The Bishop's Charge to the Synod of the Diocese of Christ the King 6 February 2016

Acts 1:12- 2:2 'When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.'

When I called this session of synod I indicated that we have a number of reasons for meeting. There is a meeting of Provincial Synod in September for which we have to choose delegates and make any input which we wish, to that synod's agenda. We need to make certain preparations for the transition to a new bishop in this diocese and in particular we need to populate various committees for a 2-3 year term of office so that my successor is not forced to call synod in a hurry. We need to launch a new phase of our diocesan planning process, to which end I have asked everyone to send in reports which can be given to my successor both as a briefing for her (or maybe him) and as a basis for the next phase of planning over which the new bishop will preside.

Some years ago when we were all focussing on the renewal of the Holy Spirit in the life of the churches, I heard a sermon on Acts chapter 1 which has stuck in my memory. The speaker was asking why, if the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2, we bother to study Acts 1; indeed, why would God bother to put Acts 1 in the Bible at all?
He answered his own question by saying that of course the Spirit had been around for a long time before the Day of Pentecost and indeed Jesus had explicitly breathed the Spirit upon his disciples before his Ascension. He went on to use the analogy of a sailing ship: if the sails are set and the ship is ready to go before the wind blows, it will catch the breeze and move powerfully through the water. But if the sails are tangled up, the decks are untidy and the crew is asleep, the wind will simply create damage and confusion, blowing the tackle into the sea and setting panic among the sailors. His point of course was that because the church spent Acts 1 preparing for the coming of the Spirit even in what seems like rather mundane administration, they were ready for Pentecost and were able to take off freely when the wind blew.
Look for a moment at three key aspects of Acts Ch 1.

Firstly the apostles were at prayer together, 'along with the women'. If you have been watching the debates on television between candidates for the presidency of the United States, you will know how leadership elections can slip into ugly competitiveness, slanging and envy. Sadly church elections can do the same; but the remedy is to keep our focus on God and God's purposes for a parish or a diocese, so that we can follow Jesus into the future and do so hand in hand with each other. The Archbishop has not yet issued the mandate for the election but this is the time to unite in prayer and stay there through the process.

Secondly they did have to be quite practical about the need for new leadership.  The Archbishop has it in mind that the new bishop, if elected in June, will lead our delegation to Provincial Synod and will be consecrated, if they are not already a bishop, on Saturday 24 September 2016.

Thirdly we read that the disciples were all together in one place. This seems to suggest that the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost was greatly facilitated from God's point of view by the fact that the church was not divided or scattered, but expressed its unity by being visibly together. That search for unity also speaks to us, because dioceses have been known to suffer ongoing division and paralysis after an election like this, with continuing rivalry and distrust between groups of people or candidates, to the detriment of the church as a whole. While it is essential for me to stand outside this process, I have sat both in this seat and in the Synod of Bishops long enough to know the damage that can take place, and to appeal to all of you as you pray and seek God's will in this election, that you may continue to respect and love and care for each other even if you are asked to undertake nomination, and that once the Church has made its choice, you all throw your love and loyalty behind my successor for the sake of the diocese and the future.

In recent weeks I have been in a number of interesting conversations about finance in dioceses. Even in Virginia which is the largest diocese in the USA, and where there is significant wealth in some of the parishes, it is a struggle to draw in the funds to run the diocese as such. As we sometimes find here, strenuous efforts can be made to conceal funds or to ensure that they cannot by any means be used by the wider church beyond what is often a tiny and elderly local church. Meanwhile in some dioceses in this Province, the principle that everyone shares in the burden has been abandoned in favour of what seems to be a voluntary system but is in fact a way of ducking responsibility and leaving it to a very few stronger parishes to bear the whole load. That leaves dioceses extremely vulnerable in the event of a dip in the financial status of those churches.

