The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Sam McGuffin, paid a courtesy visit to the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Andrew Forster, on Monday afternoon. Mr McGuffin and Bishop Forster are long-time friends, having first got to know one another during the Bishop’s ministry in the Diocese of Armagh.
The church leaders exchanged gifts – a Book of Common Prayer and a Book of Methodist Worship – before Bishop Andrew gave his guest a guided tour of the Diocesan Centre in Londonderry, a building once owned by the Presbyterian Church.
The Methodist President was accompanied on his visit by the Superintendent of the Methodist Church in the North West, Rev Richard Johnston. The two men enjoyed tea and coffee and fellowship with the Bishop; the Archdeacon of Derry, Ven Robert Miller; the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart; and the Bishop’s Curate-in-Charge of the Fahan Group of Parishes, Rev Judi McGaffin.