Members at Newlands Methodist Church were treated to a service with a difference.
They welcomed to their regular Sunday afternoon service an international team of students from Capernwray College. The students are all studying theology and are in Morley for a total of 10 days for the annual Community Links week.
They were treated to a sermon from Mikayla Wiens – the first Canadian ever to speak at the chapel in its 130 year history. She hails from Winnipeg in Manitoba and is a descendant of the Mennonite Community – one of several eastern European groups who fled persecution early in the 20th century and settled in the Prairies.
She was joined by nine other students from Canada, USA and Germany. They shared their life stories, explained about the course they were studying and how they had all come to be at the college near Lancaster.
Their presence swelled the numbers of the normal congregation who listened with rapt attention to an out-of-the-ordinary worship service. Worshippers were also able to hear about the different events they were helping to organise in the week including a bible exhibition on the life of Jesus in local schools, youth meetings, pensioners luncheons and coffee mornings. They said they were excited to be in the town.
Church Steward Kath Pine said that everyone had enjoyed the visit and the service immensely. The visit of the students had been an encouragement to the small but faithful congregation at the chapel.
The international team of students from Capernwray College also took the morning service at Morley Community Church who are sponsoring the Community Links week.
Kath concluded by thanking Morley Community Church for its help in arranging the service. Both churches support each other throughout the year and this was another example of their on-going cooperation. She hoped that teams from the college would visit them again in the future.