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June issue of Methodist Newsletter now available

The June 2021 issue of the Methodist Newsletter has now been printed and should be available this week.

Presidential profile of the Rev Dr Sahr Yambasu by his wife, the Rev Clodagh Yambasu

We have lived in Ireland since 1995, when the rebel war in Sierra Leone, Sahr’s home country, forced us to flee. On two occasions, Sahr was urged to return to become Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Conference there. He refused because it would have meant leaving the children and myself here.

Thank God! God remembers everything and honours those who obey him – how they least expect it!

The full profile will be carried in the June issue of the Methodist Newsletter to be published shortly.

President designate of the Methodist Church in Ireland – th Rev Dr Sahr Yambasu

Duke of Edinburgh Awards – an appreciation by Eric Rainey

Eric Rainey was director of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme from 1980 to 2009.  He is a member of Seymour Street Methodist Church.  In an article in the May issue of the Methodist Newsletter, Eric describes his involvement in this very successful project of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

May issue of the Methodist Newsletter now published

The May issue of the Methodist Newsletter is now published and should have been delivered to agents. Apologies for the late announcement as the Editor is still awaiting his copy!

April issue of the Methodist Newsletter now available

The April edition of the Methodist Newsletter has been published and you should be receiving your copy shortly.

‘Take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid’

The Rev Derek Johnston, Belfast Trust Lead Chaplain, talks about his experience of hospital chaplaincy in Belfast during the COVID pandemic…

It is said that more people pass through our healthcare institutions every week than through our churches. So, how we care for people in our healthcare places matters!

                There is real pastoral, spiritual and religious need. People are still people, wherever they are! As chaplains we are privileged to be welcomed to come in and have a chat. The pastoral encounter can be a therapeutic encounter, can still give opportunity for sharing the Gospel and for prayer but the emphasis is on pastoral care not evangelism. Chaplaincy is a very privileged position that cannot be taken lightly or for granted. We need to treat it with care and prayer.

Full article in the April issue of the Methodist Newsletter which will be published shortly.

March issue of Methodist Newsletter published

The March issue of the Methodist Newsletter has just been published and is currently being distributed.

Faith in Ireland with my ‘big colourful family’

Ngozi Ohoka from Blanchardstown Methodist Church in Dublin is a writer who has penned two books. She first came to Ireland with her husband in 2000 and, in the February issue of the Methodist Newsletter, she shares a bit about her early life in Nigeria and the importance of the family unit, her unwavering faith and making the difficult transition to a cold Ireland.

February 2021 Newsletter now published

The February issue of the Methodist Newsletter has now been published and is being distributed to agents.

Pebble art project benefits Tanzanian appeal

Sonia Bell from Finaghy Methodist, Belfast spotted a framed pebble art picture in a shop window and had been amazed by the price tag. ‘Imagine! £40 for a handful of pebbles, a twig, some card and a simple frame!’

Later that day, she and her daughter, Rebecca, gathered stones on a beach near her parents’ house. ‘It really added interest to our walk, picking out some of the smooth pebbles and bits of driftwood lying there in the sand.’ They arrived home and in next to no time the beach pebbles had been transformed into three penguins, just like the ones in the shop.

Fast forward a few weeks and Rebecca was bringing her pebble art picture into school. The pupils in her class needed to decide on a project for the Young Enterprise NI’s Business Beginning programme. This scheme is designed to encourage children to think about what it takes to be enterprising in life and prompts them to come up with products which they then promote and sell. Rebecca told her peers how simply and cheaply pebble art pictures could be made. She was persuasive and indeed her pebble penguins spoke for themselves. A vote was taken and the ‘Wee Rock – bringing nature inside’ project was born.

There followed happy, busy months of gathering natural materials, creating, gluing, framing, promoting and selling to family and friends, with Rebecca at the forefront of a production line that frequently spilled over from the classroom onto Sonia’s dining-room table. Then came a sale in the city centre. The pricing team had worked out that the pictures could be made for £5.00 and the general public proved more than willing to part with £8.95 for them. The judges were impressed too – and the ‘Wee Rock – bringing nature inside’ project won their top award for the best trading business. Cue for a celebratory class outing on the proceeds!

But the demand didn’t go away. Orders for pebble art continued to flow in. Not wanting to give any more class time to it, Rebecca’s teacher suggested to Sonia that she might like to go on producing pictures in aid of a good cause….which Sonia was happy to do. So, the production line on the dining-room table continued. ‘Sometimes I worked alone, and at other times family and friends joined in. People dropped by and just stayed to help.’ The pictures kept selling and a cheque for hundreds of pounds was presented to the church’s Tanzania appeal.

Read more in the February issue of the Methodist Newsletter.