The Methodist Church has as its prime objective ‘need, not creed’. It has always recognized the importance of reaching out and building relationships with the wider community. Agape (pronounced A –ga-pay) is a Greek word which translates into English as ‘love’ and is used to describe a practical love towards all people.
The new Agape Centre, which opened in April 2012, is finished to a very high specification and embraces all the technologies of the digital age. It provides a cross community focal point for a diverse range of services to meet local needs. Our current long term tenants are the South Belfast Youth Football League (the largest amateur football league in Northern Ireland), Abbeyfield Belfast Society and Belfast Health Trust Community Mental Health Team. Weekly activities run by partner organisations include karate ,pilates, contemporary dance, Weight Watchers and Slimming World, whilst we have hosted meetings and events by organisations including Addiction N I, Alzheimer’s Society, the Charis Community, Contemporary Christianity, Mission Africa, the New Lyric Operatic Company, Peace Players International, Praxis Mental Health, United Nations Association and Womens’ Aid.
The Centre provides a high quality range of conference and seminar rooms which can be hired at competitive rates. It is accessible at street level with lift and stair access to the upper floors. There are excellent kitchen facilities and catering can be provided on request. The Centre can be very easily reached by public services both bus and train services.
The Agape Centre continues to develop and to respond to identified needs in the area.
Belfast South Methodist Church is a reconciling congregation, creating a Christ-centred, intentionally inclusive and loving community. God’s grace knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, family structure or marital status, physical or mental ability.
We support the full inclusion and participation of all persons in the life of Belfast South and the Methodist Church in Ireland, as we proclaim the Gospel of Christ through faith that acts.
We seek to be a church at the heart of our community and are here with open hearts, open minds and open doors:
THROUGH BELIEF THAT ACTS.
Our church family has had a lengthy journey since the two churches on the circuit (Lisburn and University Road Churches), recognised over thirteen years ago, that something different and radical had to happen if we were to survive and be enabled to develop the Church’ s Mission relevant to the twenty first century.
The work on the new Church and Agape Centre finally commenced in December 2010 and the new building was handed over to us at the end of March 2012 – just in time to hold the first service in the Church on Easter Sunday morning and then the official opening six weeks later at Pentecost, both very enriching and uplifting experiences.
The journey thus far had been a long and very demanding one, but we recognised that we were simply at the ‘end of the beginning’ and that a new challenging and exciting journey lies ahead as we work as a church family and with others to ‘serve the present age, our calling to fulfill’.
In the past years a very large number of people from diverse backgrounds have entered our doors and we continue to explore new ways of reaching out to the community around us.
Belfast South Methodist is now part of a new Circuit called South and Central Belfast, initiated at Conference in June 2018. As a church we are now joined in a circuit of five worshipping communities, together with various other servicing groups.
Belfast South Minister
Rev. Emily Hyland