Umbuliso/ The Greeting

Newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown. Oct-Nov 2013. Vol 36, No 5.

25 ordained deacon
Bishop Ebenezer writes: You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world
What's happening at the Monastery?
Mothers' Union Conference
Scenery Park Church dedicated
Grahamstown delegates go East to learn how to grow a Church
From the Department of Spirituality: Hope for South Africa
St Philip's Gompo lends a helping hand
Book review: "Breaking a Mould" by Bishop Duncan Buchanan
Obituaries: Archbishop Emeritus Philip Russell; Wilton Mtyobo, Priest; Dennis Burkinshaw, former Diocesan Secretary; Yolisa Nkoloti, Diocesan St Agnes Guild Secretary
Umbuliso uyakubulisa (short items of news)

 

25 Ordained Deacon

By Bill Gould
The large, newly dedicated Bernard Mizeki Church in Scenery Park was more than overflowing as Bishop Ebenezer made 25 new deacons, 11 transitional and 14 permanent, at a vibrant ordination service held on Saturday, 14 September 2013.

Dino Gabriel, Bishop of Zululand, preached on being rooted in Jesus and being called to serve. To the entertainment of those present, he spoke fluently in English, isiZulu and isiXhosa, stating that nothing can happen without a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and that once you meet God, you cannot remain the same.

To the deacons, he said that you only have a calling if you know the Lord, otherwise you are just doing a job. Like Jesus, you are called to serve, not be served. Bishop Dino encouraged all to challenge what he called ‘microwave priests’, those who reheated old sermons.

A record crop: The 11 candidates for the transitional diaconate, and 14 for the permanent diaconate, are seen here with Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali during their Retreat.
 

The preacher: Dino Gabriel, Bishop of Zululand. Photo: Br Julian Mizelle OHC. For more pictures by him of the Ordination click here.

Newly ordained transitional Deacon Feliciano Janneker with his wife Lee-Anne after the service. Those ordained were:

Transitional Deacons:
Tyronne Boucher: St Peter, East London.
Sinje Dlokweni: St Paul, Port Alfred.
Phumzile Guzana: Fort Beaufort.
Feliciano Janneker: St Mark, Cambridge.
Vuyiswa Jela: St Francis, Mdantsane.
Nokuzola Kota: St Gregory, Mdantsane.
Daniel Ludik, OHC: Order of The Holy Cross.
Chumani Mona: St Philip, Gompo.
Thandiwe Mosothoane: St Saviour, East London.
Luvuyo Mpangeva: Dimbaza.
Gwen Mvula: St Augustine, Grahamstown.

Permanent Deacons:
Ferdinand Adonis and Isaac Hardnick: St Mark, Cambridge.
Vuyisile Bonani: St James, Mooiplaas .
Nobukhosi Dyantyi: St Matthew, Keiskammahoek
Caroline Goliath and Daniel Jekels: Good Shepherd, East London.
Mntunaye Helwana: St James, Mooiplaas.
Nosipho Luvuno, Nontuthuzelo Yokose and Mvulo Zola: St Gregory, Mdantsane.
Zolile Mabona and Ndzondelelo Yili: St Augustine, Grahamstown .
Nodabeko Notsolo: St Cyprian, Qumrha.
Sidima Siyokwana: St John, Gwaba and St Peter Zozo.

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Bishop Ebenezer writes….
You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world


Dear Brothers and Sisters

We write at a time in which the church needs to define itself and also to promote the mandate which it received from the Lord Jesus Christ. After Jesus gave the sermon on the mount (the second Mount Sinai) he turned to his disciples and said “you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matt 5: 1-16). Matthew records that Jesus taught his disciples about salt and light.

This is amazing because in each and every home, whatever social classification, right across from poor to rich, there is a lamp and there is salt. The lamp brings the light and the salt brings saltiness. The question for the world’s church and for us a Diocese is how do we become the salt and the light of Christ in the world today. For us to be salt and light, we need to have a relationship with him through our faith in him, and to be kindled by him as he is the Eternal Light revealed by God in the world. Secondly, by keeping his commandments and his words, we are like people who build their lives on him, who is the rock. We are also people who will be able to share the saltiness that we have received from him with those who are around us, and who we interact with in our daily lives. In other words through our faith in him and being sealed by baptism in the life of our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, we become salt and light which is Christ. The question is, as we find ourselves in South Africa today and specifically in the Eastern Cape, how can we influence local governments to stop failing to provide water at all times for its citizens? How can we stop social ills like rape, domestic violence, intolerance, strikes, crime, unemployment, poverty, woundedness, the sins of the past, high medical expenses - and the list goes on.

