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Vol 22 No 3


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


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 •  Special Service revives the Spirit
 •  Cleaning and recycling
 •  Our link diocese gets new Bishop
 •  He is risen indeed!

Special Service revives the Spirit
[ St Stephen’s reporter ]

A special education day and service took place at St Stephen’s in New Brighton on Sunday 6 February. The service was graced by the city’s biggest education activist, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Cllr Zanoxolo Wayile.

It was the second year that the church hosted an education service, and it was inspired by their adopting Cowan High School in New Brighton as their project. We are glad to report that local business leaders have also come out in full support of Cowan High School.

Mayor Wayile represented his Education Task Team projects, which also has a similar ‘adopt a school campaign’ in collaboration with Cadbury SA.

In his address to the congregation Mayor Wayile said, “Education is regarded as a national heritage that we need to embrace,” and went on to say that education was the cornerstone of a society and that the city was in dire need of people with specific skills training. “Skills are needed for our city to land major projects that will assist with job creation. Our greatest struggle is against our own weaknesses,” he said.

Mayor Wayile also announced the establishment of two trust funds in March and April to assist learners who can’t afford to further their studies saying, “There is no noble cause such as championing education.”

He then presented St Stephen’s with a plaque of honour, which was accepted by the rector Zwelidumile Tom, for their positive contribution to the community.

Also present at the service to provide the Cowan High School learners with advice for future learning opportunities were members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Film and Music Office, Standard Bank, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Pic: Showing their support for education at the St Stephen’s Church’s annual education service were - Cowan High School Principal, Trevor Dolley, Boardwalk CEO Bongi Siwisa, the rector Zwelidumile Tom, NMB Mayor Cllr Zanoxolo Wayile and guest speaker Dr Ntsiko.

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Cleaning and recycling
[ Nomzi Rasman ]

In an effort to clean up the area around Holy Spirit Church and further afield in KwaZakhele, the Action and Outreach unit of the Mothers’ Union Christian Family Life branch involved the rest of the congregation and members of the community.

Not only did they encourage people to help keep their area clean so that they can live in a healthy environment, but they learnt about recycling. Through networking the coordinator and some of the members attended a recycling demonstration arranged by Jenny Rump at the Noziqhamo Recycling Club in Motherwell on 17 February. They discovered that many of the things we think are nothing but waste can be turned into something useful.

Examples are that plastic bags can be turned into hats, floor mats and handbags; bottles can be cut and made into candle sticks, jewel boxes and toilet paper holders; bottle tops become fruit bowls, vases, door blinds and African attire; sweet papers make beautiful wreaths and Alice bands and tins can become fruit dishes. Bead work is also being used to make door stoppers, African pipes, travel accessories and to cover bottles.

The products are being sold to bring in much needed funds for the MUCFL outreach to help vulnerable orphans and children living with AIDs.

Pic: Top - Members of the Action and Outreach unit of the Holy Spirit MUCFL at Holy Spirit having fun while learning recycling skills.
Bottom - Having made all the beautiful items the women sold their work for funds towards their other projects.

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Our link diocese gets new Bishop

The Synod of Bishops has elected a new bishop for our link diocese of St Helena. He is Richard David Fenwick, Dean of Monmouth and Vicar of the parish of Newport Cathedral, South Wales, UK. He is married to Jane and has two adult children, James and Rachel.

Please pray for him and his wife as they prepare for this new ministry. Please also pray for the diocese of St Helena.
Bishop Richard follows Bishop John Salt OGS who has reached retirement age, and is the first married bishop of St Helena for some time!

An interesting fact about the Diocese of St Helena - St James’ Church in Jamestown is the oldest Anglican Church in the southern hemisphere, the present building was put up in 1772.

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He is risen indeed!

The editor and Media Committee members,
Bishop Bethlehem and Mazoe
and the diocesan office staff
wish all our readers
a very blessed Easter. 


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