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Vision for mission hub to see 'life-changing encounters with God'

A new Centre of Mission has been launched by Church Army in County Sligo, north-west Ireland.

Church Army, in partnership with the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, has launched the Drumcliffe Centre of Mission.

The service held at St Columba’s Church last night included the licencing of Church Army evangelists Isaac Hanna and Alan Williamson, by the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, the Rt Rev Ferran Glenfield. The event was attended by more than 200 people.

Isaac is the centre’s lead evangelist, while Alan has been appointed as the pioneer evangelist. The team is planning set up a wide range of community events and fresh expressions of church to engage with people of all ages living in the area.

“I've seen Christ's power and presence in people’s lives transform even the most desperate situations,” says Isaac, “My vision is for the Drumcliffe Centre of Mission to be a hub for people to have life-changing encounters with God, build eternal relationships and be equipped to live life to the full.”

The new centre also aims to be a focal point for outreach to both the people in the west of Ireland and to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock to St Columba’s Parish Church and adjoining graveyard – the final resting place of Irish poet, William Butler Yeats – every year.

Bishop Ferran said: “Our God is a God of mission. He calls people and sends them out into the world. This is the pattern we see in the Bible and this is what’s taking shape in the Drumcliffe Centre of Mission. I commend this initiative and partnership in the Gospel and pray that many will be reached in the West of Ireland and beyond.”

Drumcliffe is the site of an historic monastery established by St Columba’s Church some 1,400 years ago, providing a springboard for the evangelisation of Scotland and other parts of Europe.

This is the second centre of mission Church Army has opened in the Republic of Ireland, following the launch of the Tuam Centre of Mission in County Mayo last year.


(From left): Church Army Evangelist Alan Williamson, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, the Rt Rev Ferran Glenfield and Archdeacon Isaac Hanna. Photo by Sally Siggins.

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