Added on 28/09/2013
Following the recent busy introductory weekend with all commencing and continuing students, last Monday saw the beginning of the new academic year at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. There are 14 students (full–time and part–time) entering first year and they join the existing student body of 37.
Certain aspects of the training programme have been revised for this year and in addition to all the regular MTh modules there are inputs in patristic studies, church music, gender issues, ecumenical and inter–faith matters, the environment and school assemblies.
The Foundation Year course, which is mandatory for those intending to train for the ordained minisistry has 33 students. This course is also open to those who do not intend to seek ordination.
The new Continuing Ministry Education programme is entering its second year of delivery and the Children’s Ministry certificate programme will this year be based in Clogher diocese.
Today (Saturday) the Tuam, Killala & Achonry Diocesan Synod will meet in the Tuam Synod Hall while in Wilson’s Hospital School, Multyfarnham, the Meath & Kildare Diocesan Synod will be held. Affirming Catholicism Ireland will host a visit to Dublin. The day will begin with a celebration of the Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral at 12.45pm, followed by a talk on ‘New Monasticism’ by the Revd Garth Bunting, a tour of Dublin churches, and a visit to the newly restored Lady Chapel in St Patrick’s cathedral. In St Peter’s church, Bandon, at 1pm Ian Section will give an organ recital of contemporary works as part of the Bandon Arts Festival.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Limerick will host a Diocesan ‘Gathering’ Day at Villiers School. Participants from all the churches in the Diocese of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert will travel to Limerick for this day of celebration on the theme “Gathering to Go”. Worship for all, workshops for adults and children, creche, coffee and chat, lunch along with banners and videos prepared by churches, schools, and organisations in the diocese will be part of this fun day together. In Myshall, Co. Carlow, there will Thanksgiving Service at 4pm to celebrate the centenary of the Adelaide Memorial church.
On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm Patsy McGarry from The Irish Times will give a lecture in the Knox Hall, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, admission to which is free. ‘Can the lion (and the leopard) lie down with the lamb?’ will discuss the relationship between journalism and the church.
Kilbride Church (Bray) will hold a four day Harvest Flower and Fruit Festival beginning on Thursday, which will be open to the public from 10am – 6pm and on Sunday 6 October from 10am – 2.30pm. School groups are especially welcome on the Thursday & Friday when they will have the opportunity of participating in special exhibits as a project for the day, and schools are encouraged to enter a class scarecrow to the scarecrow competition.
On Wednesday the bicentenary of Morgan’s School, part of the King’s Hospital since 1957, will be celebrated with a special Evensong at 7pm in the School Chapel. All past pupils and staff of Morgan’s School and Morgan House, Castleknock, are invited to attend. The Bishop of Cork will preside at the installation of Canon Tom Sherlock as Chaplain of Kingston College, Mitchelstown, and on Thursday will be in St Peter’s church, Bandon, for the Diocesan Service for Primary Schools.
The AGM of the Church Education Society will be held on 9 October at 7pm in the Boardroom of the Church of Ireland College of Education.