From the Rector’s Desk – 15 September 2019

Socrates wrote, ‘the more I know the more I realize, I know nothing’ and Albert Einstein said ‘the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know.’ Both of them acknowledged what the modern era is unwilling to admit to, and that is that we don’t know it all. Ancient values and wisdom can teach us so much more than the age of reason and the enlightenment and postmodernism are willing to admit. It is true that we have more facts available at our fingertips than any age before us, it is true that we can virtually travel the world over and with goggle maps and the Discovery Channel, it’s amazing where we can go and what we can see. “Planet Earth” introduces us to a world of knowledge, like never before. And yet we would all have to admit that the pursuit of wisdom is severely lacking. We are able to find opinions on everything under the sun and we are able to use the scientific method to decide on which opinion suits us best, but deep down we know that wisdom is required. Deep down we know that data is insufficient for good decision making.

Now it is true that Christian wisdom has been ignored in favor of a historical approach to the life of a people from a foreign land in an ancient time and these historical facts have been compared to our lives and the Bible has been used as another source of opinion. An interpretation of life through an ancient culture. But I put to you today that the Bible is so much more. The Bible is a book of wisdom, a reference point for all that we know, see and think we understand. The more I study the Bible the more I realize that it is the wisdom that the bible teaches that is most needed in our world today. Now the wisdom of Scripture is not unique, many ancient cultures share values and principles that are found in scripture. Often we failed to realize that God is the God of all and His wisdom has always been available to all people. What is unique about the Christian faith revealed through the scriptures is the fact that God is on your side. All ancient beliefs share the idea that as mortals we must appease the gods. We must live in a way that will stop them from being angry with us. This is not the way of Christ. Christ came so that we would not live in terror of God, but in grateful awe of Him. Getting this balance right is not easy, but it is the true work of the church, to build relationship with a loving God.

My prayer for all people, is that we will all realize that we are God’s people and He loves us and He has plans for us and He has desires for us. We can choose to believe that or we can choose to ignore that.

The church is like a hospital, which includes a convalescent home. It’s a place where the broken can come and seek the love of God, and here we get “spiritual therapy,” and doses of hope, wisdom, guidance and love. The church is a place where we can interact with fellow seekers of truth, fellow pilgrims of faith. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, the greatest purveyor of truth the world has ever known, here we reconnect with our Creator and realize that we are wonderfully and fearfully made, but that we are more than a collection of cells randomly assembled. We are created in the image of God and are filled with His breath of life and we get to live in and with and through our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are the church, like adolescents we all seek to find our own identity and our own path, you don’t stop being family just because you are trying to work life out. On the contrary there is a God who loves us and just wants us to come home.  Being a Christian will not change the world around you; in the natural order of things there will always be evil and dangers in this world. But being a Christian can change the way that you live in the world. A relationship with Jesus Christ gives you purpose, gives you hope, gives you an eternal life. As with any relationship it is one in which you grow, you grow in wisdom and understanding. A relationship is not built on facts about each other, a relationship is built on shared experience, shared dreams, shared vision, a relationship is built on healing hurts and on forgiveness.

Today this relationship is available to you! Like after a first date, you think, “I need to know you more” and then you make a second date.  Jesus said “come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” All you have to say is yes, I want to walk with Jesus and discover what life is really all about.

And here we provide a space for you to explore that relationship!

You are welcome!

You are loved!
You are sought out by God to receive His Grace.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you learn to trust in Him


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From the Rector’s Desk – 06.09.19

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with

thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV).

The Lord be with you!

There are many burning issues in our lives today, but I would be remiss if we did not address this one among the many priorities.

It has been a week of hysteria and mania, and fearmongering. It has been a week where most of this is justified as a nation rages against the depraved state of the nation. It has been

encouraging to see the calls to prayer and we need to take these issues seriously to heart. We need to pray that we, as Church will provide the much-needed response – to the question, “what do we do about the crime and the hate and the brokenness of this land? How do we protect our women and children from the scourge of domestic violence and femicide?”

The Anglican Parishes of St Mary’s Kingsburgh and The Church of the Good Shepherd

Amanzimtoti commits to:

1. Being a safe space for women and children, and stands against all forms of gender       violence and abuse, the Pastoral standards of the ACSA, will be our guide;

2. counter the false teaching on male superiority and the flawed theology around the     submission of women and provide clarity on the Theological position of the role of men and women in the family and society;

3. safeguarding the integrity of families, and the inherent dignity of all God’s creation, and as people created in His own image;

4. working with all the organizations and groups in the church to address the fear and the uncertainty which the events in our country have caused even our youngest children to be concerned about;

5. every Man in the two Parishes proactively standing against gender violence and abuse in every form,

 6. prayerfully seek ways to address these issues in our society;

 7. working with other civil society organizations to address this scourge in our society, and

the ministry of reconciliation, developing a sound theology of forgiveness, compassion and accountability.

