All The World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches

Today saw another step taken towards unity between Methodism and the Anglican Communion at an event held in Downpatrick – the burial place of St Patrick.

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and the World Methodist Vice President, Ms Gillian Kingston from Roscrea, jointly launched a publication that aims to overcome centuries of separate ministries by the two Christian traditions.

Methodist Modern Art Collection

The Methodist Modern Art Collection travels to Northern Ireland for the first time in its 55 year history.

The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim will exhibit The Methodist Art Collection from 11th May – 18th June, 2015 (9am - 9pm daily. Admission Free.  All ages).

This unique collection of Christian art includes more than 40 works by Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink and many other renowned artists.

It has been seen and appreciated by thousands of people, and now people in Northern Ireland  can also experience it in Ballymena.

Belfast Central Mission’s (BCM) Supporting Housing Team cycled their way to raising over £500 at Tesco Knocknagoney.

The cycling fundraising event  was held at Tesco on Saturday 14 March to raise money for BCM’s supported housing projects in Northern Ireland.

Gwen Caldwell, Project Manager for Supported Housing said, “Well done to all the staff that took part.  We’d like to thank the generous members of the public who donated and to Tesco for allowing us to hold the event in their store.


The Belfast Synod of the Methodist Church in Ireland, meeting for their Spring Meeting have issued the following Statement:

Rev Peter Murray President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Last week the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Peter Murray, spent time in  Ballynahinch visiting community organisations and volunteers in the area.

On Friday  6 March he visited a variety of organisations and people including the Mid-Down CAP Debt Centre, the Hub Counselling Centre and The Edge Youth Club. On Saturday he visited The Pantry Foodbank in Newcastle and preached at Ballynahinch Methodist Church on Sunday.

He will be returning to the area on St Patrick’s Day to participate in the St Patrick’s Day Pilgrimage from Saul to Downpatrick.

Togo Joy at Mina Translation of Bible

Last year, after 42 years of hard work, the Bible translated into the Mina language of Togo was dedicated.  Over 1000 people celebrated the arrival of the Mina Bible on Sunday 21 December.

The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were finally translated into modern Mina which is one of the major African languages of the Togolese Republic in Western Africa.

Haiti Visit

In  early  2015 a team of  thirteen people from across Ireland travelled to Haiti for 3 weeks to help local Methodists set up and maintain education and health organisations. The trip was organised by Irish Methodist Minister Rev Laurence Graham.

The team was based in Freres which is just outside Port-au-Prince and where the  Methodist  church in Haiti has its HQ, schools and health clinics.

Pictured: Anne Sweeney (Assistant Director Supporting People), Steven Weldon (coach Street Soccer NI), Mags Lightbody (CEO NIHE), Justin McMinn (Founder Street Soccer NI, Support Worker Hosford (EBM)), Victoria McMinn.

Last night staff at Hosford House, a project of the East Belfast Methodist Mission (EBM), won the Best Housing Story 2014 Award at a Chartered Institue of Housing ceremony held in Belfast City Hall.

NI Ireland Street League has been relaunched as Street Soccer NI.  The relaunch event took place at Skainos on the Newtownards Road and was attended by the  Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon who took time out to chat to the players about the project and their experiences. Nichola has been a consistent supporter of the project and it meant a lot to the team that she attended and spoke so passionately about homelessness.

Larne Churches Together Provide Civic Lead

Churches in Larne have come together to provide  a civic lead in promoting local services and encouraging local commerce.

Members of the congregations of local Churches in Larne have united to support the development of a new initiative based in the Larne Market Auction House during Wednesday mornings. The initiative being piloted from January to Easter seeks to;

· Provide a point for local information.

· Provide help and advice.   

· Promote local events and activities.