St Paul’s Epistle 9 September 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

Services

We continue with our Season of Creation focus.  Last Sunday we reached 50 people at each of the two morning services.

We are aware that many of our members are not able to attend services.  To accommodate this situation we send out each week the sermon on video and the text of it as well as the full set of slides (about 180 each week) which includes the hymns, prayers and notices.

If anyone would like a printout of the service slides or sermon from the previous Sunday or for the upcoming Sunday please inform the office by Friday morning by email and we will have the copies available for you at the service.

Sindi Udoka RIP

One of our members, Sindi Udoka, passed away yesterday from Covid complications.  Please pray for Chibuzor and their family at this time of sad loss.  The funeral service will take place on Sunday at St Paul’s at 11.30am. As we know numbers of people permitted to attend is limited to 50 people.  If you would like to attend please contact Chibuzor who will keep a record of the numbers of people attending.

Installation of Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe

The Installation of Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe by Archbishop Thabo takes place this Saturday at 10.00 at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity.  The links for us to watch are Live on Facebook or YouTube.

Donation of Thermometer

Thanks to Zoh Mdhladhla for the donation of a thermometer to the church.

Prayers for healing

Please pray for parishioners who have Covid and for those who have lost family members to Covid and to other causes.

The father of Akhona Hlatswayo, the wife of one of our lay ministers, Mandla Hlatswayo, passed away recently.

ACSA Covid Regulations

We were recently reminded by the COVID Advisory team of the regulations for services:

“1. The maximum number of people at all services to a maximum of 50 , if the church is able to accommodate 50 people within the COVID guidelines. In the event that the building is smaller and not able to accommodate 50 people then to a maximum of 50% of the capacity of the building. This is as per Government Regulation.

  1. Social distancing of 1,5 meters has to be enforced even for members of the same family, as if they are allowed to sit together, then the 1,5m distance between them and other worshippers is not being maintained.
  1. Every service must have two dedicated COVID compliance officers who will ensure that:
  1. A register and contact details is taken at every service. (These need to be kept safely and may only be destroyed seven(7) months after the State of Disaster has been lifted.)
  2. All individuals coming into the building are screened, including the priest, lay ministers and altar servers.The maximum number of 50 to include the priest and worship parties.
  3. Masks to be worn at all times, covering the mouth and nose.
  4. Hand sanitisers to be used upon entry to the church.
  5. The Church must be well ventilated.
  6. Church mics, pulpit and lectern must be sanitised after each use.
  7. No singing allowed – the virus is airborne and singing means able to spread further.
  8. Communion in one kind only.
  9. Other sacraments to be performed within these guidelines.”

Vaccination

The Anglican Church calls on “all our church members and communities to please consider being vaccinated and to register on the EVDS system….Recognising that vaccination is the best way to get us back to some semblance of regular worship, it is in the interest of every parish to try to reach 90% coverage of vaccinated parishioners.”

We have placed the ACSA Vaccination Video on YouTube with the text on our website .  We will play it at the end of each church service.

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.)

‘And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.
(Psalm 39:7)

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban