As Methodists we are all part of the world wide Methodist family. The District World Church Action Team meets 3 times a year and is committed to raising awareness and encouraging initiatives in partnership with the World Church.
Here is the latest news from the World Church team worldchurchnewsjune2018.pdf
To view earlier World Church News Bulletins click here
The District currently supports:
National In Mission Appointments
We are in the process of making contact with Rev. Dr. Jayachitra whose work with the Christian Education department of the Church of South India is being supported through the Nationals in Mission programme. This is a new link for us, following on from the support we gave to the Leprosy Mission work in Upper Myanmar through the same programme (see below). The National in Missions programme is funded through the World Mission Fund and administered through World Church Relationships. Nationals in Mission Appointments Grants fund the post of a national of the Partner Church to do strategic mission work for the Church for five years.
Rev Jayachitra, whose first name is Lalitha, is a theological educator with research expertise and publications in Biblical Theology, Postcolonial and Feminist hermeneutics. She is a Deacon of the Church of South India from Karnataka Northern Diocese. A report on her current work talks about training with Sunday School teachers. Through supporting the World Mission Fund, you will be supporting her work. We hope to have first hand information from her in due course about her work to help us broaden our knowledge of the work of the Methodist Church in that part of the world.
Since 2013 we have been supporting Rev Myo of the Leprosy Mission in Upper Myanmar. We recently made a financial donation to the 125th anniversary events in Myanmar. We received these photos in early March 2018 which show the celebrations taking place PhotosfromUpper_Myanmar.doc. We will continue to support this link through prayer.
Our District is linked with Angleena Keizer who was working as a mission partner until recently in Sri Lanka. She is now working with the Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem.
We are linked with new mission partners the Revd Freddy (until recently a minister in Norwich) and Mrs Dee Takavarasha. They were appointed to serve overseas from January 2018 as mission partners in Uganda in partnership with the Methodist Church in Uganda. Freddy is working as the Mission Enabler and in charge of a circuit and Dee is the Child Ministry Coordinator. They are based in Jinja. Here is their first FREDDYANDDEENEWSLETTERMay18.docx.
Links with Rome
Former minister of Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge, the Revd Tim Macquiban and his wife Angela are now serving at the Methodist Church in Rome. A report of a recent event there which is linked to East Anglia District can be read here.
Methodist Women in Britain link
Another link with our District is with Bishop Everald Galbraith from the Methodist Church in Jamaica. Methodist Women in Britain in East Anglia is supporting a project called ‘Bees, Beds and Blessings’. Bees are being kept and the honey harvested for sale as a way of raising revenue to sustain the work of the church. The project also supports the Wesley Mount Manse restoration which is converting the manse into bedsits for teachers who are working in a local, very rural Methodist school. Please keep Bishop Everald and his wife Sherraine in your prayers this month as he becomes President of the Caribbean Conference of the Methodist Church and they move to Antigua.
Supporting the work through prayer
We ask that you hold all of the people mentioned above in your prayers as well as the many other people, places and projects around the world known to you or your church/Circuit. Our Methodist Prayer Handbook is a great resource for supporting our prayers. See also the Prayer and Care leaflet MWMPrayerandCareWinter2017.pdf.
For further information on World Church matters, please contact:
Sarah Friswell, Communications Secretary on Email