• Be encouragers
• Archbishop addresses Provincial Conference
• Women's Day 9 August
Speaking at the Ordination service on Sunday 15 June, retired bishop Paddy Glover used Barnabas whose name means ‘the great encourager’, as an example of what sort of ministry the new priests and deacons need to embrace.
The Bishop of George, Brian Marajh, joined Bishops Bethlehem and Paddy Glover in the service. Those being ordained were Pam Goodwin (Alexandria) and Tommy Maulgas (Good Shepherd)as priests and Siyabulela Tshatshu (St Saviour’s), Zweliyazuza Madlingosi (St Barnabas) and Wayne le Roux (St Katharine’s) as deacons.
Bishop Paddy said that the service in the church has just ended but the service to the people has just begun and that, “your job is to see that the ministry of the church works.” He pointed out that lay people are volunteers and not paid to do their work in the church so they need to be encouraged, however, to the congregation of lay people, he also said that they should remember that their clergy also need to be encouraged and thanked for the work they do. He closed by saying we are God’s people and we are all called to be Barnabases.
Many of the clergy were present to encourage the new priests and deacons and it was good to see retired priest Peter Bowen among them. The Cathedral was full to capacity with the choir stalls and pews overflowing.
Pic: With Bishop Bethlehem are retired Bishop Paddy Glover and the Bishop of George, Brian Marajh. In the middle row are the two new priests Tommy Maulgas and Pam Goodwin. In front the new deacons Wayne le Roux, Zweliyazuza Madlingosi and Siyabulela Tshatshu.
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Archbishop addresses Provincial Conference
[ Max Mfazwe ]
The 17th Triennial Extraordinary Provincial Conference of the Bernard Mizeki Men’s Guild was blessed with the presence of the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, who gave the keynote address on the Saturday.
The conference was held at the Nangoza Jebe hall in New Brighton from the 19-22 June with the opening service held at the Cathedral. This was led by Bishop Bethlehem who preached about walking and expressing agapé love to others and to spread it ‘as it is a gift from God’ 1 Cor 5. He was assisted by the SBMMG liaising Bishop Ndaxuma Nathaniel Nakwatumbah of the Diocese of Namibia, the dean, Dudley Greenshields and two of our clergy, Zandisile Nongauza and Vincent Mdidimba.
During Friday and Saturday mornings members reflected on the conference theme “Jesus for Africa , Africa for Jesus” and on Friday evening a panel discussion was held where guests debated the theme, led by a panel of Bishop Bethlehem for Christianity and Mr Tyatyeka for traditional religion, with Dr Vicentia Kgabe from the Diocese of Johannesburg co-ordinating the discussion.
It was a marathon run on the Thursday and Friday as guilders deliberated on the reports from the Provincial Executive and Secretary, while o n Saturday the financial report and elections were squeezed into the morning session. The minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini also gave her presentation highlighting the social ills plaguing our society and making life unbearable for people. She made recommendations on how the Guild can assist the government by co-operating with ways to curb these social evils.
After Archbishop Thabo’s address on the Saturday afternoon the election results were announced and Performance Awards were presented to the three best dioceses and guilders. Elders were also showered with warm blankets as gifts acknowledging their long support and contributions over the years. There was a march in the evening to Nkqubela Place for Mentally Challenged Children where a kitchen door was presented. The MU guild delegates led by Mrs Ntilashe from the Diocese of Highveld also brought clothes to be donated to the needy. Later the choirs showcased their music potential and afterwards a highly spirited imvuselelo (revival) was conducted till early hours of Sunday.
The only other time our diocese hosted the conference was in September 1988 at Holy Spirit in KwaZakhele.
Pic: The Revd Msuthu from Diocese of Christ the King receives the Best Performing Indodana prize from Abp Thabo Makgoba, watched by liaison Bishop Ndaxuma Nathaniel Nakwatumbah of Namibia and the Provincial President the Revd Elliot Mnyamezeli Masoka.
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Women's Day 9 August
During this month -
give thanks for the women in your life:
mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, teachers;
give thanks for our women clergy
and those who minister in the parishes and diocese.
Pic: Mary and Martha of Bethany
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