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• Helenvale seniors enjoy party
• Creation celebrated
• Turning AIDS around
• Preparing children for death
• A safer and cleaner environment
Helenvale seniors enjoy party
More than 40 old folk from Helenvale gathered at Bayview school on 6 November for a party, reports Shirley Paine.
The sewing group from Bayview School and some of the St Hugh's Church
social concern group had organised the event. They felt it was good to
reach out to this section of the community with Jesus' love and so had
arranged a lunch.
As it was nearing Christmas, presents were included with lunch. All the
scarves and beanies that had been knitted during the few weeks before
were wrapped, a Christmas tree was decorated, and flowers were arranged
in every spare corner. The tables were laden with goodies to eat, and
Christmas crackers filled with chocolates and toffees were ready for
the arriving guests.
Christmas songs and carols were sung as the guests arrived and were
seated. A party like this had never happened in Helenvale before.
The principal of the school, Tyron Johannes, spoke about the special
link St Hugh's has had with Bayview School over the past few years.
"The school has grown and developed as a result of this link. It has
been very worthwhile and exciting," he said.
The sewing group had cooked a wonderful curry lunch and made salads to
go along with it. Puddings and ice-cream followed, and fruit juice and
coffee completed the meal.
A fun quiz with prizes followed, with Magda Cherry and Shirley Paine
asking such questions as, Who has the most children?, Who is wearing a
size 5 shoe? and Who is the oldest person present? The latter was a
woman of 85. All the guests went home with a prize.
As the afternoon drew to a close, parcels of fruit and cakes were
handed out and everyone was so appreciative. A happy time had been
spent together, and a new outreach was achieved.
1) Still strong at 85 - The oldest woman to attend the lunch at
Helenvale received a prize from Shirley Paine and Magda Cherry;
2) Fed up? - Literally fed full with food, followed by fun,
prizes and gifts, these three senior citizens of Helenvale enjoyed
Hazel Braun reports that trying
to find the right words to describe the wonder of “A Celebration
of Creation” held at Holy Trinity Church is almost
The show was a multimedia presentation based on Genesis 1, compiled and
directed by Daphne ffolliott and Natalie Stear, on Saturday 15 October.
It was an historic occasion as, for the first time, a new hymn,
“O God the Creator”, with words written by Daphne and music
composed by Wayne Hughes, was sung in public. What an inspiring finale
it was to an evening of song, poetry and music.
The sound effects were so real, people actually thought the birds were
in the church, and the flower arrangements by Leslie Hayes, depicting
“Morning has broken” were very beautiful. Choirs from Holy
Trinity, St John’s Methodist, and Hill Presbyterian churches,
conducted by Margaret Jackson-Lee, led the worship. I felt honoured to
listen to soloists Leslie Speyers and Sibusiso Nxopo and narrator Roy
Williams, while Barrie Williams’ PowerPoint presentation of
photographs of appropriate scenes, with clear sound effects, left
Holy Trinity was packed to capacity with people from parishes as far as
St Peter’s in Kinkelbos. It was truly a night to remember, an
opportunity to appreciate and celebrate creation, but it ended too soon!
Among the many comments made afterwards were, “I wish we could
see the production over again,” “I wonder when the next one
will be?” “I must attend the next one wherever it is
Turning AIDS around
A delightful little prayer
booklet has been designed by Diana Nkesiga as a fund-raiser for the St
Francis Hospice “Project for Bereaved Children”.
Diana hands the chaplaincy of the hospice over at the end of November
when she returns to Uganda. However, this has not stopped her from
designing a booklet for young ones called "Talking to God when life is
not fair: Prayers for children who lost someone special". Some of the
prayers are "When I feel alone ... ", “When someone is unkind",
"When I am sad". They are delightfully illustrated with all sorts of
wonderfully drawn cats. Sunday School teachers are encouraged to keep a
stock of the booklets to give to learners who have to face the death of
a grandparent, parent, or sibling.
The booklets are available in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans at R15 each (R12 for bulk purchases).
Orders to Hospice 041 360 7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pics: 2 pics - front cover and When I am sad
Preparing children for death
Linda Ncaca reports that one of
the important subjects tackled at an AIDS workshop at St Matthew's was
"Preparing young children for death."
Nonkosi Nandlasi spoke on this very important subject, and looked at
what children understand about dying. Children need to be empowered to
face death, and as they begin Sunday School, they need to know Jesus,
his care and unconditional love. She also said that as people reveal
their HIV status to their family the young members need to be prepared
for the future.
The workshop held on Saturday 3 September was facilitated by Linda, who
is the MU Christian Family Life AIDS Master Trainer. It was
attended by women from many different organisations in the community.
Other speakers included: Dumisani Ntuli, who urged people to make
sure they know their HIV status; Betty Ncanywa who spoke about Women's
health rights, and the need for women to know and exercise their
constitutional rights; Thobeka Thanda, who is a registered nurse and a
specialist on preventing mother-to-child trans-mission; and Cynthia
Cele, who spoke about cultural practice and discrimination.
organisers relax - Pilile Lobese, Nomfundiso Madikane,Sipambo Ludidi
(the diocesan AIDS co-ordinator), Linda Ncaca, and Tembeka Topu relax
during a break in proceedings.
A safer and cleaner environment
Exodus Initiative (EI) launched its campaign for a "Safer and cleaner
environment" on Sunday 16 October, in the SM Arends hall in
Schauderville. EI represent-atives had consulted with NMM business
units on many issues prior to the meeting, which closed with a
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