Your September Gazette

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Our September ePaper is now online, and our print edition will be available on Friday September 4.

Making the news is an outdoor ordination service at the site of Nendrum Monastery in Down and Dromore Diocese, the first to take place at this ancient site in at least 800 years!

Staying on the theme of ancient, you can read about the sad demise of a Spanish Chestnut Tree in the graveyard of St Patrick’s Church, Cairncastle, Connor Diocese – a tree with a real story to tell!

Last month’s massive explosion in Beirut had a big impact on the local Anglican Church in the city – we hear firsthand from the rector of All Saints’ Church, Beirut.

Churches are beginning to reopen – we speak to the Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, about the financial repercussions of lockdown on what is a major visitor attraction in the city of Belfast.

We have comment pieces from the Rev Graham Sawyer, Kilcooley Union, who lives ‘in the most remote rectory’ in the Diocese of  Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, and Geoff Scargill of Protestant Aid, who reflects on the impact of Covid-19 on families on low incomes.

Our Q&A this month puts the questions to June Butler, All-Ireland President of Mothers’ Union and former Assistant Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland.

There are stories about what our young people and children have been getting up to over the summer, stories of how church has made a difference in people’s lives over lockdown, and a moving feature on members of the Church Lads’ Brigade who gave their lives for freedom during World War Two.

Are you a fan of Winnie the Pooh? If so, check out the interview with the Rev Canon Derek Kerr who has an incredible collection of Pooh memorabilia.

Church of Ireland Press Officer Peter Cheney takes a look at how churches can avoid breaching copyright laws when broadcasting services online, and there is also some helpful advice for families as children return to school.

There are all the usual features including Mothers’ Union reports, Liturgical Notes, the Diocesan Focus (Clogher), and the Archive of the Month.

All this and much more in the September Gazette.