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Wesley Guild is a fellowship of young people within the Methodist Church of Southern Africa that is aimed at seeking and winning youth for Christ and His kingdom. It is a movement which, under the Spirit of God, promotes consecration of the whole personality to the Lord of all life, and by the quality and warmth of its fellowship, seeks to engage youth in Christ’s service, whose service is perfect freedom. Wesley Guild is a Crusade which, within the framework of the church, sets before its members the reality of the Christian way, and stimulates them to attempt great things for God. It is a Crusade which, within the framework of the church, sets before its members the reality of the Christian way, and stimulates them to attempt great things for God. It seeks through fellowship to witness to the truth a way of life as revealed in Jesus.
Wesley Guild magazine is published bi-monthly and available in this website for free.
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE DISTRICT 01 “In the Potter’s hands” GRAHAMSTOWN DISTRICT 02 “ Christ is counting on you to be channels of healing” QUEENSTOWN DISTRICT 03 “Encouraging the culture of a mind and heart dream big for the brighter future” KNB DISTRICT 05 “A forgiving God in an unforgiving world” NFS&L DISTRICT 06 “ We are called for a purpose” NATAL COASTAL DISTRICT 07 “We are called to serve” NATAL WEST DISTRICT 08 “It’s not over yet” Text: “Do not harm yourself” CENTRAL DISTRICT 09 “Being stable in an unstable world” HISWA DISTRICT 10 “Life without limits” Sub-Theme: “Moving towards restoration” LIMPOPO DISTRICT 11 “Come let’s cross over” MOZAMBIQUE DISTRICT 12 “Nwi nga tifaniseni ni misaba ya swoswi” “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world” CLARKBURY DISTRICT 13 “The Mighty God who hears our prayer”
0100 - CAPE OF GOOD HOPE DISTRICT “Mnye umsebenzi wethu, kukuguqula imiphefumlo” 0200 – GRAHAMSTOWN DISTRICT “Self-Denying Disciples Offering Spiritual Leadership”... 0300 – QUEENSTOWN DISTRICT “Together in a search for holiness of heart and life in the pilgrimage of discipleship” 0500 – KIMBERLEY, NAMIBIA, BLOEMFONTEIN DISTRICT “Discovering the Kingdom of God through Discipleship” 0600 – NORTHERN FREE STATE AND LESOTHO “We are called for a decisive response” 0700 – NATAL COASTAL DISTRICT “We are the salt” 0800 – NATAL WEST DISTRICT “Trusting God who knows why” 0900 – CENTRAL DISTRICT “Being stable in an unstable world” -Sub-theme: “Stable disciples in a vow with the Lord and there’s no turning back” 1000 – HIGHVELD AND SWAZILAND DISTRICT ““Master self to master the world and be disciple to all nations” 1100 – LIMPOPO DISTRICT “Agents of healing” 1300- CLARKEBURY DISTRICT “The power of Prayer
The members of the Methodist Youth Unit joined hands at several districts within our connexion in a campaign towards a world without rape and violence. Wesley Guild members arrived all in black as they opened their annual events in their respective districts heeding to a call by the presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa who called all Methodists to join the campaign of advocacy and solidarity against all forms of sexual and gender violence. The Black Thursday Campaign has its roots in groups such as Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, Black Sash in South Africa and the Women in Black movements in Bosnia and Israel. This human rights campaign, was also started by the World Council of Churches during the 1980's as a peaceful protest against rape and violence - the by-products of war and conflict. The campaign focuses on ways that individuals can challenge attitudes that cause rape and violence. We are all encouraged dear siblings to continue with this noble practise and join hands with people around the world by wearing black on Thursdays to indicate that we are tired of putting up with rape and violence in our communities and that we have a desire for a community where we can all walk safely without fear of being beaten up, verbally abused, raped, of being discriminated against due to one’s gender or sexual orientation.
1) To foster and promote discipline in Christ amongst young people in and outside the church in general and those within the department in particular through implementation of the 4C’s for Christ (Consecration, Comradeship, Creativity, and Community Development). To encourage young people to devote themselves and to take active participation in the affairs of the church, growth and development of the church [Priesthood of all Believers]. 2) To deepen the spirituality of young people by promoting earnest study of the bible as individuals, through bible studies and evangelistic programs. 3) To promote loyalty to the work of God in general and the church, in particular. 4) To present God through the church.
It’s not just part of the uniform. It’s worn on the left, right on top of the heart on purpose. It means confidentiality about people’s issues. You should keep people’s matter in confidentiality as they tell us things with trust and hope that we will not spread them around.
As Wesley Guild members let’s understands and know that our work in Christ go beyond the borders of the Wesley Guild movement. Let’s preserve the pledge at all times we must “desire by the Grace of God, to live and lead a Christian life and take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the Wesley Guild”. Our duty as young Methodists is to “Go” home, to the community, to work places, to school, to the world at large and when we get there, all the time it must be our mission to “Unite” the divided, “Inspire” the dull and hopeless , “Love” the forsaken and “Develop” the broken.
These 4 C’s can go a long way to meet the needs and to promote growth in young people. (i) CONSECRATION - to learn to commit to Christ and his church. The Guild can be used as a place to promote growth in faith, to learn more about the bible. Fellowship is encouraged. In this programme it must be emphasized to young people to reflect God’s love in them and to bring more young people to know and love Jesus as their Saviour. These can all be achieved by teachings of the Holy Scriptures. (ii) COMRADESHIP – to create fellowship among young people in the Methodist church and other churches. This is a programme that enables us to share ideas whilst having fun and understanding one another. This helps in keeping young people in the church and to bring in those that are still far from the love of God. The power of this fellowship goes a long way in dealing with differences in culture, race, sex etc. (iii) CREATIVITY \ CULTURE - to encourage young people to learn about their roots and to be proud of their backgrounds. This programme encourages the youth to be truthful about their background and the effect it has on their lives. Young people are encouraged to learn about the unknown and to promote intellectual growth. Young people need to learn about current affairs in the country and the changes that occur around them. iv) CHRISTIAN SERVICE\ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT It is important for young people not to confine themselves to just the church but to go out in the world and bring people into the kingdom of God. It is essential for young people to realize the needs of the community and try and find solutions to the problems.
“Never form part of cliques within Wesley Guild, but always strive to be an independent thinker and always remember: Wesley Guild is about God, once you remove God, there’s nothing- so in all you do, good or bad- wonder if God approves.” - Nokuthula Zamakhize Promise Mkhize