Apostle Area 02

Ministers and brothers of Macassar Congregation kicked off the new year with a cleaning spree. On 21 January 2017, they swept the floors, dusted the furniture and vacuumed the carpets. They even cleaned the garden and the churchyard. Coming together to clean the church building allowed these men of God to strengthen their bond. A church building that is taken care of is always appreciated and is more welcoming. Ultimately, all their hard work paid off with a delicious gatsby and great fellowship.

It is not often that one can surprise one's Bishop, but on 26 December 2016, on the occasion of the birthday of Bishop VD Fisher, he received the surprise of his life when the Rectors and Bishop Area Coordinators of the Tafelsig Bishop Area surprised him, with the help of his family who were in on it. Wonderful and unforgettable moments could be spent in the presence of the Bishop and his family. Ministers often make time for others and on this special occasion the Rectors and Bishop Area Coordinators took time out of their festive activities, to do something special for their Bishop - an act of kindness and love.

Lentegeur Congregation, together with six smaller congregations of Lentegeur Bishop Area experienced a special encounter with our heavenly Father when they were served by the Apostle M. Arendse, on Wednesday the 18th of January 2017.
The message relayed to the congregation shed light on a question that might have crossed the minds of many of God’s children: Who am I? Through the example that was set by Jesus Christ, when he walked the earth, the Apostle made clear the identity and the role of God’s children. The Apostle stated that it is our purpose to serve one another and that we could measure ourselves by how much we do for others. He further urged the members to look into the mirror of God and call to Him when in doubt and faced with difficulties in their daily lives. He freely shared experiences of faith, which demonstrated how quick God’s response is to the call of His children, often much quicker than we expect, when we call out in faith.
Sixteen souls, three of whom were adults, were added to the fold through the act of Holy Sealing performed by the visiting Apostle Arendse.
A truly blessed occasion was experienced by the children of God, who could with heart and soul concur with the choir who with gusto sang their rendition of “How Excellent”.

On 15 January 2017, the Sunday School children of the Tafelsig Bishop Area (TBA) were given an orientation lesson on what is expected for the year.

Children gathered in masses after the divine service, joined by their parents and ministers. Rectors opened with a prayer and then began with their presentation. The presentation was about the way the Church's mission and vision are incorporated in Sunday School teaching. Focus was also placed on the objectives of Sunday School and the importance of Sunday School materials, such as workbooks, the Bible, Catechism, Hymnal and recorder. The theme for 2017: Glory be to God, our Father, was also highlighted. Children and parents were introduced to their Sunday School teachers and the importance of communication and parental involvement were discussed.