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The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev  Brian Anderson has issued the following Statement in the light of the upcoming General Election in the Irish Republic:
 
Citizens in a democracy,  get the opportunity to comment on the work of their Government or on the record of that Government while in Office.
 
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

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.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Brian Anderson
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Brian Anderson has issued the following:
 
This year we will celebrate the centenary of two iconic and historical events which shaped the two parts of this island - the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme.
 
The Rt Rev Dickson Chilongani, the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Tanzania, is pictured after the morning service in Finaghy Methodist church, Belfast, with the Rev Colin Gracie (minister), Edith Shaw (church treasurer) and National Director of The Leprosy Mission (TLM) NI, Joanne Briggs (extreme left).

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.

4Corners Festival Launched - Bringing Belfast Together

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.

Lent Relentless Prayer for Lisburn Churches

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.

Belfast  Central Mission

A whopping  £8,718.01 was donated by the generous citizens of Belfast to the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) to their annual Christmas Eve Street Collection.

BCM would like to give a big thank you  all those who donated money  and to the sturdy volunteer collectors  who stood in the freezing cold on a frosty Christmas Eve.

BCM would also like to thank  Tescos on the Lisburn Road and  Ballyhackamore Marks & Spencers for allowing them  the two  bag-packs on Christmas Eve which raised an additional £866.24.

The Methodist Church in Ireland’s (MCI) World Development & Relief (WDR) department has created a new web site at http://methodistworlddevelopment.org/

The new site contains information on WDR's partners through the use of text, pictures and videos.

WDR is an expression of the Christian values of the Methodist Church in Ireland - faith, justice, compassion, equality and solidarity.

Throught the weekend of 22-25 January Carrickfergus Methodist Church outreach Leave the Lights On Weekend.

Throughout the weekend of 22-25 January Carrickfergus Methodist Church will be reaching out to  its local community via its annual Leave the Lights On Weekend.

During the weekend the church will be open continually so people can call in, either for peace and quiet, a talk with a trained counsellor or to  find out information about mental health issues.

There will be talks by Aware Defeat Depression and a rich programme of events including one-to-one art therapy and cognitive behavioural thereapy (CBT) sessions. .

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