Holy Week 2020

Holy Week 2020

In these days leading up to Easter day 2020, it would be very easy with everything else going on to forget what we are doing and the time of year it is.

However as Christians at this time of year we do recall again the events of that week in the life of Jesus. This year it holds particular meaning – the pain, the isolation, the despair, the darkness and ultimately the death of our Lord and saviour.

As a church this year – we are not meeting as we had planned to do – with Bishop Harold Miller leading our thoughts this week. However, as parish we’re doing a few other things – as well as linking into the on-line resources being produced in the diocese.

Palm Sunday 11am – Morning with with Robert Ferris leading, Dave Backhouse on worship, Matt Gould preaching and Pam Wood leading prayers

Tuesday of Holy Week – 12 Noon – with Robert Ferris & Máirt Hanley – Noon Day Prayers

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am – Holy Week Liturgies with Robert & Ian (These will be made available to pray later)

On this page you will find other materials produced by the diocese to help in your thoughts and prayers as they become available – including a reading of the Passion Narrative, A Tenebrae service and other material.

On Easter Sunday at 11am we will have a Holy Communion Service live from Robert & Noelle’s kitchen! with Ian Preaching & a kids talk by Ruth.

Stuff to Do! – week 1

Stuff to Do! – week 1

As the days go by there are lots of different places to get information about things to do – and lots of companies giving stuff away to keep us occupied. In this update we look at a few things which might be helpful to keep adults and kids entertained

Close to home – Parishioners are doing a few things:

April Gunn in Lighthouse & Blarney toddlers is updating our Lighthouse Messy Church facebook page with activities and videos she has found to be of use – check out – https://www.facebook.com/MessyinBlarney

There’s also great free resources here for kids bible stories https://www.zonderkidz.com/resources/freebies

This week sees the National Theatre in the UK uploading a free play each week – check out – https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-national-theatre-is-going-to-stream-a-free-play-every-thursday-night-032620

Libraries Ireland has lots of resources – you can even join online – check out https://www.librariesireland.ie/news/online-services-during-coronavirus

We’ll be broadcasting at 11am on Sunday at https://www.cupcork.ie/hall

For a great list of things that others have found – check out https://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/

All services cancelled

All services cancelled

Dear Parishioners 
Following Bishop Paul’s Pastoral letter this morning which we commend to your reading –  available here
We have taken the unprecedented step of cancelling all services in all of our buildings with immediate effect due to the Corona Virus. This is until further notice.

This includes the St. Patrick’s day service in Blarney.  
An Online morning prayer will be available on youtube and facebook on St. Patricks day live from Robert’s Study at 11am – check out www.cupcork.ie/hall for links

Please be assured of our prayers at this very difficult and confusing time. As a Staff team we are looking into ways to support parishioners practically. As you will know from last weeks update we are experimenting with web broadcasting – over the next few weeks we’ll keep you updated. 

If we as clergy can be of support please do let us know. 
More updates will follow 

Ian & Robert 

St. Patrick’s Day – Broadcast Service.

St. Patrick’s Day – Broadcast Service.

We regrettably have to cancel our St. Patrick’s day Service in Blarney Church. However at 11am there’ll be a broadcast service at 11am on Facebook and Youtube from our Asssociate Minister’s study – A simple Morning Prayer service. All are welcome.

The staff team will be discussing the future services later this week.

Our live streaming can be found on https://www.facebook.com/cupcork or youtube Channel – which can be found here: www.cupcork.ie/hall

Statement re: Covid-19 & Parish Activities

Statement re: Covid-19 & Parish Activities

Statement from Staff Team 

Re: Covid-19 & Parish Activities 

Dear Parishioners

As parish staff team we have been working hard to ensure that our response to the Corona Virus is both sensible and pastoral. 

Services this Sunday 

9.30 am – Holy Communion  in St. Peters Church Carrigrohane 

11am  – St. Senan’s Church – Reflective Service 

Our Associate Minister Robert & Michael Kenning will be experimenting with a live stream from the Carraig Centre in Ballincollig which will begin at 11am during which we will have a contemporary service of the Word. Do check out www.cupcork.ie/hall for more details.  This will be online only!

Other things going ahead  this week 

11am Tuesday 17th March St. Patricks Day – Holy Communion in Blarney Church. 

Wednesday 18th March – Gatherings in all our churches for prayer & fasting


Please read on for more information

Bishop Paul yesterday circulated  a pastoral letter based upon the current  advice from HSE and to which we have points to implement locally.  As a parish we have been carefully considering all points in this letter together with our own risk assessments. What follows are our decisions based upon both 

Church of Ireland Bishops General Advice – available here 

Bishop Paul’s Pastoral Advice – available here

In light of the news that all indoor gatherings above 100 people are to be suspended, that schools etc are to be closed we as a parish leadership team are being cautious about what we are providing during this period of time. 

