St Paul’s Epistle 2 September 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

Season of Creation 5th September

This Sunday we start the annual five Sunday Season of Creation. Each Sunday we will look at different aspects of our relationship to God’s creation and our responsibility for it.

For more information on this Season see the post on our website .

This first Sunday of September is Provincial (ACSA) Youth Sunday –  we thank the younger members of our parish for their planning of this Sunday’s service and their participation in it.

Sound Technicians

We need to expand our sound team on a Sunday morning.   No skills needed; training will be provided.  Please speak to one of the clergy.  It is your chance to learn a valuable skill.  If you already have skills in sound that would help us too.

Vaccination Drive

Parishes have been sent a video from the Archbishop’s COVID advisory team for viewing among parishioners.  We have placed it on YouTube and have obtained a copy of the text. (See on our website)

The Anglican Church strongly encourages its members to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ms Sithembile Ngubo for 10 years of faithful service to St Pauls with Deacon Revd. Sabelo Mthimkhulu.

10 Years of Loyal Service

The Church wardens were present at the church on Wednesday this week (Secretary’s/Professional Assistants’ Day) to honour and thank our Parish Secretary, Ms Sithembile Ngubo for 10 years of faithful service to St Pauls.

You have served us well. Siyabonga kakhulu!

Sunday in Black (29 August)

Thank you to all who prepared for and shared in this service.  Some photographs taken on the day may be found on our parish facebook page

 Parish Financial Presentation Friday (27 August)

Thank you to all who joined this Zoom meeting and to Neelano Saane and Dr Bomi Nomlala for a clear and informative presentation.

We continue to remain open to guilds/groups and individuals for fundraising ideas and for input into drawing up our 2022 budget.

Paddy Kearney Memorial Lecture (26 August)

The full programme has been recorded on YouTube

It includes an interview with Paddy Kearney about his time in detention and his experience with the security police, was well as a tour of the Denis Hurley Centre.  A copy of Revd Michael Lapsley’s lecture on Gender Based Violence may be found on our website.

Mandisa planting the Spekbook for Arbour Day

World Day of Prayer for Creation 1 September  “Oikos” – A Home for All

Thanks to those who attended this service.  For some photographs of the service see our Website gallery.

In anticipation of Arbour Day this Friday we planted a tree (spekboom) next to the church.

Service of Enthronement and Installation of the 11th Bishop of Natal – The Right Reverend Dr Hummingfield Charles Nkosinathi Ndwandwe

This service to be held on 11 September, starting at 10.00am, will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity. Parishes are encouraged to participate in the service by using the link that will be provided to us to view the service.  Only invited guests may physically attend the service (50 in the Cathedral itself and 50 in the Colenso/Tutu Hall, next to the Cathedral).

In inviting us to join in virtually with this service, the co-vicar-generals have made the following appeal: “Financial contributions towards the Institution Service would be appreciated to cover costs of the Livestreaming and catering for VIP’s and Church decorations (flowers). These can be deposited into the Diocesan Account with the reference “Institution.”’

Please pray for Bishop Nkosinathi and Mam’Zanele – they moved into the diocese yesterday (1 September).

 Mothers’ Union Enrolment Service/Umembeso

The MU enrolment service in our parish will be held on 9 October, preceded by a retreat on 2 October.

Anglicans Ablaze Conference 2021

See speakers for this conference.

The Conference takes place from 6 October – 09 October.  To register for the conference, please click on this link:

Wedding Anniversaries for September (omitted from the list last week)

15th Leon and Annie Miles                                 

 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.)

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)