KOTG Parish Newsletter May 2012

Volume 9 No. 5
“To Love and Serve the Lord”
A Thought for Pentecost
As soon as we see the Lord Jesus on the
Cross, we know our sins are forgiven;
and as soon as we see the Lord Jesus on
the Throne, we know the Holy Spirit has
been poured out upon us.
Watchman Nee
(1903 – 1972)
Services & Readings
for May
8.30 a.m. HC
10.30 a.m. SW
[*Acts 8:26-end]
[John 15:1-8]
May 6 –
Easter 5
Trevor Stevenson
Mark Groves
Theme: Philip
responds to God
May 13 –
Easter 6
Theme: Esther – in
the right place at the
right time
May 20 –
Easter 7
Theme: Choosing a
May 27 –
8.30 a.m. HC
10.30 a.m. AA
[*Esther – to be
confirmed ]
[Acts 10:44-end]
Cecily West
Ian Horner
8.30 a.m. HC
10.30 a.m. SW
7.00 p.m. Prayer &
Praise –
to be confirmed
[*Acts 1:15-end]
[John 17:6-19]
8.30 a.m. HC
10.30 a.m. HC
[*Acts 2:1-21]
[John 16:4-15]
William Olhausen
Susan Harris
Ian Horner
Eddie Coulter
Eddie Coulter
David Williams
Theme: Filled with
the Holy Spirit
MP Morning Prayer, HC Holy Communion, SW Service of the Word,
YS Youth Service, FS Family Service, AA All Age Service, HLG Healing
* Key reading
[For services on Sunday 3rd June, please see page 2.]
Please note: Details are subject to alteration.
Only one main Sunday service (10.30 a.m.) during the Interregnum.
During the Interregnum, we are
inviting a guest writer to fill the
“Rector’s Letter” slot.
This month we welcome SIMON
SCOTT, who is hoping to train for
the ordained ministry. It’s over to
you, Simon!
A new month and season has begun. The leaves have burst and growth is
all around us. With a start to this new season there is also change in the air
in Kill. Ferran has followed the Lord up north to Hillsborough and our prayers
are with him. While this is a sad time to see our friend and pastor depart, it is
also an exciting time for the church, as we expectantly wait to see who the
Lord will bring to our community.
Friends, in the meantime let us fix our eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. Let us
not worry for the future but let us wait expectantly for the Lord. As we labour
with Him let us faithfully rest in His strength and constantly seek His word.
At this time the words of Philippians come to me. "Rejoice in the Lord
always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The
Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that
transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus." (4:4-7)
So in this new season let us fix our eyes on the Lord and trust in Him always.
With love,
[We would like to thank Simon for this, and for contributing the prayers in the Prayer
Diary – see the centre pages.]
Services & Readings
for early June
June 3 –
Trinity Sunday
8.30 a.m. HC
10.30 a.m. SW
[*Isaiah 6:1-8]
[John 3:1-17]
Trevor Stevenson
Theme: A vision of
Farewell to Ferran
There has been much activity in the Parish as we prepared
sadly to say goodbye in a fitting manner to our much loved
Rector, the Rev. Ferran Glenfield, and his family: Our plans
included a surprise evening on 21st April in the Parish Centre
(see pages 5 & 6), and on 29th April – Ferran’s last Sunday
with us – a special Bring and Share lunch following the main
service at 10.30 a.m. On Thursday 3rd May a sizeable
contingent from the Parish will commandeer a coach to take
us to Co. Down, where Ferran’s institution as Rector of
Hillsborough will take place that evening. Our loss is Hillsborough’s gain. Our
thoughts and prayerful good wishes go with Ferran, Jean, Michael, Richard and
As Ferran has told us, he is leaving since receiving a clear call from the Lord whom
we love and serve. This is a clear challenge to our Parish to look positively to the
future, and to welcoming in due course a new Rector. During the interregnum, there
will be just two main services on Sunday mornings, at 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Our
Parochial Nominators, Averil Brennan, Mark Groves, Alan Hunt and Norman Smyth,
are assured of our prayers as they begin the task of finding the next Rector.