In this diocese we inherited a system which had been agreed by the parishes of our mother diocese in synod and which we have repeatedly reaffirmed, which spreads the burden by a form of voluntary taxation modified by pastoral flexibility where an individual congregation finds itself struggling. If everybody is transparent and honest, it works well; even in a small budget like ours, everyone is involved, and we do not become dependent on donors who may let us down or on inherited assets which we take for granted. We live from hand to mouth on resources raised entirely among ourselves, on a basis of sharing which is as fair as we can make it. Although it is complicated, in this diocese there is no-one who contributes nothing. That is a very healthy state of affairs because we are in it together and we are committed to behaving as a family. I want to plead with us that we do not abandon that principle. If we did, I think we would be making three mistakes: we would be making the diocese financially vulnerable, as some much bigger and older dioceses than ours are today. Secondly we would breed resentment and resistance in those who end up carrying everyone else. Thirdly and perhaps most importantly we would disempower and demean our smaller or newer or more disadvantaged communities in a way which  South Africa has done far too much in the past - undermining people's dignity, treating them like beggars asking for ten cents at the traffic lights, and shutting them out of discussions and decisions because they are second-class. Imagine how the representative of a smaller congregation feels about making a speech at this synod if they know they represent people who are not standing on their own feet, holding up their heads and bringing their own offerings to the common altar.
St Paul's principle, set out in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9,  that EACH ONE SHOULD GIVE is usually referred to individuals but it seems to me that it also applies to groups of Christians together  in congregations; 'each one should give not reluctantly or under compulsion'. There is something dignifying, empowering and uniting in shouldering the practical load together even if some are much better able to contribute than others.

But the principle does also apply to individuals. St Paul can be translated as saying 'each should give as he has decided' or 'each should give as he is able' - that is, in proportion to his or her income. I do not want to pre-empt the discussion about funerals and the ticket system but I do want to say again that if this diocese is going to flourish, we have to get the giving right. I know this is possible because I have seen it in parishes; once the culture of generous and regular giving is established, that parish can be solid and flourish for years to come. So can a diocese. We are still doing it the wrong way round and squeezing the pensioners to death when we ought to be giving them a free ride out of honour for what they have done over many years when they were working. It is the ones with the jobs and the cars who should be carrying the church financially.

No priest can preach about giving without doing it themselves and no church warden or councillor can ask for money unless they are giving themselves. We as leadership need to take that time out and ask our people to do the same. What I am asking for here is a turning of the corner for the parishes of this diocese during this Lent which may set us on a wholly new course for the future and give my successor a very different life from mine.

I must close with a word of thanks to say how much Gill and I have appreciated the love and support which have been generously given to us over the years of this ministry. It has been an extraordinary privilege in one of God's very own special corners of the universe. Slightly unexpectedly but very happily, we have decided to remain in the diocese in retirement; obviously I need a long holiday and sabbatical after 30 June and I will respect my successor's need for space to establish her - or his - own leadership. At a certain point, if we are fit, we will offer our service in whatever role may be helpful to my successor and may be agreed together; meanwhile you need to move forward and we shall rejoice to remain part of the body of Christ where we have been placed.

Let us then move into this time of transition in prayer and in harmony, clearing the decks so that we can catch the wind of the Holy Spirit when it comes.

+Peter

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Motions at Synod

 

1.    Youth Representative on Bishop’s Council
This was approved in principle

2.    Sunday School Material for All Parishes
It was agreed to set up a committee to look into available material

3.    Medical Aid Subsidy for Non-Stipendiary Clergy not on a Medical Aid
This was approved in principle
 
4.    Creation and the Environment
This included encouraging parishes to “Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle”, to find ways to save water and electricity, to use their grounds and facilities for the benefit of the community. Diocesan representatives to Provincial Synod are asked to support a new Canon on the Environment
This was approved in principle.

5.    Change in Funeral Policy
This required parishes to do away with the system of refusing church funerals etc to those whose financial contributions are not up-to-date.
This was declared a “controversial motion” but was passed after special vote counting. Included in this motion is the requirement that there be ongoing education on giving especially Dedicated Giving.

6.    Motion Arising from the Bishop’s Charge
This encouraged ongoing prayer for the choosing of a new Bishop, encouraged all to follow correct procedures, and discouraged any form of political-type campaigning.
This motion was approved.

