MWI [Methodist Women in Ireland]
MWI links together all the women’s groups within the Methodist Church in Ireland. Its purpose is
• To enable members through fellowship with each other to deepen their personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
• To relate the teaching of Jesus Christ to life in the home, the church, the community and the world.
• To share in the mission of the World Church.
• To provide a link with the women of other churches in Ireland and throughout the world.
Photo: Members M.W.I in Church Sunday 24 October 2021 On Monday 18th October 2021 twenty-four members and friends of Omagh MWI met for the first time since Covid restrictions began. The meeting was held in the church at the front with a large semi-circle of chairs, maintaining the space required by social distancing, but still supporting a warm friendly atmosphere.
The speaker was Reverend Leah McKibben. This was Reverend Leah’s first visit to the MWI group and her address was enjoyed by all present. Some members of the group are pictured above following the morning service on Sunday 24th October. The next MWI meeting is on Monday 15th November at 8:00 PM and new members are welcome to come along.
M.W.I. Meeting 10 February 2020 At the February meeting of Omagh Methodist W.W.I. the guest speaker was Mrs Eva Baxter, drama teacher and storyteller. Mrs Baxter, attired in period costume, depicted the story of the Wesley Family including sons Charles and John who became the founding fathers of Methodism. The famous brothers were but two of the large family of Sam and Susanna Wesley.
Eva, in the role of Mother Susanna, gave a very realistic and word-perfect account of Susanna’s life and times, providing a great insight into life at Epworth Rectory. She left the room full of M.W.I ladies spell-bound after a very enjoyable and well attended evening.
Next Meeting: M.W.I. breakfast Saturday 14th March at 9.00 am in the Peter Good Hall
Photo: Mrs Eva Baxter and Mrs Susanna Wesley
MWI Service Harold McCauley Home, 26th January 2020
The first meeting of 2020 took place on Sunday 26th January. The meeting was the annual service in Harold McCauley Home. The room was well filled with residents and staff who all joined enthusiastically in the singing of popular hymns from Mission Praise. President Doreen Preston led the short service, with Anne McBain leading in prayer, Ruth Alcorn doing the Bible reading and Rhona Alcorn giving a beautiful solo. Rev Eleanor involved the residents in her very up-lifting address and expressed her appreciation to the staff for the refreshments provided for the choir after the service.
Photo: Members of Omagh M.W.I. at their AGM Monday, 18 November 2019
On Monday 18th November 2019 Omagh M.W.I. members held their Annual General Meeting in the Dick Bell Room. There was a good attendance of ladies and Rev Eleanor Hayden dedicated the money collected by members in their Missionary Boxes for use by the church’s overseas missions. Important announcements for December were highlighted as follows:
1. The Christmas Outing to the Strule Artes Centre on Thursday 12th December at 8.00 pm.
There are still a couple of places available. Enquiries to Lorna Alcorn
2. Christmas Carol Singing
• Springlawn Nursing Home, Tuesday 17th December at 2.30 pm
• Meadowbank Nursing Home, Thursday 19th December at 2.30 pm
Please plan to come along and join us
Following reports by out-going Secretary, Ruth Alcorn, Treasurer, Lorna Alcorn and out-going President, Anne McBain, the election of officers was presided over by Rev Eleanor Hayden.
New Committee 2019 – 20
• President: Mrs Doreen Preston
• Secretary: Mrs Lorna Preston
• Treasurer: Mrs Lorna Alcorn
• Church Flower Rota: Mrs June Carmichael
• Tea Rota: Mrs Ann McFarland
Rev Eleanor then gave a very uplifting and encouraging talk on the importance of women’s work in the Methodist Church in general and the M.W.I. in particular. She expressed her on-going support of our local M.W.I. group. The evening finished with a “Bring & Buy” Sale and a delicious supper.
M.W.I. PROGRAMME FOR 2020
January, Sunday 26th
Annual Service in Harold McCauley Home at 3.00pm
February, Monday 17th at 8.00 pm
Speaker: Mrs Eva Baxter, Drama Teacher and Story Teller depicting the story of the Wesley Family
March, Saturday 14th at 9.00 am
MWI Breakfast in the Peter Good Hall
Speaker: Tracie Kerr, Support Worker
Northwest Family Prison Fellowship
April, Monday 20th at 7.30 pm
Table Quiz in Peter Good Hall
May, Sunday 17th 11.30 am Annual M.W.I. Service
Speaker: Mrs Joan Strong, All-Ireland President MWI
June, Possible date Saturday 6th June
Annual Outing: Full details later
July / August Summer Break
September, Monday 21st at 8.00 pm
Speaker: Mr Richard Crooks, Singing Chef
October, Monday 19th at 8.00 pm
Mr Noel C Moore, Kenyan School Project
November, Monday 18th at 8.00 pm
Annual General Meeting and Box Opening
Christmas Outing: To Be Arranged