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Vol 24 No 3


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


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 •  Easter 2013
 •  Thieves hit complex roof
 •  A protest crowd' of nine
 •  SABC airs Cathedral service

Easter 2013

He is risen, he is risen:
Tell it with a joyful voice;
He has burst his three days’ prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered, man is free,
Christ has won the victory.
C F Alexander

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20:1

He is risen!
He is risen indeed!

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Thieves hit complex roof

Fast moving workers managed to repair the roof that was damaged in the St Hugh’s complex over the weekend of 16-17 February. The section over the diocesan office was the most badly damaged by thieves who stole lead and copper flashing/fittings.

The thieves had lifted the tiles on the roof just above the office of the Diocesan Secretary-treasurer, Peter Hopper, and also in the same place on the opposite side just above Bishop Bethlehem’s office. The property manager of St Hugh’s, Ossie Pinnock, said that the thieves stripped the lead/copper right across the roof and, of course, they did not replace the tiles they’d lifted to do so. Some plaster had also been detached from the wall on the west side of the building where it appeared that the thieves had ripped off lead flashing as well.

The tiles needed to be replaced asap because of the big holes in the roof which would cause water damage in the Diocesan office and in the Hall. The police were called and came to inspect the situation and the repairs were handed over to the insurance company to handle.

A worker on the roof of the diocesan office section at St Hugh’s complex repairs damage caused by thieves who stole lead and copper flashing.

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A protest crowd' of nine

The call went out to the churches of the diocese, “On Wednesday between 12h00 and 13h00 you are invited to join a silent protest against the brutality against our women and children.” We were asked to gather on the stairs of the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin.

But only five members of our parishes turned up to boost the four clergy who were there from the Cathedral and Salvation Army in Central. To be more visible to the passing crowd it was decided that the group would stand in front of Queen Victoria’s statue holding small posters indicating what it was doing there and to hand out pamphlets to the passing pedestrians. This went well and both men and women were receptive to the approach.

When the SABCTV3 reporter and camera crew arrived to film the event they were met by a group of nine protesters and decided this was a nonevent, so left. Of those who joined the provost, Sharon Nell, and her assistant priest, Jogra Gallant, three were from the Salvation Army in Central, Major Margaret and Jeff Stafford and one of their members.

iindaba prays their small effort had some positive results, but asks, “What went wrong? The invitation was sent to all the parishes - was it not emphasised when given out? Do members of the diocesan family just not care enough about violence against women or are we too lethargic to be bothered to show support for such an event?”

Pic: Top - A “Stop Rape” poster with 10 tips for women was handed out.
Bottom - Four clergy formed part of the ‘anti-abuse against women’ protest group of nine people - the Provost, Sharon Nell, her assistant Jogra Gallant (3rd left) and Major Margaret and Jeff Stafford of the Salvation Army. With them are two parishioners.

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SABC airs Cathedral service

SABC technicians were at the Cathedral on the morning of 24 February to record the service for airing the following Sunday. Many parishioners attended as well as some visitors which helped to swell the sound of the singing and responses. The Provost, Sharon Nell brought a very thought provoking message.

DSTV Arts programme
The art of the architecture, stained glass windows and carvings of the Cathedral were also featured on DSTV channel 260 Bay TV ‘Eye on Art’ on Saturday night 9 March and was repeated three times.

Sharon, is hoping to receive a DVD of the segment sometime soon.

Pic: The provost, Sharon Nell listens to a voice test before SABC recorded the Eucharist service at the Cathedral. She is seen with technicians Charles Hart and Luyanda Gxumayo.

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