Welcome to the Diocese of Christ the King website.
The aims of this diocese are firstly and foremost, to offer devoted and creative worship to almighty God in every congregation and in our individual lives. We long to deepen our life of prayer and worship and to make attractive public worship available to parishioners and neighbours in every place . Having begun with just 22 congregations in 1990, that now means over 40 – and this hope applies to all of them. Two retreat and conference centres provide ‘hot spots’ for the growth of prayer and spiritual depth.
Secondly we aim to develop the people of God for service. From small beginnings there are now about 400 fully trained lay ministers in the Diocese, working together with church councillors and counsellors, Sunday Schools teachers, youth leaders musicians and many others for whom the less-than-20 full-time clergy serve as role models, branch managers, co-ordinators and mentors.
Thirdly we have to interact with a society in urban and peri-urban South Africa, which is in development and transformation. From one school in 1990 we now run three, two of them in Orange Farm, with nearly 3000 children in our daily care. We work with early childhood development centres, poverty alleviation programmes, health, nutrition and wellness strategies, environmental issues, women’s development activities, care of orphans and vulnerable children, and advocacy for justice and peace.
These goals rest on practical efforts to develop an effective, efficient, sustainable and solvent diocese which can support its programmes of worship, training and outreach, and continue to grow its footprint in the communities of southern Gauteng.
These aims are set out in the Diocese’s Five Year Plan adopted in 2010 and reviewed regularly, most recently at Synod 2014.
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Ms Esther Pietersen
36 Concorde Road, Ext 1, Eldorado Park, 1811
011 945 4428 ❘ 073 179 3032
In the 19th century the whole of the then ‘Transvaal’ constituted the Anglican Diocese of Pretoria.
This huge area was divided along an arbitrary horizontal line in 1922 to create the Diocese of Johannesburg. The story of its life and work is told in Bishop Peter Lee’s book, Compromise and Courage.
From the 1980s the Anglican Church of Southern Africa created many new dioceses in order to streamline its work – but none did it so dramatically as Johannesburg which created 3 new dioceses (or 4, if you reckon how radically new the remaining ‘rump’ of the old diocese was), all in the course of 1990. What is now the Diocese of the Highveld on the East Rand went first, Christ the King in the south went next, and what is now Matlosane – a huge rural seTswana-speaking diocese based on Klerksdorp – went in June.
David Beetge became the first Bishop of the Highveld and was consecrated with Bishop Peter on 10 June 1990.
At that time the ‘township war’ afflicted both Highveld and Christ the King, so civil war was a harsh reality for the first few years until shortly before the election of Nelson Mandela in April 1994. Regular incidents of violence included three major clashes with multiple deaths and injuries in Sebokeng and Boipatong in 1991 and 1992.
As the country began to settle into ‘new South Africa’ mode, the grim spectre of AIDS began to emerge from the shadows and became a pastoral priority for all the churches, which set about the early days of awareness programmes, youth training and home-based care.
If one word characterises our diocese it is ‘urbanisation’. Massive new housing has grown since 1990 and new congregations have arisen to the extent that the Diocese celebrates its 25th birthday with twice as many congregations as it had at the beginning. Inevitably many of these worship in primitive structures and church-building is a constant demand, if not the key priority.
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The Resurrection Way Community consists of St Benedict's Retreat Centre and St Peter's Conference and Retreat Centre.
St Benedict is a Retreat Centre for day visitors, or a short stopover, either for a retreat or a group meeting, as well as longer retreats. It is in essence a place of quiet and implements its vision of ‘helping people to pray’. It has a scheduled programme, welcomes groups to create their own agendas, and is open every Wednesday for QUIET WEDNESDAYs.Read more...