In 1959 a group of women in the Sekondi Wesley Methodist Church led by Mrs. Hannah Ato Ahumah got together for the purpose of cleaning and decorating the chapel. They also decided to serve refreshment and launches during church meeting such as Quaterly Meetings, Synods and Conferences. The ladies adopted “Ladies Association” in 1960 as a name for their group, when the Rev. F. C. F. Grant inaugurated it. They chose green and white as colours for their uniform. Founding members included Miss. Sarah Abakah, Mrs. Acquaah Harrison, Mrs. Mary Acquaah, Mrs. Flora Prah, Mrs, Sarah Sam, Mrs. Dinah Blay, Mrs Yakoba Ashun and Mrs. Elizabeth Riverson Snr.
Later Mrs. Grace Ayensu joined and revived interest helped to raise funds and attracted younger and more energetic women. She later became the President.
The Adabraka branch, Accra, was formed in 1970; The Kumasi branch was formed by Mrs. Grace Afryie Amankwaah in 1974. A national delegate’s conference was held in Kumasi in 1986.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1. To promote advancement of women by teaching them skills for self-employment.
2. To engage charitable works such as hospital visits.
3. To promote better understanding and appreciation of dignity in serving God.
4. To arouse greater interest in younger women if the church.
The uniform colours adopted were mauve and white. But all along the name “Ladies Association” did not appeal to Conference as to recognize the organization. However, in September 1985, the writer preached in some Methodist congregations on “Overseas Missionary Sunday” in Liverpool, England during which he visited the “Ladies Chapel” within the Anglican Cathedral in the city. In the chapel, four busts considered to be those of the four greatest ladies of Great Britain were placed. They are Josephine Butler, Member of Parliament who carried out unique reforms in female prisoners of her time. Catherine Wilkinson, who, during the great epidemic that swept through Liverpool and the River Mersey basin, stayed behind and nursed into good health some sickly children abandoned by their parents who fled the city. Florence Nightingale, the famous nurse – the “Lady of the Lamp”, who distinguished herself in health services during the Crimean Wars; then Susannah Wesley, the mother of Charles and John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church.
In the opinion of the members of the “Ladies Association” Susanna Wesley was a true lady of the manse: a Christian mother of repute who gave birth not only t John Wesley, the founder of the World Methodism, but also to Charles Wesley, one of the greatest Christian poets and hymnologists the world has ever known. And that, all these years, the Methodist Church, Ghana, has perhaps, not given enough prominence and recognition which this unique lady deserves in the annals of the Church.
In addition to their objectives, SUWMA have adopted a policy of decorating and furnishing chapels and manses for the benefit of the church and clergy and their families, th the glory of God.
SLOGAN: “Beloved; let us love”
Susanna Wesley Mission Auxilliary