Worshippers commemorate St Manche Masemola
Over 5 000 congregants and members of the clergy of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa recently gathered at the grave of Manche Masemola in the deep rural parts of Ga-Marishane Village to commemorate and celebrate her life.
Masemola is one of ten 20th century martyrs whose statues grace the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London.
Koketso Masrishane, member of the Ga-Marishane congregation said the church’s Calendar of Saints marks the annual commemoration of the life and sainthood of Masemola on the first Sunday of February.
Elaborating on the background of the event, Marishane stated that Anglicans began to visit the gravesite from as early 1935.
Masemola, a teenager at the time of her death on 2 February 1928, was murdered by her parents for going against their will and preparing to be baptised in the Anglican Church. She was declared a martyr within ten years of her death. Her mother converted to Christianity in 1969 and was baptised.
“In Westminster Abbey a structure dating to at least the 15th century with ten empty niches set among sculptures of saints and allegorical figures like Mary, Truth, Righteousness and Peace, was designated to honour martyrs of the 20th century. So far, only two Africans are recognised and acknowledged there, Masemola and Janani Luwum, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
Source: Polokwane Observer.Story: Herbert Rachuene
Member of Christ Church Cathedral Wins Award
Matthew Dunbar has won a Gold President's Award for his contribution to our youth ministry. He is seen here receiving his award from Prince Edward
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
It is an exciting personal challenge for young people between the ages of 14 and 24. It started in the United Kingdom in 1956 and was first available in South Africa in 1983.
There are five sections to the Award Programme: Service, Adventurous Journey, physical recreation, skills and residential project.
There are three levels of achievement : Bronze, Silver and Gold with each level requiring extra input.
The President’s Award is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with Prince Edward handing out one of the certificate for the GOLD to Matthew Dunbar. In order to achieve this Matthew did his residential project by helping at the Diocesan 2015 Youth Camp in Belle Bella.
Anglicans Ablaze 2016
Here is exciting information about the next big Anglicans Ablaze Conference: Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th October...
Go to Anglicans Ablaze and look at the top right hand side of the page for all the AA 2016 Downloads- poster, registration form, fundraising letter and fundraising guidelines.
We are organising a train to and from the conference! More details about the "Blazing Train" and the form to book tickets can be downloaded by clicking: Anglicans Ablaze Train
See you in Cape Town!
Preaching Themes and Changes to Service Times
For more information on the preaching themes for 2016 and changes to our normal service times please refer to the page on service information
Sandra van der Merwe and Eunice Meiring from Limpopo Toyota handout beanies to unemployed people at Christ Church Cathedral