MWI News

God Matters amidst the Corona Virus

I have found it so incredibly difficult to write the month of May’s article. As I write it, it is the 27th March as I prepare the articles at least five weeks in advance so they are with the editors in time to be ready to go to the printers. Five weeks from now I have no idea how we will be with the Corona Virus. I am conscious that I could write something come May that has no relevance to the present situation.

I sent a letter out to all MWI members in Ireland on the 20th March; in that letter I stated that I honestly couldn’t comprehend what is happening in our wee county and obviously the world. I was so shocked to hear that our churches were closed to worship and it demonstrated to me how serious this corona virus is! Of course, I urged us all to respond to what the Governments are asking us to do to protect the wide spread of the virus. I encouraged the ladies to set aside a definite time for prayer and suggested that 7.00 pm each evening for ten to fifteen minutes. I also gave them suggestions for prayer. Prayer is our best weapon and there is power in all uniting together in prayer.

Isaiah 41 v 10 “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I am grateful that I have some good news to share with you. Glengormley MWI is my own branch and on the 7th March (before the tight restrictions were announced) they held a very successful afternoon tea for the Child Care Society, ably organised by Rea and Pat and a host of MWI ladies. I quote a summary of the event from Doreen one of the GMC MWI members:

“If you had entered either of the two main halls in Glengormley Church on Saturday afternoon (7th March) you could have been excused for thinking you had entered the Ritz Hotel in London – or even the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. Forty tables had been laid for afternoon tea. Not any old tables: These tables were laid (all forty of them) with hand embroidered table clothes, matching china, cups, saucers, plates, milk jugs and sugar bowls and ranged from Country Roses to Paragon Grand Gala and Harry Wheatcroft Roses. This event was a sell out at which 170 guests were served with little cups of Courgette

Soup, followed by a selection of sandwiches, scones with fresh cream and jam, and a selection of delectable mini cakes (served of course on china cake stands). All in all it was a memorable event and £1565 was raised for the Methodist Child Care Society”.

I was so sorry that I missed this wonderful event as I had an engagement in Portadown Methodist. What an amazing amount of money raised! Well done Glengormley MWI!

The Archbishop of Canterbury urges us to walk in faith, resist fear and support those who are most vulnerable. He says let’s remember that we are in this together. Let’s look after ourselves and our communities, gain courage from each other, and walk together in hope and faith.

May we continue to support each other as we walk together in faith. As I can’t visit you all at the moment please contact me on my email joanems@live.co.uk – or on 07734680821. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Stay safe.

Psalm 46 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Joan Strong

MWI All-Ireland President

 

GOD MATTERS - “HALLELUJAH CHRIST IS RISEN”

When I think of Spring it suggests to me pictures of little lambs frolicking in the fields and the array of daffodils bursting into bloom, new life has arrived.

I am sure like me when you were at school you learnt the famous William Wordsworth poem “A Host of Golden Daffodils”. To this day I never fail to think of this poem when I see an array of daffodils. Wikipedia tells us that this poem is William Wordsworth most famous piece of work, and he was inspired to write it when out for a walk with his sister Dorothy, they came across a “long belt” of daffodils. Wikipedia suggests that William Wordsworth was lonely and when he saw the host of daffodils, he felt his spirit lifted. “For oft, when on my couch I lie; In vacant or in pensive mood, they flash upon that inward eye, which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.” There is something really beautiful when you see a walkway filled with vibrant colour of the daffodils. God’s creation is amazing!

Spring also reminds me of the piece of music which I sang in school choirs and in church over the years, “All in the April Evening”. The words were written by Katharine Tynan Hinkson and the music was composed by Hugh S Roberton. “All in the April Evening, April airs were abroad; The sheep with their little lambs passed me by on the road…….I thought of the Lamb of God.” Katharine Tynan Hinkson when penning these words was thinking of Jesus’ crucifixion as she writes “But for the Lamb of God, Up on the hilltop green, Only a cross of shame, two stark crosses between. All in the April evening, April airs were abroad; I saw the sheep with their lambs, and thought of the Lamb of God.

We will be celebrating this month Easter, with the build up of Holy Week contemplating Jesus life and journey to the cross, His death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection. I can honestly say Easter means even more to me than Christmas. To know that I serve a living Saviour, he is in the world today. What a climax to our Christian faith. To be able to sing lustily from the heart –

“Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumphant o’er His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” These words make the

hairs stand up on the back of my neck! Good Friday was a dark day for Jesus’ followers, but Easter Sunday was a day of light bursting forth. If you know the Risen Saviour personally, we can say with confidence, “My Lord, and my God”. What a statement!!

As we gather in our churches over the Easter period may we show to those outside His Kingdom that our faith is real. God sent His Son to die on a cross for each one of us but that wasn’t the end. Jesus rose triumphantly from the grave and lives to intercede for each one of us.

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8 v 34.

CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!!!

