Funeral of the Revd Canon George Winston van der Merwe

George van der Merwe sadly, and unexpectedly, passed away on 14th March this year. His was a dignified funeral full of “pomp and ceremony”, as was appropriate for a cleric who had served in our diocese. A full procession, consisting of crucifer, servers, layministers and a large number of clergy, including chapter members in their regalia, led the coffin into the Church of the Transfiguration. Because George had served as Rector in this church, his coffin was lifted up and placed in the sanctuary.

In the absence of the Bishop, who was out of the Diocese, the Requiem Mass was conducted by the Dean, Maureen Simons. She was assisted by Archdeacon Gijimane Radebe, and Canon Reg Gersbach, who had attended college with George, preached the sermon. George’s son, Denzil read the first reading, and one of his grandsons read the second reading. The beautiful music that accompanied the singing was provided by Clarence Fourie who had been organist and friend during George’s time in Eldorado Park.

The church was packed with those who had known and loved George van der Merwe during his many years of ministry in our diocese. A large number were from Eldorado Park where he had served as rector in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Many, too came from Ennerdale where he had been rector for a number of years in the 90’s. Also noticeable were members of his most recent church, St Mark’s, Regent Hill. The love for George coming from that great crowd could be felt.

I have had the joy and privilege of knowing George van der Merwe and his family – his wife Marie, his sons Denzil and Deon, and his daughter Delyce – since my church, St Francis, Walkerville, became part of the his archdeaconry, the Archdeaconry of Klipriver, in the early days of our diocese. I got to know them better when I was transferred to his parish of St Nicholas, Ennerdale in 1997, and I was pleased to be sent to work under him again in Eldorado Park in 2002. I found him to be gentle and caring, a considerate leader and good mentor.

I am sure that Christ’s words “Well done, good and faithful servant” would have greeted George as he came face to face with his Lord and ours. May our Lord Jesus comfort and strengthen in his family in their time of mourning.

By Evelyn Keartland


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Diocesan Celebration Service - 28 November 2015

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Umbhiyozo we Diocese of Christ the King

Ngomgqilo 28 Novemba 2015 amabandla ase ‘Diocese of Christ the King’ ahlangene e Isak Steyl Stadium , -Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijl park, ngenjongo zokukhumbula nokubhiyozela ukusekwa kwale ‘diocese’ iminyaka eyi- 25.
Nangona imini iqale ngenqele, kungathi kuzaku netha, bazile abantu ukuzoku bulela u mdali ngokusithwala kude kwalapha.
U Bishop Peter uqale intshumayelo ngokwamkela abatyeleli base Engeland nase Melika kwa nabo abasuka kwi-diocese zase Johannesburg,High Veld. Wamkele ne Vice -Chancellor - Ms Irene Motlana yase VUT (Vaal University of Technology) nabo bonke abaxhase le diocese kude kwalapha.
Ubabongile nabajonga ukuphatwa kwenxowa-mali - Axiom -Diocesan Auditors wabondla nge 'Certificate of Recognition' esiba bhalisa kwi 'Roll of Thanksgiving yale Diocese kuma gama abo 'bazintshatsheli'/abazuzayo.

Uthethe ngomanyano nothando olubange abantu bale nqingqi/ndawo yase Vaal, abaphuma kwixhesha elimasikizi elidlulileyo bangasoloka bengajongani ngobutshaba nangenzondo,kodwa babonane njengendalo ka Thixo.
Ubumnyama besono okubange abantu bazondane kungaphela tu xana sivumela ukhanyo lwe nkosi lusi khokele.

U Bishop ucele umnikelo siwuse kwi nkozo zethu ngomso (ngecawa).
Umculo bewukhokelwa yi choir yalapho e Vanderbijl park. Simamele nabaculi abatsha,abazibiza nge (African voices..) Abasiculele kamnandi.
Emva kwenkonzo siphakelwe ukutya okumnandi phambi kokubuyela emakhaya.