Oh What a Perfect Day! –
A Message from Ferran
Sunday 29th April was our last Sunday in Kill and it was a perfect day. The church
was full to the rafters and the Family took part in the service. The shared lunch
afterwards was an opportunity to share in a bumper meal. Jean, I and the children
have been overwhelmed with love and generosity. Something we could never repay.
Thank you and God bless you.
Parish Office
We are very pleased to announce that Pat Feenan and Kate Patterson have
been appointed as the new Parish Secretaries, on a job sharing basis as from 17th
April 2012. They succeed Bert Van Embden, who is now fulfilling the rôle of Lay
Pastoral Worker, as mentioned last month. We wish Pat and Kate every success.
No Raw Deal here!
There was a great buzz of excitement in the
Parish Centre on the evening of Saturday 24th
March, when a group of young people from
our youth group Origin organized a “Raw
Dinner” as part of venture to help people in
need in Ireland.
“Raw” is a camp run in Ovoca Manor every summer. The name stands for “Real
Authentic Warrior.” Recently it was decided to make a charity with those involved
with Raw – the “Raw Project.” This project raises money to help communities and
people in Ireland. Last Christmas the Raw Project visited a family of twelve in Dublin
whose father had passed away. The mother had no
money for gifts, so the Raw Project went to their house and
gave each of the children presents. This is one example of
what the Raw Project is doing. As a Parish it is important
to support this organization so that we can all be a part of
this powerful movement.
Support it we did! There was a large crowd of people at
the Raw Dinner – no, it wasn’t sushi, but a four course
meal beautifully cooked and served by members of Origin.
The evening ended with entertainment and an Open Mic
where anyone could get up and perform. We had songs
from Origin members and from Bert Van Embden, poetry
from Louis Hemmings, and even a budding Beatles fan
with a guitar to sing “All my loving” – see the photo!
Ferran in action!
We are most grateful to the members of Origin, especially
[Photo: James Darling]
Will Johnson, Marcus West, Marcus Swift, Luke Hemmings
and Lexie Hunt, for their hard work and enterprise in making this happen, and of
course to all those who prepared a wonderful meal. The event raised €1395 towards
helping those in need.
Ferran Glenfield –
The evening of Saturday 21st April can only be described as extraordinary and full of
fun (tinged with sadness) as Ferran, Jean, Michael, Richie and Esther were
subjected to a “This Is Your Life!” style of farewell. The event took place in Kill
O’The Grange School Hall, and was followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre.
Ian Horner surpassed himself as a most capable and humorous Master of
Ceremonies: a very worthy successor to the late Eamonn Andrews. Figures from
Ferran’s far-from-shady past emerged from behind the scenery as surprise guests.
They included the Parochial Nominators who chose Ferran back in 1996: Edmund
Combe, Fred Jackson, Catherine McGuinness and, in a recorded message, Johnny
Wetherall. It was especially good to see the Rev. Trevor Stevenson (who trained for
the ministry alongside Ferran), and our former Curate, the Ven. Craig McCauley.
There was a running slide show with a varied selection of memories of the sixteen
years during which we had the immense privilege of having the Glenfield family
among us. Some of those who couldn’t be present sent messages or recorded
videos, including Gill, Carlos and Josiah Olaaka in Uganda, the Rev. Tim Silk and
family in Bristol, and the Rev. Stephen McElhinney and family in Lisburn.
The evening would never have happened but for the immense skills and hard work
of all those involved in its planning and execution. There are probably too many
names to mention (and if we did we might accidentally leave someone out), but we
cannot end without saying a huge “Thank You” to Wendy Thompson and Luke
Fleming, who co-ordinated the planning, and kept us all on our toes in feeding back
suggestions, photos and so on.
Please see the following page for a selection of photos from the event.
