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12.12.2005 Regional News

Apam zonal camp meeting of Methodist Church ends

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Apam (C/R), Dec. 12, GNA - A three-day camp meeting of the Apam Zone of the Winneba Diocese of the Methodist Church ended at Apam at the weekend. The participants drawn from the five circuits making the zone - Mumford, Ekumfi, Gomoa Tarkwa Gomoa Brofo and Apam attended the meeting on the theme: "170 years of Methodism in Ghana: What impact". The Rt Rev Jeremiah Morrison, Bishop of the Diocese, who opened the meeting enumerated a number of successes the Church had chalked in Ghana, which included the abolition of widowhood rites and wake-keeping. The Bishop said the Church was able to refine the burial rites of a chief who was a member and that the Church was able to establish a number schools and hospitals and had produced a number of dignitaries. Rt Rev Morrison, however, cautioned members not to be complacent since the nation needed more than what they had done.

Delivering a sermon on "hope for a better world", Rt. Rev. Morrison expressed regret that even though many people knew what constituted a better world, which they hoped for, they failed to acknowledged that the repercussion of certain things they had been doing could deny them the better world they were yearning for. He likened such persons to a Christian who wanted to go to heaven but did not want to follow the teachings of Christ and did not even want to die.

Rev Morrison said Ghana could be a better world if people did what was expected of them. "If we work hard, shun laziness, back-biting, gossiping, hatred, indiscipline and above all protect the environment from pollution and degradation, we will be creating a better world for ourselves". The bishop said those who were fortunate in life should extend a helping hand to the less fortunate and Christians should help those who did not know Christ to know him and added that "by so doing we will get the better world we are yearning for."