ST JOHN THE BAPTIST — PARISH MATTERS — APRIL 08

THE RECTOR ’ S LETTER
Dear Friends, It is amazing to think here we are in April and Easter is behind us. Falling as it did this year means we are already focussing our minds on summer. The clock has changed and it seems so much brighter in the mornings. It brings a change of mood as we start the new Church year.We have elected a new Select Vestry.There is a report on the meeting later in this edition. Suffice to say, thank you to all who served last year in the various officerships in our Parish and God’s speed to those who do so this year. An election took place this year for the 12 places on the Select Vestry.This is, indeed, a very healthy sign, in that people want to offer time to their Parish Family, but it also means that people are also disappointed by not being elected for the first time or by not being re-elected. Thank you to so many for your attendance which was a big increase on years gone by. Ronan, our Treasurer, gave his report on the day outlining where we stand. The financial report is also to be found in this edition of Parish Matters. He reported a very serious development: that we have seen a fall in Christian Stewardship (Envelopes, etc.) for the first time in many years. So also we have seen little or no increase in annual giving. Please consider increasing this thereby facilitating our development of ministry in Clontarf. Our main means of fundraising this year will be our Summer Fete. This will take place on Sunday 8th June in and around the Parish Centre from 2.00 — 5.00pm. It will have the usual stalls (no white elephant) and much fun outdoors too.We will have bouncy castles, alongside burgers and hotdog stalls. This will undoubtedly be a fantastic afternoon and a great way of raising much-needed funds for the Parish.The stalls, like before, will be manned by representatives of the various organisations. Please make sure to keep this date free in your diary as it is really important for our Parish. Last month the Needs Group included a feed-back form with the magazine. Clearly the format did not work as so few were returned. The Group is taking advice on how best to approach this in the future.

The thinking behind this was to ascertain what the Parish needs to do as we develop over the coming months and years. The need to communicate was the primary wish of the Group and so we will be returning to this in the near future. We need also to update the Parish records. It would be much appreciated if you could give your email address to me. I send out emails regularly with information relevant to the Parishioners. So it only takes a second, please drop me an email with your address on it. It is also hoped that some parishioners might opt for an electronic Parish Matters instead of a paper copy, thereby reducing our carbon footprint and reducing parish costs. Our Wednesday evenings in Lent were very well attended.Thank you to you all for your attendance, though we could easily have fitted a few more people in. The feed-back from these evenings were very positive, particularly following the discussion on gnosticism on the last night. It is hoped to offer such evenings each month.The next one takes place on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.There will be a short Worship Service followed by a talk entitled “What makes John so different to Matthew, Mark and Luke”. This will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and will close with tea and coffee. Please come along. Yours in Christ, Derek Mothers’ Union We will be meeting on Thursday 10th April at 8.00 pm in the Pavilion Room, the guest speaker on the night will be Linda Smith, Manager of Aoibhneas Woman’s Refuge in Coolock. Our AGM will be held on Thursday 17th April at 3.00 pm. in the Pavilion Room, with Tea. Thanks to the members who made buttonholes for Mothering Sunday and thanks to Susan and some of the senior girls from Connect who helped out also.They got a quick lesson on the art of buttonhole making and they entertained me as well. I really think that group should be called "Wired" The Lenten Lunch collection for Overseas was 300 Euro, thanks to everyone who supported it. I.Acheson

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Clontarf Womens’ Group We will be meeting in the Pavilion Room of the Parish Centre, on Tuesday 1st April at 8.00 pm. Lemon’s Beauty Salon will be joining us for an evening entitled " All About Eyes " . Eyebrows- Shaping and Tinting, etc. the cost will be 25 euro. We collected Easter Eggs for the children at Coolock Women’s Refuge. We were delighted to be able to help them. Thank you to all who bought eggs. We were also able to give a few toys to the children. H. McCullagh & B. Sargent

Good Friday Youth Service The 12 noon Youth Service was again led by Susan our Youth and Children’s Pastor with the music being performed by the band " Scripture " .The young people led the prayers beautifully and a monologue told the Good Friday story.This was most poignant and touching. The attendance was high and very encouraging. The collection went to the charity " From Russia with Love " working with poor children in Russia. Thank you to all who made this a very special act of worship.You should all be very proud as this was a real expression of faith in Christ on the day when he gave all for each one of us.

Junior Badminton Club There continues to be a large attendance on Tuesday nights in Mount Temple. The recent Tournament held in Baldoyle Badminton Centre had a smaller than usual entry - possibly due to the timing - half-term and mock exams. We were once again delighted with results of our members:Sam Acheson was narrowly beaten in the Semi-Finals of the Boys singles under 11. Adam Lynch and Niall Conologue were placed third in the Boys Doubles under 13. Sam Stirling and his partner were very successful and won the Boys under 13 Doubles.

