Derryloran Parish - Autumn 2017
Rev Canon RJN Porteus 867 62261
Canon WJA Dawson 867 37151
September 2017
Sun 3rd: 9am Holy Communion NP+ RBt (DD away)
11am Family Service NP p/c
7pm Healing Service NPp/c
Fri 8th: 1030am Holy Communion (Birth of the BVM)
Sun 10th: 9am Holy Communion DD+ NPt
10am Children’s Church/Sunday School resumes
11.30am Morning Prayer 1 NPc DDp RMop
7pm Evening Prayer 2 NPp DDc
Sun 17th: 9am Holy Communion NP+ RBt
10am Sunday School
11.30am Parish Communion
7pm Evening Prayer 1
Thur 21st : 1030am Holy Communion (St Matthew)
Sun 24th: 9am Holy Communion
10am Sunday School
11.30am Morning Prayer 2
7pm Holy Communion 1
October 2017
Sun 1st: 9am Holy Communion DD+ RBt
11am Family Service RMp
7pm Healing Service
Sun 8th: 9am Holy Communion
10am Sunday School
1130am: Morning Prayer 1
7pm Evening Prayer 2
Fri 13th: 7pm Harvest Youth Service: Bp K Clarke
Sun 15th: 9am Holy Communion
10am Sunday School
1130am Harvest Morning Prayer
7pm Harvest Praise: Rev I Dinsmore
Wed 18th: 1030am Holy Communion (St Luke)
Sun 22nd: 9am Holy Communion
10am Sunday School
1130am Morning Prayer 2 RM p/c
7pm Holy Communion 1 (NP in Crilly)
Sun 29th: 9am Holy Communion (St Luran’s Day)
10am Sunday School
1130am: Morning Prayer 1
7pm Reformation Service

News for October/November 2017

We hope everyone enjoyed the Summer holidays along with its indifferent weather! The young people enjoyed their camps, Summerlights and the “Let’s make Music Workshop”... By now our Parish organisations have resumed activities and we look forward to the new season!

BUS PASS EXPLORERS: Our popular group of a certain age group has enjoyed days away during the spring and summer courtesy of Translink – in Lisburn, Armagh, Portrush/Ballycastle, Whitehead and Howth – 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 and a busy programme of worship and parish activities with something for all ages and tastes! Check us out for regular updates on our website and Derryloran Facebook!

We have welcomed Mr Ross Meneely from the Theological College as he begins his liturgical training with us over an 8-week period, and already he is feeling very much at home!

MOTHERS’ UNION: The branch began its programme with an Evening Supper and hosted the Rural Deanery Service. On 5th October members look forward to hearing Karen Jones speak on “Have a Heart” (Nigeria), while Canon Dawson will be the speaker on Thur 2rd November. .

SAFEGUARDING TRUST: Our annual review meeting for all Youth Leaders, Sunday School teachers and Parish Visitors will be held in the Hall on Monday 2nd October at 830pm when our speaker will be Jean Major who has a wealth of experience over the years in Scouting.

HARVEST CELEBRATIONS!: We look forward to this annual celebration of God’s faithfulness with special events as follows:-

  • Fri 13th: 7pm Youth Night with Rt Rev. Ken Clarke, formerly Bishop of Kilmore and now Mission Director of SAMS;
  • Sun 15th: 7pm Harvest Praise with the newly ordained Rev. Ivan Dinsmore (Gortin). Sunday morning worship follows our usual pattern.

HARVEST CEILIDH: on Friday 20th October in the Parish Hall with Ruth Clarke and her Band – do come along and bring your friends!

REFORMATION SERVICE: We mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his theses in Wittenberg with a special service on Sunday 29th October at 7pm to which members of the Loyal Orders are especially invited as well as ALL parishioners!

DIOCESAN SYNOD: will be held in Armagh on Saturday 4th November and our parish will be represented by clergy and Synodsmen.

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY: our special day for special people will be held on Sunday 5th November at our Family Service at 11am.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: will be observed on 12th November at the Cenotaph at 11am and in church at 1140am.

ADVENT STUDY SERIES: The local Church Forum presents a series on the Advent Gospels beginning in Derryloran Hall on Friday 24 November at 1230pm. - to be conducted by local clergy and include a light lunch, and open to everyone.

AFTERNOON TEA: hosted by the Catering Team will be held on Saturday 25th November – a special afternoon to which all our senior parishioners are invited!

TOY SERVICE: Parishioners are invited to bring along toys and toiletries to the 11am service on Sunday 3rd December and these will then be forwarded to the Women’s Refuge.

