Aged numbering over 400 feted by Nazareth Methodist Church, Nkotompo

The Nazareth Methodist Church at Nkotompo in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region has organised a party for over 400 aged persons including the widowed in its operational area.

The beneficiaries aged 60 years and above were drawn from five communities including Nkotompo, Esaaman, Kweikuma and Ekuasi.

The annual event, which has been happening for the past four years, seeks to give meaning to God’s command to “care for the aged and vulnerable whiles assuring them that the Church and the Community have not deserted them”.

Minister in Charge Rev. Seth Williams explained that during festive seasons not everyone especially the aged get to enjoy, therefore the gesture is also to ensure that no one is left behind.

“You will realize that during Christmas and other festive seasons not everyone gets to enjoy. If you look at the aged especially, some go without tasting even one drink or a good meal. So the idea is to gather as many of the aged as possible, bring them together and make them happy. So if we are remembering Christ on his birthday, it is biblically right that we emulate the love he showed to the world.”

He explained that the party is not only for members of the church but open to all aged who can have the strength to come.

“About 70 percent of the people you see here are not our members. And the joy and satisfaction on their faces is immeasurable. What we have observed also is that, some of them grew up together and during the party they use the opportunity to relive their youthful age.

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“The numbers increase each year and we are motivated by that. What it means is that the communities have accepted it and so we are motivated to do more. Our prayer is that we will have the verve to continue to do it each year.”

Sermonising with the scriptures Mark 6:30-44 and 1 Timothy 5:1-5, Rev. Seth Williams indicated that “this is also to give meaning to the scriptures”.

“When they come, we preach to them. Encourage them and the feedback is heart warming. You know apart from the spiritual needs, the church must also be equally concerned about the well being of the flock. I mean if people come to church with worries, hungry, angry and depressed, preaching alone will not be enough. And we have taken notice of that and working on it every day.”

All beneficiaries were also presented with Christmas parcels.