Members of Killinchy and Kilmood Select Vestry have been busy preparing Easter packs as the parish works to stay in touch with parishioners throughout lockdown.
Each parishioner will receive an Easter card, a Home Communion kit, a Palm Cross, ‘Seven Days’ – a collection of poems for Holy Week, a bag of Cadbury’s Mini–eggs and a copy of the Parish Accounts.
The rector, Revd Stanley Gamble, commented, “Holy Week and Easter is going to be very different this year as we continue to live with the Covid–19 pandemic. There are signs of hope with a successful rollout of the vaccine and a drop in the ‘R’ number. It is paramount that we continue to stay safe throughout this precarious time, but it is also important that we remain upbeat and optimistic. These Easter goodie bags are a small way of letting parishioners know that although they remain in isolation due to government restrictions, they are still part of the community of faith – the Church.”
The parish is also rising to the challenge of answering Bishop David’s call of writing to members of the local community. 4,000 postcards are being distributed throughout the villages of Killinchy, Lisbane and Ballygowan with a message of hope and new life in Christ Jesus and the offer of pastoral assistance and personal ministry if need be.