A warm church welcome

Published 11/02/2014 | 05:34

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THE President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Dr. Heather Morris, was given a warm welcome to Gorey recently, as she visited the local congregation.

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THE President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Dr. Heather Morris, was given a warm welcome to Gorey recently, as she visited the local congregation.

She spoke at a special Sunday morning service, and was also interviewed by two children during the service. She spoke about her year as President of the Methodist community in Ireland. The new Praise Group also took part in the service, providing music and leading the congregation in the newer worship songs.

A conference elects the President each June, one year in advance, and Dr. Morris is the first female leader of the Church. Rev. Steven Foster who welcomed her to Gorey said she has become known for encouraging the Church to step out in faith and make a difference in the community.

Currently based in Belfast, Dr. Morris has been the Director of Ministry for the Methodist Community for the past ten years, overseeing the training of Ministers.

Up to 60 members of the community attended the service which was followed by lunch in the church hall afterwards. Rev. Foster said that everyone was delighted to meet her, especially in the informal setting.

'Heather is very much a people person,' he said. 'During the service the children asked her if she had met any famous people. She said she met President Higgins a few times and a few politicians, but she far more appreciates meeting ordinary people in the churches on the ground.'

Thanks were sent to all who attended and helped on the day.

Gorey Guardian

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