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Thursday, 02 July 2020 00:00


Sunday 5th July at 11am at Methodist Centenary Church, Leeson Park.

DRIVE IN SERVICE.   A car park steward will guide the cars onto the grass, with the cars parked with a two metre gap between the lines.  Tune in to 98.4FM on your car radio. Reception extends to the street.  Park on the street or follow the parking stewards direction on our lawn/car park.    No car? There will be steam cleaned seating under the veranda.  Two metres social distancing must be observed, therefore do not lean into another person’s car window.


Sunday 12th July at 11.30am in Rathgar Methodist Church. 

 BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY.  Rev. Andrew Kingston will lead the service. A one-way system will be in operation in the church with steward guidance on where to be seated for safe distancing. The service will also be relayed via transistor to car radios for those who would prefer to remain in their car. 





How to approach the season of Lent with all of the amazing, holistic traditions and experiences is a question I ask every year.

How do God’s people make Lent relevant in 2020? So let’s begin in the beginning… “Once upon a time,” God created a people— and God loved the people, but over time the people forgot God who created them and loved them. The people turned away from God and consumed power and earthly treasures. The people forgot from where they had come. God’s love was so powerful, that God created a way for the people to return to God. His name is Jesus, God’s own Son who came to be with God’s people. And come Jesus did, into the world, and into our hearts, to walk and talk with the people — to teach and show the way to live. Jesus gave his life for God’s people, so all might be saved and receive eternity.

This is not “The End” of our story! Each Lent is an opportunity for a new beginning in our life.


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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 will be celebrating 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!




The coffee dock will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays for the remainder of 2020.  All are welcome to come along and join for some coffee and fellowship. Funds raised go to support Phakamisa.




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.