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Gifts for Educare Centre
Picture: Thrilled with gifts - The children of St Peter's Educare in Cookhouse were thrilled with the gifts brought to them by members of the Anglican Women's Fellowship who visited the centre on their way to their AGM on 9 April.
A challenge for young lay ministers
In his Easter information for prayer letter, Arerapeleng, to the people of his diocese Bishop Peter Lee wrote, Our lay ministers grow a year older every year and we have to keep training younger candidates to join in. We have generally been doing this at a rate of about 30 a year on a programme paced through twelve months.
However, I have now challenged our parishes to produce three candidates for the lay ministry between the ages of 18 and 25 in every congregation throughout the diocese.
The lay ministers attend an initial residential training camp followed by time in the parishes under clergy supervision and then attend a further weekend for spiritual formation and additional training before licensing.
On her return from St Francis Hospice in Port Elizabeth, she told Jean, I was extremely, impressed by the staff and helpers relationship with their patients and each other. The whole concept of palliative care was a paradigm shift from what we are taught as professional nurses. She went on to speak of learning to lead patients to a positive end of their lives.
At the beginning of 2004 Jean was approached by Camdeboo hospice and asked to help set up a home-based hospice programme for the Blue Crane Municipal area, this includes Cookhouse, Somerset East, Pearston and their outlying farms. Graaff-Reinett hospice could no longer continue caring for the terminally ill in the Camdeboo as well as the Blue Crane area. With the number of AIDS patients in the area, and with the knowledge gained by setting up the House of Resurrection Haven, Jean felt this was a call from the Lord. After much hard work she is beginning to see the fruits ripening. Two single rooms, an office, bathroom, kitchen and store room on the ground floor of the Andries Vosloo Hospital have most generously been given to them. No rent will be charged and free electricity, water and laundry will be supplied. However, furniture, linen and all other day to day requirements, including Gladys's salary, must be supplied by the hospice. Jean told Iindaba, The obtaining of the premises is a wonderful gift from God through the kindness of the Hospitals executive staff and now we just need the help of Gods people to enable us to run the hospice, which is so essential in the area.
People and parishes wishing to help can contact Julie Botha on:
Picture: Caring for terminally ill - Sister Gladys Mjadu smiles happily on her return to Somerset East after a week of orientation in PE.
The Bishop has moved the archdeacons in Port Elizabeth, so that each
archdeacon now lives within his own archdeaconry: Christopher Holmes
The collation of the archdeacons will take place on Saturday 11 June at 08h00 at the Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
Picture: Music, music, music - Four Cathedral Organists met in St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town, recently. They were (from left to right) Christopher Moore from Grahamstown, Eric Spencer from PE, Alan Thurlow from Chichester Cathedral, England, and Dr Barry Smith of CT Cathedral. Christopher Moore was Organist of Hove Parish Church in Sussex in the 80s when Eric was at Brighton and Eric said, "It was rather nice that we have become neighbours again, even if GTown is a little further away than Hove was then. Barry Smith was very chuffed as he had never had three other cathedral organists in the cathedral at the same time before!
Clergy: Bishop Bethlehem, Sipambo Ludidi, Zola Nanana, Sharon Nell, David Stansbury. With Nicolette Leonard (youth).
Laity: Roger Schärges or Daryl Newton, Charles Qoto, Frankie Simpson (depending on results of second operation to ankle) and Lillian Daniels (Provincial President of AWF)
What's in a name?
However many have been confused, as Rogers real name is Lawrence Walter de Villiers. Why Roger? Because when his sister was young, she couldnt pronounce Lawrence, and it came out as Roger, and the name stuck! To add to the confusion, one of his sons is named Roger.
Iindaba can also reveal that the other revered legal gentleman of the Diocese, Daryl Newton, has a second name steeped in Church history - Aquinas. Thomas Aquinas was one of the great theologians of the Church in the 13th Century - a man of great wisdom. Daryls parents must have known something!
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