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Beautiful Brokenness – CHW 2018

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‘Live long enough and brokenness becomes a part of your story.’ This simple observation, made by the writer of a feature on Castlewellan Holiday Week 2018, goes some way to explaining why many folk found this year’s theme of Beautiful Brokenness so helpful.

The main speaker for the adults was Patrick Regan who co-founded a charity named Kintsugi Hope ‘to provide safe and supportive spaces for those suffering with mental and emotional health difficulties’.The name of the charity reflects the concept of ‘beautiful brokenness’, expressed in the Japanese art form, Kintsugi, in which cracked pottery is repaired with seams of gold, making a one-of-a-kind feature of the mended object.

Coming in October Methodist Newsletter are first-hand accounts of a hope-filled week where people discovered ‘treasure in life’s scars’.

 

Patrick Regan  (Photo: Methodist Newsletter)

 

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Hallelujah!

 

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In the September issue of the Methodist Newsletter, Elizabeth McWatters, President of the MWI, tells of a trip made by some children to a play park in Sri Lanka where she had been working.  The children came from different backgrounds and live with many disabilities that make life difficult for them.

At the play park, the children got very excited when they heard ‘Michael, row the boat ashore’ being played. They didn’t know the song, but every time ‘Hallelujah’ came up they clapped their hands, danced and sang. Those on the big wheel soared up and their Hallelujahs rose heavenward with them. Special children praising the Lord in their own way.

‘Hallelujah’ is a great word and one of the few that cannot be translated into another language. Everywhere in Christian company ‘Hallelujah’ is universally understood. Its meaning is derived from Hallel, which means praise, and Yahweh, the highest name given to God. Every time you sing or say Hallelujah you are declaring God’s greatness and that he is worthy of our praise.’

 

It’s a foretaste of heaven

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The ordinands – the Revs Amanda Durrell, Katherine Kehoe, Louise Monroe, Nigel Murphy, Cheryl Patterson and Darrin Thompson with President, the Rev Billy Davison.

In the September issue of the Methodist Newsletter, Dr Lindsay Easson describes this year’s ordination service in Londonderry.  It was clearly a very moving service and one  piece that stands out is when the British President, the Rev Loraine Mellor, is addressing the ordinands and comments on a conversation she had at another ordination service.  She said, ‘I was asked to preach at an ordination service in Liverpool. As I was standing next to the President with the ordinands kneeling in front of us, he nudged me and said, “Look at their faces, Loraine. It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s a foretaste of heaven.” I have never forgotten those words, and the faces of the ordinands knelt in front of us.

A full version of the report will be published in the September issue of the Methodist Newsletter.

Methodist President seeks ‘God’s peace and comfort’ for families affected by Omagh Bomb

The Rev Billy Davison, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, has issued the following Statement on the eve of the Anniversary of the 1998 Omagh Bomb: ‘On the 20th Anniversary of the Omagh Bomb. the prayers and sympathies of the Methodist Church surround the families of all who were so deeply affected by this atrocity. We pray that God’s peace and comfort will continually support them.’

The Great Methodist Cake Off

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In the September issue of the Methodist Newsletter, Gillian McDade has a dream about a typical Methodist social gathering in which she is confronted with the usual array of sugary snacks and wakes to the realisation that providing this type of fare is probably not a good example for a physically healthy congregation.

She goes on to say that schools ask parents not to pack their children’s lunchboxes with sugar-laden items, so why doesn’t the Methodist Church establish a similar gentle, encouraging guideline? Or maybe as adults we’re supposed to know better? But do we?
Adam- and Eve-like temptation exists at fundraising events because they’re centred upon tea and cake. But as Methodist congregations, we should be encouraging others to enjoy a healthy spiritual life – and also to foster a healthy body, because the two go hand in hand. With cancer, heart disease and diabetes rates rising, it’s imperative that we act now.

We’re setting bad examples to younger generations, with the message that it’s fun and acceptable to eat unlimited cake, fresh cream, donuts and biscuits at church gatherings. Could we not swap them for healthy fruit and vegetable-based canapes and wholegrain bread sandwiches with heathy fillings and slap a ban on sweet offerings?

Is it time for a change, time for a bun Brexit?

Methodist President calls for ‘signs of progress’ to be reflected in community response to forthcoming 11th night bonfires and 12th July processions

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev William Davison, has issued the following Statement as we approach the 11th and 12th July:

In recent days we have witnessed the acknowledgement of cultures other than our own. It began when the Leo Varadkar TD the Irish Taoiseach visited the Headquarters of the Orange Institution in Belfast.

‘It continued in the visit by the DUP Leader to a GAA Football Final in Clones where she was well received and demonstrated in South Belfast when  local GAA  members accepted the invitation of the local Orange District to visit the Ballnafeigh Orange Hall and in return  invited the Orange men to visit the local GAA Club.

‘The Annual Orange parade to Rossnowlagh County Donegal and a recent Orange Parade in North Belfast both passed off without incident.

‘It is my hope and prayer that these signs of progress will be reflected as we approach both the “Eleventh Night” bonfires and the annual Twelfth Procession.

‘I would call on both sides of our community to continue to reflect these signs of progress and not do or say anything which might put a stumbling block to this progress.’