For us as Christ’s disciples we think that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, is still calling us to be the light and the salt of the world, because the salt itself prevents decay, and where it is rubbed it acts as an antiseptic and it enables its object to remain fresh.

Therefore all of us in the Diocese, and Christians throughout the world in our various contacts, are called through our worship, witness and service to become the visible sign of our Lord Jesus Christ and to bring saltiness in tasteless situations in which we find moral decay and hopelessness. St Peter reminds us that before we were made Christians by God’s grace through our faith in Christ and sealed in the baptism, we were made an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, in order that we may show the excellence of Him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light. We need to know as well that there was a time when we were not a people of God, but through God’s mercy in Christ we have been made Christian disciples.

In our 2013 Diocesan Synod, we agreed to surrender our lives to the Trinity, and to be transformed through the life and the values of the Trinity, in order that we can have the necessary energy and the grace to influence one another in our churches, homes, communities, in the work-place and where we are needed with our saltiness and light.

Grace and peace

+Ebenezer

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What’s happening at the Monastery?

Centring Prayer Weekend
In early December the Monastery is offering an Introduction to Centring Prayer: “Be Still and Know that I am God”, presented by Br Julian Mizelle, OHC, and hosted by Wendy Sweetman, Eastern Cape Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach. Centring Prayer is a method of response to God’s invitation to enter into loving intimacy and ever-deepening relationship. Participants can come for one day (Sat 7 Dec, R100) or a full weekend Fri 6-Sun 8 December (R760). For further details and bookings contact the Monastery: P O Box 6013, Grahamstown 6141. Tel. 046 622 8111, Fax 046 622 6424. E-mail: guesthouse@umaria.co.za; www.umaria.co.za.

New Media:
Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery now has an e-mail newsletter. To subscribe, go to http://www.umaria.co.za/everlytic.html.
The Monastery is on Facebook. Visit the page and “like” it at https://www.facebook.com/mariyaumamawethembamonastery.
The Monastery has a weekly Sermon Blog. See http:lectiomonasticsermons. blogspot.com/
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Mothers' Union Conference considers “The Seed we sow"

By Siki Wababa-Putini, Diocesan MU Secretary
The Diocese of Grahamstown Mothers’ Union held its 17th biennial conference at Rhodes University, Grahamstown from 11-14 July 2013. Ebenezer Ntlali, the Bishop of Grahamstown, opened the conference officially on 12 July 2013.

On the first day the year’s theme “the seed we sow” was unpacked by Dr Kutala Mtuze, Deputy President in a thought-provoking presentation. She urged members to work together harmoniously, to make a difference in this world, since we are all instruments of change. Members should examine very thoroughly their contribution to the MU in improving and promoting real family life. The first MU objective relates to teaching about marriage, the second to bringing up our children in the Christian faith, and the fourth is to ensure stable family life.

Kutala Mtuze posed two important challenges to members – firstly, “when we look at our communities in our country and in the whole world, how far or how near is family life from being stable?” Secondly, ”What is our role as praying women in minimizing or in working towards the solution of all the problems that plague our communities? Are we engaging with those concerned or our we just referring them to other institutions such as FAMSA? Do we just pray and forget about them thereafter?” She ended by pointing out that the success of this exercise depends a lot on the integrity of the sower, the quality of the seed we sow, and the value of the fruit we harvest at the end of the day.

In his official opening Ebenezer Ntlali, asked the mothers what is it they sow, and what had God sowed in them. He encouraged them to sow Jesus in our homes, and to be the voice of God as there are many voices in the world.

The Diocesan President Mandisa Mhlwatika emphasised the informative and educational nature of the Conference. The focus was on MU matters such as:

Social issues: OVC projects, gardening, soup kitchens, adoption of schools, Health Promotion, Partnership between us and Department of Education.
Women issues: women's rights and law, Health issues on mental disorder, how to keep ourselves healthy and beautiful.
Challenges: e.g. Education (high failure rate of grade 12), gender-based violence that creates broken families, misuse of drugs and alcohol by youth.
Resolutions: MU to take part in the education of our children: to be part of winter schools, school transport, feeding schemes etc., to revisit our theme and make introspection on the seed we are sowing. To be involved in our Sunday school classes, St. Agnes and Youth guilds.

