Shannon, County Clare.
Christ Church, a joint Methodist, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian congregation, is a lively, multi-cultural congregation which is currently looking at new ways to serve the people of Shannon and South Clare. All are welcome to join us in our worship and work.
We meet every first and third Sunday at 11 am, currently in Saints John and Paul Church (see the Services page for directions). On the other weekends, we often have informal worship at the manse on the Saturday evening. We also meet on Tuesdays, usually at 7 pm, for a church meal and worship, sometimes with Holy Communion; for our monthly film night; for our international choir; and for the Local Preachers’ course and Bible Study.
Several members of the congregation were filmed last year for iWitness, the nightly one-minute programme on faith and daily life broadcast on RTE after the late news. The minister writes a regular column for the local newspaper and the religious papers. The RTE service (radio 1, long-wave) on Sunday 18 November 2012 is from Christ Church Shannon.
Information on events in other parts of County Clare, including Kilkee and Kilfenora, can be found on our County Clare page. We held a major ecumenical celebration of the Year of the Bible in Ennis on 16 October 2011, remembering the great eighteenth-century preacher George Whitfield, who was shipwrecked at Carrigaholt in the west and then preached in the county. We intend to have a similar celebration in 2012. Meanwhile, on 26 May we had a joint Whitsun celebration in East Clare with a visit to Holy Island, pilgrim walk and ecuemenical service in Tuamgraney. Current projects include the devlopment of pilgrim trails and historical information about them.
Who we are
We are are mixed, friendly, group of people who have become residents of Shannon, County Clare, or or who live nearby, and wish to worship together in this blend of tradition and spread the joy of the kingdom in this part of the world. Some of us are local and Irish, some are incomers. One member came here from England on Saint Patrick’s Day 47 years ago. In November 2008 we marked the 46 years of the church set up as a Local Ecumenical Partnership to serve the new town. Psalm 23 was sung in Shona by Zimbabwean members.
One member is s studying to become a Local Preacher. The Pioneer minister arrived in 2008 after working for 16 years in ecumenical posts in Britain, and before that lived in the north of Ireland. Our current age range is infancy to retirement, and we are currently welcoming some babies into our congregation! See our other pages for more information.
Where to find us
Until recently we met in the wooden church on the way to the airport. This well-known local landmark was sadly damaged by fire recently. We miss our home of forty-eight years but were reminded that the Church is first and foremost the people. See our Services page for Sunday worship and contact the minister for other events. See the directions and map on our Service Times page.
What else do we do?
We are a Fairtrade congregation. This means that all teas and coffees served at our events are Fairtrade products, and where possible biscuits, chocolate, bananas and anything else we use is Fairtrade too. Find out more from the Fairtrade link to the right. Young people have taken the fair trade commitment into schools and businesses.
We are associated with Saint John’s Church of Ireland National School. The minister is a regular visitor. Last autumn the school, the oldest in Shannon, celebrated its first fifty years.
We support Christian Aid as part of our international commitment. We continue to raise funds to supplement our regular donation and seek to support the work to alleviate famine in Somalia and surrounding countries. We also support projects to alleviate need locally during this time of recession.
The minister was secretary of Shannon town’s heritage group, Duchas na Sionna, which has set up a social history project to record the development of the town since 1960.
We have had Christmas prayer trees in the town centre, with activities for young people.
Social events happen from time to time, and we are seeking new ways to serve our communties better, especially during the current recession. We have a particular interest in young people’s ministry. We like to sing!
To contact us: 061 363717, or from outside Ireland 00 353 61 363717.
The Shannon congregation is part of the County Clare Pioneer ministry of the Methodist Church in Ireland