President's Blog

A great day in Dublin yesterday. With the North Dublin Circuit in the morning. It was so good to meet some old friends and folk who are sacrificially living out their commitment to Jesus.Then this afternoon we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Christ Church Sandymount. It was wonderful to share in the service with Rev Dr Rob Craig, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and to hear Mervyn McCullough preach a sermon that was both challenging and encouraging.

A beautiful Praise service for Palm Sunday (13 April) in Knock this evening. Wonderful singing from the choir, fellowship with the 3 churches on the circuit and St Columba's and a selfie with the Team on Mission!

I'm grateful to Rev Mervyn Ewing for this this wonderful 'wet feet' story from Cavehill and Jennymount.

Rivers Methodist Church

Terrific meal and meaningful, Spirit- filled service with Rivers Methodist Church in Carrick on Shannon yesterday.

"Ladies for Life" group Charlemont and Cranagill

Lovely evening on the Charlemont and Cranagill circuit tonight (3 April). Here with the women from the "Ladies for Life" group.

Sandy Row Methodist Church

A lovely morning (Sunday 23 March) at Sandy Row Methodist Church in Belfast, commissioning Stuart Crawford as a Community Outreach worker and gearing about all that is happening through Shine, Reflect, the Men's Breakfast and Women's Group...lots of wet feet!

Here is a great "wet feet" story. I am grateful to Michael Anderson who told me about it. Michael writes..

Yesterday was a wonderful St Patrick's Day. Inspiring service at Saul in which Hadden Wilson challenged us "do you really believe in the Holy Spirit?" Then a Pilgrimage with stops for prayer led by Tash Creaney and then powerful, anointed preaching by Alain Emerson in the Cathedral, all graciously and generously hosted by Bishop Harold and Dean Henry. Now off to see the exhibition in Downpatrick Methodist.

"With Columba, Patrick, Brigid,
faithful servants, saints of God.
Give us grace to rise and follow
where your saints and martyrs trod,
grace to serve, or leave this Island,
in the steps of saints of old,
serve the Shepherd, who had led us,
feed his sheep and guard his fold "

The folk on the North East District are hosting me thIs week and every day is interesting and encouraging. Wednesday was spent with Ed on the Ballyclare circuit, starting with Assembly in the lovely Primary School in Doagh, then popping into the play group in Ballynure, lunch and a meeting with the Friendship Club in Ballyclare and then a Bible Study in Doagh at night followed by inspiring conversations over supper.