Embrace diversity, requests church

2016-07-27 06:00

THE Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s district of Kimberley, Namibia and Bloemfontein held its 135th Annual District Synod in the Archbell and Tweespruit circuit in Thaba Nchu.

The synod embraced the theme We are the body of Christ, a transformative movement.

According to a press statement released after the synod, the bishop, Rev. Lesiba Nkhumise, encouraged the synod to focus on embracing their diversity.

It is stated that speakers and preachers did their best to do justice to both the theme and the topics. This year is a celebration of 40 years of women in ministry in the Methodist Church.

The synod made members aware of the rich history and heritage that the Thaba Nchu area holds for the Methodist witness and mission.

Speakers alluded to the contribution of Methodist work to the training and mentoring of leaders for the country and especially the church.

Nkhumise spoke very strongly to the district to embrace diversity.

“We are challenged as the body of Christ. We must lead by example so that we may be empowered in our endeavour to transform our communities. We must take our testimony to the world, lest we be found to contribute to divisions both in the church and our communities,” read the statement.

The reports of all units and organisations show the seriousness of being involved with communities and evident attempt to show that the church is part of the body of Christ, a transformative movement. Faith should not rest on the wisdom of human kind, but in the power of God. At the same time, remember to go to the people who need us most, was the advice.

The synod celebrated the activity of God in the lives of men and women and in the fruits of Methodist witnesses.

The synod also received a story of God’s grace in the journey of the ordinant by Rev. Obusitswe Tiroyabone and also celebrated a journey of 40 years of dedication and commitment of Father Walter Gill.

The contribution of women and their journey towards the church’s work was also amongst the reflections that were made by the synod.

Rev. Otto Mbangula showed how the scriptures challenged the church to get rid of stereotypes that hamper the ministry and stationing of women, which was a valid lesson learnt.

The synod re-elected Ethel Tshangela as the district lay-leader for 2017-’19 and also took part in the re-election of the presiding Bishop Ziphosihle Siwa for the third term.

The synod held a memorial service where they paid tribute to three reverends, 259 women Manyano, eight youth units, 59 local preacher associations, six Young Women’s Manyano, eight music associations and 108 YMGs.

The synod had the honour to be visited by Connie Rampai, the late deputy executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, who had graced the memorable occasion of opening a district plaque.

Later, during the gala dinner, the synod was visited by the regent Queen Moroka of the Barolong Boo-Seleka.

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