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Vol 24 No 5


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


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 •  Need to nurture young
 •  Young talent encouraged for service
 •  Focus on Youth

Need to nurture young

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Prov 22:6

Quoting Proverbs 22:6 the Minister of Police, Jeff Radebe, encouraged parents and the congregation to nurture the young people and instil a sense of accountability in them so they can inherit a better place. He said the young people must be taught not to do crime, fraud, mob justice and corruption.

The Minister was speaking at St Stephen’s in New Brighton on Sunday 21 April at their annual Mob Justice, Fraud and Corruption Service which they hold as part of their partnership with Inguqu Placement Agency who encourage and help former prisoners.

Minister Radebe went on to say that our society must not tolerate crime and that our leaders must give a good account of themselves. He asked the church to help combat crime to build a resilient corruption-free society. He reminded everyone that ‘it takes two to tango’ - the corrupt official plus the person who bribes them. He said, “If we work together we can accelerate the change in our country” and that communities need to be the eyes and ears in the fight against corruption.

Also speaking at the service was Major-General Pinky Badi the Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Hawks in the Eastern Cape. She warned the congregation that fraud usually starts small, such as taking pencils home from the office, then it becomes something bigger until, as we have seen, in some cases it has involved millions of Rand. She also told the young people that they need to realise it takes time and dedication to get to the top – they need to stop wanting everything immediately because then they are tempted by crime.

Another speaker was a former offender, Siyabonga, who gave his testimony that after graduating he joined the police as an auditor. He said he wanted to ‘look good and have everything’ so he began altering small amounts in the books and within three years it had become thousands of Rand and he was caught. He spoke of how traumatic life in prison is especially for professionals because you have to leave your dignity behind. He now works for Inguqu.

Other speakers and people who were present included Cllr Maria Hermans, Cllr Nomvvuselelo Tontsi, Officials from the Dept of Justice and the Station Commanders from the Motherwell Cluster and over 1300 congregants.

Pic: At the service on crime prevention were Siya Mtulu (project manager of Inguqu), the Minister of Police Jeff Radebe, assisting priest Ruby Zauka and the rector of St Stephen’s Zweli Tom.

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Young talent encouraged for service

Sunday 14 April was very special for six members of St Paul’s, Parsons Hill, youth group when their gifts of service were acknowledged by their rector, Ruthell Johnson and the congregation. James Thomson (21), Carla (22) and older sister, Cindy-Lee Matthys , Latoya Colborne (23) and Jacklyn van Dyk (21) were licensed as lay ministers and Lauren Povey was inducted as a Sanctuary assistant – although they had already had a ‘baptism of fire’ during the Easter weekend when they led most of the Maundy Thursday service and were involved in the other services.

Speaking to the six young people during the service Ruthell said, “May every Eucharist you serve at be a meal of reconciliation with God, a meal of fellowship with one another and a meal that sets you back on the track to do God’s ill.”

Ruthell pointed out that the ‘floral’ display had six white roses representing the young people beginning their new ministry, the large bible reminding them to be soaked in the Word of God, the two loaves of bread and the chalice with grapes draped over it representing the bread and wine which they will be distributing during the communion services.

It was good to see the church almost full with congregation and family who had come to encourage them as they begin a new journey in their lives.

Pic: James Thomson, Lauren Povey (sanctuary assistant), Carla and Cindy-Lee Matthys and Latoya Colborne, with Jacklyn van Dyk and their rector Ruthell Johnson at the back. In front is the very significant ‘floral’ display.

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Focus on Youth

10 Listen, my child, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

Proverbs 4:10-19

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