St Pauls News 2 December 2022

Sunday 4 December

In the services this Sunday we recognise the hardships experienced during the difficult years of Covid-19. The floods in our Province have added further trauma. We will provide an opportunity in our services for congregants to light
a candle to remember a loved one who has passed on.

Norman Raynard (29 November) and Gifford Sparks (30 November) RIP

The funeral service for Norman will take place this Saturday at 10.00 at St Pauls.
Details of Mr Sparks’ service will be announced when they are available.

World Aids Day 1 December

Yesterday was World Aids Day. Sne Vilakazi, who works for the AIDS Foundation of South Africa has contributed the following:

The global epidemic of HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) dates back to 1981. It is an ongoing public health issue worldwide. Many lives have been affected and more bodies infected by the virus, the fight against it on various structures and platforms within our societies still rages on.

Whilst there are numerous drivers of this epidemic from a health perspective, it is important that we look at its intersectionality with our faith as a religious community and how we can best position ourselves to be enablers of positive change and to provide pockets of care to the suffering.

Although religion plays a significant role in changing human behaviour, and has a moral obligation to do that, it does not guarantee behavioural change in every individual due to subjective differences and dispositions of religious
institutions. However, we are all called to love our neighbour and to serve one another. In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus emphasised that we need to show compassion towards others in very practical ways. He continued to teach and act in the tradition of the prophets who urged people to care for the orphan, the widow and the foreigner.

Our role must be understood within our daily life in communities. We need to ask ourselves how we can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end HIV/AIDS by 2030.

Goal 1: End poverty
Goal 2: End hunger
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality

Important is Goal 16: promote peaceful and inclusive societies: Work as a collective religious community to end exclusion, stigma, discrimination, and violence towards people living with and affected by HIV. We must drive
community-led responses that are rights based. Being an inclusive and compassionate society is how we should charter our responses and actions in ending this epidemic.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2022

In relating to those with disabilities there is also the struggle to promote inclusivity. And in our church community to increase access for everyone.

Diocesan Ordinations – 10 and 14 December

This week the Dean of the Cathedral sent the following message, particularly appealing to clergy: “Greetings beloved in the name of Him whom we await this Advent.

I write to remind us all of the need to support those being ordained on the 10th December, by attending the Service at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity…. I encourage us all to make the effort to attend, remembering that at our own
Ordination colleagues made that effort to support us. It is also fitting that we affirm the ministry of those to be ordained, through our oneness (presence) in Christ.
Your brother and servant in Christ
Christo et Ecclesia
Dean Martin”

The following people will be ordained: Tercia Meyer, Bongani Maphumulo and Khanyelihle Hadebe the Cathedral on 10 December and Mfanafuthi Simelane on 14 December at Woodlands, 15.30.

Vestry Sunday – 11 December

We will hold a vestry after the 9.15 service on 11 December to approve the signed 2021 Annual Financial Statements and appoint a few auditor. A copy of the 2021 AFS is available on our website .

If you would like a copy of the 2021 AFS please contact the parish office.

The Lectionaries for sale
We brought a supply of lectionaries from the ACSA Publishing department, which we resell to parishioners.

A lectionary is a list of daily Bible readings. The lectionary we use in ACSA is an adaptation of the lectionary in An Anglican Prayer Book 1989 and follows the Revised Common Lectionary which is also used by other denominations.
Providing readings for both the Eucharist and Morning and Evening Prayer, it follows a three-year cycle of readings: Year A, Year B, Year C.

In Advent this year (starting this past Sunday), we began Year A. Wanting to follow a systematic reading of the bible, follow the season and special commemorations why not buy a lectionary for R35 from St Paul?

Meal of Reconciliation Friday 16 December

This week we received the following from the director of the Denis Hurley. Centre: Wishing you many blessings for Advent. Come and share a meal with people from across Durban all races, classes and religions at the Denis Hurley Centre on the Day of Reconciliation Fri 16 Dec at 11am. This is really a chance to show unity and solidarity in a concrete way. Please bring cool drinks and/or sweet things to share. Safe parking
behind Emmanuel Cathedral (R25). For more information email
Cell/ What’s App: 0765 702 497

Stewardship Forms

A reminder of anyone has not yet filled in their stewardship forms to do so as soon as possible and hand them on at a service or return them to the parish office.

Church Contact details:

Office: 031 3054666;
Cell 081 240 0964
Office email:
Social Media: Facebook: @stpdbn;
Instagram: stpaulsdurban;
Church Wardens:
Dr Egerton Hingston -073 080 4113
Mrs Yolisa Mapasa – 082 435 8170
Alternate Church Warden: Mr Bheki Shabalala – 082 086 9548
Church Treasurer: Mr Lethu Mkhize – 082 053 9004
Rector: Revd Dr Andrew Warmback 083 693 6745
Assistant Priest: Revd Bruce Woolley 079 544 7566
Rector from January 2023 (Currently on leave): Revd Thami Tembe
Retired Priest: Revd Martin Brower 082 490 6988