President's Blog

Really the president has some difficult tasks --- but this is not one -- SUFUM

President of Irish Methodist Church with Caitlyn and Amy from Seymour Street Methodist

Let me entertain you, Mr President

The Chapel choir of Magee Campus of UUJ sang beautifully last night at the dinner to mark the 150 anniversary - and look who was in the choir - Caitlyn and Amy from Seymour Street - Londonderry Air was hauntingly engaging - truly blessed

Please remember in your prayers the members of the travelling community of Glenamuck Road County Dublin, and across Ireland, after the unspeakable tragedy that took ten lives last night . Please also pray for the 2 adults in hospital. Jesus said blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted

Trinity with Jools and Wesley College with Nigel

Spent an interesting and informative day in the company of two chaplains in Dublin. Whether it is university at Trinity with Jools or Wesley College with Nigel, it was very clear they both have the respect of the students and staff with in the institutions. They both have wonderful people skills, and both are extremely well suited to their appointments. I find the whole chaplaincy, standing alongside people and walking with them a great opportunity

Blessed I am today

Very grateful to the Down District for sharing this article from Fresh Expressions,, While the alarmist language may already turn some off it does say much that I would agree with and it presents the real challenge that many of clergy and lay people must face. A few comments

The Healing committee of our church issued this very helpful leaflet with guidance for those giving pastoral ministry to people with Dementia. It is an excellent resource and worth getting a copy from Rev Colin Duncan

Meeting with President of Ulster Farmers Union

It was a most informative time to listen to the President of Ulster Farmers Union yesterday, Ian Marshall explain the global and local issues that is creating extreme financial pressures on the farming community. This are very real, but it was reassuring to hear about the leadership the Union is giving. Please do remember the Union in our Harvest thanksgiving services.

After meeting various political leaders today (30 September) I am more hopeful that they will get across the line - keep praying for them and applying gentle pressure when and where you can

What a brilliant story - remarkable gifted people to make this happen Today I am making hug a medical person day as we say thank you for their professional caring nature - tell the stories

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