The Rev. Brian Anderson, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following in response  to the wanton destruction of Ballytyrone Orange Hall near Loughgall:
Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Sarah Penney (BCM Dementia Lead) and Andrea Selby (Kirk House Manager) celebrate winning the Gold Award

Celebrations are taking place in Belfast Central Mission's (BCM) Kirk House Residential Home in east Belfast after they won the Gold Award in Dementia Design for their newly adapted Memory Lane wing.

Providing high quality dementia care, Memory Lane provides accommodation where residents with dementia can live safely and with dignity.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson
The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Brian Anderson is like so many others shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life of Irish students in Berkley USA.
Rev Brian Anderson, Irish Methodist President
The Rev Brian Anderson, the newly installed Methodist President, addressing the Methodist Conference at his Installation Service in St.Patrick's Church of Ireland parish church, on Newtownards Road spoke of the need to engage with those who differ from us in matters of human sexuality.
Street Soccar NI

The East Belfast Methodist Mission’s  Hosford House's annual table quiz fundraiser held on Wednesday 3 June  made over £1200 for Street Soccer NI.

The funds will support this years Team NI who will compete in the homeless World Cup in Amsterdam this September.

Staff at Hosfords would like to thank all who supported the fund raising event.

Liam Milligan, Mission Director and Mrs May Lappin at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Clooney Hall Volunteer Group at the  North West Methodist Mission (NWMM) in Londonderry has been awarded  with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Mission has received the Queen’s Award 2015 for a weekly luncheon club for the elderly and for a parent and toddler group – both of which have been going for over 30 years. 

This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.

Linda Brooker and Rhoda Henderson

This week is National Volunteer Week and the Belfast Central Mission (BCM) would like to say a massive thank you to all their volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

Volunteers have always played a vital role in the life of BCM: from befriending older people in their own homes or supporting children with autism, to helping with fundraising or organising weekly lunch club for older people.  Many of BCM’s services could not take place without crucial input from volunteers.

Rev. Peter Murray, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland
As President of the Methodist Church in Ireland I want to comment on the result of the Irish referendum on equal marriage which has opened civil marriage to same-sex couples.
Duchess of Cornwall visits East Belfast Mission

The Duchess of Cornwall attended a ‘Big Lunch’ at East Belfast Mission (EBM) today.

Before the 'Big Lunch' the Duchess and guests listened to a short performance by the East Belfast Choir in the auditorium.

The Duchess then met Jane McClenaghan, nutritionist and Big Lunch Ambassador, who gave The Duchess the chance to help prepare ingredients for a healthy lunch.

After lunch, the Duchess viewed a series of upcycled furniture restored by EBM's Refurb Project. Later she met with community members decorating cupcakes then joined guests at the Big Lunch Table.

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland notes with some concerns the judgement of the Court in the case of Gareth Lee v Ashers Bakery Limited.
The Rev. Dr. David Clements, Chair of the Committee said:
We have sympathy with the owners of Ashers Bakery who seek to order their lives and that of their business, in accord with their Christian faith. If they are now compelled by the law to make products that conflict with their Christian conscience this raises important issues for all of our society.