MYD held a successful Youth Encounter in Bristol

The Methodist Young Disciples (MYD) held a successful Youth Encounter Christmas Ball in Bristol on Saturday 18th November 2017, at Victoria Methodist Church. The event held for the second time has become one of the youth's exciting annual event. Youths from across the Fellowship's branches supported by their advisors attended the event, which was held in a beautifully decorated victorian building in the heart of Bristol.

 

Besides the youths including those from Scotland and their advisors some of the people who graced

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the occassion included Revd Richard Sharpe, Minister at Victoria Methodist Church who welcomed the gathering, Revd Chaplain Sibanda and amai, Revd Sachikonye, and National Committee representatives, Mr Gabriel Gidi, National steward and Martin Nyamupingidza, National Organising Secretary, Youth Board and their Coordinators, advisors from different branches and host branch, Bristol which was represented by its local committee chaired by Mr Tichaona Madziya.

 

The annual flagship event focussed on the theme of Giving and Christmas . The gathering was first welcomed by Revd Sharpe and listened to powerful and uplifting devotions by Revd Chaplain Sibanda followed by dinner of delicious food prepared by youths. For the entire evening it was a mix of music and listening to teachings on the following topics:  Giving your faith to God delivered by Nyasha Gondavakuru, Giving & Charity, Be Inspired- Living in the diaspora by Mr Zwelo Dube and Giving your troubles to God by Mrs Mwadzi. MYD hope with support from youth, advisors and branches, this annual event could grow bigger and result in more Youths taking an active part in Fellowship activities.

 

More photos of this event can be accessed here thanks to photographer Baba Matereke.

UK Fellowship attended autonomy celebrations in Zimbabwe

 

Over hundred members of the UK Fellowship of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (MCZF-UK) attended the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (MCZ)’s 40th Autonomy Celebrations on t

Rev Sibanda  Mr Gidi

he 17th to the 20th of August 2017. The delegation was comprised of all representatives of the Fellowship’s organisations [Men’s Christian Union, Ruwadzano/Manyano, Youth, Evangelism, Choir] and some of its members across the Fellowship’s 30 branches in UK.

 

MCZF-UK Chaplain Revd. Cleopas Sibanda, who was also part of the delegation said: “ We were so excited to join our Brethren from across the globe in celebrating our 40th Anniversary of our Autonomy.”

 

 

 

Revd. Sibanda added, “Our members are proud to be Zimbabwean Methodists working under the auspices of the Methodist Church in Britain. We remain connected to our Zimbabwean style of worship and to the worship in our own languages. It was an opportunity to bring a fresh and varied expression of worship.”

 

As we celebrated 40 years of autonomy from the British Methodist Church, we reflected on some of the work of Zimbabwean Methodists in the UK. With God’s grace, we have worked to support the church both in Britain and Zimbabwe in its mission and Christian social responsibility. Last year the MCZF-UK raised money to buy food packs distributed by the MCZ all over the country in response to the drought appeal in Zimbabwe.

 

This year, we have focused on helping Matthew Rusike Children’s Home to refurbish their eight housing units. The units needed new flooring and we have raised enough money to put floor tiles in all eight housing units. Our members have also donated two vehicles and a substantial amount of goods to the home.

 

MCZF-UK National Chairperson, Mr Gabriel Gidi said: “We are humbled by our members’ act of compassion. What the Fellowship is doing is a clear testimony that we are a church on the move and that after 40 years of autonomous ministry in Zimbabwe, we are ready to take the church to another level. The work of the UK Fellowship shows that the MCZ is a growing church that is responsive to the needs and challenges of our time; a church that continues to influence people even when they move to the diaspora.”

Read more: UK Fellowship attended autonomy celebrations in Zimbabwe

MYD 2017 Youth Retreat at Whitemoor Lakes Centre

The Methodist Young Disciples (MYD) are hosting their 2017 Youth Retreat at Whitemoore Lakes Centre, Staffordshire from Friday 28th- 30th July. About 102 youths including their advisers across the Fellowship's 30 branches have booked to attend the annual event. The MYD says they have also again this year registered members of the Sunday School aged 9- 12 years, to attend the popular event.

