Dear People of St Pauls
Lent is nearly upon us. Ash Wednesday is on 2 March. We will have services on that day at 7.00am, 13.00 and 18.00 and on every other Wednesday until 13 April. Like last year Covid Guidelines require that we “use biodegradable ear buds or cottonwool to ash the forehead.”
Please return your palm crosses to the church or the church office so that they may be used for Ash Wednesday.
Updated Covid Regulations
The Archbishops’ office have issued updated Covid regulations. Some are mentioned below (as direct quotes from the Guidelines). For a full copy see our church notice board or visit the website.
- The “requirements for screening and maintaining of registers” remain in place.
- Singing with masks is permitted, with a physical distance of 1,5 meters
between persons, including family members.
- No touching of priest to worshippers or worshippers to each other
- Persons who have received a positive test result to please self-isolate
and not attend worship services, so as to not spread the virus to
This is one way we can be each other’s keepers.
- Admission to persons with fever, coughing etc. must be denied.
Venues must be well ventilated despite the cold – ask people who
attend to dress warmly.
- Time of gathering to be kept to shortest possible period
Given the close proximity between priest and couple, a negative
Covid test result not older than 48 hours must be produced by the
- Attendance is still restricted to 100 people.
- No night vigils are allowed
- No after tears gatherings are permitted.
Preparations for Vestry (8.00am service on 13 March)
Please note the following from the ACSA Covid Guidelines:
“b. All reports as required to be prepared and if possible, made available electronically and pasted on notice boards.
c. If hard copies are to be made available, then proper care needs to be taken in distribution – each person to collect copy for themselves.
d. Voting where needed, to be done by secret ballot and attendees to be encouraged to bring own pen. If pens to be shared, they must be sanitized.
e. All members of the Parish who are in leadership, either as priest, warden, councillor, worship leader etc., also need to complete the Safe and Inclusive Church Declaration. (Found on website under Safe and Inclusive Church heading .
We will distribute the material electronically and ask those who require printed copies to please indicate this.
Parish Council Elections
The Nomination forms will be put up on the notice board tomorrow.
Again, please take these elections seriously and approach them prayerfully.
Those elected are expected to attend a training/orientation morning on Saturday 19 March and be available at the 9.15 service on 20 March to be admitted to their office by the Archdeacon.
Prayer for Vestry
You are encouraged to pray the following pray regularly as we prepare for Vestry (APB p334)
You have given your Holy Spirit to the Church
that he may lead us into all truth:
bless with his grace and presence
the members of Vestry
keep us steadfast in faith and united in love
that they may advance your glory
and the peace and unity of your Church;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Birthdays for March
(Please alert the office of any additions/corrections)
2 Phindile Blose
4 Thobeka Lebenya
8 Sithembile Nzama, Nomfundo Petros, Snenhlanhla Mdhladhla
9 Chidinma Udoka
12 Thembi Dlamini, Warren Marais
13 Kwazikonke Mvuyana, Melvin Peters
14 Valencia Gushu, Loggie Pillay
15Thandeka Gugushu, Thandekile Gushu, Lorraine Ogle-Davies
17 Kenneth Fynn, Iris Nzuza
18 Toni Alexander
22 Esona Nsereko
23 Tshidi Senoge, Monica Weber, Breyton Koster
25 Mandisa Gumada, Nosipho Mkhize
27 Chibuzor Udoka
28 Nomaswazi Shongwe, Beryl Philip
29 Jackie Xaba
31Thando Mbadi, Mohato Moshesh, Aphiwe Kubheka
16th Sheila & Terry Hutson
23 Zama and Mr Ngwenya
Spiritual Life Coach
The rector of St Thomas’ Church has asked us to advertise the services of one of his members, Beulah, who is a trained/certified spiritual director. The cost will be between R300 and R500 per hour depending on personal circumstances. Meetings at St Thomas’.
The rector will be on leave from 23-25 February.
“All of us are God’s children. All of us are in need of healing. For all to flourish, we must ensure democracy works and its dividends are shared by all as we also find solutions to brewing anti-migrant sentiments.” (Archbishop Thabo, part of an address to a civil society gathering at St George’s Cathedral the day before the State of the Nation address)
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.)
Church Contact details:
Office: 031 3054666;
Office email: email@example.com
Facebook: @stpdbn; Instagram: stpaulsdurban; Twitter:@StPaulsDbn
Church wardens: Yolisa Mapasa – 082 435 8170
Keith Mbambo – 073 376 0896
Alternate warden: Sne Vilakazi – 083 729 2758
Rector: Revd Dr Andrew Warmback – 083 693 6745
Assistant Priest: Archdeacon Thami Tembe – 082 953 5152
Retired Priest: Revd Martin Brower – 082 490 6988