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Vol 22 No 4


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


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 •  Diocesan office has a change of face/s
 •  Haven changes direction
 •  Bongalethu opens its doors to the community

Diocesan office has a change of face/s

Welcome to our new DST ...

We have a new Diocesan Secretary-Treasurer – Peter Hopper. Peter is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and retired from commerce 12 years ago but has been working as a consultant in the retirement fund industry since then.

He is married to Adele and they have three married daughters (two living in the UK and one in Somerset West) and five grandchildren, four of whom are in the UK. Besides visiting his family he enjoys reading and walks to keep fit … and has 13 Bronze Medals from Comrades Marathons.

He is not attached to any church and is looking forward to enjoying his work for the diocese. Many blessings as you take on the task, Peter, and may you soon find your way around how our structures work, where the various parishes are situated and who’s who in the diocese and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

and front-line women

Our photographer caught Debbie Vencencie, who has taken over as Bishop Bethlehem’s secretary, and Thursia Francis, our new diocesan front office receptionist and administrator, as they discussed the intricacies of some of the work.

Welcome to the fold Thursia, and may you be blessed by your work and be a blessing to all who enter the office.

... And Debbie as you take over the ‘hot seat’, may you, too, be blessed in your new position – we know you will continue to be a blessing to all who come to the Bishop’s office, as you were in the front office.

Pic - Bottom: Busi was ill at the time of going to press so we hope to feature her in the next issue - ed

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Haven changes direction
[ From The House of Resurrection Haven Newsletter ]

On 1 December 2010 the House of Resurrection embarked on a process of restructuring. The Foster Cluster Scheme as set out in the Children’s Act of 2005 was implemented. We now have 6 Housemothers for our 37 children and they are assisted by three assistant housemothers. Each housemother has six children (one has seven) and the housemother raises the children as her own and cares for them.

This process of change was necessary due to financial constraints as well as the Government’s new regulations and declaration that the House of Resurrection does not qualify to be a child care and youth care facility. This declaration was made due to the fact that there are enough of these facilities in the metro and the focus has now shifted to the rural areas, hence the go-ahead from the Dept. of Social Development that we could establish a Foster Cluster Scheme.

We already have two completed cottages on the property where two of the families reside. The other four families still reside in the main building.

The challenge this year will be to either convert the current main building into two or three cottages or to erect four new cottages on the property. This will entail a lot of planning and fund-raising and it is our hope and prayers that all our friends will support us in addressing this.

Support needed
Nicolette Leonard, the chaplain and interim administrator, asked iindaba to appeal to the parishes and members of the diocese to please support the Haven and to own it as their own. “Also a huge thank you to all the individuals and churches that make monthly contributions towards off-setting the expenses incurred by the Haven,” Nicolette said. She also asked that people contact the Haven for a list of their needs. “We prefer people to contact us as we can direct them in assisting in the best possible way according to our needs at the time of their intended support.. We need more local volunteers to come on board and assist in things like maintenance of the plant and appliances used at the Haven, Sunday School teachers, volunteers that can come and teach the children a skill - art, drama or sport,” she said.

Also needed:
Fund raisers - funds are needed to pay for necessary things like telephones, electricity, water, rates and salaries;
Teachers or learners who can assist the children with their homework; Volunteers who will relieve the housemothers for a few hours, or a day; Food, cleaning material, clothes, bedding.
Contact details:
telephone: 041 481 1589
fax: 0414 81 3115
e-mail: havenpe@telkomsa.net
PO Box 17143, Saltville, 6058

Pics: Top - Some of the Haven children enjoying their lunch.
Bottom - Anele entertains with his Michael Jackson impersonation.

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Bongalethu opens its doors to the community

This year the Haven playschool, Bongalethu, opened its doors to children from the community. Since most of our children have now grown and moved into Pre-School at our local school, Triomf, we were left with only six children for 2011. Connie, the playschool teacher felt that she has the space and capacity to take on more children and so the advert went out that we have space. We now have 16 children in our care in the Playschool and they have all settled in well.

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