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Ballina Centre of Mission

Emma Rodrigues and Marian Edwards are based at our Ballina Centre of Mission, which was launched in April 2016 in partnership with Ballina Churches Together, an active partnership involving the four main Christian denominations – Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian. Since it's inception Emma and her team have been building bridges with the local community; being a catalyst for churches and local agencies to help meet the practical, educational and spiritual needs of people of all ages.

Ballina is a divided community, with a polarised population with 10% from the traveller-community. Emma and Marian work with a team of volunteers. They use a converted library bus for a number of events and drop-ins such as a weekly Bible club in two local housing estates and a weekly evening ‘drop-in’ at the local market square. Vulnerable young people (including traveller boys and girls) visit weekly. Isolated farmers within a 20-mile radius come to the bus for a cuppa and a chat. Many of these men experience depression and addiction issues and need a listening ear and friendship.

The centre of mission also runs regular Futsal (Brazilian indoor football), English lessons for Syrian women, and helps at the local food bank alongside another charity. Weekly Bible study and prayer groups are also run regularly, and periodically Emma and Marian run RE lessons in the local schools, a NUA course and The Alpha course.

You can read more about Ballina Centre of Mission in their latest newsletter.

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Drumcliffe Centre of Mission

Launched in September 2017, the Drumcliffe Centre of Mission is a partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh. It is led by Isaac Hanna and Alan Williamson  and aims to develop evangelism, mission and fresh expressions of Church in the local area. Drumcliffe is the site of an historic monastery established by St. Columcille (St. Columba) over 1400 years ago which provided a springboard for the evangelisation of Scotland and other parts of Europe. The centre of mission draws inspiration from the past to inspire the future. It aims to be a focal point for outreach both to people living in the West of Ireland and to the many visitors to the area. Isaac Hanna says, "We hope to develop innovative ways of being church that are relevant to people’s needs as well as being involved in the revitalisation of more traditional forms of church. We aim to act as a resource to the wider diocese in terms of evangelism, mission and fresh expressions of church using Church Army's Xplore Programme, as well as delivering other forms of ministry training. My vision is for the Drumcliffe Centre of Mission to be a hub for people to have transformative, life-changing encounters with God, build eternal relationships and be equipped to live life to the full."

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Newry Centre of Mission

Newry Centre of Mission launched in early 2021 as a partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of Down and Dromore. Scott McDonald is Lead Evangelist and rector of the grouped parishes of St Patrick and St Mark, Newry. Scott is joined by Laurence Bellew, Pioneer Evangelist, who has spent many years helping young families and young people discover God's love and will bring this experience to the centre of mission.

Newry is a short drive from the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and is situated on the main arterial route between Belfast and Dublin. With a long and painful history of fiercely contested sovereignty, and now with uncertainties related to Brexit, the centre of mission's aim of proclaiming the gospel's Good News, peace, and reconciliation is timely and poignant.

The last national census showed that the average age of Newry is thirty-five, with single-parents making up one in ten households. This make-up of Newry will guide how the centre of mission's work develops and how they reach out to the area.

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North Belfast Centre of Mission

The North Belfast Centre of Mission was launched in September 2015 and is led by Karen Webb and Stephen Whitten. It is based on the Shankill Road and reaches out to the community around the greater Shankill area through: schools ministry, including leading assemblies and afterschool drop-ins; engaging with the local churches to see how they can best help the community and support them in their mission and evangelism; monthly prayer walks and street outreach. Karen and Stephen also partner with a number of other Christian organisations, including: Christians Against Poverty to run a Job Club and Life Skills courses; Transforming Lives for Good to run one-to-one coaching for children who are at risk of exclusion from school; and they are also a Baby Basics hub for the area, providing much needed baby essentials to local families. Stephen is working on a community garden, which has given him amazing opportunities to talk about faith with people. You can read the latest updates from Karen and Stephen in their most recent newsletter.

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Carolyn Kinsman, 09/06/2017