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As many of you know Rev Vanessa Wyse Jackson will be leaving Rathgar at the end of June. We are planning a gathering of the Rathgar folk to mark the occasion -early evening Saturday 29th June.    

Details/ invites to follow.  -  Anne Hagan 0868063233




Here, we include items by Andrew Kingston and Yongnam Park, the two new ministers appointed to Dublin South City Circuit from 1st July this year.


Andrew and Jean Kingston

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 Dear Rathgar friends,

With a name like Kingston some of you might guess that I am from West Cork. I was a day pupil in Bandon Grammar School (though I did attend Wesley College for one year but thought a Dublin School was no place to learn about farming, my chosen career at the time). My wife, then Jean Brookes was a border in Bandon Grammar School and she was my girlfriend when she was 15 and I was 16 years old. She is from Methodist stock in Skibbereen and a niece of the late Rev John Brookes. She knows Dublin better than me as she is an ex Adelaide nurse. It was an exciting trip down memory lane when Vanessa and Patrick invited us for a meal on 1st April. We recognised streets that we walked during our courting days. Jean lived with four other nursing friends in a basement flat on Kennilworth Square. I was a community worker with the Shankill Team Ministry in Belfast at that time.

There is a lot of water under the bridge since then. Following theological training in Edgehill College we have served on four different Districts in four different counties moving in an easterly direction from South West Donegal to East Fermanagh to Larne, Co. Antrim to Newtownards, Co. Down. We also acquired three sons, Peter, James and Michael along the way, though they are now off the payroll and living independently. Our collie Ulfrek will be coming with us!

 We are excited at the prospect of being stationed to the Dublin South City Circuit. I was ordained along with six others in Leeson Park in 1993 so it seems like we have come full circle. We had the joy of sharing worship with Yongnam and Sayjin Park at our District World Mission Partnership service recently. I was very impressed by his sincerity and spirituality and look forward to sharing ministry with him. We are very grateful to the Ministers and Stewards for a lovely day of orientation and as a result we feel less apprehensive and more excited. One little word of warning; I no longer sound like a Cork man. I have been too long in Northern Ireland and am hoping that being stationed among my own people might help me reclaim something of my Southern accent. Much has changed during the 35 years since I left the farm and opportunities to deepen our discipleship, share our faith and worship our wonderful God abound. Yongnam & Sayjin and Jean & I look forward to partnering in the gospel with you; roll on July!


Nam and Sayjin Park 

Sayjin and I got married in May 2000. We have three children; Yeoyeol (means Harmony), Joowon (means Sweet rain in the garden), Myungwon (means Sunshine in the garden).

I was ordained in 2003 by the Korean Methodist Church after I graduated with a BA and MA in Methodist Theological Seminary with three years probationary studies. I have a HDCS from National University of Ireland 2009 and an M.Phil in Dublin City University 2017(Thesis: Vincent van Gogh’s Christian Faith and how it influenced his Life and Art).

I am the third generation of Methodists in my family. I was a literary boy who liked poetry and novels since childhood. Of course, I liked baseball and sports. Since all men born in South Korea are obliged to do military service, I enlisted in the Marine Corps, completed very difficult survival swimming and combat training, and successfully finished three years of service. We served in the soldiers' church and the civilian church in the military area facing the North Korean border. We came to Dublin, Ireland and started to plant a Korean church in 2006.

Sayjin started playing piano at the age of six, and has studied classical piano six years at the arts high school. She majored in piano at university and after graduation, she has taught many young students as a competent piano teacher. She is a pianist and organist (she has been studying the highest diploma in the Royal Irish Academy of Music over nine years). My family loves music and singing. Yeoyeol (Wesley College, 16) is a good singer, Joowon (11) is a good violinist, and Myungwon(8) is a good pianist. I like to share my love of painting with both children and adults. I love Rembrandt and his biblical paintings.

I want to use the time to hear the voice of various members of the church. The most important thing in my ministry is to be a minister who is praying for my congregation. Finally, I hope to make a bridge between the church and outside of church.




 Rathgar Methodist Church will be making a donation to the emergency appeal on behalf of those affected by the recent cyclone in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. If any of our members would like to respond individually, payments can be made by:

1. Justgiving>

 2. Cheque

 (Payable to Methodist World Development & Relief Fund) sent to World Development & Relief, Edgehill House, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast, BT9 5BY. Please be sure to reference ‘Cyclone Idai’ in all donations.

3. Bank transfer

Account name: Methodist World Development & Relief Fund
Account number: 34646123
Sort code: 93-33-84
IBAN: IE38 AIBK 9333 8434 6461 23



The congregation will be delighted to hear that Helen and George Sheppard became great-grandparents on 4th March with the birth of a son, James Joseph, to their granddaughter Rachel and her husband James Power. We send the whole family many congratulations and warmest wishes for lots of fun together in the future.



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.

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