Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood Pilgrimage to Holy Island Saturday 17 June 27, June, 2017
In a English heat wave Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood from the UK and European Region made their annual pilgrimage to Holy Island. It has a special place in the story of how the Gospel came to England with both St Aiden and St Cuthbert making their home at the monastery on this island. It was the most beautiful weather for our crossing at low tide. We began with prayer as we remembered the life and example of Ini Kopuria and his call to live the Gospel among the people, with truth and simplicity, giving everything he had in the service of Christ. At three different places we paused to pray and remember Ini’s early life, his family and friends, and his hospitality, and sense of community and mission. Arriving on Holy Island we held the most beautiful Eucharist in the garden surrounded by flowers, grass and friendly sparrows. At the end of the Eucharist we gathered in a large circle and sang and danced in true Solomon Island tradition before sharing a feast of roast chicken, sausages, baked beans, vegetarian sausages and the most delicious cakes and strawberries. It was a particular delight to be joined by Jennifer Probets and Alison and Tony Sparham with Roderick and Duncan their grandsons who seemed to love the pilgrimage, behaved like saints and want to come again.
Decade of Evangelism and Renewal program pre-launched on Pentecost Sunday 13, June, 2017
Article supplied by ACoM Diocesan Bishops from the nine dioceses, representatives from the National Government, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, members from Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), the Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) and a huge number of Church members within DoCM came to witness the event. Senior Bishop of ACoM, the Right Revd Nathan Tome delivered a powerful sermon urging members of the church to be filled with the Holy Spirit before filling others or pouring out to others on this Pentecost day. “Church is a blessed community and thus God is calling the church to arise and involve in the mission of the church,” he said. “Let’s talk God and move God in every moment of our lives,” he added. Archbishop George Takeli in his official address said: “The goal of re-launching the Decade of Evangelism and Renewal from 2018 – 2028, is to revitalise the full participation of all ACoM members in evangelism with their spiritual gifts for the Church growth. “Not only that, but to respond to our national Government in working towards peace building and security in our nation especially as we draw close to the exit of the Regional Assistant Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI),” the Archbishop said. The themes for this decade is a vision of an emerging Church and building a new community of God’s people in the Anglican Church of the Province of Melanesia. The theme clearly and confidently speaks of the vision of a Church, that will inaugurate a new community of God’s people in Melanesia. A new Church that will be spiritually motivated and will be characterised by the works of evangelism, teaching, compassion, justice, renewal, worship and growth. Apart from the central themes of the decade, each year will have a supporting theme that will help to fulfil these.