News Page Flower Festival Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018 "The Seed is Sown: a celebration of C.S. Lewis and faith in harvest- tide"
This year it is 140 years since the consecration of St Mark’s Church, Dundela and we celebrate this with a Flower Festival. The Flower Festival in St Mark’s aims to show how seeds of faith are being nurtured and produce fruit which leads to harvest and life eternal. Each floral arrangement on display in the church has a theme, and each theme is accompanied with a quotation from C. S. Lewis and in addition there is a biblical reference and a prayer that sheds light on the theme. The themes for the floral arrangements are inspired by the textile wall hanging made by St Mark’s Stitching Group for this occasion, which is on display in the entrance porch. It is our hope that the floral art together with its words of wisdom will take you on a journey of faith, a pilgrimage, sowing new seeds that will yield an abundant harvest. The team of flower arrangers is led by Mrs Barbara Megarry, artistic designer; and members from Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies (NIGFAS), together with St Mark’s Flower Guild. During the weekend, we are pleased to announce that Mr Sandy Smith will give several lectures about C. S. Lewis and his connection with the parish. C. S. Lewis’ grandfather, Revd Thomas Hamilton was the first Rector of St Mark’s. Mr Smith will speak on C. S. Lewis and the First World War; his poetry; and his connection with East Belfast. In addition, we will show a Documentary about C. S. Lewis and Ireland. Throughout the weekend, our drama group, St Mark’s Players, will read passages from some of C. S. Lewis’ books. These readings will be done in the side chapel in the church where our Sunday School has provided a piece of floral art depicted Aslan the Lion. o edit.
GDPR General Data Protection Regulations This will come into effect on 25th May 2018 and will affect all parishes in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It replaces existing law on data protection and gives individuals more rights and protection on how their personal data is used by organisations. The Church of Ireland through the Representative Church Body (RCB) held recent training sessions for parish representatives and have made resources available for parish use. RCB have appointed a Special Projects Manager to assist with any queries. St Mark’s will have further information available on the parish website and by other means, but if you have any questions about this new legislation then please direct it to the parish office preferably by email to email@example.com.
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