On Saturday, my day began in Oxford Place Mission where the World Church Forum were meeting. The Forum included representatives from the Districts, the World Church RelationshipsTeam, Mission Partners on Furlough and others who have served as Mission Partners. We were joined by 3 very special guests: Rev Dr Albert Jebanesam (President of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka), Rev Arnold Temple (President of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone) and Rev Dr Cuthbert Edwards representing the Methodist Church in the Caribbean.
|Rev Dr Albert Jebanesan, Rev Dr Cuthbert Edwards and Rev Arnold Temple|
I was given the opportunity to share some of the glimpses of glory from my visits to partners in Bolivia and Kenya and to MRDF Partners in Cameroon. (See earlier blogs for details of these visits)
If you don't know about our relationships around the world, do look on the website and find out more. www.methodist.org.uk/mission/world-church
On Saturday evening I went to Hinsley Hall in Leeds where there was a meeting of the Methodist Missionary History Society. I joined them for their evening meal and for a book launch. The book, 'Methodists and their Missionary Societies' is written by Rev John Pritchard and is the first volume, the second volume will be published in the next few months. Read more about it here: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409470496
|David's Harp leading worship|
On Sunday morning, Daleep joined us and we both took part in morning worship at Oxford Place. Worship was led by Revd Stephen Poxon who was Secretary of the Methodist Missionary Society until Conference this year when we agreed new ways of supporting mission. We were also joined by David's Harp, a talented and lively music group from the circuit in London where Stephen is now serving.
|Unveiling the plaque|
After lunch a crowd of over 200 people gathered at a place very near the site of the Old Boggart Chapel. Here I unveiled a blue plaque celebrating the formation of that first missionary society.
|Rev Dr Albert Jebanesan, Rev Dr Liz Smith, Rev Ruth Gee, Rev Arnold Temple, Rev Dr Cuthbert Edwards, Dr Daleep Mukarji|
|The crowd around the plaque after the unveiling|
|Daleep addressing the congregation in the Minster|
|Members of the World Church Relationships Team took part in the service|
The words of the commitment we made were:
We commit ourselves to be part of:
a world transformed by God's love;
a confident church motivated to share God's love;
a people celebrating being part of the worldwide family.
I invite you to say these words aloud and commit yourself to one mission, God's mission.
We left the Minster singing 'We are marching in the light of God'.
An amazing week-end, full of celebration of past, present and future and full of the glory of God.