[ Avril Nolte ]
The service for the ordination of eight ordinands to the diaconate took place on Trinity Sunday, 26 May at the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin.
The Cathedral was overflowing as people continued to pack in to see the ordinands presented to Bishop Bethlehem. More chairs were carried in, side vestries opened, programmes were shared, and still people continued to flock in. They came from far-flung corners of the diocese, and even beyond the borders with family from Nigeria present too.
The worship was glorious with modern contemporary songs, well-used hymns, and spontaneous singing of traditional songs with clapping and foot stomping. The acapella rendition of ‘Come Holy Ghost’ had all in the assembly visibly moved. Flags added colour and movement.
David Stansbury, Archdeacon of the Bay, presented three ordinands to the Bishop: Bisi Fadeyi-Adetuberu and Rowan Jacobs both from Holy Trinity Central, and Claire Phelps from St Saviour’s; Archdeacon Zweli Tom, presented Mziwoxolo (known as Xola) Nodwele, from the parish of St Matthias. The dean, Dudley Greenshields, representing the Archdeacon of Tsitsikamma, presented René de Wet (St Mark and St John), Lorraine Fraser (St Simon of Cyrene), Sarah Jacobs (St Luke) and Thomas Maulgas (The Good Shepherd).
There were four bishops present, Ebenezer Ntali, Bishop of Grahamstown and Brian Marajh the Bishop of George, who each brought greetings from their dioceses. Bishop Donald Harker, retired Bishop of George, was also in attendance. The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ebenezer and his message was that we should become as little children, with nobody regarding themselves as better than or higher than others. We must strive daily to become more like Christ, having a servants heart.
When Bishop Bethlehem presented the eight new deacons, the shouts of joy, dancing and ululating from more than a thousand voices shook the rafters!
Old and new traditions were merged in harmony as the colourful procession recessed to the singing of ‘10,000 Reasons’. There was indeed reason to praise the Lord as clergy and laity celebrated the ordination of the new deacons, wishing them blessings and strength as they begin their service in the Lord’s ministry.
Pic: Top - The eight new deacons are presented to the people by Bishop Bethlehem: back row – Xola Nodwele (St Stephen’s), Rowan Jacobs (Holy Trinity), Lorraine Fraser (St Simon of Cyrene), Rene de Wet (St Mark and St John), Bisi Fadeyi-Adetuberu (Holy Trinity); front row - Sarah Jacobs (St Luke), Claire Phelps (St Saviour) and Tommy Maulgas (Parish of the Good Shepherd).
Bottom - The new deacons take their part in the Eucharist celebration.
[ Back to top ]
Volunteering a noble task
[ Nicolette Leonard ]
Mira is from Uelzen and Stella from Bremerhaven in Germany and both have committed themselves to a year’s voluntary work at the House of Resurrection Haven. They have already served 11 months of their 12 month’s stay in SA and they have both come to love this country and its people dearly. Mira plans to stay longer than the year, return home and hopefully come back in January to study for her honours degree in Public Administration at NMMU and Stella will return home to start her studies.
They both have fallen in love with the children and staff and have become part of the big family at HOR. Stella is one of the Playschool Teachers and assists with preparing lessons and food for the children on a daily basis. Mira enjoys the driving which includes ferrying children to and from school, clinics and hospitals and picking up goods needed at HOR. Both the girls testify how this year has changed their lives and their perception of life.
They have both now learnt certain strategic words in Afrikaans and Xhosa and have taught us a few German phrases too. In certain ways they are now more South African than me when I hear them speaking about “now now”!
HOR staff and children have become the family of these two lovely girls and we will certainly miss them when they return home.
We hope that their example of offering up time and self will be an inspiration to our locals to give of themselves for a good cause - especially those who are taking a ‘gap year’ after completing Matric.
Pic: German volunteers at the Haven, Mira and Stella, enjoyed time with Bishop Bethlehem when he visited the Haven.
[ Back to top ]
18 July International Nelson Mandela Day
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish. We do however urge everyone to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”.
Members of the diocese give thanks for the improvement in Tata Madiba’s health and ask the Lord’s blessing on his life as he continues to be the wonderful icon to all of us in this beautiful land.
[ Back to top ]