Haiti Visit

In  early  2015 a team of  thirteen people from across Ireland travelled to Haiti for 3 weeks to help local Methodists set up and maintain education and health organisations. The trip was organised by Irish Methodist Minister Rev Laurence Graham.

The team was based in Freres which is just outside Port-au-Prince and where the  Methodist  church in Haiti has its HQ, schools and health clinics.

Pictured: Anne Sweeney (Assistant Director Supporting People), Steven Weldon (coach Street Soccer NI), Mags Lightbody (CEO NIHE), Justin McMinn (Founder Street Soccer NI, Support Worker Hosford (EBM)), Victoria McMinn.

Last night staff at Hosford House, a project of the East Belfast Methodist Mission (EBM), won the Best Housing Story 2014 Award at a Chartered Institue of Housing ceremony held in Belfast City Hall.

NI Ireland Street League has been relaunched as Street Soccer NI.  The relaunch event took place at Skainos on the Newtownards Road and was attended by the  Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon who took time out to chat to the players about the project and their experiences. Nichola has been a consistent supporter of the project and it meant a lot to the team that she attended and spoke so passionately about homelessness.

Larne Churches Together Provide Civic Lead

Churches in Larne have come together to provide  a civic lead in promoting local services and encouraging local commerce.

Members of the congregations of local Churches in Larne have united to support the development of a new initiative based in the Larne Market Auction House during Wednesday mornings. The initiative being piloted from January to Easter seeks to;

· Provide a point for local information.

· Provide help and advice.   

· Promote local events and activities.

Balmoral First for Lisburn and Dromore Circuit

The Lisburn and Dromore Circuit Executive has been successful in securing a Stand at the forthcoming Balmoral Show which will take place again this year at Balmoral Park on the Maze site from 13 - 15 May.

The team at Puddleducks are still coming down to earth after winning ‘Best Nursery in inner Belfast’ at the Families First Awards last week!  Puddleducks Manager Sharon Bushe said, “I am absolutely delighted that Puddleducks has been recognised as the Best Nursery!  The team are super proud of everything that Puddleducks offers all our little ducklings day in, day out and it is brilliant that Families First have seen this too!  Wow we are on cloud nine!  A massive thank you to everyone who voted … Puddleducks rocks!!!

Kirk House Staff win Dementia Services Award

Staff at Kirk House Residential Home in east Belfast have won a prestigious award which recognises their expertise in dementia care.  Kirk House won the 'Staff Team of the Year' Award on 4th February at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) NI Dementia Achievement Awards at the Europa Hotel which recognise organisations and individuals who have worked to improve the quality of life for people with living dementia.

The team at Kirk House had been nominated by Shelagh McCaughan the daughter of one of the residents, who praised the care her mother receives,

BCM Partners ElectricGlowRun

This year the Belfast Central Mission is  one of the charitiy partners for ElectricGlowRun.

On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, the Rev. Peter Murray, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following statement:

Lugh Derg

Rev. Dr. Heather Morris, former president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, will give the key note address in a special day of Christian unity on Lough Derg this Ash Wednesday, 18th February 2015.

To mark this special week of ‘Prayer for Christian Unity’, 18th – 25th January 2015, Lough Derg is pleased to announce the forthcoming eleventh ecumenical ‘Day of Friendship and Prayer’ on Ash Wednesday, 18th February 2015.