President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson

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:

Her Majesty the Queen
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.
The Text of the letter is as follows:
Your Majesty 
The Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
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.
Glór na nGael Prizegiving East Belfast Mission

Turas, the East Belfast Mission's Irish Language Project, was awarded a bronze medal at Glór na nGael Prizegiving ceremony on Saturday 9 April.

The Prizegiving Ceremony was held at Dunboyne Castle in Co Meath. More than €120,000 was presented in prizes to community groups and educational establishments across Ireland and Europe.

The Turas project at East Belfast Mission was awarded €1,000 and a bronze medal for their promotion of the Irish language and in particular the Fáinne.

Book Now for Everest Treks 2016

In 2014 an  interpid team of 20 Irish Methodists hiked their way to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for the Methodist Church in Ireland’s (MCI) mission projects at home and abroad.

Due to the enormous success or the 2014 trek two stunning fundraising treks are planed for this year.

Funds raised will be used for  the Surf Project and Kopila Nepal.

There are only a few places left for this year’s treks so you will need to apply soon.

The two treks are

Pope Francis Addresses Methodist Guests Rome

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.

Irish Churches’ Affirmations on Migration, Diversity and Interculturalism

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) was held in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on Thursday 7th April 2016.

The following resolution was  adopted by all present.

Irish Churches’ Affirmations on Migration, Diversity and Interculturalism

We affirm our commitment as Christian Churches:

Carole Kane Judge of Art Competition

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:

Easter Message from MCI President
The Rev Brian Anderson President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued his Easter Message:
One of the great joys of Easter is its message of Hope. This is something which Christians around the world instinctively understand.
They know that they are called to live their lives in such a way as to offer a glimpse of this Hope to those around them.
As Christian live in the light of the Resurrection they are challenged to contribute to communities based on respect,dignity,
equality, justice and peace.
MCI President Offers Prayers for Adrian Ismay's Family

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.