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Vol 16 No 1


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

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 • New year 2005
 • Half a dozen new priests ...
 • ... and a new chapel
 • Is Mothers' Union relevant today?

New Year 2005
Prayer for the Protection of the Church

Almighty God,
Guard and defend the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, and come to
the assistance of the church against which the powers of hell are unchained.
Watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the
enemy, assist us especially at the hour of death.
May we be judged worthy through Jesus Christ and may we have the
happiness of beholding God face to face for endless ages. Amen

Written in the 1890's by Pope Leo XIII and said in all Roman Catholic churches pre-Vatican ll.

Half a dozen new priests ...
The diocese welcomes Mark Derry, Fiona Esterhuysen, Jogra Gallant, Sindile Lovemore Mofu, Isaac Petersen and Jacqueline Trollip, ordained to the priesthood at the cathedral on 16 December.

Mark has been licensed to minister at St John the Baptist, Walmer; Fiona and Jacqui at St Mark's, Humansdorp; Jogra at St Luke’s Palmridge; Lovemore at Sundays River Valley and Isaac at Christ the King in Gelvandale.

In his sermon, Bishop Martin Breytenbach, of the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, spoke on Jesus choosing the twelve apostles from the crowd of disciples, who were ‘seekers’ following Him, and how He then spent three years training them. Martin reminded everyone that there are still many seekers and the new priests, as well as all in the church, need to help the seekers. He then spoke of the crowds who followed Jesus and the reasons they wanted to get close to Him. He told the ordinands that they are called to walk along side and to hold the hands of those seeking to come closer to Jesus. At the same time they are to come closer and closer to Jesus to draw on His power and to be transformed into His character of love. They are then to move out to heal, to preach and to teach, using the particular gifts God has given them.

Picture: They've received the cure of souls - Fiona Esterhuysen, Jacqueline Trollip, Jogra Gallant, Isaac Petersen, Sindile Lovemore Mofu and Mark Derry, after their ordination to the priesthood.

Inspiring, yet humbling
"It was a truly inspiring, yet humbling, experience, the 'cherry on the top'," said Fiona, when asked about the ordination service. "St Stephen's choir was outstanding and the marimbas added an excitingly different accent to the service."

Asked about the run-up to the service, she said, "After last year's retreat, under the directorship of Livingstone Ngewu, from the College of the Transfiguration, we thought it could not be equalled. However, Bishop Martin Breytenbach did not disappoint us. He adopted a different approach, basing his teaching on the letter to the Ephesians and challenged us to examine our relationship with God, our fellow human beings and with ourselves. It was both stimulating and thought provoking.

"Our grateful thanks to all who came to support us, especially those who travelled from afar. A special thank you to the women clergy of the diocese for their very warm welcome into their ranks."

... and a new chapel
Christ Church, Kamma Park, a church plant of St Nicholas’ in Charlo, will be officially launched on Sunday 6 February at 09h00, with Lawrie Wilmot at its helm.

Lawrie shared with Iindaba how, in July 2002, he was asked by St Nicholas’ to lead the cell church in the home of Trevor and Sherifa Kingsley at 24 Bardot Street, Kamma Park. The Lord then gave the group a vision of expanding by reaching out to the community. In obedience, and with lots of prayer backing and prayer walking of the area, leaflets were put in postboxes and this was followed up with visits. At all the homes they visited they were received with favour and, to date, twenty families have expressed interest in joining the chapelry.

At their meeting in November, Diocesan Council approved the planting of Christ Church as a chapelry of St Nicholas, and the Bishop has given his blessing and licence for Lawrie to minister there. Lawrie will be a non-stipendiary priest entirely supported by St Nicholas.

Lawrie and Isobel can be contacted at :041 367 5138

Pictures: The team behind it - Lawrie Wilmot, the priest who heads up the chapelry, is seen with Trevor and Sharifa Kingsley and Andrew Watt, the rector of St Nicholas. Seated are Andre van Huyssteen and Dave Stewart, who formed part of the visiting team. (small pic)

Is Mothers' Union relevant today?
Speaking at the MUCFL long service award ceremony at Christ the King on Sunday 5 December, Mazoe Nopece said, “If there was a concern in 1876, when Mary Sumner started the MU, then it is relevant to have an organisation that is concerned with family life today.”

Five members of the Christ the King branch of MU Christian Family Life (MUCFL) received certificates for long service: Agnes Edenberry and Una Whitfield for 50 years, Sybil Niekerk for 30 years and Lindiwe Kani and Mary Ludick for 25 years. The certificates were presented by Mazoe Nopece and Nomonde Qoto, the Diocesan President, during the morning Eucharist Service.

Mazoe spoke on the relevance of strong MUCFL branches being needed in SA today, saying, “Family life forms the nucleus of the nation. We do not have a safe nation at present as the challenges we face are those of crime, domestic violence and rape of our children. My kids are not safe, if the kids next door are not safe. The role of the MUCFL is to stay relevant to the challenges of our community.” She went on to speak about encouraging younger women to join the organisation, and challenged women in the parish to become members, saying, “Wouldn’t you want to help establish stability in the family life of your community? Become committed to make a difference by stretching a hand to those who find themselves in situations of depression and instability.”

The beautiful MUCFL banner at the church was made by Una Whitfield who has been the enrolling member twice as well as secretary. Also involved in knitting and sewing is Agnes Edenberry who embroiders beautiful Bible covers, cushions and blankets, while Mary Ludick is the Spiritual guide, leading Bible studies and intercessory prayer groups at the old age homes.

Picture: (Back) The guest speaker, Mazoe Nopece, with Lindiwe Kani (25 years), Nomonde Qoto, the Diocesan President, Mary Ludick (25 years) Agnes Edenberry (50 years) and Audrey Gallant the enrolling Member. In front are Una Whithfield (50 years) and Sybil 'Olive' Niekerk (30 years).

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