With Deep Sadness…

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother in Christ, James Twyford. 

A much valued member of our church over many decades, James was without a doubt respected as a most positive and fun loving ‘gentle-man’. 

James was always ready to encourage, and also to reassure that you were in his prayers, for James had a great belief in the power of prayer, and it was wonderful to sit in his presence and hear this first hand. 

Attending and being part of so much of our church life over the years James will be truly missed …his smiling face that could brighten a room, and sound of his unique little laugh. 

We can take great comfort in knowing that the Lord ‘our Jamesy’ loved so fervently has greeted him with open arms and welcomed him home.

James passed on 11th July 2019. Our condolences to William, Pauline and the family.

A Service will be held in Fleming & Cuthbert Funeral Home, 141 Mill Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9DZ on Wednesday 17th July at 11.00 a.m., with interment afterwards in Carnmoney Main Cemetery.

Full details can be found HERE.

Mossley introduces A Heart-Space …or is it a space with a heart?

It has taken time to transpire, but we can firmly say that the evolution of this ‘Heart Space’ has ticked all boxes. 

The end result is a practical space for like minded people to commune, while equally allowing the user to feel embraced within the quiet of Gods presence. All this has been made possible through the tasteful creativity of Christine. 

A team of people helped source product and refurbish the space, formally known as ‘The Johnston Room’, from a once dreary echo chamber (am I being a little harsh?), into a cheerful, welcoming and much warmer (aided by the new wall heaters) environment.

Key feature changes would be smoothing the walls by plastering and painting, carpeting, spotlighting, louver blinds and new wall heaters and sockets. 

Although the room splits into a soft seated area and a breakout area, users still feel the sense of community as they are drawn together by the wall art and accents of colour. 

The Johnston Room still continues to serve the other purposes of church life and groups, whilst being a big draw for a cuppa both before and after Sunday service.

Thank you to everyone involved, most of all thank you to everyone who gave donations along with the legacy money left by Lena Campbell which allowed the project to get firmly off the ground. 

Rev. Alan Lorimer …a Fond Farewell

It’s lunch time Sunday, and I’m sitting in my kitchen with a cup of tea listening to a heavy summer shower pummelling down outside. My ham sandwich lunch is helping me chew over the last few hours where the congregation of Mossley Methodist sat for one last time listening to a mighty man God. 

For his final duty as our minister in Mossley Church the Reverend Alan Lorimer took to the pulpit and delivered a sermon that was true to his ministry from day one… that which challenges listeners to ‘step up’, to change opinions and ultimately put on the mind of Christ.

As always, Alan followed the Lectionary reading for today and expressed his delight at how appropriate a closing address it was after having spent a seven year ministry with us. 

Unsurprisingly Alan didn’t make it about himself, but instead drew from the exchange in dialogue within Luke 9: 57-62. Here, just as Jesus reproached the individual followers for their ‘looking back’ attitudes, Alan reflected that we as believers must also keep moving forward with Christ and not look back.

I don’t think I am over exaggerating when I say that Alan has enlightened and enriched our congregation with his blend of Faith, Knowledge and Mindfulness. Also we can take great pride in the fact that, for such a small congregation, under his guidance we have produced astonishingly four local preachers! Also under his leadership we were privileged to welcome and help nurture ministerial candidates in their final year of bible college. 

Alans special brand of humour will be missed. His lively competitiveness at a fun night blended with his good natured humour at the absurd.

It would be true to say that everyone has a story about Alan, talking of the positive inspiration he has been on their lives, ranging from the pulpit to hospital and home visits. 

I know personally if anyone mentioned Alan to my own Father, the first thing he would do, would be to reach into his shirt breast pocket and extract a little wooden cross he had given him. Something small, which gives my Dad great comfort. 

The impact Alan has had on Mossley conjures up a multitude of stories and thanks, many of which we were fortunate to hear at the Farewell Evening last Wednesday. This was a great night, and I thank the organisers for putting so much thought, fun and consideration into the evening. Everyone really felt united in honouring the legacy Alan has left within our church family. 

Alan Lorimer, you will be sorely missed dear friend, however we will not be looking back, but genuinely hope that you can drop in on us from time to time. We wish you many many blessings in both your ministry and counselling careers at Jennymount Methodist.

In closing on behalf of us all, and I do not utter this lightly, I wish to say … Alan you’re a legend.


If you want to express any best wishes to Alan please feel free to do so at the bottom of this web page in the LEAVE A REPLY box. 

OR maybe you want to find out what you have been missing, then why on go to the LISTEN section of this website, where you can find a selection of Alan’s Sermons.

