A grand thanksgiving service was held at the Bukom Boxing Arena to climax the anniversary. Over 12,000 Methodists in the Accra Diocese gathered to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the Diocese. Dressed in their beautiful Diocesan cloth and organizational attires brought the emporium into a glorious blend of beauty, devotion, dedication and love. With firm conviction to continue the Birch Freeman’s legacy, on the theme, “180 years of Methodism in Accra Diocese, intensifying our teaching Ministry towards disciple making”.
The Service was graced with the presence of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana as the Special Guest. The Methodist Executive including The Presiding Bishop, Most. Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo as the guest speaker, The Lay President, Bro. Bernard Clement Kwesi Botwe, The Administrative Bishop; Rt. Rev. Michael Agyakwa Bossman, Past Presiding Bishops, Past Lay Presidents, Past and present Lay Chairmen, The Bishop of Accra; Rt. Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey and his team including the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese.
The Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church Ghana; Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo preached the Sermon and touched on the theme ““180 years of Methodism in Accra Diocese, intensifying our teaching Ministry towards disciple making”. He underscored that, Holiness is a key part of Christianity. He said we should know who we are, where we started from, where we are going and what we can make of the time ahead of us as a Diocese and Methodists. He challenged the Diocese to make good and resolve to do better in the next 20 years when the Diocese is 200 years. Citing the John Wesley mandate of preaching the Gospel throughout the world as his parish. He urged the People called Methodists to go and do same in love. He again reminded the members of the Methodist Tradition of not only preaching the word, but transforming society through education, healthcare, capacity building, leadership and discipline. Methodism has not deviated from the purpose of spreading Scriptural Holiness and transforming lives. That identity must be cherished and maintained.
In his address to the People Called Methodists, The President; H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, was first grateful for the invitation and the opportunity given to address the Methodist family. He emphasized that he was very familiar with the Methodist Church and could trace a lot of contacts from infancy with the Church even as an Anglican. He charged the Church to sustain their gains of effective stewardship to do whatever they could with enthusiasm to receive their rewards in Christ. He added that, Service to God and mankind is the sole mandate of stewardship. He encouraged all memberships to rise to their religious responsibility to stimulate their responsibility towards dedicated services to the Church and Society. The President also called on Ghanaians’ to support his Government to support the many initiatives for holistic growth, development at all levels. The hierarchy of the Church presented a Citation of Honour to the President for his support and oversight responsibility of Ghanaians’. The Citation encouraged him to continue with his Strides to develop Ghana.
The Bishop of Accra Diocese added his voice to encourage the People Called Methodists in Accra to work hard through holiness, love and commitment in expanding the Kingdom business. He said, he supports the Presiding Bishop’s message on Holiness, dedication and commitment towards Gods work. Living by the concepts of Birch Freeman and John Wesley in preaching the word of God. He supplemented his point with the fact that, the mark of a Methodist must be seen in our lives, our relationships, and interactions with all.
As part of the service, harmonious musical performances by the Diocesan Choir, Diocesan Singing Band, and the Diocesan Brigade. These wonderful performances were blended with an award presentation for hard meritorious services. The awards were given to hard working individuals and groups who have contributed significantly to the Methodist Heritage for the Diocese.
In appreciation, the Diocesan Bishop on behalf of The Standing Committee, Planning Committee and the entire membership of the Diocese thanked all stakeholders, invited guests, Friends and family for the support, presence and participation in the Anniversary climax. He was positive that, the ensuing year would bring great prospects, transformation, growth and expansion of the Diocese not only numerically but qualitatively.
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