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.


The leaders of Ireland’s main Churches have commended Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister, Naomi Long MLA, and the Department of Justice, “for their concern, sensitivity and understanding of the need to ensure dignity and respect, for both the deceased and bereaved…” in relation to new funeral arrangements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that were announced this evening (23 March).


In their statement the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches said,

Dear friends,


We are writing to you at a time that is unlike any we have ever experienced in living history.  Our churches and countries are dealing with exceptional challenges alongside the incredible difficulty of seeing many suffer at the hands of this new virus.  We remember with gratitude our time spent in Italy last September and can scarcely take in the enormity of human suffering that is happening there now. It is difficult to grasp the reality of what may come for all of us in the weeks and months ahead.


The Methodist Church in Ireland has issued important guidelines and instructions in regard to how churches operate at the present time. Obviously CSR urges all to respond to these guidelines very seriously. In this developing situation, there may be further guidance in the days and weeks ahead to which we will need to respond in regard to our church life. 

Please read The Methodist Church in Ireland advisory guidelines in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19).


Covid-19 Coronavirus Guidelines


Covid-19 Guidelines to Circuits and Societies as employers