Unobhala - Johnny Gallant

Mokete wa sehopotso

E se e le dilemo tse 25 Diocese ya Christ the King e theuwe, tlasa boetellipele ba Mobishopo Peter Lee. Letsatsi la sehopotso le ile la ketekwa ka la 28 Pudungwana 2015, setediamong sa Isak Steyl se VUT.
Mosebetsi o qadile ka hora ya leshome hoseng mme boemo ba lehodimo bo ne bo sa hlaka hantle, empa hoo ha ho ka ha eba le tshitiso efe kapa efe ditsamaisong tsa letsatsi.  Father David Dinkebogile, eo e neng e le yena motsamaisi wa mosebetsi, o ile a amohela sechaba kaofela se tlileng moketeng.
Bishop le yena o ile a amohela batho bohle mme a kgetholla le ho leboha maemedi ba mekgahlo ka ho fapana. O ile a amohela Mme Irene Motlana, eo e leng motlatsa Khansele wa VUT, Baemedi ho tswa Dioceseng ya Virginia, mose ho mawatle. Baemedi ba di Auditors, Baemedi ho tswa di Dioceseng tse ding tse ka ntle. Le batho kaofela ba ileng ba a le seabo ditlhopisetsong tsa moketjana ona. Mme a leboha hape le balekane ba Baruti ka tshehetso eo ba e fang balekane ba bona ka dinako tsohle.
Khoaere ya letsatsi, tlasa Boetelledipele ba Fr Phoswa,  e ne e kopantse maloko ho tswa Dipherishing tse fapafapaneng mme e ile ya etella phutheho pele ka dipina tse monate.  Khoaere ya African Sweet Melodies le yona e ile ya mengwa ho tla fana ka mahlaso a mmalwa mme e ile ya tsanyaola ha monate haholo.
Mosebetsi o fihlile pheletsong ka hora ya leshome le metso e mmedi hodima hloho, mme phutheho yohle e ile ya kopuwa ho sala e le hore batle ba fumantshwe tse yang ka maleng.

Likomang Raputsoe

Anglican Church Diocesan Anniversary

On Saturday the 28th of November we celebrated the end of the year of celebration for the 25th year of the diocese of Christ the King. It all started out with a massive service at the Eldorado Park Church at the beginning of the year and it ended at the Isak Steyl Stadium in Van der Bijl Park. At the beginning of the week however the whole ceremony was under the threat of being cancelled due to bureaucracy. Our God however would not allow this to happen, so in spite of the all the difficulties, our day at the stadium dawned brightly and we all set out early to meet the challenges that lay ahead.
A marquee tent had been erected on the athletics oval to house the dignitaries, the lectern and the sacred elements for the communion service. Soon people began arriving and chairs had to be dusted and side’s persons had to be on duty to get everyone seated correctly. The aged and disabled were seated in the front row at ground level. The choir and the large contingent of lay ministers were seated in the upper levels of the stadium right in the middle, and the congregation, which eventually totaled about seven to eight hundred, were seated on either side.
The dignified, very colourful procession started promptly at 10.00 and was accompanied by angelic singing from the choir. Everyone had been supplied with a booklet giving the order of the service. It was a multi-lingual service and readings and rubrics were done in Xhosa, SeSotho, Afrikaans and English. The singing, which is a common unifying factor was uplifting, to say the least.
Bishop Peter Lee delivered a thought provoking sermon. He started out with an impassioned plea for unity among Christians and told us that we are the gospel and a nation of priests, the answer to the needs of this world.

He told us that God is still in business and that Christ is the glue that holds everything together then he cited the miracle of this once troubled Vaal region of the last century, where true reconciliation has taken place in a very short period of time. We were left with the words that God is able to change everything, let us put our trust in Him. The Eucharistic prayers followed, culminating in the magnificence of the sung Lord’s Prayer followed by Holy Communion. This logistically challenging procedure was achieved almost miraculously in the space of about twenty minutes and after the benediction everyone adjourned for a delicious meal and informal fellowship. The abiding feeling that was left with me can be summed up in the words of one of our great hymn writers i.e. “Names and sects and parties fall but Thou oh Christ art all in all.


Vacancy: Youth Pastor

(full-time post)

St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Sunninghill

Position purpose: To build relationships and minister in every area concerning youth in the parish, in order to facilitate growth in their relationship with Christ, with themselves and with others.


• Matric or equivalent
• South African citizen preferred; at minimum a valid South African work permit is required
• Qualification in youth ministry and/or a theological qualification
• Counselling course
• Fluent in the English language (written, spoken)
• Computer literacy (Microsoft Office; internet)
• Reliable, honest & trustworthy
• Proactive problem-solver who is creative & resourceful
• Planning & organising; time management
• Good communicator
• Facilitation skills
• Financial acumen (budget planning &maintenance)
• Independent worker yet also a team player
• Valid South African driver’s license
• Contactable on cell phone at all times
• This position has no clearly defined working hours – candidate must be prepared to work flexibly & to work overtime.

To apply: Please send a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with 3 contactable references to Revd. Claudia Coustas via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 26th June 2015.