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United chaplaincies for Queen’s University Belfast: The Church of England Newspaper, September 23, 2012 p 6. September 27, 2012

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Signing the Covenant at Queen’s University Belfast: back, from left: Rev John Alderdice, Methodist Chaplain at Queen’s; Prof Alan Hibbert, Chair, Church of Ireland Executive Committee; Rev Donald Ker, Methodist chair of the Chaplaincy Committee; Rev Barry Forde, Church of Ireland Chaplain at Queen’s. Front, L–R The Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor and Rev Heather Morris, Methodist District Superintendent. Photo: Church of Ireland Press Office

A Local Covenant Partnership has been signed between the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church to amalgamate their chaplaincies at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Last week the Bishop of Connor Alan Abernethy and the District Superintendent of the Belfast Methodist Circuit the Rev Heather Morris signed on behalf of their churches, which will see a common worship, mission and outreach programmes, student centres and accommodation schemes for the two churches.

The Rev Barry Forde, vicar of Church of the Resurrection, Belfast and Anglican Chaplain at the university said he and Methodist Chaplain the Rev John Alderdice will be “forming a single Covenant Management Group to oversee the life, vision and mission of the Student Centre, and as such marks the end of the beginning of what we hope and pray will be a Spirit–filled, Christ–following, and God–glorifying future for the work of the Chaplaincies at Queens.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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