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• Turning green for St Patrick
• Support from the UK
• Cradock benefits from gift
• A truly South African WWDP
• The gospel of Judas
Turning green for St Patrick
The rector’s hair had
turned metallic green, the line-dancer’s hair a very woolly
green, and the tables were strewn with shamrocks, when St
Patrick’s day was celebrated at St Agnes Church.
A very delicious soup and rolls were served ‘on the house’,
an array of food was brought by the ‘revellers’ and Irish
Whiskey rounded off the menu. Families gathered around the tables and
enjoyed an evening of blarney and wonderful entertainment.
The rector, Sharon Nell, was the MC cum DJ, and Laurie Pienaar
(92) proved ‘you’re never too old to take centre
stage’ by singing an Irish ditty ... and telling an Irish joke.
The line-dancers Bev Shepherd, Rose-Marie Gardner and 'flashing'
Maureen Taylor, all looking very green, had the audience in stitches
with their very interesting array of steps. Another who had the
audience rolling was June Renwick, who introduced us to her
‘Shister in Sheylon’.
wee bit Irish - (back) Sharon Nell, Lyn Bosch and Bev Shepherd,
(seated) June Renwick, Maureen Taylor and Rose-Marie Gardner with
Laurie Pienaar in front.
Support from the UK
Pam Brown reports on another delivery for the Tiny Tots from Jane Green visiting St Francis Bay from Surrey, England.
This is the third year that Jane has supported the Tiny Tots project by
collecting from church groups and buying at car boot sales. The
Green’s golf bags were used for the delivery, as extra luggage is
frowned upon in London due to the jet fuel shortage. Jane has delivered
more clothing to Christine Meyer, who has organised space in a
friend’s container. Christine, co-ordinator of Tiny Tots,
is at present working as a care giver in London and returns home
shortly. Our thanks to Jane and her patient husband Malcolm and all the
helpers in the United Kingdom who so generously support this work.
Eileen Bamborough and the Browns were able to visit the House of
Resurrection Haven when Annie and Catherine of St Patrick’s
church in Humansdorp joined a three day residential Wellness Training
Programme run by the Haven. Some of the clothes donated by Jane were
given to the babies, and a fruitful morning was spent playing,
observing and cuddling. Please keep them all in your prayers,
especially at this time, that donors will be found to keep this
wonderful work going.
Pic 1: Haven children benefited - Some of the clothing went to the children at the Haven;
Pic 2: Gifts of love - Jane Green and Pam Brown show some of the clothes for the Tiny Tots.
Cradock benefits from gift
The Educare centre and
the Orphans and Vulnerable Children together with people living with
HIV and AIDS in Ascension Church, Cradock, benefited from the donation.
Pictured are the MUCFL members of the church, and the children at
the Educare Centre enjoying their gifts of biscuits and sweets.
Pic: Sheila Knipp of St Mark and St John in Parkside generously donated groceries to the MU Christian Family Life projects.
A truly South African WWDP
Women from most of the parishes in the diocese took part in the 76th Women's World Day of Prayer held on 3 March this year.
The programme had been put together by the women of South Africa with
the theme of 'Signs of the Times'. The guidelines for the message
suggested the speaker use 'Jesus as the true sign of the times' - and
women's source of hope. A wonderful litany of praise was included, and
reports from some of the groups that met in PE churches said it had
many women remarking on it over tea afterwards. The intercessions were
a cry from the heart of all Africans.
From the programme
"In most South African families and communities, the three-legged iron
pot is a symbol of feeding, sharing and fellowship - of life in
abundance. In terms of our theme, it serves as a sign of God's
invitation to receive love and grace in our lives. Just as the pot is
anchored by three legs, so are we anchored in and totally dependent on
the Trinity. Having been nourished from this source, we respond by
sharing the Good News of God's provision in Christ with the world."
The gospel of Judas
Over the past few weeks there has been much media hype about the 'Gospel of Judas'.
iindaba publishes short comments on it.
In the UK a spokesman for the Bible Society said that it would be
'miraculous' if the gospel was actually written by Judas, since he had
died, more than 100 years before it was written.
Legionary Fr Thomas D Williams, dean of theology at the Regina
Apostolorum university in Rome, comments: "The Gnostic gospels, of
which there are many besides this one, are not Christian documents per
se, since they proceed from a syncretistic sect that incorporated
elements from different religions, including Christianity.
"From the moment of their appearance, the Christian community rejected
these documents because of their incompatibility with the Christian
"The 'Gospel of Judas' would be a document of this sort, which could
have great historical value, since it contributes to our knowledge of
the Gnostic movement, but it poses no direct challenge to Christianity."
Simon Gathercole, a New Testament expert of Aberdeen University, said,
“It is certainly an ancient text, but not ancient enough to tell
us anything new. It contains themes which are alien to the
first-century world of Jesus and Judas, but which became popular later.
An analogy would be finding a speech said to have been written by Queen
Victoria, in which she talked about her CDs.”
The 'Gospel of Judas' is referred to by St Irenaeus of Lyons in his work 'Against the Heresies', written around AD 180.
The internet has pages of debate on this manuscript for those who wish to read more.
Simply Worship by Maureen Lang
David Matthews is trying to get hold of the Simply Worship book by
Maureen Lang. He writes, "It is out of print and it doesn’t seem
to be available from anyone, even Amazon.I wondered if there were any
copies available in PE or if there were people who would like to sell
or donate them." Please contact him by e-mail:
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