[Church of Ireland Gazette] After more than ten years a vision has become a reality. The Bishop of Cork, the Rt Revd Paul Colton, recently dedicated the "Wheels Ministry" trailer for the Church Army. The 19ft long by 7feet wide double axle trailer, which can be towed around by an ordinary family car, cost £14,000. It combines the latest multimedia equipment, a retractable stage and its own plumbing. It can even be set up with screens for separate hospitality and quiet areas.
The trailer made its maiden journey with a 300-mile journey from its collection point Ballymena in Northern Ireland to Co Cork on Ireland's Southern coast. "It handled superbly and is a real eye-catcher with its bright graphics," said Keith Dyde, the Church Army's Diocesan Missioner for Cork, Clone and Ross. "Cars hooted and flashed their lights as they overtook us and hopefully agreed with its message of 'Sharing faith through words and action' [the Church Army's motto]."
"Faith is personal but was never meant to be private," said the Chief Secretary of the Church Army, Philip Johanson, preaching at the dedication service. "The 'Wheels Ministry' is a tool to help young people discover that faith is possible."
Keith Dyde outlined the way the trailer would be use: "We look forward to touring Ireland and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ at county shows and music festivals, among families on holiday, with people on the streets of our cities, and through a variety of children's holiday clubs."
The highlight of the outreach work this year will be a Millennium Trek, when it is hoped the trailer will visit at least one parish in every diocese in Ireland between 13th May and 5th June.