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WINDOW ON WESLEY'S February 2012 STAFF Ministers The Revd by zhouwenjuan



February 2012

Ministers:     The Revd the Lord Leslie Griffiths MA
               Rev Jennifer Potter BTh MA MSc

Associate Ministers: Rev John Cooke MA (Supernumerary)
               Rev Brian Goss MA (Supernumerary)
               Rev Stephen Penrose (Supernumerary)
               Rev Ken Start (Supernumerary)
               Rev Ian Yates (Supernumerary)

Lay Members: Miss Abe Konadu-Yiadom BA
             (Leysian Missioner)
             Mr Kido Baek BTh MA (Community Worker)
             Dr Joy Leitch BSc DipEd MA
             Dr Peter Briggs OBE

Museum:        Mr Christian Dettlaff MA

Administration: Mrs Tracey Smith
                Mr Robin Kent

Organist:      Mr Elvis Pratt BEng (Hons)

Church Office: 49 City Road
               London EC1Y 1AU
               Tel. 020 7253 2262
               Fax 020 7608 3825

Web Site:

Dear Friend

My camellias are beginning to bloom! This is an annual triumph
of hope over despair, light over darkness. The spring is fighting
to be sprung. My step has quickened and my eagerness has
returned. “Lay hold on life”, says the old hymn, “and it shall be
thy joy and crown eternally”. That’s the song my camellias are
singing and I’m finding their cheerfulness infectious.

Not only are the seasons ready to change in the natural world but
we also contemplate the arrival of Lent in our church year. This
season has, for the most part, been trivialised. We decide what
we’re going “to give up”. These self-imposed ordinances are likely
to be as successful as the New Year resolutions we’ve long since
forgotten about. Lent is not about abstinence. Not at all. It’s
about improving our focus, heightening our awareness, opening
our eyes to the character and the teaching of Jesus. It’s a time
for following in the way of the cross. We walk with our Lord, more
and more conscious of his courage and integrity, seeking to learn
a little more about how to become more like him. If abstaining
from one pleasure or another helps us with this task then so much
the better. But the little rituals we evolve can never be a
replacement for the true challenge of Lent – to set our hearts and
minds on becoming more like Jesus.

During Lent, we’ll be hearing from three new Local Preachers.
Abe Konadau-Yiadom, Kido Baek and Katherine Baxter have
completed a rigorous course of study and satisfied their
examiners in the way they conduct worship. And now they’re
ready to become fully-fledged Local Preachers in the Methodist
Church. We welcome them and look forward to hearing from
them in due course.

February begins for me on the continent of Africa. I am writing
these words just ahead of a visit to The Gambia, homeland to so
many of our own congregation. I’m preaching and helping to
consecrate a new Bishop, the head of the Methodist Church of
The Gambia, The Rt Revd Hannah Heim. Hannah developed her
faith at Wesley’s Chapel. It was here that she became an
Accredited Local Preacher herself. She sang in our choir. She
candidated for the Methodist ministry and was trained at Wesley
House in Cambridge. She married a rising star in the field of Old
Testament scholarship and has been a Circuit Minister in various
places. She becomes the first Gambian (African) head of the
Methodist Church in her homeland. It’s a great thrill to be present
and to take part at this important moment in her own life and in
the life of the Methodist Church in The Gambia.

Many of you will have noticed the presence various workmen in
recent weeks. You’ll be interested to know that we have now
completely insulated the roof space of the Chapel and expect this
to help us significantly with our fuel bills. At the same time, the
whole of the ground floor and hallway of John Wesley’s House
has been redecorated. Under the watchful eye of Robin Kent, our
premises are getting the attention they deserve.

We welcome Marion Fagbule to our team of caretakers and wish
her well as she helps us to keep our operation efficient and our
premises spic-and-span. And we welcome back Tracey Smith
who, after a short period of indisposition, is now bursting with
energy again as she resumes her work. Just like my camellia,
she brings cheerfulness to the daily round.

The Lord bless you and bless you kindly,

Leslie Griffiths – February 2012

                          Church News

It is such a long time since our last Church news in December
and already some events have begun to slip from our
consciousness, so we apologise to those affected in this way.

Trudy Awuku gave birth to a baby girl, Olivia, weighing in at
3.54kgs on the 12th December. Congratulations to Trudy and
Mark and her brother Rhys - we look forward to seeing both Trudy
and the new arrival in the not-too-distant future.

