Christmas 2020

Well this has been a very different year. It seems a lifetime ago since our March’s Managing Committee meeting when we discussed what we needed to do to cope with the new virus. We agreed to replace the cotton towels with paper disposable ones and there would be no coffee after the service. How innocent we were then!
          Since then we have had lockdowns, weddings and baptisms postponed, many annual memorial services cancelled. We have discovered new technologies and these have been lifelines for us. Every Sunday we have had a service followed by “virtual” coffee and these connections have sustained us and the church community. The book club has continued to meet on line. (see Review page 29) We even have the facility to make an offering on line!
          Just as we reach the darkest days of the year, the announcement of three effective vaccines is a bright ray of hope on the horizon. The pandemic will end and end soon. We will return to our beautiful building, we will meet and sing together again. Until then we will continue to connect with one another on line.
          Our church is possibly unique in most of the work of the church is done by volunteers. In addition to the usual rotas of flowers, readers, welcomers, coffee personnel, magazine publisher, sign writer, secretary, treasurer, committee members, musicians and singers, publicity personnel, Covid has brought a new group of volunteers who have guided us technophobes over the past months. A big thank you and well done to Tony Brady, Josh Johnston Mary O’Brien and Will O’Connell.
          Thank you to our Secretary Trish Webb Duffy who organised the sanitising rotas during the weeks when the church was operating. And to the team of stewards and those who dispensed masks and hand sanitiser.
          Josh has been creative in providing music for our services and for reaching out to share music with the wider Unitarian community. Kevin Robinson is always at hand to care for the building and is unfailingly helpful to everyone.

Important events in December

Prisoners of Conscience
This year we will again send cards to prisoners of conscience. Dorene Groocock will get names, address and some details of prisoners which we will email to you.
          Please buy a card(s) and send it to at least one prisoner.

Carol Service 4.00p.m. on 13th December.
Sunday 13th December is our annual Carol Service. We cannot come together to sing carols so to make the day a bit special Dublin is Joining with Churches in Cork and New York for our service of readings and carols.

The Service will be at 4.00 p.m. to join
please use the usual ZOOM link.

Toys for Women’s Refuge
We will collect toys for the Women’s Refuge again this year. Toys should be wrapped and labelled to indicate age and gender the toy would suit. We will open the Church to take delivery of the toys. The dates and times of opening will be circulated when we get details of the next phase of lockdown. This year the demands on the services of the Women’s Refuges have been exceptional. I know that they will appreciate toys for children and remember teenagers and Mums would love a gift.
Thank You.
          We have worked hard as a team to keep our church functioning during these challenging times. Thank you each and every one who has supported the church during this past year. The end of the Covid pandemic is in sight we will survive and we will meet together soon but in the meantime remember to stay safe.

I wish everyone connected to the church a joyful, safe and peaceful Christmas.