A Surprise Meeting
Some of us may recall a visit to Kill on 25th September 2005
from Bishop Colin Bazley and his wife Barbara, when the
Bishop preached at both main services. Bishop Colin, now
retired, was once Bishop of Chile, and Primate of the
Anglican Province there. During their visit, Barbara signed
copies of her book Light over the Andes.
On 14th April, I attended the wedding of my second cousin
Jane in Saint Andrew’s Church, Bebington, near Liverpool.
The service was conducted by her long-standing friend –
Bishop Colin!
He and Barbara have fond memories of their visit here. He
has asked me to send his warmest good wishes to all the
Parishioners of Kill O’The Grange. I took this photo of him
and Barbara after the service
James Darling
1st April 2012
Leonie Bueck, daughter of Stephan and
Tanja Bueck, 10 Clarinda Court, Dún
Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Norman and Sylvia Smyth on
the death of Norman’s brother, Aubrey, in Cork on the morning of
Thursday 26th April 2012.
We are now in the Interregnum, the period from Ferran’s institution as
Rector of Hillsborough until we have a new Rector.
During this time, the Parish will come under the new Rural Dean of
Monkstown, the Rev. John Tanner, Rector of Tullow. One of his
functions will be to chair meetings of the Select Vestry. Emergency
pastoral care will be looked after by the Rev. Dr. William Olhausen,
Rector of Holy Trinity, Ballybrack.
The Board of Nomination now begins the process of seeking and
appointing a new Rector. Please remember that, during this process,
the Nominators may not discuss their deliberations other than with
members of the Board of Nomination.
Our elected Parochial Nominators are:
Alan Hunt;
Averil Brennan;
Mark Groves;
Norman Smyth.
In addition the Board includes the Committee of Patronage (Diocesan
The Rev. Canon Frederick C. Appelbe, Rector of Rathmichael;
The Ven. David A. Pierpoint, Archdeacon of Dublin;
The Very Rev. Victor G. Stacey, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin;
The Rev. Gillian V. Wharton, Rector of Booterstown;
Mr. D. Geoffrey Perrin, Rathmichael Parish – Lay member.
The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, is the
convenor of the Board of Nomination.
Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who have the
responsibility of selecting our next Rector, especially our Parish
Nominators, that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit to His choice for
our Parish.
Within the Parish:
Institution: The Rev. Ferran Glenfield will be instituted as Rector of St.
Malachy’s Church, Hillsborough, Co. Down, in the Diocese of Down, on
Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 8.00 p.m.
Young at Hearts: Our next meeting will be on Friday 4th May in Rosemary’s house, 43
Clonkeen Drive. Tel.: 289 6026. At our last meeting we had a quiz. The result was that everyone
got an Easter egg. Well done. New members welcome. To Ferran, Jean, Michael, Richard and
Esther we send our best wishes.
Rosemary Knight
Select Vestry: The Select Vestry will next meet on Thursday 21st June, at 7.45 p.m. in the Parish
Men’s Breakfast: The Men’s Breakfast this month is on Saturday 19th May, at 8.30 a.m. in the
Parish Centre. We are delighted to welcome back as our guest speaker the Right Rev. Kenneth
Clarke, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. This will be the final breakfast before the
summer break.
Earl Haig Church Poppy Appeal, November 2011: The amount collected was €484.89. Thank
you to all Parishioners who gave so generously. Also thanks to Bertha Marsh and Leonard
McKay for their help.
Rosemary Knight
Outside the Parish
TRINITY Concerts: Saturday 5th May at Core Church (St. Catherine’s), Thomas Street, Dublin
8. Join IBI as we tour Ireland with TRINITY this May Bank Holiday weekend – all concerts are in
aid of IBI’s “Building for the Future” campaign. TRINITY is a band of 4 talented young
musicians from the Netherlands. Three of the band members, the Smelt Brothers, spent their
childhood in Peru. Their South American up-tempo musical roots, together with their love for
Celtic music, make for a strong live performance that make the crowd sing along and dance.
