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Vol 23 No 11
December
2012

iindabaONLINE

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

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 •  Christmas 2012
 •  Diocesan AYF launch
 •  Diversity of youth highlighted
 •  Vandals hit HTC

Christmas 2012

Jesus, proclaimed by angels;
Light up our darkness.
Jesus, worshipped by shepherds;
Light up our darkness.
Jesus, adored by wise men;
Light up our darkness.
Jesus, God who is with us now;
Light up our darkness.

A Celtic prayer - Ray Simpson

May this prayer bless you during Christmastide and 2013

- the editor, iindaba committee, Bishop Bethlehem and Mazoe and the diocesan office staff.

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Diocesan AYF launch
[ Melumzi Ngqoza ]

The Anglican Youth fellowship held their Annual Conference from 4 to 7 October at St. Stephen’s Church in New Brighton. The only difference with this one was that it was a Launch Conference, where the Youth incorporated their usual conference with the Launch of their new uniform and sports gear which included scarves, beanies, hoodies and full tracksuit, unveiling the new AYF website as well as unveiling the new AYF banners with the mission and vision of the Youth.

The weekend was attended by members of our Diocese, including members who travelled from Humansdorp, Alexandria and the Karoo, as well as visitors from the Dioceses of Cape Town, False Bay, Grahamstown and Mbashe. It was directed by Siyabulela Tshatshu, Diocesan Secretary General; Melumzi Ngqoza, Diocesan PRO, and Mxolisi Makapela, Kariega Archdeaconry Secretary General who added their usual flair and jokes to ensure a successful weekend.

Activities which took place and highlighted the weekend were the Outreach to Ekuphumleni TB Hospital, the moving Candle light ceremony conducted by the Diocesan Chairperson, Grace Mayeza, the never ending singing and praising services and the launch of the new uniform, the unveiling of the official website of the Diocesan Youth; the banners and to top it off all of this was done in style as members wore their new AYF golf shirts and carried their new AYF draw string bags. These were blessed by Bishop Bethlehem during the powerful Eucharist service.

The close on Sunday started off with a strong street revival to prepare us for the Eucharist service which was conducted by Archdeacon Zweli Tom who stressed the importance of being humble leaders.


Pics:

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- Some members of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship attended
the launch and were welcomed by some of the youth members.


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Youth members modelling the new uniform and sportsgear.

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Diocesan Executive Lighting the AYF candle.

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Diversity of youth highlighted
[ Zukiza Jeyi ]

The Provincial Youth Council and Chaplains Consultation from 1 – 3 October at eMseni Christian Centre in Johannesburg marked the fifth year that they have met together.

The members were first briefed on the Anglicans Ablaze Conference which took place straight after their consultation and to which many of the council were blessed with being able to attend. This was followed by feedback and discussion on constitutional matters which will be reported back to the provincial Executive Officer. Once that business was out of the way the sharing of diocesan reports took place. This always provides a lot of interest as it brings to the fore the diversity of the youth groups within the 29 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. We were able to discuss and share our experiences of youth ministry and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who attended much of the consultation, encouraged us in the growth and development of this ministry.

We’ve returned to our dioceses feeling empowered to share what we’ve learnt with those at home.

Keep in touch with the Provincial Youth: www.aysa.org.za

Pic: A special banner was presented to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba by the delegates as a sign of the commitment of PYC to the ‘Vision’ of ACSA. Zukiza Jeyi from our diocese is on the right.

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Vandals hit HTC

Holy Trinity Church in Central is appealing to family members of deceased parishioners to assist by confirming the names on the bronze plaques which were stolen from the wall at the Garden of Remembrance.

Contact Kim at 041 585 2437 or visit the HTC Website at www.holytrinitychurch.co.za/services and events/restoration/memorial garden

Pic: The bronze plaques from the Garden of Remembrance at HTC have been stolen.

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