The conference had several speakers from different avenues sharing the theme in different ways.
A highlight of the conference was the recognition of members who had served 25 years and 40 years of continuous service in the MU.


Leading the MU in style: l-r: Kutala Mtuze Deputy President, President Mandisa Mhlwatika, Noncedo Ntlali, Noluthando Lucas and A Mangaliso, King William’s Town West Presiding Member.

Stepping out: Mrs N Mkiva (left) and Mrs A Takane.

Capacity crowd: part of the assembly at the Biennial Conference.

Bursary applications to be in by 15 October

The Mothers’ Union of the Diocese of Grahamstown is offering educational bursaries for the year 2014 to candidates wishing to do post-Matric study.

Applicants shall be regular worshippers and/ or regular communicant members of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in the Diocese of Grahamstown.

Bursaries shall be based on financial need, and only a limited number will be granted in each year as funds are limited. Only applicants with an aggregate of a minimum “C” will be considered for assistance.

Potential candidates should not apply directly to the Diocesan Mothers’ Union themselves, but all applications should be submitted to Presiding Members by Parish Leaders.

For further terms and conditions, and to apply, contact:

Sikelelwa Wababa-Putini, Secretary, Mothers’ Union of the Diocese of Grahamstown
072 496 0593
sikelelwaw@yahoo.com
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Scenery Park Church dedicated

By Bill Gould
Sunday, 11 August 2013 marked a major milestone in the growth and development of the Anglican presence in Scenery Park, with the dedication of the new Bernard Mizeki Church by Bishop Ebenezer.

What had begun more than a decade before with Bele Mboniswa responding to his sister’s need for Anglican ministry in the former location became an outstation of St Saviour’s initially housed in Alfred Majola’s house, spilling over into his front yard under the spiritual leadership of the late Ronnie Gqola, and finding a temporary home in a tent on a large site allocated by the New Housing Co-operative.

By now a Chapelry of St Saviour’s, the building of Bernard Mizeki Church began to materialise under the leadership of Zamile Dlanjwa. As a member of the Diocesan Council and the Trusts Board, Bill Gould was able to motivate for a Lenten appeal to help fund the building as well as working with architect John Kingsley-Hall to produce the initial drawings for the church structure which received Municipal approval. After the Bishop turned the first sod in September 2010, building began apace, and the first church service was held inside on Palm Sunday 2011.

In August 2011, Zamile Dlanjwa was inaugurated as Rector in the new Parish of Bernard Mizeki Church, Scenery Park, becoming an Archdeacon shortly thereafter.

This journey has been quite remarkable, the present beautiful building being testimony to the work of many dedicated people, the initiators with their vision, the drivers to make this a reality, the faithful and generous congregants and the Diocesan support which has culminated in the Bishop’s dedicating this new Church. And, as with all journeys, the life of Bernard Mizeki Church continues with the blessings of all its friends and well-wishers.

This looks strong enough! Bishop Ebenezer knocks on the door of Bernard Mizeki Church.


The stone that marks the dedication.

Grahamstown delegates go East to learn how to grow a Church

Five representatives from Grahamstown Diocese were among a group of 15 ACSA delegates who visited Singapore and Malaysia from 10-20 May 2013, to find out more about the extraordinary church growth taking place there.

The “Vision and Mission Exposure” trip was organized by Growing the Church, and led by Bishop Martin Breytenbach and the Revd Trevor Pearce. Church growth in Singapore is said to have “exploded” in recent years. In 1960 the population was 2% Christian; now it is 25%. The Anglican Cathedral in Singapore runs 28 services a week, in a number of languages. In the last 20 years one Malaysian bishop has planted more than 40 churches in his diocese.

The group visited a number of Anglican churches which were “living out the incarnational presence of Christ”, to try to find out the secret of this inspiring success.

The level of involvement of the laity in these congregations made a deep impression, as well as their passion and commitment. Quoted in the Growing the Church Update of June 2013, Barry and Lynden Wittstock from St Mark Cambridge, explained: “Mission is the norm for every church.” Thoko Mbekela, also from St Mark’s, quoted a Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I will remember; and involve me and I will understand for ever.” Zola Bevu from Holy Cross Mdantsane was inspired to take what she had learned and apply it in her church’s Makukhanye group, ministering to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

As Growing the Church Update concluded, “The trip stretched and inspired the group to envision in concrete ways how they might grow their churches spiritually, numerically and holistically”.