Mission + Creative Love

I was admiring some of the Craft Club handy work in the foyer a few weeks back, and I thought it’s over due since we last heard an update from them. I think you will be very proud of our ladies when you read on, they have not only great creative skills but great big hearts for mission and service.

These 8 ladies are certainly an inspiration. Meeting every Friday as a church based group, undertake projects that are not only impactful but also with destinations that are incredibly moving.

In the past we have heard of how they supplied counsellors with knitted hand puppets to aid communication with children. These little troubled souls can at times find it more comforting to speak to the cuddly toy rather than an adult.

Other past projects with the elderly involved supplying knee blankets and twiddlemitt. What’s a twiddlemitt you may ask, well its a knitted /crocheted mitt adorned with a variety of well secured texture items. Some elderly with dementia need something to fiddle with or ’TWIDDLE’. The idea is these are warn as mitts or cuffs to bring comfort and calm. Nursing home elderly ladies have also been supplied with clothes and blankets for their dolls. All this brings joy and wellbeing in their twilight years.

Sensory Band for Dementia sufferers
a Twiddlemitt

These faithful ladies production line doesn’t stop there. Always funding materials and equipment from their own pockets. Im told that Roberta and Dorothy are very resourceful with great faith on how postage and delivery costs will be covered.

Also benefiting with hats, scarves and gloves for The Mission to Seafarers Belfast, a charity which cares for the needs of seafarers arriving here in our capital from across the globe. The same items supplied again along with ‘polo-neck inserts’ for the homeless on the streets of Belfast.

Knitting children’s hats for the container Shoe Box ministry and as you can see below the most beautiful baby clothes for Romania.

An example of baby hats and cardigans that go out to an array of projects

In our own church, Refuge Youth Club have also benefitted from the ladies handy work where they created phone and iPad covers for the young people. Further reaching out to these kids Hettie went along to encourage some of the young girls to pick up needles. By all accounts the girls were very good.

Whilst these projects have been undertaken, The Royal Maternity Hospital, The Ulster Hospital and The Antrim Area Hospital have received a vast amount of hand made tiny baby clothes for premature babies in the Neo-natal units.

On a more somber but incredibly caring note the ladies in the Craft Club have also made tiny baby burial clothes… these babies born asleep at a very early stage of pregnancy are too small to be able to find something that gives dignity and respect, the aim is to offer a little kindness towards the parents in their loss. It’s heartbreaking to see these little items, and as I carefully handled them to photograph I could only imagine a grieving parent having this single opportunity to dress and care for their little one. Notibly, how tiny the little hats are, coming in three sizes.

Tiny Burial Cloths & Blanket – knitted with love, reflected in the heart design

Being creative mission means, always looking and keeping an ear to the ground for inspiration or a new project to become involved in. Hettie wants to encourage anyone who hears of a cause that the Craft Club can support with their skills to please get in touch. Also Hettie is always keen to have new recruits, and would take great pleasure in teaching anyone to knit sew or crochet if you’re willing to learn.

The latest Craft Club project, which is very close to their hearts, is supporting Midwife Diane Lockhart at The Amani Family Centre in Uganda. Diane who originally comes from Lisburn (pictured below and not hard to pick out) is the sole Midwife for the Centre and faces many challenges that bring great Joy and sadness.

Midwife Diane Lockhart and ladies who attend The Amani Family Centre

The Craft Club came to hear of Diane and The Amani Family Centre through Roberta and Dorothy who both to support her in any way they can and have inspired the club to make baby hats, cardigans and blankets with the aim that Diane gets to send every new born home dressed and wrapped up in a blanket. Roberta, Dorothy and Hettie also look in the charity shops for 0 to 3 months vests and baby grows.

Sample of the baby blankets sent to Uganda

Without any official help or funding, Diane lives by faith in God. You can follow her story and that of the ladies who attend on Facebook by following this link HERE. This is truly an inspirational lady who I don’t doubt would treasure your prayers and support. There are also details on the Facebook page giving Bank details for donations.

Back on home ground and speaking to the Reverend Wesley Campbell about his mission visits to a different part of Uganda the Craft Club have a further baby clothes order to add to their list.

If you feel this cause is something you want to get behind but sadly knitting needles are not your friend, then why not help out by supplying wool or money for materials and postage. The ladies would also be grateful for your prayers over the projects and that where their creations are received that they are ‘beyond blessings’ bringing comfort and joy.

For further information feel free to contact Mossley Methodist via the comments box below.