Monday, 15 August 2022

Men's Fellowship Day 2022

The Provincial Men's Fellowship of the Moravian Church met this year at Leominster for their annual Fellowship Day on the 25th June. It was a glorious day weather wise, and the warmth of the day was matched only by the warmth of the welcome we received on arriving at Leominster, a hot cup of tea and a plate of appetising biscuits awaited us in the Sunday School room.

Following our arrival, the cup of tea and the renewal of acquaintances from three years ago since we last met, we moved into Church for our Fellowship Rally. Opening devotions were led by Br Evans as the President of the Provincial Men's Fellowship, this included the singing of 'When we walk with the Lord', followed by prayer and text for the day. Sr Shorten then welcomed the Provincial Men's Fellowship to Leominster for their rally and Br Evans shared greetings he had received from the Provincial Board and from the MWA, wishing them a time of blessing and of fellowship. Br Evans informed the gathering that an invitation had been received from the Royton congregation for 2023, thus enabling the Men's Fellowship to move around the Province and share fellowship in as many congregations as possible. We concluded our devotions with singing of 'O Lord my God' and it was marvellous to hear the singing, even with the small number present.

We then welcomed our speaker, Sr Lorraine Parsons, the Moravian Church Archivist from Church House. Lorraine was speaking to us about Captain Jackson, 'The Last Captain of the Harmony'. It was a very enjoyable, interesting and informative talk which was illustrated by a power point presentation showing Captain Jackson, the Harmony, a map of many of the places he sailed to in Labrador, the Harmony stuck in pack ice, Captain Jackson's Master's certificate and an invitation to the thanksgiving meeting for the safe return of the Harmony given by the Moravian Missions in 1902 and 1904. It was appropriate to talk of the voyagers of Captain Jackson as we were meeting in Leominster, and he is laid to rest there in God's Acre.

Following the talk, we had a short quiz arranged by Sr Parsons and a time for any questions. These were limited as Sr Parsons had covered a great deal in her talk. There followed a short break before we sung the Men's Fellowship doxology written for us in 1999 by Br Paul Gubi, 'Give praise to God who reigns above' during which an offertory was taken towards the costs of the day and the Men's Fellowship projects.

Sr Lorraine Shorten then presided at the celebration of Holy Communion as we met around the Lord's table, which traditionally culminated in the right hand of Fellowship as a sign of our unity and our oneness in Christ.

We enjoyed further fellowship as we retired to the Sunday School room to eat our refreshments and enjoy a welcome cup of tea. Today has been a wonderful day of learning, laughter and fellowship and we thank Sr Lorraine Parsons, our speaker for the most interesting and informative talk, Sr Lorraine Shorten, our minister for the organisation and welcome we received, and a really grateful thanks to the sisters for the welcome cup of tea as we arrived and another as we ate our tea and departed for home. A tiring day, but a very refreshing day in many other ways, thanks to the fellowship and the hospitality we received.

We had all the Men's Fellowship goodies out for sale, and we had one addition to the range, a new Lamb and Flag badge at a cost of £3, these can be obtained from Br Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Br Kenneth Evans

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