The May issue of the Gazette is online now and in print this Friday, May 7. Inside this issue we take a look at how we are rethinking church as our buildings reopen again and a new normal for worship awaits. We hear from parishioners in Holy Trinity Rathmines, about how their pen pal initiative, Friendship from a Distance, has connected the generations and the two congregations of their church during the long winter months of lockdown.
We explore the extraordinary life and legacy of HRH Prince Philip, how the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme has had such a positive impact on generations of young people, and Rev Paul Arbuthnot writes about how his funeral service showed Anglicanism at its best.
Our interview this month is with Rev Suzanne Cousins, who has been newly appointed as Inter Faith Advisor to the Archbishop of Armagh. Rev Cousins talks about what she hopes to achieve in the new role, and about the challenges facing the Church on an island with increasing numbers of different faith communities.
In his monthly column, Rev Stephen Farrell gets nostalgic for the annual summer fete, and all the planning and politics that takes place behind the scenes!
The devotional comes from Rev Rob Clements and there are all the usual features including Mothers’ Union reports, Liturgical Notes, the Diocesan Focus and Archive of the month.
All this and much more in the May issue of the Gazette.