ANGLICAN CHURCH AMENDS CONSTITUTION

The Anglican Diocese of Accra over the weekend held a special Synod at St. Paul Anglican Church, La, to consider proposed amendments to its Constitution.

The one-day Synod on the theme: “Stand Firm in the Lord” brought the Clergy and Laity members of the Church together to deliberate on amendments proposed to update the Constitution of the Diocese which is a primary working document of the Church.

The Constitution of the Diocese is over 20 years and has undergone several reviews from 1955 to 1997. The 1st Edition was printed in 1955; the 2nd Edition, revised and reprinted in 1960 and the 3rd Edition also revised and reprinted in 1964. In 1982 the 4th Edition was revised and reprinted with the Cathedral Constitution while the 5th Edition was revised and reprinted in 1997. However, in 2010, the Diocese decided to amend the existing Constitution to bring it in line with structural and strategic changes in the Diocese.

The Special Synod considered amendments proposed to the following articles and a Regulation of the 5th Constitution of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, ie: Article 1 Clause 1; Article 6; Article 7; Article 9; Article 11; Article 17; Article 20; Article 24; Article 27 and Article 28(a). Other proposed amendments included Article 29 to Article 34; Article 36; Article 44 and Article 45. Chapter 8 “Heading”; Article 55(a); Article 76 and Regulation 7 were also amended.

Following assent by the Diocesan, Synod therefore agreed that the 6th Edition of the Constitution of the Anglican Diocese of Accra be published after further processes are completed.

In his Charge, the Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Daniel S. M. Torto, Bishop of Accra Diocese also took the opportunity to brief the Synod on other events involving the Diocese-egthe meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, held in Lusaka, Zambia in April 2016 which called on every province, diocese and parish in the Anglican Communion to “adopt a clear focus on intentional discipleship” to run for nine years or more. The meeting had also called for “resources to equip and enable the whole church to be effective in making new disciples of Jesus Christ”.

The Council had also commended a publication in March 2016 by the Mission Department of the Anglican Communion Office, on “Intentional Discipleship and Disciple making – An Anglican Guide to Christian Life and Formation”, for study across the Communion.

He further briefed that the Diocese would host a meeting of the Bishops in Dialogue Consultation from 25 – 30 May, 2016 to be attended by 24 Bishops and 5 Canons from Canada, USA, South Africa, East Africa and West Africa.He urged delegates to pray for travelling mercies for the participants and for peaceful consultation. He sounded delegates to expect some of the participants to join them in their parishes for worship.

The Diocese recently launched a campaign for elimination of fake drugs, in partnership with LAPAG and the Scandinavian Pharmacists without Borders.Further action would be pursued by the Diocesan Professional Guild / LAPAG to actualise the elimination of the said drugs from our society.

Finally, Bishop Torto called on Christians to be circumspect in their utterances and pronouncements for a peaceful election, come November 7, 2016.

 

Youth and Children Ministry

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Anglican Education Unit

The maiden edition of the First Pupils Excellence Awards Day organized by the Anglican Education Unit (A.E.U.) in collaboration with the Diocesan Board of Education, came off on Thursday, 4th June 2015 at All Saints Anglican Church, Adabraka.

Twenty - eight students from schools under the Education Unit of the Anglican Church received awards for their excellent and impressive performance in accordance with an awards scheme used by the Unit.

Ministries and Associations

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The St. Monica Anglican Church (Kaneshie) branch of the Guild of the Good Shepherd has donated items worth GH¢5,000 to the Christ-Faith Orphanage at Frafraha, a suburb of Accra in the Greater Accra region.

The donation was made during their periodic visit to the orphanage and the items donated included bags of sachet water, used clothing, fruit drinks, biscuits, hand bags, shoes, bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil and other essential household items, to help run the home. 

"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

St. Mathew 11:28