Methodist Church on Show at Balmoral Show 2017
The Methodist Church in Ireland is taking a stand at the Balmoral Show in 2017. The decision to do this came out of a review by the Lisburn and Dromore Circuit Executive of their Stand at the show in 2015 which concluded it was a good experience from which lessons could be learnt.
One of these lessons was that an MCI presence rather than a ‘local circuit presence’ would be more relevant to what is a national show. Plans subsequently emerged for a joint venture between the Circuit and the Home Mission Department for a Stand at the 2017 show.
The plan is to have a bigger Stand than before, a wider vision for the Methodist presence and ‘quiet space’ in the midst of the bustle of the show. The Stand and literature available will represent who we are as a Methodist community across Ireland. In addition, those who are staffing the stand will be trained to offer a welcoming presence in the name Christ and we hope that will create the environment for an informative chat or a moment to pause and reflect.
Recognising that Balmoral Show is a national show the Home Mission Department is inviting circuits that have significant links with the farming community to support this initiative. Two specific ways that support can be given is either financial support or to offer suitably gifted people to volunteer to give some time to staff the stand. The Lisburn and Dromore Circuit has already pledged fifty percent of the cost of the stand and also to undertake the planning and management for the event.
This year the show runs for four days, the 10th - 13th May 2017 at Balmoral Park, Maze Long Kesh, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 5RE. If you are planning to visit the Show we look forward to welcoming you at the MCI stand at Balmoral show 2017.
If you would like more information, contact the Chairman of the Steering Group Tom Millar - Tel.: 07711 928786, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org