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With the Presiding Bishops and past Bishops at conference today /

With the Presiding Bishops and past Bishops at conference today

Preached today at the conference service of methodist church in Kenya - African worship just does it - em it was 3 hour service and I only preached 40 minutes

In Rwanda

Young people fromRwanda speak of truth leading to reconciliation and mums from the street make paper beads to help each other - we will have some to show you when we return

"be full of Christ alone; to love him with a holy and pure love; to trust in him; to live upon him; to serve and follow him; and to be perfectly sanctified and made pure, with a divine and heavenly purity"....Words of Jonathan Edwards personal narrative - Lord I want this but where to begin.. Purity of intent seems to lay behind most of it. Lord purify my heart. amen

Listening to a bunch of American young people singing " you making beautiful things out of dust" - may your beauty shine as bright as the Rwandan sun today (17 August)

Of to Rwanda and Kenya  (16 August) to support Leoni family and visit the Kenya methodist church conference as they celebrate 50 years

Carlisle memorial Before and after its recent refurbishment. Picture of Fionnuala Jay O Boyle of the Belfast Buildings Trust

It was so thrilling to see around the refurbished Carlisle Memorial Church today  (14 August) and hear about its future as a Cross community Space for North Belfast - and the Belfast Buildings Trust would be thrilled if it could be used for a methodist event - any ideas

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.

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