The Ashale Botwe Section under the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana has been elevated to a full Circuit status.
The elevation follows the growth in the numerical strength and expansion of the church to the adjoining communities such as Ashale Botwe, Nmai Dzorn, Ogbojo, New Ogbojo, New Legon, New Nmai Dzorn Nanakrom, Lakeside (Japan Motors) and Santoe. The inauguration service was conducted by the Bishop of the Accra Diocese, The Right Reverend Samuel K. Osabutey at Ashale Botwe at the weekend under the theme “Serving God Devotedly in our Generation, Building on our Wesleyan Heritage.”
As part of the inauguration, a Manse and an office complex was commissioned and dedicated to accommodate the Superintendent Minister of the Ashale Botwe Circuit, The Very Reverend Bennet Ato Wilson and the new Circuit. The Rt. Rev. Osabutey prayed for The Very Rev. Wilson and the officers elected and appointed to administer the new Circuit. The Circuit Head Emmanuel Methodist Church, Ashale Botwe was established by the Madina Circuit in 1989 through the evangelism work of the Madina Methodist Youth Fellowship.
With a handful of members at the beginning, the Emmanuel Methodist Society, Ashale Botwe now a Circuit head, have five other full Societies and two Nursary Societies with more than 1500 members. The Societies are Bethel Ogbojo, Mt. Zion – New Ogbojo, Maranatha Nmai Dzorn, Dunwell New Legon, New Nmai Dzorn, Lakeside and Santoe Nursary societies.
The Very Rev Wilson disclosed that Ashale Botwe Section was elevated to a Circuit status in October last year, after a three-year preparatory work. He explained that the creation of the new Circuit (smaller units) was to ensure proper supervision and effective administration of the church. The Superintendent Minister stressed that the new Circuit would focus on Ministry, Social Development, Education and Finance, which were the core business of the Methodist Church Ghana.
He entreated the branches under the Circuit to work hard to attain the objectives of the Circuit and also win more souls for Christ. The Very Rev Wilson lauded the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, The Most Rev Titus K. Awotwi Pratt, the Bishop of Accra, The Right Rev Samuel K. Osabutey, the Accra Diocesan Synod and all who contributed to the Creation of the Ashale Botwe Circuit.
The Very Rev Emmanuel Borlabi Bortey who preached the sermon urged the members to sustain the gains made by the Church and the new Circuit. He entreated the members to hold-fast to the teachings of the Methodist Church and preach the undiluted Gospel of Christ to win more souls into the Church.