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Vol 18 No 1


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

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 •  For you for 2007
 •  Eight new clergy
 •  The oldest rectory in the diocese
 •  Bp Martin to launch Mission Year

For you for 2007

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your window pane -
May the rainbow be certain to follow the rain.
May the hands of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Eight new clergy
On Sunday 17 December Bishop Bethlehem ordained eight new clergy, five priests and three deacons, for ministry in the diocese.

Mtutuzeli Belu, Musawenkosi Daba, Nontsikelelo Memesa, Andrea Potgieter and Zola Xuba are our new priests and Gill Bowman, Clive Newman and Lungile Ngcola the deacons.

Mtutuzeli will continue to minister (self-supporting) at St Stephen's in New Brighton, Musa will be ministering at St Ninian's in Somerset East, Nontsikelelo remains at St Matthew's in KwaMagxaki (self-supporting), Andrea (self-supporting) will remain at St Philip's and St Barnabas, and Zola will be stipendiary assistant at St John the Baptist. Gill Bowman will move to St Margaret's in Summerstrand and chaplain to the University  (stipendiary),  while Lungile will minister in a stipendiary capacity in the Parish of Alexandria. As Clive is still attending the College of the Transfiguration he will be licensed by the Bishop of Grahamstown to minister in a parish there.

Dudley Greenshields, Archdeacon of Cradock, had led the ordinands retreat and preached at the service. He reminded them what their mandate is, as clergy, according to St Paul. He said, “It is never your ministry, but the Lord’s.” He went on to tell them they were to preach the Gospel, “God forbid that we preach what people want to hear - we keep preaching the Gospel without softening it. Continue to do the work of an evangelist and complete your task. Preach the Word of God powerfully - it’s what brings life to people.”

He went on to remind them to ‘Be persistent, be relevant, be patient and be intelligent (comprehensible)’ and he closed with Jesus’s words, “I am with you always.”

The oldest rectory in the diocese
Built in 1903 the large rectory next to St Barnabas Church in Middelburg in the Parish of the Karoo, claims to be the oldest in the diocese.

The rectory has quite a history. Soon after it was built, the church was sued by the builder for nonpayment. One of the ways used to raise extra money to pay the debt was to ask the rector to occupy only three of the rooms to enable the others to be rented out.

From June 1952 it became a ‘boarding house’ when Jean Meintjes, Margaret Asher and Patricia Ayliff needed to go to school in town. Transport was far too slow for farm children to be taken to school each day so they had to board in town during the week. The rectory was just the place for this as it has five bedrooms, a sewing room and study, large dining room and a separate lounge. The rector at the time, Eric Welton, was happy to have the three girls join his two children, Monica and Richard, in the rectory. Jean says one of the things they loved to do was climbing the bell tower and swinging upside-down!

Six of the rooms have fireplaces, reminding one of the days before electricity came to small towns and one needed a fire in the bedroom during winter months.

Bp Martin to launch Mission Year
David Stansbury, rector of Holy Trinity Church, reports that 2007 has been set aside as a year to refocus and redirect the diocese to the challenge of Mission.

Bishop Martin Breytenbach of the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist will launch our “focus on mission “ year on Sunday 28 January 2007. This service will be open to rectors and two Parish Mission representatives.

Some of the dates to diarise are:

  • Monday 29 January - at 19h00 at Humansdorp, a workshop for parish leadership
  • Tuesday 30 January - at 19h00 a workshop for parish leadership from all parishes in the Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Sunlands and Alexandria areas, at St Mark and St John in Parkside
  • Wednesday 31 January - at 19h00 at All Saints’ United Church, Somersest East

At all these venues Bishop Martin will address parish leadership on various topics about mission. The purpose being to move us as parishes and diocese towards being an outward looking Church.

He will also be preaching at Holy Trinity Church in Central on Sunday 28 January during the 09h00 service, as part of their ‘Jubilee 150’ celebrations.

For more information about the mission contact David Stansbury on 041 585 2437. 

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