Classics By Candlelight

Classics by Candlelight, 27th November 7.00pm

Classics by Candlelight returns for its sixth year on Sunday 27th November. An hour of wonderful music for string quartet will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies, which are included in the price of the ticket. (Alcohol-free hot punch means that drivers need not miss out!) The musicians are present or past members of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost 10 euros and are available from The Travel Boutique on Main Street in Bray or from the parish office. Please support this event which is a major fundraiser.




An Evening of Organ and Choral Music

Sunday 6th November 7.30pm

An Evening of Organ and Choral Music to celebrate the inauguration of the newly-refurbished Conacher Organ by
Trevor Crowe Limited

Choir of Christ Church, Bray
Director: John Morris; Accompanist Martina Smyth

with Gerard Gillen, Titular Organist, Pro-Cathedral, Dublin


From the Curate September 2016



From the Curate


Holidays are a wonderful thing. It is a chance to unwind and recharge the batteries before the frenetic start to the new school term and all the church activities that restart at this time. This new term is a time of new beginnings, new classes, new schools, and new opportunities. I would like to welcome back all our leaders and helpers, as without them the activities in our church community would not happen. It is hard to believe that I have reached the six-month milestone as Curate assistant here in Christ Church Bray. It has at times been challenging and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making me feel at home and I really appreciate the support and encouragement you continue to give me. Please keep me in your prayers as I do you and as we pray for each other we continue to pray for Baden and his recovery.



Do You Remember (From the November issue of InTouch)

I was a young curate, fresh out of training college, full of ideas and energy, and I loved visiting, so my first weeks of ordained ministry were very special. Being a curate gave me a freedom to focus on meeting and supporting people in their homes and in nursing homes/hospitals. I remember visiting one lovely couple in their home where the husband was entering a difficult phase of Alzheimer’s and the family were facing the tough decision about putting him in care. Even then there was little response from him, always a smile but no response.
In time the move to nursing home care was completed and I went to visit him in his new home. The smile was less certain, and my conversation with him became quite stilted. His wife would have previously filled this gap with general chit-chat, but now he was sitting in a large comfortable armchair in a large room filled with 19 others in similar circumstances. Finally I said I had to go, and as usual, said a prayer with him followed by the Lord’s Prayer. After the first two lines my reverently closed eyes shot open, as every single person in that room joined in the wonderfully familiar Our Father.
It was a strange silence in the room after our prayer but one that had taught me a profound lesson. It was more than a reflex action, more than a mindless recitation; it was a remembered shared experience.
November is our ‘remembering’ month; whether it’s the All Saints remembering of loved ones who have died in recent days, weeks, months and years or the marking of the centenary of the start of the horror of World War One. For families who have loved ones now living on the far side of the world, it is also the month of remembering to send their parcels, gifts and cards in plenty of time for Christmas. It is so important for us individually and collectively to remember together, to share each other’s pain, to comfort one another in our grief, and to stand in the gap for those who need our support in this month of remembering.
All Saints: On Sunday, 2nd November at our 11am Communion Service we will have our annual procession of candles remembering our loved ones who have died. This is
an important service for us to give thanks and support.

Congratulations: to John Marks on his 80th birthday; the parish hockey team who won the Archbishop’s cup and to Roisin Hiney, a member of the Bray Guide Company, who achieved the top award given.

From the Rectory November 2015

Life is a Rollercoaster

The past few weeks have been filled with sadness and loss mingled with moments of pride and extraordinary generosity. The murder of Garda Tony Golden in Omeath has sent shock waves around the nation. This ‘gentle giant’, in the course of his duty, was gunned down as he sought to protect and assist. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all his family and friends and colleagues both here in Bray and in County Louth.

For this tragedy to be so quickly followed by the death of so many in the fire at a halting site in Carrickmines was doubly devastating. Attending the removal of Tara, Willie, Jodie, Kelsey and Jimmy yesterday, as the funeral cortege began its sad and slow journey through Bray, I was struck at how poignantly tragic it was that so many young lives were lost so quickly. As we prepare for the funerals of members of the O’Connor’s family our heartfelt prayers are for all who are devastated by this awful tragedy.

It has been such a horrible year of tragedy that our hearts and minds can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of disasters. We are shaken to our core by the vulnerability of life that can turn from joy-filled excitement to devastating loss in such a swift and deadly way. And yet, as Georgia Murphy taught us over the summer, life is for living in all its vitality and vivid colours. The beginning of November allows us time and space to remember and to grieve; we literally learn to focus on one hour, one day at a time; to look beyond today is too hard and threatens to undo us. We can only get up each morning, breathe in, look at what the day ahead has for us and live it to its full potential.

From The Rectory – October 2015

Time to say goodbye:
The news that our wonderful Youth Pastor, Kirsty Lynch, is leaving has sent ripples of shock throughout our parish community. Over the past 4½ years Kirsty has been a fantastic friend, a gifted leader and a dedicated Youth Pastor. The secret to her impact on us has been her involvement in every aspect of our parish life, She has never seen herself as an ’employee’ but as a parishioner as well. Youth Pastors tend to focus exclusively on the teenage community, they are not always blessed with the gift of administration but Kirsty has shown extraordinary clarity of mind and organisational skills, she has worked with every age group within the parish from 0 years to 18 years. We will miss Kirsty terribly, both in her impact on our young people, but especially as a friend. We congratulate her on her appointment to ‘The Prince’s Trust’, and wish her every blessing on the next stage of her ministry.
Kirsty’s final Sunday with us will be Sunday 11th October, which also happens to be our Parish Review Meeting as we discern what next for our ministry, property and finance. There are more details about this meeting below, but for now, we pray for Kirsty as she moves on in her ministry. There will be an opportunity to express our thanks to Kirsty on the 11th October. If you want to express that appreciation in a tangible way, please put your gift in an envelope marked ‘Youth Pastor Appreciation’ and drop it into the parish office or the Rectory.
Over the coming weeks the Select Vestry will be discerning what is next for our Youth and children’s ministry, please pray for us in the decisions that lie ahead. In the meantime it is intended that all youth activities will continue as usual, subject to having sufficient leaders in place.