Bring Churches together
The Reverend Helen Freeburn is a Presbyterian minister working at the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church near Eyre Square in Galway. The two Churches came together there in 1980. In this interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, she talks about her ministry and her multi-cultural congregation, which includes refugees and many people from Africa who have settled in Galway. All are given a warm welcome.
Helen was ordained and installed as minister of her Church in 2013, and during her 10 years of marriage, her husband has been very supportive catering for the congregation and serving in the music ministry.
Helen begins by explaining that there had been some differences between Presbyterians and Methodists around governance and shared worship but their Christ centred focus has brought them together into a fruitful community. Love and respect for one another was in evidence from the start, she says, even regarding the sharing of pews!