September 2015

Harvest in Cork

I have had such a wonderful day (26 September) Sharing harvests in Cork, Kinsale and Limerick, being in the company with Anglicans, Presbyterians and Methodists - even met someone from my first charge in Maghetafelt/ God is at work reaching out with love and compassion through these congregations - loved the comment about my northern accent was very soothing/ probably explains the ones who nodded off / Aliens on the move

I have had a very busy and eventful week (ending 26 September). Combination of media on behalf of the 4 church leaders, funerals of two remarkable methodist ministers widows, national ploughing championships and official visits.

Prayer for Peace

If anyone is in Belfast in the next 12 hours and you have some free time call in at the Redeemer Central church Donegal street and participate in the prayer for peace organised by Christian Aid

The refugee crisis rightly is dominating our thinking and praying , " how are we as Christians to react. A very helpful booklet has been produced by the Bible Society called " ON THE ROAD, A journey through the bible from migrants". I would recommend it highly for sermons and bible studies. My starting point is " how do we open doors rather than build walls ? Look at Numbers 20: 14-21 and you will think it is a section of your newspaper

Coleraine Methodist Church

Picture from the refurbished halls in Coleraine Methodist Church. Their dream is to reach those who are not connected with the church. Excellent

Hey - enjoyed lunch with the new TOM team (16 September)  - think they are going to be a good team travelling and in Richill- Jenni, Naomi, Bethany, Leanne, Matt and their leader Steven — with

Grateful to have shared in the installation of the New All Ireland President of MWI, Mrs Linda McGuffin on Saturday 12 Sep. She will give a good lead under the theme " God is able "

Meeting Archbishop Elias Chacour

Privileged to spend time with Archbishop Elias Chacour - a true peacemaker - the trip was worth it just to listen to him