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This blessed and most enjoyable excursion of the youth of Kimberley Central to join the Koffiefontein District in Van der Kloofdam at the Renosterberg Resort, will live in the hearts of the youth for long. The vibe of excitement and enthusiasm could be felt amoung the youth, including the parents that came to see off the youth at Kimberley Central church on Saturday 18 February 2017.
The weekend programme was managed under the umbrella of “Who I am makes a difference”. District Elder Baise started the programme by rendering a prayer of thanks to God for safe travelling and the grace to have such excursions.  He then explained the purpose of the excursion but also mentioned the umbrella under which the weekend would be enjoyed.
Thereafter, a short session on the use of modern day media and technology as an advantage to our congregations and the platforms the youth could navigate to gain knowledge pertaining to the church liturgy etc. was presented.  Rectors were very happy because the youth were exposed and enticed to want to have access to the MIS system. One of the youth sisters of a remote congregation showed them how she uploads the attendance after every divine service. In a very lively way the District Elder went on to show his profile, including his photo, to illustrate the enormous capability of the system.
The youth co-ordinators from a neighboring congregation  who earned the name “Team No Sleep” kept the youth occupied with a lot of fun activities. After enjoying supper a choir practice was arranged and the evening was ended off with a presentation of "Who I am makes a difference – The Blue Ribbon Story", a very moving experience which had some of the adults and youth shedding a silent tear.
Bishop Bhana and the diocese Youth Co-ordinator joined the group after the morning service in the local congregation of Van Der Kloofdam. Not even the bucketsful of rain which poured down since they woke up could dampen the anticipation for the Youth Service planned. The Bible word for the divine service was 1 Samuel 18, a portion of verse 18, “'Who am I, and what is my life. . .’” Priest Krull and District Elder Baise served along.
At the conclusion of the service sister Mildred Diedericks, who celebrated her 21st birthday on the day was wished. Bishop wished her on this special occasion and thanked her for choosing to celebrate such an important milestone in her life with the youth away from home. One of the sisters handed the gift from the youth to her - a Bible, hymn collection and a hymnal. The youth, adults and all present ended this divine encounter with a very powerful rendition of  “All hail the power of Jesus’ name”.
Braai was on the cards for lunch. All were in good spirit and enjoyed a few more moments with new and old friends. Thereafter, a very exhausted but satisfied youth departed for the long road home, some undertaking a 260km drive.

Great excitement prevailed after the conclusion of the divine service on 19 February 2017 amongst the senior members and the Sisters’ worker group of Kimberley Central congregation.
As part of the Valentine’s celebrations in the week and the appreciation of the gold in the congregation, the senior members, the group decided to treat them to some eats after the divine service. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and memorable moments of fellowship after the blessed encounter experienced in God’s house. The fellowship culminated in great joy in the circle of the senior members and they felt appreciated and enjoyed a sense of belonging.  

On 17 February 2017, Albertynshof Congregation had a Valentine's Dinner at Atlantis Guesthouse as a fundraising event to support future events. It was a well-organised event by the workers’ group and the support from the congregation and their families was enormous. Members were not afraid to dress up for the occasion; all were dressed in red and white outfits portraying LOVE.

The evening started with a prayer by Shepherd Joemat. Afterwards, a special guest speaker from the neighbouring congregation, Dr. Donovin Miller (Deacon) addressed the members regarding the importance of showing love to one another and more importantly having love for yourself. He further emphasised the dangers of what the lack of love can do. The evening was a huge success and the objective to foster better relationships was reached. It was not about how much money was made but at the end of the evening the fellowship experienced was priceless and every second of the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. All thanks and praises go to our Heavenly Father.

On Sunday afternoon 12 February 2017, on a very, very hot day the District Rectors, Rectors and Rector Helpers of the Kimberley Bishop Area (Kimberley only) made their way to the Kimberley Central church for a session on the topic of “Conception of Ministry” with Bishop Bhana.
The Bishop used the presentation that was distributed after discussions in Perth, Australia at the District Apostles’ Meeting International (DAMI), to bring all up to speed with the latest on the conception of ministry.
The session was attended by 41 ministers who had to brave the heat of the Sunday afternoon. After the meeting of Apostles and Bishops in Dennekraal in January, it was the first opportunity for the Bishop to also share the important matters pertaining to the decisions taken and the way forward from this meeting. Although the session was quite a lengthy one, the attendees took it in good spirit. The brothers were very excited about that which the future holds in respect of the different portfolios and the planned activities.

