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Methodist City Mission Londonderry Hostel

This year the Methodist City Mission (MCM) in Derry/Londonderry  celebrates 75 years of providing help and accommodation to homeless men in the City.

East Belfast Social Enterprise Project

On 31 July the East Belfast Social Enterprise Hub (EBSEH) opened its doors to local social enterprise entrepreneurs.

The EBSEH is one of the projects initiatiated by the East Belfast Mission and is funded under the Northern Ireland Executive’s Delivering Social Change framework.

Jim Irwin, Damask Advice Services Team Leader, Sue Stevenson, Advice Consultant, Advice NI and Harold Baird, Damask Chairman

Damask Community Outreach which operates from Seymour Street Methodist Church has extended its opening hours due to increasing demand.

The Advice Service will now be available on Tuesday of each week from 10.00am - 4.30pm as well as on Wednesday from 10.00am - 12.00 noon.

4caring dementia partnership project

Belfast Central Mission (BCM) has partnered with the Alzheimer's Society, Extra Care and the Northern Ireland Hospice to improve the quality of, and access to, care and support for older people with dementia and their families in Northern Ireland.  This collaborative project is called 4caring and has grown from a shared recognition among the partners of both the need to improve the continuity of support for families living with dementia in the community, and an opportunity to work together to make the best use of increasingly constrained resources.

Rev Patrick Ernest Donovan

The latest Methodist Historical Society of Ireland Bulletin (2014, Vol 19) has recently been published.

Contents include:

The Nixon Memorial Hospital in Segbwema, Sierra Leone

The Nixon Memorial Hospital in Segbwema, Sierra Leone is struggling to cope with the Ebola outbreak in the country. Local people are afraid to go to the hospital in case they catch Ebola. There have been several deaths in the hospital, including three members of staff. Local people feel under siege by an enemy that no one understands.

Ida Walker preparing the window boxes

This year the residents at Kirk House Care Home worked together to create all of the Home's window box floral displays. Over the month of June Maria, the Housekeeper  at Kirk House, helped the residents carry out the many tasks by placing the pots and bedding plants on tables and low level shelves so that they could reach them.  The residents designed the displays, planted the bedding and watered and fed them throughout the summer months.

Bishop Donal McKeown (Bishop of Derry), Rev Peter Murray (President of the Methodist Church), Liam Milligan (NW Methodist Mission), Phelim McBrearty (Volunteer), Bishop Ken Good (Bishop of Derry & Raphoe), Rev Lindsay Blair (Faughanvale Presbyterian Church)  & Fr Michael Canny (Chair of Churches Trust)

Bishop Donal McKeown (Bishop of Derry), Rev Peter Murray (President of the Methodist Church), Liam Milligan (NW Methodist Mission), Phelim McBrearty (Volunteer), Bishop Ken Good (Bishop of Derry & Raphoe), Rev Lindsay Blair (Faughanvale Presbyterian Church) & Fr Michael Canny (Chair of Churches Trust)

The leaders of the Churches in Derry, Londonderry invite people to ‘get on their bikes’ and come together to participate in the ‘Tour de Foyle’ Charity Cycle Event on Saturday 23rd August, setting off from St Columb’s Park from 7.30am.

North Belfast Synagogue
The recent attacks on the Jewish Synagogue and the Star of the Sea, Roman Catholic Church has been condemned by the Methodist Church in Ireland. Speaking on behalf of the Church and the President, the church's General Secretary, the Rev Donald Ker has said:
 
With others, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Peter Murray was thankful that the annual 12th of July Orange Demonstration passed off peacefully.  He said -
 

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