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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 00:00


I hope that God's blessing will be with you in your home in this season, from summer to autumn. Even though the number of coronavirus confirmed cases is gradually increasing, children and teens are now starting school with concern and anticipation. Hopefully, we ask for your encouragement and prayers so that children can start school with joy and excitement. On August 22nd, Rathgar Sunday club had a picnic in Squirrel’s Scramble in Bray. All were able to have such a fantastic time with 12 ziplines and 50 different challenges. We enjoyed a beautiful garden in Killruddery House & Gardens ate lunch together in the rain. Most of all, baseball game was great fun with kids and adults, even though we didn't know the rules and lacked gloves. Thank you to all teachers and volunteers for their hard work. It turned out Barry is a great captain. We will continue to prepare many exciting events for our church's children and teens. In addition, the Church council will prepare small group gatherings with you to meet and chat with takeaway coffee in a nearby park.



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During the Covid-19 lockdown, there are two ways you can make contributions as follows:

1. By cheque, made payable to Rathgar Methodist Church, and post to Alan Gibson, Dunluce, Rocky Valley, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow.
2. If you wish to give to the Church by standing order, these are the details:
                Account Name: Rathgar Methodist Church Stewardship Account
                Account Number: 47569026
                IBAN : IE63 BOFI 9000 1747 5690 26




UCB Ireland radio can be listened to online.  Tune in at www.ucbirelandradio.com.  

Spirit Radio broadcasts on 549MW and in the Dublin area on 89.9F.   Their website is at www.spiritradio.ie



Unfortunately, refreshments should not be served at Church functions for the foreseeable future for safety reasons regarding COVID 19.



God’s Storehouse, Tallaght is still responding to emergencies but it is probably best not to bring food items yet.



Please contact Rev. Yongnam Park if you need any pastoral care or visit. Mobile: 085-721 3218 or Email: [email protected]


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There will be a second Bible study in Rathgar Methodist Church. Tuesday Bible study begins at 7pm, in the Parlour. It is focused on people who are busy during the day time.  Please join with us and share your joy and burden as a small group.



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Congratulations and best wishes to George Sheppard who celebrated his 90th birthday on 24th January. Good wishes also to Helen who keeps him in such good condition. Keep going George! Here is a picture of George celebrating with some of the congregation after a recent service at Rathgar Methodist Church.




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One thing regarding the offering is changing in 2020. We will not do two offerings every first Sunday but instead order extra envelopes for the benevolent fund that helps a family who encounter financial difficulty. Please offer it voluntarily. Then the Society treasurer will separate and use for others. The decision was made at the Church Council meeting.





Rev. Ken Thompson, known to some of our congregation, passed away following a long illness on Saturday 7th December, 2019 in the loving care of the staff at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. He will be deeply missed by his wife Sheila, daughters Jill, Hilary, Jenny and their families and also by a large number of friends and colleagues throughout the Methodist Church in Ireland. A Thanksgiving Service was held Sutton Methodist Church the following Wednesday and his body has been donated to medical research. 


It is perhaps appropriate to inform you of the death of Ann Bryson (Frost) who died in Llandudno, North Wales, on 21 December 2019 (age 83). The announcement was in The Irish Times today.  My mother and father where long-term members of the Brighton Road congregation as were their four children. When we were children we attended The Children's Service every Sunday afternoon and all of us went to Wesley College. They were married at Brighton Road on the 21st December 1957. My father's association with Brighton Road went back to 1910. He was a Trustee from 1970 and also played the organ as required. My parents left Ireland for North Wales in 1982, but remained in regular contact with friends back in Dublin.  She will be buried with her husband, Reggie, in Llandudno. She had been ill since late July. My father's interest in church music continues with our son David who is now 16. He was a chorister at St John's College, University of Cambridge. Prof. John R. Bryson


Florence Ferguson passed away peacefully at Mount Tabor, December 22 2019. Florence Beatrice (née Hinds). Deeply missed by her children, Kenneth, Stephen and Christine, grandchildren, wider family and friends. There was the Funeral service at Dundrum Methodist Church at 10.30am on Friday 27th December followed by burial at Blaris Old Graveyard, Lisburn. Please continue to pray for Stephen’s family that the Lord give them comfort through this hard time. 



Some members of the wider congregation may not be aware that Wesley Riddall’s brother passed away on 4th February.  Cecil who lived in Dublin, but later moved to Wexford, will be fondly remembered by many throughout Ireland for his Sunday radio programme.  He recently retired after 28 years service at Church Media Trust Wexford as presenter of “Sounds for Sunday” each week at 10.00 am on South East Radio. A very gifted Methodist local minister, Cecil also conducted services on many occasions in Rathgar. He, Wesley and his wife Hazel, were  present on the 16th November 2008, when the illuminated window in the church foyer, originally in the Methodist Church Drimnagh,  was dedicated to the memory of their brother, Willie.   A celebration of Cecil’s life took place in Gorey Methodist Church on Friday, 7th February with burial afterwards at Templeshambo Graveyard. 



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There will be some of the congregation who may not be aware that Rev. Dudley Levistone Cooney (87) passed away peacefully on November 16th in the loving care of the staff at Mount Tabor Nursing Home in Sandymount. A Service of Thanksgiving was held in Dun Laoghaire Methodist Church on Thursday 21st November, after which he was laid to rest alongside his parents, Thomas and Gladys, in Mount Jerome.  Prayers and readings were read at the graveside by the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev. Sam McGuffin and by the District Superintendent, Rev. Andrew Dougherty. Dudley, as well as being a very experienced minister, was also the author of several books and a keen historian with a detailed knowledge of Irish Methodism. He very kindly contributed a piece to our 140th anniversary book in which he wrote about his connection with the Rathgar Methodist community, in which he spent many formative years before offering himself for the ministry.  



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 Thank you to the Sunday Club, especially Barry, Janet, Maria, and Tom for taking care of our kids.  We will also be running engaging and exciting activities for the children over the coming weeks.  Christmas has come early!!!!   We would love to have them join in the fun at the Carol service!





Society Stewart: Janet Stafford (2019-2022)

Treasurer: Alan Gibson (2019-2020)

Church Council Secretary: Simon McAllister (2019-2020)

Congregational representatives:

David Holmes (retires in 2020)

Val Humphreys (retires in 2021)

Maria Finegan (retires in 2022)

 Jan Blackmore continues to keep an eye on our hall letting arrangements and will report to Council as the need arises and Joy Bagster will continue to send cards on behalf of the congregation.




Pictured are the members of the Rathgar National School Hockey team.  There was great excitement when the boys won the Leinster Schools Division 3 Hockey cup.  Congratulations on your achievement!


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The table tennis club which meets in our hall on Thursday evenings is looking for new members. If you or someone you know would like to play, just drop down after 8pm anyThursday.  We cater for all standards of play. Contact Max McNeill 086 3743285 for further information.