It was with great joy and enthusiasm that the members of Knysna congregation in the southern cape received the news that District Apostle Barnes was going to conduct a service for the departed in their congregation.
After months of preparation the weekend of 31 October – 1 November finally arrived.
On Saturday morning the District Apostle took the time to visit local leaders, retired ministers and members at their homes. Next on the itinerary was a visit to Buffels Bay, a small coastal village. It was here where District Apostle Johan Kitching tragically lost his life while fishing and the District Apostle planned to visit the area as part of weekend’s activities. Those who gathered sang one of District Apostle Kitching’s favourite hymns: “Star to which I’m looking”.
Later that afternoon, a festive concert took place at the Knysna Primary School. Here more than 450 members and guests gathered to listen to heavenly music that prepared them for the service the next day. After the concert, the District Apostle wished all the invitees a blessed preparation for the divine service and enjoyed fellowship with the members before leaving.
On a wet Sunday, the Knysna congregation gathered for the highlight of the weekend, the Service for the Departed.
The District Apostle based the sermon on the text word taken out of 1 John 5: 5: “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the son of God?” After he called Bishop Barron and Apostle Nene to serve, the District Apostle dispensed the acts of Holy Baptism and Holy Sealing to the invited souls in the yonder realms. Thereafter he invited all souls to partake of Holy Communion through the two chosen vessels. Bishop Flores and bishop Stephens served as proxy for this special moment. After the divine service, the District Apostle thanked the members for their preparations and took time to greet them and pose for a few photos.