President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson, joined Church leaders yesterday in Belfast as they met members of the Panel on Disbanding Paramilitary Groups. The body was set up under last November’s Fresh Start Agreement, to develop recommendations for a strategy to end paramilitarism and disband paramilitary groups.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the Church leaders said:
On behalf of the members of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Brian Anderson, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has sent a letter of Greeting to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her upcoming 90th Birthday.
Cairnshill Methodist church was badly damaged by smoke in an overnight arson attack. Chairs and furnishings were set alight. There was no apparent motive. The sanctuary area and hall were largely unaffected. It will probably be several weeks if not months before the building can be fully restored. In the meantime, other churches on the circuit, members of the local community and councillors have offered their support. Our prayers go out for the minister the Rev Louise Donald, the congregation of Cairnshill and the Circuit Superintendent the Rev Ruth Patterson.
Representatives of the many different Christian communities in Rome gathered at the Methodist Church at Ponte Sant’Angelo on Wednesday 6 April for the dedication of a new Methodist Ecumenical Office.
Leaders of the World Methodist Council gathered for the dedication and met with Pope Francis on Thursday 7 April. Among them was Irish lay leader Gillian Kingston, vice-president of the World Methodist Council.
The results of the Methodist Newsletter's Easter Art Compeition have been announced. In first place is Victor McMullen for ‘Above all, leave love’. In second place is Ray Elwood for ‘Father, forgive them’, and in third place is John Halliday for ‘It is done’.
Carole Kane, who judged the competition commented:
The Rev Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, has learned with sadness of the death of Mr Adrian Ismay.
"I offer to Mrs Ismay, her daughters and their family circle the thoughts and prayers of the Methodist People in Ireland. With others I was relieved that Mr Ismay's injuries were not as serious as first reports had indicated and was thankful to God when he was discharged from hospital.
As Northern Ireland moves into election mode I would ask that we might have dialogue rather rhetoric from those offering for election.