March 2016

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the wife, family and colleagues of prison officer Adrian Ismay. We pray for you.

My first time in Gurteen College, a real Methodist contribution to the rural life of Ireland. Fantastic to hear about the explosion of people coming through the college now. Through day students, nighttime courses and online teaching , hundreds of young people receive quality training.

The facilities are first rate and development is always on the agenda.

Yesterday morning I spent sometime, and ate more food with representatives of the Athlone and Tullamore Congregations.

Struct by their faithfulness in tough times, the importance of welcoming the stranger and their good humour.

Special personal moment in Tullyamore, when Vicky Lumley took me to a picture of the last president to visit them, one a Rev W.I. Hamilton.

#‎rethinkchurch‬. My favourite spot in the world I know. Many times I gave walked thinking and remembering

Photo evidence of the Palatine Methodist Heritage in Adare and Ballingrane Methodist churches.

They should be proud of the contribution the circuit make to the communities around the churches. Challenges to the church going communities are real, but I sense a willingness to engage with OMGM.

Last night the People of God from Adare and Ballygrane, gathered together to acknowledge the gift of Rev Bill Omsted and to listen to the President. A small community of faith who draw strength from each other

This morning with the Youghal congregations

#‎rethinkchurch‬ word today is listen. On a long car journey yesterday I listened to Sport, a chapter of a book by Chris Wright and finished the drive with a trip down memory lane with this Dire Straits album