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Vol 22 No 7


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


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 •  Uniting the family
 •  Trinity Ordinations
 •  Bring your umbrella to church
 •  Bibles for China
 •  Women's Day

Uniting the family
[ Archdeacon Zweli writes: ]

On Pentecost Sunday, 12 June, many rectors and choir members were not in their usual places of worship! The rectors from the Kariega Archdeaconry exchanged pulpits during the morning and choirs from many churches combined in the evening.

Pulpit exchange

Leadership must always be responsive to the needs of the time and for some time people have been asking for a pulpit exchange to take place.

In an endeavour to fulfil this request, on Pentecost Sunday, 12 June, priests of the Archdeaconry of Kariega exchanged pulpits. We felt it was fitting to introduce such a programme on Pentecost Sunday.

Below is a demonstration on how our priests were deployed:
Zola Nanana celebrated and preached at St Matthias in Motherwell; Mthetheleli Vena celebrated and preached at St Michael and All Angels in Schauderville; Zandisile Nongauza celebrated and preached at St Cyprians at Magaleni; Zandisile Ndzwane celebrated and preached at St Timothy’s in Motherwell; Vusumzi Banzana, celebrated and preached at St Matthew’s in KwaMagxaki and Mike McCoy preached at St Stephen’s in New Brighton.

The comments from parishioners have really encouraged us to continue with the programme. They have perceived it as a public commitment to striving towards being a united family under God.

We sincerely thank Zola Nanana for co-ordinating the programme. We are also indebted to all the priests who willingly participated. It is our hope and prayer that the initiative will grow from strength to strength.

Combined choirs

What happens when nine choirs join forces in one of the churches for a combined worship service? Wonderful music to gladden the heart of the Lord ... and of the congregation.

On Pentecost Sunday evening members from the choirs of the Cathedral, Christ the King in Gelvandale, St Francis Xavier in Kabega Park, St Luke’s in Palm Ridge, St Margaret’s in Summerstrand, St Mark and St John in Parkside, St Mary Magdalene in West End, St Michael and All Angels in Schauderville, St Paul’s in Parsons Hill and St Saviour’s in Walmer combined to thrill everyone who was present with their wonderful worship. St Luke’s dancers added to the evening with the collection going to the Royal School of Church Music (Eastern Cape branch). It did not mean a night off for the rectors of these churches as they all played their part in the service too.

... and to stave off the cold there was delicious soup and rolls to be enjoyed around fellowship in the hall afterwards.

Pic: Top - Mike McCoy, the rector of St Hugh’s in Newton Park preached at St Stephen’s in New Brighton during an archdeaconry ‘Pulpit Exchange’ on Pentecost Sunday.

Bottom - Members of the ‘Combined Choirs Evening’ who sang so beautifully at St Paul’s in Parsons Hill at the Pentecost Sunday evening service.


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Trinity Ordinations

Our newest deacons, Johannes Visagie and Charles van der Westhuizen, were ordained by Bishop Bethlehem at the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin on Trinity Sunday. Johannes is attached to the Cathedral and Charles to Holy Trinity.
iindaba wishes them much joy in their new ministry.


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Bring your umbrella to church
[ Tom Horne ]

The recent heavy rains resulted in an abundance of waterleaks at Holy Trinity, Central causing concern for the churchwardens - and for members of the congregation, one of whom was Ken Berry, who came prepared with his umbrella, and was determined that he should not become waterlogged by these “showers of blessings” during the service.


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Bibles for China

The Bible Society has set itself a target of raising R20 million around the world for the printing of bibles for Christians in China. At a recent service at St Francis Xavier that was addressed by Ds Ben Fourie a donation was handed over along with the 5-cent pieces collected in a Bible fundraising campaign. On hand to present the donation were (from left) Winston Chan Sing, Jeremy Schuster, Ds Ben Fourie, the rector, Mark Derry and Larry Pow Chong. 


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Women's Day

9 August
“A wife of noble character who can find her?
She is worth far more than rubies.”

Read about her - Proverbs 31:10ff 

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