Supporting acts include: Andrew and Sarah Feeney, Sarah Marshall, Amber Hillen and the band
JOHN O’SULLIVAN. Tickets €10. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. For further information contact
Cottage Home Child & Family Services: Plant and Bake Sale in St. Paul’s Church, Silchester
Road, Glenageary, on Friday 11th May 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Admission €3. Accessories:
Linda O’Connor (087) 638 3844; Books: Don Briggs (087) 264 6499; Bric-à-Brac: Alison
Haughton (086) 803 0969; Cakes & Delicatessen: Susie Kennedy (087) 267 4379; Plants:
Marguerite Briggs (087) 417 0913. For contributions, please ring any of the above. If you have
an hour to spare to help on a stall, it will be greatly appreciated.
Lord, we thank You for this church. May we worship
continually in unity.
Father, we pray for the Parish and for the Diocesan Nominators.
We pray for all we know who are housebound or lonely today.
May they find comfort.
We pray for Your kingdom. May it grow in Ireland.
We pray for all who are sick – may You bring them healing.
Coffee shop meets today. We thank you for the fellowship of
We pray for our mission partners – may their needs be met.
We pray for all those who lead us in our worship. We thank You
God for our gifts.
We remember politicians today. May they make good decisions
relying on You.
We pray for the new Rector of Kill, whoever he or she may be.
May the person chosen be prepared for the move to Kill.
Father, we thank You for such a beautiful world that You
Help us to share Your love at work this day or with those we
We think of those struck by war and natural disasters this month.
Lord, may You provide for them.
Gravity meets today. Bless these young people and their leaders.
We pray for our neighbouring churches as we meet in worship
Pray for:
Michael and Trudy Fearon, Christina, Gary and Cara; Justin and Catriona Feddis, Fionn,
Maeve and Lily; Pat and Sandy Feenan, and Keith; Kevin and Geraldine Field, and
Jessica; Betty Fitzell; David Fitzgerald; Grainne Fitzgerald; Joe & Madeline Fleming;
Adam Fleming; Luke Fleming; Daniel Friedmann; Robert and Sonya Fromholz, Mia,
Benjamin and Mollie; Houghton and Heather Fry; Naomi Fry; Niall and Diane Funge,
Cian, Eoghan and Oisín; Neville and Cora Galloway; Caroline Galloway; Nicola
Thank you for families. Bless our relationships.
We pray for our friends today. May they know the Lord Jesus.
School term draws to a close. We pray for the teachers and
Thank You, Lord, for knowledge: may it strengthen our
relationships with You.
Father, may we rely on You today.
We pray for those in local businesses today.
Thank You, Lord, for laughter and fun.
Lord, we thank You for Your Word. May it dwell in our hearts.
Max Pack meets for the last time before summer. We give thanks
for these young people and their leaders.
Lord God, we think of those who are in need today.
Father, may we be still and know that You are God today.
A new month begins. We pray for all those uncertain of the
We pray for all who are getting married this month. May their
lives be honouring to each other and to You.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of sport and exercise.
We pray for all who are going on holiday. May Your hand be
upon them.
We pray for all those who will sit exams this month. We pray for
peace and diligence.
Pray for:
Richard and Florence Gee; Michael and Rosemary Gibbons, Samuel and Mark; Paddy
and Nichola Gibbons, Noah and Harley; Bob and Maureen Gilbert; Ruth Gilmartin;
Richard and Florence Gilmore; Ferran and Jean Glenfield, and Esther; Michael
Glenfield; Richard Glenfield; Angel Graham; George Grey; Douglas and Ruth Groves;
Mark and Helen Groves, Emily and Kirsten; Julian and Joanna Haines, Jacob Alexander,
Aoife and Leo; Blair and Florrie Halliday.
Members of Kill O’The Grange and other local parishes have
been spending time with Teen Challenge with their outreach
programme in Dublin city centre. We continue to explore if this
service is something we can run in our community. There will
be a follow up meeting on Monday 14th May at 8 p.m. in the
Parish Centre when all interested are welcome to attend.
