Newsletter – July 2013



1. Parish Council on Tuesday 30th July at the McDonald Hall at 18h30.
Just a reminder to all involved in Parish Council that we have a meeting on Tuesday 30th July in the McDonald Hall in Winterton.


2. Harvest Thanksgiving Child-friendly Service and Baptism on 4th August at 08h30. The service on Sunday 4th at 08h30 will be a Harvest Thanksgiving Child-friendly Service. Please bring your provisions and veggies to the church. These will be distributed to those in need.

3. Annual Golf Day 18th August.
The Annual Golf Day, to raise funds for the Parish Car Fund, will take place on the 18th August at Hlalanathi, starting with a short service on the first tee at 09h30. If you wish to play please contact Jamie Jackson. His number is 082 4972195. We would be grateful if people could donate chocolates, sweets and bottles of wine for prizes. These can be given to John Green or Priscilla Mann.

4. Men’s Conference ‘Wild at Heart‘ by John Eldridge at Em’seni from 23rd to 25th August 2013. The ‘Wild at Heart‘ Conference will take place at Em’seni from 23rd to 25th August. A DVD Series will be the major input for the weekend. John Eldridge’s courses are so over subscribed in the USA that attendees have to be chosen by a lottery system. (Please contact John if you would like a pamphlet) Bishop Tsietsi has asked that all clergy from the Archdeaconry of Uthukela should attend the conference from Friday to Saturday. (The Sunday DVDs will be shown at clergy meetings later in the year.) Some men in our Parish have been asking for a conference of this kind. Now is the opportunity to attend!

5. Johan During to preach on 25th August in the Parish.
Johan During will preach on the theme “The priesthood of all believers” on Sunday 25th August. He will preach at the 08h30 Service in Bergville and then travel to the Service in Winterton at 09h00.


6. Bergville Combined Service on 1st September 2013
The Bergville Combined Service will take place on 1st September at our church, St Patrick’s at 8.30 am. The other congregations in Bergville are asked to join us for worship at 8.30 am

7. Baptism and Confirmation Service on 8th September.
There will be only one service in the Parish on 8th September at 09h00 am in Winterton. There will be baptisms and some children will be confirmed. Bishop Tsietsi will preside at the service.

Child-friendly service in Bergville on 15th September.
The 08.30 Service in Bergville on 15th September will be a child-friendly service.

9. The ‘Rooted in Jesus‘ Course at Em’seni from 20th to 23rd September.
Rooted in Jesus” is a practical course in discipleship that was originally developed in the Diocese of Kilimanjaro. A pastor was using the ‘Jesus Film‘ to bring people to conversion but needed a discipleship course to follow up so that people’s lives would be transformed.

This course is now being used in many countries in Africa including in our link diocese of Niassa where the Anglican Church has nearly doubled in size from 1998. It is being used in four diocese in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

Bishop Rubin has granted permission for a Training Course for ‘Rooted in Jesus‘ for the clergy and lay leaders of the Archdeaconry of Uthukela to be held at Em’seni from 20th to 23rd September.

People who will in time lead groups have been invited from all the parishes in our Archdeaconry. It is hoped that some lay people from our own parish will attend the conference. (The application form is available from John as are the contents of the course)

10. 100th Celebration of the use of the Winterton Church 29th September.
On 29th September there will be one service in the Parish at 10h00 am to celebrate 100 years of worship in All Saints’ Church in Winterton. The other churches in Winterton will join us for the service. A tent will be put up in the grounds to accommodate all the people who will attend the service.


11. Child-friendly Service on 13th October in Bergville.
The 08h00 Service at on 13th October will be a child-friendly Service.
(Summer time service at 08h00 from beginning of October.)

12. Parish Dinner and Fund Raising Evening at the Bergville Country Club on Friday 18th October @ 18h30

There is to be a Parish Dinner and Fund Raising evening on 18th October @ 18h30 at the Bergville Country Club. There will be a Whisky Tasting by Cathy White (John Green’s sister) for those interested. It is hoped that there will be a display of Persian carpets which will be on sale, for interested persons.

13. One Service in the Parish on 20th October.
There will be only one service in the Parish on Sunday 20th October at 10h00. After the service there will be a bring-and-braai lunch (please bring your own meat and drinks) to celebrate John Green’s 60th and Gill Green’s 58th birthdays! The Central Drakensberg Adult Choir have been invited to the service and to entertain us with a few songs after the service. Clive Staegeman and Patrick will also be present to play the sax and flute and to sing.

As you can see the next three months are really busy months.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

John Green

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