We have had two funerals recently. The first was of Nicoly
Jakubowski who came from Stratford to live in Braithwaite House
just across Bunhill Fields and died within two days of moving in.
He died on the 22nd December and his funeral was held here on
the 6th January. Our condolences go to his family and friends,
especially his elderly mother in Poland and to his close friend,

After a long illness bravely borne, Edmund Thomas died on the
11th December in St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. His funeral
was held here at the Chapel on 27th January and he was laid to
rest in Manor Park Cemetery. Our sympathies and prayers are
with his widow, Gwendoline, his daughter, Amina and his son
Dylan and other family and friends here in Britain and in The
Gambia. May his soul rest in peace.

The Thanksgiving Service for Esline Sondle Sibanda was held
here at the Chapel on Saturday 10th December ahead of the
funeral in Bulawayo Zimbabwe the following Saturday. Her
brother, Zenzele Mazibuko was in contact with us to say that all
had gone well for the funeral. He also sent his and the family’s
sincere thanks to the Wesley’s Chapel congregation for the care
and love Esline had received.

A number of other deaths have taken place since our last edition.
We send our condolences to Christina Esar and her family on the
death of her mother in Ghana and to Melvina King on the death of
her daughter. We also send our sympathy to the family of Monica
Mensah whose mother recently passed away in Ghana.

Ethel Thompson, a Leysian Mission stalwart and the person who
used to play the piano for Sunday School here at the Chapel died
before Christmas. Her ashes were buried in the Memorial Garden
behind the Chapel on the 22nd January and it was an opportunity
for many friends to pay their respects and to meet the family.
Pearl Rogers, long-time leader in the Sunday School and the
Girls’ Brigade has moved out of her flat close to Old Street
roundabout into a residential home in Upper Clapton. Her new
address is Flat 24 Century Court, 72 Warwick Grove, London E5
9FF. We send her our good wishes and hope that she settles in
her new environment quickly.

James Freeman celebrated his 80th birthday on the 11th January –
we send him our love and good wishes. He is well settled in his
care home in Hackney.

Reg Ambrose continues to be far from well and unable to come to
the Chapel. We send both him and Joan our good wishes and
look forward to seeing them when they feel able to travel to a
service here.

Kwame Hanson is currently in Intensive care at St Thomas
Hospital. He is the brother of Samuel Addo. We pray for Kwame
and his family at this difficult time.

We welcomed the three Gondwe da Silva children into the Church
by baptism on the 11th December. It was a lovely occasion and
we send our good wishes to them and their parents.

                       A big ‘Thank You’

It is a long time since Christmas Day but it would be very wrong of
me if I failed to say a word of thanks to all who helped to make
the day a great success. The list is too long to mention everyone
but to those who decorated the hall, prepared the vegetables,
cooked and served the food, transported the guests, put on the
entertainment and provided the Christmas gifts that Santa
distributed a very sincere thanks. There was a consensus that this
was one of the best Christmas Days for some time and the guests
really enjoyed themselves. We have had letters of appreciation
from a number of people. So please understand that your
generosity of time, money and talents at Christmas is greatly
                    A Poem for a New Year

                 The Bright Field - R.S. Thomas

               I have seen the sun break through
                     to illuminate a small field
                  for a while, and gone my way
            and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
              of great price, the one field that had
                    treasure in it. I realise now
          that I must give all that I have to possess it.

           Life is not hurrying on to a receding future,
              nor hankering after an imagined past.
         It is the turning side like Moses to the miracle
                   of the lit bush, to a brightness
             that seemed as transitory as your youth
            once, but it is the eternity that awaits you.

                 Extracurricular Affairs – Part 6
                        House of Lords

This summer I’ll be celebrating the eighth anniversary of my entry
to the House of Lords. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every
minute of it. I thought I might be intimidated by the glittering
personalities I’d be mixing with but that hasn’t turned out to be the
case. They welcomed me warmly and generously into their
company and I’ve become co-worker with a number of them on
interesting ventures.

I opted not to sit on the Cross Benches but to take a Party Seat
and, accordingly, I needed to make some kind of a commitment of
time. I promised to give one full parliamentary day (2pm-10pm)
and have more or less managed to keep this. In addition, when
there are critical votes or else debates that I am keenly interested
in, I make other forays into parliament.
I’ve spoken in debates a number of times on a variety of issues.
Among these, has been euthanasia, civil society, Zimbabwe,
children’s rights, labelling of alcoholic drinks, international
development, West Papua and (several times) education. I’m
gradually learning to deal with my nerves on these occasions.