Please contact Nigel Bell or Marianne Johnson if you would like
to get involved. There are a number of areas where you can
help from food preparation, collecting clothes, being available
on Monday evenings to man the bus and to support the initiative
through prayer.
Thank you to everyone for support so far.
Our Missionary Contacts
Bishop Hilary Luate Adeba – Yei, South Sudan: `
Gillian and Carlos Olaaka – Uganda:
Robert and Sharon Heaney – Tanzania:
John Reid – East Asia
April 2012
Dear friends,
We trust you are well, and thanks for your continued love, prayers and support. We
continue to enjoy full and active lives, and are glad to report that, other than a nasty
dose of flu that all 3 of us have, our health is good. Josiah, now 8 months, is very
active and keeps us constantly entertained. He LOVES water, which causes some
consternation as he likes to crawl at top speed towards any kind of water – including
tumblers on tables that are then knocked down, or, even worse, buckets of dirty
soapy floor-mopping water! We are very much looking forward to visiting Ireland
from 3rd May, 2½ years since our last visit, and so much more special with Jojo with
us! Our prayer points are below.
Much love,
Gill, Carlos and Josiah
Prayer Points:
We thank God that things continue to go well for Gill at Abaana. She has been
working on creating a staffing structure with everyone getting a new job
description, and as part of this we will be recruiting 3 new people. We are aware
that the key of successful ministry is getting the right people, with the right skills
and character, and most of all those who have a desire to serve God through
helping vulnerable children and families. Please pray that Gill continues to build
capacity with staff that all will go well and people would be inspired and equipped
to do the best job possible in supporting orphaned and abandoned children.
The meeting with volunteers from 4 different organisations who all work with
street children and have links with Calvary Chapel went very well. Everyone
committed to working more closely together, and as such, small working groups
were set up to look at areas such as entry and exit points for boys to enter
programmes, family liaison, management of residential care, and the legal
aspect of caring for street children. Each group will hopefully draft policies or
strategies or standards for their area, to share with others in mid April. We pray
that our partnership will bear much fruit, saving everyone precious time and
resources, and helping us all work to be best of our ability.
Please pray for each boy attached to Frontline, that they would know God’s hand
on their lives. We are particularly thankful for some older boys, who having gone
through the D-house (Discipleship), are proving to be mature Christians who are
now eager to serve Christ through volunteering in church activities. It is such a
joy to see how their lives have changed. Please pray that for those who are now
searching for work or means of providing for themselves that God would direct
them and lead them to fruitful employment.
We are glad that we have been able to continue enjoying life in Calvary Chapel
Kampala, Gill singing in the choir, Carlos on the prayer team, and both of us
leading our Married Fellowship. Please pray for the church leadership, for each
pastor, particularly now as there is a lot of work going on in terms of governance
and oversight of daily church operations.
In mid March, Carlos and 8 others in our Married Fellowship (Gill was at a choir
day out) visited Mulago hospital to see patients on a special ward for
malnourished children, bringing small gifts and spending time praying for each
family. It was a wonderful opportunity to show God’s love in a practical way,
though a tough reminder of how fragile life is, and how much we have to be
grateful for.
Oasis had been going through a rough patch, as I updated before, as the
Director who took over from Gill resigned after 6 months for a more prestigious
job in a bigger organisation. Amanda, a UK volunteer, has been doing a brilliant
job as interim director, but things are still very difficult, with funding being a major
problem. Please pray for all the staff, the children and families, and the Board,
for God’s hand to be on decision-making as things move on.
We look forward very much to welcoming Gill and Carlos back to Dublin this
month and, of course, to meeting Josiah!
Are you over 18 and interested in OUTREACH work in France?
We have a coffee shop in Lens near Lille, sponsored by a local evangelical
Accommodation and meals provided – nice working environment – light
duties in the coffee shop.
An opportunity to improve your French! Recommended time: one week.
