Derryloran Parish - December 2021
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING on 26th

Deceased since Lockdown 2021

  • 29.4.20 Elizabeth McKinney
  • 13.4,20 Gladys Booth Kilcronagh Rd
  • 18.5 20 Andrew Sinclair
  • 26.6 Eric Dougle
  • 18.6 Yvonne Barrow
  • 29.6 Lee Hay
  • 5.7 Jess Crooks
  • 3.8 George Ferguson
  • 10.8 Louise Blair (Stirrup of Drumearn)
  • 22.8 Lorna McLean Dunleath
  • 3.9 Isa McCammon
  • 14.9 Jean Allen Killymoon St
  • 30.9 Ena Somerville
  • 17.10 George McNickle
  • 24.10 Violet Purvis
  • 27.10 Joy Glendining Jubliee Pk
  • 11.11 Doreen Williamson Westland Cresc
  • 13,11 Susan Armstrong M Hill Rd
  • 19.11 Dorothy Scott (Lorna Jordan Castle Court)
  • 2.12 Maureen Costello
  • 12.12 Harold Turkington Festival Park
  • 27.12 Roy Larmour
  • 8.1.21 Robert Dickson
  • 9.1.21 Tommy Blemings
  • 14.1 Nelson Hickie
  • 18.1 Mary Smyth
  • 29.1 Wilson Boyd
  • 13.2 Yvonne Glasgow
  • 16.3 Alistair Laird
  • 17.3 Paul Connelly
  • 26.3 Georgina Reynolds
  • 29.3 Margaret Grimes
  • 30,3 Robert Nelson
  • 1.4 Jim McGeown
  • 12.4 Mark Porteus
  • 20.4 Hazel Sinclair
  • 18.5 William York
  • 9.6 Eileen McCartney
  • 8.7 John Haggan
  • 22.7 Aaron Wilson
  • 23.7 Robert Jeffers
  • 4.8 Day Shannon
  • 25.8 Connie Carmichael
  • 27.8 Kathleen McCracken
  • 29.8 Kathleen Simpson
  • 2.9 Glen Lindsay
  • 5.9 Gary Holdsworth
  • 10.9 Annie Ferguson
  • 23.9 William John Freeman 12 Coolreaghs Cres

For almost two years the world has been in the grip of Coronavirus with an unprecedented number of deaths due to Covid 19. Many families in the parish have lost loved ones and because of Lockdown and Government restrictions were unable to hold the accustomed type of funeral service for their loved one. As this year draws to a close Derryloran is holding a SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING on Sunday 26th at 11am for those who have died since Coronavirus struck the community and for whom there may have had to be a restricted service due to the pandemic. Their names will be read out and opportunity given to thank God for the memories of them and to commit their families to the care and keeping of our Father in Heaven for the days to come. I hope you will be able to attend. The usual Covid precautions will be in place for your health and safety. The service will also be live streamed for those unable to attend.

Derryloran Parish Notes December 2021

As we enter another December, we continue to mark Advent and prepare our hearts for a Christmas that once again will be so different for so many people.. Coronavirus has brought many changes to church life over so many months and we are still nowhere near normality as in our church life we "play it safe" for public health and safety.

Organisations have returned to the hall and are observing the various protocols regarding health and safety. Guiding and Scouting are both active again, while the Bowling Club now meets at 230pm on Tuesdays instead of in the evening and Mothers' Union meets on alternate months at 1030am, and again covid protocols are strictly observed.

Sunday School has been deferred until the new year due to ongoing Covid concerns, but Confirmation Class has resumed in preparation for our Confirmation Service on Tuesday 22 February 2022.

Services continue to be streamed live on Sundays at 11am via our new system, and we thank all who subscribed to that recent project. Meanwhile our Facebook page continues daily.. When it began the Rector thought it would only be for a short time, but here we are 21 months later! Each day he has been posting daily prayers, verse for the day, bible study and readings, Kidz Korner and Just Thinking... and concluding the day with evening thoughts and prayers. Do check it out! It's amazing how many “hits” there are each day along with our Sunday Service! It's certainly a new way of doing church! But remember that it shouldn't become an easy alternative to attending church!

We thank all who supported our Harvest Appeal for Charis Cancer and the Air Ambulance, the Cookstown High School SU Shoebox Appeal, the Poppy Appeal, and the NI Hospice Appeal. It has all been greatly appreciated!

Please note forthcoming events and services:-
  • OFFERING DRIVE-INS: at church on Saturdays 4th and 11th December from 10am to 12 noon if you are unable to attend church. We still have to meet all our financial commitments!
  • FAMILY SERVICE on Sunday 5th at 11am – especially for young families..
  • HOLY BAPTISM on Sunday 12th at 11am.
  • CAROLS AT THE OLD POST OFFICE on Thursday 16th December at 730pm with Cookstown Silver Band.
  • PARISH CAROL SERVICE on Sunday 19th December at 11am in church.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY SERVICE at 1030am on Saturday 25th with Christmas Communion.
  • SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING on Sunday 26th for those who have died since Coronavirus struck the community and for whom there may have had to be a restricted service due to the pandemic.
  • NEW YEAR COMMUNION: will be held on Sunday 2nd January 2022 at 11am, and the Mothers' Union Branch Corporate Communion and Enrolment will be on Wednesday 12th January at 11am in church.
BLESSINGS FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR!

Our Coronavirus Pandemic Parish Prayer

O God, our Father in Heaven, we pray for all who are suffering from Coronavirus both at home and abroad
– for all those whose lives are at risk and for all who are anxious about their health and well-being.
We remember those who mourn their dead, all who are nursing those who are ill, and those who are quarantined or feel isolated..
Give wisdom to politicians and policy–makers, and skill, sympathy and patience to doctors, nurses and all who are engaged in healthcare and medical research...
Bless the young people and all who are affected by closures of schools, businesses and churches, and keep them safe day by day...
Grant reassurance to everyone in these days of uncertainty and the desire to help those who are unable to help themselves.
Teach us all to be sensible and responsible in our shopping and careful in our interaction with those around us.
Enable us at all times to be loving to everyone and considerate in our care for those who are vulnerable.
Above all, help us to shed abroad the love of Jesus in our land and further afield by reaching out as His Hands in our world today – to His praise and glory. Amen

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