I’ve been able to use my membership of the House of Lords to
sponsor a number of events for various charitable bodies. Among
these can be counted Action for Children, the Orbit Housing
Association, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund, the
Boys’ Brigade, Premier Christian Radio, the Sir Halley Stewart
Trust and a Bosnia exchange programme. I’ve found this
unexpected facility most useful and deeply fulfilling.

It’s been possible to invite various groups to visit the House of
Lords. In some cases, it’s the winners of various “auctions” held
in different places for charities I support. In return for their bid,
I’ve taken them on a visit to parliament and given them tea. I’ve
taken groups of refugee children, law students, members of the
Boys’ Brigade, schoolchildren and the Wesley’s Chapel
Sisterhood (!) on visits. The last-named group showed amazing
skill and stamina in the way they attacked the entire tea menu
when offered them. As well as these groups, a whole host of
individuals has enjoyed hospitality in the House.

Because I meet so many interesting and interestingly-placed
people, I can put together ad hoc meetings on a variety of
subjects. In particular, I’ve been able to gather diplomats and
senior civil servants (as well as politicians of various hues) to
address the needs of the Christian Socialist Movement, the
development of education in Islington, and (of course) Haiti.

My membership of the House of Lords has greatly benefited my
ability to help post-earthquake Haiti. We’ve formed an All Party
Parliamentary Group and have now held our first meeting. I’ve
been able to meet ministers in the Foreign Office and also in the
Department for International Development. Under the auspices of
the Inter-Parliamentary Union I recently led a delegation of
parliamentarians and also business men and women to Haiti to
assess need and to explore investment opportunities. It was a
thoroughly successful visit.

As well as supporting my own political party, I work closely with
Bishops of the Church of England in pursuit of policies we are all
comfortable with. I’ve found myself recently voicing deep concern
for some of the proposals in the field of Welfare Reform, the
National Health Service and Education which have all been
before us.

One final aspect of my work in parliament is on a personal level.
Margaret sings in the parliament choir and I’m her number one
fan! I attend all her concerts and take clutches of people with me.
In addition, people are beginning to approach me at critical times
in their lives. I’ve conducted marriages, counselled people in
bereavement, officiated at funeral services. The Palace of
Westminster has become a kind of extension to my parish.

Because I’m now “Lord Griffiths of Burry Port”, I find that I’ve
become either patron or president of a number of organisations in
my home town. This gives me great pleasure and also affords me
the opportunity to visit the place of my birth far more frequently
than might otherwise have been the case.

All in all, this has been a very fruitful extension of my ministry at
Wesley’s Chapel and I want all our members to be sure that the
people I meet in parliament have come to know more about
Wesley’s Chapel than they ever did before.

            Despatches from the “The Shaky Isles”
                   Aotearoa - New Zealand

During the past fifteen months, having survived two major
earthquakes, two significant aftershocks and innumerable (and
continuing) seismic tremors (nearly 9,000 since September last
year!) we then experienced the heaviest snowfall in Christchurch
for twenty years and its coldest daytime temperature since 1918.
All that cleared up in two or three days. But within another couple
of weeks we were warned that, owing to an unusual set of
circumstances, a considerable snowstorm was on its way to NZ
direct from the Antarctic. It arrived overnight (15th Aug.) and it
snowed, off and on, for the next couple of days. At that time
Auckland experienced its first snowfall (albeit very light) since July
23, 1939!

The aftershocks continue, three or four a day, but most go unfelt.
We have had several days in recent weeks when none were
recorded ‒‒ a bit worrying as one tends to think things might be
building up for another big one!

The Earthquake Commission inspectors at last came to examine
our house and land on 12th November. They did a very thorough
job and have found that there was more damage than we were
aware of. Most seriously the foundations have sunk slightly at
one corner of the house which will need jacking up and the “tin”
roof has sprung a few leaks where the pins have lifted or seals
have failed (these leaks had not yet made their presence felt
below and have now been repaired).

Of course, many of the places we like going to (including theatres)
are now defunct or not currently accessible. A number of
temporary entertainment venues have sprung up and one or two
schools which have excellent small theatres have opened them
up to public performances by professional and amateur

The CBS Arena, having survived well, has hosted many events
that should have taken place elsewhere. For instance, a couple of
weeks ago, we went to the Royal NZ Ballet’s performance there,
which included Andrew Simmons’ superb ballet, A Song in the
Dark (music by Philip Glass) and “Aurora’s Wedding” from The
Sleeping Beauty (the company had been booked to bring The
Sleeping Beauty to the Theatre Royal which was put out of
action by the earthquake ‒ this theatre is hoping to re-open in
early 2013). The RNZ Ballet had earlier sent a smaller touring
group to Christchurch with Verdi Variations and Pinocchio which
we saw at the Villa Maria School’s theatre.

