Cycling to raise £8000 for Manse in Northern Ghana

DavidRevd David Hardman on his bike.

One Minister’s ambitious plan this year is to raise Eight Thousand Pounds to build a Manse in Nalogni in the Northern Diocese of Methodist Church Ghana. Revd David Hardman of Walworth Methodist Church, Camberwell, London visited Ghana in January with other ministers as part of ministerial trip organised by the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy in conjunction with the London District of the Methodist Church.

While in Ghana Revd David Hardman and his colleagues visited the Northern Ghana Diocese where he was touched by the infrastructural challenges faced by the ministry in the Northern Ghana. “The Methodist Church run a wonderful school in the village and have a church there but no Minister as there is no Manse. For £8000 the Diocese could build a Manse”.

On Aug 2nd Revd David Hardman will be taking part in the London 100 – which entails cycling 100 miles around London and Surrey in a day. “Having a Minister living in the village would ensure that the work there really takes off”. Please sponsor David and help towards a new Manse in Nalogni.

There are two ways you can help: Either make a personal donation to David, or collect a sponsorship form from him and raise funds in your church, fellowship or community.

Contact details of Rev David Hardman:

Email: david.hardman@methodist.org.uk Mobile: 07984 460 426 Office: 020 7703 2477

Rural development would be my passion- Rt Rev Awortwi Pratt

The Presiding Bishop Designate of the Methodist Church Ghana, Rt Revd Titus Awortwi Pratt has declared that rural development would be his passion when he takes over the reins of the church in October 2015.

The Bishop who is in London after attending the British Methodist Conference in Southport had an informal interaction with the leadership of the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship-UK Chaplaincy at St Marks Methodist Church, Tottenham, on Tuesday 7 July 2015.

IMG_3513 (3)Rt. Reverend Titus Awortwi Pratt, Presiding Bishop designate, Ghana 

The chaplain Rev William Davis, Secretary and assistance secretary Tatah Amenonyoh and Clement Addai-Bempah briefed the Bishop about the work  the fellowship has done over the decade. The Bishop who was encouraged by what he heard challenged the leaders not to rest on their oars but press on to reach the whole of UK. He recalled that at a time when he was in England most of his friends and people he knew were Catholics and Anglicans and thanked the leadership for bringing many Ghanaian Methodists living in UK together.

IMG_3510Middle: Tatah Amenonyoh, GMF Secretary making a point

The Presiding Bishop designate told the gathering that amongst the places he has earmarked for development include the rural parts of Accra, Upper East and West and rural Volta.

The Bishop assured those in British Methodism who are sceptical about nationalist fellowships such as the Ghanaian Methodist Fellowship thinking we might end up having parallel churches that such thing would never happen. He said although the umbilical cord was broken in 1961, the historical relationship between Methodist Church Britain and Methodist Church Ghana is still strong that it cannot be broken.

Some leaders at the meeting shared some concerns they would want the Bishop to address when he takes over including equal distribution of resources across the north-south of Ghana, the finances of the Methodist University College Ghana, online communication and wealth creation.

IMG_3511Some fellowship leaders at the meeting

“Bring one person to faith this year,” Methodist President urges churches

The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda.

In his inaugural address at the Conference in Southport, the Revd Steve Wild challenged each Methodist church in Britain to aim to bring just one person to faith in the coming year, saying: “Let’s take God seriously. I want to help us in the task of evangelism, to put mission on the agenda and give our churches an aim to win a person for Christ.”

“We cannot sit back in complacency,” he added. “We have a massive Kingdom of God task. I’m wanting this year to challenge each church to bring one person to faith – to make one new member this next year, let’s make bringing people to faith the main point, we don’t do it alone. The unconditional love of Jesus is our motivation.”

He told those gathered at the Conference that John Wesley only had ten guineas to his name when he died. Wesley’s will directed that four of these guineas should pay four unemployed men to carry his coffin and the remainder be distributed among his poorest preachers.

“What else did he leave behind?” Steve asked. “Changed lives hundreds of them, Christian communities dotted all over this country and in other parts of the world, fellowships seeking to take God seriously. Oh that we may all draw to the foot of the cross and experience this powerful love and make this our legacy one of transformed lives and communities!”

Church must celebrate and learn from diversity, says report

The Methodist Fellowship Groups, congregations of Methodists united by a shared ethnicity or language, announced their intention to grow in deeper relationships, mutual partnerships and genuine integration in a report to the Methodist Conference.

The report, presented by the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Conference, highlighted the importance of being one family with one mission.

About the report, Martyn said, “We are committed to find continuing and healthy ways to harvest the richness brought into our Church by international communities of Methodists. Indeed, every part of the life of the Church is made better because of our life together, and there is much that we can learn from each other.

Following on from the report, the Conference has agreed to set up a connexional advisory and support group to share good practice and encourage integration with local churches.

The Revd Dr Claire Potter, deputy convener of the working group said of the recommendations, “Fellowship groups are a growing area of the Methodist Church in Britain. It is important that we not only understand and welcome the variety and diversity of Fellowship Groups, but that we deepen our current relationships, develop mutual partnerships and genuinely integrate with each other. Let us celebrate diversity by learning, accepting and growing together, without enforcing assimilation.”

The Revd William Davis, Fellowship Coordinator of the London District and chaplain to the Ghanaian Fellowship Group, added: “British Methodism for many immigrants can be quite a foreign experience and Fellowship Groups can help provide stability and familiarity in an otherwise strange land. There are many things we can learn from each others’ experiences of Methodism and we hope that this new support group will help us all to develop and grow in our faith further.”