University Christian Outreach Dublin term Tuesdays at 7.30pm

About UCO Dublin
UCO Dublin seeks to support and encourage young people who are looking for faith, who have faith and/ or are simply asking some of life’s biggest and most interesting questions. We run a series of events throughout the year, talks, workshops, worship nights, social nights and much more. It’s a great way to make new friends, have a laugh and relax from the stress of college and work.

UCO Dublin is there to serve as a place where people can come to learn, explore and live out their faith. We worship, we listen and we enjoy time to relax and chill out from a busy week with each other!

Interested? Then please come along on Tuesday evening during UCD term, at 7.30pm at UCD St. Stephen’s Chaplaincy, on visit the Facebook page.

All are welcome.

YouthReach

Youth Reach is a group of young Christians from the ages of 14-18 (2nd-6th year) that meet every Friday night to share and grow together in faith. Each Friday alternates from a Worship, Word, Witness or a Welcome night. These nights involve prayer and praise, games, teachings, small discussion groups, adventurous activities and much more. Click the ‘Activities’ tab to find out a bit more.

If you are between 2nd and 6th year, you are most welcome to join us where you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun you will have.

Youthreach is currently on summer break. From Friday 21st September 2018, Youthreach shall meet on Friday evenings from 7:30pm- 9:30pm in St. Columbanus Church Centre Loughlinstown.

Invitation to our Community Gatherings 1st Sunday every month

 

You are invited to come for Praise and Worship and for up-building sharings and personal testimony at our Community Gathering.

Held on the first Sunday each month, from 14:00 – 15:30pm.

We meet at Johnstown Parish Hall. (Find us on Google Maps)

The full address is:

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish,
Johnstown,
Killiney,
Dublin.

 

Upcoming Dates

  • 2nd September 2018
  • 7th October 2018
  • 4th November 2018
  • 2nd December 2018
  • 6th January 2019
  • 3rd February 2019
  • 3rd March 2019
  • 7th April 2019
  • 5th May 2019
  • 2nd June 2019
  • 7th July 2019

The GIFT a life in the Spirit course

A Life in the Spirit course

The GIFT will be run on Sunday evenings during the Easter Season in 2018 in Loughlinstown.

Where:

The Cherith, the Parish Hall of St. Columbanus Parish, Loughlinstown, Drive,

Loughlinstown , Co. Dublin.

When: 

Each Sunday night for 6 weeks commencing Sunday 8th April 2018.

Time:

8pm -9.30pm

 

For more information:

Call 083 158 2392

Here is a link to the Course Introduction.


 

I’m Adrian Buckley and I would like to tell you about “the Gift”, a Life in the Spirit Course, taking place in early 2018.

You might ask, what is life in the Spirit about?
Well this is a chance for you to deepen you Christian faith.

While I was a student of Architecture in UCD, a friend invited me to do a course just like this.
At the time, I don’t think I had really got to the point where I had fully discovered my own faith.
I went to mass, perhaps largely resulting from parental influence
partly, almost like an insurance policy, in-case there really was a God up there.
I went along to these seminars almost out of curiosity.

There were several talks, which simply explained Gods love for us, and how Jesus saves us.
I heard about being open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

I received a small booklet with daily scripture passages, which I read over the weeks.
It was quite easy, and it really helped me to understand life, in a new way and to grow.

I don’t think I heard anything that I had not heard before,
but the seminars gave me the opportunity to hear again,
and to take the small step to apply it.
I experienced an immense blessing in my life.

I believe this Life in the Spirit course, is a rare chance for us to come to know Jesus Christ,
the most loving and caring God, who wants only Good things for us.
The Life in the Spirit course I did has been an immense blessing in my life.
I feel very privileged to know Jesus Christ in another way,
and to experience the tremendous peace of living my life in Him.

Why don’t you give God some time additional in the coming year. He will reward you…

Adrian

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Welcome

We are a lay, charismatic, covenant community in south Co Dublin, Ireland. We have joined together to support one another in living out God’s call to be disciples of Jesus. <!–more–> Welcome to our website and thank you for taking the time to browse through it. The site contains information about who we are, our history, our events, testimonies from our members, and links to various resources that we hope will help you grow in knowledge, love and service of God.

A Missionary In Uganda

Background: In the summer of 2013, two young men from our Community went as part of a short-term mission trip to Uganda. This is Paul Mahony’s story.

I remember feeling physically sick as we made our way to the prison. At every bend in the road I would hope, “please, may we not be here yet”. 8 men, all from Dublin, Belfast, London, Glasgow and India, in the back of a mutatu, out doing missionary in Uganda for two weeks, what else did I expect I guess?

A Mutatu, pronounced Moo-tat-oo, is a Ugandan taxi, and was our method of transport for 2 weeks. The best way I can describe it, is like ‘The Mystery Machine’ from Scooby Doo – a compact van. It had 5 rows in it, but was no longer than an ordinary family car. It had ‘space’ for 15 people, which in Uganda can mean anything up to 20. Our mutatu brought us on all our missions – to infinite amounts of schools, villages, hospitals and homes where the 8 of us had the honor to serve. I had begun to love our mutatu – it rolled over the African dirt roads with a strangely comforting bounce. There where also the waves from everyone who saw you drive by – a group of 8 white men in a mutatu is quite a site in Uganda.

But this particular day I could not enjoy the trip.

Earlier that day Patrick McFadden had pulled myself and Stephen Robinson aside, “Today we are visiting a Ugandan prison, and it’s the 3 of us who are leading it”. We where supposed to stand up in front of an unknown number of inmates and preach about the love of God – to spread the kingdom.

