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• A Midwinter's dinner, Lectio Divina and skills training
• Taste our wares
• Make a difference where you are
• Reaching out to abused babies and children
A Midwinter's dinner, Lectio Divina and skills training
Pam Brown reports on a very active time in the Parish of the Good Shepherd
A wonderful evening of fellowship
Mark's in Humansdorp Midwinter's Dinner held on Friday 20 June was a
wonderful evening of fellowship. The water had been turned off that
afternoon but gluwein was served to the 66 guests on arrival which
ensured they were warm for the evening.
One of our
parishioners, Coleen Camp, excelled herself with the catering - gammon
and salads, turkey and vegetables, followed by a delicious array of
puddings. No water meant coffee had to be omitted.
A dedicated band of workers did a sterling job washing up on Saturday morning, even bringing their own water.
An introduction to Lectio Divina
from the Methodist, Roman Catholic and Emmanuel churches joined
parishioners from the various chapelries of the Parish of the Good
Shepherd for a quiet day on Saturday 14 June 2008.
gathered at 09h00 for morning prayer led by our self-supporting priest,
Fiona Esterhuysen, in St Mark's church in Humansdorp. The theme for the
morning was 'Be still and know' and Tish Spence introduced the
participants to the Lectio Divina way of meditating on the Word.
wonderful lunch was served after which the day was completed with a
time of healing, prayer and blessing of the new votive candleholder
carved by Des Hill.
Another Quiet Day will be held at St Mark's on Saturday 11 October at 09h00, all are welcome.
The joy of achievement
social development ministry of the parish is in the process of
establishing skills training programmes and assisting established
projects in the community. A number of sewing machines donated by a
missionary from the UK working at Holy Trinity in Ccentral, Bisi
Fadeyi-Adetuberu, were sent to our parish to assist in setting up
sewing projects. The
Sinobomi sewing group in Seavista had their first lesson on a sewing
machine on Tuesday 24 June under the able guidance of Amanda Sadler.
Amanda has already helped the ladies of the Nkquebela pre-primary
school to make mattress and cushion covers for the little ones to use
at snooze time.
Sewing machines have also been placed at
sewing circles in 7delaan, Pellrus, Patensie and Thornhill and it is
hoped some finished articles will be presented at a women's day lunch
to be held at St Mark's on Saturday 9 August at noon.
Pictures: Above: Enjoying the Midwinter's Dinner were visitors
from J-Bay - self-supporting priest Jackie Trollip and her husband,
Neville, warden - Evert Hoffman and his wife Margaret and the back view
of Hilton and Julia Thorp from Santareme Chapel. (Middle) Some of the
people who joined the Quiet Day to learn about Lectio Divia. (Bottom)
Goodness and the first complete cushion.
Taste our wares
a group of Pick n Pay suppliers offer a taste of their wares to over
150 St Hugh's parishioners and their friends, the evening is bound to
be a success. One was organised by Faith Geere, together with two of
the Pick n Pay 'Ladies in Red', Bernie Clark from the regional office
and Shirley Facey from Walmer Park supermarket, both members of St
Hugh's, on Wednesday 25 June.
19h00 the doors opened and everyone entered the hall to gasps as they
saw the tables laden with goodies to taste - meats, cheeses,
prepared meals, wine, breads and buns, more than enough for everyone to
eat their fill, and more. There were also draws for prizes of groceries
and vouchers which were much appreciated by the winners.
it was time to go home people were plied with various groceries and
'padkos' to take home and enjoy the following day. An evening of feast
and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Picture: Pick n Pay 'Ladies in Red', Bernie Clark and Shirley Facey,
discuss some products with Denise Carey (centre) at the 'tasting'
evening at St Hugh's
Make a difference where you are
[ Brenda Hallowes ]
Issues were the topic of discussion at a workshop held on Saturday 14
June at St Nicholas Church in Charlo. Hosted by the Diocesan Gender
Desk committee, it was well attended by participants from a number of
parishes and denominations.
Ethel Pittaway, lay canon for
gender issues, opened the meeting with some of the Biblical examples of
the way Jesus treated women with respect and love. She also gave
details of some of the issues faced by people in our greater PE
community and recounted some chilling examples of abusive situations
known to her. The participants listened in silence, knowing that this
was just the tip of the iceberg.
The key-note speaker was
Antony Jennings who had everyone actively listening and responding to
what he had to say about our personal role in an evil situation. He
used the example of William Wilberforce, a man who steadily and
patiently fought the horrors of slavery from his position in Parliament
in the 19th Century. It took enormous courage and dedication to stick
to his mission in the face of resistance and apathy from his peers.
Antony challenged us as Christians to get involved saying we cannot
blame the government or expect them to solve this problem. Abuse and
gender stereotypes confront us daily as family members, neighbours,
work colleagues, teachers and health workers. He introduced important
points which lead us to action: purpose, conviction, passion, vision,
inspiration, influence and leadership.
The participants then
broke into community groups and talked about practical ways in which we
as individuals can be a catalyst in our own circle of influence.
For more information or to ensure you're on the mailing list contact: Ethel 083 398 6218.
Reaching out to abused babies and children
[ Olga Stewart ]
many years All Saints' in Kabega Park have been taking food parcels and
clothing out to Mordecai House in the Greenbushes area. This is a safe
haven for abandoned and abused babies and children.
took over the social action portfolio at the beginning of last year,
and when I visited the house I saw the potential for starting a sewing
class for members of the nearby community.
I mentioned this to
Eileen Bambrough of the Parish of the Good Shepherd and she said she
was expecting some sewing machines from Bisi Fadeyi-Adetuberu, a
missionary from the UK working at Holy Trinity, Central, and she would
find out if we could be given two of these. We eventually received four
machines and then discovered that another two had been donated to
Mordecai House some time previously. We had to have four repaired and
Singer gave us a 20% discount on the repairs.
Fabric and other
sewing items poured in after an appeal to the congregation and we were
able to begin the classes in June. Six women have joined us and are
busy on patchwork blankets. We also take the Good News to them as they
Help with skills or materials is always welcome - contact Cheryl on 041 360 1267.
Picture: Food for the little ones.
All Saints', Kabega, Fête
Saturday 30 August @ 09h00 Besides the usual stalls, and the popular 'Jumble and junk' stall, there will be donkey cart rides.
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