The Lay President of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Bro John E.K. Pratt, has enjoined members of the church to recommit themselves towards the development of the church.
Speaking on the theme “Redeeming Our Heritage, the role of the laity” at the annual general meeting at the Madina.
He urged the church to rediscover its culture and heritage, this is because in his opinion, the church has for far too long reneged on his virtues and heritage.
He said that, the church has since its formation in Ghana in 1835 had evangelism as its core heritage and as such its about time the church spread the word of God to all nations.
He cited an instance when John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church travelled 250 miles in horseback in proclaiming the word of God to people hence the need for all members to endeavor to emulate passionately.
He also spoke on Priesthood and the extent to which some believers of the church have decided to use intermediaries instead of directly approaching God in times of challenges.
The administration of the church was also an issue. He entreated all members to intensify because it is through this very heritage that societies develop into circuits and then into dioceses and subsequently develop into the culmination of connexions.
He also reiterated on the need for all members to make prayer their key commitment in life.
“Our founding members were great and famous wise, brave and strong. They helped the right, fought the wrong, graced their generation and made great impact in serving the church and humanity” he said.
When she took her turn, the lay chairperson of Accra Sis Christiana Aku Odoi said that the annual activities of the lay movement in 2012 have been revealing and taking cognizance of the church’s weakness and strength, for example the less endowed societies in the context of connexionlism have been given support from against societies in the various circuits.
She also said that the diocese has seen much improvement in sharing information. This is because all circuits and their councils communicate via emails and continue to encourage members to keep the e-mails active so that they will not be left in dark because information is a global phenomenon thus all must tap into it.
According to her, the diocese project on street children is on-going and that they are thankful to God for the transformation taking place in the life of the children numbering (19 young boys). And it is their anticipation that very soon a hostel project will see the light of day.
“The diocese continues to support the inmates of some selected villages its Rafikisatellite project with cash and considerable varied items including food and clothing” she said.
In the light of the impending presidential and parliamentary, sister Christiana Odoi said as part of diocese’s commitment to peace, every opportunity of gathering prayers are being said, all night programmes being organised, and individuals are encouraged to live in peace and devoid acrimonies because we are one people and children of God.
As part of the annual general meeting health outreach programmes were organised. Some members of the communities within the dioceses had their national health insurance renewed whilst others were also newly registered.
Eye testing and the checking of body mass index was also part of health programme, as its contribution to social responsibility.
In an Interview with Dr. Albert Paintsil of the Korle-bu teaching hospital, it came to the fore that many people are reluctant to check their body mass indexes frequently.
“This is against the fact that many Ghanaians have now resorted to certain eating patterns that tend to make them consume a lot of cholesterol into the body in recent times, thus the medical outreach programme” he said.”
Dr. Paintsil therefore encouraged the members of the diocese to endeavor to check their body mass index regularly to avoid obesity and other health problems that might tend to serious implications.
The Rt. Rev. Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt, Bishop of Accra Diocese advised members that, active participation in all church activities including, evangelism, discipleship and church planting, bible study and other spiritual progammes, contributing financially as our means would allow, church officers eg: stewards being faithful to their calling and appointment to office.