NEWS

News from GFS IRELAND

 

 

Covid-19/Coronavirus

You will aware that GFS in Ireland has been closely monitoring the situation in respect to Covid-19/Coronavirus and the advices being given by the respective Health Promotion Agencies in both NI and RoI.  The health, safety and well being of our members, leaders and helpers is of paramount importance.

GFS activities in RoI were suspended following Leo Varadkar’s announcement on 12.03.2020 that schools and colleges were to close until 29.03.2020.

GFS activities in NI are to be suspended from today, 14.3.2020.

Details will follow in the coming days in respect of any other operational issues that might arise.

In the meantime, everyone is to follow the guidance from their respective Health Promotion Agencies in terms of dealing with this pandemic.

Remember to hold each other and our communities in prayer, remembering the words of our GFS Motto “Bearing one another’s burdens,……’and our GFS memory verse this year.

 

We would commend to you all the following prayer issued by Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin and Glendalough for use at this time.

 

A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus”

 Almighty and All-loving God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we pray to you through Christ the Healer

for those who suffer from Coronavirus and Covid 19

in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss

of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.

Give wisdom to policymakers,

Skill to researchers,

comfort to everyone in distress

and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Who showed compassion to the outcast,

acceptance to the rejected

and love to those whom no love was shown.

Amen.

Archbishop Michael Jackson

Dublin and Glendalough

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Please continue to support this initiative which was initially launched for the Lenten period….

“As we approach and journey through the season of Lent, GFS in Ireland are delighted to be supporting the Less Plastics for Lent initiative.  This initiative was approved at our GFS Central Council meeting in February 2019 and is being supported by GFS Worldwide.  Our hope in GFS, is that with everyone making small changes in how they regard and treat plastics it will have a lasting and positive impact on our world. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, here we have 40 days to form not only a good habit but a lasting habit that we can all enjoy the benefits off.  Please feel free to download the calendar here and share it with your family, friends and Churches ”

Alison Jackson

All Ireland President

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GFS Worldwide has created a wonderful resource to be used by GFS and Christians called ‘Prayers of Hope’ where  the prayers and reflections have been supplied from around the world.  Please find the prayer for  March and April 2020 below, please click here to download these prayers.

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Prayer of Hope for March 2020

 

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

 

During Women’s History Month, we remember the trailblazers of the past, including the women who are not recorded in our history books, and we honour their legacies by carrying forward the valuable lessons learned from the powerful examples they set.

As we offer up our prayers around the globe, we remember all those affected by gender-based violence and pray for a world where violence against women and girls no longer exists.

Gender based violence knows no religion, age, nationality, culture, or socioeconomic class. Lord open our eyes and hearts to this reality. Create within our structures that will stimulate discussion, provoke thought, workshops to educate us and raise awareness around this human rights violation on earth.

O God of truth and justice, we humbly come before you the Prince of Peace.Kindle our hearts O God to true love of peace, that in our homes we find peace, true peace from You and that this peace may flow through us and out to our communities in your mercy, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord        Amen.

Heavenly Father, we pray for all those who have experienced humiliation through sexual violence and powerlessness in the face of threat. We give you thanks for revealing yourself in our communities, and for bringing healing through the work of justice and mercy. Thank you for inspiring us with courage to change. Lord help us to become good listeners so that we may be able to know when to speak out and when to be silent. We pray that you will also help us to become part of the solution rather than be part of the problem. All these we give you Thanks.

Amen

 

 

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Prayer of Hope for April 2020

APRIL  

Lord Jesus, we pray for all to follow your example of treating men, women and children with equality and respect.

We pray for all who live in fear of violence and despair that life will ever change.

Bring to an end their suffering; restore their sense of worth.

We pray for those who perpetrate abuse with no sense of guilt or shame.

Bring to justice their actions; change their inner hearts.

We pray against regimes that endorse violence.

Shatter their evil influence; initiate a rule of decency.

Loving Lord, we pray for a better world where we may walk in the shoes of love, justice and peace.         Amen

 

 

Forgive us Lord when we hear neither your plea, nor the cries of your people.

Free us Lord from the fears that bind us, or from any sense of powerlessness.

Fill us Lord with your dream of a just world and the tenacity to keep going in playing our part, in your name.    Amen                            Maggie Lunan

 

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