Excerpts from the Synod Report 2016

St Mary’s Children’s Home

Highlights from the past few years have included the improvement in the children’s academic successes with the obtaining of Grade 12 qualifications with university exemption; the continuous maintenance/refurbishment of a cottage per annum by MFC, Nedbank; a variety of donations that made it possible for the children to enjoy treats; and the 100% sponsoring, over the past two years, of all the children’s back-to-school expenses. Donors have directly and positively impacted on the care of our 57 orphans and vulnerable children.

Our major threat is still the outrageous utility bills issued to the Home by the City of Johannesburg. Despite ongoing attention to this problem, we have not yet had any success.

Sonja Harmse, Director

 

THE DIOCESAN YOUTH MOVEMENT

The Bishop’s Youth Initiative (BYI) is the umbrella body of all the youth groups in the Diocese. It consists of the Bishop as chairperson, a Youth Chaplain from each Archdeaconry, at least two Youth representatives from each Archdeaconry, and representatives from each Diocesan youth movement.

A RE RORISENG - Annual Youth Conference

The focus of A Re Roriseng (‘Let us Worship’) is to equip young people with the necessary tools for a deep and fruitful prayer life. The programme runs over four days in which young people explore different techniques of prayer. The main plenary talks focus on praying with scripture. The workshops offered include topics such as using icons in prayer, spiritual warfare, making and praying the Anglican rosary, liturgical dance, meditation and much more. This annual prayer conference began in 2008 and has run successfully until now. The vision is to see at least 3 people from each of our congregations attend annually and then go back into their churches and implement what they have learned. This programme should become one of the primary stepping stones to youth ministry in the Diocese.

A RE PHELENG

The conference seeks to take the young people who have acquired some prayer techniques from A re Roriseng on a deeper conversation with God to discover their vocation in the service of God. The conference is run after a few years of A re Roriseng, building up numbers and also giving A re Roriseng attendees the opportunity to discern their vocation.

FORMATION SCHOOL

The Formation School is a community of young people journeying together to discern their different vocations in the church. The candidates remain in their parishes; meet for a retreat or training weekend every month for formation purposes. Some of these candidates are encouraged to take up theological studies with TEEC. The cycle is over a period of three years.

CAMP CTK

Camp CTK is a children’s ministry that caters for the youngsters by bringing them together in a Christian fun-filled camp setting. There is a junior and a senior camp which runs during the December holidays. A 3-day camp for ages 10-12 and a 6-day camp for ages 13-15. The focus of the camp is to introduce young people to a relationship with Jesus in a fun-filled way.

ANGLICAN STUDENT FELLOWSHIP on the Vaal Triangle University of Technology and North West University (Vaal Triangle Campus)

There are thriving groups on both campuses who belong to the movement. The executive meets every week informally and then once a month for a formal executive meeting. There is a weekly Bible Study and a Sunday Service in the Chapel on campus. The students also visit the local Parish church once a month. There is currently a challenge of regular Eucharistic services on both campuses. A Chaplain would be a helpful intervention from the Diocese.

St. Mary Magdalene Guild

The Diocese recently recognised the St. Mary Magdalene Guild, on the basis that they will be active within the Diocesan youth umbrella. This has been achieved by their involvement in the BYI, where they send a representative. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in this field as we are still trying to incorporate the group into the diocesan structure.

 

Bamabanani/Tshwaranang Wellness Ministry

The Wellness Ministry is now focussed on orphans and vulnerable children, and on home-based care projects. Projects include the care of children diagnosed with HIV and AIDS and on ARV’s; the education of families affected by HIV and AIDS; and referral and follow-up of those treated for all chronic diseases. Sello Sepotokele and Lydia Kokozela are the ministry’s two field workers. Involved parishes include St Nicholas, Ennerdale, Christ the Saviour, Lenasia, and St Luke’s, Evaton.

Nandi Tshaka

 

Excerpts from Synod Report – St Martin’s School

Physical Environment

The High School operates in an increasingly challenging physical environment with Rosettenville’s urban landscape deteriorating rapidly. However, the campus is secure with more than a dozen staff, including the Headmaster, living at the school, and its oasis-like qualities provide a wonderful place in which to live, learn, work and worship.