For further information contact Sarah Kilpatrick (086) 408 7634 or
March 2012
On 16th March a team of five people from Ireland went to Cambodia to train a local group of
about fifty Christian leaders to deliver the Alpha course. The training was carried out in the
north western border town of Poipet. This training trip had its origins in a visit Susan
O’Toole had made to this town two years previously with a group from Tearfund Ireland.
The team this time included Susan O’Toole, Arun Kumar, Ger Nevin, George Griffin and
Bruce Johnson.
We landed in Bangkok on St. Patricks day morning and did some adrenaline fuelled
sightseeing. A minibus had been arranged to drive us the four hour journey to the
Thai/Cambodian border. Mr. Chum Chim met us on the Thai side just as it was getting dark.
Mr. Chum’s assistant helpfully filled in the statistical forms required for both sets of border
officials. On the
Cambodian side of
the border we were
met by staff from
the Cambodia Hope
Organisation (CHO)
who kindly drove us
to the Ly Heng
Chhay Hotel, which
was to be our home
for the next
On Sunday morning
worship service in
conference room of
Bruce and Susan with some Cambodian friends
the CHO office
building. We were
joined here by a team of eight US visitors from Chapel Hill Church, Gig Harbour,
Washington. After some Khmer and English worship songs, Arun Kumar preached and was
ably translated by our CHO host Mr. In Chomno. We used the rest of the day to recover from
our journey and do some practise for the three training days starting on Tuesday.
Cambodia Hope Organisation
On Monday Chomno showed us his orientation video, highlighting the various projects that
CHO run in Poipet and the surrounding area. These projects include primary school teaching
(‘School on a Mat’ and a CHO run national school), vocational training (sewing and motor
mechanic), orphanage, hospital services, home gardening and church planting. After the
orientation and signing the child protection policy we spent the day visiting active projects
and meeting some of CHO’s all Cambodian staff doing their daily work.
Global Alpha Training
We ran the Global Alpha Training course for the next 3 days from Tuesday to Thursday.
Although our team had spent time together practising delivering the training and doing the
role plays, there were a great number of unknowns over how the days
would work out. We started and finished each day with a couple of songs
led by the local worship band. This went down well with the delegates.
Some mornings the local church leader Pastor Sareoum would say a few
words at the beginning or the end of the day, this was both helpful and
encouraging to our team that he supported the use of Alpha.
Our team was pleased with the number, quality and variety of the,
roughly, 50 delegates to the Alpha training. There were about 60%
women at the training, many of who were the wives of the village church
leaders. There were a small number of town people and a greater number
from rural communities. Our team was paying for the meals and
accommodation of all the delegates while they were in Poipet. The delegates generally were
good timekeepers and displayed strong commitment to the course.
Our team’s experience running the Global Alpha Training course was that the sessions ran to
schedule, even with the additional time needed for the translator. Each of the sessions was
understood by the audience, with a good level of recall the following day, proved by
questions posed during the review session in the morning. Arun invited the delegates to
submit written questions that came up as a result of the teaching. Many of these questions
were relevant and challenging for any Christian, these included: ‘What is the role of women
ministry?’, ‘What is
the word of God?’,
Christian help me
become rich?’ and
‘How do I know
received the Holy
Spirit?’. Arun and
Susan found time to
answer many of
these questions at
the start of the days
training, or slotted
them in at other
times during the
1Alpha in action
When we split the
delegates up into small groups, to present the Alpha talks and discuss the material, we ran
into some difficulties. The small groups were clearly engaged in discussion but when we
invited the groups to report back on their progress we found they had not all understood what
they were supposed to do. Even on the last day, when the ‘talk and discussion’ model had
been further explained, we were disappointed when the small groups were finished the whole
process in less than 30 minutes.
The team was pleased by the willingness of the Cambodian delegates to answer questions put
to them on information they had heard from us previously, or general questions about the
content of the Bible. Our team was shown great warmth from the beginning and a desire to
receive prayer. This friendliness climaxed at the end of our final day of training when the
closing hymns developed into an Asian conga dance!
