Co Dublin. Topics for discussion will include insurance and legal issues, religious education, special needs, small schools and safety and cyber bullying
On Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6pm, hosted by the Church of Ireland at Queen’s University, Belfast, the Annual Theological Lectures will be held in the Geography Building, opposite The Hub on Elmwood Avenue. This year the speaker will be the renowned author, theologian, broadcaster, and President of Tearfund, Dr Elaine Storkey who will ask her audience to think about what it means to be ‘living in a material world’. What does it mean for life, economics, and ethics to be founded on secular and material assumptions? What does the Christian faith have to say, and indeed offer, that is any more coherent for the 21st century world?
On Thursday the Archbishop of Dublin will travel to Lisbon to attend the consecration of the next Bishop for the Lusitanian Church