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.
This morning the Rt Rev Dickson Chilongani, the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Tanzania attended the World Leprosy Day Service at Finaghy Methodist Church in Belfast.
Bishop Dickson preached on Christ’s healing of the man with leprosy (Mark 1: 40-45). Mrs Briggs, National Director of The Leprosy Mission (TLM) NI and Bishop Chilongani’s diocesan business advisor, Brian Atkins, spoke about the difference that the work of TLM is making to the lives of those who still suffer the terrible effects of what is now a curable disease.
This year's cross-community 4Corners Festival was launched on 22 January at the newly-opened Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast. The Festival will run from the 28 January to 7 February. The theme of this years festival is ‘The Art of Listening’.
The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across the City to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all. It consists of innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, and new friends.
Relentless Prayer will be officially launched at Trinity Methodist Church on Tuesday February 9 at 8pm and Trinity Methodist will be the first church to begin the forty days and nights of prayer on Ash Wednesday at 12noon.