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North Belfast Synagogue
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:
 
With others, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Peter Murray was thankful that the annual 12th of July Orange Demonstration passed off peacefully.  He said -
 
WDRC's Future Focus

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

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 Nursery and Day Care

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

Newcastle Interchurch Flower Festival
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.
 
Newtownabbey young people at work

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.

Commissioner 2: Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland chats to Kirk House resident Maureen McKeown on her recent visit to Kirk House

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.

Claire Keatinge said,

President of the Methodist Church in Ireland Dr Rev Heather Morris
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:
 
  1. are genuine in their determination to achieve agreement on the three contentious issues
  2. 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
Irish Inter-Church Committee Statement on Diversity

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.

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