DIOCESE OF LAGOS
1. Methodist People & Friends Outreach: There had been successful 2 day outreaches to 3 different Circuits within the Diocese of Lagos with not less than 120 participants attending each. The 2 day programme witnessed on the first day, members of the Diocesan Directorate of Evangelism & Discipleship (led by its then Minister of Evangelism-The Revd.’Tunde Oniyide and the lay Coordinator-Bro. Oluwatosin Olaniyan) cleaning up the environment and distributing tracts and preaching one-on-one around the church vicinity. A Medical stand with Doctors and Nurses treating over 100 neighbours and passersby at each outreach was available within the church venue. In addition; at least four counselors were seated inside the church including a retired Bishop at one of the occasions to counsel all those attended to by the doctors. Also, there was the distribution of fairly used neat & well packaged clothes for interested people. The team used the opportunity of these activities i.e. Sanitation, Distribution of tracts with clothes, Medical Stand with personal evangelism, counseling etc to invite respondents to Sunday service the next day. A specially printed invitation card was available for the occasion. Some of the contacts attended the Sunday services and were further ministered to. The local Churches were then mandated to continue to follow up the respondents. The outreach served to slightly increase membership in the vicinities it was done.
2. Benevolence visitation to the aged & sick: 16 visits had been made by the end of July 2011 with the distribution of gift items, Mosquito treated nets & the administration of Sacrament to the aged within Lagos & its outskirts. Interestingly, a retired Methodist Bishop & the wife of a late Archbishop were among those visited. Tears of joy flowed as they were surprised that the church has not forgotten them nor neglected them.
3. Visitation to Maximum Prison Kirikiri: This was done by the Christian Social Action Committee of the Diocese. Prisoners were counseled and prayed for. Gifts were given to them and copies of Daily Reflection were distributed free of charge. Interestingly, the Lay President was with us for the visitation to Prison. The Archbishop had written a letter to the Governor of the State to create WAEC Examination centre at Kirikiri prisons. The Governor had responded by inviting the Archbishop and his team to one of the State’s agency responsible for this. Final approval by the State on this regard is still expected.
4. Youth Convention: The youth fellowship of the Diocese held their 2011 annual convention in August 2011 at the National Development Youth Centre, Ogun State. Hosted by Talabi Coker Circuit; about 286 delegates attended the epoch making event. Talks on dangers of abortion, healing land, young people as agents of change, etc were considered. The Archbishop of Lagos, the Most Revd. J. S. Ajayi declared the convention opened.
5. Women’s Fellowship: The Women Fellowship of the premier Diocese is superb in many respects. Led by the indefatigable Evangelist; Sis. A. O. Ajayi, JP; this arm of the Diocese remain unbeatable. The purchase of a Toyota fully-Air conditioned bus after the hosting of the Inter arch is a testimony to the goodness of God to them. Also, this arm held their 33rd annual conference between the 1st and 4th Sept 2011 at Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos. Hosted by Ikorodu road Circuit; about 356 delegates attended the programme from ten Circuits. The Archbishop of Lagos, the Most Revd. J. S. Ajayi was actively involved in the Conference and he preached the sermon at the Sunday Thanksgiving service.
Also, the ministers’ wives retreated for a weekend of fellowship and invigorating exhortation and Bible study from the Word of God. This residential programme, which was hosted by Ereko Circuit, between 17th and 18th September 2011 was a refreshingly rewarding time for the women who received lecture on ‘Hospitality’ and partook in a workshop on ‘Decoration’ . Hopefully, the support and encouragement they will give to their husbands’ work in the ministry will be greater than ever it had been.
6. Men’s Fellowship: The Men’s fellowship executive led by Prof. Sir. Labi Somorin is making waves. Currently; the fellowship launched Wesley Water for sale to the general public and to empower the populace. Series of workshops and relevant seminars had been organized in recent times.
7. Lagos Diocesan 3-days residential convention 2011
Praises, adoration, glory and worship be ascribed to God Almighty for the great visitation encountered at the convention. The testimonies of instant healing in the stomach during the singing of the convention hymn ‘The Great Physician Now is here’, the inspiring expositions, seminars, in-depth bible study high-spirited singing of hymns attest to the goodness of God at the residential Convention held between Thursday 22nd September and 24th September, 2011 at Methodist boys high School. 176 participants attended and were all blessed.
The Archbishop’s official residence was commissioned and dedicated on Tuesday, 13th Dec. 2011 by
the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Dr. S. Ola. Makinde, GPJ. The service was attended by all Bishops within the Archdiocese of Lagos and the Bishop of Tinubu. Mama Prelate, Sis. E.A. Makinde, JP was also in attendance with the wives of several Bishops.
Other dignitaries present at the event too numerous to enumerate included, First Governor of Lagos state, Sir Mobolaji Johnson, Sir Justice Duro Adebiyi, Sir. Badejo Bonojo, Barrister Segun Sofunke-Lay President, Presbyters and Ministers within the Archdiocese, led by the Secretary Archdiocesan Council, The Very Revd. Idowu Ariyo and the Synod Secretary of the Diocese, The Very Revd. Titus Omoniyi. The ceremony was moderated by The Very Revd. S.T.V. Adegbite. Members of the association of Methodist Brigade made the event colourful.
The Archbishop and his wife, The Most Revd. & Sis. J.S. Ajayi JP, were the happiest at the event because the journey to the dedication ceremony took a decade.
Worthy is the lamb!
WOMEN FELLOWSHIP; The Women fellowship of the Diocese is at it again. The group held her annual Christmas Carol service at Igbogila-Ipaja Methodist Church, Lagos on Sunday, 18th Dec. 2011. Nine Circuits presented special carol songs to the admiration of all. Gifts were also shared during the annual event.
One of the programmes executed by the women group to end the year was a visit to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja. The visit led by her President, Sis. A.O. Ajayi was conducted to two female wards. Fifty new bed spread, pillow cases, toiletries, biscuits, etc were given to the patients. Some of the patients were counselled and prayed for. Gift items were also forwarded to the children ward. Bravo !