I encourage a spirit of dialogue. There are many platforms for this. Social media provides us with a wonderful tool for dialogue. I encourage you to use our new Facebook Group

(the page is visible to everyone, the group only visible to Parish Members) to join the

conversation. Of course, the good old email with your thoughts or an appointment to see me or making it a discussion item in your groups is encouraged.

Be assured of my Prayers.


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From the Rector’s Desk – 01.09.19

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. (Psalm 24:1)

Welcome to the Season of Creation. Over the next four weeks among other things we will be praying especially for a change of heart towards the way we live in the world. In our “consumer” based society, we have become out of sync with God’s creation and His will. We are not tending the earth the way we should, and we are disrespecting God with our attitude towards what He has created and the life He has given us.

Over the last two months I have conducted environmental training for the Vuleka Center Staff (Vuleka is the Diocesan Retreat Center at Botha’s Hill owned by the Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches. Our Diocesan Creation Care Network has adopted the Center as a project).

Two things that I covered there made a big impact on the staff and I share them with you, though we know this many people have not ever really thought about it. Earth is the only

planet in the Solar System that has water, and this water has been here since the beginning of time and will be here till the end of time. It changes form but water is neither created not lost. The

volume of water on earth 10,000 years ago and 10,000 years in the future will be the same, but 100 years ago there was a lot more usable water than there is today. Most of the fresh water on earth is trapped in the icecaps, as they melt this water mainly flows into the sea and

becomes saltwater. It’s the only water we have and its all the water we have, Contaminated water, is either very expensive to treat and in some cases cannot be treated and therefore is no longer as useful or at all useful. Water is precious -let’s respect it, water makes life possible! No wonder Jesus said – “I am the Living water!” Water makes life possible.

We met to discuss Synod and we are grateful to Archdeacon Forbes Maupa for the wonderful presentation he did for us to prepare us for Synod. It is going to be a challenging Synod this year and I pray that you will earnestly pray for our Synod.

Lord God

You have given your Holy Spirit to the Church that He may lead us into all truth:

Bless with His grace and presence the members of the Diocesan Synod

Keep them steadfast in faith and united in love that they may advance your glory and the peace and unity of your church;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


As you know we continue to discuss our Diocesan Sustainability, keep these discussions in your prayers. I have begun a consultation process with the Parish Council as we look to our part in determining the future of the Diocese.

We have a number of events coming up – I remind you that these are fundraising events, but they are also outreach events which aim at bringing people from outside of the church to the church. We want to raise funds from people who are not members (otherwise we are simply circulating the same money) and we want to show them how wonderful life in the community of believers is. 

May our God in His infinite Wisdom guide you in all righteousness!

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46 vs 1 & 2(NIV)).

The Lords is King and He Reigns.

As you should be aware the Diocese was called together last week and addressed about its financial situation.  We have the ability and the responsibility to prayerfully respond to our situation and look past our human frailty and seek God, His truth, His hope and His calling on our lives.

 The Leadership explained that our Stipends (Salary bill) need to be paid out of “member contributions, grants and donations,” which are made to the parishes. The Diocese is funded by the Parishes and this is collected from the Parishes as an “Assessment.” The Assessment is the money paid by Parishes (which is where the members are) into the Central Fund which is augmented by Investment income. The Central Fund pays the Priests Stipends, the Diocesan Administrative costs, contributes towards the Provincial Administrative costs and Provincial Funds. Therefore, the Assessments must raise enough money to pay the Stipends. As simple as that. As I am sure is obvious, not all parishes have the ability to cover the costs of the Stipend for their priest – but this has to be an objective. Every Parish should be striving to pay their priest’s stipends and the running cost of the parish.

Here at home we have already taken a step to address this issue by installing a “Team Rector.” Our Assessment was changed in 2017 to be in line with what the Churches could afford while still paying our Clergy Costs in full. In other words, we were not being subsidized by other parishes and were not contributing to any other parishes but were cross subsidizing ourselves. As an incentive to move forward the Bishop wrote off a portion of the outstanding Assessment owed (By St Mary’s) because we were keeping up to date with the current payments. Had we not run into trouble with the tenant at 81 Fyn Rd, all would have been well. But without that rental and with the services still having to be paid, we at Good Shepherd are not able to cover our Assessment at present. In Other words, my stipend is not being paid in full by the two parishes, and the Diocese covers the shortfall out of the Central Fund, the same fund that is not receiving enough funding to cover the Diocesan Salary bill.

Therefore, we need to be bold and strive to remain committed to the Mission as our primary objective.

