Derryloran Parish - April/May 2020
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151

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

COFFEE EVENING AND GLAD RAGS AND HANDBAGS: Friday 27th March in the Hall from 7-9pm. Note this has been cancelled as a coronavirus precaution.
It’s hard to believe that already we are preparing to celebrate Easter! Please note our services for this Holy Season...
Looking back, Confirmation was a highlight for the young people and the Archbishop’s Retirement Eucharist – both in the Cathedral – were memorable events.
The traditional Lenten services focussed on the Study Course provided by USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) and were a stimulating examination of “Living in a world of Difference”
Looking ahead, please note the following dates for your diaries! PASSIONTIDE: As we look forward to Holy Week and Easter, please note the following dates for your diary:- We observe our Lord’s Passion with our customary Holy Week Services beginning on Palm Sunday (5th April) with services at 9am, 11am and 7pm our service of Palm Praise. Services continue during the week at 8pm (Mon-Fri) on the theme “Matthew and Jesus” looking at his account of the Passion.. Our traditional Children’s Service will be on Good Friday 10th April at 10.30am.
EASTER DAY: Our services on Sunday 12th April are at 9am; 11.30 Easter Communion and at 7pm Easter Praise and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Please plan to attend and celebrate that wonderful event – the RESURRECTION! The Dawn Service is at 6am at the Argory.
ANNUAL EASTER VESTRY: will be held on Wednesday 22nd April at 8pm in the Parish Hall, when again we hope for a good attendance from all in the Parish as we look ahead to the future, and especially in this year when we have the Triennial Elections to very important positions
MOTHERS’ UNION: The Corporate Communion will be on Maundy Thursday, 9th April at 8pm; the Annual Dinner on Thursday 16th in the Braeside, the Diocesan Festival Service will be on Wednesday 20th May in the Cathedral at 730pm with the Annual Outing on Saturday 9th to Hillsborough Castle.
VE DAY: “Victory in Europe Day” is being observed on Friday 8th May with a short service at the Cenotaph at 3pm with a major Service in Derryloran on Sunday 10th May at 3pm followed by a Parade to Killymoon Castle and a special event there to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.
ASCENSION: We celebrate this important day with Holy Communion at 1030am on Thursday 21st May, followed by refreshments.
CHRISTIAN AID: We thank everyone who supported our recent Soup Lunches during Lent, and now look forward to the week of house-to-house collections which begins with the annual Praise Service on 10th May in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church at 7pm featuring a host of local musical talent.
WELCOME: We bid a warm welcome to the Rev Michael Currie on his Installation in 1st Cookstown Presbyterian and wish him every blessing in his ministry in our midst in the days to come.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: we are still taking bookings for the visit to Israel in September.. Please contact the Rectory 02886762261 if you are interested in joining us!

January/February 2020 News