Monday, 14 March 2011

Ghana - 50 years of Partnership!

This year, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, The Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the United Reformed Church will celebrate 50 years of the London Ghanaian Chaplaincy/Ministry! The partnership grew out of a concern for the many Ghanaian Presbyterians living in London and over the years many Ghanaian Ministers have offered Pastoral care and oversight working in partnership with the United Reformed Church and formerly the Presbyterian Church of England.

With the ending of this way of working together comes the possibilities of new things developing between the E.P Church, PCG and the URC. And so, Michael Jagessar and I travelled to Ghana to continue discussions about the future.

We first travelled to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana headquarters in Ho. Here we met with the Moderator Revd Francis Amenu (himself a former chaplain to London), The Synod Clerk Rev. Godwin Kwaku Osiakwa and the Synod executive Mrs Lydia Aku Adajawa. It was a fruitful meeting and laid the foundation for the later discussions with both denominations.

Travelling back to Accra we visited the Akosombo Dam - which creates power for a lot of Ghana and was responsible for creating the Volta lake.

We also saw families of baboons along the side of the main road - quite amazing!

The next morning Fred our driver picked us up and took us to the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to meet with both the EP Church and the PCG. Here we had the opportunity to talk with the Moderator of the PCG, Professor Marty and the Clerk to Assembly Revd Herbert Opong alongside former chaplains to London.

This was an incredible meeting where we gave thanks for the past and looked to the future! A new memorandum of understanding is to be drawn up and will be signed at the Partnership celebration on May 15th at Methodist Central Hall! It is going to be quite an occasion I think!

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