We exist to be the Church in the Community and the Community in the Church – to know Jesus and Make Him known. We need to be more proactive, more focused and more dedicated to our mission. The Church is the means to the end not the end in itself. We should be so focused on our mission for God – “God Reconciling the World to Himself through Jesus Christ,”  that all the other things become insignificant and our passion lie in the living out of God’s love.

I am positive that we are going to come out of this stronger. We have two dynamic Parishes which are on a growth curve and can handle the challenges set before us. I ask you to remain prayerful and positive. God will show us the way.

May God in His infinite wisdom guide us across this Jordan into the promised Land.


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From the Rector’s Desk – 18.08.19

“In all things we are more than Conquerors, through Him who loves us” (Rom 8:37).

The Lord is King and He reigns!

Some weeks are more encouraging than others. It is not dependent on the troubles that you face, encouragement is not just a sense of wellbeing, but a sense of God’s presence in every circumstance, every emotion every event. It is not surprising to me that we use the word “courage” as the heart of positivity – en-courage or negativity dis-courage. We are motivated by a sense of being able to endure, and we endure when we operate in the strength of God. 2 Cor 12:10 says:’ for when I am weak then I am strong,’ St Paul says – when I acknowledge that I need God to make it possible when I cannot do it in my own strength, then I am strong. In God we can do valiantly says the psalmist. (Psalm 60:12).

I have the overwhelming sense that God is doing something that will change our lives dramatically. That He is calling us to cross the river and enter a new phase, a new chapter of life in Christ. So, I plead with you to be fervent in prayer. May we like the people of Goshen sign the cross on our thresholds (I love the imagery of that – the people made a cross on the lintel and the doorframe that they would step through – a statement of in God we trust)!

Will you “gird up your loins” (An ancient way of saying – PULL YOUR SOCKS UP!)

In 1 Peter 1:13 we are encouraged to have minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. St Peter is building on that great OT theme of girding up your loins. (Job 38, Jer. 1:17, Kings 2:4-9 etc.) pulling up your socks and doing what God requires.

And in the Words of the Prophet Micah (Micah 6:8) What the Lord requires of us is this.  “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

My dear disciples of Christ, if we live by the spirit let us walk with the Spirit (Gal5:25). Let us walk with Jesus doing His will, obeying His command and fulfilling His desire to love the world back to God.

Be of God courage, fight the good fight of faith that you may finish your course with joy, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and always.

A note to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

We have a gate at Good Shepherd for your security. It does not help that we leave the gate open and allow open access, as that defeats the purpose of having a gate, but that means that access is an issue. This problem could easily be solved if someone volunteered to come at 08h00 on a Sunday and open the gate when people arrived and control access until 09h00 when the service began, and we could arrange a similar setup for other functions. Until such time as that happens you will need to respectfully and patiently wait for the people who are busy inside, preparing for the service to open for you. Your safety and security is our concern.

It is our policy to have a fellowship time after service and serve tea, coffee and eats. We are very grateful to those who do tea duty and are in need of additional volunteers to support this ministry.

We are also looking for volunteers to set up the tables in the hall before Sunday Service. Fellowship after service is an important part of our lives together and having some tables and chairs to sit at for tea is needed. Please consider assisting and volunteering a few minutes of your time to make our worship time together a joyous and peaceful time. I implore you to consider assisting in the preparation for Sunday Worship and in tidying up afterwards, and not just leaving it to one or two people to do everything or expecting other people who use the church to set up for you! It can’t be the task of the community groups who use the church to prepare your church for your service, that is not a sensible  or reasonable expectation.

I ask for your co-operation in this matter!

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From The Rector’s Desk – 08.08.19

The Lord is glorious in all His Saints. The Lord be with you!

If ever there was good advice it is this:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:12-17. NIV)

Herein St Paul shows us how to live together and how Jesus intends to bring the Kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. And so, I implore you that as you “offer yourselves as living sacrifices, that these be the measures that you use.

Our decision making should be based on these questions:

Is it compassionate?

Is it kind?

Is it being offered in humility?

Is it Gentle and does it show patience?

This world could do with some peace. And we are the ones to bring it. To bring peace requires an attention to the immediate and the present. World peace will not come through States agreeing not to be at war, this we know. World peace will come when people are compassionate, and kind, and gentle, and humble. “Am I bringing peace into the world, or not,” is the real question we should be asking ourselves. We can have peace in our lives if we live in gratitude for the peace that we have received from God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Whatever challenge you are facing today, the key to enduring it lies in being filled with the Holy Spirit, who when at work in your life, bears the fruit because as Scripture says “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22,23).

My prayer for you is that in these troubled times you will Seek first the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33) the kingdom of compassion and kindness, lived in love for God and for one another.

Have a blessed Women’s day weekend.

From one who serves among you.


