Christ is Risen! There is no context, no experience which life can bring in which that truth does not hold. Christ is Risen; that truth holds, in the hospital ward when we have just been told the news we dreaded; that truth holds, across this island even where there is tension, protest, and “recreational rioting”; Christ is Risen; that truth holds, even when we face challenges within the Church.
Church leaders today met with the Secretary of State who outlined her priorities for political progress in Northern Ireland. This engagement builds on a long history of dialogue between Churches and political leaders.
Recently, EYRIE Youth Club, a club for children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)and their brothers and sisters provided by the Belfast Central Mission's EAGLE (Embracing Autism through Guidance Love and Education) Project, welcomed Birds of Prey and The Pet Farm to one of their club nights for the children to enjoy.
In 2013, Belfast Central Mission (BCM) Housing Support for Young People made a successful bid for funding to ElectricAid Ireland for the development of their home improvement and life skills programme. They named the programme HOME. The programme aimed to increase young people’s skills and improve their living conditions by providing a home makeover where they could work in teams.
The Rev. Dr. Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland welcomes the historic visit to Britain by HE Michael D.Higgins, President of the Irish Republic at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"As a church who has always sought to foster peace and reconciliation we pay tribute to Her Majesty for this follow up to her historic visit to the Irish Republic and welcome the fact that she has also invited many from both North and South including the Deputy First Minister of the Stormont Assembly who has accepted the invitation."
Photograph:Gillian Kingston (centre) with (L-R) Kirby Hickey (USA) Treasurer WMC, Bishop Ivan Abrahams (South Africa) General Secretary WMC, Rev Dr Heather Morris President MCI, Bishop Paulo Lockman (Brazil) President WMC, Rev Donald Ker Secretary of Conference MCI and Ken Twyble Lay Leader MCI.
The Belfast Central Mission (BCM) would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Buy a Brick Campaign to raise money for the the new Copelands centre in Millisle.
So far, the Buy a Brick Campaign has generated £351,570.02. Everyone at BCM is delighted with this generous response. If you want to make a contribution to the Copeland centre then visit www.belfastcentralmission.org/buyabrick
This year brings in Belfast Central Mission's (BCM) 125th Anniversary. To mark this accomplishment, BCM archivist Wesley Weir, has written "Through Changing Scenes" which tells the story of the first 125 years of BCM from 1889-2014.
The book charts the vast and varied history of BCM from its conception in 1889, through conversion, both World Wars, socialism, the Troubles and right up to the development of Copelands, Dementia & Nursing Care project in Millisle, which is one of BCM's latest projects.