What you will find in your October Gazette

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There is a harvest theme to our October issue, with a focus on farmers and a tastebud-teasing interview with Mary White, who supplies jam and other treats to the Gathering Grounds Café in Kilternan Parish Church.

Editor Emma Blain reflects on the beauty of this island, and the far-sighted work of the Overend sisters from Taney Parish, who bequeathed their home, Airfield Estate, to the people of Ireland, for generations of city children to experience country life.

We bring you up to date with the more recent news of the Church – the Consecration of the Rt Rev George Davison as Bishop of Connor; Tuam, Killala and Achonry’s Diocese Synod which was conducted by Zoom; concerns about the number of attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland; and a pilgrimage by a group of young men from Cork in the footsteps of St Patrick.

Cartoonist and children’s author Andy Robb (the pen behind Derek the Cleric) tells us about his life and work in our big interview, and we learn about the Leprosy Mission’s links with Ireland as the fight to eradicate the world’s oldest contagious disease continues against the background of the world’s newest contagious disease.

Coping with bereavement and finding hope in the darkness is the focus of a moving article by Nigel Beattie, a parishioner from Monkstown, Connor Diocese, who lost his daughter Carole, aged 26, 10 years ago.

We also hear about Dr Margaret Kennedy from Greystones, who has been honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury for her work on behalf of the survivors of Church-related sexual abuse.

Features include a look at the work of the Follies Trust, preserving follies and mausolea in many Church of Ireland Graveyards; an insight into the benefits of a parish columbarium; news of the digitization of the Church of Ireland Gazette; and information about a new go-to property guide for select vestries.

There are the usual features including Mothers’ Union news, with two wonderful poems written by members reflecting the pandemic; Youth news in which leaders around the island reflect on how youth ministry is working to reach young people at this time; a Devotional with the Rev Catherine Simpson; and news from the Representative Church Body.

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