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Vol 20 No 5
June
2009

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The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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 •  Pentecost 2009
 •  125 yrs of CR Sisters
 •  Equipping one another
 •  Izibhalo Ezingcwele for R20 a copy

Pentecost 2009

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” Acts 10:44-46

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125 yrs of CR Sisters

A very special Eucharist was held at the Chapel of St Mary and All the Angels in Grahamstown on the Feast of St Mark, Saturday 25 April, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Community of the Resurrection of Our Lord (CR Sisters).

Begun all those years ago when a beautiful young woman, Deaconess Cecile Isherwood, having heard the call of her Lord, and a plea from the then Bishop of Grahamstown, Allan Beecher Webb, set sail from London for South Africa. She was not yet twenty-one when she set off on 4 October 1883 on this great adventure for God. House was set up and the small band of women who’d come out together began their work among the local community. Then on St Mark’s day 1884 the Community of the Resurrection of our Lord was born, when Cecile was clothed as a novice in the chapel at Bishopsbourne.

The Community was very poor and had orange-box ‘make-do’s’ for furniture and yet they realised the needs in the area  and soon founded various institutions such as - a day school, that became St Peter’s School; The Good Shepherd School; an industrial school and an orphanage for ‘waifs and strays’.

Mother Cecile made her Profession on her 25th birthday, and was soon seeing needs beyond Grahamstown.

Pic 1: Sister Dorianne cuts the 125th anniversary cake. Looking on are Sr Kekeletso, Mother Zelma, Sr Makhosazana and Sr Carol of the Community of the Resurrection of our Lord.
Pic 2: One of the intricately beautiful pieces embroidered by deaf Sr Margaret Evelyn over 100 years ago.

Port Elizabeth
By 1887 there were eight novices and an appeal came for Sisters to work in Port Elizabeth. Sr Charlotte, with two helpers, Siyabulela Tshatshu reports The youth of Kariega Archdeaconry had a Spiritual Workshop, with the theme of ‘Set an example for believers in life’ (1Tim 4:12), with the aim of helping to equip one another with Christian ethics and to  boost their Spiritual capacity so that they will become Christ-centred and focused youth.

It was hosted by St Matthew’s Youth programme that will lead you to be the person you want to be.” He went on to say young people must know the purpose of God for themselves; they need to choose friends who will add the value in their life; their behaviour must carry their dreams and must not embarrass their home or themselves. The youth need to have   common vision and goals and must be living for God; their lifestyle is important because of what Jesus went through in terms of his suffering and pain – ‘he bought us with his valuable life … let’s adjust our life style to suit the cross, not to adjust the cross to suit our lifestyle.’ Other speakers included Greg Moses, Canon for the youth, who encouraged the youth and ended by saying, “Let’s be God’s chosen youth by going out and doing what Jesus did on earth.” began work among the poor in South End and later moved to North End where they had a Mission House with a Refuge. Then came a call for help with nursing of children in hospital and later a Mission School for ‘coloured’ children, which became St Mark’s Mission School, followed by St Francis Xavier Mission and St James Mission schools. A reminder of the Sisters’ work in  Port Elizabeth is the painting at the back of the Sanctuary and another in the Lady Chapel at St Michael and All Angels in Schauderville, done by Sr Margaret and, of course, the House of the Resurrection buildings given to us by the Sisters.

More expansion

In 1893 the Grahamstown Training College for women teachers was added to the list, with the help of a Government grant. Work at Kingwilliamstown, then Keiskamma Hoek followed, then Queenstown and Pietersburg. By 1934 the  Community were working in Bulawayo, Salisbury, Rusape, Penhalonga, and Mapanza.

125 years on

Sadly, with the fall in the number of vocations there are only the six sisters left at Grahamstown where they are still very involved within the community running soup kitchens, the infirmary etc.

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Equipping one another
[ Siyabulela Tshatshu ]

The youth of Kariega Archdeaconry had a Spiritual Workshop, with the theme of ‘Set an example for believers in life’  (1Tim 4:12), with the aim of helping to equip one another with Christian ethics and to boost their Spiritual capacity so that they will become Christ-centred and focused youth.

It was hosted by St Matthew’s Youth KwaMagxaki, on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April, and seven of the parishes from the archdeaconry attended. Also present were youth from St Peter’s in Zwide, St Andrew’s in KwaNobuhle and St Augustine’s in Walmer Gqebera.

Mathemba Ntanga, from Wesley Guild, was the main speaker and he spoke of St Paul’s message to Timothy saying, “Your lifestyle must help you … you must have a picture or vision for yourself, of what you want to be today … you must have something on your mind you want to achieve. Set up yourprogramme that will lead you to be the person you want to be.”

He went on to say young people must know the purpose of God for themselves; they need to choose friends who will add
the value in their life; their behaviour must carry their dreams and must not embarrass their home or themselves. The youth need to have a common vision and goals and must be living for God; their lifestyle is important because of what Jesus went through in terms of his suffering and pain – ‘he bought us with his valuable life … let’s adjust our life style to suit the cross, not to adjust the cross to suit our lifestyle.’

Other speakers included Greg Moses, Canon for the youth, who encouraged the youth and ended by saying, “Let’s be  God’s chosen youth by going out and doing what Jesus did on earth.”

Pic: Some of the Kariega Archdeaconry youth who attended the workshop.
 

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Izibhalo Ezingcwele for R20 a copy


Much to smile about - Michael Ngqobololo and Graham Butcher of the Bible Society examine one of the soft cover versions of the isiXhosa Bible available from them for only R20 a copy.

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