St Paul’s Epistle 12 August 2021

Services on Sunday 15th (7.30 & 9.15)

This Sunday we focus on “disability awareness”. A couple of parishioners will share their experience of disability within their families.

In this women’s month we are particularly aware of the higher incidence of abuse among women and children with disabilities.

Do you have any ideas of how St Pauls can become a more “disability inclusive church”?  The following are some initial steps in respect of services.

Women’s Day Service

Our thanks to the Mothers’ Union and Anglican Women’s Fellowship for their preparation of and participation in the services last week. We were challenged to go beyond “symbolic gestures” to changing attitudes and behaviours towards women.

Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer

Tomorrow (13th) starts the MU “Wave of Prayer” until Sunday (15th). This prayer runs throughout the year so that the work and members of each and every area in which Mothers’ Union is active is prayed for at some point. The Natal Diocese among other regions of the world will be prayer for during these coming three days.  We invite all in our parish to join our MU.

The material, which you may choose to follow, may be found on our website in an English and isiZulu version

Looking ahead

Sunday 22 August: Focus on Theological Education

Sunday 29 August: Sunday in Black (those attending the services are encouraged to wear black as we highlight the scourge of Gender Based Violence)

Rebuilding

There are various initiatives to rebuild businesses affected in the recent looting.  I came across the following church-based initiative.  It is not restricted to South African citizens.  Are there any businesses you would want to recommend?:  “Please reach out to your network & forward us microbusinesses that have been disrupted and negatively affected due to the unrest that has transpired in South Africa.

It is our hope to come alongside microbusinesses to assist with a relief grant that may be of urgent need in such a time as this.  Please email me at sethnaicker@gmail.com or inbox me @ 0794827445 with your prospective microbusiness.  Also use online Google doc to submit grant relief requests at the following link:

We can collaborate with Heartlines and other partners to put our values into action & RebuildSA.

Covid-19

We are urged to continue to keep the safely protocols, of wearing masks, sanitising hands regularly and keeping social distance.

The Delta variant is being passed on very easily and quickly. A particular concern is gatherings in enclosed areas.  Windows and doors should be kept open to ensure ventilation.

We encourage everyone to be vaccinated

Click here to register   or dial *134*832*IDNumber# If you don’t have an ID Number just dial*134*832#

Another option is to send the word REGISTER to 060 012 3456 on WhatsApp. Or just arrive at a vaccination centre and register there.

In registering you will be asked to give your identification number (Passport, asylum seeker number, SA ID, or refugee number). You will need to enter the location where you want to be vaccinated; and give your medical aid number if you are on medical aid.

Here is a list of Vaccination sites in eThekwini from the KZN Health Department’s website

New Roman Catholic Archbishop of Durban

We welcome and look forward to working in our city with Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara who was installed as the new Archbishop of Durban this past Sunday, following the retirement of Cardinal Napier.

Music classes at the Denis Hurley Centre

“As part of the UKUSA Community Arts programme, Masters students from UKZN are offering free drop-in classes every Saturday morning:  9-10.15am: Music theory

10.30-11.45am: Guitar (if you have a guitar bring it along; if not, come anyway).

No need to book; just turn up.  Masks required.  Parking behind Emmanuel Cathedral at a cost of R25.   For more information contact Debbie Mari.”

 Anglicans Ablaze Global Conference 6-9 October 2021

Featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury, our Archbishop, Pippa and Nicky Gumbel of Alpha fame and others, the conference will take place online.  The cost is R75. Register here.

Rest in Peace

The Diocese continues to update us ion those who have passed on – recently Revd Canon David Jenkins (in his 90’s) and Bab’Oscar Zondi of Greytown (an early recipient of the Order of the Holy Nativity)

 Financial Giving

Thank you for your faithful giving.  A reminder of St Paul’s bank account details: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426;  Bank: FNB.)

 

“ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13