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Wednesday April 14th 2010

Forthcoming events:

St Anne’s Cathdral, Belfast, will be the venue for ‘A Call to Action’ on Saturday May 1. For the first time Release International and two other ministries working with the persecuted church – Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Open Doors – will stand side by side in a united call to the churches of Ireland, to pray for the persecuted Christians around the world.
There will be a service beginning at 7.30 pm and finishing at 9 pm at which Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will deliver the keynote address.  Sharing the platform will be Release CEO Andy Dipper, CSW’s Mervyn Thomas and Eddie Lyle of Open Doors, who will urge that the persecuted church is put on the agenda of every church in our nation.

The Cathedral will be open from 10am to 4pm during which 10 interactive prayer stations will be devoted to specific communities of Christian faith and witness which are under intense pressure at this time.  Each prayer station will be attended by trained staff and volunteers in order to provide support and advice.  It should be noted that each area is appropriate for young people, and young believers.

A collection will be taken during the service to cover expenses incurred in organising the event. Any surplus will be given to further the work of the respective agencies in their ministry to the persecuted church.

The Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland is hosting a quiet day for church leaders on Thursday April 29.

This will be an opportunity for leaders to pause, reflect, pray and take the opportunity to be refreshed in the midst of all the demands and expectations of ministry and mission.

The event takes place at Rosspark Country House Hotel, Kells, and will be facilitated by Roy Searle, one of the founder leaders of the Northumbria Community and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Places can be booked by emailing The cost of a place is a minimum donation of £20 and the day runs from registration at 9.30am until afternoon tea at 4pm.

The Northern Ireland Hospice is running a Challenges of Ministry study day for clergy and pastoral workers from 9.30am until 4pm on Thursday May 6.

This will take place at the Hospice in Somerton Road, and will be addressed by Hospice staff. The aim of the study day is to enhance ministry to those living and dying with cancer, and participants will explore the physical, social, emotional and spiritual impact of the disease on individuals and families.

The event costs £40 per person, including lunch and application forms are available from the Education Department, Northern Ireland Hospice, 74 Somerton Road, Belfast, BT15 3LH, telephone 028 9078 1836 or email

South African farmer and preacher Angus Buchan talk at a series of special events in Co Tyrone in June. The Maize ‘n’ Grace series takes place in the Ecclesville Equestrian Centre, Fintona,– which can hold up to 3000 people. The meetings will be held from June 10-12 at 8pm and are free and open to all.


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