East Belfast City Mission

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 Kopila Nepal Project

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.

Ethel McClelland and Evelyn Kenwell keep the food dished out as the line keeps growing!

The congregation of Togherdoo Methodist Church in Dromore raised £1600 for The Leprosy Hospital in Nepal at their Treasure Hunt and BBQ held at the church on 19 July.

A young service user being interviewed by Felicity Finch (Ruth Archer in the Archers)

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, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following in response  to the wanton destruction of Ballytyrone Orange Hall near Loughgall:
Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Celebrations are taking place in Belfast Central Mission's (BCM) Kirk House Residential Home in east Belfast after they won the Gold Award in Dementia Design for their newly adapted Memory Lane wing.

Providing high quality dementia care, Memory Lane provides accommodation where residents with dementia can live safely and with dignity.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson is like so many others shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life of Irish students in Berkley USA.
Rev Brian Anderson, Irish Methodist President
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.
Street Soccar NI

The East Belfast Methodist Mission’s  Hosford House's annual table quiz fundraiser held on Wednesday 3 June  made over £1200 for Street Soccer NI.

The funds will support this years Team NI who will compete in the homeless World Cup in Amsterdam this September.

Staff at Hosfords would like to thank all who supported the fund raising event.

Liam Milligan, Mission Director and Mrs May Lappin at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Clooney Hall Volunteer Group at the  North West Methodist Mission (NWMM) in Londonderry has been awarded  with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Mission has received the Queen’s Award 2015 for a weekly luncheon club for the elderly and for a parent and toddler group – both of which have been going for over 30 years. 

This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.