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Methodist Church in Ireland ~ Aldersgate Sunday – 24th May 2020 

Responses to the President’s Invitation to the Connexion

The Favourite Hymn: And can it be (closely followed by Love Divine)

Our Oldest Member: The oldest Methodist in the connexion is Mrs Agnes Thompson from Dundonald, who is in her 105th year

24th May Birthdays:

Covid-19 Recovery Pathway: Church Leaders Welcome Cautious & Considered Approach
 

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches wrote to Northern Ireland’s First and deputy First Ministers this afternoon (18 May) to welcome the announcement of the beginning of Step 1 of the Northern Ireland Executive’s pathway to recovery.
 

Press release from Rev Sam McGuffin, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Re 12th May 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Along with countless others, I wish to honour Florence Nightingale on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth. 

Next Thursday, May 14th, has been designated by faith leaders from around the world as a Day of Prayer for the World.

Statement from Rev Sam McGuffin, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Church Leaders discuss church re-openings

TRC meets with Minister of Education

A delegation from the Transferor Representatives’ Council (TRC) recently (but before lockdown) met with Peter Weir, Minister of Education, at Stormont. The delegation brought the views from the three transferor Churches – Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist – on a range of issues across education.

Issues raised included support for governors, the teaching of RE, and collective worship. They also talked about the pressures that principals and teachers are facing daily.

Arrangements for Conference 2020

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland will not be held as planned in June.

The General Committee of the Methodist Church in Ireland has agreed to defer Conference until October 7 – 11, 2020 but will, however, be guided by the latest Public Health Agency (PHA) advice with the safety of all members as paramount importance.

Embargoed until 10.00am Monday 6th April

British and Irish Church leaders united in response to Covid 19 pandemic:

In an unprecedented move, church leaders came together on Wednesday 1st April. The morning video conference included senior religious leaders from around Britain and Ireland who shared the situation in each of their jurisdictions. The initiative originated with Archbishop Justin Welby who wanted to offer an opportunity for leaders to hear and support one another in these critical days for our nations.

In a joint statement today (27 March), following a video conference, the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches, have paid tribute to everyone in the health and social care services and those in the frontline, for their courage in the battle against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

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