Friday, August 10, 2012

Annual Fundraising Golf Day

St Peter's is planning its annual Golf Day for the 28th October 2012 at Observatory Golf Club, Steyn St, Johannesburg. This year it is focussed specially on raising funds for our youth - the future of our church and Christian life. We have a growing, vibrant group of children, teenagers and young adults, and the need to support their activities and projects, and nurture their enthusiasm is becoming a priority.
Funding is also needed for renovation of the church building, and replacing song books.

You or your organisation can help by
  • Sponsoring a team of players, with associated advertising rights. Kindly contact Charles January 082 455 8920, or Augustine Chigudu 071 829 1994 for a sponsorship form.
  • Publicising and finding golfers to participate in the day
  • Donating prizes
  • coming along on the day to share in the fun and support the golfers
 Some scenes from previous golf days... a time for families and friends to relax and socialise.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Anglican Youth Day Conference

Reportback by Sinenhlanhla Shabangu:

The conference, held at Sparrow School in Sophiatown on June 16th, was made up of a Eucharist service, in which Bishop Brian Germond delivered a sermon, and the 2nd part was when all the young people representing the various Parishes of the Anglican Church in Johannesburg were divided into groups so as to list and discuss the characteristics they would want the next Bishop to possess.

Kuhle, Tsholo, Martin, Sine, Shandu, Ronewa and Sabelo at the conference in their new Young Disciples T-shirts!
 It was quite an eventful gathering, with vibrant praise and worship. It was the first time any of the disciples had been to a conference of its kind, so it was quite heartwarming to see other young people from different walks of life praise with such passion and conviction.
Kuhle, Martin, Tsholo, Shudu, Shandu, Ronewa and Sabelo in the car park afterwards
 Having a funny Bishop was definitely one of the most common qualities we all shared amongst the different groups, other qualities that were quite common were: Spiritual, caring, compassionate, approachable, wise and understanding. The general consensus was that the next Bishop be able to be bridge the gap that has proven to be evident between the young people and the older parishioners. 
Kuhle, Sine and Tsholo
There was also a goody bag with chocolates and assorted goodies that was provided just before the end of the conference.

It was memorable occasion and one we would love to attend again next year.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


What a day! Not only was Trinity Sunday celebrated this week with bright red raiment, there were multiple reasons to share in the joy and achievements of our church and members of its family. Firstly, it was the 106th anniversary of St Peter's Church in Auckland Park, deserving, we thought of a last visit by Bishop Brian Germond before his retirement.
 Then, as a complete surprise, the Ven Dr Vicentia Kgabe had asked, and arranged with Bishop Brian for the Bishop's Medal to be awarded to our own Vic Gaul, truly a well deserved acknowledgement of years of selfless, dedicated and tireless service to St Peter's, the Anglican Church and the local community. A very popular choice... for the first time in many of our memories, Vic was rendered speechless. 
 After a strong and inspiring sermon from Bishop Brian, the shared communion and the service over, the clergy processed out, asking the congregation to remain behind. The organ stopped...then the strains of the Soweto String Quartet blasted forth, upping the tempo as Vinnie, some of her fellow students and her mentoring Professor came smiling and dancing up the aisle. The third celebration had begun - of Vinnie's recent graduation with a PhD in Practical Theology from Pretoria University.
Her exuberance and joy was totally infectious!

We heard eloquent tributes from a class mate, Rev Dr Robert Munthali (top left) and Dr. Prof Maake Masango (top right). It was inspiring and awe-inspiring, to hear our pastor being described as brilliant, outstanding, elegant, intelligent - well, we knew all that, but in the context of PhD's and thesis...put a whole new light on her - and who knew she was the author of a book? Dr Masango also delivered important messages on being South African, and particularly men, in South Africa. Our churchwardens Jacqui and Nkokone and Vinnie responded and thanked our guests.
Then it was time for feasting and socialising. A magnificent celebration cake supplied by the Lalumbe family took centre stage, carefully arranged (above) by Lufuno and Posani's son Ronewa and daughter Madzanga, and little nephew Thuso. Delicious leek-and-potato and butternut soup, and Breyani prepared by excellent parish cooks, Cardiff&Carol, Cecelia and Volentia to further warm the innards after a wonderful heart-warming morning 
Last but not least, it was also Stephen's birthday - on top of all these festivities, he had a surprise party waiting for him at home!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Getting ready...

We're going to get the St Peter's blog up and running again - first dust off the cobwebs and polish up the brass and an enthusiastic team did at the church on Saturday in preparation for a very special Sunday. More about that coming soon...