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At ZRV the Virgin Mary arrived at the stall in her ‘very’ advanced stage of pregnancy ... the donkey and the ox bowed as she and Joseph arrived ... the story unfolded as all the wonderful carols were sung and the shepherds and Magi joined the scene on the stage. The congregation had enjoyed a picnic before lighting their candles for the nativity and carols.
St Margaret's nativity
[ Gill Bowman ]
St Margaret’s was graced again at Christmas with a beautiful nativity display constructed by Jenny Yates and her team.
During Advent St Margaret’s journeyed with Mary and Joseph as they sought a room to stay for the night, and were welcomed into parishioner’s homes as part of a Posada experience, which focuses on “Making room for
Jesus this Christmas”.
Posada is a Mexican word which means “inn”, which each home offered became for a night for Mary and Joseph. This experience culminated with Mary and Joseph being brought to the church, seeking a place to stay, and being welcomed to stay at St Margaret’s, as the Holy couple were revealed in the stable that had been created for them. The Mary and Joseph that journeyed through the Parish were a charming felt pair, who met many people around Summerstrand, attending events like the Police Christmas party, meeting in one day about 150 people, and a carol service in a retirement complex among others. In all this people were reminded and given an experience of the true meaning of Christmas, with the journey being recorded in a Posada Journal. The Tribelhorn family of Mike, Sarah and daughters Caitlin and Nicole commented: “Mary and Joseph have given us all the opportunity to focus on the coming of our Lord. Thank you.”
Pics: The nativity scene ... and posada display
wind was kind and did not blow too hard on the night of Sunday 21
December when St Paul’s in Parsons Hill held their Carols by
Candlelight service on the lawn in front of the hall.
Pic: Some brought chairs while others opted for a blanket on the grass, but all enjoyed singing Carols in the open.
Service of Remembrance
Shepherd Parish held their annual ‘Service of Remembrance, Healing and
Hope’ on Saturday 6 December at St Mark’s in Humansdorp.
Pic: Bishop Bethlehem lights the AIDS candle at the Remembrance service.
Clergy widows appreciated
to the clergy widows who attended a Christmas lunch at the PE Golf
Club, Bishop Bethlehem said that one of the things that came out of the
Lambeth Conference was the need for Bishops to pay more attention
to encouraging clergy wives.
Pic: Bishop Bethlehem is seen with Jill Smith and Yvonne Bramwell and (sitting) Ellen Gwentshu, Val Heath and Catherine Yoyo at the Christmas lunch he held in their honour. Not in the photo are Jessie Haya, Zanele Xuba and ThembisaHlwatika.
Essential services staff thanked
Once again All Saints’, Kabega Park, took gifts of food and drinks to those on duty on Christmas Day at the Kabega police station and to the fire fighters and ambulance personnel on duty at Greenbushes.
Pic: Assistant priest, Richard Taylor, with two members of All Saints’ are seen handing a parcel to the policemen on duty at Kabega Park Station.
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