International Women's Day #EachforEqual

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since 1911 and this year’s theme is #EachforEqual.


The Rev McGuffin will be focusing positively on the role of women in the Bible and in the Methodist Church in Ireland and seeking to contribute to the ongoing efforts to ensure that, universally, women are respected, have equal opportunities, reap equal rewards for their work, and reach their full God-given potential.


Commenting on the current cultural experience the Rev.McGuffin said:

            “Whilst society has moved a huge attitudinal distance since 1911

            In relation to women’s rights, it is a matter of deep regret and

            Concern that legislation to bring about equality in the workplace

            Is still being flouted by employers”


Antrim Methodist Church, celebrating its congregational anniversary, has a particular interest in the wellbeing of women and has been involved in Women’s Aid Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey. This Organisation is dedicated to providing refuge, support, information, training and development opportunities to women and children who are suffering abuse within the home.


The Methodist Church ordained its first female minister in 1978, the Rev. Ellen Whalley and today there are 26 women serving within the ministerial ranks of this Church one of whom is the Rev.Dr. Heather Morris, the first woman to be elected President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and is currently the Secretary of the Conference.

The President said:

            It is important to us as a Church that each woman is respected

            and treated with dignity and that all women have an opportunity

            to reach their full potential, fulfil their God ordained purpose in\

            life and inspire the next generation of women to even greater heights