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Vol 24 No 7


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


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 •  100 for St Agnes
 •  Eddie invested as Officer of The Order
 •  Women ministered to our Lord's needs
 •  Convocation

100 for St Agnes

St Agnes Church, part of the Zwartkops River Valley Parish, celebrated its centenary with a Service of Blessing on Friday night 14 June and a celebration Eucharist on Sunday morning the 16th.

The Friday night service attracted a capacity crowd which included some clergy who came to share in the parish’s joy. Although still recovering from major knee surgery the past rector, now Provost of the Cathedral, Sharon Nell was present to bring a letter of greeting from the members of the Cathedral. The worship was led by the Redhouse Christian Fellowship group and the rector, Michael Julius, spoke of how God raised up workers and opened the hearts of the people to be generous with their gifts and time so that Moses could build the Tabernacle and King Solomon the first Temple. Although the Temple was destroyed, God did not forsake his people and they continue to worship him in synagogues – saying, “This is the God who calls his people to worship him, and is with ‘us’ (the people of ZRV) as we celebrate tonight.” The service was followed by a very enjoyable finger supper in the hall.

Present on the Sunday morning, having travelled from Polokwane for the occasion, was Shane Fraser who is now with the Bible Society. He presented a copy of the newly updated NIV Bible to the church. When Ruthell Johnson was priest-in-charge of Zwartkops River Valley Shane was given pastoral oversight (from August 1993 to December 1994) for St Agnes, and David Beyer for St Nicholas, Redhouse.

Bishop Bethlehem presided at the celebration Eucharist and spoke on the church as described in Romans 12:10ff – a church where the people love one another, spend time in prayer and have programmes for transformation while they nurture and are generous as the women who supplied the needs of Jesus and the apostles (Luke 8).

Of course, it would not be a celebration without tea and an abundance of eats in the hall after each of the services.

St Agnes’ foundation stone was laid on 14 June 1913 and on 2 August the church was dedicated and opened for worship by Archdeacon AT Wirgman. All the local clergy and 80 congregants were present as was Mr AW Guthrie, the Mayor of Port Elizabeth, who had donated the site. Through the years additions of a vestry and a hall have been made to the buildings.

Top - The centenary planning committee were thanked by the rector, Michael Julius for its hard work in bringing the weekend together. Bottom - The present clergy, assistant priest Abigail Tukulu and the rector Michael Julius with a former rector, now Provost of the Cathedral, Sharon Nell and Ruby Zauka former assistant priest, now at St Stephen’s.

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Eddie invested as Officer of The Order

At a wonderful ceremony on Friday night 28 June the rector of St Margaret’s, Summerstrand, Eddie Daniels, was promoted to an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, and Unette Jacobs, a member of St Hugh’s in Newton Park, was inducted as a Member of The Order.

Eddie was asked to give the sermon and he spoke on the Gospel reading of Jesus washing the disciples, feet. He explained that this is the principle of serving and that everyone has been given talents and abilities to use in serving others but many do not use them. He also pointed out that many do use their talents for their own glory and not, as God wishes, to his glory. He said what a joy and privilege it is to be used by God knowing that he rewards us by blessing us as we give rather than receive. He closed by saying, “We need to serve with joy and diligence ... you and I will truly know if we’re really servants if we are treated like one.”

A light supper was served in the hall afterwards.

In the centre is the Chancellor of The Order of St John, The Revd Canon Gerard C Sharp KStJ, flanked by Eddie Daniels, newly invested Officer of the Order and Thomas Horne, a Knight of The Order.

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Women ministered to our Lord's needs

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41,42

During August we celebrate ‘Women’s Day’ to honour women, both past and present, for all they do within their home environment, church and community.

“Some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household;Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them [Jesus and the disciples] out of their own means.”
Luke 8:2,3

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A Convocation of the Diocese was called for on 20 July at Christ the King parish, Gelvandale. The purpose was to seek God’s mind and the moving of the Holy Spirit in leading us forward out of our present crisis situation to a place of renewal of what we are meant to be as the Anglican Diocese of Port Elizabeth.

We hope to report on this in the next iindaba and on the Mjekilelo being held on Saturday 3 August at St John’s in Walmer.

If every Anglican in this diocese gave in joyful abundance to God, as the Hebrews did for the Tabernacle, the diocese would never want.

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