Quiet Peacemakers exhibition at Church of the Good Shepherd

Friday April 11th 2014

Mrs Joan Trew, a 'quiet peacemaker' who features in the exhibition.‘Quiet Peacemakers,’ a unique exhibition which was recently launched in Stormont’s Long Gallery will be on display in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Monkstown, during Holy Week.

The exhibition features 32 ‘quiet peacemakers’ whose portraits were painted by local artist Susan Hughes. See http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/art-exhibition-hails-peacemakers-30141969.html

The Priest–in–Charge of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Rev Arlene Moore, said: “As a united covenant church which seeks to embody and work for unity and peace, we are hosting the full exhibition in COGS in Holy Week and those featured in the portraits will be offered personal invitations to come visit us and ‘watch with us’ for a while.

“Appropriate Scriptures and material for reflection will accompany the paintings which will effectively then also serve as interactive prayer stations and enable us to pray for the quiet peacemakers identified, the work they’ve pioneered, and for all who work tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in our land.”

Mrs Joan Trew, a member of Church of the Good Shepherdis featured as one off the quiet peacemakers. Joan was identified because of the knitted Christmas tree and Nativity project she developed in conjunction with Fr Martin Magill (who is also portrayed) and the people of St Oliver Plunkett’s and Lenadoon. In keeping with this theme an Easter prayer tree and knitted Bible scenes of the Easter story made by the parish’s Craft and Fellowship club will also be on display.

The exhibition will run in the church from Palm Sunday to Easter Day and outside of services/other events (see below) the church will be open to the public for quiet prayer and reflection Mon–Fri 10am–3pm. The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, will be calling in to see the exhibition on Wednesday morning.

Holy Week Services/Events in Monkstown

Maundy Thurs (10am) Holy Communion followed by (11am) Craft & fellowship Club.

Some of the YWAM Ireland team who completed a Border Walk carrying a large cross last summer will be with us and will participate in our usual community free gift give aways. (see http://vimeo.com/75103849)

7.30pm Last Supper & Foot Washing service – united with Abbey Presbyterian, in Church of the Good Shepherd.

Good Friday 11–3pm Reflection at the Cross with Quiet Peacemakers art exhibition.

6.45pm Walk of witness – starting at Cogs car park and walking around Monkstown, involving local Newtownabbey Street Pastors and culminating in a service of Communion at Abbey Presbyterian led by Rev Sidlow McFarland.

Easter Saturday Praise (7.30pm) ‘Were you there?’ United with Abbey Presbyterian, in Abbey Presbyterian Church.

11am Easter Day – Holy Baptism, renewal of baptismal vows, annual renewal of Local Preacher/Lay Reader & Office bearer commitments, followed by Holy Communion.

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