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Vol 17 No 2


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

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 •  Lent 2006
 •  St Stephen’s rejoices
 •  St Michael’s to St Michael’s
 •  School thanks All Saints' for Matric Herald support

Lent 2006

"Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34

Lord God,
out of your great love for the world,
you reconciled earth to heaven
through your only begotten Son our Saviour.
In the darkness of our sins,
we fail to love one another as we should;
please pour your light into our souls
and fill us with your tenderness
that we may embrace our friends in you
and our enemies for your sake,
in a bond of mutual affection.
Visigothic Liturgy

St Stephen’s rejoices

St Stephen’s church in New Brighton is rejoicing after a visit from members of St Mark and St John, Parkside, who brought gifts and a cheque for R4 000 towards their Action and Outreach programme, reports David Ngokela.

On 18 December 2002 the ‘three wise men’ arrived with their gifts. The men were Mario Hendricks, the rector of St Mark and St John, Stanley Campher, and Graham Soudien, who were also accompanied by a wise woman, in the guise of Mario’s wife, Hester. Mario was the celebrant at the Eucharist that morning, and once the preliminaries were over the team presented their gifts.

The two parishes are in partnership in their effort to fight HIV/AIDS and the gifts were for this outreach: clothes for people living with AIDS and orphans, toys and Christmas parcels for the young ones,
fruit, vegetables and canned products for food parcels, and then the wonderful gift of a  R4 000 cheque. This last gift was handed over to the Action and Outreach executive who run the AIDS counselling, feeding and caring programme. The congregation was overwhelmed by this wonderful act of generosity from their brothers and sisters in their partner-parish.

(pic) Gifts from the 'three wise men' - Mario Hendricks, rector of St Mark and St John, with Graham Soudien and Stanley Campher, visited St Stephen's and brought gifts. Nomalanga Njoloza, Lulu Msutu (with cheque in hand) and Lindelwa Ngogela accepted the gifts.

St Michael’s to St Michael’s

A group of parishioners from St Michael and All Angels in Schauderville visited the church of St Michael and All Angels in Nelspruit on Sunday 1 January, reports Avril Smith.

The Eucharist service was packed and proved to be one of the highlights of a wonderful tour. The rector, Tony Farrell, and members of the parish council greeted and welcomed everyone on their arrival at the church on the corner of Ferreira and Brander Streets.Tony’s sermon on ‘Jesus the Foundation’ was challenging, and at the end of it we were all given a clean sheet of paper which we had to crumple. The lesson learned from this action was that God created us clean, but we crumple ourselves through sin. Tony then said, “God can make us clean again without any creases.”Before our bus left Tony said, “Please send peace, love and goodwill to the Bishop, your rectors, and the people of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth!” All the tour members who attended the service were wonderfully blessed and filled with the Spirit. They then enjoyed a fun-filled day at Elandskrans Mountain Resort in Waterval-Boven.

Besides members of St Michael’s, the 45 member group included parishioners invited from St Paul’s, St Mark and St John, St Mary Magdalene and St Luke's, with a few people from other denominations as well. They left Port Elizabeth on 26 December and visited seven provinces, returning home on 5 January. Other highlights along the way were The Big Hole in Kimberley, Gold Reef City, Sun City, the Sterkfontein Caves, God's Window, Blyde River Canyon and the waterfalls, and Ushaka Marine Park.

(pic) Photo-call - the group of visitors from St Michael's, Schauderville, gather for a photo outside St Michael's in Nelspruit.

School thanks All Saints' for Matric Herald support
On Sunday 29 January the parish of All Saints’ in Kabega Park welcomed five young visitors from Motherwell to their ‘combined’ morning service.

The young people were matric pupils from Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary School, who had come to meet and thank the members of All Saints’ for their support of the Matric Herald project. Young people from the church prayed for the group, and included the whole matric class, during the service. This was followed by a braai and fellowship. The visitors told iindaba they had really enjoyed their visit and hoped they would be invited again. They were glad to hear that contact will be continued throughout the year.

All Saints’ has supported the project for the past five years by sponsoring the school as part of the Matric Herald project. Last year, some parish leaders visited the school and prayed with the matric class. 

The school is named after Douglas Mbopa, an archdeacon in this diocese until his death in October 1978, so it is appropriate that one of the Anglican churches should have been linked with the school.

(pic) Eish! Such food! - Pupils from Douglas Mbopa Secondary Senior High enjoy braai and snacks at All Saints', Kabega Park.  They are: Pumzile Madolo, Ndumiso Mbele (from All Saints'), Nolubabalo Mandla, Bongani Gqoba, Shannon Leigh-Barry (All Saints'), Siphosihle Mzongwana and Xola Qwayi. 

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