August 2015

Yesterday (August 10 2015)  I spoke at the funeral of Rev Jean Thompson, at Heworth Methodist Church, near York.
Jean served 3 Belfast circuits, then Longford circuit and In Warrenpoint in the 19980s. I was reminded of her "edgy" ecumenicism, her gentle pastoral manner and as she lived with Huntington's disease the care she received from her husband David. Rest now

Most pleasant morning (Sunday 9 August)with the Dundrum, Newcastle and Downpatrick circuit preaching in Downpatrick and Newcastle churches. Number of reflections, first it was great to see Rev Lou settled and hear her enthusiasm for the circuit. Lovely to share with friends from other places on both occasions. Challenges are ahead for this circuit, with reduced ageing congregations where it is enough to keep the church open, and they are not alone in MCI in facing this. But aware in both places they are engaging with the issues and opportunities that their location presents.

President and Rev Munroe

Most pleasant morning (Sunday 9 August) with the Dundrum, Newcastle and Downpatrick circuit preaching in Downpatrick and Newcastle churches. Number of reflections, first it was great to see Rev Lou settled and hear her enthusiasm for the circuit. Lovely to share with friends from other places on both occasions. Challenges are ahead for this circuit, with reduced ageing congregations where it is enough to keep the church open, and they are not alone in MCI in facing this. But aware in both places they are engaging with the issues and opportunities that their location presents.

Castlewellan holiday week

The people of God gathered in Castlewellan Holiday Week (7 August) receive Holy Communion - to bring a week of worship leading to His table

Hi - at CHW a place that over the years has been a place of rich encounter with Jesus for the family. Shared thoughts on Being holy Aliens- expect the expected Holy Spirit - The God of the left overs - intimacy with Jesus - come alive - sharing again on Thursday with the title of a Bee Gees song - ‪#‎chw15‬

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