Press Releases / Come & C Greystones Celebrates the Past and Looks to the Future
Reflecting on the last year of Come & C and looking to the future, a large crowd gathered for Come & C Greystones in Temple Carrig School yesterday evening (Sunday February 5). The songs of praise type services have been taking place periodically throughout Dublin & Glendalough. While those services draw to a close, other strands of Come & C continue to develop and the initiative is spreading overseas to other dioceses.
Introducing yesterday’s service, the Revd Alan Breen, curate in St Patrick’s, Greystones and chaplain in Temple Carrig School, explained that the Come & C discipleship programme was about how we look at ourselves, our connections to others and how we see Jesus.
Fellow members on the Come & C songs of praise organising committee shared their reflections of the services. Philip McKinley, Church of Ireland chaplain in DCU, explained that holding a Come & C service in DCU’s Inter Faith Centre helped him to shape his ideas of what type of expression might work in that diverse university space. He said the vision of Come & C was broad and wide and leads participants to different places and different strands.
The Revd Abigail Sines, Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, said she enjoyed assisting in the creative prayer aspect of the services. “The services drew different people together in different geographical locations and showed the vibrant expressions of faith coming through across the dioceses,” she commented. She added that while we could be discouraged at times but if we take time to look at our relationships and our faith then we could ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good. Happy are those who take refuge in him’ [Psalm 34].
The Revd Brian O’Reilly, Rector of Rathdrum and organiser, along with the Revd Leonard Ruddock, of the Camino de Glendalough which took place in November as part of Come & C, said he resisted the idea of pilgrimage initially but he drew a lot from the journey. “Pilgrimage is a meaningful walk to a sacred place. This was my guiding light. There was a walk already from Hollywood to Glendalough and we took advantage of this ancient walk and put new life into it. It was a very good and blessed occasion. It drew people from all over the dioceses,” he said. They are now planning to develop pilgrimage in Glendalough using St John’s Church in Laragh as a focal point.
Alan Breen explained that hope was a very important factor. He asked participants to write down their hope for their own lives and their hope for the future of the Church. He said the beauty of Come & C was that there was no wrapping it up and that it would continue.
Archbishop Michael Jackson drew the service to a close by explaining the genesis of the Come & C initiative. “The missing link in today’s world is one of discipleship,” he commented adding later “My hope for Come & C was that the initiative might begin to develop in people the confidence to speak of their faith and what motivates their faith.”
He said that Come & C was going in new directions and was being implemented in the Anglican dioceses of Spain and Lusitania, whose foundations lie in Dublin & Glendalough, as well as in the Diocese of Jerusalem, with whom this dioceses has a friendship link. Meanwhile, Dr David Tuohy SJ, who helped develop the programme, has prepared a Confirmation programme based on Come & C which helps engage candidates and their parents. The Come & C 5 Marks Challenge – a discipleship programme based on the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion – has also been piloted successfully and is open for applicants to take part. The Archbishop said he is also exploring the possibility of linking the Camino de Glendalough with the Camino de Campostella in Spain.
If individuals/groups are interested in taking up the 5 Marks Challenge or if people are already engaged in some form of activity and want to see it in a new light under the 5 Marks of Mission please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a pack will be posted out.
Photo captions –
Top: Those who took part in Come & C Greystones – the Revd Stuart Moles, Philip McKinley, the Revd Abigail Sines, the Revd Brian O’Reilly, the Revd Alan Breen and Archbishop Michael Jackson.
Bottom: A section of the congregation at Come & C Greystones in Temple Carrig School.
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Posted: Monday 6th February 2017
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