Members of staff at Connor Diocese’s Centre of Mission, Connect Base, are today getting a taste of Royalty as guests at Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church.
HRH Prince Charles is visiting the former church building today (Tuesday) – the first engagement during a two day visit to Northern Ireland.
Diocesan Development Officer Trevor Douglas, Church Army Evangelists Karen Webb and Stephen Whitten, Connor Children’s Project Development Officer Jill Hamilton and Youth Officer Christina Baillie, are among the community representatives, faith groups and local entrepreneurs invited to meet Prince Charles.
Other guests include the Rev Tracey McRoberts, Mrs Heather Carson, Development Officer, Church of Ireland Lower Shankill, and the Dean of Belfast, the Ven Stephen Forde.
Prince Charles has enjoyed a brief concert by the Ulster Orchestra including some opera and songs from the great Ulster songbook, and has been presented with some craft beer and raw milk cheese from County Down cows!
Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church sits at the heart of one of the most troubled parts of Belfast. Its congregation shrank rapidly during the late 1960s and 1970s. It closed in 1982 but has been brought back into use by the Belfast Buildings Trust.
Learn more about the history of the building at http://www.belfastbuildingstrust.org/carlisle.php