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.
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, the newly installed Methodist President, addressing the Methodist Conference at his Installation Service in St.Patrick's Church of Ireland parish church, on Newtownards Road spoke of the need to engage with those who differ from us in matters of human sexuality.
This week is National Volunteer Week and the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) would like to say a massive thank you to all their volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Volunteers have always played a vital role in the life of BCM: from befriending older people in their own homes or supporting children with autism, to helping with fundraising or organising weekly lunch club for older people. Many of BCM’s services could not take place without crucial input from volunteers.