Due to the urgency to bring all up to speed on the use of the MIS system, our District Apostle J Kriel has authorised the Bishop G James to role out training to the entire previous area of NAC SEA. The itinerary of the Bishop James started with Kimberley on 11 February 2017.

The turnout for this session was 62, including Bishop E Bhana and of course the presenter, Bishop James. The almost 120 minute mini workshop was a very informative session for the MIS users and coordinators, which left them much wiser and more informed about the capability of the system, but also to have a better understanding of their tasks and responsibilities. The Bishop reiterated and based his presentation on the Vision and Mission of our Church, where we show our willingness to provide soul care, reach out to our neighbours and serve with joy. He also encouraged all the attendees to update the system on a regular basis. This is of vital importance, because the District Apostle expressed his wish NOT to receive written reports of an Area or congregation where he plans to visit, BUT he would want to utilise the MIS system to get the feel, see the strength of the congregation and by means of the data uploaded on the system, be able to get an holistic view of the Area/congregation per se.

All present committed themselves to fulfilling their tasks and roles.

On Sunday 5 February 2017, most of the confirmands of Bishop Bhana’s area converged at Kimberley Central for a special divine service for confirmands.

Great excitement  in the Kimberley area (Kimberley Central & Galeshewe districts) preceded the weekend for the commencement of the Sunday School calendar this year for that which our District Apostle J Kriel had planned - a special divine service where the congregation joined the Sunday School children in a divine service with a difference.
On Saturday 28 January 2017, the children, teachers and everybody in the congregations assisted with cleaning and preparing the church for the divine service the next day. The buzz was felt in each congregation where some congregations made it a day of fun with the making of placards and visual aids to depict the theme of the day. There was great laughter when the children rehearsed for their “deacon duties”. Lunch and a goodie bag added to the fun-filled day experienced. 
On Sunday the children arrived early to open and officiate at the door and ushering the members. The atmosphere was electric to say the least; the congregants were amazed with the conducting skills portrayed by the young and upcoming talent.  These unforgettable moments will have the New Apostolic world talking for long. After these beautiful experiences the children were prompted to ask for more such services. All agree that this initiative will build capacity for the future of the work of God.

The Mariannridge church was dedicated on Sunday, 29 January 2017, by Apostle A Page.
The history of Mariannridge started in 1976 with the relocation of families living in and around Durban, due to the Group Areas Act. The people came from Pinetown, Motala Farm, Clairwood, Thornwood, Cato Manor, Umlaas and other areas.
Under the leadership of District Elder Barnes, ministers from Sydenham and Wentworth supported the development of the congregation in Mariannridge. The first New Apostolic divine service was held on 31 March 1977 by the late Shepherd Harvey. The Damons’ and Schultz’ families opened up their homes for divine services during that time. Sub-deacons Vernon Hendricks, Cedric Hendricks and the late Ronnie Marajh were sent to assist in the development of the congregation on a more structured basis.
Thereafter, the local nursery school was used until the congregation moved into the Mariannridge Primary School, which was used until 2015. Ronnie Marajh was later ordained priest and oversaw the care of the congregation. He was supported by late Priest Parry Marajh.
Over the years the following ministers served as rector of the congregation: Priests Gavin Strydom, Ronald Hartzenberg
Keith Cloete, David Dettmar and Evangelists Owen Ohlsson and George Fortein.
The Church purchased vacant land and on 30 June 1988, the property at 1 Star Place was transferred to the ownership of the New Apostolic Church. Over time, the need to develop the property increased; plans were submitted and approved in November 2010 and a turning-of-the-sod ceremony was officiated by Bishop Naidoo in October 2012. A steel structure was donated and erected by District Elder Eddie Wentzel.
During February 2016, Vernon and Cedric Hendricks approached the District Elder Victor Smith with the view of constructing a church building on the church-owned property. The District Elder approached Bishop Naidoo for approval which was granted after discussion with the building department of the Church. Apostle Page established a building committee comprising of - Apostle Page, Bishop Naidoo, District Elder Smith, District Evangelist Law Vernon and Cedric Hendricks to steer the project.
After the requisite approvals, the opening of a bank account, a request from the Bishop’s office for donations and the receipt of donations, work began in April 2016. The immediate task was to preserve the existing steel structure.
The first bricks were laid on 9 May 2016. Vernon and Cedric committed their resources to the project and over the next weeks and months; many members came to lend a helping hand.
The congregation is currently served by: 1 community evangelist, 2 priests and 4 deacons, with an active membership of 93 members. The attendance during the dedication Divine Service was 191.