The Court Theatre company, who lost their theatre in the Arts
Centre, have just opened a splendid, temporary (3 year lease),
new home in a converted grain warehouse, near us.

We miss seeing our grand-children, Joseph and Ophelia (and
their Dad!) in the UK ‒‒ they seem to be growing up fast. But we
are pleased to have been able to see so much of our kiwi grand-
daughters, Rosie & Daisy (their parents too, of course!).

In January (2011) we were delighted to receive our first house
guest, Graeme’s cousin Judith (Murch), who had been with her
son Rupert and his family in Auckland for Christmas. She was
able to stay with us for several days whilst touring parts of South
Island by coach and rail.

No sooner had the country shaken off Rugby World Cup fever,
which seemed to affect the whole of New Zealand for six weeks,
than we were infected by four or five weeks of General Election
fever. The politicians here seem to have much the same nature
and behaviour patterns as those in the UK, but the parliamentary
set-up and electoral system are quite different. Our length of
residence has now brought us the right to vote.

We are planning a visit to the UK in 2012 (mid-May to end of
June) and will endeavour to see as many members of our
extended family and as many of our old friends as possible. We
will be back in Christchurch in time to celebrate Graeme’s 80th
Birthday in August! (where have all the years gone?).

Summer is now “officially” here, at last, but the weather is still
extremely variable.

Joy & Graeme Cruickshank
          2nd London Girls Brigade Sponsored Sing

2nd London Girls Brigade held a Sponsored Sing on 14th
November 2011 to raise money for Girls’ Brigade in Kosova as
part of their badge work. Girls’ Brigade have recently released
new programme material, and the girls of 2nd London are enjoying
the new programmes, each of which lasts 5 weeks, and explores
a different value by focussing on a different Bible character.
During the Autumn term of 2011, 2nd London explored the value
of Sharing and learnt about the Widow of Zarephath, and the
value of Friendship through the story of Jonathan and David’s

As part of the Sharing badge, the girls learnt about people less
well off than themselves and did something practical to help them.
The girls love singing, and so we decided to hold a Sponsored
Sing. 9 girls took part, supported by parents, and raised a total of
£24 for Girls Brigade in Kosova.
The girls (some of who are
pictured opposite after their
Enrolment Service and Awards
Presentation) thoroughly enjoyed
the singing, many of the songs
being action songs, and chose
which gifts to buy through the
FIZZ Gifts With A Difference
scheme for GB companies in Kosova.
This term, 2nd London GB will take part in the Girls’ Brigade
national Team Challenge event which this year has a variety of
creative and physical challenges all based around the story of
Zacchaeus. Badge work this term will explore the value of
Forgiveness, by focussing on Jesus and the message of
forgiveness at the heart of the Easter story. And, they will enjoy
visits to Wesley’s museum and house.

We meet in the Radnor Hall every Monday evening 6pm-7.30pm
during term time. We always welcome new members, so if you
know any girls aged 5 years or over who would like to join us,
speak to the Company Captain, Gina Cocks. For more
information about Girls’ Brigade, visit the website

Steph Lockwood - Lieutenant, 2nd London GB

          Methodism around the World – Hong Kong

From 27th October – 1st November 2011 a number of British
Methodists, including two of the Chairs of the London District,
Stuart Jordan and Jenny Impey joined Methodists from other
parts of the world in a programme of celebration and consultation
to mark the 160th anniversary of the beginnings of Methodism in
Hong Kong.

Methodist minsters from Kings Cross and Epsom were also
present as there are Chinese congregations in those Churches.
Revd Nick Skelding from the Harrow and Hillingdon Circuit was
also in the group as he was the last British Methodist Mission
partner in Hong Kong from 1982-87.

The first missionary to Hong Kong was George Piercy who arrived
there, at his own expense in 1851 from Pickering in Yorkshire.
The Methodist Missionary Society had originally refused to
                               support his venture but when they
                               saw what he was able to achieve,
                               he was recognised, ordained and
                               served as the Chair of the South
                               China District for 31 years. When
                               he returned to London, Piercy spent
                               another 31years working among
                               Chinese sailors in the East End. It
was wonderful that many of the descendants of George Piercy
were able to be at this celebration, too.
The United Methodist Church from the USA began work in Hong
Kong in the 1950s and it is good to relate that these two traditions
of Methodism united in 1975.

