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Vol 23 No 4


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


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 •  Sacrifice for the Lord
 •  New extensions at St John's dedicated
 •  Pentecost 2012

Sacrifice for the Lord

As the diocese bids a sad farewell to Tim Lees, we praise God for his life, and his sacrifice of time away from his home and family, and of giving to the Lord of his talents over the past three years. “Tim, go with the love and blessing of the people of the diocese and the congregation of the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin.”

As the sounds of Louis Vierne’s “Carillon de Westminster” thundered to an end in the Cathedral on Sunday night 8 April, the congregation stood and applauded Tim Lees as they acknowledged his brilliant talent and bade him farewell.

Easter Week had been a celebration of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus ... and of the work that Tim had done for the Cathedral and the diocese during the three years he has been here. The week had begun on Sunday evening 1 April with Faure’s “Requiem” followed on Good Friday with Steiner’s “Crucifixion” and ended with Evensong on Sunday 8th. The Sung Eucharist that morning had closed with the Provost, Sharon Nell (on crutches), presenting Tim with a beautiful statuette of the Madonna and Child as a reminder of his time at St Mary the Virgin.

When Tim arrived three years ago he left his family at home in England, not wanting to interrupt his youngest son’s studies. During his tenure he only received his housing from the Cathedral but asked for no remuneration giving this as a praise to the Lord for all the blessings during his life.

Tim will not only be sorely missed by the Cathedral but also by the Royal School Church Music.

The Cathedral now has an opening for a new Director of Music. Anyone interested can contact the Provost, Sharon Nell, at the Cathedral office for more information: 041 585 3047.

Pic: Top - Tim Lees showing his Madonna and Child statue to organist Justin Stone.
Bottom - Two of the soloists at Steiner’s “The Crucifixion”.

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New extensions at St John's dedicated
[ Angela Brown ]

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

St John’s Anglican Church in Walmer is alive and well!

The Annual Vestry Meeting was held on Wednesday 15 February , and in his report to Vestry, churchwarden Rod Phillip referred to the vision which God had placed before his people at St John’s more than ten years before ... a vision to extend the plant to cater for dynamic growth with a focus on young people and the poor and marginalised in the local community. Rod drew attention to the fact that that vision must have been in place from the very beginning of St John’s, 131years ago, for such a large tract of land to have been purchased at that time!

Immediately after the Vestry Meeting, the honoured guest, Bishop Bethlehem, was called to dedicate the latest extensions of new foyer, chapel, hall, kitchens and toilets and a beautifully spacious youth and children’s centre. As he went with the churchwardens from area to area of the building, others remained in the foyer to join in prayer as the different rooms and their uses were dedicated to God’s purposes.

Then it was time for Bishop Bethlehem and other invited guests, the Archdeacon of the Bay, David Stansbury and the Bishop’s Executive Officer, Mark Derry, to move with the rector, Robert Penrith, and the parishioners to the large hall for a wonderful celebratory dinner.

The vision doesn’t end there, it continues in every area of parish life and beyond! The parish of St John’s is committed to a process of dynamic spiritual growth with the desire to grow and equip and encourage the people in ministry and in their personal walk of faith.

Over the years, St John’s has been hugely blessed with its leaders and with its premises. Our prayer, and our commitment, is that all these blessings may continue to be used to the glory of the One God we serve, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Pic: Top -
Bp Bethlehem dedicates the new St John’s Centre in Walmer.
Bottom - The rector, Robert Penrith greets some of the parishioners who attended.

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Pentecost 2012

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:3&4

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