Rev John Alderdice

The Rev John Alderdice, Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, was one of three canons to be installed by Dean Hull at a service of thanksgiving on Thursday 23 April in Down Cathedral. The service marked the reordering and redecoration of the Cathedral, and Mr Alderdice and Brother Eric Loisel from Holy Cross Monastery (Order of St Benedict) were the Cathedral’s first ever ecumenical canons. The third canon to be installed was the Rev Mark Harvey, rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen, as Prebendary of Dunsford.

The Hub Ugandan Team

In June this year 17 students from The Hub, home to the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincies at Queen’s University, will be heading to Uganda for 2 weeks to support local charities.

The team will be partnering with two local charities – Abaana and Waakisa Ministries.  They will be supoorting both projects through a variety of practical and manual tasks such as running children’s clubs, assisting in education work and providing relief work with street children.

Actor Mark Topping

Celebrated English Actor Mark Topping will present “An Evening with John Wesley” at Athlone Methodist Church on Saturday 2May as part of the Church’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

The church was built in 1865 and an  exciting programme of events will be staged over the May Holiday Weekend to celebrate its 150th Anniversary.

The first event will be “An Evening with John Wesley” which  will be held at Athlone Methodist on the evening of 2 May at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday 14th April, East Belfast Mission’s (EBM) social enterprise project The Hub held an Open Day where local people interested in and  involved in social enterprises came together to network.


LtoR Back:   Rev Peter Murray (Methodist Church), Bishop Donal McKeown (Roman Catholic Church), Rev Dr Michael Barry (Moderator Presbyterian Church), Rev Dr Donald Watts (President Irish Council of Churches). LtoR Front: Archbishop Richard Clarke (Church of Ireland), Mr Terry Waite, Rev Emmanuel Murangira (Tear Fund Rwanda)

Church leaders’ statement at Irish Churches' Peace Project  ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ Conference

Memory Lane Official Opening

Staff at Kirk House Residential Home, a project of the Belfast Central Mission, were delighted to welcome Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast to officially open Memory Lane today. Ms Mallon said that Memory Lane provided, "Love, care & support for people living with dementia".

Memory Lane is an area of Kirk House which was recently  adapted to provide specialist care for people living with dementia.  All the staff at Memory Lane have completed the innovative Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) ‘Best Practice in Dementia Care’ development programme.

All The World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches

Today saw another step taken towards unity between Methodism and the Anglican Communion at an event held in Downpatrick – the burial place of St Patrick.

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and the World Methodist Vice President, Ms Gillian Kingston from Roscrea, jointly launched a publication that aims to overcome centuries of separate ministries by the two Christian traditions.

Methodist Modern Art Collection

The Methodist Modern Art Collection travels to Northern Ireland for the first time in its 55 year history.

The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim will exhibit The Methodist Art Collection from 11th May – 18th June, 2015 (9am - 9pm daily. Admission Free.  All ages).

This unique collection of Christian art includes more than 40 works by Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink and many other renowned artists.

It has been seen and appreciated by thousands of people, and now people in Northern Ireland  can also experience it in Ballymena.

Belfast Central Mission’s (BCM) Supporting Housing Team cycled their way to raising over £500 at Tesco Knocknagoney.

The cycling fundraising event  was held at Tesco on Saturday 14 March to raise money for BCM’s supported housing projects in Northern Ireland.

Gwen Caldwell, Project Manager for Supported Housing said, “Well done to all the staff that took part.  We’d like to thank the generous members of the public who donated and to Tesco for allowing us to hold the event in their store.


The Belfast Synod of the Methodist Church in Ireland, meeting for their Spring Meeting have issued the following Statement: