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Parish Information

Saint Margaret of Antioch
Archdeaconry: The Bay
District: Port Elizabeth City
Telephone: 041-583-1429.
Email: stmargarets@mweb.co.za

Postal Address:
2 Torquay Street
Summerstand
6001

Street Address:
2 Torquay Street
Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth

Retired - Registered Community Health Nurse: Revd Carole Meyer
Rector: Revd Dr. Edward Ronald Daniels
Parish Secretary: Val Smith

Service Times:
Sunday
8.00 am
Tuesday & Thurtsday
6.30 am
Wednesday & Friday
9.30 am

Worship Style:
Traditional/Progressive

History:
In Summerstrand Anglican worship in house groups started in 1946 when priests from St Mary's conducted monthly Communion Services. A member of St Mary's staff came to live in Summerstrand, and services were held in his lounge. In 1956 the Municipallity offered a church site and a hall/church was built in 1961, dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch by the then Bishop of Grahamstown, the Rt Revd Robert Selby Taylor. In 1968 the Revd John M Dunn arrived to take charge of the work at St Margaret's and became the Priest-in-Charge in the year after the synod's declaration of the constitution of the parish. With an energetic young priest in charge progress was rapid, marked by a steady increase in the congregation, expansion in the range of church activities and further building. First came the enlargement of the existing hall/church together with the Lady Chapel, vestries and small hall. These additions were dedicated at the end of 1971. All that now remained to be built was the church itself and this was achieved by 1977. The Rt Revd Bruce Read Evans, dedicated the church on 10 October 1977 and exactly eight years later he consecrated the church. The last bricks-and-mortar venture was to buy the house next door to the church in 1987 for use as a future rectory.

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