The Preparatory School borders on Moffat Park which is destined to become a high-density, low-cost housing area. This may pose certain operational challenges with regard to traffic flow, however the Governing Council of the school is exploring alternatives to the existing entrances in order that there is minimal disruption.

Bursaries

The school’s bursary and scholarship programmes continue to make access to the school by children from formerly (and currently) disadvantaged circumstances a key component of its operation. This should be seen against the fact that the school does not qualify for any state subsidies and is required to pay the prevailing property rates, taxes and utility charges. The school is very appreciative of the critically important role that fee-paying parents play in ensuring the institution’s well-being.

Promotion Policies

The school’s promotion policies do not include what is commonly called “gate-keeping” whereby the not-so-able students are “filtered out” at the end of Grade Seven and again at the end of Grade Nine in order to enhance the profile of the matriculation results. The school does not apply any “filtering” other than applying the normal promotion criteria.

Financial Situation

The school is aware of the current state of the economy and how this may impact on enrolment. The school has strictly controlled operational measures which, together with its long-standing debt-free position which have ensured that that it is able to weather the current economic storms.

Reputation

The increasing enrolment of alumni children as well as students from surrounding schools confirms that our reputation and ethos remain attractive.

Retirement of Headmaster

At the end of 2017, I will be leaving the school and retiring. I am very grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from the Diocese, and from Bishop Peter Lee in particular. The Governing Council has formed a committee that has commenced its preparations for the search for a new Head.

JB (Jim) Welsh, Headmaster

 

ST PETERS AND ST BENEDICTS, RESURRECTION WAY

BUILDINGS AND SURROUNDINGS

Since the last synod we had to sell two of our cottages because firstly, they were in a very bad state of disrepair and it would have cost us a substantial amount to renovate them. Secondly, we desperately needed to fix and upgrade the main parts of our centres and we did not have the financial means to do this.

STAFF

Because of our financial difficulties, we took wise and professional advice and decided to terminate the services of the Revd Kathy Barrable as Director of the Centres; terminate the services of one of the outsourcing companies and modify the other; employ a competent Bookkeeper/Administrator; ‘re-fashion’ and retrain the existing staff; and appoint Sister Ntswaki as the Centres manager.

RETREATS AND EVENTS

Our Panel of Reference are assisting us in ensuring that the centres have sufficient Retreats and Quiet days for those who are searching for this tranquillity and refreshment. They also prayerfully discern particular topics and exercises that meet the need of our thirsty travellers.

CONCLUSION

The next 18 months will be very challenging as we hope to turn the corner and meet our obligations and pay off a fair portion of our loans. Pray for us as we exercise discipline and prudence in all our endeavours at Resurrection Way. We are proud to have these centres in our diocese and we invite your prayers and support for their positive future.

Venerable Eric Ephraim for and on behalf St Benedicts and St Peters.

 

Brotherhood of St Andrew

Relationship to the Church: The guiding principle is that the Brotherhood is a part, rather than a competitor, of the parish, diocesan or provincial programme of the church.

Goal: The main goal of the Brotherhood is to spread Christ’s kingdom among men.

Disciplines: The three disciplines of the Brotherhood are prayer, service and study.

Service: An example of the type of service given occurred recently at St Andrew’s, Bophelong where the Brotherhood provided food parcels to the children of the Twilight Home after their fire. They are also involved in trying to get clothes sponsored and arranging accommodation for the children.

T J Mohosho, Diocesan President

 

Prison Ministry

Female Prison

2015 was a very good year for the Alpha team. The 15 Session Basic Course was attended by 34 participants, the follow-on course, “A Life Worth Living”, had 40 participants. The final course was a 6 session HIV/AIDS course. 2016 will be a trying year as all but one of the 5 presenters will not be available.

Medium C – Male Section

There were only 3 participants in the basic and follow-on courses but it was so profound to see how, through the year, their lives were transformed.

Medium B Maximum Prison

There were 35 participants at the courses.

