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April Methodist Newsletter now published

Copies of the April Methodist Newsletter are now available for collection.

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Launch of ‘Bread on the Water’ album

Readers are asked to note that the AA music launch of the album ‘Bread on the Water’ on 23 March will be held in the Lagan Valley Island – Studio Theatre and not in Trinity Methodist church as stated in the advertisement.

March Methodist Newsletter now published

Copies of the March issue of the Methodist Newsletter are now available for collection.

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Death of the Rev Dr Billy Graham – statement from the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

The Rev Dr Laurence Graham, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, on hearing of the death of the Rev Dr Billy Graham issued the following on behalf of the Methodist Church in Ireland:
‘Along with Christians around the world, the members of the Methodist Church in Ireland are saddened to hear of the death of Dr Billy Graham. We offer our prayers and sympathy to his family and many close friends. 

‘Through his ministry many of our members came to faith in the Lord Jesus and we firmly believe that Dr Graham will have been received by our Lord with the words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  

‘The founder of Methodism, the Rev John Wesley, once declared “The World is my Parish” and this has been true for Dr Graham. He went to the four corners of the earth to share his Christian faith and so from shore to shore many will have had reason to thank God for his ministry. 

‘In the exercise of this ministry Dr Graham co-operated with all branches of the Christian Church. 

As he once remarked that when people hear that he is dead, he would remind them that he has simply gone to a new heavenly address.’

February issue of Methodist Newsletter now published

The February issue of the Methodist Newsletter has just been published and is available for collection.

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Our time is now……..

Usually the evening service in Mountmellick Methodist church on the Midlands and Southern District is a fairly quiet, traditional affair, but recently the service was given over to the young people of the church who completely transformed the occasion.  In the February issue of the Methodist Newsletter, Nigel Gill described the service.  Below is an extract of a description of the beginning of the service:

The church was dimly lit. The buzz of excitement, tangible, as extra folk had gathered. Coloured lights swirled around the room from strategically placed globes. The overhead and a lamp were the only source of ‘true’ light. Four large canvasses of beautiful artwork, produced by one of our members, hung on the church walls displaying the theme. There was a hush, no one had called time, it just happened. ‘Hi I’m B,’ came a slightly shaky, soft-spoken, voice from the semidarkness. ‘This is J and J.  We are the worship team for tonight. Now we will have worship.’ The music started to flow. Once B started singing, his confidence kicked in and we all sang our way through three opening songs. The singing was powerful.

It is amazing what can be done by a small group of people with vision and the courage to try new things!

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The art work


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Methodist Lay Leader urges overcoming of sectarian divisions

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Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, the Lay Leader of the Methodist Church in Ireland, has urgedChristians from all denominations to ‘encounter those who differ from them’ and ‘break down enmity’.

Speaking at the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Darling Street Methodist church, Enniskillen, the Lay Leader reminded the congregation that ‘praying for the unity of the Church involves a recognition not only of the brokenness of Christian relationships but also of how injustice in the world at large rends asunder Christian communities and impedes our participation in God’s mission’.

Looking to Ireland and how the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement was to be celebrated in April 2018, Dr O’Ferrall challenged the congregation to consider how they were joining with what God wished to do in their country and his world.

‘In all we attempt we should never underestimate the power of prayer to lift us out of our broken past into a new and shared future,’ he said. ‘Where do we pray together that God’s hand will lead us in 2018 in both Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland?

‘Surely it will be to a place where nothing obscures human dignity, where we are agents of justice in the world, where we love our neighbour and welcome the stranger; where we have a new spirit and a new heart so that we become servants of God’s peace, where we are one family in Christ, where we bring healing to the wounds and divisions that keep us apart, where we are freed from the selfishness, arrogance and fear that hinders the full visible unity of the Church of Jesus Christ.

‘Each denomination in the now divided Church of Jesus Christ has a clear and urgent responsibility to examine whether or how aspects of their theologies, traditions or practices contribute to sectarian divisions. It is these very sectarian divisions which, we must confess, in greater part underpin the divided identities and loyalties within the population of Northern Ireland. We must encounter those who differ from us – to break down the enmity. That is our challenge.’

In concluding his address, the Methodist Lay Leader said that the aspiration and prayer in this Week for Christian Unity must be one where ‘we are led by the right hand of God into a new and shared future and where together as the Church of Jesus Christ we witness to his great salvation to and for all people’.