200th Anniversary Begins

Posted by Roger Cooke on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

At CMS Ireland’s recent IMPACT event, The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh, formally launched CMS Ireland’s 200th Anniversary Programme, which runs throughout the full Church year.

This was the fourth Annual IMPACT event and it took place in Belfast Bible College, with whom CMS Ireland has had close connections in recent years. The evening offers an opportunity to celebrate the impact that God has had on individuals and communities over the past year, through the work of CMS Ireland and its Global Partners. The event also seeks to challenge those present to keep passing on the impact of God’s transforming love.

This year’s event featured stories that highlighted the impact of some of the core aspects of CMS Ireland’s work: Partnership Links, Marketplace, the Annual Project and the sending and supporting of Mission Personnel.

Before launching the 200th Anniversary Programme, Archbishop Richard issued the challenge to be a ‘friend to the friendless’ whether the ‘friends’ are in other parts of the world or indeed on our own doorsteps. He also encouraged CMS Ireland, as part of the Church, to root itself and its work in Scripture.

The Anniversary Programme has started…by stopping. Throughout Advent, CMS Ireland members and supporters – and indeed the wider church – have been encouraged to ‘mark time’ by praying for the Society and committing the next year (and beyond) to God. A special Marking Time prayer leaflet is available here

The Advent Prayer Focus includes a particular emphasis on Wednesday 11th December (11.12.13) – as we Mark Time Together in a day of prayer. Prayer events are happening throughout Ireland at 8pm that evening.

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