Visitors travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and across the Irish Sea to attend the Service of Installation of the new All-Ireland President of Methodist Women in Ireland (MWI), Linda McGuffin. Over the years, as a minister’s wife, Linda has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland herself, serving churches in Portlaoise, West Cork, Belfast and Londonderry, before coming to Darling Street Methodist church, Enniskillen, where today’s installation took place.
A group of young men, who have experienced homelessness, are set to represent Northern Ireland at the 2015 Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam.
Friends and supporters were joined at East Belfast Mission's Skainos Centre by Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson to wish the squad and their dedicated support team well in their bid for World Cup glory.
In August this year, Irish Methodist President, Rev Brian Anderson and Secretary of Conference, Rev Dr John Stephens were invited to view the transformed interior of Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church in North Belfast.
The Methodist Church in Ireland’s Faith and Order Committee has assembled a working party to reflect on issues relating to human sexuality.
The working party includes two representatives from the Irish Methodist Youth and Children’s Department (IMYCD), and Dean John Mann, Chair of the Select Committee on Human Sexuality of the Church of Ireland.
The Working Party has received comprehensive terms of reference. These include:
Famous actors including Sienna Miller was spotted at Methodist College, Belfast last week while filming for Lost City of Z.
The Lost City Of Z follows Percy Fawcett, who developed an obsession for the Amazon jungle. Convinced that he had discovered a lost civilisation in the jungles of Brazil, Fawcett disappeared in the 1920s while searching for the mythical city deep within the uncharted interior. Fawcett is played by Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam.
The Irish Methodist Church's Council on Social Responsibility have in the light of the current refugee situation have issued the following Statement.:
"For most of us in Ireland images of refugees moving in large numbers to seek a place of safety has been something that happened in other parts of the world. This summer it has been happening in Europe.
Today the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson along with Bishop Patricia Storey, Church of Ireland, set off on a Peace Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine.
Rev Anderson said he was excited about the trip but anxious about leaving the coutry at this time: “It is really a trip to understand how some groups are trying to bring reconciliation to two ideologies, as they clash, with at times deadly results.
In previous years the Methodist Newsletter has run a photographic competition. This time, they are inviting amateur artists to enter their painting competition! The competition will be judged by Carole Kane, an artist with wide experience of community arts whose work is seen and recognised at both local and international levels.
The Rev, Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland is currently on a Pastoral Visit to Africa. He is visiting Rwanda where the Leoni Family are serving with the Methodist Missionary Society. Ella Leoni is working in the local hospital and clinics as a physiotherapist, especially with children who have a disability, while her husband is working with homeless children.