To measure the effectiveness of the training, Susan will stay in touch with Chomno and
Pastor Sareoum over the next few months both to encourage Alpha to be used, and to find out
if it is being used. We gave each of the delegates the following materials to take home with
them: 13 Alpha talk scripts, the green ‘Alpha Manual’ and the red ‘Why Jesus’ the blue ‘How
to run the Alpha Course-Getting Started’, all translated into Khmer.
Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
On Friday we travelled the three and a half hour journey to
Siem Reap by road. This gave us an idea of what the
countryside looks like and delivered us to this tourist town from
where we could explore the Angkorian stone temples and
palaces dating from the 9th to the 15th century. There was also
some shopping time and a memorable meal in an authentic
Italian restaurant.
These stone buildings were ‘lost’ to the jungle for centuries,
before French archaeologists uncovered them, starting in the
1920’s. There are hundreds of sites spread across thousands of
hectares. The style of architecture is heavily influenced by both
the Hindu and Buddhist cultures which ebbed and flowed in
significance in Cambodia over the successive centuries. Much
of the ornamentation and recording of events was in stone
carving which has survived the effects of rain and the forest.
The sites that we saw are well organised, both to preserve the
artefacts and provide an income from tourism for the local
Angkor Wat
Phnom Penh
We travelled the six hour journey to Phnom Penh on Sunday. We survived this scary
journey, made worse by a driver that was determined to meet his scheduled arrival time and
mammoth road works on the last leg of the journey into the capital. It was all worthwhile
when we arrived at the lovely small boutique hotel booked by Susan in the nice part of town.
After lunch we took a tour of the nearby Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex.
Genocide Memorials
The following morning Mr
Thoeun Chanthorn picked
us up for a tour of the city.
We went first to the
Choeung Ek Genocide
Centre, where an estimated
brutally murdered during
the 1975-1979 Khmer
Cambodia’s history. The
trees and shrubs within
this rural site belie the
horrific story told through
Cambodian scene
the self guided audio tour. It is important that this genocide story is told and brave of the
Cambodians to make it accessible to visitors so close to their capital.
Following this we drove back to the city suburb of Teul Sleong, to the preserved site of the
prison/torture centre S-21. This is where most of the victims buried at Choeung Ek were held
for between three and seven months before their deaths. The converted school buildings still
hold the manacles, makeshift cells and instruments for torture that were used by the Khmer
Rouge. The prisoners were systematically photographed and documented, including their
forced confessions. Many of these photographs and some of the confessions are on display.
Some of the buildings’ balconies remain fenced in with razor wire, to stop the prisoners
shortening their suffering, by jumping to their death. The combined effect of visiting these
two centres could only make you feel sick and powerless. One response was to pray for relief
of the suffering of all Cambodians caught up in this horror.
We finished the day with a visit to the National Museum and a trip to a market. It seems
obscene that we humans are able to compartmentalise our minds to close down one subject,
to move along to another so easily.
New Life Fellowship
The following day we had been invited by Mr. Chuck McCaul of the New Life Fellowship to
teach English at his centre in Phnom Penh. We arrived early and were given an orientation by
Chuck about the organisation which has been operational since 1994. New Life’s primary
goal was to plant churches, but along the way they became involved with English lessons,
computer training, young men’s and women’s dorms, primary health care education and
missions to the refuse dumps among other things.
We spent 11 hours at the New Life Centre, teaching English to dynamic groups of young men
and women for the majority of the time. These young people were all learning English with
the objective of strengthening their personal economic position. Arun had prepared a lesson
plan around the use of the word ‘lost’ and the story in Luke of the shepherd, the woman who
lost a coin and the prodigal son. We improvised with conversation practise if the class went
on for longer than expected. Ger taught the whole class of fifty a couple of actions songs
which brightened everyone and gave us a chance to stretch our legs. Nine Cambodian staff
and part-time staff came out for lunch with our team in a local restaurant. The last lesson of
the day was for university students. They were an electric group who were simultaneously
eager to learn and grateful to us for being there.