Shane McCullagh and Devin Connolly had to fight the Final of the Boys under 13 Plate Competition and after a long game Shane claimed victory. Well done to each and every one of you. It should also be noted that most of the boys had to play up a section this year. R.Watts Senior Badminton Club Leinster Competitions are drawing to a close - Three of out teams are into the Quarter-Finals of the Cup. Our Men’s first look as if they will be very well placed in the League also. The Club are hoping to organise an evening in Stockyard Restaurant on Wednesday 16th April, so please keep this date free. We have just heard that Karl McDermott is re-locating to England and we wish him all the best in his new job - the team are devastated that he is leaving them at this stage of the Season - very bad timing, Karl! P.Watts

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Bowls Club On Tuesday 26th February the Quarter-Final of the Price Cup was played in our Parish Centre between teams from Tallaght and Stillorgan. A very good game was won by Tallaght. H. Erskine Tennis Club The Tennis Club will shortly be announcing a series of activities to start off the new season. Anyone who is interested in playing tennis please see our web page www.clontarftennis.com. You can register your interest on-line and full contact details are on the site. N. Darragh

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USPG Indian Night On Friday 29th February we gathered in the Parish Centre for our fundraiser for USPG and our link project — the Delhi Brotherhood. 130 people supported the night and we had great fun. Jan and Linda with help from our India Team helped with the food which was a great success.Thank you to all who dressed up in Indian clothes to give that authentic feel. Thank you also to all who worked so hard from ticket sellers (Heather, Elaine and Mandy) to those who set up the main hall and to all who gave prizes for the night. In the end we raised a staggering 4100 Euro for the project with your support.This will make a massive difference to the Brothers work on the ground in Delhi as they work with the young people who are at such risk as they come to the city in search of their fortunes leaving behind the villages from which they came. Derek

Evening Worship will be held on Wednesd ay 2 3rd A pril 2 0 0 8 at 7.3 0pm in the Parish C entre this will be followed by a talk entitled " W hat makes John so different to M atthew, M ark and Luke "

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Ladybirds Well done to all Ladybirds who were at the church service you were super at all the actions in the sermon. We are delighted to welcome Veronica as a Ladybird helper - she will be a great help to Wendy and Enid as the number of Ladybirds is rising week by week. A big thank you to Wendy for organising our 80th celebrations so well, we are all very proud of her. Brownies A huge thank you to everybody who made our church service to celebrate our 80th year of Guiding in Clontarf such a lovely occasion. To those who read, said prayers and collected- well done and to Reverent Sargent thank you for a really great sermon. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed it. We are having a well deserved rest for 2 weeks over easter but will resume on the first Wednesday in April. We have just welcomed 2 new Brownies up from Ladybirds and we hope that they will enjoy their time with us. Guides We are really enjoying the new challenges each Wednesday evening and have recently all got our new uniforms which look great and also give us

a sense of belonging to the wider Guiding movement.Thank you to all the guides who served tea, coffee and biscuits after the church service and also to those who helped with the clean up too!! M.Watts 5th Company Girls’ Brigade Well, we are now on the last ‘count down’ to our Centenary Celebration weekend which will take place on the 25th/26th and the 27th April 2008. Our Centenary Display will take place in St. Fintan’s Boys High School on Friday the 25th April at 8.00p.m. and everyone is most welcome to come along. Our Past Member’s Centenary Dinner will be held on Saturday 26th April in The Royal Dublin Golf Club at 7.15p.m. and our Centenary Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday the 27th April at 3.00p.m. in Clontarf & Scots Presbyterian Church. On Sunday 17th February we were extremely fortunate to have President Mary McAleese attend a Service in Clontarf & Scots Church and unveil two stained glass windows which we had commissioned to mark our Centenary. One window depicts the ‘old’ Girls’ Brigade Badge and the other the ‘new’ Girls’ Brigade Badge with the motto — ‘Seek, Serve and Follow Christ’ and the date 1908 — 2008 underneath the windows. It really was a wonderful day, enjoyed by all. Regardless of all our Centenary ‘Events’, the Girls’ Brigade programme continues along unabated and we have been very busy with P.E. Competitions, the G.B. Scripture Test etc. and are now practicing for the Musical Theatre Competition to be held on the 5th April.We also have our District’s ‘Fun Competitions’ on Saturday 29th March in Santry starting at 10.00a.m. Due to the fact that we meet on a Saturday and a Monday night we are losing out on G.B. practices because of the St. Patrick’s weekend and Easter so we are having Girls’ Brigade on Wednesday 19th March and Wednesday 26th March from 2.00p.m. — 3.30p.m. for Explorers and 3.30p.m. — 5.00p.m. for Juniors/Seniors and 5.00p.m. — 6.00p.m. for Brigaders. Hopefully we will get the majority of girls on these two afternoons — all girls have already received a note about these, but just in case I am including it in this newsletter — a gentle reminder! M McElhinney