Seeing is believing: Grahamstown Diocese representatives in this group picture are: Front left: Vuyisa Matsheke (St Martin Gonubie); 5th from left near the back: Thoko Mbekela (St Mark Cambridge); Right, back: Barry and Lynden Wittstock (St Mark Cambridge); 4th from right: Zola Bevu (Holy Cross Mdantsane).

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From the Department of Spirituality

Hope for South Africa

By Margaret Fourie
When we spend time watching the news and reading the papers, we are tempted sometimes to lose heart. There is so much that is wrong with our world, and with our beloved South Africa. Apart from global warming and the effect it is having on our climate, with dreadful droughts or terrifying floods, we are daily faced with more labour unrest and an economy going down the tubes, or with demonstrations that get violent. Cars, homes and businesses of innocent bystanders are destroyed and people are injured. Crime continues to escalate and almost every day, new horrors of theft, fraud and abuse of taxpayers’ funds among our leaders are brought to light.

How can we live? Our children are not being properly educated, unemployment is rising, our youth are on the streets, more and more children are falling pregnant, our farmers are being murdered, and prices are rising, rising, rising until we hardly know where to turn.
The problem is too big for us – evil is everywhere you look, and even in the church, we find that these greedy, dishonest ways have found a way in. It looks as if Satan has taken over, as if good has finally lost out to evil, and we in the Church are fighting a losing battle. Many are discouraged.

But the Bible has a word for us. It comes straight from God himself, and we can find it in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will
    humble themselves
    and pray
    and seek my face
    and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.

What an incredible message for God’s people, who are called by his name. That’s us. There is something we can do today, something that will reverse the trends and save our country.

Over the next few months, we will be looking at what this verse means for us today, and how each individual baptised Christian can become an activist for the healing of our land. Another verse from 2 Chronicles will encourage us to take this seriously and trust God for the outcome: 2 Chronicles 20:15b and following verses. “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army (or the size of this problem). For the battle is not yours but God’s.” vs 17 “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you …Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

So, my beloved friends, assume the position – get down on your knees and start to pray in penitence and humility. Join hundreds of thousands of other South Africans at 21:00 each evening and pray for South Africa for just one minute, and stand by for God’s powerful response.
 

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St Philip’s Gompo lends a helping hand

By Ncumisa Sikunyana
When the community of Duncan Village C-Section succumbed to shack fires recently, it was indeed an hour of doom and gloom. Families lost all their possessions including furniture, clothes and documents and had to start from scratch, with nothing. This is never an easy task, hence the discipleship amongst the congregants of St Philips kicked in and they came together to lend a helping hand to the destitute families. Led by the Social Responsibility committee, food and clothing, blankets and shoes were collected for these families.

The Revd Chuma Mduzana, Rector of the parish, believes the church should be actively involved within its community and should be actively involved in its upliftment. “This is how we proclaim Jesus and his ministry”, he said.

Active involvement: St Philip’s Rector Chuma Mduzana with parishioners, bringing gifts to some of those who lost everything in the Duncan Village shack fire.

In the same breath the parish again visited a Children’s Home with gifts and other essentials. The visit was organized by the Women’s Ministry and they chose a subject close to every mother’s heart; children. The children are of various ages, with the youngest being about six months. They need assistance with all that a child needs and they were quite excited when they got pyjamas and cosmetics amongst their presents.

The mothers and fathers of St Philip's felt that the gesture was necessary to show their commitment in embracing the needy and less fortunate amongst us.
It was indeed a joyous affair. The foster mother said she felt humbled and grateful that the congregation seems to think of her and the children often, and in turn help her with the challenges she faces every day.

Pyjama joy: children at the Home excitedly open their gifts.

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Book Review

Breaking a Mould by Bishop Duncan Buchanan

By Clive Whitford
This is a charming and compelling read (146 pages with photographs). It is one of those books you zip through because you cannot put it down, and then read again more slowly to reflect on what has been written. Duncan Buchanan’s jottings after 14 years as Bishop of Johannesburg gradually grew into book form, ready for publication shortly before he died last year. It is not surprising that most of the book deals with the turbulent challenging years of his episcopacy, 1986­2000. Pre-1994 the Church was persecuted and Duncan experienced very real fear. But his faith in God was irrepressible and he learnt to face fear and overcome it.

