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The Anglican Women's Fellowship in the Diocese celebrates 50 years of existence

CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVESARY OF A.W.F.

This was held at the Church of Transfiguration Anglican Church in Eldorado Park, 20th of August 2016.
Event graced by the Vicar general and Clergy of the Diocese. Started with banner parade of all parishes present. The procession started from the corner of Parkdale School to the church singing ‘ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS” Coming inside the church AWF Hymn was sung. The mood was lively with all present singing, going around with excitement. There was Eucharist which was celebrated by the Vicar General Maureen Simons and the Chaplain Sharon Rousseau.

The preacher was Rev Robert Hendricks based on the gospel reading from St Matthew Ch 23 vs 1-12. The main message was that there should be self introspection with regard to growth spiritually, that we should always do God’s will, give to God what is due to him accordingly.
Fr Horace Mc Bride,the 1st Chaplain of A.W.F of Christ the King when the diocese multiplied over from Johannesburg had been invited and was present. He is on retirement at present at Stillfontein in the diocese of Matlosana. It was an honour to be in his presence as we had some history to share with him. He left us with a message the years love, serving and serving without ceasing.

The souls of the departed AWF members were remembered by lighting of a big special candle for by Mrs Charlotte Du Preez .

After Eucharist tea was served at the parish hall.

Celebration took place afterwards. AWF has talented women. The draping of the Hall with jubilee colours of white and gold was stunning. A huge cake with AWF logo at the center was marvelous. There was also a good support from the Mother’s Union, Parish choir and the Parish congregation.

Mrs Lucille Henniker the coordinator of the Diocese and Provincial Vice President attended and enlightened the members and the audience about History and Aims of the A.W.F. It was lovely to have her as a fellow sister in a jovial mood as we do not have that opportunity in Provincial conferences where programs are tight. She presented the Diocesan AWF with a cross made from a precious stone. We will always cherish it and have it next to our candle during Diocesan events.

Mrs Pamela Mntonintshi, a Provincial Executive member, gave the Keynote address. Her message to the ladies was about a meaningful role of a Christian woman at home, in the community and in church. Women should not give lip service and yet their lives do not attest to what they say. A woman like that is like a crab that looks at one direction and crawls to a different one.
Awards were given to veterans who had served the organization for more than 40 years as well as Past Presidents.

Entertainment was given by various spiritual church groups like children and women. Traditional dance (umkhibo) was performed.
The benediction was said by Rev Sharon Rousseau, the Diocesan AWF chaplain.
The benediction was said by Rev Sharon Rousseau, the Diocesan AWF chaplain.

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Compiled by: Mandisa Mdlulwa
Vice President