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

Dear People of St Pauls

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Services at Church

For those who attend our Sunday 7.30 and 9.15 services the following are some of the guidelines we follow:

  • The congregants enter the church by the side door opposite Church House.  Before entering one’s temperature is taken, contact details recorded, a few Covid related questions asked and one sanitises one’s hands.
  • Masks must be worn throughout the service.
  • During the service all doors are opened to allow maximum ventilation.
  • As no processions are permitted through the congregation the altar party enters and leaves the church from the side by the pulpit.
  • No Prayer or Hymn Books are put out, nor are their pew leaflets – the words of the service are projected onto the screen.
  • No singing is permitted – “we sing in our souls.”
  • Prayer for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Healing, congregants do not come to the front but are asked to stand where they are in the pews for these prayers.
  • The Peace is passed by offering a gesture of peace to one another from wherever one stands in one’s pew.
  • The collection is put in the boxes near the front of the church.
  • For communion congregants go up to the altar rail, observing the spacing markers on the ground. Standing one receives the wafer, moves to the side, remove one’s mask, consumes the wafer and then return to one’s place.
  • The congregants leave the church though the same entrance they entered.
  • If any congregants become ill during the service they are to be taken to the Board Room, where they will wait until they are able to go home/be fetched.

All Saints and Commemoration of the Faithful departed: 1 November

On Sunday we observe All Saints/All Souls Day.  It provides an opportunity to remember our loved ones who have died. As indicated last week you may make a donation towards votive candles in memory of a loved one, through envelopes at the services or directly into the bank with names passed on to the parish office.

We remember our St Paul’s members who have died since our last All Saints/All Souls service, including the following:

Granville Dickson (21 November)

Albert Geswindt (21 February)

Millicent Ntombifuthi Nzuza (17 March)

Daphne Huet (18 May)

Shaun Nodongala-Mncwabe (23 May)

Sheila Moorgas (20 June)

Basil Ebrahim (16 July)

Thandazile Sithole (17 July)

Sbu Mbatha (2 August)

Joan Harris (23 August)

Dawn Underhill (23 September)

Nontobeko Msundwane (24 September)

Irene Marchant (24 September)

Thelma Francis (2 October)

 Mothers’ Union Pray for Clergy

We thank our Mothers’ Union for the prayer offered for the clergy of this parish:

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.  Through them we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Grant them the wisdom, understanding and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Give them the words to spread the gospel.

Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

We ask this through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns as our eternal priest.

Amen.

 In Hospital

Please continue to pray for Noni Charles who returned home from hospital this week. 

For our Prayers

The Dean/Vicar-General has asked us to please keep Sister Nqobile of the Community of Jesus Compassion, and the Cathedral Parish & family in your prayers.  Sr Ngobile’s sister, Celiwe, formerly of CJC and Cathedral, was killed in a construction this week.

Diocesan Prayer Diary for November

Please find a copy of the Diocesan Prayer Diary for your use on our website.

 Giving

We thank those who have returned their Planned Giving envelopes and for those who give into the loose plate collection. We are also 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. 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.)

May the blessings of God be upon you.

Yours in Christ

 

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban