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On Sunday 29th July 2014 Twelve Anerley people, Bishop Desmond and Pastor Michael from the Salvation Ministry, together with six representatives from Upper Norwood and the Circuit were delighted to make the trip to Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton to be present and to support Rev. Imran Malik at his Ordination. Our journey by various means – train, car and minibus, with a host of tales to tell of the long journey north from London – was of course nothing compared to Imran’s spiritual journey from his home village of Baddomalhi in Pakistan to this moment of Ordination as a Presbyter (Minister) in the Methodist Church.
Imran was one of seven Ordinands confirmed at the ceremony in the imposing surroundings of a traditional galleried Methodist Church at Darlington Street. Amazingly the people of the church had pulled out all the stops to make good severe smoke damage resulting from a fire earlier in the year, which but for their energy and commitment might have caused the event to be relocated. We were welcomed by the Superintendent Minister of the Church Rev. David Lavender who reminded us of the Solemn but joyous nature of the occasion. So no photos or videos of the ceremony! – But we were permitted to applaud after the ordination!
The Service, which was enriched by some rousing Methodist Singing was led with great feeling by the President of Conference Rev. Kenneth Howcroft. The sermon was given by the Bishop of Coventry the Rt Revd. Dr. Christopher Cocksworth. The Bishop spoke of the need for a United Church, of his own journey to Ministry and of the doubts he, like others have experienced in answering God’s calling. He recalled that it was necessary for those who entered the Ministry to humble themselves before God. That being a Minister did not set you above others and that ordination was not carried out by the President or the Bishop but by the Gift of The Holy Spirit. He reminded us of the thoughts expressed by Rev. Ruth Gee in her recent pastoral address to Ministers at Conference that Ordination was a life changing experience; “after I felt the weight of hands laid on my head in the context of prayer, my relationship with the church, with society and with God became that of a presbyter. From the moment of ordination my network of relationships changed. At that time I compared it with childbirth and with the realisation I had as a very new mother that although I was the same person, my life and my relationships had changed fundamentally and it was a change that would affect my whole being.
There was a poignant reminder that we are all part of the World Church when Superintendent Wolfgang Reiker from the UMC German Central Conference read the Epistle from Romans in his native German – fortunately the text was printed in English in our order of Service – so we did not have to struggle to recall the Foreign language studies of our youth or reach for a German Phrase Book
The enormity of the calling to Ministry was summed up in the part of the Ordination Service known as ‘The Examination.
Beloved in Christ, the Church is God's holy people, the Body of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. All who are received into the Church by Baptism are called to proclaim the mighty acts of God in Jesus Christ our Saviour, and to serve him in the Church and in the world.
God has called you into the order of Presbyters among his people.
In his name you are:
to preach by word and deed the gospel of God's grace;
to declare God's forgiveness of sins to all who are penitent;
to baptise, to confirm and to preside at the celebration of the sacrament of Christ's body and blood;
to lead God's people in worship, prayer and service;
to minister Christ's love and compassion
to serve others in whom you serve the Lord himself
these things are your common duty and delight. In them you are to watch over one another in love.
In all things, give council and encouragement to those whom Christ entrusts to your care. Pray without ceasing. Work with joy of the Lord’s service. Let no one suffer hurt through your neglect.
The ministry will make great demands upon you and upon those close to you, yet in all of this, the Holy Spirit will sustain you by his grace.
Not just an earthly ‘job Description’ but a very demanding and challenging calling by God to Imran and the other Ordinands. A calling in which we all have an important role to play in supporting Imran as he continues his journey of Faith; Indeed we all have a responsibility to fulfil the promise we made in the Service to ‘Uphold him in his Ministry’
Some Photos taken at the Ordination can be viewed by following 'Links' on our home page and selecting 'Church Family'
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.
I am the Minister here at Anerley Methodist Church. I am married to Sarah Malik (ex-Methodist Youth President).
We are parents of two son's, Rohan aged four and his baby brother Roshan. Rohan is very proud to be part of the Junior Church.
Having successfully completed my probationary period I was ordained during the Methodist Conference on Sunday 29th June at 4.30pm at Darlington Street Methodist Church, Wolverhampton.
As a minister my vision for this church is to
If you are looking for a warm and friendly worship environment and to be a part of your local worship community please come and visit us. You will find Anerley Methodist Church an accessible, hospitable and nurturing place. Our leadership team is there to help all the members and visitors to experience the warmth of God's love in our fellowship.
Every Blessing Imran
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
Living Vine Ministry 9am
Morning Service 11am
Evening Service (2nd & 4th Sunday) 6.30pm
Junior Church 11am
Lingk 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
Campbell School of Dance 4pm
Dog Training 7pm
Amaze Penge 9.30am to 12noon
KISS Driver Training 7pm
Salvation Deliverance Ministry 7pm
Only Believe Assembly 7pm
Community of Faith (Brazilian church) 7pm
Wednesday (Social) Club 8pm
JAKAB Fitness & Self Defence 8pm
Tai Chi 7pm
Campbell School of Dance 4pm
Love 2 Dance 7.30pm
Living Vine Ministry 7pm
Community of Faith 5.30pm
Available to Hire for Private Events
See tab - Our Church - Regular Activities - for a full list of all activities and contact information for users
Rev. Imran Malik was appointed to the Blackheath & Crystal Palace Circuit on 1st September 2012. Imran has pastoral oversight for Anerley and our sister Church at Upper Norwood. There is a Welcome statement from Imran above and some more interesting information about him can be found on the link below -
In May 2015 Anerley Methodist Church
will be celebrating 150 years of Christian Mission and Worship on our present site in Anerley. Our roots actually extend further back than 1865 – in 1862 there are records of Wesleyan Services taking place in a house at 2 Marlbro Terrace – now 33 Maple Road.
We have set up a small working group to start thinking about how we can celebrate this special occasion in the life of our church. It may seem early to start thinking about this, but it’s amazing how quickly the time goes, and some things will need a bit of planning.
Provisionally, the following events are being arranged:-
Saturday 28th March 2015 Top Hall 1pm - 6pm* Hobbies and Talents exhibition, including tea and cake and childrens' craft activities.
Saturday 9th May 2015 Top Hall 4pm - 10.30pm Afro-Caribbean evening with steel band
Saturday 9th May 2015 Side Hall 4pm - 10.30pm* Display of memorabilia
Sunday 10th May 2015 at 11am - Morning Worship to Celebrate our Anniversary. Led by the President of the Methodist Conference. The Revd. Kenneth Howcroft
Sunday 10th May 2015 Top Hall 10am - 3.30pm* Celebration bring-and -share lunch and cake-cutting.
Sunday 10th May 2015 Side Hall 10.am - 3.30pm* Display of memorabilia
Saturday 3rd October 2015 7pm Concert by the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Singers
* ALL times are provisional
We hope to have a concert by Clarence's gospel choir in the autumn of 2015 but a date has not yet been set. It will probably be some time in September/October. Probably in the Top Hall as we are including a fish and chip supper.
The working group would appreciate any comments on the ideas (too many? not practical? Suggestions for preachers etc.) and any other ideas for activities and ways to celebrate.
Start looking through your cupboards and drawers for any photographs, programmes, service sheets, etc. that you may have hidden away. Make a note of things you remember about your time at the Church. It may be something small but everyone’s memories put together can build the bigger picture.
If you have any suggestions, or would like to get in touch regarding any aspect of the 150th Anniversary please contact Marian Young whose details appear on the 'Contact Us' tab of this web site.
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