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Rev. Peter Murray, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
As President of the Methodist Church in Ireland I want to comment on the result of the Irish referendum on equal marriage which has opened civil marriage to same-sex couples.
 
Duchess of Cornwall visits East Belfast Mission

The Duchess of Cornwall attended a ‘Big Lunch’ at East Belfast Mission (EBM) today.

Before the 'Big Lunch' the Duchess and guests listened to a short performance by the East Belfast Choir in the auditorium.

The Duchess then met Jane McClenaghan, nutritionist and Big Lunch Ambassador, who gave The Duchess the chance to help prepare ingredients for a healthy lunch.

After lunch, the Duchess viewed a series of upcycled furniture restored by EBM's Refurb Project. Later she met with community members decorating cupcakes then joined guests at the Big Lunch Table.

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland notes with some concerns the judgement of the Court in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Bakery Limited.
 
The Rev. Dr. David Clements, Chair of the Committee said:
 
We have sympathy with the owners of Ashers Bakery who seek to order their lives and that of their business, in accord with their Christian faith. If they are now compelled by the law to make products that conflict with their Christian conscience this raises important issues for all of our society.
Home Mission General Secretary Rev Dr Heather Morris officially opened the Lisburn and Dromore Circuit Stand at the 2015 Balmoral Show. Also in the picture is Anne Patterson (Seymour Street) and Circuit Steward Tom Millar.

The Lisburn and Dromore Circuit of the Methodist Church in Ireland  (MCI) is represented at the Balmoral Show this week.

The MCI’s Home Mission General Secretary Rev Dr Heather Morris officially opened the Lisburn and Dromore Circuit Stand at the 2015 Balmoral Show on 13 May.

Ministers and Members of the church across the Circuit will be working on the Stand throughout the period of the Show.

A steady stream of visitors have been calling at the Stand which is in the Shopping Village.

Mrs Mary Hood with one of her birthday cakes

Mary Hood, one of the residents of Kirk House celebrated her 100th birthday last week!

And what a day she had, with visits from her family and some VIP's – including Peter Robinson, First Minister -  in the morning followed by a wonderful birthday party with the residents and staff of Kirk House in the afternoon. She even had two birthday cakes!

Mary Hood (known as Min to her friends) was born on VE day 100 years ago and says that she does not smoke or drink alcohol and has always enjoyed a healthy lifestyle.

Dr Stephen Farry pictured at Armagh Planetarium with the winner of the United Space School competition, Amy Anderson from Aughnacloy and a student at Southern Regional College's Armagh campus and Brian Doran, SRC Chief Executive.Amy Anderson, a member of Blackwatertown Methodist Church was announced as the winner of the United Space School Competition by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at an event at the Armagh Planetarium.  Amy, who also attends the Southern Regional College's Armagh camp

Amy Anderson, a member of Blackwatertown Methodist Church was announced as the winner of the United Space School Competition by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at an event at the Armagh Planetarium.

Amy, who attends the Southern Regional College's Armagh campus was selected for an intensive two week placement to the United Space School in Houston.

This year East Belfast Mission’s  (EBM) Irish Language project Turas has won the Glór na nGael 'Duais (roinnte) Cholmcille' award for creating links between Scotland and Ireland.

The 2014 national awards ceremony took place in Barberstown Castle on Saturday 25 April 2015.

Turas received the award in recognition of their visit to the Isle of Lewis last year, their continuing efforts to promote the Scottish Gaelic tradition and their very successful 'Slighe na Beatha' Gaelic Psalm singers event that took place in Skainos in February this year. Turas was awarded €1,500.

Nepal eqrthquake

People in Ireland have been rightly shocked and saddened by tragic pictures and stories from Nepal after the violent earthquake on Saturday 25 April.

The Methodist Church in Ireland’s World Development and Relief Department (WDR) partner Kopila-Nepal based in the Western Development Region has so far reported that staff and their families are well.

However, they are trying to respond to the obvious need around them. They are desperately trying to access their project areas in the hills around Pokhara to check on people who access their help.

Rev John Alderdice

The Rev John Alderdice, Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, was one of three canons to be installed by Dean Hull at a service of thanksgiving on Thursday 23 April in Down Cathedral. The service marked the reordering and redecoration of the Cathedral, and Mr Alderdice and Brother Eric Loisel from Holy Cross Monastery (Order of St Benedict) were the Cathedral’s first ever ecumenical canons. The third canon to be installed was the Rev Mark Harvey, rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen, as Prebendary of Dunsford.

The Hub Ugandan Team

In June this year 17 students from The Hub, home to the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincies at Queen’s University, will be heading to Uganda for 2 weeks to support local charities.

The team will be partnering with two local charities – Abaana and Waakisa Ministries.  They will be supoorting both projects through a variety of practical and manual tasks such as running children’s clubs, assisting in education work and providing relief work with street children.

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