Launch of joint Churches’ Report outlining current and future cooperation

Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership are delighted to share this report which was commissioned by our four local church leaders. In a joint forward by the four church ministers, they outline the work of the forum over the last number of years where they have been meeting to explore ways in which they can work more closely together. Already we have seen some of this closer cooperation in a number of initiatives, for instance they have organised a number of events, such as the Nepal Soup Lunch; the annual Christmas Carol Service; and the recent visits to all of the local churches. All of these events have been very well supported by the community.

The clergy set up a small focus group consisting of representatives from each of the four churches and members of this partnership. We then met to discuss where we as a community and churches wanted to go over the next number of years. The report outlines the good cross-community relationships that currently exist, and acknowledges the strength of the local churches in developing good community relations. The report also makes mention of a number of activities that this partnership has been involved in and has helped to improve good relations, such as the annual Christmas lights switch on. The report also identifies areas in which more work is needed. The recommendations and how weaknesses can be addressed is contained at the end of the report and gives us cause to reflect upon what you and I should do as members of this community.

We would encourage you to read this report and support the work of the local churches in taking this set-to work together for a better and brighter future.  On Tuesday 27th September there will be an official launch of the report at 7.30pm in Derrygonnelly Community Centre and we would encourage you to support and attend the event.

In conclusion, the DDCP would like to acknowledge the excellent work that has gone on between our churches and wish them every success in this work by building bridges.

Please click here to access the report.