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The Harlesden Methodist local Ghanaian fellowship triumphed in this year’s Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy fun games. The yearly event was held on Monday 26th May 2014, at Burgess Park, Camberwell in London.
The North West fellowship was among the first to arrive at the park in the washout, and their determination was paid off after winning all competitions except the football. Harlesden Methodist local fellowship took home 4 trophies as winners of boys, girls, men and women divisions. The other trophy went to the Walworth Methodist church, Camberwell as champions of the football game. Other individuals won medals for their participation and contribution to the event.
Despite the bad weather, over 200 people of all ages and nationalities joined the event either as participants or spectators. A number of Ministers came to the event to support their members including Revd Stephen Poxon, St Mark Methodist church, Tottenham, Revd Patrick Kandeh, Upper Tooting Methodist church, Revd Eric Mustapher, Walworth Methodist church. Also present was Mr Ben Twumasi, a minister in training and Revd Patrick Kofi Amissah, who came from Wales to join in the fun.
Though delayed for over an hour due to the weather, once it got started it soon proved that people weren’t going to allow the rain spoil their fun. The game officials had a hectic time as more than required people turned up to register for their respective fellowships. Some churches took part for the first time including Aldershot Methodist church.
For the first time, we had BBQ alongside the games. Fellowships and individuals brought meat, fish, plantain and all kinds of food to feed the many participants and spectators.
The cheer leaders were at their best. They sung, danced and joked all day long to the admiration of many people.
The London District of the Methodist Church has held its maiden international festival. The festival which is a gathering of all International Language Fellowships within the church is to showcase their uniqueness and celebrate diversity. The event was held on Saturday 17th May, 2014, at the Walworth Methodist church, Camberwell, in the South East London.
In attendance were the President and vice President of Conference, Rev’d Ruth Gee and Dr Daleep Markaji, who are on visit to the district. The three Co-Chairs of the London District, Revd Jennifer Impey, Revd Stuart Jordan, and Revd Michaela Youngson were all in attendance.
The night featured number of various nationalities including the Chinese, Filipino, Ghanaian, Korean, Nigerian, Urdu &Hindi, and Zimbabwean fellowships.
The evening begun with a big family meal. Foods from around the world were brought by the various nationalities. Participants not only enjoyed the food, but also the conversation amongst themselves and the invited dignitaries.
Later in the evening, the participants gathered in the conference hall with a procession of various national flags and banners. The fellowships took turns in performances in songs or something unique about their countries. The performances left many participants visibly emotional. There were cheers and laughter all night long.
Prayers were said for the abducted Nigerian girls, miners who have lost their lives in Turkey and persecuted Christians in Pakistan and around the world.
The President of Conference, Revd Ruth Gee, in her greeting remarks expressed her joy in seeing a gathering of many parts but one body. On his part, the Vice President of Conference, Dr Daleep Markaji, said it is good everyone is recognised so that we can all play our part in mission. He said when one part suffers; the whole body suffers and pledged to do all he can to speak for the persecuted, and the marginalised in society.
The smile on the participants’ faces says it all. We can’t wait for another international festival next year.