Our Annual Harvest Service took place on October 13th. Members bought gifts to be donated to the Alice Leahy Trust helping homelessness. Plants were also distributed to members and friends who are unable to be with us as often as they used to be. It is always special to be thankful of all we have and in some small way to pass on that thankfulness in tangible ways. A big thankyou to all those involved in the extra tasks needed for this day particuarly to sandra poynton and all her faithfulnes in this.
During the summer we welcomed tow interns from belfast Bible College. it was good to have them around and we hope they gained more insight to inner city church life, cross cultural ministry and the arts.
Our church family meets every first Sunday in the month for a bring and Share lunch, this is a very popular event and as well as enjoying food from around the world, we enjoy getting to know one another over table fellowship. A new idea for September-we will be celebrating one another and anyone with a birthday that month will come to the front of the church as we recognize them and pray for them . Afterwards we will have tae coffee and cake.
Reading Romans. You can join us on Wednesday evenings as we read Romans and seek to understand with lively and friendly discussion. Led by our minister Alan Boal with tea and coffee to begin. This is a great way to be with fellow believers and to share together in the middle of the week 7pm 5 Gardiner Row.
With great sadness and regret we had to close our well established nursery. Under the leadership of Deirdre Moore over 27 years our nursery had been a beacon of good practice, a warm and loving setting for children, providing early education with formative social skills and an acclaimed learning field for students from childcare courses and colleges, including DCU and DIT. It was highly regarded in the community around Abbey and served families as a welcome to them also providing childcare for those new into our country . Restrictive regulations after inspection, that went beyond what our building could provide made it impossible for us to achieve the ability to remain open. Abbey is indebted to Deirdre for her love, her dedication and her maintenance of the high quality of the Abbey Day Nursery and we are mindful of the impact that this decision made both to her, to staff and to all the families who relied upon it. We are disappointed that a service that was running well fell victim to regulations that do not take into consideration the variety of childcare settings and seek to allow more flexibility to cover them within the guidlines. We love the community from where our church resides and we hope that we will always be faithful to serving and transforming lives as we seek to live out our faith in this part of the city.
It was with great saddness that we announced the passing of our dear friend, elder at Abbey. Robert G.E. Poynton on the 22nd March 2019, peacefully surrounded by his family and in the wonderful care of the staff of St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He was a dearly loved husband and best friend of Sandra and a fond bother in Christ amongst us. His work and committment to Abbey was immense and the contribution he made to both the church and the community are sorely missed and gratefiully remembered by our church family. A Service of Thanksgiving was held in Abbey Presbyterian Church on 25th March 2019.