Culture Night: Friday, 21 September

Mark your calendars for Culture Night, which this year will feature a programme at Saint Bartholomew’s entitled Johann Sebastian Bach: A Life in Chorale Preludes.  Presenter Tim Thurston and organist Andrew Johnstone will survey the life of the great German composer through a 40-minute chronological selection of his 200+ organ preludes on Lutheran chorales.  The show will begin at 6:30pm.  This event is free and part of a nationwide celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage.

Heritage Week Events

Join us this Heritage Week for two special presentations on the architecture of Saint Bartholomew’s:

Hidden Stories in Stained Glass: Saturday, 18 August at 11.00am

Twenty-one windows flood Saint Bartholomew’s Church with coloured light and each one tells its own story. What tales are told in the pictures in the glass? What do they reveal about the history of our church?  Join Professor Alistair Rowan as he delves into the stained glass tradition of Saint Bartholomew’s, exploring who made these windows, how they were crafted, and how they came to be such an integral component of the church’s character.

If Stones could Speak: Wednesday, 22 August at 8.00pm

Every historic building has a story to tell—built, you could say, into the very fabric of its walls.  Who built it?  Why is it there?  Who designed it, and why does it look the way it does?  How did Saint Bartholomew’s, with its richly painted interior and intricate mosaic floors, become one of the most unique and colourful buildings within the Church of Ireland?  Join Professor Alistair Rowan as he decodes the narratives within the church’s extraordinary interior.


No tickets or pre-booking are required for these events–simply show up and be prepared for an interesting discussion!

Reminder: Raffle Drawing this Sunday!

This Sunday is our raffle drawing, and tickets are still available! We will draw the winners after the 11.00am Eucharist service.  Up for grabs are six prizes of two tickets each to Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre on any date between 1 July—9 September, including a complimentary programme, DVD, and a glass of wine at the intermission.  Raffle tickets cost €25 and sales will be limited to 100 tickets.  They are available in the parish office all week!

A Successful Parish Trip to Pisa!

A group of 34 headed to Pisa on 13 May for a weeklong educational/fundraising trip under the expert guidance of Professor Alistair Rowan.  Alistair had done a huge amount of work to make sure everything ran like clockwork, and it did.  Apart from one wet morning, we enjoyed lovely weather and delicious Italian food, along with a glorious tour of churches, fabulous villas, and gardens, all brought to life by Alistair’s eloquent explanations and backed up by a 38 page information booklet, which he had prepared for us.  And the best bit?  There was a surplus of €4,173 that will go toward our restoration programme!  Many thanks to Alistair and the trip participants for a fun and informative trip.

Next Fundraising Sale: Sunday, 10 June—Volunteer Bakers Needed!

Our final fundraising bake, book—and DVDs, this time around!—sale before the summer holidays will be Sunday, 10 June after the 11.00am service.  We had a great turnout last month thanks to a huge variety of goods for sale, and would love to replicate that success. We greatly encourage the congregation to volunteer their homemade cakes, tarts, tray bakes—or whatever else you enjoy baking!  All goods may be dropped off in the parish room before the service.