Diocesan Readers are lay people who have been selected, trained and licensed by the Bishop to preach, teach and lead worship in a pastoral context. There are 300 Diocesan Readers in the Church of Ireland, 10 of whom serve in Meath and Kildare.
Readers give their services to the Church so do not receive payment. Readers are supported by a Warden of Readers who is Rev Alistair Graham.
To pursue a call to lay ministry in this capacity, please contact
REV ALASTAIR GRAHAM
Co Westmeath,Tel/Fax: 044 9348376
Mrs S Bryce–Smith
W S Deverell
Mrs G M Jeffers
Major W R Kilroy
Mrs H McKeever
Mrs H Potterton
Meath and Kidare Diocesan Fellowship of Vocation is a ministry within the diocese for those exploring ordained life. There are many reasons why you might have arrived here, perhaps you have been casually exploring the diocesan website and stumbled upon this page, perhaps a still small voice within you prompted you to search for information about ministry and vocation.
If you think you might be hearing a call to ordained ministry, then you are not alone. Many have heard that call and responded. They have been students, teachers, builders, police officers, teenagers, retirees, civil servants, mechanics, mothers, fathers, computer operators… the list could be endless.
You will already have prayed about the questions that are in your heart. The next step is to share your thoughts with others. This could mean talking to a trusted friend or someone in your church. Your rector will help you through some of your queries and refer you to the Diocesan Fellowship of Vocation.
This group meets 3-4 times each year, giving you the opportunity to meet with others on the same path. You will be helped, through support and information, to explore the possibilities that may lie ahead for you.
When you are ready to take another step, you will be required to undertake the “Foundation Course”. This is a 13-month course of study beginning each April. It involves home study and “distance learning” whilst you continue to live and work at home. As you approach the end of the course, you will meet with the bishop who may recommend that you attend a selection conference. This will involve further interviews and discussions and the panel will decide whether or not you are to pursue the road to ordination. That road will involve two residential years at the Theological Institute and one year as an intern in a parish setting. (All this may also be undertaken part-time at home but will take twice as long)
Throughout this journey, you will be supported by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands. It is an exciting and challenging voyage to which you may be called. In the Fellowship of Vocation, you will find support and guidance as you seek the will of God for you.
I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you
with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
Charles de Foucald
For further information contact –
Tel/Fax: 044 9348376
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GFS is active in 80 branches throughout Ireland and plays an integrated part in the life of the Church and community, offering members education through fun, while helping them to live a Christian life. GFS exists to support the work and development of the local parish. With regular meetings, social events, festivals and youth camps it has the capacity to be a dynamic force in the Parish.
GFS is constantly revising its education programme which encourages members to achieve their best in a variety of areas and includes outdoor pursuits, drama, first aid, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, information technology, church life, and public speaking. Camps, outings, concerts and competitions are among regular events, with special emphasis on exchange visits to extend friendships.
GFS has members as young as 3 years of age. All our leaders are volunteers and if you would like information on joining GFS as a member or leader you can contact Central Office, 36 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or your local branch directly if you know the contact details.
Mothers’ Union Mission Statement
For 130 years members of the Mothers’ Union have been making a difference in families.
The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation, which promotes the well-being of families worldwide.
The aim of the Mothers’ Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.To uphold Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.