'Church in your Pocket' launched
A new smartphone app was launched by the Church of Ireland last week to help people connect with God on a daily basis.
The app, Church in Your Pocket, was launched in St. Patrick's Church, Greystones, during the flower festival to commemorate 150 years of the church.
It was introduced by Ken Gibson who said that 'Church in Your Pocket' could be accessed every day for a small verse, reflection or prayer for the day. He said that the parish was celebrating its 150th anniversary because a community of faith grew up and the church was founded. 'It's entirely appropriate that we as a community of faith would want to read God's word wherever we are,' he said. There is also a special section with devotionals written just for kids.
Archbishop Michael Jackson praised the app which he said 'does not contradict the tradition; it simply gives it new shape and new voice'. He said he hoped that parishioners commuting in and out of Dublin on the train would use the app and if asked by fellow passengers what they are reading 'they might confidently say: "Well, actually, I am praying".'
The recent floral festival saw St. Patrick's Church full of stunning floral arrangements to mark the parish's 150th anniversary celebrations. It culminated in a service of thanksgiving and praise to mark the history of worship in the parish community.
The service was attended by Archbishop Jackson as well as Fr. Liam Belton and Fr. Denis Quinn of the Holy Rosary Church in Greystones and members of the CSSM team who are currently in Greystones for the 118th year bringing Christian celebration to local children. A number of local public representatives and staff from St Patrick's NS and Templecarrig School were also in attendance.
The huge congregation was welcomed by the Rector, the Revd David Mungavin, who praised the hard working organiser of the flower festival, Flo Fennell, and all who helped to put the three-day event together.
Sarah Murphy gave short history of the church and parish which was created following an influx of people to Greystones after the railway line was built and due to the inability of the church in Delgany to accommodate the increasing numbers. On July 19, 1864 a service of consecration was held in the church, presided over by Archbishop Chenevix Trench.
In his sermon, Archbishop Jackson observed that the parish had decided to mark the 150th anniversary with style and colour and said that a flower festival often allowed people to see parts of their faith in imaginative ways. 'It is the sustained inspiration that has brought us to this happy and colourful day. It is the work and witness of others before us that we mark and celebrate.'
The app is available for Android or Apple phones and can be downloaded from the Google playstore or iTunes.