There was an ongoing celebration at Manchester Southern Asia Church as members and friends were blessed to witness two baptismal services – on 12 June and 31 July – when a total of 7 young people were baptised. The youngest baptismal candidate, Aurelius, aged 12, astounded the congregation with his biblical knowledge. The local church was delighted to receive the support of Pastors Richard Jackson and George Kumi from the NEC and Elder Earl Ramharacksingh from the BUC.
The church is blessed with a large group of children and young people who are talented in music and singing. There is a vibrant, active and well-organised Pathfinder club, and Sabbath School catering to all children and young people. Some of the other regular activities in which the young people are involved are nursing home visits, feeding the homeless and singing outreach in Manchester city centre, to name a few. Over the years, the children have been nurtured and discipled with a vision to make them rooted in the Scriptures and church doctrines. It is pleasing to see the fruits of those long-term efforts when the children come forward to dedicate their lives to the Lord.
The series of Bible studies to prepare these 32 youngsters for baptism has been organised by Dr Shyam Morapudi, first elder for Manchester Southern Asia Church, and are being conducted by Pastor Ebenezer Daniel, Area 2 Coordinator, and local church pastor, Blondel Campbell. The summer vacation is being well spent by these young people as they are studying every day, and it’s delightful to see them discuss as they understand the core topics. There are at least two more baptismal services planned for the rest of the year. So, in the middle of and in spite of the pandemic, Manchester Southern Asia is celebrating Pentecost 2021.
Manchester Southern Asia Church is growing, and the members worship currently in a rented building. The amount of work involved in arranging the building for service every Sabbath is immense, so the church is in real need of a building of its own. Your prayers and support to get a church building would be much appreciated. The congregation and especially the young people need a church of their own to grow and excel in spiritual maturity. There is a great potential for these young people to be a witness to a large Asian population in Greater Manchester.
Dr Shyam Morapudi