From The Rector's Desk

From the Rector’s Desk – St Mary’s – 30 April 2021

Grace and peace from God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

I am grateful to the small group of people who join me daily at Morning and Evening prayers (on Zoom or WhatsApp). The support of this group and the devotion to our culture of living in a rhythm of prayer is of great benefit to our community. Daily we uphold the life of the Church and God’s people and present ourselves to God, with prayers of repentance, lamentation, supplication, and thanksgiving. Scripture says that “God says – my house will be a house of prayer.”

It is good to see people returning to physical worship and again this week the numbers increased. I remind you to come a little earlier, as the COVID protocols do take time.

I ask you to uphold all the sick in our parish in prayer, please notify the Parish Office when you become aware of someone who is ill, so that we can pray for them.

Diocesan Council met last Saturday (24th) and I wish to report on the following which is of specific relevance to us.

  1. Clustering of Parishes – Revd Andrew Manning reported that Chapter was finalising a Process for Clustering, Parishes need to initiate conversation, so that when Archdeacons approached Parishes they could have an informed conversation. (Parish Council is currently revising the Parish Profile and compiling a SWOT analysis to assist in this matter).
  2. Additional members appointed to the Board of Trustees:  Archdeacon Amos Nkosi and Revd Andrew Manning, and lay reps Mr. Sibususi Bophela, Ms. Linda Zama, Mr. Sydney Hlatshwayo.
  3. Elective Assembly will go ahead with a full complement of representatives and will be held at the Royal Showgrounds, 17 and 18 May 2021.
  4. Unpaid Assessments and Insurance is an issue affecting the Sustainability of the Diocese. 23 Clergy have left the Diocese in 2021 and another 19 would need to be “shed” for the current Central Fund Budget to meet the Payroll demands.  At present we are in arrears (R126,255 – historical) and this year we are up to date.

Reports were received from all Archdeaconries and Organisations and accepted without further discussion. These will be shared with the relevant Archdeaconry Structures.

May God continue to bless us as Parish and strengthen you, His people, to serve him in this time and place.

Love and Peace

Fr Andrew

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