Praise for the Efforts Around the World of the Methodist Church

Methodist endorse poverty focus

Thursday, 15th December, 2011

The Methodist Church has welcomed the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to be set up under the Relationship Accord between the Maori Party and the National Party.

Turning the World upside down for Christ!

Church president John Roberts has described the pay gap as the moral issue of our time, and says the church is in favour of redistributing wealth to ensure that people can participate and meet their basic needs.

The church says the Maori Party has ensured with 22 percent of New Zealanders living in poverty, including a high proportion of Maori and Pasifika families are included in government responsibilities.

 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ~ John 3:16-17

Brakwa Methodist raises funds for new mission house

The Brakwa Society of the Methodist Church of Ghana has raised GH ¢ 8,770 in an annual harvest to help facilitate some of its on-going projects.

Speaking to the GNA at Breman Brakwa in the Central Region, shortly after the harvest, the Superintendent Minister of the Brakwa Society of the Winneba Diocese, the Very Reverend (Major Retired), D. O. Afriyie-Manso, said the amount realized would let the society complete its new project on time.

He said plans were far advanced to construct a new chapel, to provide the congregation with a spacious and conducive environment for worship.

Very Rev Afriyie-Manso told the congregation that until the Lord comes they had an unfinished task to persist in propagating the word of God.

He urged them to be of the best behavior in order not to bring the name of the Lord, the church and the nation into disrepute.

He appealed to the congregation to co-operate with each other and help weed out the bad nuts among them.

Very Rev Afriyie-Manso called on people who have been appointed to high offices by the government, to endeavor to discharge their functions diligently and assiduously without any blemish.

The occasion was also used to pray for the President, Ministers of State and the nation for God’s guidance for the pursuit of policies that would lead to the growth and development of the country.

The function was chaired by Nana Yamoah IV, Chief of Breman Brakwa, who commended the church for its vision and pledged the community’s support to help back-up their efforts.

Crossway and Saint David’ Methodist Churches in Barry Christmas services

THE ministers, Rev Peter and Deacon Samantha Taylor and the members and friends of Crossway and Saint David’s Methodist Churches invite you to join them at Christmas in a range of services and events to suit all ages.

* Sunday, December 18: Crossway 11am worship including Nativity presentation by Pukka; Crossway and St David’s (both start 6pm) 9 lessons and Carols by Candlelight (bring a torch and come and sing).

* Monday, December 19: St David’s, 4pm-5pm Messy Church Christingle for children and adults.

* Tuesday, December 20: Crossway 11.30am-noon, shoppers Christmas service. The church will be open for shoppers and shop workers from 11am to 1.30pm; at 2pm there will be a Crossway Nativity treasure hunt for children (with parent/guardian) aged reception to Year 2.

* Christmas Eve, St David’s, 11.30pm candlelight midnight service with Holy Communion.

* Christmas Day, worship at St David’s, 9.45am, and Crossway at 10am.

For further information about the above or about the Methodist churches in the Vale contact the ministers Rev Peter Taylor and Deacon Samantha Taylor on 01446 406262, email or visit the local Methodist website

Freed Slaves’ Craving For Education

Newly emancipated blacks in Bermuda were so anxious for education — and so proficient at learning — the American Methodist Church considered establishing a school on the island to train Bermudians and US free men of colour to teach former slaves in the West Indies.

Slaves were freed in all British territories — including Bermuda — on August 1, 1834. A contemporary diarist described “a solemn quiet” falling across the island as former slaves “happily adjusted to their freedom and independence.”

By the end of that year a report in the 1834 volume of the “American Annals Of Education & Instruction” said Bermuda’s freed blacks were eagerly embracing the schooling now available to them.

The Wesleyan Methodist Connection — formed in 1843 at an organising conference in Utica, New York, by a group of ministers and laymen splitting from the Methodist Episcopal Church primarily over their objections to slavery — sent teachers to both Bermuda and the British West Indies to help school newly-emancipated blacks.

Technically Bermuda blacks had been forbidden to learn how to read and write during the days of slavery although this injunction was often obeyed “more in the breach than the observance” according to at least one early 19th century writer.

Unlike in the West Indian plantation colonies, Bermuda slaves had largely been absorbed into the island’s maritime-based economy in the 18th and 19th centuries — working as everything from shipwrights to sailors.

“During the past year, considerable effort has been made in behalf of the colored population of Bermuda,” said the American report on the Methodist missionaries active in Bermuda. “Mrs Holt, a highly respectable and benevolent lady, in a letter to a friend in the United States, has ably set forth the advantages which would result … from a permanent establishment at Bermuda, for the education of colored missionaries and teachers of the African race. (Read this rest of this great article!)

Gifts head over the seas

A CONTAINER full of donated goods is making its way across the seas to Africa thanks to kind-hearted mid Chehsire residents.

Members of Methodist churches in Northwich and Winsford joined forces to collect items and send them to be distributed between a variety of projects in Mombasa.

The container has been filled with about 35 cycles, 50 sewing machines, 10 large bundles of crutches and walking sticks, wheelchairs, workshop tools, gardening tools and more than 200 bags and boxes of clothing and school stationery.

It is currently on a ship named Maersk Surabaya, which is due to arrive in Mombasa mid January.

Gordon Atkinson, one of the organisers, said: “All these types of items can help transform life chances for young people by improving their mobility and by providing some basic equipment with which they can both train and then utilise skills.

“The response to our appeals for items has been very positive, almost overwhelming – so much so that we have actually more items than we can fit into the container which means we will need to try and send another one next year.”

The projects supported by the group include a feeding programme at a remote primary school, a HIV / AIDS counselling and testing centre, skill training workshops for marginalised young people, a school for handicapped children and an orphanage.

It costs £3,000 to fund a container, provided by donations from businesses and individuals, and the church members also send £500 a month to support staff at the HIV/Aids counselling centre and feeding programme at the school.

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