Mullaghfarne Harvest

On Sunday 8th October, we gathered for the first of the parish harvest services in Mullaghfarne hall at 3.30pm.  It was wonderful to have the Rev Andrew Quill along as our guest speaker and Andrew reminded us from Philippians chapter four of our continual need to be thankful for all that God has given us, and reminded us that even though we may not get everything we want completely we should be very thankful to God for what we already have.  It is useful to perhaps pause and remember that there are many times when we can think of those who are worse off than us and it puts our needs and wants into perspective.  


Friends in the Afternoon

There was a good turnout for the first meeting of the new term where Canon Henry and Helen talked about their time on sabbatical in Canada and showed some of the 4,000 pictures they had taken as they toured around.  Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and was very taken with the diverse nature of the landscape, from the very flat lands of Manatoba to the high mountain passes of the Rockies.  


We thanked Mrs Mae Glenn for working as the Secretary over the last two years with a presentation of a bunch of flowers which was presented to her by the incoming secretary Mrs Louie Lee.  



The ladies at In-Stitches have started the winter session in September. The hands that God has blessed are busy making items for the elderly, the homeless, the newborn and the very sick babies in the Neonatal at the Royal Victoria Hospital.   The ladies have prayerfully made these items and pray that they will bring comfort to all those who have need of them. 


MEN'S NIGHT - AD Kingdom & Empire

Thirty men attended on Thursday, 26th September 2017, for our cinema experience, with popcorn and a can of pop, to watch the first two episodes of A.D. Kingdom & Empire - ‘The Tomb is Open’ and ‘The Body is Gone'.  We opened with prayer and a worship song, had a break break between the episodes to enjoy scones, jam & cream (and of course the obligatory tea/coffee) and finished up with a few words from Rev Philip. 


Ardess Heritage Weekend

On 9th and 10th September 2017, it was a busy weekend for St Mary’s Parish Church as it participated in two days of tours, launched an innovative phone app and held a Commemoration Service to honour those buried in the adjacent Famine Pit. 


The Church has a remarkable history going back to the fourteenth century and recently a Heritage Lottery grant has helped essential repairs to be carried out to the fabric of the church. This has led to a meaningful community outreach that has involved the wider community including the chapel in Ederney.  The Famine Graveyard holds bodies from all communities and following a refurbishment at the time of the Millennium is a popular place for people to visit. 


Mindful of the growing number of visitors, a new tourism training course was established to train up ten tour guides to World Host standards who were on hand over the European Heritage Open Days to show visitors around. 


Over the weekend, a new phone app was launched that provides an historical overview of the Church and the graveyard and includes a new musical composition putting Jim Ledwith’s poem ‘Ardess Sorrows’ to a haunting Irish melody.  The app is on the Ardess phone box and at the famine pit site. 


One of the highlights of the busy weekend was the Service of Commemoration held on Sunday evening.  With music provided by Fermanagh Choral Society and a selection of readings and reflections the evening brought a busy weekend to a close. 


If any group wishes to book a tour of the Church please contact the Parish Office to arrange Tel 028 6863 2695 or email



Heroes of Faith Week

Our Youth week was also hosted at The Fountain Centre from the 21st - 25th August 2017.  Each night included a large group activity including a quiz night, scavenger hunt, mug painting and challenge night, followed by worship and talk about a Hero from the Bible.  The theme for the week encouraged the young people to consider how they, empowered and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, could also be heroes of faith in their everyday lives.  The week concluded with a BBQ and inflatable party on the Friday night which celebrated the end of a great week!


Epic Explorers Holiday Bible Club

The Fountain Centre hosted the Epic Explorers Holiday Bible Club from the 21st - 25th August 2017.  Around 30 children came together over the week to explore Mark's Gospel and the life of Jesus.  Through games, songs, memory verses, talks, quizzes and crafts the children discovered who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.

Kesh Carnival 2017 (5th - 13th August 2017)

Children’s Crafts


Approximately 65 children attended on Monday, making painted stone animals, chickens from paper plates, pigs with peg legs, mosaic animals, bead necklaces/bracelets, jar painting, card animals with moving legs, colouring in and painting.  The children had a fantastic time trying to make as many things as possible!




Share Ardess


On Tuesday for the Kesh Carnival our Share Ardess team provide tea/coffee and a chat to anyone who wishes to come along.  Our team provides this facility every Tuesday and also provides practical, emotional and spiritual support for those who need it. 




Puppet Training & Puppet Show


A variety of ages attended the puppet training on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The children practiced songs and jokes with their sock puppets and finished with a Puppet Show which brought in a crowd of 60 people.  The show showed off the skills the puppeteers had acquired and the crowd really appreciated the fun songs and jokes which finished with ‘Everybody Dance’ with everyone joining in.




Plate Painting


Over 100 plates were painted by the young (and old!) who stencilled and free handed artwork onto the plates (there was a selection of different animals, cupcakes etc).  The plates were then painted and individually personalised.  There was great concentration on everyone’s faces as they studied hard to get their plates exactly how they wanted.  Some even made gifts for others.  There was great artistic flare and the finished plates were amazing.




Sewing Bee / Textile Workshop


The Sewing Bee group made beautiful cushions with appliqué patterns and on the Textile Workshop made personalised fabric wall-hangings.  It was great fun to get creative with fabrics and great craic!




Children’s Novelty Sports


Over 75 children attending on Wednesday for novelty sports (egg & spoon race, duck race, hobby horse race etc ).  Fun and laughter was had by all and everyone received a medal presented by the Maid of Lough Erne, Molly Parkinson. 




Thursday Night Fun


‘The Bare Necessities’ (Jungle Book) was shown for the Family Movie Night at The Fountain Centre.  There was around 60 people who attended and popcorn and other refreshments was served.  We then had a children’s quiz half-way through and then, not to make the adults feel left out, we had a quiz for the adults at the end of the film.  


We had an Outdoor Late Night Movie for adults which was ‘Magnificent Beasts & Where to Find Them’.  We had some well prepared attendees who brought their fleeces and blankets!  It was a very enjoyable evening and thankfully the rain held off!



Second Chance Clothing Sale


On Friday & Saturday, we held our Second Chance Clothing Sale which we hold annually and the funds are provided to Orphan’s Hope which cares for abandoned babies and children in China and is dedicated to providing exceptional opportunities for transforming their lives.

We thank everyone who came along to support us.





Community Service of Thanksgiving for Kesh Festival


We celebrated and give thanks to God for the Kesh Festival with a Community Service of Thanksgiving held at The Fountain Centre.  We had an opening welcome by Robert Anderson and readings/prayers from Jayne Thompson, Alison Armstrong, Molly Parkinson (Maid of Lough Erne), Father Frank McManus and a talk by Alex Atwell.  Kerri Neville provided us with a beautiful solo of ‘Oceans Where Feet May Fail’ and Alan Crawford concluded the event with prayer and grace.  



Thank you to everyone who attended and the Ardess Worship Band for the music and The Mayfly & Friar’s Mac for providing the supper.