In common with parishes throughout the Church of Ireland, parishes in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, engaged with the Five Marks of Mission, regularly seek to find ways to put their faith into action in ways big and small which support the local community.
Here are two recent examples.
The Parish of St Mary & All Saints’, Glanmire, held the first concert of its annual Winter Concert Series. The concert was in aid of Cara Junior School, Mayfield to help them purchase sensory equipment for pupils with learning difficulties. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland Choir, and students from the Cork ETB School of Music delighted the audience with a large variety and range of music.
The Revd Paul Arbuthnot, Rector of Cobh & Glanmire Union of Parishes commented:
The Winter Concert Series is a much anticipated and valued part of the parish’s calendar. It is wonderful to welcome talented musicians, and the wider community into our church to raise money for such worthwhile causes.
Also, recently, the Carrigaline Union of Parishes in Cork hosted an information evening in their Parish Hall entitled Faith in Action A variety of groups including Samaritans, Simon Community, Street Pastors, Mothers’ Union, Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation, International Justice Mission, Carrigaline Welcomes Group & Meals on Wheel came along to provide information about what they do in the community and how ordinary people can help. It was an evening about how people can put faith into action in the community: not fundraising but an awareness-raising evening to motivate and inspire people to get involved.