President's Blog

From the moment we drove into the Thomas Street Portadown Methodist Church car park, there was a sense of warm welcome and dedicated preparation for Methodist Conference 2016.  Many thanks to Rev Ken and Beulah Robinson for their hard work and sterling organisation, and to all who did so much to make the conference a success.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev. Bill Mullally, today offered his condolences to the family of Labour MP Jo Cox. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jo Cox, as well as her friends, party colleagues and constituents, at this terrible and tragic time. Our prayers are also with the 77-year old man who is now recovering from injuries sustained in the attack."

Today (8th June) we took time to say thank you to Stanley Graham,who for 32 years served the MCI as treasurer of the General Purposes Fund. A true gentleman, who has looked after 5 secretary of conference. Today we had 3 there, along with some of the office staff. 

Last night the work of the North West Mission took on a new logo- designed by a local school boy.

The work with the homeless people of the maiden city is remarkable - so many shelters provide for those in need - pictures of some of the staff Rev Peter and Liam the manager-

Well done to all - a little my drive but very worth it

From New Monasticism Ireland, I offer this prayer for today

Paul Clarke put me through the ringer on churches leaders thinking on disbanding of paramilitaries - he is a real professional

Today Rev JohnParkin travels to Yanoun, in the hill country of the West Bank in Israel. He goes for three months as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, known as EAPPI.

The programme places accompanists at places where the State of Israel Policies may bring Palestinians and Israelis together in tense, sometimes violent situations.

Celebrating their 21st with Trinity Methodist Lisburn. It is wonderful to see how God has equipped this church to reach out to the surrounding area of north Lisburn.

It was appreciated to be invited back to my Primary School , Euston Street. Strange to walk around the corridors and see the classrooms and feel so big. congratulations on reaching 90 - in common with the Queen.

Head teacher Mrs Currie told me there 24% of the school population does not have English as a first language. It makes you wonder about integrated education when shared education is teaching so much about respecting those who are not like us.