 

Lovendar Madziya, MYD secretary said; "We are pleased as MYD with the overwhelming response and support from youth, parents, advisers, Chaplain and Fellowship at large. The response from youth surpassed our initial target of 60 people, and we are excited."

 

Lovendar says "The retreat is an opportunity for us youth within the Fellowship to come together to develop and explore a growing relationship with Christ, and also to know each other better through life sharing experiences."

 

The theme of the reatreat is "Don't despise the young, instead be examplary" taken from [1 Timothy 4:12" Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity"].

 

Chaplain Revd Cleopas Sibanda and Revd Mary Sachikonye are among a line up of powerful speakers at the weekend retreat. Besides engaging in structured sessions and group discussions, Youth will also showcase their God given talents and participate willingly in other planned physical/sport activities.

 

Youth Board Secretary Paida Moyo said: "It is so exciting seeing many youths taking an active interest in Fellowship activities such as the retreat. We pray that many will find the retreat helpful in some aspects of their life, and more importantly our different spiritual journeys as youths."

 

To create a friendly enviroment and for participants to reflect a christian attitude, MYD produced a Code of Conduct which can be accessed here , consent forms for under 18 and 18+.

 

A schedule / programme of the activities for the weekend can be accessed here  and kit list from here.

 

The address of the venue of the retreat is:

                                                   Whitemoor Lakes Centre

                                                     Barley Green Lane

                                                     Lichfield

                                                     Staffordshire

                                                     WS13 8QT

 

Whitemoor Lakes Centre, Staffordshire

 

For any further information contact:

 

MYD Secretary Lovendar Madziya: 07454 266598

 

Youth Board Secretary Paida Moyo: 07380 523818

 

 

School of Evangelism Retreat 2017 in Staffordshire

The Fellowship's Evangelism group is holding its annual School of Evangelism Retreat from Friday 2nd to 4th June at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference centre in Stone, Stafforshire. Preachers, worship leaders supported by their Ministers are encouraged to attend this three day event. The theme is "We are Christ's Ambassadors  [Tirivamiriri vaKristru / Singabameli bakaKristu] 2 Corinthians 5:20.

 

The retreat provide a great opportunity for members of the Evangelism group to learn, share and embed. A wide range of topics will be covered and four ministers including Chaplain Revd Sibanda, Revd Chanakira, Revd Chidziya, Revd Sachikonye and different people from across the Fellowship will deliver some of the sessions. A detailed programme of the event can be accessed here.

Aylesbury branch launched in style

The Fellowship launched in style its 30th branch at Aylesbury on Sunday 7th May. The successful launch event was attended by representatives from 15 branches within the Fellowship. Aylesbury MCZF-UK become the newest branch within the Fellowship, following another successful launch of Aylesbury launch 1Portsmouth branch last month.

 

Chaplain Revd Cleopas Sibanda jointly officiated the opening of the branch with Revd Helen Kirk, Minister and Superintendent of the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Church. Chaplain Revd Sibanda said, "It was so pleasing seeing many people from different branches coming to support our new 'baby' in Christ, Aylesbury branch.  We hope and pray for Aylesbury branch to grow in numbers and more importantly spiritually for the glory of God to be seen within the church and beyond."Revds Sibanda  Helen kirk

 

Revd Sibanda encouraged members of Aylesbury branch to keep the momentum rather than take a step back because the official launch is over. Aylsebury branch was born out of the Luton branch. The Fellowship has 30 branches  in UK and also supports the Ireland group.

 

People who live in Aylesbury and its surrounding areas who may want to join in fellowship with the Zimbabwe group, you can find details of the meeting place here.

 

 

 

National Steward Mr Gidi, Revd Sibanda & Revd Helen Kirk

 

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