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In previous years the Methodist Newsletter has run a photographic competition. This time, they are inviting amateur artists to enter their painting competition! The competition will be judged by Carole Kane, an artist with wide experience of community arts whose work is seen and recognised at both local and international levels.

Rev, Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
The Rev, Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland is currently on a Pastoral Visit to Africa. He is  visiting Rwanda where the Leoni Family are serving with the Methodist Missionary Society. Ella Leoni is working in the local hospital and clinics as a physiotherapist, especially with children who have a disability, while her husband is working with homeless children. 
 
Kirk House resident Maureen McKeown and her first husband Jim Murray, not long after they were married in 1949.

Residents at Belfast Central Mission's Kirk House care home in east Belfast are looking forward to a Reminiscence Exhibition being held this weekend.  The exhibition is the outcome of a partnership between one of the residents, Sammy Gordon, and Susan Headley, a local volunteer with an interest in reminiscence therapy.

East Belfast City Mission

The valuable community engagement work of the Methodist City Missions across Ireland was recognised and celebrated at June’s Methodist Church in Ireland's Annual Conference in Belfast, when attendees heard how the City Missions were supporting those most in need in the community and contributing to their local economies through social enterprises and employability programmes.

There are five City Missions across the island of Ireland, and together they employ 454 staff with an annual turnover of over £11m.  670 volunteers give their time freely to help in the outreach work.

The Kopila Nepal Project

The Methodist Church in Ireland’s World Development and Relief Department  (WDR) is beginning to link congregations throughout Ireland more closely with its overseas partners. One of the ways it is achieving this is by encouraging methodists to visit overseas projects to help, listen and learn. 

Recently, three Belfast Methodists travelled to the KOPILA Nepal Project with Tim Dunwoody (WDR project Worker) just before  the devasting  arthquake in April. The travellers were Nicky Coulter, Stephen Sheerin and David Dunlop.

Ethel McClelland and Evelyn Kenwell keep the food dished out as the line keeps growing!

The congregation of Togherdoo Methodist Church in Dromore raised £1600 for The Leprosy Hospital in Nepal at their Treasure Hunt and BBQ held at the church on 19 July.

A young service user being interviewed by Felicity Finch (Ruth Archer in the Archers)

An exciting day recently for  the young people at Belfast Central Mission's (BCM) Housing Support for Young People's project  in Newtownards. The young people at the project were interviewed by Felicity Finch, better known as Ruth Archer from the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Archers.

The Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following in response  to the wanton destruction of Ballytyrone Orange Hall near Loughgall:
 
Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Celebrations are taking place in Belfast Central Mission's (BCM) Kirk House Residential Home in east Belfast after they won the Gold Award in Dementia Design for their newly adapted Memory Lane wing.

Providing high quality dementia care, Memory Lane provides accommodation where residents with dementia can live safely and with dignity.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson is like so many others shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life of Irish students in Berkley USA.

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