National Prime Timers

 

PRIME TIMERS – BIRTH AND GROWTH

Ernest Anderson – Chairman of prime Timers

 

It is just over six years ago, along with Joan, my wife, that the Lord implanted within me a real desire to help in a positive way retired ministers and missionaries and their spouses in the later part of their lives, ministry and service.

 

This was communicated to our East Pennine Region Fellowship in 2003 and so the task was given to us to do something to bring this about in our area. They kindly gave me a good sum of money to get it off to a good start. So in the month of May that year we held our first get-together, which proved successful. The will was born that we meet on a bi-monthly basis for fellowship, ministry and a meal together provided by various churches.

 

It is good to report that there has been no waning on the part of those within this group. We are as strong as ever and are increasing year by year. Our Superintendent, John Morgan, suggested we call ourselves ‘Prime Timers’ in line with our sister fellowship, Assemblies of God in America. The name actually sums up what we are in God: we are both primed and timed by Him to serve Him, each other and the Fellowship at an important time of our lives. We also include in our get-togethers, good elders and their wives, who have served local assemblies well, and widows, too. No one is forgotten.

 

Paul Weaver, along with the National Leadership Team, desired that it should find greater expression in our Fellowship as a whole. Two years ago we were given national recognition and we seek to serve the whole body of Assemblies of God. We now have a group of older pastors and their wives looking at this matter and endeavour to arrange what can be done through the regions to inspire and aid those who reach this stage of life. We are indebted to Pastor Alan Hocking for opening a Prime Timers website and we look to others to help make this site most effective.

 

I have already visited three regions to present Prime Timers and have been greatly welcomed. Another three are lined up in the forthcoming months. There is a definite interest in this and it is our desire to see it expand much further. Whilst delighted with the progress so far, we know much more can be done. At least four regions are making honest efforts and we would support what is being done. Of course, we are open to suggestions to how we can improve so that the full potential can be released through this body of people.

 

For the past four years we have held a successful five-day holiday and ministry at Scarborough. It has been well attended, the ministry and fellowship has been superb. It is planned to go again this year from September 7th -11th. Please contact Pastor Ken Healey if you want more details: 01302/864814. Leaflets are available that give a tremendous amount of information regarding Prime Timers and they are available from me – 01709/371008.

 

On Wednesday 11th July 2008 the National Primetimers Team met for the first time since Primetimers was accepted as a division of AoG at Conference last year.

Ernest Anderson has put together a team which will work to promote PrimeTimers until they can be ratified at the next conference. The NLT are happy with this arrangement.

The team consists of Ernest Anderson, Philip Wooffindin, Dave Skelton, Derek Williams, Alan Hocking and Ron Eske.

Primetimers aims to have a caring and pastoral role for senior ministers, many of whom find themselves ‘out on a limb’ when they retire from full time pastoral ministry. The aim is to assure them that they are not forgotten and provide help and encouragement.

Already two holidays are being run each year, one by the Midlands Region at Rhos on Sea and the other by Yorkshire at Scarborough. We hope to expand these in the future to additional locations.   (See separate page for details)

Ernest Anderson and Philip Wooffindin plan to visit as many regions as possible to raise the profile of Primetimers.

We have set up a web site and this will be expanded as Prime Timers grows. The aim is to provide news, information, inspiration and encouragement.

One thing that is different about the Primetimers Team is that we have co-opted our wives! Since Primetimers involves the wives and in some cases the widows of ministers, we felt they should have input – and they have!

 

 

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One Comment on “National Prime Timers”

  1. Alan Slater Says:

    Hi Again,

    We’ll keep in touch about the Prime Timers ministry. Maybe the Lord would have us start something like this in Canada down the road.

    God bless.

    Alan.


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