With thanks to the Methodist Newsletter for report below.

Expelled from school, mistaken for Archbishop Justin Welby’s bodyguard, a friend to ladies of the night in Ibiza, Brian Heasley, keynote speaker at Saturday’s Global Vision event in Craigavon, was not your typical preacher.

First Steps Cafe Jennymount Methodist Church North Belfast

This year Jennymount Methodist Church celebrates 30 years of growth for its First Steps Drop-In Centre.

Today, the First Steps Drop-in Centre  on the York Road in North Belfast is a hub of  activity. It started out as a small venture in 1984 when a group of people from Jennymount Methodist Church began a Christian outreach aimed at some of the more disaffected young people in the community. As the group met and talked to the young people it became apparent that there was a need for them to have a place where they could meet in warmth and safety.

Abbey Street Methodist Mission, Dublin

For over 120  years Abbey Street Methodist Church in Dublin has thrown open its door to the diverse communities and groups  in the city. Today it attracts approximately 2,500 people through its doors every week.

During the week, many self-help groups  and various classes take place on the premises. Some of the self-help groups that use the premises are:

Hosford, East Belfast Mission

The East Belfast Mission are delighted to announce that their project Hosford, which aims to assist the homeless, has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Housing annual Housing Awards. The category they are competing in is ‘more than bricks and mortar’. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at City Hall on 28th February 2014.  

Four Corners Festival Agape Centre 27 January 2014

Below is a report of the Four Corners Festival event "Is Christ Divided" which took place at the Agape Centre, Lisburn Road on 27 January.  The report is taken from the Methodist Newsletter March 2014 Issue.

Dwelling Places School in Uganda

Members of Magherafelt Methodist Church collected over £2300 at a local coffee morning  to help the Dwelling Places charity outside Kampala in Uganda. The coffee morning was organised by  church member Joanne McConnell.

Damask Community Outreach tea dance

In 2014 Damask Community Outreach in Lisburn plans to continue its community outreach and partnership building work. Damask  is a faith-based organisation working in partnership with Seymour Street Methodist Church, with the local community and with a range of voluntary and statutory organisations.

Since it was set up  in 2011 Damask Community Outreach has gone from strength to strength and has established the following community-centred projects:

Help to find work and learn new sills at Stepping Stones in East Belfast

Stepping Stones is an employability project run by the East Belfast Mission.  It offers courses and help to find work.


Stepping Stones has ICT, Maths, English and Counselling Skills courses for people unemployed and over 16 years old. 

All courses are held in a relaxed environment. Download a leaflet.

There's also help and support to find employment.

Church leaders are encouraging politicians to sustain the momentum and energy generated by the Haass talks.
In a joint statement from the leaders of the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches together with the Irish Council of Churches they applaud the ‘strenuous and sincere efforts put in by all involved in seeking to find solutions to some of the most contentious issues we face’.