SAINTS’ DAYS: Holy Communion at 1030am as follows: St Luke on 18th October and St Andrew on 30th November.

Great War memorials in our churches

The human cost of World War I was immense, and soon memorials were being erected in churches to honour those who had made the supreme sacrifice – some 1059 from Co Tyrone. Over 1000 men from Cookstown and district had answered the call of duty, with the names of 120 of the fallen being inscribed on the Cenotaph. St Mary’s Parish, Crumlin Road, Belfast, was stated in the Church of Ireland Gazette in 1915 to have “a record which will be hard to beat. It has given almost a thousand men to the colours”. In Derryloran the Memorial Window depicting King David and his “mighty men” was erected with the quotation from 2 Samuel 23.17: “Is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?" In addition, a bronze memorial was placed in the porch “In memory of the men of this parish who laid down their lives in the Great War”, and lists 35 names – in addition to a further 118 “of those who served”. The Presbyterians in Cookstown likewise erected memorials listing the names of those who died: 1st Cookstown 9 names, 2nd (now Derryloran Parish Hall) 6, and Molesworth 8 names.

Elsewhere, in February 1917 Mr and Mrs French of Donnybrook erected a window in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, “in memory of their 3 sons who died in France.” In Waterford Cathedral Colonel E Roberts erected a brass plaque in memory of 5 grandsons, while in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork a memorial was erected in memory of 385 men from the United Diocese who died. Such memorials were repeated across the country...

In St Mark’s, Portadown, a memorial clock tower was constructed in memory of those from the parish who had died. In 1915 it was recorded that ”400 men of this parish had joined the army”, while in 1918 the figure was 870, and “to date 110 died.” The original Roll of Honour in Seagoe Parish lists 264 names – of whom 49 died.

Such memorials took different forms... Ardtrea Parish dedicated a Memorial Pipe Organ in tribute to the fallen, while in Desertcreat in 1919 we read that “The Reverend John Richey submitted for the approval of the Vestry a water colour painting executed by his daughter, Miss Richey, representing a window at Oxford University on which it was proposed to emblazon the names of all those Parishioners who had taken part in the Great War and to especially identify those who had sacrificed their lives for their Country’s sake.” In St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, is a striking Memorial Lectern whose 8 volumes contain the names of 49,500 Irish soldiers killed in the Great War.

Different memorials were erected in towns and villages throughout the district in commemoration of such sacrifice. Gunning’s Factory in Cookstown erected a memorial to 10 employees who died in the War, and, following the closure of the factory, this was placed in the Royal British Legion Hall in Cookstown.

Such memorials enable succeeding generations to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of thousands and to be able to say truly: “We will remember them”....

From a Rector’s Diary 1840....

The Rev Charles Peter Bardin D.D. was Rector of Derryloran from 1830 until his death in 1841, aged about 53. Jottings in his diary reveal something of the daily life of a rector in difficult times... (My comments are in italics – RJNP)

2nd January – baptised 3 children.

3rd January – established Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. (an Anglican Missionary Society founded in 1771 by Rev. Thomas Bray – perhaps better known as USPG whose devotional literature we use during Lent)

10th January – Obtained His Grace’s approval of the plan for enlarging the Church. (The 1822 church was already too small for the growing population of the town)

2nd March – from the date of my first entrance upon duty in this Parish , 10th October, 1830, inclusive, I have preached on Sundays and Festivals from the pulpit of Derryloran Church 776 times. “Lord pardon my weakness and follow with Thy blessing whatever has been spoken agreeable to Thy Word.”

13th April – Left home for Markethill Sessions to which I was summoned.

27th April – My child worse.

28th April – My child died. (Montague Sarah Elizabeth - aged 6)

6th June – Went to Dublin in consequence of the death of Francis Hodghinson, LL.D., Vice-Provost of Trinity College and my father-in-law. (His wife Julia Helen had died at Derryloran Rectory in 1835 aged 38)

28th August – Received intelligence that my son George (aged 14) had received a dangerous wound in the right breast from a knife and that his life was despaired of. Left Armagh that evening and reached Dublin next morning where I found my son in a very critical state. Remained with him until 5th September, when he was declared out of danger.

15th October – When inspecting Derrycrummy School I saw 2 poor creatures trying to force their way out of the next house into the street, quite naked, and delirious from typhus fever.

7th March (1841) Preached the ordination sermon in the Cathedral, Armagh, when Lord John Beresford was ordained Deacon. (4th Marquess of Waterford and nephew of Lord John George Beresford, Archbishop of Armagh)

Summer 2017 News