The Hong Kong Methodist Church (MCHK) now has 23 local
churches and about 16,000 members and many education and
social service projects which receive government funding. It also
supports the work of the China Christian Council in mainland
China, has a mission in the (former Portuguese area) Macau and
gives great support to Chinese congregations overseas including
the 13 Chinese congregations that have been started and are
thriving in Britain.

During the celebration there was the commissioning of two
missionaries being sent overseas by the MCHK – one to do
health work in Burma/Myanmar and one to a social work project in

There is also a Methodist International Church in Wan Chai, Hong
Kong where Rev Howard Mellor, one time Principal of Cliff
College, is now serving. At this church there is also a large
Filipino congregation.

Please pray for the President of the Hong Kong Methodist
Church, for the President, Revd Dr Lung-kwong Lo and for the
Methodist people and all the outreach work with which they are

            “I was Charles Dickens’s Charlady “
    Further strange doings of Kate, our Heritage Steward

A while ago I wrote, at Jennifer’s request, an article describing my
strange summer holidays – taking part in recreations of Tudor
domestic life at Kentwell in Suffolk. Well I recently returned from
an even stranger winter holiday – at the Dickens Christmas Fair in
San Francisco. Apparently the name, ‘Kentwell’ is a magic word
to American re-enactors hence a suggestion that some Kentwell
‘Tudors’ could become Victorians. So, to cut a long story short, as
my sister Maureen is the head cook at Kentwell she was asked to
go and they could hardly ask her without me. So a small group of
us went and I was the charlady.

It is very difficult to describe the Dickens Fair, and one finds
oneself waving one’s arms and saying, ‘its huge!’ which it is. It is
held for the four weekends leading up to Christmas in a part of
the charmingly-named Cow Palace, an enormous building used
for agricultural shows and rodeos. The Dickens part consists of
three very long parallel ‘streets’ and a cross street halfway down.
On either side of each street are shops, pubs, theatres, music-
halls, restaurants and areas where scenes from Dickens’s books
are enacted – Fagin’s den and Scrooge’s counting-house, for
instance. The Fair is so big that after working there for five days,
we were just beginning to find our way around.

We found ourselves installed in a nice little kitchen next door to
Mr Dickens parlour and dining-room, with a work surface beneath
a glassless window through which the public could watch the
cooks demonstrate real Victorian English dishes. The daily
speciality was a raised game pie, while my sister Maureen turned
out endless mince-pies – filled with real homemade meaty
mincemeat – Eccles cakes and scones. Mr Dickens’ family and
friends were flatteringly ecstatic about the food and tucked in with

Gerry, our butler was a huge success and I had great fun as a
very, very dirty, clay-pipe-smoking charwoman, everlastingly
sweeping the snow (compacted cornflour) from the steps and
washing the front railings.

What stunned us was the welcome we received from other
participants saying how honoured and privileged they were to
have us with them. It all got a bit embarrassing, because we knew
we were only us!
As we were only working at weekends we had lots of time for
sightseeing and socialising – a Thanksgiving celebration and a
four day trip to the coast to see, among other things, William
Randolf Heart’s amazing place at San Simeon. The two weeks
just whirled by and we left with numerous presents and good

Kate Poole (Heritage Steward)

      The General Church Meeting December 11th 2011

We had a very well-attended Meeting after Church on the 11th
December and Eileen Simmons has written a very full report for
which we thank her. Here is a summary of the main points –
please ask if you wish for the full report.

  1) Annual Report – containing lots of information about all that
     has happened at the Chapel over the preceding Connexional
     year, highlighting the new signage, the award from Islington
     Borough for our Gardens and the introduction of the new
     hymnbook, Singing the Faith. Thanks to the generosity of the
     congregation over 400 books have been bought in memory
     of people. Now we have to work at learning some of the new
     Annual Reports are still available if you do not have yours.

  2) Governance – Leslie explained the need to appoint trustees
     in compliance with new Charity Law provisions. Wesley’s
     Chapel’s annual turnover is such that we now have to be
     registered as an independent charity whereas previous we
     sheltered under the Methodist Church’s ‘charity umbrella.’
     The Annual Report outlines the way in which are new
     trustees are working in teams.

     Five of the trustees were present and introduced
  3) Finance – Leslie spoke about how our finances were
     ‘bucking the trend’ and giving was rising even in these tough
     economic days. People were assured that there is
     confidentiality in the envelope system. People who pay UK
     tax were urged to gift aid their contributions. Robin Kent was
     commended for his efficient and conscientious work in
     dealing with finance and property matters.

  4) Link with Kwanglim Methodist Church, South Korea – Leslie
     outlined our partnership through which a generous gift of $1
     million will come to the Chapel in three instalments over the
     next year. On our side we are hosting a minister from that
     church as an intern for a year. It is hoped that this will be an
     on-going programme with interns coming each year to gain a
     greater knowledge of early Methodism and a greater facility
     in the English language.

    There was discussion about our Young Adult group making
    a visit to South Korea in 2012 and some of the ‘not-so-
    young’ also expressed an interest in a future visit.

  5) Questions and comments from the members present:

    i)     About the choir – a need for more members, especially
           male voices and for a higher profile for an enhanced
    ii)    Kido outlined all the activities that the Young Adult
           group are involved in and the large number of people
           (over 50) who are connected to the group.
    iii)   There is a need to consider and reinvigorate the
           membership of the Circuit Meeting – this would feature
           in the next General Church Meeting.

Compiled by Eileen Simmons, summarised by Jennifer Potter
         Upcoming Events for Women in the Church

Just a reminder of two events early in March - on Friday 2nd
March it is the Women’s World Day of Prayer and we shall be
holding a service, probably in the Foundery Chapel, at 7.30pm.
Please feel free to invite your friends from other churches.

On Monday 5th March at Westminster Central Hall at 1.30pm
there is daffodil Day – a celebration in words and music which
draws Methodist and other churchwomen from all around London
and beyond. Sisterhood will be going to this event and anyone
else is welcome to join.

    Know Your Methodism – Methodist Women in Britain

A new organisation has recently been launched within British
Methodism – it is called Methodist Women in Britain and it seeks
to be an umbrella body for all the women’s’ groups that meet in
Methodist Churches around the country. In particular this new
grouping brings together Women’s Network and the British branch
of the international, Methodist and Uniting Church Women. Here
at the Chapel we have initiated a group under the banner of

But most people do not know the long history of Women’s
organisations in our church and especially the Women’s
missionary organisation which was the first of these groupings. It
is the Women’s Work (the women’s arm of the Missionary
Society) that was one of the streams that formed Women’s
Network in the 1980s and now all that history flows on into this
new grouping, Methodist Women in Britain.

I hope over the coming months to be able to outline some of the
remarkable work done by British women missionaries – not least
in setting up and developing girls’ education in West, Central and
Southern Africa, India, China and the Pacific. Some of the
schools which have their Old Girls’ Services in our Church are the
fruit of the activity of these pioneering women and we need to
know more about them.

Here is just a taste of what is to come. Hannah Kilham
accompanied her husband Alexander (Methodist New Connexion)
to West Africa. He died there but she remained and set up a Girls’
School in The Gambia in 1824 and in Sierra Leone in 1830.
Hannah and her fellow teachers instructed the girls in the medium
of their own languages – having first to learn it herself!

In 1868 here in Britain there was a move to set up a separate
Women’s Missionary Committee. As was common at that time it
had a real snappy title, The Ladies Committee for the
Amelioration of Women in Heathen Countries and for Education

In the Victorian Age it was quite revolutionary for single women to
be sent overseas yet in 1859 when the Committee began to
recruit their ‘agents’, as they were called, plenty of women came
forward. The first ‘agent’ was Susannah Gooding Beal. She
wanted to go to West Africa but was prevented by the Committee
from doing so because of the high mortality of European
missionaries in the area. So she went to British Honduras and
within two months she had a school with 130 girls. She caught
yellow fever, sadly, and died less than a year after her arrival.

There are a huge number of similarly brave and heroic missionary
women who went to serve women and girls overseas. We shall
look at them in forthcoming issues. So when you meet each
month as MWIB – please remember what a historic legacy you

Jennifer Potter
Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB): meetings - 12.30pm, 1st
Sundays of the Month.

Report from last meeting: once again a good turnout for
December’s meeting where it was agreed that committing to
regular prayers/Bible study should be an important part of this
fellowship. Also identified, was the need to build closeness,
fellowship and finding ways to celebrate the Chapel’s diversity.

The meeting therefore agreed to meet weekly on Wednesdays
and once on a Saturday, every three months for prayers.
However,      there are many activities here at the Chapel on
Wednesdays. As such, I have taken the decision to move this to
Fridays (every two weeks). This will continue with the theme of
the previous Prayer Group which many will already be familiar
with, and being realistic with other commitments.

