President’s visit to Derry

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Revd Sam McGuffin, paid a courtesy visit to the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rt Revd Andrew Forster, in Londonderry on Monday afternoon. Rev. Sam McGuffin and Bishop Forster are long–time friends, having first got to know one another during the Bishop’s ministry in the Diocese of Armagh.


The church leaders exchanged gifts – a Book of Common Prayer and a Book of Methodist Worship – before Bishop Andrew gave his guest a guided tour of the Diocesan Centre in Londonderry, a building once owned by the Presbyterian Church.


The Methodist President was accompanied on his visit by the Superintendent of the Methodist Church in the North West, the Revd Richard Johnston. The two men enjoyed tea and coffee and fellowship with the Bishop; the Archdeacon of Derry, the Ven Robert Miller; the Dean of Derry, the Very Revd Raymond Stewart; and the Bishop’s Curate–in–Charge of the Fahan Group of Parishes, the Revd Judi McGaffin.


The visit was to preach at Services in the North West Mission and to visit Bishop Andrew Forster the recently installed Bishop of Derry & Raphoe. The President was accompanied by the Rev Richard Johnston, Superintendent of the North West Mission Circuit.