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Vol 25 No 8
September
2014

iindabaONLINE

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

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 •  September - Season of Creation
 •  Eyes light up
 •  Cathedral celebrates Sea Sunday
 •  Celebrating 25 years as a bishop
 •  St Saviour's celebrates 75 years

September - Season of Creation

Celebrating God as Creator

The Christian Church celebrates many seasons, most of which follow the life of Jesus. The Season or Time of Creation is a relatively new focus calling on each of us to reflect on the sacred nature of Creation.

It is a time to reflect and to connect the secular stories of the impact of our modern lifestyles on the environment with our deep appreciation for God’s gift of Creation. During the weeks of the Season of Creation, see and experience your local environment more keenly and let your appreciation surface so that it can guide you to live with care for our earth home.

iindaba would like to hear of any special environmental events parishes hold.

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Eyes light up

Assembly time at Nokhwezi Primary School in one of the poorest parts of Uitenhage was very different on the first day of term, Monday 21 July when Mothers’ Union Christian Family Life members from St Andrew’s and St Anne’s handed over school uniforms to Patrick Moko, the principal.

The two churches of the parish have adopted this school and at every term beginning the rector, Phumla Mtila brings a message to the learners before praying for them and the staff. This time about 26 MUCFL members, carrying big bags, accompanied him and after the prayers they opened their parcels. It was a joy to see eyes light up as the children saw what was coming out. There were ten full uniforms and lots of very good condition used clothes for the staff to distribute, “Among more than 20 of the learners,” said Patrick.

The MUCFL members are also looking for funding to try and have parts of the very ‘hilly’ playground flattened so that a place can be made for soccer, cricket and other sports to be played.

When one sees the poverty and lack of facilities in a school such as this, one wonders how the ‘fat-cats’ in Bhisho and Parliament can sleep at night ... but then one remembers that the Lord Jesus warned that ‘the love of money is the root of all evil.’

Pic: Members of MUCFL hand out school uniforms to some of the needy pupils at Nokhwezi Primary School in Uitenhage.

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Cathedral celebrates Sea Sunday

The Port Captain, volunteers from the National Sea Rescue, Sea Cadets and many other naval personnel attended the annual Sea Sunday service at the Cathedral on 23 July.

As he has requested every year during this service the Port Captain asked that the Port be blessed and all who have anything to do with the sea were also brought before the Lord for safe keeping. Of special emphasis were the National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers.

Pic: Sherryl Grobler and Wayne Hughes (NSRI), Fana Manyaka (Officer Commanding the Navy), Provost of the Cathedral Sharon Nell, Keith Adams (Cdr SM JVC SAN retired), Gert van Staden (1st Lt Sea Cadets), Garth Daniels (Officer commanding Sea Cadets), Staff-instructer Ashford Adams and Mid-shipman Mogamed Theys after Sea Sunday service.

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Celebrating 25 years as a bishop

Bishop Eric Pike, together with Joyce, celebrated 25 years as a bishop
at a service in St John’s in Walmer on Wednesday 16 July.

Afterwards, everyone gathered in the hall for tea and a
slice of the special cake which had been baked and
stunningly iced with a bishop’s mitre, crook and stole
by their daughter, Regan Boucher.

 

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St Saviour's celebrates 75 years

St Saviour’s celebrated its 75th Birthday in style at the weekend 1 – 3 August with the focus on Thanksgiving to God for all the blessings received by the community. The Friday evening saw the parish family celebrating with a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner where parishioners shared their memories of St Saviour’s. It was good to have join us so many of the clergy who had previously served at the church - Ruthell Johnson, Sharon Nell, Howard Lancaster, Ben Durham and Nicky Daniels (Eddie was in Cape Town) with Bishop Bethlehem.

On Saturday afternoon a Parish Tea and Flower Festival was held with the church overflowing with flower arrangements done as an expression of the theme of thanksgiving. Kevin Osborne also entertained with an organ recital during the course of the afternoon.

The culmination of a wonderful weekend were the celebration of the two Eucharist services on the Sunday morning and the fellowship tea with birthday cupcakes. The church bell was rung 75 times at the start of the services to let everyone in the neighbourhood know we were celebrating.

It was truly a weekend to remember and we look forward to worshipping God in this parish for the next 75 years and beyond!

Birthday banner
St Saviour’s in Walmer proudly displayed the new banner made by Joan Laing at the celebration of their 75th birthday at the beginning of August.

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