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November Methodist Newsletter out now

Cover (15)Copies of the November magazine are now available for collection. Agents please note that the Trustees’ Office will be closed during the week beginning 29 October. Magazines may be collected on 25 or 26 October or from 5 November.

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October Methodist Newsletter now published!

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

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)

 

September magazine out now!

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

Hallelujah!

 

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Elizabeth McWatters

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.’