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It was attended by folk of all ages, some of whom had come from as far afield as Grahamstown. Under the skilled and enthusiastic direction of Megan Judd, even the humblest of beginners were soon showing their prowess with the beaters! Those who had merely come to observe were unable to resist the lure of the marimbas and in no time at all were having a “good old bash” with the rest of the players. In fact, such was the enjoyment that nobody wanted to go home at the end of the session! It is to be hoped that all the participants have carried their enthusiasm and newly learnt skills back to their respective churches and that we shall see an increase in the use of instruments during worship.
Pic: Lady ‘of note’ - Megan Judd, wearing the musical top, helps some marimba learners to find the right note.
From 1-7 July the ASF celebrated its ASF 47th year of existences within the Anglican Church of the Southern Africa (ACSA) in Mafikeng. The theme of the Conference was AmazinGRace, with focus on reviving and developing students’ spirituality, and also taking a stand against the ‘Mass Destruction of Christian Families’ on the African Continent at large, and the Anglican Communion, caused by the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
ASF Gender and Education and Transformation (GET), made sure that the Voluntary and Counselling Testing (VCT) was available for students who were ready to take a stand against this massacre of the world and the church at large. Professional nurses, counsellors and the chaplains were available for pastoral care of the students. A majority of the students responded and were tested. Some sang salvation and struggle songs while others prayed to Jesus for his wisdom and healing for the people who are dying of AIDS. “We are going to continue doing good work for the house of the Lord”, they said.
Members of the Provincial Executive Committee donated food parcels and cleaned the yards of five families in Mafikeng, and painted in the ‘colours of love’ the Bethlehem Children Home.
The ASF regions represented were Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng, Western Cape, Lesotho, Mozam-bique, North West, Kwazulu Natal, Freestate and Swaziland – bringing together a total of 210 students.
The topics covered at the conference were: Sexuality, Cultural Diversity, Growing the Church, Bridging the Gap between the young and older generations, Issues facing the Anglican Church in growth, Young Women Academics in a Growing Democracy, Public Policy versus the Church, Challenges facing young academics in Southern Africa, and combating HIV and AIDS.
It is not easy being students. We discuss the issues that are complicated and challenging, because we are trying to do something for the development of the church and the Christian family at large. Without Jesus Christ by our side, our efforts will be in vain.
What a tremendous success St Paul’s congregation experienced at this year’s Food Fayre. Truly authentic food was served which depicted six countries so perfectly, and the stalls were decorated to add to the ambience of the evening. One could sit and relax and enjoy an evening of fellowship while sampling all the Fayre had to offer.
Keep a lookout for next year's Food Fayre as it is a definite for the calendar. and the committee plan to make it bigger and better.
Pic: It's all Greek to me! - Sandra Kieck sells Greek food to Claire Hughes, Ivy Griffin and Barbara Evans.
Pic: Philip Thorne of St Simon of Cyrene writes that in response to a vision he had, he began the Followers of Jesus Christ on Sunday 6 October 2002 and this ministry has grown since then.
In the vision God called me to open my eyes - a first time, then a second time he said open your eyes. I opened my eyes and he said, “See, as white as you see in front of you, so clean have I washed your soul of your past sins. Go into the world and spread the Good News.” I now present Biblical teachings to the Followers of Jesus Christ in seven venues on Sunday afternoons: the nursery in Tiryville and next to the school in an open field in 24th Ave, Tambo Valley are two of them. He is given donations of vegetables to give to the children and all his printing is done for free. He says this is all done in spite of having had a triple-bypass operation a while back.
The message of the day was delivered by Nonzwakazi Magxaka, the vice chairman of the women’s organization at parish level. She referred to how Dorcas reached out to the needy people in her area. This was in relation to the requirements of the church community and the objectives of the Anglican Women's Fellowship. The members had brought bags full of clothes and blankets for the needy.
Nzwakie then related this action to the missionary church which is based on 4 dimensions - love and compassion, justice, support to the less privileged and acknowledgement of the Kingdom of God.
Their intention was also to recruit non MU Christian Family Life members to join the sister organization, the AWF.
Pic: Speaking of Dorcas - Nonzwakazi Magxaka speaks to members of the AWF about Dorcas, with chairman Rosy Njezula listening in.
Pic: St Saviour’s was the scene of an unusual happening on 17 June when two couples confirmed their intention to marry in an Engagement Commitment Ceremony.
They are Malcolm Peacock and Jacqui Sanderson (left) and Andrea Sanderson and Geoff Waters. Jacqui and Malcolm will be marrying in December, and Andrea and Geoff have still to confirm their wedding date.
Jacqui and Andrea are the daughters of the churchwarden, Beverley Sanderson. Their father, Dave, will happily accept all donations towards the wedding costs!
Source: The Lantern, newsletter of St Saviour’s, with thanks to Mary Jourdan.
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