(l-r) Rev. Dr. Donald Ker, General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Mr. Fra McCann MLA, Mr. Micky Brady MLA, Mr. Alex Maskey MLA, Chair of the Social Development Committee, Most Rev. Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, Mr. Mervyn McCullagh, Executive Officer, Irish Council of Churches, Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Canon Shane Forster, Church of

Following a request for meetings over the impact of on-going cuts in the welfare system on the most vulnerable, Church leaders today met with the Chair of the Social Development Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA, and other representatives of Sinn Féin. This follows their meeting on 20th October with Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA (DUP).

Build a Bike Course participants

Congratulations to the first group of girls from East Belfast who completed a 6 week Build a Bike course at Recycle, one of the East Belfast Mission's Social Enterprise projects.

The girls are pictured with Michael Lowry, the Recycle  Workshop's co-ordinator.

Rev Peter Murray President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Following representation by the Church leaders on behalf of those who face a negative impact by the proposed welfare reforms, the leaders were pleased that the Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA invited them to meet him to discuss the topic.  This meeting took place today at Stormont.

Food Parcels: Food parcels ready for distribution in the hungry 30's

Celebrations are taking place at Belfast Central Mission (BCM) to mark the 125th anniversary of the charity which was founded in 1889. As part of those celebrations the Linen Hall Library, Belfast will be hosting an exhibition of BCM’s archive photographs, documents and artefacts at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast from 22 October to 29 November.  The exhibition is called 'Changing Scenes'.

PSNI and church leaders

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has joined with the leaders of the churches in asking everyone to take care on our roads.

Belfast Central Mission 125th Anniversary Conference

Belfast Central Mission (BCM) staff, volunteers and congregation were joined yesterday at their Annual Conference by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon, who helped them celebrate their  125th Anniversary.  BCM was founded in 1889 as a Christian response to social problems in inner-city Belfast and is now known for supporting those in need throughout Northern Ireland by providing a wide range of social care services including residential care, housing support and community based help and advice.

Belfast Central Mission 125 Years Celebration

This year the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) celebrates its 125th Anniversary. 

One of the events organised by BCM to celebrate this momentous year was a special 125th Anniversary Tea Dance for older people. Last week the Grosvenor Hall was filled with over 100 people joining in the old time dances and enjoying each others' company.

Everest Basecamp Methodist Church in Ireland

All twenty of the plucky Irish Methodists who left Northern Ireland on 16th of September to trek to Everest Base Camp have made it.  They reached the Base Camp on the 26 September very tired, but very excited and joyful.

Methodist Church in Ireland Everest Base Camp Team

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

The team set off from Northern Ireland on 16 September and arrived in Kathmandu on 18 where they received an inspiring and moving talk from Bina Silwal, Director of Kopila Nepal which is an NGO working for the rights of marginalised women and children.  Part of the money raised by the team will go to support Kopila.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Peter Murray has issued the following Statement: