On Tuesday and Wednesday last week the District Women's Auxiliary held their annual district meetings at our church.
For those who may not be familiar with 'Methodist Speak', Methodist Churches have an official Women's group called the Women's Auxiliary. The Women's Auxiliary meet monthly for fellowship and learning, and are active in caring for each other, serving in the church, and helping in various ways in underprivileged communities. Methodist Churches are grouped geographically into circuits (ours is the Lower Tugela Circuit, and extends from Tongaat to Stanger and Darnall, and includes churches inland from us.) Circuits are then also grouped geographically into Districts. Our District is the Natal Coastal District, and is overseen by our District Bishop, Bishop Mike Vorster. So, representatives from all the Women's Auxiliaries in our Natal Coastal District gather once a year and meet to discuss the work of God taking place through the local groups as well as on a district level. The time together involves some time in meetings, to discuss and report back and make decisions, as well as time in worship, with an opening service, a service of memory and a service to welcome the newly elected District Executive.
Our team of WA ladies, ably lead by Netta Southwood, did a wonderful job organising the event. I was so proud to be a minister in this church when I saw the way all the helpers got stuck in and did what needed doing. Together they prepared for, fed, accommodated, hosted, and arranged the meetings for over 100 ladies. Thank you, Netta, Avril and your team for all you did. And special thanks to Janet in the office, who also went out of her way to help things run smoothly. It is said that when you have an event and it rains, it is a sign of blessing. The rain this week has certainly been a sign of blessing, as we know that women from the district have been blessed and renewed in their work and service for God in their churches through the time spent at district meetings. If you would like more info about the meetings, and to see some photos, have a look at the UMC facebook page!
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