Himalayan Trail Trek, 20th - 30th Oct 2016

After the enormous success of the 2014 Methodist Church in Ireland (MCI) Everest Base Camp Fundraising Trek, they are delighted to announce two further fundraising treks to the Himalayas in 2016 in aid of The Surf Project & Kopila Nepal!

They are looking for 20 enthusiastic & willing participants to join them on what will be a fabulous spirit filled adventures in the Beautiful Himalayas!  

The Rt Rev Dickson Chilongani, the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Tanzania, is pictured after the morning service in Finaghy Methodist church, Belfast, with the Rev Colin Gracie (minister), Edith Shaw (church treasurer) and National Director of The Leprosy Mission (TLM) NI, Joanne Briggs (extreme left).

This morning the Rt Rev Dickson Chilongani, the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Tanzania attended the World Leprosy Day Service at Finaghy Methodist Church in Belfast.

Bishop Dickson preached on Christ’s healing of the man with leprosy (Mark 1: 40-45).  Mrs Briggs, National Director of The Leprosy Mission (TLM) NI and Bishop Chilongani’s diocesan business advisor, Brian Atkins, spoke about the difference that the work of TLM is making to the lives of those who still suffer the terrible effects of what is now a curable disease.

4Corners Festival Launched - Bringing Belfast Together

This year's cross-community 4Corners Festival was launched on 22 January at the newly-opened Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast. The Festival will run from the 28 January to 7 February. The theme of this years festival is ‘The Art of Listening’.

The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across the City to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all. It consists of innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, and new friends.

Lent Relentless Prayer for Lisburn Churches

Relentless Prayer will be officially launched at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday February 9 at 8pm and Trinity Methodist will be the first church to begin the forty days and nights of prayer on Ash Wednesday at 12noon.

Belfast  Central Mission

A whopping  £8,718.01 was donated by the generous citizens of Belfast to the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) to their annual Christmas Eve Street Collection.

BCM would like to give a big thank you  all those who donated money  and to the sturdy volunteer collectors  who stood in the freezing cold on a frosty Christmas Eve.

BCM would also like to thank  Tescos on the Lisburn Road and  Ballyhackamore Marks & Spencers for allowing them  the two  bag-packs on Christmas Eve which raised an additional £866.24.

The Methodist Church in Ireland’s (MCI) World Development & Relief (WDR) department has created a new web site at

The new site contains information on WDR's partners through the use of text, pictures and videos.

WDR is an expression of the Christian values of the Methodist Church in Ireland - faith, justice, compassion, equality and solidarity.

Throught the weekend of 22-25 January Carrickfergus Methodist Church outreach Leave the Lights On Weekend.

Throughout the weekend of 22-25 January Carrickfergus Methodist Church will be reaching out to  its local community via its annual Leave the Lights On Weekend.

During the weekend the church will be open continually so people can call in, either for peace and quiet, a talk with a trained counsellor or to  find out information about mental health issues.

There will be talks by Aware Defeat Depression and a rich programme of events including one-to-one art therapy and cognitive behavioural thereapy (CBT) sessions. .

Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
The Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following Statement:
"With many others I want to offer my congratulations to Mrs. Arlene Foster on her appointment as First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Church Land Programme

Would you like to make  a difference in South Africa and in your local community? If you do, you can join the Methodist Missionary Society in Ireland's [MMS(I)] team travelling to South Africa in August 2016.

Peaceful new year

The Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Armagh; the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and the President of the Irish Council of Churches have today issued the following New Year’s Message: