Newsletter- December 2013

GMF Nottingham-10 years of service in his vineyard

The Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship Nottingham branch  celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday 17th November 2013. The theme for the celebration was “10 years of service in his vineyard-forging ahead in unity”

GMF’s across the country joined our brothers and sisters in the celebration. About 106 members from London made the 4 hours trip to Nottingham. The journey offered opportunity for socialisation as members shared jokes, stories and food.

The anniversary service took place at Sherwood Methodist Church. The hall was full of people mostly dressed in blue. It was really a great sight. Rev William Davis conducted the service, and the Chair of Nottingham and Derby District, Rev Lorraine Mellor preached the sermon.

Presentations were made by the Nottingham GMF to all Ministers present, local preachers and the caretaker of Sherwood Methodist Church. The GMF UK Chaplaincy also presented 10th anniversary cloth to the District Chair and the Minister of Sherwood.

Other GMF branches– Glasgow and Leicester graced the occasion. It was a joyous occasion.

The GMF UK Chaplaincy wishes to thank the organisers and all members who supported Nottingham GMF.

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Wishing you a merry Christmas

Very soon the year 2013 shall be gone. I pray that it shall go with all our problems, worries, weaknesses, and sicknesses.

It is my prayer that the year 2014 shall bring hope, peace, trust, love, unity, health and understanding.

On behalf of the Central Management Committee (CMC), I express  profound gratitude to all internal organisations, local fellowships and all individual members of the GMF for their continued support to the fellowship.

Have a merry Christmas and a blessing New Year.

SHALOM!!!

 

Consultation on same sex marriage and civil partnerships

The Methodist Church has launched a consultation on the implications of same sex marriage legislation for the Methodist Church. The Methodist Conference asked a working group to look at the implications of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act for the Methodist Church back in July. The group’s task is to report on whether the Conference should embark on a process of reviewing the Church’s position on marriage and on civil partnerships. The consultation is open to Methodists and will run until early February.

Susan Howdle, chair of the same sex marriage and civil partnership working party, said : “We do urge as many Methodists as possible to respond, thoughtfully and prayerfully, to the consultation in order to help us to gauge the mind of the Church. We hope the time scale will allow at least some of the responses to be from groups who have met for discussion, but individual responses are equally welcome.”  

The Methodist Church’s position is that marriage is a gift of God and that it is God’s intention that a marriage should be a life-long union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman.

 

Young people elect new Methodist Youth President Designate

The Methodist Youth Assembly – 3Generate –  has elected Megan Thomas as the Church’s new Youth President Designate for 2014-2015. Megan Thomas, 20, of Kerry, Powys in Wales, said: “I want to help the Methodist Church use one of its greatest resources, which is the youth. I don’t want any Methodist young person to feel that their age silences them.” From September 2014, Megan will work full time for one year serving the young people of the Methodist Church in Britain.

Her job will involve enabling and encouraging young people to be heard and to be involved in every aspect of Church life. The Youth President is a paid post within the Children and Youth Team. “No young person should ever feel unimportant or insignificant, because we have a part to play in the future of the Church,” Megan said. “We can be an example and, if supported and equipped correctly, we will be the future leaders of the Church, so the youth of today can bring about a better tomorrow.”

 

Faithfully accepting responsibility without knowing the consequences

Anywhere else in the world in those biblical days the Blessed Virgin Mary would have been in deep trouble for becoming pregnant before the consummation of her marriage to Joseph.  It was a unique first, purposeful and never repeated. Then and now pregnancy always involves human intervention of sorts. She could easily have been called names and labelled unfaithful, if not shunned by many or even stoned.  Trust between her and Joseph would have broken down, and divorce would have been the best option; but for that Divine revelation and timely assurance. Centuries earlier, God had promised David that his kingdom would last forever (2 Samuel 7:16. This promise was fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, a direct descendant of David. When May and Joseph first began their journey to Bethlehem, they may have felt they had time to make the trip and return home to Nazareth. By the time they reached Bethlehem, Mary was exhausted and to make matters worse, the town was busy with people searching for lodging. Unfortunately, Joseph and Mary could not find a suitable accommodation.

One kind family agreed to put them up in a stable.  It was a crude shelter, but it kept them out of the cold and at least they had a roof over their heads.

Mary being young, a virgin and inexperienced did not know what to expect.  She had not had antenatal care, so the painful long contraction coupled with her inexperience seemed unending. Joseph was working his way through the corrupt registration process leaving Mary alone in the stable to cope. That was probably the time Mary remembered her song (THE MAGNIFICAT) Luke 1: 46 -55 “OH how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in my God my Saviour…When we are facing challenges in life what do we do?  Mrs Job asked her husband, are you still trying to maintain your integrity, curse God and die (Job 2:9, but Mary saw that as an opportunity to magnify God.  As evening fell, her labour pains intensified.  I picture Joseph returning to find Mary moaning through a wave of pain.  There are no pains like those of childbirth; none so intense.  Only the reminder that she would soon be holding her baby, kept her focused. Lo and behold the baby arrived. For  nine months Mary talked to Him, sung to him, felt His tiny movement in her tummy and looked forward to the day when she could finally touch Him. From the day she learned of God’s plan, Mary ’s attitude had been one of submission to God.  

By Sis Florence Acquah Taylor

 

Can you see future leaders today?

I hope all internal organizations of the GMF have held their elections. Was there any surprise? Someone little known or much younger emerged as a leader? If we care about the future of the church, fellowship or any organisation we belong, then leadership development must be our priority.

 Make no mistake. The traditional Sunday school or youth groups will not be enough to raise generational leaders. Look around! How many young people do you see? When was the last time a young person read a Bible lesson or prayer? When children and young people leave Sunday school or youth clubs they often leave the church as well. Negative experiences of church are leading many young people to reject religion and God altogether.

 We need to identify, train and mentor young people to become future leaders in the church. And for them to be effective leaders, they need practice to gain experience.

Perhaps we could learn something from football management. Many football clubs have academies where they identify young talents and coach them. Occasionally, the young ones get the chance to show their skills by playing alongside the senior team, and many times they don’t disappoint. Manchester United already knows who will replace Giggs or Rooney in 2-5 years time. Do you know who will replace your current leaders?

 Let us not only “catch” them young. Let’s train them young. Let the young ones wear the shoes of leadership today; make some mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

Bro Felix Adoko Otabil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Mission Trip to Ghana

The GMF UK Chaplaincy in collaboration with the Methodist London District is organising a youth trip to Ghana from 5-16 April 2014.

 Interested parents /youth should kindly see the following people;

Sisters: Theresa Sam, Vida Asamoah Mainoo, Sarah Adjei Twum, and Rev. William Davis.

More details will be communicated later.

GMF Nottingham Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship Nottingham branch celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday 17th November 2013. The theme for the celebration was “10 years of service in his vineyard-forging ahead in unity”

GMF’s across the country joined our brothers and sisters in the celebration. About 106 members of London GMF made the 4 hours trip to Nottingham arriving about 2.00pm.

The journey offered opportunity for socialisation as members told jokes, stories and shared food.

The anniversary service took place at Sherwood Methodist Church. The hall was full of people mostly dressed in blue. It was really a great sight. Rev William Davis, Chaplain of GMF UK Chaplaincy conducted the service, and the Chair of Nottingham and Derby District; Rev Lorraine Mellor preached the sermon.Image

Presentations were made by the Nottingham GMF to all Ministers present, local preachers and the caretaker of Sherwood Methodist Church. The GMF UK Chaplaincy also presented cloth to the District Chair and the Minister of Sherwood.

Other GMF branches– Glasgow and Leicester also graced the occasion. It was a joyous occasion.

The GMF UK Chaplaincy wishes to thank the organisers and all members who supported Nottingham GMF.