Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ
RE: INVITATION TO THE DIOCESAN LAUNCH OF IVIYO LOFAKAZI BAKAKRISTU AT BERNAR MIZEKI, SCENERY PARK EAST LONDON FROM 24TH TO THE 27TH OF MAY 2018
Easter greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We hope that you have enjoyed your low week of rest. Nevertheless time flies.
You will remember that in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa we have a programme “Growing the Church” and “Anglicans Ablaze”. It holds many programmes under its wings like New Wine, Rooted in Jesus, Alpha course, Iviyo Lofakazi Bakakristu etc. In our Diocesan Synod of 2016 we passed a resolution to have a spiritual renewal programme which is Iviyo Lofakazi Bakakristu. We had the privilege to visit the Diocese of Natal with 27 Clergy and 46 lay people to learn from the Dioceses that are practising and participating in this programme. We were amazed and inspired by this programme. Now, on behalf of our Synod, Chapter and Diocesan Council we are ready to launch this programme as a Diocesan programme. We call upon the whole Diocesan family and its leadership to attend and participate in the Diocesan launch conference of Iviyo Lofakazi Bakakristu at Bernard Mizeki, Scenery Park in East London starting at 17h30 on Thursday the 24th of May and end on Sunday, the 27th of May 2018 after the Thanksgiving Eucharist.
The programme will be sent to all parishes. The committee has worked out that each person will pay a registration fee of R150.00 for all meals and accommodation. This is just a small contribution. Donations are also accepted and be deposited in the account below. We will be fundraising for the event. Feel free to find your own accommodation. We ask all churchwardens to work hand in hand with our interim chair Mr Mgatyelwa on 083-594-8534. Banking details are as follows:
NAME OF ACCOUNT: Grahamstown Diocese Money Market
BANK: First National Bank
ACCOUNT NO: 6221 6294 653
BRANCH CODE: 210 717
REF: Your name/Parish
Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Diocese of Grahamstown
The Bishop of Grahamstown
The Rt Reverend Ebenezer St Mark Ntlali
Revd Percy Chinganga
Please Click here and find the presentation by Revd Percy at the Clergy School which was held in East London St John's Parish on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018.
On the 06 April he turned 60 years
Your energy levels are truly inspirational, your outlook towards life is truly motivational. You are someone who we as the Diocese truly admire, and to become just like you when we grow old. Happy 60th birthday Revd Mvula
The Team that represented the Diocese of Grahamstown at the Iviyo lofakazi Provincial Conference. This Team was led by Canon Nzwana, Revd Kunene, Revd Biko and Revd Madiba. The Conference was held by the Diocese of Mthatha at Tsolo Special School
The Anglican Church St John, the Evangelist in Bathurst turns 180
Many people in the Eastern Cape have connections to St John’s, Bathurst through family members being buried there or they were baptized, confirmed or married at St John’s, the only unaltered Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere. We would encourage people who have these connections to return during this year of celebration of 180 years of being a sacred space where worship continues and has never stopped over these 180 years. Your presence at some of the activities during 2018 and possibly in financially giving will allow this small but very active congregation to keep the buildings and surrounds functioning to the glory of God.
The first event of several will take place at St John’s on the 7th March, 17h30 – 18h30 where the renowned artist Julia Skeen (artist in residence at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George) will give a presentation of her four paintings entitled “THE SEASONS OF JESUS as in ‘I am the Vine’” Julia and her husband Chris Mann are well-known for their creativity and presentations and shows at the Grahamstown Festival year after year and this is an exciting and well worth while event during the season of Lent in preparation for the great Festival of Easter. A retiring offering/collection will be taken to help Julia with travel and add to the building fund for the upkeep of this magnificent church.
Look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 7th March at 17h30 for this amazing presentation to the glory of God
St Bernard Mizeki is a Christ-centered Men’s Guild within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, which aims to promote and encourage the participation and nurturing of men’s leadership in the life of the church. We ensure that men stay pure and obey the word of God, carrying out Christ’s work of peace and reconciliation in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Province, Diocese of Grahamstown, and the world. We teach our members to represent Christ and his church at all times.
It is a men’s Guild that is nonprofit guided by its constitution, policies, procedures and guidelines shall be consistent with the Constitution, Canons, Acts and Policies of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Membership of the Guild is open to all men who are in good standing in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
This serves to show our gratitude to the Anglican Communion for the gallant support they have given the guild during our Opening Service on the 28th January 2018 at St. Andrews Parish Mdantsane. The “word” revived the Christian value that we stand for in the church and wish that the spirit of the Lord will burn within us forever.
We appreciate the support we got for the Diocesan community, the clergy, all the guilds (Mother’s Union; Anglican Women’s Fellowship; Mary Magdelene; Anglican Youth Guild; St. Agnes and all those who supported the Guild, wishing that those who had not yet aligned themselves with Anglican guild will do so in the near future. We also give a special THANK YOU to those who assisted in feeding us physical well being (cookers)
Thanking you once again.