Team Methodist leave for Haiti

Yesterday 13 intrepid  Irish Methodist set off for Haiti to help local Methodists set up and maintain education and health organisations. Plans for the trip were  made with the President of L’Eglise Methodiste D’Haiti, Rev Gesner Paul in early 2014. The team will return on 14 January.

The team comes  from all over Ireland and will be involved in 5 main areas of work:

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Peter Murray has issued the following Statement:
Puddleducks Nursery Belfast

Ouddleducks new baby roomBelfast Central Mission's Puddleducks Nursery has some exciting news. Next year they will be opening a brand new baby room.

The demand for places at Puddleducks in the 0-2 year age group has been huge and Puddleducks is excited to be  able to offer more children an opportunity to benefit from the high quality care they offer.

The East Belfast Mission (EBM) would like to thank all those who donated to this year's Neighbours in Need project. 

Belfast Central Mission Toy and Food appeal 2014

The Belfast Central Mission would like to thank all the organisations that contributed to and helped organise this year's Food and Toy Appeal.  There was a fantastic response from staff from the  Public Health Agency, Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care Board, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, NI Social Care Council, Patient and Client Council and UNISON which helped communicate the appeal to health agency staff.

 Ian Garner from Wrap is pictured with Anne Walsh EBM Direction of Operations, Peter Tomlinson Social Economy Operations Manager and Wendy Cooke from DOE.

Today two new shops - a Restore and a Recycle – were opened at the East Belfast Mission's (EBM) Skainos building on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast.

Councillor Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast joined Belfast Central Mission and St Vincent de Paul at Marks and Spencer Belfast on 26 November to launch the 15th year of the Giving Tree.

Methodist Newsletter short story competition

The results of the Christmas Story Competition organised by the Methodist Newsletter and the Edgehill Christian Writers’ group were announced by judge Sheena Wilkinson on Wednesday 26 November  at a special evening event in Edgehill Theological College, Belfast. Sheena said, "There was a wide variety of stories and I really enjoyed reading them The stories that I have placed were the ones which stayed with me after the first reading."

Newtownabbey Mission Christmas Appeal

For many years Newtownabbey Methodist Mission has supported the local community in the provision of vouchers for food or fuel costs to families in dire need throughout the year. At Christmas time the Mission aims to help as many people as are referred to them through the statutory agencies who need help either in the provision of toys or again with vouchers. 

It is regrettable that in these days there are many people who are living on or below the poverty line and the Mission is grateful that there are now “Food Banks” on which many depend. 

Belfast Central Mission (BCM) are delighted to receive a grant of  £10,000 from the BBC’s Children in Need for its Parent Support Project in Ards.

The grant will go towards the salary of a Domicilliary Worker and the Project’s Baby Mornings

The Parent Support Project  offers one to one support, formal group work and informal peer support to young parents. Advice and support are provided on all issues relating to parenting, for instance, healthy eating, personal care when pregnant, positive parenting techniques, stimulating play and the importance of peer support.