This year Belfast Central Mission (BCM) celebrates its 125th Anniversary. Wesley Weir, BCM's archivist has written "Through Changing Scenes", the story of the first 125 years of BCM from 1889-2014.
The book charts the vast and varied history of Belfast Central Mission from its beginnings in 1889, through both World Wars, socialism, the Troubles and right up to the present day with the developments being actioned by BCM at this very moment such as Copelands Dementia & Nursing Care.
On Saturday 10 May an historic Bill to provide for interchangeability of ministry between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland was passed by The General Synod of the Church of Ireland.
Following the vote, both the Archbishop of Armagh and the Methodist President spoke of the historic nature of the moment and the Synod gave a standing ovation.
The Church of Ireland and the Irish Methodist Church have set up a new web site called The Covenant Council at http://www.covenantcouncil.com/ to provide information about work towards greater unity between the two churches.
The amount of money raised by Belfast Central Mission (BCM) for their Copelands dementia project in Millisle is now at £365,665.02 . This bringthe Mission another step closer to making Copelands a reality.
Christ is Risen! There is no context, no experience which life can bring in which that truth does not hold. Christ is Risen; that truth holds, in the hospital ward when we have just been told the news we dreaded; that truth holds, across this island even where there is tension, protest, and “recreational rioting”; Christ is Risen; that truth holds, even when we face challenges within the Church.
Church leaders today met with the Secretary of State who outlined her priorities for political progress in Northern Ireland. This engagement builds on a long history of dialogue between Churches and political leaders.
Recently, EYRIE Youth Club, a club for children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)and their brothers and sisters provided by the Belfast Central Mission's EAGLE (Embracing Autism through Guidance Love and Education) Project, welcomed Birds of Prey and The Pet Farm to one of their club nights for the children to enjoy.
In 2013, Belfast Central Mission (BCM) Housing Support for Young People made a successful bid for funding to ElectricAid Ireland for the development of their home improvement and life skills programme. They named the programme HOME. The programme aimed to increase young people’s skills and improve their living conditions by providing a home makeover where they could work in teams.