St Paul’s News: 21 October 2021

Commitment Sunday 24 October

As we conclude our Stewardship Season this Sunday provides us with our annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to God and to the mission and ministry of St Pauls.

A reminder to fill in and return the Stewardship Forms by the end of October.  Copies are available at services, on our website and from the church office.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October

We will mark this focus on Sunday.  We something pink and black to mark this focus.

Commemoration of the Faithful departed/All Saints

On Sunday 31 October we observe All Saints/All Souls Day.  It provides for us an opportunity to remember our loved ones who have passed on.  Following the tradition of previous years, if you would like to donate towards votive candles in memory of a loved one, we will have envelopes available at the services this Sunday.  If you are not attending church you may make a donation into the church’s bank account (see below) and send the names to the parish office (paulsdbn@mweb.co.za or 031 3054666).

Vaccination available for undocumented and documented people

A reminder of the availability of vaccinations at the Denis Hurley Centre: every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30am to about 2.30pm until the end of October.

Ordination of Priests

Bishop Nkosinathi will ordain Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu as a priest on 11 December.  Please pray for Revd Sabelo as he prepares for this ordination.

Pray too for the other deacons who will also be ordained priests: Revds Bronwyn Kirk (St Gabriel, Wentworth), Jenipher Lavender (Holy Trinity, Hillcrest), Vincent Mbambo (St Christopher, Sobantu), Deborah Moorgas (St John the Divine, Durban), Pearl Nzuza (St James, Harding), and Kayla Urbasch (St James, Greytown).

 Clergy meeting with the Bishop

Yesterday the Stipendiary Clergy of the Diocese met with Bishop Nkosinathi.  This was part of a process of on-going listening.  He had in his first two weeks met with diocesan staff, and various bodies (Trustees, Investment etc).

For a short introductory message from the bishop click on the following link

Lectionaries Advent 2021 – December 2022 Year C

These are available for sale at R35 each at services and from the parish office.

Faith for Daily Living

The November/December edition is now available at services or from the parish office.

Local Government Elections 1 November

We encourage you to take these elections seriously: get to know your local candidates and what they stand for and exercise your privilege to vote.  Want to know who your candidates are? Try here

Baptisms

If you or your child would like to be baptised please fill in a form (available at services on a Sunday, from the parish office and on our parish website and return it at a service or to the parish office.  Preparation classes will then be arranged.

                                                    PROVINCIAL SYNOD

A Brief Report on Provincial Synod, 21-24 September 2021, conducted via Microsoft Teams

Below are a few notes on the Provincial Synod compiled by the rector – the Synod had a long agenda (with the agenda books and reports totalling about 260 pages; with the minutes totalling about 150 pages – all on the ACSA website). The four Diocesan representatives who attended the Synod, included Mandisa Gumanda and myself from the parish.

Among the invited international guests was Bishop Prof Emily Emily Awino Onyango,  Bishop of Bondo, Kenya, one of only two women Anglican Bishops in Africa at the moment.

At the end of the Arcbishop’s charge at the opening of Synod the title of Honorary Provincial Canon was conferred on Dean Ndabezinhle Sibisi and Revd Canon Janet Trisk, who recently retired from the diocese.

Amendment of Canons: Much of the synod was taken up with amending the Canons, a task made somewhat easier since the introduction of the Canon Law Council about five years ago.  In a number of instances the language of canons was amended in terms of “language, gender sensitivity, accessibility, format and structure.”

Virtual Meetings: Arising from our experience of the Coronavirus pandemic provision as made for the holding of meetings, such as synods and elective assemblies, virtually.

 Mandatory Vaccination of Clergy: During the Synod expert and compelling evidence was presented by Prof Koleka Mlisana and Prof Adrian Puren on the effectiveness of being vaccinated against Covid-19.  It was resolved that all Anglican clergy must be vaccinated.

Protection of Personal Information Act: A presentation was made on POPIA.  It is important the churches also protect members’ personal information.

Safe and Inclusive Church: Owing (sadly) to their increasing workload, R450 000 has been allocated to their work in the 2022 budget, perhaps the most exceptional item on the Provincial Budget.

The Multiplication of the Diocese: A resolution was passed that there be prayer and a special synod be called to decide on the multiplication of our Diocese into two or three.

eSwatini: It was resolved to “request the Archbishop to continue working with other regional, continental and global structures pushing for meaningful engagement and dialogue in Eswatini to find and amicable solution to the challenges of Eswatini.

Respectfully request that a pastoral and fact-finding mission be sent to Eswatini within the next two months.” [Listening to today’s news the situation in our neighbouring country is becoming even more critical]

Youth: The involvement of youth in the life of our church received prominence at various times during the Synod.  The election and co-option of Youth (18-30) onto Parish Council also needs to be taken seriously. A 2016 Provincial Synod Resolution was referred to which: “Encourges Parish, Diocesan, and Provincial Structures to include at least 25% representation of young people in the decision making and implementation of initiatives in the aforementioned structures of the church.”

The Metcalfe Commission on Discrimination in Anglican Schools Report was commended by the Archbishop.  Their work is ongoing.

Valuing Diversity in the Body of Christ: Disability Justice Proposed by me and seconded by Mandisa the proposal to set up a Provincial Disability Advisory Group was accepted.

Marks of Mission: The Anglican Five Marks of Mission were made prominent in the earlier “greening of the canons” process.  Those who minister in the church, including Lay Ministers should become familiar with them.

Other Resolutions: The following were among other motions passed (then becoming resolutions): Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia were rejected

It was agreed that the Archbishop put on the Lambeth Conference Agenda “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for a just peace.”

Polystyrene be banned from church events

The prohibition on oil and gas exploration in Africa was supported

New Province: At the end of the Synod the inauguration of the new Province of Igreja Anglicana de Mozambique e Angola (IAMA) was celebrated with the participation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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.)

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