The first woman to lead one of the four major churches in Ireland is due to take up her post on Wednesday 12 June 2013.
The Reverend Heather Morris will be officially installed as president of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. She was elected to the post last summer and will serve the usual one-year term.
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev.Kenneth Lindsay has issued the following in the light of yesterday's gun attack on PSNI Officers:
"In a week when there was good news on the jobs front for Northern Ireland and within weeks of the G8 leaders meeting in Co. Fermanagh, today's attempt on the lives of PSNI Officers in West Belfast is a retrograde step. This attack was not only a callous attempt to undermine the police service, it showed a total disregard for those people living in the area."
150 older people across Belfast are set to benefit from the roll out of the expanded Housing Support for Older People (HSOP) project across the city.
The project launched on 10 May 2013 by Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson, provided by Belfast Central Mission (BCM) and funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, helps older people live independently in their own homes by offering services such as maintenance, safety and security, as well as other practical and emotional support.
Every year the Methodist Newsletter and The World Development & Relief Committee (WDRC) of the Methodist Church in Ireland organise The Big Picture Photgraphic Competition. This year (2013) many fantastic pictures were entered from Methodists in Northern Ireland and throughout the world.
The churches have a central role to play in helping us move towards a low-carbon society. That was the view of the keynote speakers Gavin Harte and Fr Seán McDonagh SSC at Eco-Congregation Ireland’s recent 'Live Simply, Live Well' roadshow in Kilkenny.
The Fund Raising Committee at Bray Methodist Church has compiled a book of Uplifting Stories, Talks, Poem, Songs and Quotations which have inspired and encouraged people over the years. Contributions include happiness, bravery, loneliness, inspiration, bereavement, unemployment, sadness, family, love or a simple observation. A wide variety of people have kindly supported the book: young and old, famous and infamous.
Offers confidential one-to-one advice and support on a broad range of issues and trained volunteers are available who can give advice on issues such as simple budgeting, benefits advice and back to work support.
The Advice Team can also refer enquirers to partner organisations including Debt Action NI, Storehouse, Cruse, Safe & Well Befriending and Horizons
“A people invited to follow...” is the theme of Conference this year (June 12 - 16). The Conference Planning Group appointed by the General Committee has prepared the the attached Bible Notes as one resource that might be used for extended devotions at Church Council meetings; as a series of Bible Studies or for Sunday sermons. A limited number are printed but you are free to download and copy for wider distribution.