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Vol 23 No 3


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


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 •  We have new reporters
 •  Themes discussed at BCC IMBIZO
 •  Easter 2012

We have new reporters

In an effort to encourage parishes to have empowered reporters iindaba held a Workshop on Saturday morning 11 February.

St Hugh’s in Newton Park kindly allowed us to use their Club Room and tea facilities, and we were really pleased when 16 participants turned up, together with the Media Committee chairman, Neville Lobb and proof reader, Richard Burbidge.

Carole Meyer wrote: ‘Reporters-in the-making’ - ladies and gentlemen! Frankie gave us a very positive approach to the subject of reporting which covered what is needed for the report, the deadlines, hints on sending the report, and even taking photographs! I personally felt that the morning was well spent, and I am sure that with practise and experience the iindaba can look forward to an exciting and varied response from those who attended. Thank you and well done Frankie.

Jill Bromily wrote: Both Faith Geere and I enjoyed the workshop and we learnt a great deal. Your enthusiasm and passion for iindaba is wonderful. We want to start right away and just hope we can deliver the goods. The handout was very clear and will be a very necessary tool in the future. We just hope we can do everything correctly. Thank you for giving up your time to run this workshop.

Nosizwe Mali of Church of the Ascension, Cradock wrote: What I learnt, or rather my observations, after the workshop: I was really touched by the amount of effort that you put into making the newsletter, the sacrifices you make, the time you put into it and the fact that after all that you don’t complain but instead you are more prepared to empower other people so this becomes more of a success. I was touched, you are a star!

Nelisa Mala, the Diocesan Youth reporter, wrote: The iindaba workshop was an enlightening experience as the reporters from different parishes and different organisations within the diocese learnt that putting iindaba together is not an easy task. The purpose of having reporters from different parishes is so that each reporter reports back to iindaba so that we as the diocese can know what is happening in different parishes and stay connected because we are a family. As the only youngster present at the workshop, I actually thought I was going to feel out of place but that was not the case - I got a warm welcome from the editor and during tea I had fruitful conversations with some of the other reporters. One would think editors just “copy and paste” but that is not the case, we learnt that our editor puts a lot of work into the newspaper and a lot of sacrifices are made.

The participants were: Linda Ncaca - BCC,
Nelissa Mali of the Diocesan Youth Committee,
Thami Nyondo of the Mothers’ Union Christian Family Life;
two Cathedral assistant priests - Carole Meyer and Ruby Zauka;
Nosizwe Mali - Church of the Ascension in Cradock;
Betty Bala and Nokozula Tukani - Holy Spirit, KwaZakhele;
Janine Heaven - St Francis Xavier, Kabega Park;
Faith Geere and Gill Bromiley - St Hugh’s, Newton Park;
Bernice Bergers, Dorothy Bayot and Ashley Govin -
St Michael and All Angels in Schauderville;
Stan Knott-Craig - St Saviour’s, Walmer;
Philip Thorne - St Simon of Cyrene, Uitenhage.

Eds note: Thank you all for attending and being so enthusiastic, and for all the very wonderful things you have said about the morning. I enjoyed being with all of you and I’m already seeing great results. Praise God for his enabling of us.

Pic: Was our proof reader Richard Burbidge knocked out by the Workshop ... or just plain exhausted by it? Participants are (back row) Nokozula Tukani, Thami Nyondo, Philip Thorne, Carole Meyer, Ashley Govin, Dorothy Bayot, Nosizwe Mali, Stan Knott-Craig and Bernice Burgers (middle) Jill Bromily, Ruby Zauka, Linda Ncaca, Betty Bala (kneeling) Nelissa Mafa, Janine Heaven and Faith Geere.

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Themes discussed at BCC IMBIZO
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The Bishop’s Consultative Council had its annual Imbizo from the 31 January to the 2 February at St Saviour’s in Walmer. In Bishop Bethlehem’s charge he emphasized his theme for this year “Discerning the Signs of the Times”. “The time of God’s Visitation” Lk 19:44. There was a reflection on the past years’ successes and the challenges still before us as a diocese. The programme themes focused on growth in the local parish, both urban and rural. During the presentations God revealed through the Holy Spirit that we will only achieve growth in our diocese by making disciples who are truly free in Jesus Christ and through their new life in him, they bless others with the same love and generosity received from him. All the portfolio’s within the BCC presented their objectives and action plans for the 2012 calendar year. The BCC committed themselves afresh to a year of continued growth and building unity in the body of Jesus Christ. More detail regarding the discussions and proposed strategies for growth will be shared with the broader diocesan family, during planned Clergy Schools and the churchwarden’s meetings. We call on all God’s people to continue to pray for growth, unity and an unwavering faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Pic: BCC members with Bishop Bethlehem - Mark Derry, Greg Moses (lay) Terry Beadon, David Grobbelaar, Sharon Nell, Andrew Watt, Dudley Greenshields, Zweli Tom, David Stansbury and Linda Ncaca (lay member) in front.

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Easter 2012

At this, Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher).

The editor, media committee members, Bishop Bethlehem and Mazoe, and the diocesan staff wish all our readers a very blessèd Easter.
He is Risen!
He is Risen, indeed.

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