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Sunday, 20 January 2019 00:00


As always, Vanessa is extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way to the Advent and Christmas services over the past few weeks. To all those who have read prayers and lessons, provided the music, encouraged the children in our Sunday Club, decorated the church and have been involved in the catering, a heartfelt word of thanks .We are also very appreciative of the enormous amount of effort which went into the highly successful Christmas Breakfast and the Art Exhibition and to all of you who have supported the church in other ways throughout the festive season, thank you all. David Holmes is delighted to make it known that the Art Exhibition raised €1,165 for Phakamisa.




This year the service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in our locality will be held in the Friends Meeting House on the Churchtown Road at 3.00 pm on Sunday 20th January 2019. The service has been compiled by the Christian community in Indonesia and the theme is “Justice and justice only shall ye pursue” taken from Deuteronomy 16: 18-20. Our special speaker will be Fr. Brian McKay OC and all are very welcome to join us.




The Irish Red Cross has approached the churches and congregations in the Rathgar/Terenure area to see if we would be interested in helping them with its refugee community sponsorship programme. While this initiative is already up and running around the country, this would be the first time the programme has been set up in the south Dublin area. It involves helping a refugee family (most likely from either Syria or Iraq) to set up home here in Ireland and providing the necessary support for the family to be able to settle in their new home country. Each member of the Rathgar Terenure Fellowship has been asked to identify one member to make up a steering group and to get things started. Marlene Mollentze has very kindly agreed to represent Rathgar Methodist Church on this committee and she will keep us updated on its work.




Shona Kirkpatrick and her husband Shane Fitzgerald and their children, Lia and Rhys have moved to Australia for two years for work-related reasons. Shona sent us some lovely pictures and tells us something about adapting to their new life “down under”:

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As you may have heard, Shane, Lia and Rhys and I have taken the opportunity to come to Melbourne to live for two years. Shane was offered a transfer within his company so we have been able to make the move with the security of him having a job. We arrived at the end of August and spent six weeks in the city centre. We stayed in a fabulous apartment on the 20th floor and so we had wonderful views of the city! We spent the first few weeks getting to know the city, exploring, visiting parks and museums. We then had to house hunt for a place to live in the longer term. After much searching and deliberation we have settled in Brighton, a seaside suburb south east of the city centre. The children started school in Brighton Beach Primary School at the beginning of term 4 here and have settled in well. They are also doing lots of extra curricular activities including gymnastics, ballet, taekwondo, Brownies and Joeys (Beaver Scouts). I got in touch with Girl Guides Victoria and am volunteering as a Brownie Leader. Shane is working hard and is getting involved with water polo and the dad's footy team! It is an opportunity of a lifetime and we are really looking forward to the adventures of the next two years.  



One of the ladies in our congregation who is downsizing is still looking for a small wardrobe with both hanging space and one or two drawers and/or shelves. If you can help, please see Vanessa.



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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A reminder about the Rathgar Active Retirement Association, which meets at 52, Grosvenor Road in Rathgar on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm, and which is keen to recruit new members in the autumn. Activities include table tennis, cards, Scrabble, indoor bowling and painting classes with occasional outings to museums and galleries and the theatre. Wesley Riddall is happy to provide further information.



The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland steam train calendars for 2019 are now available for €10.00. If you wish to order, please contact Wesley. For further information about RPSI steam trains, go to for dates/departures. You can book online.


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.