Visiting Bishops Concerned About Increasing Age Of Scilly’s Congregation

methodist bishops 2013Two visiting Methodist Church bishops from Africa say they’re concerned about the increasing age of churchgoers in Scilly and the lack of young people in the church here, when compared to Nigeria.

Bishop Livinus Onuagha and Bishop Sunday Eze from Onisha have spent ten days in the UK. They came to Scilly following a conference in Derbyshire.

The clerics have been staying with Reverend Charlie Gibbs and have addressed members of the Methodist Church congregation. They’ve also met with Methodists on St Mary’s and St Martin’s

The Bishops believe the church needs to reach out and engage younger islanders or it could close.

Bishop Onuagha says the youngest people he saw in the congregation here was Charlie and his wife and he feels the church could “run out of steam” without younger members.

But our scenery has captivated the two men. Bishop Onuagha says that the view from St Martin’s Methodist chapel is possibly the best he has ever seen in the world.

The pair have invited Reverand Gibbs to visit Nigeria.



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