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Vol 20 No 8
September
2009

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The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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 •  FCA launch for PE
 •  100 years’ ministry to farmers

FCA launch for PE

‘Be Faithful’

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, just retired as Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, will be the main speaker at the  launch of the Southern African Chapter of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) which will take place at St John’s, Walmer, on 3 September. Other speakers will include Canon Dr Chris Sugden of Anglican Mainstream in the UK and Canon Dr Viney Samuels a GAFCON theologian.

During the day on 3 September there will be various teachings, with fellowship over teas and lunch. Registration is 08h30 and cost is R150 to cover handouts, lunch etc. Register on the diocesan news page at: www.anglicandiocesepe.org.za or ask your rector to send your name in. The FCA launch with keynote address is at 19h30 and all are welcome at no charge.

The title for gathering is “Be Faithful”, meaning that we are commissioned to fully express what we believe we should be and offer to the Christian community in Southern Africa. Be faithful – this is our calling as Anglican Christians today. The Scriptures exhort us to remain faithful to the faith ‘once for all delivered to the saints’, to the Lordship of Christ and
hence to Apostolic teaching and practice.

FCA is not an organisation but a movement within Anglicanism seeking unity in Jesus Christ and around the truth of the gospel.

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi
A few facts from Nicholas Asego’s “From grass to grace.” Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi’s humility, compassion and service to others is founded on his humble beginnings. Interestingly as he goes about his work, his wife is permanently by his side and this has earned the couple the nickname ‘the inseparables’. The Archbishop says that Alice’s presence by his side is a sign of a true marriage.

Abp Nzimbi says of himself, “I’m just a simple evangelist, called by the Lord to serve his people in the community and church.”

One of eight children, the family was very poor, but his evangelist father taught him to serve others with compassion, and to share, no matter how little they had. He also taught the importance of God’s word and the value of education.

With a bachelor’s degree in education he lectured at Machakos Teachers Training College before studying for the  priesthood. He was elected as the first bishop of the new Machakos See, where he served for 10 years before he was  sent to Kitui, a new diocese, becoming its first bishop in 1995 and in 2002 he was elected the fourth archbishop of the ACK.

See full report by Nicholas Asego on
http://contact-online.blogspot.com/

FCA in the diocese
The local steering committee comprises Dudley Greenshields, Mark Derry, Rob Penrith, Lawrie Wilmot, David Stansbury and David MacGregor (all priests) and Rob Snelgar, Pat Ferguson and Neville Lobb (laymen) – any of whom can be contacted for more details.

David MacGregor assured iindaba, “The FCA is not another organization. It is not seeking to create another church. It is a spiritual movement and fellowship for renewal, reformation and mission – uniquely bringing together those whose key shaping and commitment, but not exclusive identity, have been through the Anglo-Catholic, conservative evangelical, and charismatic expressions of Anglicanism.” see: fcasa.wordpress.com/ or www.anglican-mainstreamsa.org.za

Pic 1: Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi who will be the main speaker at the FCA launch.
Pic 2: Back: Pat Ferguson, Andrew Symes (former priest in the diocese and visiting from the UK), Neville Lobb, rector of Holy Trinity - David Stansbury, and retired priest - David MacGregor.

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100 years’ ministry to farmers
[ Rosemary Newcombe ]

For 100 years God has been worshipped in the little church of St Peter’s, Kinkelbos, at first by fairly large numbers of  farm families and later, as the platteland has emptied, by a smaller congregation drawn mainly from Colchester and Cannonville villages. Friends from as far afield as East London, Cape Town, Queenstown, Kenton, Sidbury, Alexandria and Port Elizabeth came to celebrate a joyous centenary over the weekend of 17 - 19 July, with Eric and Joyce Pike as guests of honour. Bishop Eric had composed a special prayer to use over the Centenary.

On the Friday night the celebrations began with soup and bread for 70 plus people (we’d expected about 40!) in the wood and iron hall, where everyone was delighted to welcome Bishop Bethlehem. Holy Trinity Music group with local young men, led the worship very beautifully and Bishop Eric gave a challenging talk on ‘Walking as Jesus walked - in the Father’s presence.’ (1 John 2:6).

At lunchtime on Saturday many families gathered at the slipway at Cannonville for a Bring ‘n Share Picnic. They were blessed with balmy weather and much fun was had by all. That evening they gathered once more for food, worship and another challenging talk by Bishop Eric with the theme of ‘Walking in the light and as the light’. This was followed by a talk on the history of the church by Bart Logie (a former Woodridge teacher who has written several books on local history and knows some Kinkelbos families well). His entertaining presentation was wellillustrated with many photos from distant
and recent past, and he spoke of how farmland was donated, the entire community raising building funds by means of bazaars and selling tea and scones on the tiny station to the passengers of the PE-Alex train! The first priests also made use of this means of transport, staying over with farm families to lead services and visit their flock.

The prayer of the congregation throughout the months of preparation had been “to God be the glory”, and that everyone attending the celebrations would feel a deep touch by the Lord and leave knowing they had been blessed. Praise God that by the close of worship and the celebration Eucharist on the Sunday many expressed the wonder of what had happened to them during one or more of the gatherings. The celebrant at the Eucharist was our Bishop Bethlehem and the preacher was Bishop Eric, who once again gave a challenging message - ‘The Church Jesus prayed for.’

A specially iced cake was cut by Bishop Bethlehem and Joy Lake, an active member of the church for over 60 years! A buffet finger lunch was served in the marquee and everyone spread out over the lawns in the perfect weather to admire
the antique carts and farm and household treasures decorating the grounds.

The entire weekend was greatly blessed with fun and joy - God has indeed been faithful and brought his sheep safely
through many ups and downs. The crowning gift was 50mm of rain a few days later!

Pic: Centenary picnic at the slipway at Cannonville.

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