Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 30 December 2020

No In-person services

As you may have gathered from the State President’s announcement on Tuesday this past week, indoor (and outdoor) gatherings are prohibited during this period until 15 January.  This applies to religious gatherings too.  So no church services at St Pauls on 3rd and 10th January.  We will continue to make available material on-line.

We encourage you to comply with all the regulations for your own safety and that of others.

Please continue to pray for one another, and especially our members who are struggling with Covid; as well as nurses, doctors and other health workers who are courageously serving us all.

RIP Noni Charles

Our member, Noni Charles, 90, died on Monday this week.  See our website for a picture of her   Her funeral will take place on Tuesday next week at St Pauls at 10.30.  Attendance is limited to 50.

At the end of this letter there are regulations surrounding funerals provided by the ACSA Covid Team.  Note particularly the following:  No night vigils or prayer meetings allowed; no social gatherings to be held in our homes too; no after tears gatherings, including lunch or tea etc; in order to reduce pressure on mortuaries, every effort to be made to conduct funeral within five days.

AWF Quarterly Birthday Donations

We thanks the following AWF members who together have donated R3 600 to the church in thanksgiving for their birthdays this past quarter.  Well done. It is most helpful to the church:

Molly Mpila (coordinator)

Ruth

Shirley

Nombulelo

Buyiswa

Beauty

Mam Linah

Dolly

Zinhle

Lebo

Donation of Wine

Our thanks to the Laban family for the donation of two cases of wine.

Diocese

  • The Dean/Vicar General is on leave until 9 January 2021
  • Revd Basil Naidoo a retired Self-supporting Priest at the Parish of the Epiphany, Chatsworth. Revd Basil died on Saturday 19th December.

Food for those who are homeless

As you know our soup kitchen has remained closed.  However, I share a request from our partners the Denis Hurley Centre.  No need to pre-book, just arrive:

Volunteers still needed! With the announcement from the President on Monday evening, we have returned to handing out food for take away instead of letting people stay and eat. But we do still need volunteers to help with that process: every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-1pm. Please come but make sure you wear a mask and be ready to be screened.

Also it costs us an extra R1200 per day to use eco-friendly containers so any donations are welcome. Together we will serve people and still keep them safe!

There is also a need to support foreign nationals who have been prevented from operating their stalls outside the Workshop, and are now not able to support themselves and their families.

Giving

We give thanks to those who have returned their giving envelopes for the past few months. Thanks too to those who are giving into the loose plate collection when they attend services. We are grateful to those who have continued to give their Planned Giving directly into the church bank account and to those who have also given loose plate collections and donations in this way.   This enables us to continue to pay staff salaries, our assessment and most of our accounts. Please continue to give. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

God bless you and your families in the New Year.

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban

ACSA COVID ADVISORY TEAM- UPDATE 29 DECEMBER 2020

  1. The President of the Republic of South Africa announced that with effect from

midnight on the 28th of December 2020, SA would revert to Level 3 restrictions.

  1. In addition, the President also announced further hotspot areas affecting Western

Cape, the Garden Route, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.

  1. With immediate effect all social gatherings, including faith-based gatherings are

prohibited until the 15th of January 2021. The situation will be reviewed then.

  1. A new curfew from 21:00 until 06:00 was imposed.
  2. The wearing of face masks compulsory. Failure to do so constitutes an offense punishable by law.
  1. Implications for church and worship
  2. ALL places of worship are closed with immediate effect.
  3. Places of worship may only be opened for purpose of conducting a funeral.
  4. The prohibition on gatherings both social and faith based means we are not able to worship, conduct weddings, baptisms, confirmations or ordinations until further notice but at least for the next two weeks. The team working on other implications for ministry and will update these.
  1. Funerals must be held in full compliance of all health protocols.
  2. A designated compliance officer must be appointed in writing.
  3. Attendance at funerals restricted to 50 if venue can accommodate 50 while maintaining a social distance of 1.5 m between all attendees.
  1. Smaller venues are restricted to 50% of capacity of the venue.
  2. These numbers to include ministers and altar parties.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times.
  4. No singing is permitted, although a soloist may perform, observing social distance and health protocols.
  5. Recorded music may be played.
  1. Funerals to be completed within two hours. One hour for the actual service and the next hour for the committal or cremation service.
  1. No night vigils or prayer meetings allowed.
  2. When going to sympathize or express condolences to the family, please keep visit short, observe social distance, sanitize and wear a mask. These are hard asks of us all, but it is needed, to save lives.
  1. No social gatherings to be held in our homes too.
  2. No after tears gatherings, including lunch or tea etc.
  3. In order to reduce pressure on mortuaries, every effort to be made to conduct funeral within five days.