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Sierra Leone News: Zion on the Hill to start Bicentenary project

churchUnder the distinguished patronage of President Koroma, the Mayor of Freetown, Franklyn Bode Gibson joined the congregation of Zion Methodist Church, Wesley Street to launch its bicentenary building project.
Delivering his food for thought sermon, the reverend Elijah Akibo Jones, took verses from the book of Deuteronomy, which is in line with the theme of the unveiling and dedication service, “The work is plenty but the labourers are few” citing that the harvest is huge but the labourers are few”, and this he said will have a negative effect on the church.
He called on members of the church who have been playing backslide to rethink and redouble their efforts to work in God’s vineyard.
Reverend Jones stated that since 1817 when the church was founded, it has stood the test of time over the years, and this was made possible through hard work from forefathers who believed in the ideals of the church.
Before the formal launch of the bicentenary ten storey building project, the chairman for the project committee, Christian Ogoo gave a detailed history of how Zion on the Hill came into existence, at Soja Tong.
He revealed that the church when established in 1817 was formerly “Soldiers Town Chapel” which later turned the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Mr Ogoo noted that the church holds the history of Methodism in Sierra Leone and it was at Zion the first ordination of the African Methodist Ministers took place.
He stated that the 200 years anniversary is a symbolic event and a privilege for this generation and government to be the celebrants of an epoch making event, of one of the oldest churches in the country, which cost ten British pounds to construct in 1817, and because the congregation grew, a sergeant major in the Royal African Corps, Peter Nicholls provided the sum of 407 British pounds for the reconstruction of the church and mission house, which has been kept and maintained in its original design.
Both the Mayor of Freetown and the Member of Parliament for Soja tong, pledged commitment to work with the project committee during the construction of the ten storey multi-purpose building which is expected to be completed 26th February, 2017 when the church would have clocked 200 years.
The Acting Minister of Tourism and Culture, Kadija Sesay also affirmed the ministry’s commitment to support the church in its building project, and to ensure that Zion on the Hill becomes one of the country’s historical monuments.
By Ade Campbell
Tuesday June 23, 2015

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