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• Outreach to St Thomas
• St Matthias reaches out to PLA’s
• Miss PE makes Haven appeal
• Diocesan Council report
• St Helena news
• A Silent Retreat
Outreach to St Thomas
gifts of money and clothing were received by St Thomas’, Midros,
in Middelburg in the Parish of the Karoo, when members of All
Saints’ in Kabega Park visited them over the weekend 19-21 May.
money, R2 000, had been raised at the annual Golf Day held in February,
and the clothing was donated by members of All Saints’. There
were so many black bags of clothing that they filled the back of
Winston Weir’s bakkie. The three All Saints’ families were
accommodated with members of the St Thomas’ church, and Ronnie
Harker brought greetings and words of encouragement during the service
on the Sunday morning service.
Pic: Thank you - St Thomas' parishioners with the gifts from All Saints'.
St Matthias reaches out to PLA’s
members of the MU Christian Family Life at St Matthias' Church in
Motherwell celebrated Women’s Day by providing groceries,
clothing and garden tools to the people living with AIDS (PLA’s)
and those who are HIV+. Orphans who are playing parent roles to their
siblings were also included in this outreach which took place on Sunday
Pic: (l to r) Tembela Madityana, Angie Makwela,
Thami Nyondo, Nomonde Qoto (MU Diocesan President) and Andile Qoto
admiring the garden tools, the groceries and the clothing ready for
Miss PE makes Haven appeal
Pic: St Mary Magdalene parish in West End celebrated their Feast Day on 23 July with a visit by Miss PE, Chuma Myloi.
appealed to the congregation to support the House of Resurrection Haven
by writing to the Department of Health, asking them to continue funding
the Haven. She has chosen the Haven as her charity to support during
her year-long reign as Miss PE.
Diocesan Council report
Christopher Holmes reports on the meeting of Diocesan Council held at St Hugh’s, Newton Park, on Saturday 26 August.
is usually the case, the agenda was long, dealing with 25 items on the
‘Matters Arising’, before the Council could look at the
2006/2007 Diocesan Budget and the various reports from Diocesan bodies.
Here are some of the ‘Matters Arising’ – to go
through them all would
take up an entire edition of iindaba!
• The Cathedral:
was again expressed at the inability of the Cathedral to pay its
assessment, which is over three months in arrears. The Bishop has
appointed a commission to look into all aspects of Cathedral expenses,
and to formulate a list of priorities;
arrears of the Parish of St Margaret in Summerstrand: It was pointed
out to Diocesan Council that part of the problem was the delay in
access to the interest on the money paid for the sale of the rectory to
the Diocesan Trusts Board to be used for as the Bishop’s
The Churchwardens’ Handbook:
This will soon be published, as it is just waiting for the Bishop’s foreword;
• The position of assistant to the Diocesan Secretary/Treasurer:
position has not been allowed for in the new budget. This is of concern
to the Council, as the volume and pressure of work generated by the
office is too much for the present staff, whose service and dedication
is much appreciated;
• Saint Timothy’s, Motherwell: Has been divided into two Mission Districts, St Timothy’s and St Matthias;
• Clergy houses:
is a growing trend for clergy to buy their own homes. This should not
result in the parishes falling behind in assessment, and the amount
paid to the clergy is negotiated with the Parish Council;
• The Diocesan Budget for 2006/2007
presented by the Diocesan Secretary/Treasurer, Keith Rae. The clergy
are to receive increases in their stipends of an average of 5.52% from
1 October 2006, with a suggested increase of a further 2% in January
2007. The budgeted revenue and expenditure for the new financial year
is R7 156 469. It was stressed that it is incumbent on the parishes to
pay their assessments on time each month to enable stipends to be paid.
Keith pointed out that in July, the Medical Aid and UIF payments could
not be made due to cash-flow problems, and he stressed the need for
churchwardens to ensure the assessment is a priority on the church
funds. The monthly travel allowance has been increased to R3 500 per
• Diocesan Council Reports:
These were presented.
Reports were received from the Alexandria, Cradock, Parsons Vlei and
Zwartkops River Archdeaconries, as well as from other Diocesan bodies
such as MUCFL, AWF, CMS, Training for Ministries, Trusts Board, Youth,
the Link Diocese of St Helena and University Chaplain.
Council was ‘well fed’ by the St Hugh’s catering
ladies. The next Diocesan Council will be held on 25 November 2006, and
contributors are reminded that Reports need to be received by the
Diocesan Office by 8 November.
St Helena news
newsletter of our link diocese of St Helena, ‘The
Messenger’, has landed on the iindaba computer and, at last, we
are able to give our readers a wee bit of news.
tells of the visit to the island by the Prefect Apostolic of the Roman
Catholic Church, who was a guest of the Anglican Bishop, John Salt OGS.
Two members of the diocese have been honoured - Joy George MBE has been
made an Honourary Member of the Guild of Church Musicians, and Rodney
Benjamin was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Of
the Queen’s birthday celebrations there is a report on the
‘Jubilation and celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral for H M
The Queen’s Island Party’. The report says the
church was ablaze with candles and the organ in full voice.
Helena is a tiny island in the South Atlantic Ocean, and is part of the
Anglican Church of Southern Africa. It is very cut off from the rest of
ACSA and access is by boat once every six weeks.
One of our
retired clergy, Theo Thomas, and his wife Rosaline, spent a few months
on the the island during 1993 when Theo went over as a volunteer to
help when there was a shortage of clergy.
A Silent Retreat
is being offered
by the Centre of
Christian Spirtuality to anyone who
is interested in growing spiritually.
3 to 5 November
Time: 17h30 Friday
to 14h00 Sunday.
Catholic Retreat Centre,
How Avenue (St Joseph's)
Conductor: Sister Anna Maria.
Cost: R320, of which R100 must be paid as a deposit with booking.
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