SERVICES FOR APRIL

6th April 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 13th April 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 20th April 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 23rd April 7.30 p.m. Subject: Venue: 27th April 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Easter 2 Holy Communion Morning Prayer Easter 3 Holy Communion Parish Family Communion Easter 4 Holy Communion All-Age Worship Wednesday Evening Worship with Talk What makes John so different to Matthew, Mark and Luke The Parish Centre Easter 5 - Rogation Sunday Holy Communion Parish Family Communion

Scripture Readings for April

6th April

Easter 2 Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1: 17-23 Luke 24: 13-35 Easter 3 Acts 2: 42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2: 19-25 John 10: 1-10 Easter 4 Acts 7: 55-60 Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16 1 peter 2: 2-10 John 14: 1-14 Easter 5 Rogation Sunday Acts 17: 22-31 Psalm 66: 7-18 1 Peter 3: 13-22 John 14: 15-21

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Sunday Club Coming up to Easter we were busy doing pictures for Church. We had a scene of Palm Sunday, The Last Supper and the Empty Tomb on Easter Sunday.The Banner we had made last year has completed the story stating ‘Jesus is alive!’ Everyone had great fun doing the work. Well done everyone! We must try something else soon. J. Acheson APRIL SCHEDULE 6th 13th 20th 27th Sunday Club Sunday Club In Church Sunday Club Morning Prayer Holy Communion All Age Worship Service of the Word

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Christian Stewardship/Planned Giving The Parish Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2007 were presented to the Annual Vestry on Sunday 9th March 2008. While the financial situation of the parish is healthy at present significant concern was expressed at the reduction in Christian Stewardship Contributions. It was stressed that this is the first time in memory that Christian Stewardship has decreased year on year. In 2006 the total received was 62,598 Euro while in 2007 the amount was 8% less at 57,566 Euro. Church expenses did NOT decrease in the same period. Christian Stewardship is planned giving by Parishioners (or planned taking by the parish!).The Stewardship funds, received by way of monthly standing order and weekly envelope, are needed to cover Church expenses — personnel costs and running costs of the Church premises such as heat, light, cleaning, and insurance — they are not used for the Parish Centre. It was noted — that few of the 98 contributors had increased their giving in 2007 — that of the 160 households in the parish, less than 100 made a regular planned payment through the Christian Stewardship Schemes. The Select Vestry has consequently identified the development of the Christian Stewardship Schemes as a priority matter for at least the coming year. An increase of 7 Euro per month from 125 contributors would amount to 10,500 Euro in a year. Please help your parish! If you are a current contributor, and we are very grateful for your generosity in the past, please review your contribution and increase it by amending your Bank Standing Order or your Weekly Envelope, if at all possible. If you are not a current contributor, and you would like to be, you can set up a standing order in favour of the parish — the bank details are:

Clontarf Parish No 2 Account Account No 02825-120 Allied Irish Bank plc, 37/38 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Sort Code 93-13-22. If you prefer to make payment by weekly envelope, please advise Ms Sandra Stirling or the Churchwardens. A pack of envelopes will be delivered to your home. [Copies of the annual accounts are available in the Church lobby.]

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Easter General Vestry Our Easter General Vestry took place on Sunday 9th March in the Parish Centre following the main Service. It was better attended than in past years which was good to see. Being a triennial year both Parochial Nominators and Diocesan Synodsmen were elected for the coming three years. The Parochial Nominators for the next 3 years are: Bruce Maxwell, Mark Acheson, John Rowden and Declan Barry. Our representatives on Diocesan Synod are: John Rowden, John Patten and Ted Jones. ’ Rector’ s Church Warden Ted Jones ’ People’ s Church Warden Lindsay O’Toole ’ Rector’ s Glebe Warden Brendan Bournes-Harper ’ People’ s Glebe Warden Nigel Darragh Twelve others were elected to the Select Vestry Olwen Lynch and Alan Harper (for the first time) Ronan Kelly, Declan Barry, Clive Jackson, Mark Acheson, Bruce Maxwell, John Rowden, Ed McKenna, John Patten, Stuart McConnell and Heather Hunter.

