#FeesMustFall - a call for critical engagement

Below you will find a link to a theological document, endorsed by, among others, our very own Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

The document, ‘A call for critical engagement – study document’, should not be seen as conclusive but as an invitation to an ongoing conversation.

Since Monday some of the endorsers made critical and important contributions. In addition to what the Call currently articulates, we acknowledge that further attention should be given to the facts that:

  • the church is present on all campuses in the widest sense of the word – management, lecturers, workers, students and security staff – and we acknowledge our pastoral responsibility to care for everyone equally in a time of conflict, tension, polarization and uncertainty;
  • the Call in its current format does not speak adequately and directly enough to government – calling it to provide leadership at a time such as this and to cease from fuelling further polarization.

We also realize that much of what is contained in this Call needs deeper collective reflection and the diverse insights of both those who have endorsed it and many others who did not yet have a chance. Therefore this is an invitation to go on deep journeys together in times to come.

Here's the link: A Call for Critical Engagement - Study Document

UNITED IN PRAYER SERVICE AND LOVE:

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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