In 2016, we are adding a 6 session Alpha Prayer Course as the final course of the year.

Revd Deon Hattingh, Alpha Course Leader

 

Pitso Ministry

BACKGROUND

Pitso is a ministry that assists parishioners who feel called to ordained ministry to discern their vocation. There are about 16 members of Pitso coming from various parishes across the diocese.

All people who feel called to ministry are sent to Pitso after recommendation by their respective Rectors or Priests-in-Charge to the Bishop who in turn invites the candidate to Pitso.

PROGRESS

In 2014 six candidates were ordained to the diaconate of which three were women.

This was an important milestone for the diocese as it was the first ordination of black women in the Vaal Triangle since ordination of women was allowed. The barriers to entry were broken and this has resulted in more women offering themselves for ordained ministry and we praise God for this.

MEETINGS

Four meetings will be held in the year 2016 with special focus on studying theology, retreat, leadership, mission and spirituality. Members are always encouraged to register and study through TEE College to equip themselves for ministry.

Revd Mkhuseli Sobantwana

 

Mother’s Union

The purpose of the Mother’s Union is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.

We achieve these by 1) Developing spiritual growth within families, 2) Empowering members to embark on projects to combat poverty, unemployment and ill-health, 3) Making Christ visible through the organisation.

Some Activities

Lady Day which was celebrated at St John’s, Boipatong. Moruti Abigail Tukulu, the former Provincial MU President graced the occasion. The preacher of the day was Moruti Gill Lee with a moving and challenging sermon. As a mother, she was very concerned about the high rate of teen pregnancy which was at 23 000 at the time.

The Lighting of the Candle of Hope Service was held on 17th October 2015 at the Martyrs of Africa, Evaton West to commemorate members lost to cancer. It was a combined service with The Bernard Mizeki Guild, the Anglican Women’s Fellowship, the Brotherhood of St Andrew and the Guild of St Mary Magdalene.

Sadly, the office was burgled twice in June and most of the items were stolen. The case was reported to the police but, to date, there has been no feedback from them. On 3rd November 2015, the office moved from The Church of the Resurrection to St Michael’s Church for security reasons.

MU Executive

 

MASIBAMBANE COLLEGE

Teachers We have a total of forty one (41) teachers in the whole college. Junior Phase with 14, Senior Phase 14, and with High School, 13. We have 6 teacher Interns with 3 Interns in JP, 1 in SP and 2 in HS. Above all we have 2 coaches and four Admin Staff members and one Admin Intern.

Learners’ enrolment for 2016

Phases Number of learners
Grade 0 126
Junior primary 295
Senior primary 369
High School 313
Total 1103

 

Achievements – Matric Results

Our class of 2015 did us proud once again by achieving a 100% pass rate and 78% University Entrance. A total of 34 distinctions were achieved with the top performer with 6 distinctions. We had 41 learners. One was again awarded a Momentum Bursary to study Actuarial Science at UCT, one got a Bidvest Bursary to study Computer Science at UP and the other one got a Moshal Scholarship studying Accounts.

Acting Head

 

Lesedi la Kreste School

Staff and Enrolment

There were 1261 learners at the school in 2015 with a number of disappointed parents unable to get a place for their children. In 2016 we will have two more classes, one for Learners with Special Educational Needs. Two Deputy Principals have been appointed – Mrs J Masisi for the Foundation Phase and Mr BS Mazibuko for the Intersen Phase.

Donors and Sponsors

Items the school has received include academic and library books, soccer balls and kits, chairs and tables, data projectors, screen and laptop, and school shoes and takkies. A welcome donation was 20 trees for the school grounds. The most exciting donation was the sponsoring of a reading camp at Uvongo on the KZN coast for 50 learners.

Building Upgrade

The GDE arranged for the following maintenance to be done, re-flooring and ceiling painting of 18 classes; re-routing of ablution pipes from the septic tank to the municipal sewerage; re-wiring of the whole school; and installing ceilings in the walkways.