Before coming on the trip I knew I wanted to be challenged, I knew I would have to rely on God for strength as he tested my faith, but now that I was in the middle of it, all I wanted to do was turn the mutatu around and head home.

After an hours drive we arrived at the prison. There was a small building inside the fence, with a larger Sports Hall outside. We are not allowed inside the fences. From the small building all the inmates came out and where lined up in the yard, guards with AK47’s organized them into pairs and marched them to the gate – how they all fit in the building they came from was a mystery, I found out later there is in fact not enough space for each of them to lie down at the same time and so they must take turns standing and lying down. Roughly 70 of them where all marched out in front of us into the Sports Hall and then we where allowed in. The 8 of us where sat on a mini-stage at the top of the room while the inmates sat in pews.

Phil Morrison began speaking to them through our translator Chadrach (I do not have enough pages to explain how incredible a man Chadrach is – he has adopted close to 100 kids now and schools them all, in the school he founded, he also is founding a secondary school, and works in the hospital, and is our translator, and does his own mission, oh and looks after his own wife and kids too).

Then the worship began. A team of Ugandans who regularly visit prisons lead the worship. This is when that feeling of sickness went away. I can honestly say that the 30mins of worship time in that prison with the inmates is one of the most spirit filled times of praise I have ever seen (after 20 years of community). The Africans in general have a beautiful way of praising the Lord, through song and dance, but to see inmates worshipping so openly and honestly was a challenge to me and my community back at home. These men had nothing, but they had heard about Jesus and worshipped God – the Gentiles, the lepers of the Bible times, but they had faith unlike any I had ever seen.

Patrick shared about the Prodigal son, a powerful story, even with translation stopping it every sentence. Myself and Stephen gave our testimonies.

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I cannot remember what I said. I know for sure it was not me speaking, but the Spirit of the Lord working through me. From my notes I think I talked about how my faith had grown, the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus, the power of Grace and how each of us are temples of the holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), who knows what else the Spirit prompted me to say. I was particularly struck at the end when, as we where handing out chocolate before leaving, one of the inmates came up to me, with tears in his eyes, thanking me for what I said – without translation it was impossible for me to understand him and vice versa, but we managed to say a quick prayer together.

I left the prison wanting to go back. After being so unsure beforehand about what I would say or do, I left knowing that when you step out, and cover yourself in prayer, the Lord will work. What a challenge to bring home with me – it was a privilege to work in Uganda, to experience what I got to experience over the summer, and now I guess the real challenge begins as to how I apply it at home, how do we serve in our home towns, and allow the Lord to work.

Matthew 25:36 – “I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me”

I could honestly spend days talking about all the stories and experiences we brought back as a team from Uganda – and happily will if anyone is willing to listen. I am by no means a writer, but I hope this one story of something I was personally struck by will give you an idea of our mission trip. As a final thought, I mentioned the waves we got from everyone as we drove by. The one thing that was so clear in Uganda was the value they place on relationships – they want to get to know you. When I came home I was asked “Oh it must be so hard, they have so little” and all I could think of is how much more they have than us. Ugandans do not have material goods and therefore place no value in them, they value people, they want to talk to you, when they hear you are a missionary they want you to preach to them ( a challenging order!) but it is definitely a part of the Ugandan culture that is so rich.

Community of Nazareth 33rd Anniversary

Happy birthday.

The Community of Nazareth has been running for 33 years.

The 33rd Anniversary was on 8th September.

Many community members attend 10am mass at Johnstown Parish to give thanks to the Lord for his many blessings over the years, and there was tea and cake after in the Johnstown Parish Centre.

The photo includes some of the founder members celebrating the occasion.

Annual Football Tournament 2015

Each year in May, the European Sword of the Spirit communities stage an inter community soccer tournament. This year it was hosted in London by the Antioch Community and Nazareth sent 2 teams.
The BarbariansA selection of Nazareth players also played for the “Barbarians”, an assembly of young and older more experienced players from right across the European Communities Network.

The competition was fierce and the football tough, but by the end of Saturday, Nazareth had qualified for the semi-finals and ended up in a very close final against the Glasgow Community, who proved to be the stronger side in the final and took the Winning Plaque.

The London community (Antioch Community) did a wonderful job of hosting the tournament, and managing to accommodate so may participants.

This was the 24th year of the event, which shall next year be hosted by the Brot des Lebens Community in Munich Germany.

A highlight of the weekend was a Prayer meeting on Saturday evening in Acton when well over 300 people came together to give Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship to God and to share life stories and testimonies.

Annual Football Tournament (2014)

Each year in May, the European Sword of the Spirit communities stage an inter community soccer tournament.

The Nazareth Team with the 2014 trophy
The Nazareth Team with the 2014 trophy

In 2014, the tournament was hosted in Glasgow by the Community of the Risen Christ, and Nazareth sent a team and a half.

A selection of Nazareth players also played for the “Barbarians”, an assembly of young and older more experienced players from right across the European Communities Network.

With 6 teams in two groups, the competition was fierce and the football tough, but by the end of Saturday, Nazareth had qualified for the semi-finals and ended up in a very close final against the home team, winning the trophy one more time. 🙂

The Glasgow community (Community of the Risen Christ) did a wonderful job of hosting the tournament, and managing to accommodate so may participants.

This was the 23rd year of the event, which shall be hosted by the Antioch Community in London in May 2015.

A highlight of the weekend was a Prayer meeting on Saturday evening in Clarkston Parish Hall, when well over 200 people came together to give Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship to God and to share life stories and testimonies.

Polish-team
The Polish team

 

Preparing for Battle
Preparing for Battle
Steve on the run
Steve on the run
The Barbarians (incluing some people from the Community of Nazareth)
The Barbarians (incluing some people from the Community of Nazareth)