Added on 16/11/2013
Saturday 16 November 2013
Urgent Appeal for Funds after Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines.
Disaster relief agencies are in need of emergency funds after a typhoon with winds reaching 200m/p/hr hit parts of the Philippines causing flooding and extreme devastation. People have been evacuated from severely hit areas. Up to 10,000 people are feared dead and a further 150,000 are in need of assistance to evacuate. Damage to infrastructure and buildings is on a scale not seen before.
The Church of Ireland is responding through the Bishops’ Appeal emergency fund. Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Michael Jackson have sanctioned the immediate release of €10,000 to Christian Aid partners on the ground to provide tarpaulins, tents, food and hygiene kits to those who urgently need them. They urge the Church to respond generously in the face of such overwhelming need.
It is hoped that there will be special collections over the next two Sundays in all churches. To donate to this emergency relief response, please send funds to:
Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal,
Church of Ireland House,
or contact: +353 1 4125610 for more information or lodgement details.
The annual ‘Black Santa’ Appeal run by St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, gratefully receives occasional donations throughout the year as well as in the run–up to Christmas and so is in a position to respond to crisis situations. As a result, the Cathedral’s ‘Black Santa’ Appeal has sent a donation of £5,000 to aid agencies working with all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Today (Saturday) the Mission to Seafarers will host an Open Day in the Flying Angel Centre at Belfast Harbour beginning at 11.30am. This evening at 7.30pm the organist to the University of Glasgow, award–winning Kevin Bowyer, will give a recital in St Columb’s cathedral, Derry. He will also accompany the choir at the Choral Eucharist tomorrow (Sunday) morning and at a ‘Musical Evensong’.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is Disability Awareness Sunday which this year will focus on deafness and hearing loss. The chairperson of the General Synod’s Working Group on Disability, the Revd Jennifer McWhirter, is also the Church of Ireland Chaplain to the Deaf. In the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, Senator Marie–Louise O’Donnell will give the address at the Choral Eucharist as part of the Michaelmas term series entitled, ‘Credo: I Believe…’ Senator O’Donnell is an independent member of Seanad Eireann, appointed in May 2011 as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees.
The Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries, directed by Brother David Jardine, will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Monday at 8.00 p.m. There has been a healing service in the Cathedral almost every Monday evening since 1993. The speaker at this service will be Revd Pat Collins from Dublin who will address the theme ‘God still heals today.’ Worship will be led by West Church Bangor Music Group. Personal prayer for healing and a blessing with oil will be available.
On Wednesday the Archbishop of Dublin will travel to Vienna for the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace. In the evening at 8pm in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, there will be a concert by the Choir of the Chapels Royal of the Tower of London, directed by Colm Carey. The programme will include works by Byrd and Purcell and will feature the Irish premiere of James MacMillan’s Te Deum.
On Thursday evening in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen, the Clogher Diocesan Board of Social Theology in Action will a hoist a meeting entitled ‘Suicide – the Churches’ Response’.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’