There’s very little doubt that, when it comes to the church in Ireland today, they’re on their knees.
Numbers are down, and not just in the pews. The pulpit is feeling the pinch of these Godless times too.
John Lennon may have been dragged across the coals for once quipping that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus, but, you only have to look around today to realise that, for many kids, The Gospel According To Justin Bieber or The Letter Of RuPaul To The Kardashians holds far more sway in their lives than The Bible.
It’s refreshing then to see a curate arrive in Greystones who’s not only a woman with a young family in tow but who also happens to be under 75. With all her own teeth.
Having officially started at St Patrick’s Church last Monday, Oxford-born, Trinity-educated Rebecca Guildea is far removed from your typical church cheerleader – something her Church of Ireland superiors are no doubt very aware of.
Having arrived in Greystones just over a month ago, with hubby, Brendan, and four-year-old son, Noah, we swung by St Patrick’s today to talk to Rebecca, not only about the important stuff – such as the upcoming Alpha course on Monday, October 2nd and the children’s Halloween party on the 31st – but also silly evangelical, existential and, yep, ecumenical matters…
You can find out more about St Patrick’s Church, Greystones on their website here, and you can contact Rebecca directly with any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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