Benoni Central Methodist Church

A Community TogetherServing Christ and Others

Psalm 127:1

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those He loves.

 

About Us:

As per our Methodist ethos, our platform of work is based on our Mission imperatives: Spirituality, Justice and Service, Evangelism and Church growth, Empowerment and Development, and Education and Christian formation.


Spirituality:

The deepening of our Spiritually took place through various programmes and initiatives.

Programmes such as Alpha, Fathers’ Ministry, Disciple, small groups, Kids Connection, and the Confirmation Course are vehicles for growth.


Justice and Service:

Bula Monyako and Harvest Care are two ministries that touch base with this pillar through their direct involvement with the plight of the marginalised. Speaking out and fighting against injustice should become part of our Chistian make-up. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”


Growth and Evangelism:

Sunday Services, English and Shona, count as our weekly outreach. One a year the Shona Service hosts a Big Sunday that is a fellowship, but also an evangelism event. Other initiatives include Easter and Holy Week Services, Alpha Course and Men’s Breakfast. Even social events such as Market Day, Golf Days and Barnyard Theatre have potential for evangelism and growth.


Education and Formation:

The Methodist Church has always been a champion on the side of education and formation. Small groups bible studies and the New Members’ Orientation
Breakfast are platforms we use for Christian formation.

Bula Monyako is our outreach programme to people living with HIV/AIDS. It is involved in teaching, awareness support and empowerment in their field of expertise.


CareInn Children Centre:

This is the early childhood development programme run by the Church. Since COVID, the pre-school was in survival mode, with numbers declining. Last year was a tough year with short time working and skeleton staff, as a result of lack of numbers and funds. It is sad to announce that there is no improvement in the situation, and we are forced to close at the end of the first quarter in 2024.


Pastoral:

Being an Oasis, we have an open-door policy for anyone who seeks support and help.

The extensions to our pastoral approach are the visiting team and the Chapel team which is on duty every Sunday. Our hospitality teams, such as the door steward and the tea duty volunteers play a tremendous pastoral role in making people feel at home.

Another priority is the continuous care after bereavement, sickness, and trauma. We lost a number of members during last year, and some of our members are fighting serious diseases personally, and as a Church, we pray for and support one another. We have a number of “shut-ins” on our membership list. We keep in touch with them and volunteers visit them.