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Memorandum to all Clergy and Lay People - Diocese of Port Elizabeth from the Bishop

16th October 2013




My dear People of God


Greetings in the name of the Lord, interceding for us at the right hand of the Father!


It is our hope that this letter finds you in good faith, health of mind and body. There are matters of consideration we wish to bring before you. We therefore wish to state as follows:


1. Reportback from Provincial Synod takes place on Tuesday, 29th October at St Nicholas at times indicated on the attached for Clergy (morning) and Lay (evening) Forum programmes. All Clergy, Parish Leadership with Churchwardens, Diocesan Council Committees and Lay Ministers and Church Guilds and Youth Leaders have to come. A Register will be taken as these matters are not a “by the way” engagements but compulsory for our edification, together with those entrusted to our leadership by the Lord. The meetings are open to all, even the Clergy Forum is open for those who will be unable to go out in the evening;


2. The Diocesan Family Weekend falls on the All Saints Tide. Good coincidence! It has been our hope that on this weekend, the Diocesan Family will gather for fun and fellowship. This has not happened in a manner we have dreamed about. We are Anglican Christians, a family within the wider Church, yet we do not know one another as we ought. Are we fulfilling Christ’s exhortation to “Love one another as I have loved you” and His prayer “That they may be one” as He commands us? This is the beginning. We shall not have the games at 09h00 on All Souls Day this year as we had hoped. Next year we shall, Lord willing.


However, from 17h00 on Saturday, 2nd November we shall have the Diocesan Choir & Music Festival. We are asking Archdeacon Zweli Tom to host the Festival at St Stephen, Lay Canons Linda Ncaca and Ethel Pittaway, along with Canon Relton Groepe, are to look after registration and refreshments. The Music Committee will communicate to you any further details on the matter. Every Parish should be represented at least by its Leadership. Come let us have fun in Praise and Songs of worship to the Lord!


3. On Sunday, 3rd November all Parishes are to assemble in the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin for the Great Thanksgiving Service at 11h30. This again is compulsory for all Clergy, Churchwardens, Lay Ministers, Servers and Parish Leadership, all Diocesan Committees, Leaders of Guilds and the Legal Fraternal for Canon Law Council. Services at Parishes will all be at 08h00. We are aware of space restrictions in the Cathedral; this is the reason why we seem to single out the categories mentioned above. What is important is that the “Family Prays Together to Stay Together!” Come let us celebrate and break bread together.


4. On Saturday, 16th November the Convocation meets at St Paul’s, Parsons Hill from 9h00-11h00 for further strategising on the way forward in terms of our operations and resourcing. More information on this comes to you soon. As was the case at Christ the King, kindly attend in your numbers accordingly. The Report will be presented to Diocesan Council on the 23rd November for further engagements and a way forward.


Finally hear the words of the Lord Jesus: “And as you go proclaim the message: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is upon you’. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. You received without cost; give without charge...the worker deserves the keep.” (Mtt.10:7-10).


We Pronounce God’s Blessings upon you as you ponder on these things!


Yours in the love of Christ,


+Bethlehem, Port Elizabeth. October 15, 2013 A.D.

Date Added: 2013-10-17

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