St Paul’s News 18 November 2021

Advent Theme of Peace

In Advent this year we will focus on the theme “Blessed are the Peacemakers: Becoming a Peace Church.”  As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace at Christmas we reflect on our response to the violence in our society, evident, for example, in the structural violence of inequality and poverty leading to crime, political and xenophobic violence and Gender Based Violence.

 Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu – From the Church Wardens

The following message was communicated to the parish yesterday (Wednesday): “Dear Parishioners We received news yesterday that Bishop Nkosinathi has appointed Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu as assistant priest in the parish of St Phillip, Enwabi from 1 January 2022.  We will miss Revd Sabelo very much. We have appreciated his ministry among us and wish him God’s richest blessings as he takes up this new challenge.”

We will arrange a farewell for Revd Sabelo at which we can express our thanks for the significant ministry he has had among us, and the archdeaconry as a whole.

For his ordination on 11 December we encourage parishioners to contribute towards his vestments.  Donations may be made directly to Revd Sabelo.

Under Covid conditions only 5 of our members may attend the ordination service.

Youth Committee

Meeting over Zoom the youth of the parish recently elected a Youth Committee.  Congratulations to the following:

Sinazo Mchiza – Chairperson

Neelano Saane – Deputy Chairperson

Nomfundo Ngema – Treasurer

Danita Hingston –Secretary

Kenneth Tafa – Deputy Secretary

RIP: We were informed this week that Louise Willis (in her 90’s) passed on a few months ago. (Louise was the sister-in-law of Graham Ward)

Name Tag Holders

With the kind donation of some “conference” name tag holders a while back, we are planning to offer those who attend services an opportunity to wear them. The feeling is that it would help parishioners at least to get to know the names of those they do not know.  The holders would be stored in a suitable place in the church and collected each time a person attends. The wearing of the name tags would not be compulsory.

Children’s Ministry

This will restart in the new year. We would like to appeal for more people to assist with this important ministry.  If you would like to offer yourself please speak to one of the clergy or contact Mondli Mongwe on 084 011 5689.

 Mission to Seafarers

Presided over by Revd Thami Tembe, last Saturday we hosted a service for the handing over of gifts for seafarers from AWF members and other supporters, and at which our AWF provided refreshments. The following letter of thanks was received:

“We wish to thank you, the church wardens and church Administrator, for firstly allowing us to use St. Nicholas Chapel on Saturday, for setting up everything and making it run so smoothly,  and special thanks to you for giving of your time, to be there to do the prayers at the service.   This was such a special day for, not only the AWF members, but also for us, as the Mission to Seafarers, to be able to meet in the chapel – something we have not been able to do for such a long time.

Please would you convey our thanks to everyone who made this such a successful day.

Kind regards and blessings,

Aurora  Marais (Secretary: The Mission to Seafarers: Durban Branch)”

 Diocesan Council

Having not met since April this year the Diocesan Council met again on 23 October.  The Diocesan Council is the body that meets between Diocesan Synods and in addition to archdeacons and some other Diocesan representatives it comprises a clergy and lay representative (or two) from each archdeaconry.  These representatives are elected at archdeaconry council meetings.  Our archdeaconry representatives have been Revd Thami Tembe and Ms Linda Zama.  Another parish member, Mandisa Gumada, attends as the Diocesan Youth and Children’s Ministry worker.

With Bishop Nkosinathi as Diocesan Bishop there is a renewed sense of hope for the future of the Diocese as he leads the church to be true to its calling of proclaiming and living out the Good News. The Diocesan Council discussed attempts to address the severe financial situation in the Diocese (not helped by the Parish Assessment shortfall of about R6 million for the first nine months of this year and a cumulative amount of about R24 million in these unpaid Parish Assessments as at 30 September 2021). We are all part of the Diocese and share in its health and wellbeing.

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; paulsdbn@mweb.co.za Websitewww.stpaulsdurban.org.za;

Social Media

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

Deacon: Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu – 079 304 2845

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