Annual Lakelands BBQ
Members of Darling Street branch of MWI gathered at the Annual Lakelands BBQ at the Killyhevlin Hotel on Wednesday 18th June 2014 and celebrated 90 years of women's ministry in Darling Street Methodist Church. WD, as it was known then, was founded by Mrs Charles McMullan, mother of Mr T E McMullan. This was during the time that Rev Edward Whittaker was the minister who, during his three years of fervent preaching had helped to build up the spiritual life on the Enniskillen circuit. Mrs Whittaker was later to become all-Ireland Women's Department President! This department played a very important part in the life of the church sending £500 a year for Overseas Missions as it was then known. Other founder members were Mrs Alexander Burns, Mrs J T Little, Mrs W Armstrong, Mrs George Warren (senior) and Mrs David Devine. Miss M J Carlton who joined later, became all-Ireland WD President! A beautiful cake was cut and shared to celebrate the work which had started 90 years ago and thanks given for the dedication of women's ministry still continuing today".
Presbyterian Women Annual Meeting
Mission Partner News
MWI Central Committee Meeting, Jennymount Belfast on Thursday 10th April
Elizabeth Moffett, PW President, Dr Edith Loane Hon. Member, Charlotte Maye, MWI President and Norma Bell, Vice President MU
Methodist Women in Ireland Fellowship Day
Charlotte Maye, President MWI, Phyllis Watters Women's Link, and Carmel Irwin General Secretary MWI at the Fellowship Day with Women's Link at the Salvation Army Citadel, Dublin Road Belfast. Helen Sloan, an Elder in First Presbyterian Church in Bangor was the speaker for the morning session and Jenny Robinson, a Deaconess with the Presbyterian church, serving in South Belfast Friendship House, Sandy Row, Belfast, spoke in the afternoon. A wonderful, inspiring and well planned day was enjoyed by all".
MWI Donate US$7985 to Jamaican Children's Home
So far this year the Methodist Women in Ireland have raised and donated almost US$7985.73 for the Jamaica National Children's Home (JNCH) in Kingston.
The JNCH is the Methodist Women in Ireland's President, Charlotte Maye's chosen charity during her time in office (2013-2015).
The Jamaica National Children´s Home was started in 1972 by Action for Children which works in partnership with the Methodist Church in Great Britain. JNCH provides a loving, caring and stable home to orphans and abandoned children as well as children with severe mental or physical disabilities whose parents are unable to provide proper care. The JNCH gives them a safe place to learn, live and grow.
In his letter of thanks to Charlotte, Rev Everald Galbraith, President of the Jamaican Methodist District said it was truly heartening to "...receive a gift from a generous donor that allows us to cater to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community." View the letter
Charlotte's chosen charity during her time in office (2013-2015) is the Jamaica National Children's Home (JNCH). The JNCH opened in 1973 with its sole purpose to nuture children.
Youth With a Mission (YWAM)
Linda McGuffin (District Secretary), Audrey Elder (District Treasurer), Laura Gordon who is planning a trip with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to work with young women and children, and Roberta Bailie (District President) at the Lakelands Spring Celebrations on Thursday 20th March 2014 in Ballinamallard Methodist Church. Laura was presented with a cheque from MWI to help her fund her trip.
March 2014 International Women's Day
Moira McMurray, Beulah Robinson, Maureen Young, Angela Nelson and Sandra Dickson, members of MWI and WF, visiting Hillsborough Castle to meet the Secretary of State, to celebrate International Women's Day"
January 2014 MWI Forum
The MWI Forum was held in Thomas Street Portadown on the last Saturday in January 2014 at which District Reports were given and decisions for the incoming year were made.
Women travelled from all over Ireland and this photo shows that we were all tired as we prepared to head back to our homes after a long day of discussion.
Thank you to all the people who attended!