It is always very healthy when there is an election. It is a sign of a deep interest in serving God in this capacity in one’s Parish. Thanks were expressed by the Rector to all outgoing office holders.The death of Sam Jackson (Parochial Nominator and 8.30 Church Warden) was referred to in his speech, stating how Sam was missed “by us all”. The Rector thanked the many organisations and individuals who supported him and the Parish over the past year, looking forward to the year ahead. Special thanks were recorded for the Youth and Children’s Pastor — Susan Connolly, the Hon. Secretary — Bruce, the Hon. Treasurer — Ronan, and to the Rector’s wife — Breda. He thanked all for their attendance and interest in the Parish and it’s life, praying God’s blessing on the future. In the subsequent Select Vestry meeting Bruce Maxwell we re-elected Honorary Secretary. Ronan Kelly was also re-elected Honorary Treasurer.

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Rector's Church Warden Ted Jones Ted Jones joined the Parish in 1948. This is his second year on the Select Vestry. He is a widower since 1998 and has two children, Nicholas and Christine. He is a grand father to 5 children and and also has one great grandson. Ted served as an RAF pilot from 1940 - 1945. After the war he worked for Grant-Barnett the umbrella manufacturers. He has been retired since 1980. In 2006 he became a local celebrity when he did a parachute jump in aid of St. Francis Hospice. In doing this he raised 7050 euro and now hold the title of the oldest skydiver in Ireland. People’s Church Warden Lindsey O’Toole Lindsey Allen joined the Parish when she was 3, when her parents Morris and Elaine moved to Clontarf from Raheny. She was confirmed, married Graham and had her daughter Lucy baptised here in St John the Baptist. She has been on the Select Vestry for 3 years. She has served as Glebe Warden. She was educated at Greenlanes National School and Mount Temple. She is at present the Financial Controller of the Westbury Hotel. Her claim to fame is that she is a direct descendant of Bram Stoker so be afraid, be very afraid.

Reflection At time of writing we are nearing an early Easter. All Christian Churches will have celebrated Christ’s victory over what He Himself called “the last enemy, death”. Death here refers to everlasting loss and not just the cessation of our human breath, lamentable as that surely is. One cannot usually bring analytical and scientific conclusions to bear on Scripture. In this instance, the explanation is surely self-evident. If Jesus, as we believe, conquered and is our Victor over the death — enemy, He has secured its antithesis, life everlasting. So well, we should rejoice at Easter with thanksgiving and praise.We also do well to remember that such a life-and-death battle was not won without the shedding of blood. The hymn says, ‘lest I forget Gethsemane, lead me to Calvary’. A unique price was paid for our redemption and security.What peace of mind! We are truly thankful. A Maharry

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RECTOR: The Rev’d D. C. Sargent (833 1181) clontarf@dublin.anglican.org YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S PASTOR: Susan Connolly (086 377 7278) susanconnolly04@yahoo.co.uk GREENLANES NATIONAL SCHOOL Principal: Ms. C. Atkin (8331554) greenlanes@oceanfree.net B.B. COMPANY SECTION: Mr A. Ayling (831 5234) B.B. JUNIOR SECTION: Mr. M. Acheson (831 8645) ANCHOR BOYS: Mrs. H. McCullagh (853 5594) WOMEN’S GROUP: Mrs. B. Sargent (833 1181) and Mrs. H. McCullagh (853 5594) YOUTH GROUPS: Ms. S. Connolly (086 377 7278) BOWLING CLUB: Mr. H. Maude (833 1056) BADMINTON CLUB: Mrs. P.Watts (832 6078) JUNIOR BADMINTON: Mr. R.Watts (832 6078) ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER: Mr. J. Rowden (2809948 \ 0876347546) SUNDAY MORNING CRECHE: Mrs. B. Sargent (833 1181) FLOWER GUILD: Mrs. I. Acheson (833 8288) and Mrs B. Gallagher (833 8683) GB PAST MEMBERS: Mrs. I. McMullen: (853 0356) BROWNIES: Mrs. P. and Ms. M.Watts (832 6078) LADYBIRDS/GUIDES: Ms.W. Kelly (848 1569) and Ms. N. Flynn (8476110) MOTHERS UNION: Mrs. I. Acheson (833 8288) SUNDAY CLUB: Mrs. J. Acheson (831 8645) POST-CONFIRMATION GROUP: Susan Connolly (086 377 7278) susanconnolly04@yahoo.co.uk PARISH WHIST GROUP: Mrs. H. Hunter (833 7940)