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Vol 21 No 1


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


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 •  New Year 2010
 •  Two priests for Karoo
 •  Santareme chapel turns ten and bursts seams
 •  All Souls' get gift of OHP

New Year 2010

As the Magi brought their wonderful gifts
  for the Child born to be King may we bring
  our gifts for him to use during this  year.
  May we reach out with Jesus’ love to the
  many visitors who will come to our diocese
  during the 2010 Wold Cup.

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Two priests for Karoo

With the ordination of Maria Allens and Anna Plaatjies on 16 December the Karoo now has two more much needed priests.

Maria will continue to serve in the Great Fish River Parish, based in Cradock and Anna in the Karoo Parish, based in Middelburg. Both women have ministered in these parishes for many years as deacons.

In his sermon the provost, Shane Fraser, reminded the two that God chose them as labourers to do his work in his vine-yard. They must always remember it is his work and not their work so they need to spend time in prayer and meditation to hear his will, and in studying the Word.

Shane went on to remind them that, as shepherds, they need to know their sheep and this means regularly visiting them in their homes and praying with them and teaching them. He also told them to cultivate good relations with fellow clergy and with the Bishop.

St Stephen’s choir was in attendance to lead the isiXhosa parts of the service and the wonderful music was courtesy of Tim Lees the cathedral organist with Mike McCoy on trumpet when needed. Quite a few supporters travelled from the  Karoo to the Cathedral to witness their deacons make priestly vows, but sadly many others could not afford the 400km trip.

iindaba wishes our two new priests many blessings as they do God’s will.

Pic 1: Left - Bishop Bethlehem presents the new priests, Anna Plaatjies and Maria Allens, to the congregation.

Pic 2: Newly priested Anna Plaatjies and Maria Allens bless their archdeacon, Michael Julius, after the ordination service at the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin.

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Santareme chapel turns ten and bursts seams

The congregation who attended the 10th anniversary celebration service at Santareme chapel in St Francis Bay overflowed into the dining room of the house. About 80 folk managed to squeeze into the chapel and the other 20-or-so  had to watch the service, courtesy of a large TV screen.

Members of the chapel spoke on the various aspects of ministry. Pat Munro shared how God has worked through the Prayer Chain and Eve Nel on the Ladies Guild. Pixie Anderson gave a moving testimony on the support and care she received from the members when she was ‘smashed up’ and nearly lost her arm, and Lew Slade spoke on the growth in  number through Alpha courses, missions and breakfasts.

The chapel was started ten years ago when Peter and Lyn Barrett offered a large room in their home to be used by the parish. The room had been used for ballet classes by the former owner of the house so was an ideal size for a place to worship. Over the years attendance at chapel has grown and currently averages 65 per week which expands quite substantially during the Christmas and July holiday seasons. This has led to a number of applications being made to the Kouga Municipality over the past four years for a church site in St Francis Bay. So far they have not come up with a
suitable site.

The congregation are also seriously looking at joining forces with the other churches in the area who are in covenant with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa with the idea of becoming a United Church. This should make it easier to  obtain a site on which to build a church.

The service was followed by a delicious celebration braai held at the Village Hall.

asks readers to pray for this congregation as they seek the Lord’s will for their future.

Pic: At the Santareme braai were Lindsey Groom from Phalaborwa who was an original member, Jill Tudhope, Alwylene Allwright (the rector’s wife), Kerry Tudhope and Peggy Moseley who began the first house church in the area and now lives in Graaff-Reinet.

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All Souls' get gift of OHP

When Charles Jacobs, one of the self-supporting priests who minister in the Good Shepherd Parish, wrote to iindaba requesting them to publish an appeal for an overhead projector he did not expect such a quick reply.

iindaba received his letter on Thursday 10 December. The editor knew that All Saints’ in Kabega Park had changed to using digital technology in the church so she contacted their rector, Howard Lancaster. He in turn contacted his parish council members and on Saturday 12th he delivered their old OHP to the editor who was visiting the Good Shepherd Parish the next day. All Saints’ not only donated the OHP but also some transparencies with some of the popular spiritual songs on them.

The OHP is for use at All Souls’ in Bluelilliesbush in the Tsitsikamma.

Pic: Ken Simpson hands over the OHP from All Saints’, Kabega Park, to Ronnie Allwright, rector of Good Shepherd Parish.

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