But there is much more to the book than that. Growing the Church is a constant theme. That means leadership, at every level and in every facet of the life of the Church. God's people, the Church, must grow spiritually, numerically and in every other way. But Duncan was more than just talk: things had to be planned, implemented and seen through to their successful conclusions. Reading about this is not simply acquiring interesting information, it is inspirational and invigorating.

This is a book about love; Duncan and his wife Di's love for God, each other, their two daughters and all those with whom they came into contact. A serious book, yet Duncan's inimitable sense of humour shines through and those who knew him will hear again his loud, loving, infectious laugh.

Breaking a Mould is available from PreText Publications at R150 including postage. Email pretext@wol.co.za for an order form.

Before he moved to Johannesburg in 1986 to be Dean—and was rapidly elected as Bishop—Duncan Buchanan was on the staff of St Paul’s College Grahamstown as Sub-Warden and then Warden, for 20 years. He was a member of the Chapter as Archdeacon of Albany.

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Obituaries

Archbishop Emeritus Philip Russell

Philip Russell, who was Archbishop of Cape Town during the turbulent years 1981-6, died in Adelaide, Australia, on 25 July at the age of 93.

Born and schooled in Durban, Philip Russell was training as a quantity surveyor when World War II broke out, and he enlisted. He was awarded an MBE for leading a team which cleared a vital North African railway line of mines. At the end of the war he obeyed a call to train for the ordained ministry at St Paul’s College Grahamstown.

After serving in a number of Natal parishes, he was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Cape Town in 1966. In 1970 he became the first Bishop of the new diocese of Port Elizabeth, which had formerly been part of the diocese of Grahamstown. From there he moved to Natal as Bishop from 1974 until 1981, when he reluctantly accepted nomination as Archbishop of Cape Town at the age of 62. At that stage the Province was not quite ready to take the step of electing its first black Archbishop, and Philip Russell was chosen to break a deadlock and serve for a few years until his retirement.

As it happened, the years of his archiepiscopate coincided with a succession of States of Emergency and increasing repression by the apartheid government, during which his witness was uncompromising. He was a keen ecumenist, and served on the executive of the S A Council of Churches, as well as that of the S A Institute of Race Relations. Our present Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba, described him as “God’s man for those difficult times”. When he retired in 1986, it was to hand over the reins to Desmond Tutu.

His wife Eirene, to whom he was married for 55 years, died in 2001, after which he moved to Adelaide, where three of their four children had settled. The fourth, June Walters, lives in Grahamstown with her husband Paul, who is a lay member of the Cathedral Chapter.

An efficient administrator, Philip Russell was also a good pastor. He kept in contact with his former priests and fellow bishops, and prayed for them. Every month the Intercession requests of this diocese were sent to him, and our parishes were remembered in his daily prayers. We give thanks for him.

Wilton Mtyobo, priest

Tembile Wilton Mtyobo died on 1 September, in his 90th year. He was born in Port Elizabeth, and worked there as a teacher, and inspector of schools, before his ordination. He moved to Zwelitsha as a Deacon, and was ordained Priest in 1995.

A personal tribute

By Peter Mtuze

As a personal friend and colleague I would like to register my deep appreciation for the role played by Tembile Wilton Mtyobo in spreading the Word in King William’s Town and in Port Elizabeth, where he worked for a long time.

He served the Lord in a dignified manner, wholly committed to the Church and to serving God and those placed in his care. His humility was his greatest hallmark. He was so humble, one would hardly imagine he was a highly celebrated teacher and inspector of schools before he joined the ordained ministry.

Although his age was quite advanced by the time he started serving as Deacon and later Priest in Zwelitsha under the then Archdeacon Patrick Ncaca, he did his theological training with the greatest of ease with TEEC. He enrolled for the BTh degree soon thereafter but his health started failing him.

One of the strongest characteristics of this Christian stalwart was his love for his family. He was an unwavering family man. He deeply loved his first spouse, Nomission, until she passed on, after whose death he married another wonderful life partner, Nontsasa Mtyobo, born Kili. I had the single honour of being one of the marriage negotiators for Fr Mtyobo, the other one being the late Revd Augustine Nongauza, his friend and colleague.

If there is anything  for which I used to admire the Mtyobo family, it was their commitment to education. All their children are graduates in different faculties, e.g. medicine, law, teaching, to mention but a few.

May his soul rest in peace.

