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Rev Trevor Stevenson: Mob: 087 981 2025 Email:
Lay Reader: Stephen Gardiner
Youth Pastor: Neil Douglas. Mob: 087 646 5281
Children’s Pastor: Olly Adams. Mob: 086 088 4959 Email:
Dear Friends
Recently I was travelling in the car and was stopped at a Garda checkpoint. When the Garda saw my clerical collar rather than been asked where I was going, an interesting conversation took place. She asked how things were in the church and so I explained how we were doing services on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. She was very interested that the church throughout the land adapted to an online presence. I told her the most difficult part of ministry at this present time for me (and probably for most of us) was taking part in funeral services with next to no one there. I shared, as she was well aware, that we cannot visit the sick or dying or those grieving the loss of a loved one. She commented on the fact that this was what she found most difficult as well. She shared how often when she or her colleagues stop a car and ask the occupants where they are going often before an answer, the person burst out crying because they have just heard a loved one has died or they are on a way to a funeral. She went on to comment that often they have to try and comfort these very same folk at the side of the road. It’s not easy for the Garda, ministers of religion, frontline workers or especially those who have been bereaved in these present circumstances. I was reminded of the verse in 2nd Corinthians, which reminds us of the One who can bring comfort to us in our time of trouble.
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ 2 Corinthian’s 1:3-4
Every Blessing Trevor
Crinken Youth
At Crinken Youth I want to equip young people to know God and spend time with him wherever there are. Since we are unable to meet up for bible study in person the need for this has never been more clear. ‘He Reads Truth’ and ‘She Reads Truth’ are Bible reading apps that are available for free. It is a bible on your phone and the reading plans are fantastic! Together the teens and I are reading the same passages every day and sharing what God said to us through his word when we meet online on Sundays.
While it’s sad that we can’t have normal summer camps this year we are very excited to be a part of Summer Soul camp online! It’s not required to attend all day for the three days, so don’t be put off, it’s going to be great fun contact via the website to register and for more information
Neil Douglas
New banner in front of Crinken Church
Summer Soul ‘Online’ Summer Camp
Crinken Kids
At Crinken Kids this month, we’ve been enjoying stories from Daniel for our online Service Storytime. We’ve seen how faithful Daniel was to his God in a strange land and out of his comfort zone. He could have been tempted to join in the ‘Babylonian way of life’ and worship their gods. But he stood his ground to the point of being thrown into a fiery furnace. We saw how faithful God was in these strange times for Daniel and his friends. It reminds us that the same is true today. We pray as Crinken Kids that we can remain faithful to God too during these tough days when it can be easier to just forget God when forced to stay at home and not get to see each other in our church building on a Sunday. How we ’see’ each other and connect with each other is still possible - we just need to be a little more creative! Our God remains the one constant in our ever changing world - someone that we are blessed to know and share with those around us....our Jesus, the giver of hope.
I would like to also publicly thank Jessica-Ann Jenner who has created ’Together at Home’ children’s resources for churches. We have been so blessed by her ministry and provision of these free resources.
Another invaluable resource during these times has been ‘An Post’! They kindly gave me loads of their free postcards so I could stay in touch with all my church and community families connected with Crinken. God is good and is our true provider when all else is taken away.
Olly Adams Children’s Pastor
Church Life
We continue to broadcast our morning service each Sunday at 11am on YouTube ( and follow the link). Even though we are not able to be with one another ‘in person’, it’s really encouraging to link with one another remotely! It’s great seeing the comments popping up from our church family each week – both near and far! We regularly have our friends ‘visiting’ us from Uganda, and last week the Holmes-Ulrich family joined us from Austria! The joys of modern technology.
As we travel through this very strange and challenging time along with the rest of the world, it can be difficult on many different levels. Listening to the media we can become frightened, discouraged or depressed. Recently we put a new banner up on the Church gates encouraging folk to get in touch if they would like someone to pray for them.
James 4:8 ‘Draw near to God and he will draw near to you’.
As a church, our thoughts and prayers are with Jenny Donohoe and her family of the recent death of Jenny’s mum Eleanor. Eleanor had been a regular member of our Crinken Young@Heart group and was

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