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National Bible Society of Ireland

42 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Other Names:
Formerly The Hibernian Bible Society from 1806, Dublin Bible Society from 1792-1806
Registered Charity Number: 20002343
Companies Registration Office Number:
CHY (Revenue) Number: 1592
Governing Form: Association
Establishment Country: Ireland
Education Body: No

Charitable Purpose:
Advancement of religion
Charitable Objects:
The purpose of the Scoiety is:
(a) to make the Holy Scriptures available ina relevant format at prices which can be afforded by all people
(b) to provide Bible-related service activities particularly education and training, at appropriate prices.
The purpose is to be achieved:
(1) by serving and co-operating with Christians of all traditions;
(2) by reading out to people who do not know Jesus Christ;
(3) by co-operating with other bodies, including fellow members of the United Bible Societies and members of the World Catholic Federation for the Biblical Apostolate, in the world- wide task of distributing the Holy Scriptures, so that, in Ireland and throughout the world, all people may own, use and value and share the Bible.

The Society is established as a charitable Society and may only apply its income and property towards the promotion of its main objects and may not distribute same by dividend or otherwsie to its members.
Activities Description:
Moving on from our goals to our plans for 2016. The Board has organised some events which it is hoped will build up our community membership. The January AGM was addressed by Elaine Duncan from the Scottish Bible Society to hear of their vision and work. In February the Bedell Lecture will be given by Professor Susan Gillingham a noted theologian for her work on the Psalms. But also the first woman to be awarded the DD highest Degree of Oxford University. There have only been 100 ever awarded. In May an Annual Ecumenical Service for the NBSI was conducted in St Audoen’s Dublin and in June in St Michael'sBlackrock Cork. The Dublin service will be addressed by The Revd Vanessa Wyse - Jackson who is the Methodist clergy in Rathgar. Our events also included a day visit in June to Maynooth University to the Russell Library. members were able to view the 16th century Breeches and Genera Bibles which the NBSI had deposited for safe keeping. The visit will also include a visit to its famous Pugin chapel and a demonstration and short lecture on book preservation.
Activities:
Education/training, Overseas aid/famine relief, Religious activities
Beneficiaries:
Religious activities
Reporting:

Annual Report 2015

Reporting Period from 1/1/2015 to 31/12/2015

Description of activities:
Moving on from our goals to our plans for 2016. The Board has organised some events which it is hoped will build up our community membership. The January AGM was addressed by Elaine Duncan from the Scottish Bible Society to hear of their vision and work. In February the Bedell Lecture will be given by Professor Susan Gillingham a noted theologian for her work on the Psalms. But also the first woman to be awarded the DD highest Degree of Oxford University. There have only been 100 ever awarded. In May an Annual Ecumenical Service for the NBSI was conducted in St Audoen’s Dublin and in June in St Michael'sBlackrock Cork. The Dublin service will be addressed by The Revd Vanessa Wyse - Jackson who is the Methodist clergy in Rathgar. Our events also included a day visit in June to Maynooth University to the Russell Library. members were able to view the 16th century Breeches and Genera Bibles which the NBSI had deposited for safe keeping. The visit will also include a visit to its famous Pugin chapel and a demonstration and short lecture on book preservation.

Activities: Education/training, Overseas aid/famine relief, Religious activities

Beneficiaries: Religious activities

Average number of Employees: 1-9

Average number of Individuals Volunteering for the charity in reporting period: 1-9

Gross income in reporting period as supplied by the charity: €658,150

Total expenditure in reporting period as supplied by the charity: €866,530

Annual Report 2014

Reporting Period from 1/1/2014 to 31/12/2014

Description of activities:
The NBSI has 3 major goals. Firstly to distribute the scriptures, secondly to support translation work and thirdly to engage in literacy projects. In just a very small way during this past year our first goal has continued with many Bibles and scriptural portions supplied to the Chaplain at Portlaoise Prison for his work amongst prisoners. Recently the Board has supplied Bibles through the Indian Bible Society to the Dr Graham Home’s for children in Kalimpong. This will be an ongoing project and information leaflets from its Irish committee are available from me. The Revd Vanessa Wyse Jackson has supplied local Sunday Schools in Dublin with the shop’s remaining children’s stock. All our Russian Bibles were distributed to the Dublin Russian Orthodox Parish. Greek NT were supplied to the theological students in Maynooth. This will be another ongoing project. Finally all our remaining stock of ‘Luke the Book’ was handed over to the SU Bookshop in Dun Laoghaire.
The present world refugee situation with its overwhelming number of Syrian people coming west is a challenge we might be able to help with locally. Taking on board our third aim of literacy projects have we considered setting up our own project to help refugees with learning to read English and basic local literacy skills? The history of the translation of the scriptures is a reminder of how wisdom gained from learning to read was a both a lamp and light. While I am not suggesting we become modern day ‘souppers’ surely the original aim of gaining the wisdom of life through reading the scriptures is an example to re-inspire us to help others to make a new home in Ireland. Even looking further and noticing those around us who have fallen on hard times because they lack literacy skills is another challenge to consider. Our prison system is filled with many such people. How different it could be when one finds the wisdom of God through being able to read and think rationally?

Activities: Education/training

Beneficiaries: Libraries, historical societies and landmark preservation

Average number of Employees: None

Average number of Individuals Volunteering for the charity in reporting period: 1-9

Gross income in reporting period as supplied by the charity: €658,150

Total expenditure in reporting period as supplied by the charity: €866,530

Trustees and Officers:
Name Position Start Date
Rev Graham DoylePresident02/09/2013
Rev John TannerTrustee03/09/2015
Rev Kieran O'MahonyTrustee03/09/2015
Other Locations/Premises in Ireland:
Also Operates in:
No other countries on file

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