The recent attacks on the Jewish Synagogue and the Star of the Sea, Roman Catholic Church has been condemned by the Methodist Church in Ireland. Speaking on behalf of the Church and the President, the church's General Secretary, the Rev Donald Ker has said:
At the recent Methodist Church in Ireland 2014 Conference in Dublin the Church’s World Development and Relief Committee (WDRC) provided a report on the global projects they had supported throughout the previous year.
Rev Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times
Last night Rev Peter Murray was installed as the President of the Methodist Church at a ceremony at Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin.
Puddleducks the day nursery set up by the Belfast Central Misssion has received another vote of approval. Puddleducks has been voted into the "Top 10 Recommended Nursery Award" in Northern Ireland by daynurseries.co.uk
Over the weekend (6-8 June) Newcastle churches organised a very successful cross-community event. The churches set up an Interchurch Flower Festival which was held in the Church of the Assumption from Friday 6 June to Sunday 9 June to mark Pentecost Sunday.
Participating churches were Newcastle Presbyterian Church, St John's Parish Church, the Methodist Church and Our Lady of the Assumption.
Because of the increasing support within the community for the Newtownabbey Methodist Mission’s pre-school children’s service it has had to extend its provision from a morning only service to a morning and afternoon service. The afternoon service is now provided 3 afternoons per week.
Parents have been very enthusiastic and a course on respecting differences was well attended. The parents were glad of the opportunity to discuss issues and to make new friends.
Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland, visited Kirk House Residential Home in East Belfast last week to hear how the home is offering a different type of accommodation to other similar facilities.
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Heather Morris, and members of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility have met all five main political parties recently. From those meetings the Council on Social Responsibility strongly believes that all parties:
are genuine in their determination to achieve agreement on the three contentious issues
are of the opinion that there is a small window of opportunity between now and the start of the marching season in July for further discussions
At the quarterly meeting of the Irish Inter–Church Committee on 29th May 2014, the following statement was agreed:
“We regret that many people in Northern Ireland have been deeply hurt by the content and tone of Pastor McConnell’s comments in his recent sermon and we welcome the First Minister’s clarification of his own position.
We reaffirm our commitment to embracing diversity, promoting religious freedom and building inclusive communities. We also express our solidarity with all those throughout the world who are persecuted for their beliefs.