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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

 Revd Maureen Simons

Revd Maureen Simons the Vicar-General

The Revd Maureen Simons is officially the Vicar-General of the Diocese until the election of a new Bishop.  In the words of the Archbishop,

I write to inform you that after much thought and prayer, and after meeting with the Revd Maureen Simons, we have agreed that she will be the Vicar-General of the Diocese of Christ the King from the 17 July 2016 until the Bishop of Christ the King is elected and consecrated.

 

 See the full letter here.


The Institution of Revd. Canon David Mahlonoko as Rector of The St Cyprian’s Anglican Parish of Sharpeville on the 1st of May 2016

 

The Celebrant and preacher of the day was none other than the Rt Revd Peter John Lee.

The service started at 14h00 and by that time everybody was already seated and waiting to bear witness to a new Rector being instituted. All the church guilds were represented, there were visitors who came from other churches within the Archdeaconry and the Diocese at large and the service was also graced by a Priests who came from a neighboring church, Revd Thebe – Uniting Reformed Church.

The Bishop shared a powerful message of love from John 15:9  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love”.

The Incumbent and the Congregation read and made promises on the following stations in the Church:

1 Commitment to Evangelism (at the Baptismal font) Matthew 28:19-20
2 Commitment to Prayer (at the body of the Church) 1 Timothy 2:1-4
3 Commitment to the Word of God (at the lectern) 2 Timothy 3:16-17
4 Commitment to the word (at the pulpit) 2 Timothy 4:1-2
5 Commitment to the Holy Spirit (at the sanctuary) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:26
6 Commitment to Christ and One Another  

 

The Incumbent then took Oath and made Declarations and then together with the Bishop and a witness, signed them.  Fr David Mahlonoko was then licensed and the new Rector in Sharpeville. The Congregation the burst into joyful songs and ululations as the Bishop presented him to the Church.  The Churchwardens also presented him with the Church keys, Parish Roll and Church Registers.

After the Institution of the new Priest, the Bishop also admitted the newly elected Parish Council and Churchwardens.

Canon David was also admitted as the new Chaplain of the Anglican Students Federation (ASF) for both the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the North West University (NWU) – Vaal Campus.

After all was said and done, the Bishop then dismissed the people with the following blessing:

"Christ our King, who gives various ministries to his Church to equip all God's people for Christian service, build you together in one body to serve him here, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen."

Everyone was then invited to share in the food that was prepared, in a beautifully decorated marquee outside the church.

It was indeed a beautiful ceremony and we thank God for Bishop Lee and Canon Mahlonoko.

By: Likomang Raputsoe

Funeral of the Revd Canon George Winston van der Merwe

George van der Merwe sadly, and unexpectedly, passed away on 14th March this year. His was a dignified funeral full of “pomp and ceremony”, as was appropriate for a cleric who had served in our diocese. A full procession, consisting of crucifer, servers, layministers and a large number of clergy, including chapter members in their regalia, led the coffin into the Church of the Transfiguration. Because George had served as Rector in this church, his coffin was lifted up and placed in the sanctuary.

In the absence of the Bishop, who was out of the Diocese, the Requiem Mass was conducted by the Dean, Maureen Simons. She was assisted by Archdeacon Gijimane Radebe, and Canon Reg Gersbach, who had attended college with George, preached the sermon. George’s son, Denzil read the first reading, and one of his grandsons read the second reading. The beautiful music that accompanied the singing was provided by Clarence Fourie who had been organist and friend during George’s time in Eldorado Park.

The church was packed with those who had known and loved George van der Merwe during his many years of ministry in our diocese. A large number were from Eldorado Park where he had served as rector in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Many, too came from Ennerdale where he had been rector for a number of years in the 90’s. Also noticeable were members of his most recent church, St Mark’s, Regent Hill. The love for George coming from that great crowd could be felt.

I have had the joy and privilege of knowing George van der Merwe and his family – his wife Marie, his sons Denzil and Deon, and his daughter Delyce – since my church, St Francis, Walkerville, became part of the his archdeaconry, the Archdeaconry of Klipriver, in the early days of our diocese. I got to know them better when I was transferred to his parish of St Nicholas, Ennerdale in 1997, and I was pleased to be sent to work under him again in Eldorado Park in 2002. I found him to be gentle and caring, a considerate leader and good mentor.

I am sure that Christ’s words “Well done, good and faithful servant” would have greeted George as he came face to face with his Lord and ours. May our Lord Jesus comfort and strengthen in his family in their time of mourning.

By Evelyn Keartland