Apostle Area - JOUBERT JM

On Sunday 29 January 2017, Priest Hennie Naude and his wife Kraai celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary blessing. Bishop S Naude held the divine service and bestowed the wedding anniversary blessing on them.  The Bishop shared a special Bible word taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love”, with the couple, as a staff in their hand for the future.
Out of this bond of marriage, two children were born, a son and a daughter. They thank our Heavenly Father, for it was only through His grace and protection that this journey together was possible.

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On Sunday 5 February 2017, Apostle J Joubert held a divine service in Sinoville, Pretoria, for the 2017 confirmands of the areas of Bishop S Naude and Bishop D Mdhluli. Present were 125 confirmands, as well as their parents, rectors and district leaders. All the confirmands were requested to form part of the choir on the day. The Bishop D Mdhluli also served along.
The Bible word for the divine service was taken from 2 Corinthians 7:16, “Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything”. The Apostle conveyed that confirmation is an indication of our obedience to God and God acknowledges this by trusting us. He also re-iterated the confidence God, His servants and their parents have in the confirmands and encouraged them to focus on taking care of themselves, both physically and spiritually.

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On Sunday 29 January 2017, the Apostle JM Joubert held the opening of the year Sunday school service with Eastlynne and Gezina congregations in the Pretoria region. He used the Bible word from Genesis 1:31, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”
On the Saturday the children came together to help prepare the church with beautiful flowers and handmade décor. A short choir practice was held and all were excited for the day of Sunday. Early on Sunday morning the senior class was ready at their posts as doorkeepers, while some were playing recorders and others joined singing in the choir. A beautiful atmosphere was in the air when the Apostle stepped into the church with children and parents alike all looking forward to a blessed serving.
After the service a group photo was taken and special treats were given to the children.

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Shepherd Kevin Mann, the Rector of Pretoria Central Congregation was retired on Sunday afternoon, 5 February 2017 at his home. Apostle J Joubert used a Bible word from Romans 5:6 as the basis for the service.  The Apostle thanked the Shepherd who served in various ministries for almost 38 years in a number of congregations, for his dedication, sacrifices and his willingness to do the Lord’s work at all times.
Present at the retirement with the Apostle was Bishop S Naude, family members of the Shepherd and priestly ministries and members. The Shepherd received a wonderful surprise when his son arrived from New Zealand to be with the family.

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The Youth Weekend of 28 – 30 October 2016 to ATKV Klein Kariba was a huge success.
The rectors spent most of the weekend engaging directly with their youth, in order to break down the barriers between the youth and rectors. Each rector together with his youth also walked away with a plan and a well-laid platform on how to get the youth more involved in God’s work and to take responsibilities for their own congregations.
When the last group of youth arrived at the resort Friday evening, the fires were burning and the youth was in full cry. Upon arrival a general welcome was done by the Evangelist Keefer. The District Elder Danie Nel then opened with prayer.
Dinner followed which consisted of a braai with pap and sauce, salads and rolls with jam and cheese. The youth entertained with several games which drew laughter from all that were there.
The Saturday morning started at 05:30 with a mountain climbing session for all the youth and rectors. At their destination on the top, the Deacon Nico Nienaber shared a word with the youth from Isaiah 40:30 & 31. Returning to the camp, the youth composed some war cries which were shared with all.
After the breakfast it was down to serious business as each congregation, together with the rector had to put together a volleyball team. After several play-off games between different congregations, Booysens congregation emerged victorious. They challenged the office bearers to a game, unfortunately to their own detriment, as the older boys comfortably beat the youth in a very exciting game of volleyball.
Later on the youth came together in the lecture hall where the District Evangelist Nel explained to the youth the importance of “finding your place in the congregation”. During a break-away session the youth together with their respective rectors per congregation had a discussion on what roles the youth could fulfill in the congregations.
In the afternoon the Evangelist Keefer had a session with the youth on Leadership. As they had then all accepted new responsibilities in the congregation, this would place them in a leadership role within the congregation.
After dinner each congregation with the youth and rectors presented their plan on how to get the youth more involved in the congregation through a role play. Although very serious there was also lots of humor in the plays and mostly commitments from the youth. Several new doorkeepers, choir conductors, an organist and even a sister who really wants to be a priest came out of the plays.
Sunday morning started with breakfast; thereafter the 5 new young doorkeepers (4 of them were sisters) started to prepare the chapel as God’s house where the divine service was held.
For the divine service, the District Elder used the word from Psalm 139:24. After the divine service everyone involved was thanked and then it was time to take the long trip back home.

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