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Added on 29/03/2014

Saturday 29 March 2014

Central Communications Board Competition
The Central Communications Board’s annual Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition is now open and entries are invited from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses and associated organisations as well as individuals whose social media activity clearly relates to Church activity/outreach/witness. Quality of presentation, strength of content and outreach potential are once again to be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Friday 11 April 2014. Winners will be announced at the General Synod in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, 8–10 May 2014.

Parish and diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views across Church communities and printed media continues to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland. In addition, websites are now firmly established as vehicles which allow the wider community to know about and participate in the life of the Church of Ireland, whether in parishes, dioceses or organisations, as well as helping ‘internal communications’ by providing the hub for information and enabling increasing interaction. Beyond this, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, E–zines, Flickr, along with Vimeo and YouTube video content and blogs have created two–way platforms for communications, providing a potentially vast audience and offering innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry. Within the Church of Ireland there are good examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith. This competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in.

Further information may be had from the Church of Ireland Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2QH (048 9082 8880) and press@ireland.anglican.org

Earth hour takes place today (Saturday) at 8.30pm. This is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund which works to balance the demands that humans have on the world and the variety of other life. St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will be responding to the WWF initiative by switching off the cathedral’s lights for one hour.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at Evensong in St Fin Barre’s cathedral the Ven. Adrian Wilkinson will be installed as Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne & Ross. In Dublin the annual ecumenical service to celebrate the gift of sport will be held at 7pm in St Ann’s church, Dawson Street, where the address will be given by Senator Eamon Coughlan, while in St Patrick’s cathedral at 8pm the Gaudete Singers, directed by David Leigh, will sing Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday.

From Monday to Wednesday the Anglican Jewish Commission, of which the Archbishop of Dublin is Co–Chairman, will meet in Dublin. The Commission meets yearly in Israel and alternatively in England or Ireland. This will be the first occasion since the inception of the Commission that it has met in Ireland. The theme of this year’s Commission is ‘Memory, Community and Identity’. Among the Jewish delegation will be Rabbi David Rosen, a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland.

There has been a service of divine healing almost every Tuesday evening for the past 25 years in St Finnian’s Church, Cregagh. This will be celebrated on Tuesday at 8pm when the speaker will be one of the founder members of the service, Canon David Brown, Rector of Knocknagoney.

On Friday evening the Archbishop of Armagh will institute the Revd Malcolm Kingston to the incumbency of St Mark’s, Armagh. Ordained in 2004, Mr Kingston has been Rector of Kilmore in the diocese of Armagh since 2007.