Wesley Guild

WESLEY GUILD
Motto "One Heart, One Way" (Jeremiah 32:38)
Founded 30 July 1896
Founders Rev W.B. FitzGerald,
Rev Charles H. Kelly
Location
  • Worldwide
Origins Liverpool
Area served
International
Key people
Presiding Bishop,
Connexional President
Website www.wesleyguild.org.za

The Wesley Guild (also known as WG or Methodist Guild) is a worldwide Christian organisation aimed to retain young people within the Wesleyan Church. It was founded on 30 July 1896 in Liverpool, England and its aim is to help young people to band together using the model known as four Cs (4Cs of Christ) that stands for the: Comradeship of young Methodists, Consecration of body, soul and spirit to the Lord Jesus Christ, Culture of mind to ensure thoughtful and intelligent life, and Christian Service for the building up of the Church and the Kingdom of God. These 4Cs are also reflected on Royal Blue and Gold Wesley Guild logo (cross-like logo) with the motto being “One Heart, One Way”

Its head office used to be in England until 1942 when the Methodist conference incorporated the Wesley Guild to the Youth department that included other entities for young people.

Beginnings

The Wesley Guild was founded by Rev Charles Henry Kelly and Rev W. Blackburn FitzGerald. Charles advised the Church the importance of retaining young people who lost each year by the Methodism after leaving Sunday school while Blackburh formed a group to work with young people for devotional purposes, evangelism, prayer and overseas missions. On the 30th of July 1896 the Wesleyan Conference gave a go ahead for the Wesley Guild to operate in the United Kingdom, in 1899 it expanded to West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone), it later was introduced in Canada, British Guyana and Southern Africa( Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa and Botswana) in 1918 (later formally introduced on 6 April 1966) with the exception of Mozambique that had another model of youth organisation established in 1957.

Membership

Open only to the members of the Methodist Church. In Southern Africa and Sri Lanka the Wesley Guild remains an entity of the Methodist Youth Department and the large number of membership consist of young people while in the rest of the world the organization’s membership consist of young adults and those that are not particularly youthful . Since inception there has been no age limits for the Wesley Guilds leaving the organisation with three grades of members that include young people who are already attached to the Church, with others not yet ripe for such identification, and “older people but young at heart"

Aims and objectives of the Wesley Guild

“I desire by the grace of God to live and lead a Christian life and take an active role in promoting the aims and objectives of the Wesley Guild, I shall GO, Unite, Inspire, Love and Develop." Wesley Guild pledge
  • To foster and promote discipline in Christ amongst young people in and outside the Church in general and those within the department in particular through implementation of the 4C’s for Christ (Consecration, Comradeship, Creativity, and Community Development).
  • To encourage young people to devote themselves and to take active participation in the affairs of the Church, growth and development of the Church [Priesthood of all Believers].
  • To deepen the spirituality of young people by promoting earnest study of the Bible as individuals, through bible studies and evangelistic programs.
  • To promote loyalty to the work of God in general and the Church, in particular.
  • To present God through the Church.

By country: The Wesley Guild is active in twelve countries

Magazine

Wesley Guild magazine
Editor Thobelani Ncapai (Founding Editor)
Siphelele Zosiwe
Categories Christianity
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 70 000
Publisher Wesley Guild (SA)
First issue September 25, 2012
Country South Africa
Language English
Website www.wesleyguild.org.za
ISSN 2304-7631

Wesley Guild magazine is a Christian, lifestyle and fashion magazine for young people published in South Africa by WGSA and distributed in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.

History

Wesley Guild magazine founded by Thobelani Ncapai and Qhawe Teyise, it was first published in September 2012.

Target audience

Wesley Guild magazine is a monthly magazine that encourages, equips, and engages Christians of all ages with special emphasis on young people. The magazine features stories about how the Lord has touched the lives of both ordinary and well-known Christians in a remarkable way with regular columns that combine Christian news, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, inspirational content and legal matters.

See also

  • Thobelani Ncapai
  • Qhawe Teyise
  • Silumko Nzube
  • Siphelele Zosiwe
  • Xolani Mkalali

References

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