Prayer Meeting & Bible Study will therefore be held every 2nd and
4th Friday of every month at 6.30pm; February’s dates are 12th &


3rd at 11am          Love Feast & John Wesley

4th at 12.30pm       Monthly meeting

11th & 25th          Prayer Meeting & Bible Study

                         Charity Appeal!

A member of the Chapel has very kindly collected good children’s
clothing/items, which she will very much like to go directly to
children who will need it most. We have explored avenues such
as donating them to a Charity but fear this will be lost in the huge
second-hand clothing trade. If you know of any children’s charity,
in any part of the third world; perhaps a children’s home or
orphanage in your home country, please get in touch with me at
the Chapel Office.

Every blessing, Abe

                       Flags! Flags! Flags!

Please don’t forget our plea in the last edition of Window on
Wesleys for contribution towards our purchase of flags for use in
our events in connection with the Olympic Games. Each flag will
cost (with its pole) about £30 – please give generously as a
family, as a pastoral group or as one of the church organisations.
And please remember the donations can be Gif-Aided if you are a
UK taxpayer. Thank you.

                     A Journey to Cambodia

As many of you know Margaret Griffiths and I spent ten days in
Cambodia in January staying with Ruth, the Griffith’s daughter
and her family – including Tam, who has just become 4 years old.

Margaret had been to Cambodia many times before, I was a
novice – never before had I travelled to this part of South East
Asia. The journey was part rest with the family and part tourism –
going to the spectacular Temples at Angkor Wat in the north and
seeing the memorial sites to the killings during the Pol Pot years.

Cambodia’s recent history with the mass killings of the 1970s and
many years of guerrilla warfare after that has been truly gruesome
and cruel. Despite all of that the people are unfailingly welcoming
and friendly, they are extremely industrious producing almost
anything that could be needed (mostly on the edge of very busy
streets) with the most incredible flow of traffic close by.

Remarkably for a country which is at least 90% Buddhist, there
are Christian churches as well as a minority Muslim community.
There is also a branch of the Girls’ Brigade, operated by Girls’
Brigade Singapore. We were able to visit their newly opened
centre in the capital, Phnom Penh and talk about the work they
were doing to help people produce handicrafts for sale.

                       This picture shows the Girls’ Brigade
                       Centre and staff (and the Chaplain of the
                       2nd London GB Company.)

                         There is also a Methodist Church in
                         Cambodia – a joint mission between the
                         United Methodists from the USA,
                         European Methodists from Switzerland
                         and South Korea. We were welcomed by
                         Rev Romeo del Rosaria, a UMC minister
                         from the USA but a Filipino who is the
Field Director for the whole country and Irene Mparutsa, a
community health worker from Zimbabwe.

You can see Romeo and Irene here on the right in the photo. The
other gentleman holding the map on the left is Joseph C. Chan
who escaped Cambodia into Thailand
during the killings, became a Christian,
went to the USA and trained as a
Methodist minister. He then returned to
Cambodia to minister to his own people.
His is a remarkable story – it has been
set down in a book and we have a copy
should anyone wish to read it.

On the Sunday we travelled to a small rural Methodist
congregation in Songke Chrum. On the way there in the car our
new friends were telling us of the agricultural projects – a ‘rice
bank’ and a ‘cow bank’ that had been set up there by an
agricultural missionary from the USA. They mentioned the name –
Jim Gulley! What a coincidence, for that was the very Sunday that
the very same Jim Gulley was at Wesley’s Chapel telling of his
miraculous escape from the earthquake destruction in Haiti.
Methodists are truly a ‘connected’ people.
We were impressed by the service in this small church, the
                     minister, one of three women District
                     Superintendents and by the participation
                     of the young people in the service. Here
                     they are – the minister on the right.

                       What a wonderful experience we had in
                       Cambodia in everything that we did. May
                       God bless the country and its people as it
emerges from the trauma of the 1970s and takes its place among
the community of nations.

Jennifer Potter

             A Follow-up about Bibles and China

In the last edition of WoW there was an article about Rev Samuel
Pollard and his missionary work in China especially in putting the
Miao language into script. The article also spoke about the
production of Bibles in China.

On reading that article, Steve Pearce, our member who is the
Methodist Church’s Partnership Coordinator for Asia, sent me this
written after his visit to Nanjing a year ago.

