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Vol 17 No 7


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

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 •  A prayer against violence
 •  Trinity Ordinations
 •  Siyafundisa launched in PE
 •  Jean - the 'bag lady'

A prayer against violence

Lord Jesus Christ, Thank you
That through your death on the cross
You disarmed the powers of evil.
Help us, we pray, to enter into your victory
And take a stand in your authority
Against all evil.
Send forth your light and your truth,
O Lord.
Bring to light the deeds of darkness
and let plans of violence
And murder be defeated.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
Win over those who have allowed
Their minds to be dominated by evil.
Lead them, Lord, to true repentance
That they may receive your new life
And rejoice in your forgiving love. Amen
Writen by the Revd Cecil Kerr when he was with the Christian Renewal
Centre, Rostrevor, N Ireland

Trinity Ordinations
It was standing room only at the Cathedral for the ordination to the diaconate of Wayne Potgieter and Zola Xuba on Trinity Sunday, 10 June.

Many members of the Good Shepherd Parish drove in from Humansdorp to support Wayne, and members of St John’s in Walmer and St Stephen’s in New Brighton were there to support Zola. A special guest was Zola’s former rector and mentor, Lulamile Ngesi, who travelled from Simonstown in the Cape where he is the chaplain to the navy.

The dean of the diocese, Leon Foster, brought the message saying, “The ordained ministry begins and ends with the people of God.” He explained the process of choosing candidates for the ordained ministry - being chosen by the people and going through parish council, then the Fellowship of Vocation. However, he said, the process of spreading the Gospel cannot be left to the clergy alone. It is the responsibility of every believer. He pointed out that ordained ministers do have weaknesses because, after all, they are human. One must not expect perfection, but they try their best. He closed by praying that the Holy Spirit will do great things in the lives of Zola and Wayne.

Pic: Presenting the candidates - Archdeacon Eddie Daniels presents Zola Xuba and Wayne Potgieter to the Bishop for ordination.

Pic2: In humble submission - Zola Xuba and Wayne Potgieter prostrate themselves at the beginning of their ordination.

Siyafundisa launched in PE
Members from eight dioceses attended the launch of the Siyafundisa programme held at Holy Trinity in Central on Wednesday 21 June.

The Dean of the Province and Bishop of the Diocese of the Highveld, David Beetge, gave the address, with Bishop Bethlehem presiding at the Eucharist. Afterwards iindaba spoke to Sabelo Mashwama, the programme manager, and Lundi Joko, the field worker for coastal dioceses, and asked how the programme would work and who was funding it.
Sabelo told iindaba that our two clergy who attended the workshop, Sipambo Ludidi and Zola Nanana, will now mentor ‘supervisors’ chosen from five parishes (initially). When they are trained, the five supervisors will mentor ‘peer educators’ who will be chosen from within the structures of the parish - confirmation class, youth group, Sunday School etc. The target age groups are 10 -13, 14 -17 and 18 - 24 years. Once it is seen that this pilot programme is working, it will spread throughout the CPSA.

Funding comes from the USA - The President’s emergency fund for AIDS relief in partnership with Fresh Ministries, Diocese of Washington. The ABY (Abstain, and Be faithful to Your partner) concept being used is a Southern African Education Programme initiative in partnership with Harvard Institute of Public Health.

Following the launch service, a two day workshop was held at the Edward Hotel where representatives from the five dioceses  - Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Zululand, Highveld and Christ the King - who will be involved in the pilot programme were present. Also present were members from the dioceses of Namibia, Niassa and Lebomobo who attended for orientation  purposes. 

The aims of Siyafundisa were reported on in last month’s edition of iindaba.   

For more information contact Sipambo at 041 988 0734 or 083 282 1699 orZola at 041 581 6760 .

Pic: Over my shoulder -  Sabelo Mashwama and Lundi Joko take a look at how Zola Nanana and Sipambo Ludidi are doing at the Siyafundisa workshop.

Jean - the 'bag lady'
Jean Underwood visited All Saints’ in Kabega Park during July, and when she left, she said she thinks she has become a ‘bag lady’.

With her car full of black and green bags as well as a large suitcase of women's tops, she did resemble one. The bags were filled with jerseys, beanies, socks and clothing for the patients of the Blue Crane Hospice in Somerset East. A lot of the clothing was made by members of the Knitting and Sewing group. One of the members of the congregation had cleared her wardrobe of all the clothes she no longer wore - a wonderful example to others to do the same. Also in some of the bags were materials for the sewing group to use.

Jean expressed her gratitude for the help, as Somerset East is a very poor community with hundreds of RDP houses, but no work for the people. So the community has to rely on help from the wider church.

Pic: Bags of goods - Jean Underwood (third left) with some of the members of All Saints’ in Kabega Park who donated bags of woollies for the hospice.

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