On Sunday March 13 a farewell service was held at Newtownabbey Methodist Mission for Pat Jamison before she leaves Newtownabbey to travel to Ghana where she will work as a nurse for the next three years.
Pat is from Rathcoole and has been a member of the Newtownabbey Methodist Mission for over 20 years. She has previously spent time working in a number of countries including Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sierra Leone.
The Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland is like many others concerned by the news of the closure of FASA and has issued the following Statement:
"I am deeply concerned and saddened to hear that FASA has had to suspend its services to the community in helping with substance abuse, mental health and suicide prevention. They provide excellent services.
This year Methodist Residential Home, Eastwell celebrates 250 years of providing an invaluable caring service for women of all denominations in Dublin.
Eastwell aims to provide a safe, secure environment where residents are encouraged to maintain and develp their independence. The residents live their lives as fully as possible through coordination of care services, emotional support and social activities. The Eastwell Staff listen to each resident and welcome their families’ inputs.
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Brian Anderson who grew up in the area where this murderous attack too place has said
"Once again, this action is a reminder that the men of violence are still active in our Society. Knowing that in reality such people do not give any heed to the condemnation of their actions, I would nevertheless utterly condemn this savage action and offer my sympathy to the Prison Officer, his family and all his colleagues."
On 2 & 3 March Belfast Central Mission (BCM) welcomed chef Peter Morgan-Jones who has cooked for the British Royal Family, catered for Wimbledon and worked in leading restaurants around the globe and is now using his skills to ‘re-design’ food for people living with dementia.
Aged care food ambassador, Peter Morgan-Jones, shared his insights and experience through a hands-on Dining by Design school held at BCM's Grosvenor House.
BCM offers services for older people across a continuum of care and is exploring ways to improve care for those living with dementia.
Methodist President Designate the Rev Bill Mullally (left) is pictured with Deborah Doherty, Head of Church and Community at Christian Aid Ireland, and Andrew Coleman, Cork representative for Christian Aid, before a special service to celebrate Christian Aid’s 70th birthday, in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
The preacher at the service on Sunday 28th February was former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is the current Chair of the Board of Christian Aid.
The Rev Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland was born, raised and educated in East Belfast. He always remains
interested in the area. Having heard of the forthcoming proposed redundancies announced by Bombardier, he said the following:
"With others I have been alarmed and saddened at this news from Bombardier not only about the redundancies but also the Company's decision to cease their apprenticeship scheme. Many of my school friends became apprentices in Shorts as it was then."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, is pictured with Irish Methodist President, the Rev Brian Anderson, at a reception in ‘the Hub’ on Monday 8 February prior to this year’s Church of Ireland Theological Lecture at Queen’s, where the Archbishop spoke on the subject of reconciliation.