Rev. Abe Konadu-Yiadom joined the Circuit on 1st September 2017 and has responsibility for Anerley and Upper Norwood Churches. Abe is a Ghanaian-born British citizen and mother of Matthew who is studying at University. Abe describes herself as a ‘cut through Methodist’. She has a background in the voluntary and statutory sectors, working for organisations including Diabetes UK, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and as Leysian Missioner (Lay Worker) at Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission, City Road, London. She’s an avid fan of Jane Austen, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and she also enjoys watching comedy with son Matthew.
Friends, I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. And what a blessing indeed is the One whose coming we await.
Advent simply means ‘coming’. And friends, God is coming! Our LORD Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming! Over the next four weeks in Ad-vent, Old Testament prophets, and some reflections from excerpts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prison dairies, helps us to look forward the fulfilment of God’s purposes for His chosen people. A time when the greatest, most profound, tenderest thing in the world will be fulfilled.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was the German theologian and pastor, who was imprisoned and later killed by the Nazis. From prison, he writes, “celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient world or age has forgotten.” He writes further that “whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting, will never experience the full blessing of fulfilment. Those who do not know how it feels to wait patiently, to look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, can-not even dream of the splendour of the moment in which clarity is illustrated for them. For the greatest, most profound, tenderest thing in the world, we must wait, and it happens according to the divine laws of sprouting, growing and becoming! But not everyone can wait”, says Bon-hoeffer. “The people who cannot wait are those who carry restlessness around with them and look to the greatness of this world. Thus”, he says, “Advent can be celebrated only by those who know that they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is to come; the Holy One Himself. God in the child in the manger!”
He adds, “we can, and should also celebrate Christmas despite the ruins around us”, to his family.
For us, and for millions of Christians, the birth of Christ brings a new way, not just of understanding life but of living it. And so, in midst of all the ruins of our unjust world, let us look forward to rejoicing in coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and the One who reveals the face of God to us, and who is the Word of God for us!
Finally, a note of thanks your forbearance in my first few months or quarter. I am very much aware that change is not an easy process at the best of times, and would encourage us all to continue pray for guidance, both as you adjust to a new minister and also in our discernment for a vision for our Church.
To this end, and on behalf of Matthew, I’d like to wish you patience in your waiting this Advent, a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
Advent, Christmas and New Year blessings
Revd Abe Konadu-Yiadom
Anerley is one of nine Churches that make up the Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit of the Methodist Church. We are a small but thriving Congregation that works hard to meet the needs of our local Community.
Our premises are well maintained and adaptable and we hope that you will find our friendly welcome as warm and welcoming as the premises themselves.
The Church has around 50 members and in addition to our regular Sunday Services we run or provide facilities for a wide range of different activities. These include, other Faith Groups, Bible Studies, The Penge Community Pre-School, Dance and Drama Groups for young people, A Social Group for the older members of the Church, Dog Training and Keep Fit. Our Halls are also available to hire at competitive prices for parties, clubs, associations and community activities.
Children and families are always welcome at Anerley and we have a Junior Church for the young people. However, on the fourth Sunday of the month we have a special family service when children, their parents and carers are particularly welcome to a family orientated and relaxed style of ‘All Age Worship’..
Baptisms, Weddings and, Funerals can be arranged with our Minister.
A full list of our weekly activities can be found on this website together with contact details for church officers and the leaders of groups who meet on the premises.
We are a small but thriving Church in Anerley/Penge, South London, to the North of the London Borough of Bromley and close to the Borough boundary with Croydon. We are part of the Blackeath and Crystal Palace Methodist Circuit, which is made up of 9 Churches in South East London. The other Churches are Burnt Ash, Eltham Park, Forest Hill, Hither Green, Lewisham, Sunfields, Upper Norwood and Wesley Hall Sydenham. Anerley has a membership of about 50 people of all ages from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Anyone of whatever Denomination, Faith or no Faith is very welcome at any of our Services or events.
The spiritual life of the Church is focused on Sunday morning worship and a Junior Church that are well attended by both members and adherents.
WEEKLY MEETINGS & ACTIVITIES
Morning Service 11am
Evening Service (2nd & 4th Sunday) 6.30pm
Junior Church 11am
Link Fellowship 1pm
Salvation Deliverance Ministry 2pm
MONDAY to FRIDAY
Penge Community Pre-School 9.20am to 4pm
Jumoke After School Club 3.30pm to 6pm
Harlequins Theatre Group 4pm to 6.30pm
Dog Training 7pm
Amaze Penge 9.30am to 12noon (term time only)
Hill Dance Academy 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Only Believe Assembly 7pm
Community of Faith (Brazilian church) 7pm
Wednesday (Social) Club 8pm
Prayer and Devotional Meeting 10am to 11.30am
Tai Chi 7pm
Campbell School of Dance & Drama 4pm to 6.30pm
Hill Dance Academy 11am to 3pm
Community of Faith 5.30pm
Go to the 'Regular Activities' tab for contact details and more information about groups and organisations meeting at Anerley Methodist Church