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• Christmas 2005
• Getting the 'singles' together
Pic (left): There
were shepherds watching their flocks - The shepherds arrived, leading
their wee sheep by hand, with Zola around to help. The Haven little
ones stole hearts during the Carol Service.
Pic (right): The toddler
gang and friends - A very disappointingly small group of friends
attended the annual House of Resurrection Haven carols by candlelight
and nativity play service held on Friday night 9 December 2005. As
always the children excelled in their cuteness and naturalness.
was really good to see one of the original three children, Sini,
visiting for the Christmas holidays. Sini had been given a few days to
live when he arrived at the Haven within days of the doors opening in
Pic (left): The children's season - Jenny Drinkwater and her
two gorgeous grandchildren, Hannah and Dominic, enjoyed the Festival of
Nine Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral. It was an evening of
wonderful carols, songs and music.
Pic (right): Enjoying a Christmas lunch -
A few of the guests from Helenvale who enjoyed a delicious lunch
provided by members of St Hugh's Social Concern group.
the guests were from the St Hugh’s social concern sewing project
at the Bayview School, Helenvale. The lunch was preceded by a time of
sharing. Magda Cherry of St Hugh’s said how good it was to see
how skills had been developed over the past three years. Shirley Payne
reminisced about the start, when hand sewing machines were used,
until someone donated motor-driven machines.
Among the guests
was a former sewing learner, Elizabeth, who has spent this year, at the
age of 64, studying and passing grades 8 and 9. She is also a member of
the Police Sector. The school vice-principal, Judy, took the
opportunity to say how she thanked the Lord for the time spent with the
women of St Hugh’s every Wednesday. “It was such a pleasure
to be together to learn, especially the Bible Study brought by Magda.
The governing body also expresses their thanks to all of you,”
St Hugh’s have indicated that now that they have
taught some of the women to 'fish’ they in turn must take up the
challenge to teach their skills to others. St Hugh’s will still
come alongside the group, keeping an eye on their progress and helping
Pic (left): Ken bows out - After seven years of organising
Toyota Christmas Cheer ticket sales for the House of Resurrection
Haven, Ken Simpson (right) is bowing out. He was at the final draw for
the two Tazz cars with Caroline and Rodney Gibson, who worship at the
cathedral, and Robert Ball from St John's. Robert is the
Beggar-in-Chief and Rodney the treasurer of the Herald Christmas Cheer
fund. What, two glasses of wine each? No, the gentlemen were holding
their wives' glasses for them.
Pic (right): Taking a break - The diocesan
office staff took a break from work and joined Bishop Bethlehem and his
son, Siviwe, for lunch. Keith Rae and Jenny Cowling are sitting with
them and Val Heath, Busi Gwentshu, Debbie Vencence and Rosemary
MacGeoghegan stand behind them.
Pic (left): O come let us adore him - Judy
Hing and Joan Bright from All Saints’, Kabega Park, were among
the crowd who enjoyed the worship at Metlife Centre. Answered prayers
meant a beautiful evening for the western suburbs churches' combined
carols by candlelight on Sunday evening 4 December. Clergy from the
various churches read the lessons or led the prayers, making it an
enjoyable ecumenical service.
Pic (right): Thank you for working on Christmas
Day - Tony Opperman and Cheryl Nelson, of All Saints' in Kabega Park,
were part of a group of parishioners who took gift parcels to the local
police, ambulance and fire stations on Christmas morning. They are seen
handing over some of the goodies to Captain Jantjies, Student Constable
Songxaba (whose home is in Matatiele), and Elaine Gerber, who cooks for
Getting the 'singles' together
Matthews of St Katharine’s in Uitenhage writes about a Sunday
lunch that she was involved in organising for all the
‘singles’ of the parish.
For some time the
rector, Craig Dunsmuir, Danie Haupt and I had felt a great need to
bring the ‘alone’ people of the parish together. Not quite
sure how to tackle this, we decided to send invitations to all the
widows, widowers, divorced people and those simply living alone - 104
invitations in all. We invited them to join us for a Sunday lunch.
of them had no idea why they had been invited, but the response was
great. Fifty people arrived, not knowing who or what to expect. What a
wonderful day of fellowship we enjoyed. Amidst much talking, laughing
and singing, a four course meal was served by 11 parishioners. Of
course Craig and Danie were part of the 50 as they live alone.
asked those present to think of ideas for future get-togethers, so that
this fellowship can be nurtured. The success of the gathering was that
parishioners from the four service times were able to meet one another.
Friendships were made and old acquaintances renewed.
As they say, ‘Watch this space’. With a ratio of 8.5 women to men, anything is possible.
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