The Presiding Bishop of Methodist Church Ghana, The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo has assured the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy a new chaplain soon. The Presiding Bishop made the assurance while preaching at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster in London. The Presiding Bishop was in England to attend the British Methodist Conference and took the opportunity to worship with the fellowship on 14 July.
The Presiding Bishop: Most Rev Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo
The Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship hasn’t had a chaplain for closer to a year since the previous chaplain Rev William Davis’s tenure ended in August 2018. This is the first time the fellowship hasn’t had a chaplain since its formal formation in 2002.
The Presiding Bishop thanked the Ghanaian Methodist Ministers in London and the executives of the fellowship for holding the fort for the past ten months.
Some members of the clergy
While in London, the Presiding Bishop also took the opportunity to have interactions with the executives of the various organisations within the fellowship.
This is the first time the Presiding Bishop has visited the fellowship since elected the twelfth Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana in 2018.
A section of Christ Little Band during the service
Delivering the sermon, Most Reverend Paul Boafo told the congregation to make their experience with Jesus effective as no one encounters Jesus and remain the same.
Story by Felix Kobina Adoko Otabil
The Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy has inaugurated its 19th local fellowship.
Manor Methodist Ghanaian fellowship in Southwark & Deptford Circuit, London, was inaugurated on 24 March, 2019 under the theme “Many parts, One body”.
Members of Manor GMF
In his sermon, the minister of Manor Methodist Church Rev. Robert Mpanduki said, “Each of us must look at ourselves as different parts of the same body required to complement each other for the smooth running of the fellowship and our churches”.
Rev Mpanduki delivering sermon
Rev Armstrong Fummey who administered the inauguration urged the fellowship to be wise builders and have the foundation of the fellowship firmly on the rock.
Rev Armstrong Fummey inaugurating the group
The secretary of GMF-UK Chaplaincy, Bro. Clement Addai-Bempah in his good will message encouraged the newly inaugurated fellowship to make diversity its priority. He also urged the members to join chaplaincy organisations such as Women’s Fellowship, Susanna Wesley Mission Auxiliary, Men’s Fellowship, Christ Little Band and the Choir.
Local fellowships which attended the ceremony included Bermondsey Central Hall, Walworth Methodist Church as well as some Ghanaians from Peckham and Deptford Methodist churches.
Section of the congregation
Story by Felix Kobina Adoko Otabil
His Excellency the Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom & Ireland Papa Owusu-Ankomah yesterday joined the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. The High Commissioner who only arrived in London about four weeks ago was accompanied by his wife Mrs Augustina Owusu-Ankomah.
Papa Owusu-Ankomah said he has heard a lot about the fellowship and though he had received several invitations in the past to come and visit he couldn’t honour the invitations. He is therefore pleased that he is able to come with his wife to fellowship. He said he shouldn’t be regarded as a guest but rather a member of the fellowship. The High Commissioner recounted his experience with some of the members of the fellowship at Wesley Methodist Church, Sekondi, Ghana.
The High Commissioner said he would seek to deepen the engagement with the Ghanaians in the diaspora and the UK diplomatic mission. He said there are lots of competent Ghanaians in the diasopora and he would be talking to them about investment in Ghana.
Papa Owusu-Ankomah asked the members of the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship to pray for him and Ghana. The Chaplain of the fellowship Rev William Davis who was a junior of Papa Owusu-Ankomah at Mfantsipim School CapeCoast, Ghana assured the High Commissioner that the fellowship will always pray for him to be successful.
Papa Owusu-Ankomah is a staunch member of the Methodist Church Ghana and has served in many offices.
High Commissioner to UK & Ireland,
Rev Tony Miles (Middle) welcoming the High Commissioner and his wife to the Methodist Central Hall