St Paul’s News 25 November 2021

16 Days of Activism against violence against Women and Children

This international campaign starts today and last until 10 December.  We will be promoting it at St Pauls and encouraging us all to take actions that make a difference.

 Kerr House

As part of the start of the 16 Days campaign the Minister of Social Development visited Kerr House, a significant occasion for all involved in this shelter which St Paul’s share in. You will see later two events to be held in support of Kerr House.

 Archbishop’s Covid guidelines

Yesterday we received updated Covid guidelines that can be accessed on the ACSA website:

A few extracts appear below:

  • Admission to persons with fever (temperature above 37,5 degrees), coughing etc. must be denied.
  • Time of gathering to be kept to shortest possible period. One hour max.
  • Sunday Eucharist still only to have communion in one form.
  • Attendance at funerals restricted to 100 if venue can accommodate 100 while maintaining a social distance of 1.5 m between all attendees.
  • No night vigils or prayer meetings, or other services normally held before the funeral are allowed
  • No social gatherings to be held in the homes too.
  • No after tears gatherings, including lunch or tea etc.
  • In order to reduce pressure on mortuaries, every effort to be made to conduct funeral within five days.

The following are some extracts from the regulations around the possible re-introduction of singing.

  • The reality is that singing is a high risk activity and transmission of virus is more likely. This goes against our aim of reducing risk wherever possible.
  • Because singing is associated with further spread of the virus by droplet/airborne mechanisms, the distance between congregants should be increased to a minimum of 3m.
  • Singing can be limited to the choir only, if the choir can be separated with a minimum distance of 3m between members, and 3m from the nearest congregant, in a well ventilated area. Most important to note is that MASKS remain COMPULSORY and cannot be removed while singing.  Choirs should be in areas where there is good cross ventilation with open windows / doors.
  • Below 70% vaccination status singing is not recommended.
  • As soon as the lockdown level is increased or the transmission of virus increases, singing should immediately be halted.

The decision on the reintroduction of singing will be guided by the Covid Team.

Church Logo Design Competition

For some years we have used a photograph on our letterhead.  For a while it has been felt that we need to have a logo that represents the church and can be used both on our letterhead as well as in other contexts for ‘branding’ ourselves more generally.

To this end a “competition” is being held among our members to design a suitable logo which will help identify St Pauls. The logo may contain symbols associated with our church – bell tower, organ, its diverse members, city skyline, the sea etc etc.  Black is the colour we most use, for example, in e-mails, letters, when photocopying).  Text should not be used.  There is no prescribed size.  A simple logo is usually the most effective. You may submit more than one entry.

Designs should be submitted to the parish office by 22 December 2021 by email (  The Parish Council will select the logo to be used. Ps the ‘prize’ has not yet been determined!

Rector on leave

The rector will be on leave from 30 November – 2 December 2021.

 St Pauls News

There will be no edition next week.

Birthdays for December

2 Zanoxolo Sontsele

3 Sanelisile Dotshe

5 Ndabenhle Mhlongo, Ken Tafa

6 William Ojur

8 Dintle Heart Moshesh, Revd Thami Tembe

10 Songe Ndzimande

12 Jimmy Ssemafumu

13 Zinhle Bhengu

14 Lwandle Mqoqi, Tiyana Phillips

15 Nomini Kymalo, Molly Mpila

17 Doreen Wonduogel

18 Snaluthando Zondo

19 Boubou Kalala, Laura Katuu

21 Lina Suliar/Mpontshane

24 Thobeka Dodo, Mbali Gumede

26 Perrine Kumar

28 Boimanelo Puding

29 Aluvuyo Mahlati

30 Sipho Mtoboyi, Tembi Shabangu, Siyabonga Mkhize

31 Lihle Ndaba


Wedding Anniversaries

10 Basil & Ethne Ogle

15 Mpumelelo & Sindi Mtshawu

20 Mr and Mrs Ruth Etyang-Ojur

23 Judo & Revd Nompilo Saane

24 Mr Duncan & Mrs  Mchakama

29 Clara & Bhekizenzo Mbatha


The two following events arranged by St Cyprian’s Church are in support of Kerr House:

There will be an Organ Recital by the St Cyprian’s Director of Music, AJ Bethke, for the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence on Saturday 04 December at 3.00 p.m.  All proceeds will be given to Kerr House, a women’s shelter, that has for the past 70 years provided professional care and support to “Women in Crises”   The recital will be followed with light snacks, and refreshments will be on sale in the Hall.  The recital and light snacks are per donation.  Kerr House will have a skills table of items for sale that the ladies have made and an information table in the hall.  Please RSVP by Friday 03 December (

The Jenny Gaul Ensemble Carols by Candlelight Concert

at 6.00 p.m. at St Cyprians. This will be in aid of Kerr House as part of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence

Looking ahead

First Sunday in Advent – 28 November

This is also out Thanksgiving Sunday

Being the Sunday nearest 1 December we also have a focus on HIV/AIDS

 Ordination service – 11 December

Revd Sabelo will be on retreat from Monday 6 December

 Christmas service – 25 December

Service at 8.30.  Because of Covid there will be no Christmas eve service.  Services will be as usual on Sunday 26 December, the last Sunday do the year.


This will be held on Sunday 13 March.  Vestry reports to be handed in the church office by the end of January 2022.

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;;

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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