MJ Molobo, Principal

 

Lay Ministers Fellowship

21 trainees completed their lay minister training in 2015 and are eagerly awaiting their licencing. 11 will be completing their training in 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming the new class of 2016.

I have to commend the class of 2015 for their support for each other. They started a WhatsApp group and through this medium, they communicate the word of our Lord and prayer every day. They also, as a group, visited a different parish once a month to learn from, and give support to, their fellow trainee lay ministers. They are planning to continue these visits and to invite the class of 2016 to join them

A training on introduction to preaching was given by the Bishop on 24th Jan, 16th May and 14 Nov. All who attended learned a great deal and are very grateful for the teaching they received.

Sue Kitchener

 

Diocesan Women’s Development Project

The purpose of the organisation is to empower and give skills to women so that they can earn income with their project.

One project we have been busy with is Aprons for the Catering Team catering for the Diocesan Celebration on 28th November 2015 at the Izak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijlpark.

We also encourage women to use their backyards for planting vegetables by using old motor tyres and old washing machines, and so sustain their families with their own fresh vegetables; and we are continuing to make coal using old newspaper.

We usually meet once a month a different venues and our membership is growing but very slowly.

Queen Poonyane, Chairlady

 

Christ the King Foundation

George Huntley, the Diocesan Registrar and a very valuable member of the Christ the King Foundation, sadly passed away in April 2015. He had been tireless in his efforts to untangle the various property problems experienced by the Foundation.

BUILDING PROJECTS

Plans are being drawn up for buildings for the Chapelry of the Love of Jesus in Vlakfontein. We have agreed to buy the property offered to us by the Gauteng Province and are just waiting for the official paperwork. Fortunately, the Community of the Resurrection have donated money to this project in memory of Father Jeremy Platt (or J1 as he was also known) so we will be in a position both to pay for the ground and to put up a portion of the planned buildings.

LAND ACQUISITION

We have a total of 13 items on a list of “Properties with Ownership Problems”. Various of these, like the Church of the Holy Innocents, Finetown, and St Augustine’s, Orange Farm, are properties we have occupied for many years, while in other areas, like Freedom Park and Poortjie, we are still waiting for the authorities to consider our request for a site.

Evelyn Keartland (Revd Canon) Secretary

 

Counselling Ministry

The counselling ministry has extended its ministry and support to include training. Many organizations in the church indicated their interest in counselling skills. Hence training in basic counselling, communication, and containment of trauma, was provided on a small scale at lay ministry training and to a number of Sunday School Teachers. The aim is for members in organizations who are confronted with traumatic situations to be in a position to provide initial support and to refer accordingly. This service is expected to continue as per invitation and as per need.

Providing emotional support compassionately is extremely important and this ministry is committed to serving the Lord in this manner.

Estelle August

 

CHN sisters

Preaching/Speaking/Retreat-giving

Invitations have been received from parishes in the Diocese of Christ the King to preach and to talk on the Religious Life, the life, work and ministry of a Nun. Invitations have also been received from the Diocese of Johannesburg to lead retreats and to pray for, and be present at, big Diocesan events.

Spiritual Direction

Sister Maureen has been undergoing training in Spiritual Direction with the Jesuit Institute (JISA) and now doing the practical work of accompanying people on their spiritual journeys. She is busy translating JISA material into Zulu and is also preparing to establish an Ignatian Centre at a Zulu-speaking congregation.

Formation School and Youth Conferences

Revd Mpho Mohale has been involving Sister Maureen especially in Meditation Retreats.

Sr Maureen CHN

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Events

I had the privilege of attending the Archdeaconry meetings of St Luke, St Mary and

St Cyprians

Our annual Bishop’s Breakfast continues to be a highlight for the teachers. The Pastoral Standards Presentation was delivered by Rev Netta at the last breakfast. We nominated Archdeaconry representatives during this event to assist with the effective managing of events in the Diocese. We also established a very vibrant WhatsApp group for the teachers.

We continue pleading and encouraging Mums in the Diocese to establish Praying Mums groups to continue interceding for our precious children.

Objectives

These include continuous recruitment and training of Sunday school teachers, especially male teachers.

