Connecting Through Christ
Kinawley Holy Trinity
The Friendship Service was an initiative of Rev Andrew Quill (the previous rector of Kinawley & Holy Trinity) alongside some parishioners and members of the wider community. It was set up in December 2013 to serve and receive ministry from those with special needs and their carers. This ministry has become an integral feature of the parish in the adjoining years with a core group of people involved across the community. Many people have come to look upon it as an important time of respite and opportunity for spiritual growth.
The service takes place one Sunday (usually the 4th Sunday) per month in Derrylin Church hall and consists of a very simple format. Initially there is some time to chat, followed by an introductory prayer and then 3-4 songs. The emphasis here is to get the congregation as involved as possible with actions etc. Some of the songs are downloaded videos with others simply consisting of words to sing along to. After this there is a bible reading and talk with again an emphasis on interaction. This might include acting out a scene or video clips being used. The objective is for the story to become 'real' to the whole gathering.
We then have perhaps another song followed by some prayer and a closing blessing. Those present can then participate in an arranged craft with tea and refreshments served to all. These are generously provided by different members of the congregation. While no formal offering is taken, many of those present would regularly leave voluntary donations. In December 2017, the service received an award from the local council for 'services to the community' which was a nice reflection of the many volunteers and their willingness to serve the Lord Jesus in this way.