The Church of Ireland Student Centre at Queen’s University will play host to a group of Swedish visitors from June 24-28.
A group of 33 guests of all ages are travelling from Två Systrars Church in Sweden. As well as touring and having fun together, the group wants to meet up with people from churches in Ireland.
Två Systrars Church is located in the suburbs of Kalmar on Sweden’s east coast. The Swedish church is part of the the Porvoo Communion and has many connections with the Anglican Church.
The group flies into Dublin on Wednesday June 22, and spends Thursday in Dublin where their activities will include a visit to an Irish pub and to Trinity College, as well as a chance to see the sights of the Irish capital.
They head north on Friday, stopping first in Armagh for a visit to the city and a tour of St Patrick’s Cathedral, before moving to Belfast and their base at the Student Centre at Queen’s, known as The Hub. This has been arranged as a result of a family connection. That evening The Hub will welcome the visitors and host a shared Anglican / Lutheran worship service at 8pm.
The following day, those who wish can take a bus trip to the Antrim coast and enjoy some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic scenery.
On Sunday the group will go to different churches around Belfast, and that afternoon will visit Methody College where they will be greeted by the Rev David Neilands.
On the Monday morning, the Rev Barry Forde, Church of Ireland Chaplain at Queen’s, will guide the Swedish group on a walking tour of local churches in the neighbourhood. The group departs Belfast for the return trip to Copenhagen early on Tuesday June 28.