The UMC in the World ~ “I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am …”

… judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation” ~ John Wesley

Deputy Governor donates building to church

It was a roll call of who-is-who in Akwa Ibom State when the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde dedicated a church building constructed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Nsima Ekere for the church in his village, Ikot Oboroenyin in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.

Speaking at the dedication service, Ekere, himself an elder of the church, explained that he rebuilt the church in fulfilment of his vow to give back to God if he was victorious in the April 2011 gubernatorial election, with the encouragement of his father, a Knight of the church.

The Deputy Governor stressed that he had every reason to thank God for His mercy and grace in his life, describing his experience with God as worthwhile. He traced his special relationship with the church from birth, disclosing that he was dedicated as an infant in the old church, which he has rebuilt, by the immediate past Prelate, Dr. Sunday Mbang, who incidentally was the first man to see him at birth, 46 years ago.

"I came to convert the Indians, but, oh, who will convert me?" ~ John Wesley

Ekere commended Governor Godswill Akpabio for working tirelessly to change the face and fortunes of Akwa Ibom for good in the last four and a half years, reasoning that the success of the governor in this regard had given hope that the whole country could be developed.

In a goodwill message at the occasion, Akpabio lauded his deputy for building the church which he described as a wonderful seed and a demonstration that Ekere remembered his source. (Read the complete article here)

Hammond awarded Jesse Lee Prize in American Methodist History

 – Manchester, England
Geordan Hammond of Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England, was recently awarded the Jesse Lee Prize in American Methodist History for his doctoral research. Hammond, who serves NTC as a lecturer in church history and Wesley studies, titled his dissertation “Restoring Primitive Christianity:John Wesley and Georgia, 1735-1737.”Hammond also serves as director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.

The Jesse Lee Prize is awarded every four years by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, and is designed to support the publication of serious monographs in Methodist history.

Hammond’s research was already awarded (Read the complete article here)

Kuching Christmas Parade on Saturday

KUCHING, Borneo: Kuching District Methodist Churches together with other churches will hold an annual Christmas parade in the metropolitan area tomorrow (Dec 17), starting 6.30pm.

The parade, with the theme ‘Peace in Christ’ hopes to spread the message of peace and the true meaning of Christmas among the people.

Methodist church, Baptist church and churches under Kuching Ministers’ Fellowship are sending contingents consisting of more than 4,000 persons to participate in the parade.

They will hold candles on one hand and sing Christmas carols to symbolise the angels proclaiming the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. Among traditional hymns to be sung are ‘Silent Night’, ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

Colourful Christmas floats depicting The Angels, Peace, The Nativity Scene and Noah’s Ark will accompany the carollers. The brass bands of the Boy and Girl Brigades, meanwhile, will present their kind of music while members of the public will get a chance to get specially made balloons from members of the parade. (Read the complete article here)

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