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Open day for Christian Community Church

Ben Schleiser, artist, unveils his latest carving at the the Christian Community Open Day at Drewsborough, ­Tuamgraney. Photograph by Declan MonaghanThe Christian Community Church based at Drewsborough in Tuamgraney held an open day for its congregation and members of the local community last weekend.
Described as a great success by the Reverend Malcolm Allsop, many turned up for the meet-and-greet event, which included an art exhibition, choral singing and children’s activities.
“It was an amazing day, contrary to all expectations with the weather and religion is not exactly a best seller, a lot of people turned out. There were a number of people who came that aren’t connected to the church who were invited and some people who I’d never seen before who had just heard about it,” Rev Allsop said.
He added that last Sunday was Whit Sunday, an important Christian festival and he believed this gave wind to their sails.
The Christian Community Church has begun holding a gathering for those who have died on the first Sunday of the month at 7.30pm and their next service takes place this Sunday.
The monthly gathering came about from a desire to create a space where the community could pay heed to the circle of family, friends and others who have died.
The form and content of the service includes a short reading from a relevant text, then space to share picture recollections of people who have recently died or whose anniversary it is, with a time of quiet. This is then followed by a ‘close of day’ at the altar with a Gospel reading and the Lord’s Prayer.  All are welcome to attend.
There is also a weekly morning communion service held at the church at Drewsborough from 9.15am on Thursdays.
A talk due to take place on Wednesday on Celtic Christianity had to be postponed but is due to be rescheduled for June 28 at 8pm, this will be an open evening for those who would like to hear more about the community.
Further information is available from Rev Allsop on 061 640967.

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