Wesley Guild was formed in the Methodist Church in the Gold Coast, as far as 1899 at Cape Coast; but membership was predominantly illiterate. However, there was no youth organization which catered for the educated youth, the product of our mission schools.
Accordingly, Synod in 1944 appointed a subcommittee to study and make recommendations on pilot basis, as to form a youth fellowship for the educated young men and women in the church. The committee eventually recommended “that by means of short conferences, a small number of prospective youth leaders be trained”.
As expected, Cape Coast which gave birth to Methodist in Ghana gave birth to the first Methodist Youth Fellowship branch in 1946. By 1958, thirty six branches of 1153 members had been formed throughout the country.
Initially, they were operated upon the following guidelines: Members must be literate so that the needs of the educated must be met. The ages of members should be between 16 to 40 years old. This however, was not a rigid rule but should be taken as guideline.
Membership was to both men and women, and majority of them to be full members. Yet, non-full members as well as non-Methodists should not be excluded. The essential office holder must be President (a Minister or a Catechist) then Vice President and Secretary. On formation, each Youth Fellowship, for the first year, should be regarded as “On Trial”. If it progressed satisfactorily, Synod should give an official recognition to the branch, Members of the Fellowship were not expected to pay subscriptions. However, building up a small local Youth Fellowship fund is permitted. Each year, small assessment to be paid by a branch to the Methodist Head Office.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1. To enable young people to grow spiritually by coming to a personal faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
2. To provide a fellowship which would enable members to share and discuss ideas and their feelings.
3. To provide a place where they can talk to sympathetic adults about their problems and hopes.
4. To provide members with the opportunity to share games, creative activities and fun in a good and healthy moral atmosphere.
5. To give the youth an opportunity to contribute to the life, worship and witness of the church.
6. To help young people to show their concern and interest in others by giving practical service in the community.
The fellowship has and continues to male positive contribution many ways, to the life of the church. For instance, in 1955 Wesley branch, Kumasi society, planted the Methodist Church at Buokrom near the Airport. The St. Paul Methodist Youth Fellowship, Tema, built a premise on the church compound to house the chapel keeper and his family etc. Like any other organization in the Methodist Church, Ghana, the fellowship since its inception, has been the nurturing ground for recruitment into the ordained ministry of the church.
Methodist Youth Fellowship