Some video footage and images from Day 1 of the Church of Ireland stand at the Ploughing. It’s stand no. 591, row 37, Block 2. Near the bandstand and Catering area C.
Do pop in on Day 2 if you are at the Ploughing! There’s tea and chat and a space to pray as well.
Today the overall theme is Environment led by The Revered Trevor Sargent.
As well as a cup of tea and a chat there is a 3-chair invitation feature in the ‘inner sanctum’ prayer space available also. This is where a member of the clergy will take the hot seat in a row of three chairs – the one in the middle – and visitors to the tent will be invited to take time out, if they so wish, to ask that cleric anything or tell them anything that might be of concern to them.
In the outer space there is a colouring corner awaiting children’s attention and if you like looking at photographs there will be a slideshow of images from events in our diocese in the past year running on screen each day. You never know who you might spot on the video or on the photo display board so do pop in!
You can also check out the art work of pupils from Stradbally school on the theme of The Ploughing. Well done to all!
In the foyer space the Diocesan Magazine will feature also and if you’re not familiar with it or if it’s a while since you’ve read an issue, please do take time to look at the sample copies to see if you would like to subscribe.
The 11 issues a year Magazine is an important part of our Diocese, bonding us as a community with its monthly collection of parish notes. It also provides helpful and inspiring stories related to the Diocese as a whole to lift the spirits and keep us all up to date so it’s well worth reading each month.
As in 2019 – the last ‘Ploughing’ – each day will have a particular theme.
Tuesday – YOUTH with diocesan youth organisations like GFS and BB and youth clubs there to talk about their work and a Board for Ministry with Children and Families representative, Rachael Murphy, will be there also. See video.
Hear more about Church of Ireland youth activities, see examples of resources for use in Sunday clubs and get some tips on how to engage with families also. Don’t forget that there will also be a VIRTUAL MUDDY TRAIL designed specifically for the Ploughing.
“The trail will be accessed via a QR code onto your mobile phone and will encourage families to ‘wander, worship and wonder in their wellies,” says Rachael Murphy, CoI Children and Families Development Officer.
Wednesday – ECOLOGY This special focus day will be led by The Reverend Trevor Sargent who will be available to answer any questions related to the care of God’s creation in these climate-challenging times.
Thursday – MISSION AND MINISTRY will be in the spotlight and clergy, including Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Dean Paul Draper will be on hand to discuss these topics – and vocations also.
Videos related to the themes each day (see below) will be screened too.
So there is lots to see and do including having the very important cup of tea, sit down and chat on what are very busy days. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks to Portlaoise parishioner, Shane Reynolds of SR Streaming services for making the video.