The Local Preachers & Worship Leaders meeting for the Nottingham East Methodist Circuit took place last night at Sherwood Methodist Church.
Our new probationary minister, Moses Agyam, led the devotions at the start of the meeting.
Moses has responsibilty for three churches within the Nottingham East Circuit: Mapperley, Phoenix Farm and Gedling Road in Carlton.
He described how, as a child of the manse, he acquired a love for the scriptures at an early age through family devotions and how, on moving to Britain, he became involved in South Harrow Methodist Church. At that church he found an inspiring local preacher who, in time, became his mentor as he trained to become a local preacher in his turn. Moses emphasised how love for the scriptures underpins any preaching ministry and warned of the dangers posed by the busyness of our lives and by a sense of over-familiarity with the scriptures themselves, both of which may undermine our ministry. He urged us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly (Colossians 3 v16).
The business discussed at the meeting included the progress of the two people training as local preachers and a recent training course for Worship Leaders. We also welcomed a student minister, Judith Lincoln, who will be attached to the Arnold Methodist Church.
There is a Circuit discipleship day in November to which all are invited (see next post).