Challenges

These include the need for accommodation for separate classes according to age or grades.

Suggestion

Please invite the Children’s Ministry leaders to the Archdeaconry meetings. They are an important part of the Church Family

We encourage the Clergy, Wardens and Councils to support and nurture their Sunday Schools by showing interest and acknowledging the work done by the teachers, and also considering the needs of Sunday school in their annual budgets.

Mavis Arendsen, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

 

Camp CTK 2015

As we embarked on our 18th Camp in 2015 we as the staff members decided that our theme for the year would be “Survivor” and we kept to the motto of the reality TV show which says the following: “Outwit, outlast and outplay”. As much as we had set this theme for the campers who were to join us on camp, little did we know that God would test us as staff and see if we were capable of holding true to our own theme? Staff were truly tested this year to see whether they could “Outwit, outlast and outplay and needless to say as difficult as the encounter appeared to us, we successfully outwitted, outlasted and outplayed various elements and subsequently, we had an extraordinarily successful camp once again.

Finances The majority of the campers had their camp fees paid straight into the Diocesan account and this made it easier for us on camp since we didn’t have to deal with a large amount of cash on us at the camping site. For 2016 we would encourage that payments be EFT-payments directly into the Diocesan account.

Camp Venue 2015 was the third consecutive year where we camped at Rocky Valley in Krugersdorp and this campsite is always a pleasant campsite to visit. However for 2016 we are looking at the possibility of moving to another Campsite as we would prefer a campsite that has obstacle course facilities and since Rocky Valley does not have such facilities. We will be looking at various venues including campsites in and around the Vaal River area.

Clergy A big thank you to Father Robert Hendricks and Father Mpho Mohale for your presence on camp, as stressed in the July 2015 report the presence of Clergy on the camp is extremely vital, as each year holds different challenges.

Thank you to the parents who entrust us with their kids each December, we appreciate it and really enjoy spending time with them.

Ilona Ismail, Melory Gibson and Team

 

Anglican Women’s Fellowship

Membership – 20 branches with 259 paying members. Newly admitted members brings the number up to 273.

The Fellowship is divided into clusters, each cluster mentored by two or three executive committee members - the Sharpeville cluster, the Sebokeng cluster, the Central Parishes and the Northern Parishes. This is to ensure that the leadership are able to reach all members, and communication is made easier.

Each cluster arranges visits to the bereaved, the sick and Homes for the Aged. Each cluster also has its own Bible Studies.

A Quiet Day, known as Mary and Martha Day, is held annually. The Bishop has conducted the services on the two occasions since last synod.

The AWF has started to collect sanitary pads and Pampers for charities. The Sharpeville cluster are already distributing nappies to the Buzybee Hospice.

In October, representatives attended a meeting at the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman where they met the new AWF Provincial President, Nana Khoza, and each Diocesan President gave a reportback. Diocesan organisations were encouraged to look into supporting prisons as well as Homes.

AWF Executive Committee

 

ANSOC NWU VAAL TRIANGLE CAMPUS

This is the third year that ANSOC has been affiliated to the North West University (VTC).

Branch contributions

Spiritual growth – our branch offers bible studies every week on Thursdays. We also have Eucharist services at least once a month.

Social development- we started having our “meet & greet Fridays” the previous year and we going to continue with that initiative as it brings us as An’socers to just relax on a Friday afternoon and catch up as members.

Additional activities

On the 9th March 2015 we had a BYI (Bishop Youth Initiative) meeting at our campus. It was an interesting social meeting because we got to learn more about the fun activities that we as a branch may engage in at our different churches. Most of our branch members were present at this meeting and after the meeting we went out for pizza and just had a good time catching up with different members of our Diocese as a whole.

Branch status

The branch has about 45 members but only 25 members affiliated so far, and they are also active in the branch always eager to do tasks for the branch.

Chaplain - Father David Dinkebogile.

Conclusion

We as the ANSOC NWU VAAL branch strive to provide a “Home Away From Home” to everyone who is a member of our branch.

Chairperson: Thuto Pesa, General Secretary: Onkgopotse Loate