Derryloran Parish - Autumn 2016, Christmas and New Year
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151

The past few months featured a busy round of activities in the parish – among them being the Civic Reception in Killymoon Castle to mark the Centenary of our Mothers’ Union, hosted by Mr Trevor Wilson. It was a memorable evening for the ladies, many of whom had never been inside the Castle. We marked Remembrancetide and the Centenary of the Royal College of Nursing with a special service attended by members. The Archbishop’s Roadshow came to town once more in November and we thank him for those 2 challenging evenings!
As we enter the holy season of Christmas we have so much to look forward to in the Parish over that period. Catullus, the Roman poet described the pagan festival Saturnalia as “the best of times”... How much more is the Festival of Christmas “the best of times” for our age and generation!
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“CHARIS CAROLS”: On Sunday 13th at 7pm we present a special Christmas Miscellany with scripture, poetry and music by the Primary School choirs in Cookstown. The offering will be in aid of Charis Cancer Care Centre at Lough Fea in appreciation of their ongoing care for the Community. The service is open to all and sundry! Do come along!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY: This year the Party will be on Friday 16th at 7pm.
CAROLS AT THE TOWN TREE: The traditional service with Cookstown Silver Band will be held on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm followed by refreshments for all participants in Cuppatinos!.


  • Sunday 18th December: Sunday School Nativity Service at 11.30am. At this service we invite parishioners to bring along “Tins and toiletries” for the Women’s Refuge in Cookstown. Then in the evening we present our Parish Carol Service at 7pm – our traditional telling of the Christmas story in word and hymn. Do come along!
  • Saturday 24th Dec: Midnight Holy Communion at 11.30pm
  • Sunday 25th Dec: Christmas Day Family Service with Holy Communion 10.30am;
  • Saturday 31st Dec: New Year’s Eve Communion at 11.40pm;
  • Sunday 1st January 2015: Services are at the usual times.
  • SAINTS’ DAYS: We celebrate Holy Communion at 1030am, followed by refreshments as we commemorate The Epiphany (6th Jan), The Conversion of St Paul (25th Jan) and the Presentation of Christ (2nd Feb).

A Happy Christmas to all our readers!


Autumn Services

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Sun 4th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 15)
11am Family Service
7pm Healing Service
Thur 8th: 1030am Holy Communion (Birth of BVM))
Sun 11th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 16)
10am Sunday School and Confirmation Class
11.30am Morning Prayer 1
7pm Evening Prayer 2
Sun 18th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 17)
10am Sunday School and Confirmation Class
11.30am Parish Communion
7pm Evening Prayer 1
Wed 21st: 1030am Holy Communion (St Matthew’s Day)
Sun 25th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 18)
10am Sunday School and Confirmation Class
11.30am Morning Prayer 2
7pm Holy Communion 1
Thur 29th: 1030am Holy Communion (St Michael & All Angels)


Sun 2nd: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 19)
11am Family Service – Holy Baptism
7pm Healing Service
Sun 9th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 20)
10am Sunday School
11.30am Morning Prayer 1
7pm Evening Prayer 2
Fri 14th: 7pm Youth Harvest
Sun 16th: 9am Holy Communion (Harvest)
10am Sunday School
11.30am Harvest Festival
7pm Harvest Praise
Sun 23rd: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 22)
10am Sunday School
11.30am Morning Prayer 2
7pm Holy Communion 1
Fri 28th: 1030am Holy Communion (St Simon & Jude)
Sun 30th: 9am Holy Communion (Trinity 23)
10am Sunday School
1130am: Morning Prayer 1
7pm Evening Prayer 2

We hope everyone enjoyed the Summer holidays along with its indifferent weather, the Euros and the Olympics! By now our Parish organisations have returned to their usual format and we look forward to a new season! Sunday School has resumed with a new Superintendent, Mr William Stewart, and we wish him and the other teachers every blessing in the new term. We express our gratitude to Felicity Bourns for her dedicated leadership in that role over the past number of years and as a teacher as she now stands down.

BUS PASS EXPLORERS: Our popular group of a certain age group has enjoyed days away courtesy of Translink – in Belfast, Bangor, Dun Laoghaire, Londonderry – on a monthly voyage of discovery of some of our finest tourist attractions.

As we as a Parish look to the future, we present a wide variety of worship and parish activities with something for all ages and tastes! Check us out for regular updates on our website and Derryloran Facebook!

MOTHERS’ UNION: The branch began its programme with a Bring and Buy Sale and the Rural Deanery Service in Termonmaguirk. On 6th October members look forward to their annual dinner in Otter Lodge while Canon Dawson is the speaker on Thur 3rd November. A special feature will be a Civic Reception courtesy of Mid-Ulster Council to mark the Centenary of the Branch! New members and visitors will be warmly welcomed to our meetings. Our AGM will be held on Thur 1st December and will feature Christmas Craft.

SAFEGUARDING TRUST: Our annual review meeting for all Youth Leaders, Sunday School teachers and Parish Visitors will be held in the Hall on Monday 3rd October at 8pm when our speaker will be Gareth Campbell, Diocesan Youth Adviser.

HARVEST WEEKEND: We look forward to this annual celebration of God’s faithfulness with special services as follows:-

  • Fri 14th: 7pm Youth Night with the Very Rev. Raymond Ferguson);
  • Sun 18th: 7pm Harvest Praise with the newly ordained Rev Geoffrey Hamilton (Seagoe). Sunday morning worship follows our usual pattern.
  • DIOCESAN SYNOD: will be held in Armagh on Tues 18th October and our parish will be represented by clergy and Synodsmen.

    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: will be observed on 13th November at 1140am.

    ARCHBISHOP’S ROADSHOW: We look forward to the return of this important event for the northern part of the Diocese with teaching evenings on Thursday 10th and 17th November at 8pm in our Parish Hall.

    SAINTS’ DAYS: Please note the following dates with Holy Communion at 10.30am: Fri 28 Oct (Sts Simon/Jude); Tue 1st Nov (All Saints) and 30 Nov (St Andrew).

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