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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 -
 
WDRC's Future Focus

At the recent Methodist Church in Ireland 2014 Conference in Dublin the Church’s World Development and Relief Committee (WDRC) provided a report on the global projects they had supported throughout the previous year.

Rev Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Rev Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Last night Rev Peter Murray was installed as the President of the Methodist Church at a ceremony at Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin.

Puddleducks Nursery and Day Care

Puddleducks the day nursery set up by the Belfast Central Misssion has received another vote of approval. Puddleducks has been voted into the  "Top 10 Recommended Nursery Award" in Northern Ireland by daynurseries.co.uk

Newcastle Interchurch Flower Festival
Over the weekend (6-8 June) Newcastle churches organised a very successful cross-community event. The churches set up an Interchurch Flower Festival which was held in the Church of the Assumption from Friday 6 June  to Sunday 9 June to mark Pentecost Sunday.
 
Participating churches were Newcastle Presbyterian Church, St John's Parish Church, the Methodist Church and Our Lady of the Assumption.
 
Newtownabbey young people at work

Because of the increasing support within the community for the Newtownabbey Methodist Mission’s pre-school children’s service it has had to  extend its provision from a morning only service to a morning and afternoon service.  The afternoon service is now provided 3 afternoons per week.

Parents have been very enthusiastic and a course on respecting differences was well attended.   The parents were glad of the opportunity  to discuss  issues and to make new friends.

Commissioner 2: Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland chats to Kirk House resident Maureen McKeown on her recent visit to Kirk House

Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland, visited Kirk House Residential Home in East Belfast last week to hear how the home is offering a different type of accommodation to other similar facilities.

Claire Keatinge said,

President of the Methodist Church in Ireland Dr Rev Heather Morris
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Heather Morris, and members of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility have met all five main political parties recently.  From those meetings the Council on Social Responsibility strongly believes that all parties:
 
  1. are genuine in their determination to achieve agreement on the three contentious issues
  2. are of the opinion that there is a small window of opportunity between now and the start of the marching season in July for further discussions

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