All Saints' Parish Church                         
Eglantine Road, Lisburn.       
                         

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General Easter Vestry Wednesday 28th April 2021

The 2021 General Easter Vestry will be held in The Parish Hall at 7.30p on Wednesday 28th April 2021 preceded by a Service of Compline. Due to current COVID-19 Restrictions the numbers permitted to attend are limited.

If you wish to attend please use the Parish Booking line (leave a message or text) on  07754 329318

Church Reopening Sunday 25th April 2021

The past six months has brought many changes to each of our lives, and we have had to adapt to an entirely new way of living.  No individual or family has escaped the impact of Covid-19, and the Church has been no exception.  On Sunday 15th March we closed our doors for public worship, and since then we have been continuing to worship online.

The good news is we hope to reopen the Church for worship on Sunday 25th April 2021 at 11 o’clock.  I will of course be continuing my online services, so if you feel safer watching in your own home that’s perfectly fine.

I must make you aware however that there will be quite a few changes and restrictions in Church.  In order to keep everyone as safe as possible there are guidelines laid down by the Church of Ireland and the Government that we must adhere to.

Please do not attend Church if –

·                You have symptoms of Covid-19 or have had symptoms in the past 14 days

·                You have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past 14 days

·                You have been in close contact with a person who is either a confirmed or suspected case in the last 14 days

·                You have been advised to shield or self-isolate at this time.

Keeping you safe in Church

·                You will need to book before you attend as we can only accommodate a much reduced number in Church.  The booking process is detailed overleaf.

·                The Church will not be opened until 10.50 am. so please do not come early.

·                Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times both inside the Church and while entering and leaving the building and in the car park.

·                Please use the hand sanitizer provided at the Church door.

·                Face coverings should be worn at all times within the Church.

·                On arrival you will wait to be shown to a seat.  Seats will be allocated by the wardens.

·                Once seated, please do not move around the Church.

·                At the end of the service wardens will indicate when you should leave your seat.

·                A basket will be provided at the back of the Church for offerings.

·                On leaving please do not linger at the Church door but proceed to the car park.

Changes in the Service

·                The service will be shorter – approximately 30 mins.

·                Service sheets will be provided but you may bring your own Prayer Book if you wish.

Booking Process

·                As we can only accommodate a much-reduced number in Church you must leave a text message on  07754 329318  if you wish to attend.  Please leave your name and the number of people attending from your household or ‘bubble’.  I will confirm with you.

·                You may only book for the next Sunday.

·                Please understand you may not be able to attend every Sunday in order to allow everyone an opportunity to be present at a Service

·                I will have your contact details which I will hold for 21 days to meet Contact Tracing requirements.

Unfortunately due to current restrictions, I will not be able to ‘meet and greet’ you at the Church door either before or after the service.  If you wish to speak to me about a pastoral matter, please phone the Rectory during the week.  I wish to thank you for your patience and support over the past number of months, and as we return to some kind of new normality may God’s blessing surround you each day.

 

Your Rector,

 

Rev Jason Kernohan. 

 

 

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URGENT NEWS

Your Church Needs Your Financial Support – Please Give by Monthly Standing Order
In these unprecedented times, we appeal to our parishioners who use weekly envelopes to convert to contributing monthly via bank standing order. Obviously since we are not in church, the money is not coming in each week, but we still have to pay the majority of our ongoing costs. Payment by standing order has a number of benefits to both parishioners and to the church, so once set up, please continue to give this way. Payment by standing order is extremely easy to set up via internet banking. The church’s bank details are available from the Rector or the church wardens or by e-mail info@eglantine.org
Thank you for your help

 

Work to Bells, August 2019

It was recently noticed that one of the bells was not striking correctly, it was previously noticed during the roofing work that there was some corrosion around some of the pullies at the bells.

Considering this work off is a specialist nature (height and work required) it was necessary to commission a steeplejack company to inspect the Bell cote and bells. Rainey Steeplejacks were contacted and with the assistance of Brian Rainey carried out a visual inspection which revealed that while all the main steelwork and stonework was structurally sound there was severe corrosion to two six pulleys and fraying to the operating cable, some corrosion was also noted to the striker on the top bell. While a little worrying there was nothing major considering that the last major work was carried out in 1958 when the bells were recast.

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As the bells are an integral part of the church the work was considered as necessary and should be done before winter. Work started in mid-August which consisted of removing all damaged pulleys and cables, stripping of old paint and minor corrosion to structural steelwork, specialist cleaning of bells, priming and painting of steelwork. Refitting new pulleys and arm (which was fabricated in stainless steel) installing new stainless-steel operating cable. Minor alterations to the striker were needed on the top bell.

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Hopefully this work will keep the bells operational for another 61years!