Nth Qld District Conference Report 2015
The North Queensland District of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia held its 23rd District Conference and Family Camp at Camp Kanga near Proserpine from Monday 21st to Thursday 24thSeptember 2015.
Of great celebration was the addition of two new churches, Viti (Fijian) in Rockhampton and Afrikaanes Christelike Kerk in Mackay, 22 putting their faith in Christ, 16 being baptised and membership only 4 short of our Provisional District Status goal of 200.
Connecting as a District for fellowship, worship, encouragement and vision, our Conference focussed on our need to know and strengthen our connection with God, our roots and our culture.
Jasmine McClintock with Jonathon McClintock, Dianne Stockill, Jonathan Hall, with a number of Guest drummers, led us into God’s presence. Reverend Mike Yates, from Shoregrace Wesleyan in Auckland, took us through a 3 night series from Philippians on the missional church connecting with its community.
In morning inspirations, D.S. Rev Stuart Hall reminded us of the Power of Presence: us … in Christ … in the world, and Rev Neels Prinsloo with communion and the Word, testified to the Power of Living over merely telling the good news.
All the business of the District was conducted through Tuesday and Wednesday including the election of District officers for the coming year. The Pastors reports were a delight to read and we were blessed to have them individually give insights into the highlights of their year in ministry as well.
Ministerial Students were recognised for their completed studies during the previous 12 months, and others encouraged to press on.
Co-Labourers projects were presented with the Viti Wesleyan Methodist Church in Rockhampton, along with the Cairns / Goldsborough Valley Church being reported on with much enthusiastic support.
Wesleyan World Missions were well represented as Reverend David Collins was Chairman of the Conference and also informed us of his excitement at having a one-way ticket to the Solomon Islands which he plans to use following National Conference.
Reverend Kevin Brown once again presented the North with an overview of the work of Kingsley College.
Kerryn McClintock did a great job directing the camp and the catering staff did an awesome job on the food. The atmosphere among all was truly wonderful, with many moments of comic relief to keep us all laughing and soaking up rich fellowship with Almighty God and some of His servants. Attending next year’s conference will definitely be worth it!
Rev Stuart Hall