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Vol 24 No 9


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


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 •  Celebrating Life
 •  Transform our city - together
 •  RIP Diocesan Secretary Emeritus Dennis Burkinshaw
 •  Women's Day a great success
 •  Parish secretaries thanked by rectors - Secretaries Day 5 September.

Celebrating Life

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Psalm 139:13-15


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Transform our city - together

Bishops Bethlehem, Lunga ka Siboto and Archbishop Zandisile Magxwalisa of the Zionist Church, who is also the president of AMFOSA, together with over 100 Christian leaders from around the Metropole, attended the launch breakfast of the Nehemiah Movement and JUST1HR call to action.

Trevor Jennings of NMB: Transformation Christian Network initiative told them that if every one of the million citizens of Port Elizabeth will give ‘Just 1 hr” of their time every month our city can be transformed. He said that a number of meetings have been held already and business and local Government are keen to partner in the project. However, Trevor believes that it is vital that the church be seen as the key drivers of the project. He likened the project to Nehemiah calling the Jews to unite in building the walls of Jerusalem – so too the church needs to unite, to work within the 20 Ward Teams that are being set up. “The church is not only one part of society, it involves everyone and everything … 1,000,000 people giving one hour a month adds up to 114 years of work a month,” he said.

Everyone who attends a church in the city needs to ask their rector/pastor/leaders to encourage all their members to become involved.

Please also sign the Pledge by visiting www.just1hr.org.za

iindaba challenges every Anglican in the city to be positive, get involved and encourage others to join in too … some suggestions include: having work parties to clean-up the area around your church; becoming involved in helping at the House of Resurrection Haven (see page 4), helping set up food gardens or planting fruit trees in needy areas etc.

Find out more from NMB: Transformation Christian Network info@tcn.org.za or www.tcn.org.za

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RIP Diocesan Secretary Emeritus Dennis Burkinshaw

13 March 1918 – 21 August 2013

Our Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, Dennis Burkinshaw, died in Grahamstown on Wednesday 21 August at the wonderful age of 95.

Having had the funeral at the Cathedral in Grahamstown on Monday 26th, a Memorial service was held at St Saviour’s in Walmer on the Tuesday. Dennis and Ruth had been very active parishioners there for many years - with Dennis having been a lay minister. At the service his daughters, Jenny and Kath shared stories of his living life to the full - Kath ending by saying, “Dad lived life to the full. He loved his family, he loved his Lord and he loved his work in the Church.”

Dennis had been a man of varied talents gained from a life of moving around. He loved telling stories of his days as a police ‘Bobby’ in England and then when war broke out he joined the RAF. He was shipped to SA and met Ruth when stationed in Oudtshoorn before doing overseas duty. Many letters later he returned to SA where they married in Port Elizabeth and were together for almost 66 years. After trying farming Dennis got involved in the wool trade as an accountant and eventually joined the Diocese of Grahamstown as Diocesan Secretary-Treasurer. When, in 1970, the diocese multiplied and our diocese was born, Dennis took over the ‘hot’ seat - getting everything financial and administrative organised. Before retiring he trained the late Norman Heath and returned to help Keith Rae when he took over after the sudden death of Norman.

Dennis was legend-ary in organising Synods and having them run smoothly, knowing exactly what had to happen when, why and how.

He and Ruth moved to Shalom Cottages when they were built and after 40 years in our diocese they moved to Grahamstown to be near Jenny. There Dennis continued to ‘push the limits’ - still walking every day until he moved into frail care shortly before he died.

Rest in peace, good and faithful servant of the Lord.

Pic: Dennis Burkinshaw as many will remember him - behind his desk in the diocesan office. 

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Women's Day a great success
[ Lazola Ndulula ]

Our annual Women’s Day celebration was held at the Cathedral on Sunday 11 August. The afternoon, a joint initiative between Mothers Union Christian Family Life and the Anglican Women’s Fellowship, began with a banner procession from the Feathermarket Centre and was supported by all the women’s organisations in the diocese. The guest speaker was Bulelwa Someketa, a member of the Havelock Street Methodist Church in Uitenhage. She encouraged parents to be committed to their role as parents and grandparents by being humble to God; to recognise, embrace, and adapt to change; to remain positive, and to learn to listen ‘in the present time’.

The Cathedral was full and the singing and praise was enjoyed by all who were there. I’m sure everyone learnt and grasped a thing or two and we will be better women and parents going forward.

Enjoying the dancing at the Women’s Day service were St Mary’s Guild members, Vuyokazi Mdekazi and Unathi Nodada.

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Parish secretaries thanked by rectors - Secretaries Day 5 September.



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