• Two churches consecrated
• Parolees graduate at TEE College
Two churches consecrated
[ Charles Church ]
On Saturday 23 February St Faith’s Church in Hankey was consecrated and on Sunday 24th St Andrew’s Church in Storms River was consecrated. Both are Chapelries of the Good Shepherd Parish Humansdorp. The consecrations were led by Bishop Bethlehem, and retired Bishop Donald Harker preached at both services.
It was a wonderful time of celebration for both communities as they praised God for His goodness in providing these two communities with beautiful buildings in which to worship him. It was especially pleasing to the St Faith’s community as previously they had to use a makeshift building of metal sheets. Both the buildings were constructed by Tommy Maulgas and his team.
There were guests who joined the celebrations from Knysna, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, and Graaff-Reinet. The previous rector of the parish, Ronnie Allwright, and his wife Alwylene joined the festivities as did Allan Kannemeyer who is the Archbishop of Cape Town’s Provincial Executive Officer.
The processions at both Churches were led by Captain Charlie (Oom Charlie) the All Saints’ Brass Band from Mossel Bay. Bishop Bethlehem was given a salute at the end of the proceedings, which prompted him to jokingly comment that none of his clergy have ever given him a salute of respect. The congregations were led in worship by the singing of the Men’s Christian Society from Mossel Bay as well as St Mary’s Choir from Humansdorp.
Not only were people fed by the word of God but after both services everyone received a plate of food and dessert.
Pics: Top - Bishop Bethlehem marking the Alpha & Omega on the ground with his staff. On left - Nigel Prins, Parish Church Warden, and Chapel Warden Ann Jantjies and Bp Donald Harker on right. Mr Maulgas in background.
Bottom - All Saints’ Brass Band from Mossel Bay led the procession through the streets.
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Parolees graduate at TEE College
[ Howard Lancaster ]
A six-year journey for five parolees, formerly in the St Alban’s Correctional Services institution here in Port Elizabeth, reached a major highlight on Saturday 6 April. They attended the Theological Education by Extension graduation ceremony in Johannesburg where two received the Diploma in Theology and Ministry and the others the Certificate of Competence in Theology. Sadly, four others, still at St Alban’s were not given permission to attend. Five of them passed with distinction.
Having come to faith while serving their sentences, they formed a strong and committed group under the direction of the chaplain Jogra Gallant.
Their studies helped them in not only providing mutual support, but also in running Bible studies, counselling, praying with both fellow offenders and warders, while leading many others to faith.
They also formed an organisation which assisted others with integration into life at St Alban’s, all the way to preparation for rehabilitation and release after serving their sentences.
The support of local correctional services personnel, a number of them also committed Christians, was encouraging to see. The parolees continue to minister, witness and work in the area of discouraging others from entering the world of crime.
Life is not easy for them now as employment is difficult to obtain. One sign of the change that Christ has brought into their lives is shown by one of them being given a job driving children to school. He was required to use an unroadworthy vehicle, which his employer would not repair, so he resigned, displaying an integrity which is a great witness in our current society.
Please pray for all to find employment and for the others still to be paroled.
Also graduating at the same ceremony were Dorothy Hurn from All Saints’ and assisting priest at St Cuthbert’s, Samantha Eagles, both with the Diploma. Their photos will be in the next iindaba.
Pic: Five of the TEE gradutes with their lecturers - Cecil Mpuntshe, prisons chaplain Jogra Gallant, Wayne Nuku, George Adams, retired priest Howard Lancaster of TEE, Dan-Paul Simons and Melvin Ruiters.
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He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
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Keep your lives free from the love of money
and be content with what you have,
because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
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