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Vol 16 No 8


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

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 • Let's go Biblical on gender!
 • Practising a note or two
 • Bible Society does it again
 • What's on, in and around, the diocese

Let's go Biblical on gender!
A very successful conference entitled "Let's go Biblical on gender!"  was held at Victoria Park High School on Women's Day, 9 August.

Billed by the conference hosts, Gender Reconciliation Association, as being a 'conference for women and men of all ages' it attracted many women but only a sprinkling of men.

The keynote speaker for the morning was Miranda Pillay, senior lecturer in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape. She looked at who the 'us' was and then how we could 'go' Biblical on gender.

Various workshops were held after tea. These included:
'Teens and Sexuality' - Shan Fox and her daughter Tracey; 'Parenting in the 21st century' - Abigail Tukulu; 'Gender Equality in the Context of HIV and AIDS' - Miranda Pillay; 'Being Male in the 21st century' - the Revd Eugene Malan. The rector of All Saints', Kabega Park, Howard Lancaster, attended this one and said it was excellent. 'Help! I am a leader trapped in a woman's body' - the Revd Rethie van Niekerk, which Sheila Lancaster reported as being very good. 'You go girl! Celebration of women' - Annrose van Eyk. An excellent look at Deborah, Kay Arthur and Dora Nginza who, in spite of circumstances, succeeded in becoming leaders in their field.

Picture: Women leaders - Shan Fox, who led one of the workshops with her daughter, is seen with Miranda Pillay (right), the keynote speaker for the conference.

Practising a note or two
About 40 Anglicans and Presbyterians gathered at St Cuthbert’s for a ‘Favourite Anthem's Workshop‘, arranged by the local branch of the Royal School of Church Music, on Saturday 16 July.

The workshop was directed by Chris du Bois, Director of Music at St Cuthbert's. Ahead of time each choir had been invited to submit a copy of its favourite anthem. Some of them included in the afternoon’s programme were well known favourites, while others were not very well known but certainly stimulated interest among the choirs from the various churches.

Membership of the RSCM is not confined to Anglicans and anyone interested in obtaining more information can phone Maureen de Villiers on 041 582 5196 or Estelle Fraser on 041 451 1331.

Picture: A note to begin with - Betsy van Niekerk (far right) sounds the note for Shereen Jacobs, Estelle Fraser and Margie Thomas as they practice one of the anthems submitted to the workshop. Shereen is a member of St Simon of Cyrene Church in Uitenhage, Estelle is from St Michael and All Angels Church in Schauderville, and Betsy and Margie are from St Mark and St John Church in Parkside. (Pic 2) On a light note - Maureen de Villiers and Jenny Yates enjoy themselves as they await ‘the note’ on the piano from Chris du Bois. Maureen is assistant organist at St Mary's Cathedral and the chairman of the Eastern Cape Branch of the RSCM, and Jenny Yates, who worships at St Margaret's, is the treasurer. Estelle Fraser, in the photo alongside, is the secretary.

Bible Society does it again
Once again the Bible Society prayer booklet has shown that God knows what is going to happen in the future.

The prayer requests for the week 3 - 9 July included England and Wales, just in time for prayers when the bombs went off. Then, 24 - 30 July the request was for prayer for Egypt, straight after the bomb blasts there. This really is God’s perfect timing.

In our March issue we had reported on the prayer request coinciding with the Tsunami that hit Indonesia. It seems very clear that the group of people from the United Bible Societies who put the booklet together certainly send their ‘antennae’ up, and listen to God for the right time for prayer in each country.

What a mighty God we serve!

What's on, in and around, the diocese

Centre for Christian Spirituality Retreat
Date: 4 - 6 November
Conductor: Sister Anna Maria
Venue: St Joseph’s Pastoral Care Centre
Time: By 18h00 Friday
Departure after lunch Sunday
Cost: R275 Deposit: R100 (subsidy available)
Booking with deposit essential before 5 October
Contact either Betty Ledger 041 581 1439 or Elizabeth Shier  041 581 4129

Holy Trinity Fête
Remember, Remember  24 September
Holy Trinity Fête, Havelock Street, Central
Try the most delicious food, puddings, cakes, sweets.
Lotsa bargains and treasures in Grandma’s Attic, Book Nook, Plant Place,  Crafts Corner and more.
Children can: jump on the Jumping Castle, Jive on the Jungle Gym or Dance with David 
For further details telephone Alvezo Fortuin - 041 336 5041

Wanted - 2 office desks
St Peter’s in Zwide are expanding their parish centre and need two desks.
Anyone able to help please contact the parish office on 041 464 3151 or the rector, Zweli Tom on 073 462 6102.

Retreats coming up at uMariya uMama weThemba Monastery
7—9 October, 2005
The Psalms : Humanity Talking to God
The psalms are one of the most honest forms of prayer in the Bible, allowing us to pray what might have been forbidden to us before. They are an example of God’s people talking to God. They teach us to rejoice, grieve, rant and cry out for justice and to relish the love that God so often showers upon us. The monks of uMariya uMama weThemba Monastery invite you into an exploration of this rich expression of the life we all experience just being human.
Fee : R350 Deposit : R175

21—23 October, 2005
Izipho Zikamoya Ongcwele Kunye Nezibabalo
Led by Sr Noluyanda, CSJB
UThixo wasipha izipho ngokwahlukileyo nezixhobo ukuze sifumane okulungileyo kuzo. Leretreat izakufundisa okokuba wazi ukuba iNkosi iyakunceda ikukhusela endleleni yakho.
Sr Noluyando is the Superior of the Community of St John the Baptist in St Cuthbert’s near Tsolo in the Eastern Cape.
Fee : R350 Deposit : R175
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact : The Guestmaster
uMariya uMama weThemba Monastery, PO Box 6013, Grahamstown 6141
Tel : 046 622 8111
Fax : 046 622 6424
Email : umaria@imaginet.co.za

Advance notice!
Don't miss ...
"In Celebration of Creation"
A sound and light production!
Saturday 15 October
19h30 - 20h45
Holy Trinity Church, Havelock Street, Central.
Compiled and directed by Daphne ffolliott and Natalie Stear

Summer School
The Royal School of Church Music will hold their forty-third South African Summer School from 2 to 6 January 2006 in Pietermaritzburg, KZN
Cost: Members of affiliated choirs R1 100; non-members R1 300
Application forms are available from parish choir leaders or RSCM members or  Maureen de Villiers on 041 582 5196.

Sandals Guest House and B&B
6 Lambert Road, Port Alfred 6170
046 624 4049 or 082 373 3959
An affordable place where those who are involved in fulltime and lay ministry can relax and be refreshed.
Contact Jill Smith for details of special rates.

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