Clogher Carol Service anticipated
Clogher Diocesan Carol Service

The Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher will set the scene for Christmas with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight in Clogher Cathedral on the Third Sunday in Advent, Sunday 12th December 2010, commencing at 7.30pm. The service will be led by the Rt Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Bishop of Clogher, and the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, Dean of Clogher and Rector of Enniskillen. Taking part in the service will be a number of readers, choirs, soloists and instrumentalists from across the diocese. The organist will be Glenn Moore, and proceeds from the collection will go towards supporting the work of Kindfund and the Holy Land Medical Relief Fund.

Kindfund is a charity based in County Fermanagh, which is expressing God’s love and kindness among the most remote and poorest pastoralist tribes in the arid North of Kenya. It has developed and manages Children’s Homes and a number of programmes supporting orphans, nursery school children, students and disadvantaged groups, for example the blind, the deaf and the elderly. Where it is feasible clean water is being brought to remote villages by digging wells and providing hand pumps.

The Holy Land Medical Relief Fund was established following recent diocesan pilgrimages to the Holy Land, in response to the needs of the local people there, as witnessed by the pilgrims. A group of dedicated lay people has pioneered this initiative and they seek support in addressing medical needs in particular in the 29 institutions under the auspices of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. These institutions cater for medical, nursing and educational needs, including those of children with disability and are wholly dependent on international aid, freely given, to survive and to develop. The Fund has been concentrating on raising money for medical supplies for St Luke’s Hospital in Nablus during this past year. It is one of the most important units in the Diocese of Jerusalem, providing health care services to the poor and needy, regardless of race or religion. The hospital is also a very important employer, providing local people with the opportunity to work together for the Common Good.

A warm invitation is extended to everyone, to join together in this special Christmas Carol Service

25th November 2010