While most of our services attract a much lower number of participants than this 100  limit – we have identified a potential risk when it comes to suitable ‘social distancing’ in some of our activities prompting some unfortunate but necessary cancellations. 

 Social distancing aims, through a variety of means, to decrease or interrupt the spread of COVID-19. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals. Social distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people. You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible.


We are treading a line between ministry being provided and also the risk to participants being minimised. 

Therefore we are still planning on  gathering in some of our churches this sunday – all of which will have sufficient hand hygiene solutions whether this be hand sanitizer and/or washing facilities. We would also want to ensure that parishioners are enabled to make sensible decisions especially if you fall into one of the vulnerable groups. If this applies to you please consider the risk and make your own decisions about attendance. 

We would also encourage you If you are displaying the symptoms please do not come to church – it is important that we care for one another during this difficult time. 

This information will be reviewed on a weekly basis – please do watch our website for details. 

Services this Sunday 

9.30 am – Holy Communion  in St. Peters Church Carrigrohane 

11am  – St. Senan’s Church – Reflective Service 

Our Associate Minister Robert will be experimenting with a live stream from the Carraig Centre in Ballincollig which will begin at 11am during which we will have a contemporary service of the Word. Do check out www.cupcork.ie/hall for more details. this will be on online only

Other things going ahead  this week 

11am Tuesday 17th March St. Patricks Day – Holy Communion in Blarney Church. 

Wednesday 18th March – Gatherings in all our churches for prayer & fasting – Please see attachment 

Cancellations this week and until further notice 

  • Sunday –  Sunday AM – usually held in the  parish centre, Lighthouse Messy Church, Sunday PM
  • Monday – St. Patrick’s eve Concert in Blarney church
  • Friday – Sparks Toddler group  and April Gunn’s meal in Blarney. 
  • Glow, Glow MAX 
  • Bandon Youth Trip – Cheques and cash will be returned in due course 
  • YMCA have cancelled their activities in Blarney Church. 

Online Meetings 

We do have the facilities available for on-line meetings to happen if this is required by any of our groups 


Leaders of Each of the groups in the parish will need make their own decisions about the risks involved – but the advice from the clergy team is not to meet due to the risks of social distancing or to use online meetings

What’s still going ahead & what’s changing & why

What’s been cancelledWhat’s Still happeningWhy cancel ?Why go ahead?
Friday 13th March Toddlers
Risk assessment with  Team Leaders
Sunday 15th March Sunday AM Lighthouse Messy Church
Sunday PM 
9.30 Holy Communion (St. Peter’s) 
11am – Reflective Service in Inniscarra
11am – Experiment of an Online Service of the Word live from the Carraig Centre (online only)
Uncertain numbers and risk assessment of social distancing – Sunday AM  in parish centre
Hands on nature of Lighthouse and kids risk groups 
St. Peters & Inniscarra
Good Hygiene, low risk of hand contact & social distancing for both St. Peter’s and St. Senan’s 
Low numbers normal 
Monday 16th March Community Choir Concert
Numbers >100 
Tuesday 17th March 
11am Blarney Church St. Patricks day Service 
Good Hygiene potential, social distancing potential 
Wednesday 18th March YMCA groups Prayer & Fasting in the parish Schools are off Good Hygiene potential, social distancing potential 
Friday 20th March April Gunn’s Fundraising Meal 

Potential of vulnerable groups being present and also social distance potential.

We will make a statement for the following week next Friday Morning. 

Until then please do keep an eye on our website and social media  for updates and also possible online meetings

In all of this please be sensible and be calm 

This morning we received this and has helped clarify why we are cancelling Sunday AM, Lighthouse and Toddler groups. 

Message from consultant respiratory paediatrician at Cork University Hospital. 

I hope you all stay safe during this difficult time . The children will get through this no problem . Paediatric hospitals are empty in Italy at present after 3 weeks of school closure as the usual viruses stopped circulating . Remember with corona, children are vectors not victims . In most epidemics young children are the transmitters . Therefore for school closure to be effective it’s *really important* that the kids aren’t mixing with other kids while out of school. They will give it to each other and silently pass it on to our loved ones. What we do know now will contribute to how this develops in Cork. Avoid situations that the children will interact . If the community respond to this it will shut it down more than anything we do in hospital . From my experiences in the hospital this last week I would say that corona virus is closer to all of us than we realise and the degrees of separation for all of us is getting narrower . I’m not that good at social media but if this could be shared as widely as possible with parents in Cork it will help. This message needs to go viral to stop the virus .

If we as clergy can provide pastoral support please do let us know. 

Ian, Robert,  Matt & Katie.