Clergy are reminded that the Church of Ireland Marriage Council is holding a couples’ retreat in November facilitated by the Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth and his wife Alison.
Jonny, rector of the United Parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston, Ballyclare, is the new Chair of the Church of Ireland Marriage Council.
Every two years the Council organises a retreat for clergy and their spouses. Supported by the House of Bishops, the retreat gives couples the opportunity to have a break away from the busyness of parish life and to be refreshed and strengthened in their relationships.
Dioceses rotate every two years in order that clergy couples across Ireland can benefit from the retreat.
This year’s retreat takes place at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone in November. It is supported by the House of Bishops. The costs are borne mainly by the Marriage Council and each diocese, with a small contribution from each couple. Places are limited, so booking early would be recommended.
Jonny and Alison, who have been associated with the charity Care for the Family for more than 20 years, also facilitated at the 2016 Couples Retreat held in May 2016 in Sligo.
For further information contact Aisling Sheridan in Church House, Dublin on + 353 1 4125626.