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Vol 18 No 4


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

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 •  Pentecost 2007
 •  Celebrating the Risen Christ!
 •  The struggle against AIDS continues
 •  St Matthew’s launch OVC programme

Pentecost 2007

When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth - John 16:13.

Celebrating the Risen Christ!

Pic 1: Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark ...
Some Anglicans braved the early morning wind to attend the Sunrise Service on the Donkin led by the Salvation Army. The joy of the people as they acclaimed, “Halleluiah, Christ is risen!” could be heard as the sun peeped over the horizon. A wonderful way to greet Easter morning, followed by coffee and hot cross buns in the Salvation Army hall, before attending a Communion service in a nearby parish.

Pic 2: Watch, and pray ...
A time of quiet devotion during Holy Week.  A Taizé service was held at All Saints’ Church and it was attended by members and visitors from various churches in the Western Suburbs. 

Pic 3: After the Three Hour Devotion at Holy Trinity, Central, hot cross buns were served with tea and coffee. 

Pic 4: It is the Lord's Passover ...
The St Francis Xavier plant was full on Monday night of Holy Week when the rector, Elroy Damon, officiated at a Passover Service. This is very different from the Passover dinners many in the diocese are used to attending, although a meal was served at the end of the service. It was attended by members and visitors from various churches in the Western Suburbs as part of their combined outreach. 

The struggle against AIDS continues
This year kicks off with new weapons carried by the diocese to fight the scourge of the AIDS pandemic, reports Linda Ncaca.

A team of facilitators from the ACSA HIV/AIDS office visited the diocese from 16 – 18 February to re-launch the Siyafundisa project. The workshop was held in the One Turn Centre in Colchester and was attended by representatives from St Matthew's, KwaMagxaki, St Augustine's, Gqebera Walmer, St Simon of Cyrene, Uitenhage and the Church of the Ascension in Cradock.

Siyafundisa means ‘We teach’ and the target group for the project is the group 10 to 24 years of age. The training focuses on life skills and emphasises abstinence until marriage.

St Matthew’s launch OVC programme
Linda Ncaca reports that Sipambo Ludidi, the diocesan AIDS chaplain, spoke at the launch of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children project launch on 28 January at St Matthew’s in KwaMagxaki.

He encouraged church leaders and parents to support the HIV/AIDS initiatives that take place in the parishes. He also explained the vision of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa of having an “AIDS free generation”.

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