The Annual NSW Wesleyan Methodist Church District conference took place on the 11 October 2014 at Maitland.
The conference was opened by our National Superintendent Rev Rex Rigby with a devotion reminding us that the most important thing in life was to follow Jesus, to leave the fads of the world behind, to have a fear of the Lord rather than a fear of the world.
We heard many encouraging reports from our pastors around the district as well as requests for prayer for our churches. Rev Heather Wright from Hope Wesleyan will be retiring at the end of the year after many loyal years of service. Thank you Heather for your faithfulness to serving Jesus.
Rev Kevin Brown shared news of the many Kingsley community training centres around the nation and Prof Bridget Aitchison inspired us all to what the future will bring for the next generation with news of a full Christian University being very close to becoming a reality within the next decade.
Charis Fleischner gave a report on what the Wesleyan Women have been up to this past year and encouraged younger ladies to become involved in this vital ministry.
We had many conference highlights and great fellowship during the day but it was especially exciting to officially welcome the Somoan Wesleyan Church into our fellowship.
We welcomed our new District Superintendent Rev. Dr Lex Akers. Lex comes with years of experience in leadership and a strong love of the Lord. It was with great excitement and expectation that we look forward to what the next year holds for our district.
It was nice to see so many of our retired ministers at our conference. We’re glad the Midgleys were able to come. Happy birthday to Miriam, whose birthday it was on the day.
Our welcoming committee welcomed the first-timers to the conference; it was great to have you with us. Some were called forward, but we also wanted to acknowledge Peter, Julie and Jono Cole as well as Rodney Fox – they too were there for the first time.
Thank you also to all the people involved in organising the conference, thank you to the wonderful worship team that gave us an opportunity to praise God through song and thank you to the ladies of the Maitland Wesleyan Church who provided morning tea and lunch for the delegates and visitors, all your hard work behind the scenes is appreciated.
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