Glenn Memorial UMC
Friday, February 27, 2015
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

East Belfast Methodist Mission

Gary Mason in Belfast
Gary Mason, the Mission's Pastor,
in front of a paramilitary mural

Address and Contact

239 Newtownards Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland                                    

Purpose of Organization

The East Belfast Mission is one of the largest Methodist churches in Europe.  Located on a “peace line” between Protestant and Catholic communities, the Mission operates in an area that has one of the worst rankings in Northern Ireland in terms of employment, health education, and poverty.

With a membership of only 250 members, the Mission mobilizes a staff of 50 and a volunteer team of more than 50 in service to the community.  Hosford House is a 22-bed hostel for people who are experiencing homelessness.  The Job Bridge is an employment service that offers information, guidance on employment opportunities, training, and education. 

The Welcoming Center is a café for locals, and Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to people in need.  The Mission’s two shops provide nearly new clothing and furniture at a low cost to the people in the area.  The Mission also reaches out to youth through arts, music, community events, and Luk4, a former pub that the Mission has turned into a safe haven for teens.  

The Mission’s most ambitious ministry is Skainos, a $40 million project designed to regenerate the inner city and build confidence in the peace process.  Click here for more information on Skainos.

Volunteer Opportunities

In the spring of 2007, members of Glenn Memorial joined the Skainos Cycling Team for part of their East Coast Challenge to raise money for the project.  In April of 2008, fifteen members of Glenn traveled to Belfast for a week of service through the Mission’s ministries. Check back soon for more information on this trip.

Glenn Contact

Dr. Rogers or Cheryl Griffin