Dennis Burkinshaw, former Diocesan Secretary

Dennis Burkinshaw, former Diocesan Secretary of Grahamstown Diocese and first Diocesan Secretary of Port Elizabeth Diocese, died in Grahamstown on 21 August at the age of 95.

As Grahamstown Diocesan Secretary from 1961-71, he was deeply committed to Planned Giving, which was a relatively new concept. When the Diocese was divided, and a new Diocese was formed around Port Elizabeth, he moved there to look after the finances.

He and his wife Ruth were married for 66 years. After he retired they lived in Port Elizabeth until 2011, when they returned to Grahamstown to live closer to one of their daughters. Ruth died in 2012.

Yolisa Nkoloti, Diocesan St Agnes Guild Secretary

By A Kupiso, Diocesan Secretary, St Agnes Guild

The Diocesan St Agnes Guild is sad to announce the death of a prominent member, Ms Yolisa Nkoloti, who served as the Diocesan Secretary of the Guild for more than six years.

Yolisa was a unique individual who was active in her role as the Diocesan Secretary. She joined the St Agnes Guild as an ordinary member and grew with serving the members of the Guild at the highest level of leadership within our Guild structure.

She has left her attributes, her teachings and her smile, which the Guild members will keep and continue to hold in their hearts, and in the work they do to uplift the Guild.

Yolisa will be sadly missed by her Parish, St Matthew’s Keiskammahoek, her Archdeaconry and especially by the Diocesan Executive. May her soul rest in peace.

The Guild Executive would like to thank all the St Agnes Guild members and ooNontsapho for the support received during this period.

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Umbuliso uyakubulisa

Lay Ministers in Fellowship



Lay Ministers attending one of a series of meetings, held during 2013 to promote spiritual bonds between Lay Ministers and facilitate their training. A fellowship of Lay Ministers to be known as the Order of St Barnabas is in the process of formation, and Canon Bill Domeris, the Cathedral Chancellor, is developing suitable training materials. In the meanwhile Lay Ministers have continued to meet at Archdeaconry and local level. The Revd Thanduxolo Bada has been appointed Chaplain to the Lay Ministers. He led the plenary meetings in May and June, with the Revd Dr Vukile Beja as facilitator.

Clergy Move

Linda Schwartz, Chaplain of the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown, is returning to parish ministry. She has been appointed Assistant Priest at St Michael’s Bryanston, in the Johannesburg Diocese, from 1 November. We wish her well in this new phase of her ministry.


For Prayer
We give thanks to God that the Dean, Andrew Hunter, and his wife Claire were mercifully spared injury when they were involved in a car accident on the way back from the Family Weekend on 25 August.

Colin Leslie, Rector of Nahoon, was hospitalized for radiation treatment, following the diagnosis of two tumours on his brain. Prayers are asked for him and his family, after his return home.

One of our Lay Canons, Stephanie Lee, spent some time in hospital at the end of August.

Archdeacon Peter Mtuze has also been in hospital. Pray for them all, for their complete recovery.

We pray for the following clergy who have been bereaved: Lorraine Rusch on the death of her mother Daisy Goldie, Tyronne Boucher whose grandmother has died, and Nkosipendule Matshaya on the death of his brother Zola.

KWT West Archdeaconry Bernard Mizeki Guild Commemoration Weekend

Bernard Mizeki Day was commemorated by the King William’s Town West Archdeaconry Guild over the weekend of 22-23 June, at Holy Trinity Dimbaza. The amaDodana visited the Vanavetu Project for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and Br Maneli handed over a gift of R500 to show the love of God, and social responsibility. They made visits to elderly members of the Holy Trinity Congregation, Mr and Mrs Matyana and a blind woman, Mrs Xipula, and prayed with them. Since their visit both Mrs Matyana and Mrs Xipula have passed away.

At the Commemoration, reports were given by parish branches, and the Chairman, Mxolisi Jeyi, presented the financial report and summed up. The guest speaker, Archdeacon of Alice Mziwamandla Fobosi, gave a powerful address.

On the Sunday, the service was conducted by the Chaplain, Loyiso Zibi, and the preacher was Archdeacon Peter Mtuze.

The Media Officer for the King William’s Town West Archdeaconry Guild, Cyril Nonjobe, said: “Siyabulela siyilekomiti kumadodana ngenxaso nawo kwisikhumbuzo sinqwenela ukuba azalisekise lomgomo uthi songezelele ukholo.”

For the Bishop's engagements, follow the link on the front page to the 2013 Year Planner.

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