Joan Strong

All-Ireland MWI President

APRIL ENGAGEMENTS

3rd – 5th April WMiB Fellowship Weekend in Swanwick

24th – 25th April Killarney Fellowship Weekend

 

Annual Lakelands BBQ

Members of Darling Street branch of MWI gathered at the Annual Lakelands BBQ at the Killyhevlin Hotel on Wednesday 18th June 2014 and celebrated 90 years of women's ministry in Darling Street Methodist Church.   WD, as it was known then, was founded by Mrs Charles McMullan, mother of Mr T E McMullan.   This was during the time that Rev Edward Whittaker was the minister who, during his three years of fervent preaching had helped to build up the spiritual life on the Enniskillen circuit.   Mrs Whittaker was later to become all-Ireland Women's Department President! This department played a very important part in the life of the church sending £500 a year for Overseas Missions as it was then known.  Other founder members were Mrs Alexander Burns, Mrs J T Little, Mrs W Armstrong, Mrs George Warren (senior) and Mrs David Devine. Miss M J Carlton who joined later, became all-Ireland WD President!   A beautiful cake was cut and shared to celebrate the work which had started 90 years ago and thanks given for the dedication of women's ministry still continuing today".

Anual Methodist Women in Ireland BBQ for Darling Street Methodist Church

 

Presbyterian Women Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual meeting of Presbyterian Women (PW) was held in the Assembly Buildings, Belfast on Thursday 8th May where Anna Morison was installed as the PW President for 2014 - 2015.  The address was given by Sheryl Haw a gifted speaker from Zimbabwe.   PW have chosen as their theme  "....so I am sending you."  John 20 v21
 
Below is a picture of Charlotte Maye MWI President with the newly installed PW President Anna Morison:
Charlotte Maye MWI President with the newly installed PW President Anna Morison

Mission Partner News

Methodist Missionary Society Mission Partner Prayers

Prayer Letter/News Sheet from Mervyn and Claudette Kilpatrick in Sri Lanka

Bangladesh News from  Pat Jamison

MWI Central Committee Meeting, Jennymount Belfast on Thursday 10th April


MWI Central Committee Meeting, Jennymount Belfast on Thursday 10th Apri
Elizabeth Moffett, PW President, Dr Edith Loane Hon. Member, Charlotte Maye, MWI President and Norma Bell, Vice President MU

Methodist Women in Ireland Fellowship Day

MWICharlotte Maye, President MWI, Phyllis Watters Women's Link, and Carmel Irwin General Secretary MWI at the Fellowship Day with Women's Link at the Salvation Army Citadel, Dublin Road Belfast.  Helen Sloan, an Elder in First Presbyterian Church in Bangor was the speaker for the morning session and Jenny Robinson, a Deaconess with the Presbyterian church, serving in South Belfast Friendship House, Sandy Row, Belfast, spoke in the afternoon.   A wonderful, inspiring and well planned day was enjoyed by all".

 

MWI Donate US$7985 to Jamaican Children's Home


National Children's Home of Jamaica
So far this year the Methodist Women in Ireland have raised and donated almost US$7985.73 for the Jamaica National Children's Home (JNCH) in Kingston.

The JNCH is the Methodist Women in Ireland's President, Charlotte Maye's chosen charity during her time in office (2013-2015).

The Jamaica National Children´s Home was started in 1972 by Action for Children which works in partnership with the Methodist Church in Great Britain. JNCH provides a loving, caring and stable home to orphans and abandoned children as well as children with severe mental or physical disabilities whose parents are unable to provide proper care. The JNCH gives them a safe place to learn, live and grow.

In his letter of thanks to Charlotte, Rev Everald Galbraith, President of the Jamaican Methodist District said it was truly heartening to "...receive a gift from a generous donor that allows us to cater to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community." View the letter

Charlotte's chosen charity during her time in office (2013-2015) is the Jamaica National Children's Home (JNCH). The JNCH opened in 1973 with its sole purpose to nuture children. 

Download the JNCH Leaflet and JNCH Bookmark for more information.

- See more at: http://www.irishmethodist.org/mwi-president#sthash.uBTVMDVS.dpuf

Youth With a Mission (YWAM)

Linda McGuffin (District Secretary), Audrey Elder (District Treasurer), Laura Gordon who is planning a trip with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to work with young women and children, and Roberta Bailie (District President) at the Lakelands Spring Celebrations on Thursday 20th March 2014 in Ballinamallard Methodist Church. Laura was presented with a cheque from MWI to help her fund her trip. 

March 2014 International Women's Day

MWI at Hillsborough Castle
Moira McMurray, Beulah Robinson, Maureen Young, Angela Nelson and Sandra Dickson, members of MWI and WF, visiting Hillsborough Castle to meet the Secretary of State, to celebrate International Women's Day"

January 2014 MWI Forum

Methodist Women in Ireland (MWI) Forum

The MWI Forum was held in Thomas Street Portadown on the last Saturday in January 2014 at which District Reports were given and decisions for the incoming year were made.  

Women travelled from all over Ireland and this photo shows that we were all tired as we prepared to head back to our homes after a long day of discussion.   

Thank you to all the people who attended!