‘The printing press was Amity’s (a Christian organisation working
in China and providing teachers of English) first project and now
produces a million Bibles a month. So far 80 million have been
produced and this was celebrated with speeches from a variety of
guests, including Communist Party and government officials. It is
a great achievement and it means that China is not only meeting
its own need for Bibles but also exporting them to other parts of

A choir of church members from a Miao village in south-western
China came to participate – singing, among other things, Handel’s
‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ I was approached by one of the singers, Ms
Wang, who had been looking for the British Methodist
representative. She wanted to tell me how much everyone in her
village (Shimenkan) appreciated the work of the Rev Samuel
Pollard had done and that his name was still well known in the
village. He had established a church there and, she wanted to
assure me, the Christians were still being faithful and were, in
their turn, planting churches.’

What a wonderful story!

Steve Pearce and Jennifer Potter

An Honour for Tony Miller and the Whitechapel Mission

Tony Miller, the Director of the Whitechapel Mission has been
                    awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year
                    Honours list in recognition of his 30 years of
                    service to the homeless through the Mission.
                    Commenting on the award Tony has said, ‘this
                    is a fantastic honour and I am looking forward
                    to a really special experience at Buckingham
Palace.’ He added, ‘I am grateful to all those who work, volunteer,
support and serve the Whitechapel Mission as they are the true
deservers of this recognition.’

If you have heard of the Whitechapel Mission but know little about
it, please contact the office where we can arrange a visit for a
group from the Chapel.

Jennifer Potter

 Advice from Islington Police about Mobile Phone Safety

There has been a huge increase in mobile phone thefts in
Islington recently( a 400%increase in the space on one year
from 157 in 2010 to 786 in 2011) so the Police have put out
some advice which we are now passing on.
Lots of phone thefts happen in crowded areas, near transport
hubs and main roads (ride-by thefts by people on bikes and
mopeds) so if you use your mobile phone when you are out, be
alert. Don’t stand where someone riding by could grab your
phone. Move away from transport hubs – especially the exits of
tube stations. Don’t text while you are walking – you will be less
aware of what is happening around you. If possible stand with
your back to a wall when phoning so that nobody can come up
behind you. Don’t leave your phone on a table in an eating or
drinking place and don’t leave your bags unattended.

In the majority of cases the stolen phones are immediately
switched off, the sim card removed and the handset quickly
passed to handlers who ship the phones abroad. The blocks
put on handsets by phone operators after they are reported
stolen only work in the UK, meaning the value of the phone is
maintained abroad.

Register your phone and other property on – it can help recover your property and
track down thieves. You will need your phone’s IMEI number,
which you can find by typing in *#06# into your phone, which
will then display a 15 digit IMEI number.

If your phone is stolen report it by calling 101 (the non-
emergency police number) or report the crime online at

Jennifer Potter

     Lunchtime Recitals in February (1.05pm Free Entry)

7th Jonathan Melling Organ
14th Felecity Vincent & Cello /Piano
      Oliver Davies
21 TBC
28th Timothy Peake      Piano

5th   11.00am Morning Service
              Preacher: Jennifer Potter
              Officiant: Jennifer Potter/Brian Goss

12th 9.45am Holy Communion – Ken Start
     11.00am Morning Service – Leslie Griffiths

19th 9.45am Holy Communion – Leslie Griffiths
     11.00am Morning Service – Joy Leitch

26th 9.45am Holy Communion – Jennifer Potter
     11.00am Morning Service – Leslie Griffiths


4th Krystal Agyeman           1 year
12th Hannah Winkworth         4 years
27th Lauren Hayward           4 years

May God bless these children and their families.
            Weekly programme of events
Sunday       9.45am     Holy Communion
                        (except 1st Sunday in month)
           11.00am       Morning Service
                         Junior Church, Crèche
           12.30pm       Methodist Women in Britain (MWIB)
                          (1st Sunday in the month)
           12.30pm       Wesley’s Chapel Ghana Fellowship
                         (4th Sunday in the month)

Monday     7.00am       Prayer Meeting
           2.00pm       Sisterhood Fellowship
           6.00 pm      Girls’ Brigade 2nd London Co

Tuesday      1.05 pm    Lunchtime Recitals
              7.30 pm   Boys’ Brigade 5th London Co
                        Company/Senior Section

Wednesday 10.00am Parents/Minders & Toddlers
           12.45pm Service of Holy Communion
           6.00pm Rainbow/Brownie/Guides/Rangers

Thursday   12.45 pm     Lunchtime Service

Friday       7.00pm     Prayer Group
             7.00pm     Boys’ Brigade 5th London Co
                        Anchor/Junior Section

If you would like to submit an article, poem, prayer or item of
         interest for the next edition please email it to:
   or leave it at the church office marked FAO Tracey Smith

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