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Installation of new All-Ireland MWI President

September 19, 2017

Members and friends from all over Ireland  recently gathered in Finaghy Methodist church, Belfast, to welcome Elizabeth McWatters (pictured) as the new MWI All-Ireland President.

Born in Dublin, Elizabeth later moved to Belfast and had a career as an academic bookseller before taking early retirement to focus on mission work and theological studies.

An intrepid traveller, her theme for her two years of office (2017-2019) is ‘Journey with Jesus’ and she encouraged all present to join her in that journey and to step out in faith, seizing opportunities to witness and to serve in the days ahead.

Following a time of praise led by Cairnshill Praise Group, the act of installation was led by the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev Dr Laurence Graham, who said how much the Church valued the work of Methodist Women in Ireland.

The scope and vitality of this work came through in the 2016-2017 report brought by Linda McGuffin, Elizabeth’s predecessor, who was thanked most warmly for the lead she had given over the past two years.

Amongst other contributors to the service were Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, the Lay Leader of Conference; the Rev Dr Livingstone Thompson of the Moravian church; the Rev Colin Gracie, the minister of Finaghy Methodist; and Louise Wilson, World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church Women Area President.

As her President’s project, Elizabeth will be raising funds in support of the Joint European Area Seminar of the WFM&UCW to be held in Belfast in June 2018.

The uplifting service was followed by a festive spread in the church hall organised by Finaghy Methodist church catering team.

Photos: Peter Mercer

 

 

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