Home to Ireland
It takes about fifteen hours of flying and two changes of flight to travel back from Phnom
Penh. After you have done that you are a little dazed and confused, even if you haven’t had
the barrage of experiences our team enjoyed in Cambodia. It will take each of us a little while
to compute all that our short visit meant to us. Thank you to everyone who supported our
team through prayer, financial support or other means. We have all returned safe and well
after giving and receiving something in Cambodia.
Bruce Johnson, 30 March 2012.
Edward ~ now on-line!
Luate Edward Confecious Duku is now in his final (i.e. second) year of teacher training
at Yei Teacher Training College, South Sudan. Kill O'The Grange has been providing
for his college fees, and recently Edward has been in touch using e-mail.
Here's what Edward has to say:
About e-mail:
I am so glad and happy to have this opportunity to extend my
greetings you and I am also happy for having your e-mails,
because since I came to the college I did not have any opportunity
to communicate to you, and when I came back this year I able to
get your mails. coming to my side.
He's concerned to know what's happening here now that Ferran is being
'transferred', (just like us!):
How is the parish doing? Last time you talked about transfer of the priest – is
he already transfered or he is still there?
Currently he's on teacher practice (in Yei, not Payawa, as he explains):
I am doing my school practice in Immanuel Modle Primary School in Yei town
which is a church school. It is because Payawa is a bit far from the college
where we are trained.
The subjects he will teach:
We teach nine subjects i.e. Music, art & craft, physical education,
mathematics, English, social studies, science, agriculture, and religious
His name:
We were confused! His surname is Confecious Duku, and other names Luate Edward.
From what he says I think he would be happy if we called him Edward!
I had you saying you are wondering how to call me. For my case I am Luate
Edward and I can't tell you the name you want to use and I am ready to have
any name you wish to give to me so long it is a Christian name.
His appreciation of our contact with him:
I am very glad when David Gough reached with the letter to me. That one
shows to me the love of God and it express to me that throughly you care
about my life, I real thank you so much.
Problems in South Sudan:
Realy things are very expensive generally and it's due to the increasing
population in the country and also the way to get money here it is not easy
so we are praying to God to bring a change to the country.
His conclusion:
And please I greet you once again in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks your's in Christ. Luate Edward.
STOP PRESS (from BBC News)
Fighting has broken out on the border between Sudan
and South Sudan, shortly after the South pulled out of
a disputed border town.
The renewed fighting has
been taking place to the south of the Heglig oilfields,
although it is unclear which side of the disputed border
it is happening. Sudan military officials said its forces
had repulsed a major rebel attack.
The BBC's James Copnall, says the fighting makes it
clear that tension has not eased, and also underlines
that all-out war is still a possibility.
He says South
Sudan is building up its troops near the border, and is
assuming that Sudan is doing the same.
Kill O’The Grange area
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230 1601
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289 6442 (Parish Office)
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285 3103
283 1754
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Origin: (4th – 6th year)
Every Sunday, 5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Shake, Rattle + Hum:
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Crèche (0 – 3 years old):
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(10.30 a.m. in June, July & August)
Sunday Club: (age 4-15+)
At 10.00 a.m. Sunday service
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Parish Bowling Club:
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Lay Readers
Parish Administrator:
Incumbency Vacant
Blair Halliday
Derek Singleton
David Williams
Bert Van Embden
Norman Thompson
Mark Groves
George LaCombre
Aideen LaCombre
Ronnie Hay
Mark Faulkner
Jenny Horner
John Riseley
Kate Patterson and Patrick Feenan
Ernie Webb
Parish Office
Alan Jeffers
Hilary McBain
Olive Combe
Olive Combe
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Peter Rooke
Derek Scott
Derek Scott
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289 3154
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Michael Lynn
289 4670
285 6006
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Parish Secretaries:
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Church of Ireland Gazette:
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285 4757
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