‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ says one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written, but what do you say? What word would you insert in place of ‘Wonderful’? Might any of these come to mind: expensive - demanding - depressing - annoying - stressful? Scientifically speaking there are proven causes of stress at Christmas time:

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The Methodist President, the Rev. Sam McGuffin, encourages all Methodist people on the electoral register to carefully and prayerfully cast their vote in Thursday’s momentous election. These are unprecedented times and this is after all a right which was hard fought for and should not be squandered.

The Church Leaders, at their meeting in Armagh on Friday 6th December met with representatives of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, including its Chief Constable Simon Byrne. The Church Leaders expressed support for the work of the PSNI, particularly in the area of community policing.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Sam McGuffin visited Newport, the Headquarters, Residential and Conference Centre of The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland District on Monday 25th November 2019. Rev McGuffin and his wife Linda  were  accompanied by former Boys’ Brigade District Chaplain Rev Roy Cooper and his wife Joy.  Boys’ Brigade Director for NI,  Jon

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland is deeply saddened by the ongoing failure of the European Union in regard to those desperately in need of rescue in the Mediterranean Sea. This failure was exemplified last week by the European Parliament being unable to process a resolution, with all the appropriate safeguards, that would support the non-criminalisation of those involved in search and rescue operations.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is asking members of the public to be wary following the reports of two scams in recent weeks in Counties Antrim and Armagh.

A County Antrim man, aged in his fifties, has been a victim of fraud totalling some £60,000.  The telephone scam, which took place on Wednesday 23rd October, involved a number of calls to the victim’s landline and the combined, unscrupulous efforts of three males.

The Rev.Sam McGuffin, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following Statement in the light of yesterday's events at the Stormont Assembly:

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches met the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Julian Smith MP, in Armagh yesterday evening to express their concerns regarding the continued Stormont impasse and its effect on civic society and the most vulnerable in particular. This morning (10 October) they issued the following joint statement.


The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland continues to be immensely concerned about the nature of Brexit and the deep anxieties engendered, particularly by the nature of the debate currently.