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.
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.
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.
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 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.