April 2021 Gazette

The April issue of the Gazette is online and in print now. On the cover is talented young composer, Aidan MacLean, who has made the final of the prestigious ORA Singers’ composing competition. Aidan is a chorister at St Polycarp’ April Covers Parish Church, a member of the Cross Border Youth Choir and is in rock band, Neon Apathy.

We hear from the Rappin’ Chaplain, Rev Peter Campion, alongside Bishop Paul Colton and Rev Elizabeth Cairns on how they have found success on social media, and how you can use it in a positive way to connect with your parish.

Taney parishioner Ali Shaw writes from New Zealand, where she tells of the bittersweet reality of living in relative freedom on an almost Covid- free island with her young family, yet she is unable to travel home to her family in Dublin.

Rev Stephen Farrell’s monthly column gives us a glimpse into the gardening habits of the young daughters of Zion rectory, and how there is hope on the horizon for us all.

We meet Sharon Clarke, kitchen manager at CITI, who shares her Simnel cake recipe, and Easter cupcakes suitable for baking with children.

Rev Rob Clements writes our April devotional, and there are all the usual features including Archive of the Month, Diocesan Focus, Liturgical Notes, Mothers’ Union and lots more!