St Pauls News 25 November 2022

Sunday 27 November

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent, a season of preparation and waiting – for the birth of the Prince of Peace. We are encouraged to ensure that this is a season of spiritual growth, especially through prayer.

This Sunday is also our Thanksgiving Sunday in which we give thanks to God for blessings received.

Warmbacks Farewell

Revd Andrew and Alison are most grateful to all in the parish for the farewell given last week. They appreciate the kind words spoken and the many and generous monetary gifts given by parishioners as well as guilds and groups within the parish. A lot of planning and hard work went into the event, with active participation of our guilds in preparing the food and the youth in serving it. A big thank you to all who contributed to the farewell in various ways and to all who attended. Siyabonga kakhulu.

Joyce Kingham RIP

Sadly Joyce Kingham passed away on Wednesday morning this week. Many will remember Joyce for her long and dedicated service to the church over many years. Just the week earlier she had celebrated her 99th birthday! Her funeral will be held on Wednesday 30 November at 13.00 at St Pauls.

Children’s party

A reminder to parents of our children’s party (Saturday 26th) at 12 noon at the church. All children are welcome.

16 Days of Activism against violence against Women and Children

This international campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) starts today (International Day of No Violence against Women) and lasts until 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Other important commemorative days during this period include World Aids Day (1 December) and the International

Day for Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

There are many actions we can take to end Gender Based Violence and femicide (the killing of women). Here are a few general actions that can be taken:


  •  Challenge cultural practices that perpetuate gender inequalities that can lead to
    the abuse of women and children;
    Teach children values of gender equality
    Never condone acts of violence against women, men or children;
  • Do not turn a blind eye to or make excuses for perpetrators of violence;
  • Find opportunities to speak out against abuse
    Support those who have experienced GBV.

Various resources from our Anglican Church for this campaign may be found here.

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter on Palestine

On 18 November Archbishop Thabo Makgoba issued a Pastoral Letter to be read in parishes ahead of the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November). The letter was read out at St Pauls last Sunday. The letter itself and background information was included and may be accessed  here.

December Payer Diary

The Diocesan Prayer Diary for December, which starts next week is our website. A copy is also available on our notice board.

Looking ahead

Sunday 4 December

Our services next Sunday will focus on praying for those who have been affected by COVID-19, especially remembering those who have passed
on. There will be an opportunity in the service for people who have lost loved ones in this period to light a candle in their memory. Please tell others about it.

Sunday 11 December after 9.15 service

Vestry to approve 2021 signed Annual Financial Statements and new Auditors.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve service at 22.30 and Christmas Day at 8.30.

New Year’s Eve

This has traditionally been a less formal service and starts at 18.00. This will be the rector’s last service.

Coronation of King MisuZulu

Some people have expressed interest in aspects of the service. The prayers and rituals used at this event, a copy of what the Archbishop said and the service itself may be found on the ACSA website and also here. 

Communication

Each Sunday in addition to the sermon we send out the notices. These notices include what is happening at the church and beyond, and includes birthdays and anniversaries for the week. If you miss out on a week for some reason these mailings each week are added to our website and may be accessed there.

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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
082 953 5152

Retired Priest: Revd Martin Brower 082 490 6988