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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”