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From The Rector’s Desk – 5 August 2019

To the Holy and faithful children of God in Amanzimtoti and Kingsburgh. Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

It is true that I am thankful to God for you because of your faith in Jesus Christ and for the love that you have for each other. This love is a product of the hope that you have stored up for you, a hope not just in a future heaven but in the knowledge that God’s will is for you to experience the fullness of His peace even now on earth. Being in the Kingdom means that we live in the same circumstances as those around us, but that we work in the love of God for the good of others. We shed our worldly desires for fame, and power, and self-aggrandizement. We no longer live just for ourselves, but we live for community, we live counting others as worthy to be served, to be loved to be befriended.

I was following a group chat dealing with a community problem this last week. There were plenty of complaints. What intrigued me was how few supportive and helpful comments were made. There was no sense of this is how we are going to endure this together. How can we do something for ourselves.

We have become a society that abdicates our own responsibilities, and we need as church to stem that tide and change the game. And you can’t do that on Whatsapp by the way. It doesn’t help to pass a positive remark, (heaven forbid) but you can make a real difference.  And I ask you to do so, let’s be known as the people who always remain in hope, who are always prepared to give an account of why we are still hopeful, despite ESKOM, the Post Office, the Zondo commission, we have reason to have hope.

Just this week I have spoken to a few people who have family oversees that are planning to return. They have seen the bigger picture and they have hope. We don’t need to visit China to see that there is a reason to hope. We need to see the world as God calls us to see it. A place that He loves. A place that He loved so much that He sent His one and only son and that now He sends you too, not to judge the world but to save it.

Please remain fervent in prayer and seek God’s guidance for His church as we seek to be about God’s business and doing God’s will, His good, holy, and perfect will, and pray for me as I pray for you that God will give you the strength to do all that He has called you to.

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding be with you, now and always.

From one who serves among you.


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From the Rectors Desk – 29 July 2019

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Col 2:6,7 NIV)

My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us truly give thanks to God for every blessing we have received from Him, and may our lives be lived out of that gratitude, for the grace we have received.

Be assured of my prayers for you all.

Our TotiAnglican Mission team is developing with a number of people signing up and offering their talents and their time. Remember it is an open invitation and as you see things develop you are free at any time to send me the “IM IN” message. I will also be putting out the call for some specific work that we need done, some admin and some research will be the first things to be done.

The Mission teams first task is to pray daily for a specific aspect of mission and to seek God’s direction for us as His people. We are starting a conversation around these issues. God will use the teams experience, personal desires, their study, and their willingness,  to shape our ministry to the world. The first parish Quiet Day (14 September) and a rethink of our Ministry team is already in the planning phase.

I ask for your prayers as I minister at St James Isipingo this Sunday at their Patronal Festival and at St Steven’s Woodlands on Wednesday, where they are running a Mission Week.

On Tuesday 23rd the Archdeaconry Council met and a training session for all councilors was facilitated. This prompted us to review a number of our practices and will result in some changes to how we communicate and organize ourselves.

I have had a few meetings which I believe are opening the way to some very positive “ministry to the World” and as we take our rightful (God given) space in society may we have the impact on the world that God desires us to have. I repeat, the Church is the only organization that has any reason to speak a message of hope – God is reconciling the world to Himself and that is Good News.”

The Baseline Study (an assessment of the details of the problem) on the situation with the Plastics Pollution is already yielding some interesting results and we are developing plans to address this crucial issue.

We are in discussion to strengthen the relationship between the Methodist churches and us and this is an exciting new chapter in our lives.

As some of you are aware, I was nominated for an award for the work that I am doing in the community.  This is an affirmation for me that what we are doing is valued. I really appreciate this as I need to know that I have a community behind me, supporting our efforts (I do it for God and for us, but I am human and sometimes I worry that I am alone taking on the world. Your confidence in me inspires me to work harder for our community and to persevere).   I am accepting the award for all those who I am working with in this – we are the Church in the Community and the Community in the Church; this is our achievement.  I am very grateful to the many people who are an inspiration to me and who have encouraged and led me into the work that we are doing to restore and build our community. The last ten years has done a huge amount of damage to our country and we are trying to find a way forward out of the mess. So much of scripture tells us about God returning His people , bringing them home. I believe that God is doing mighty things in our midst as He heals our nation, and it’s exciting to be part of this.

May God bless each one of you and may we continue to find ways to serve God through serving others.

From one who serves as a Deacon among you!

Fr Andrew.


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From The Rector’s Desk – 19 July 2019

We proclaim Him (Christ) admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. (Col 1:28)

At the end of the day the work of the Church is to present itself to God as the bride of Christ. Scripture teaches us that Jesus is the one who is preparing us. But it is we who desire to be conformed to His likeness and molded by Him to be this bride that is presentable. A battle has always raged as to what we must do and what God does. Our effort and God’s effort in us, how do we respond, react (I love that word – it speaks of acting again – hopefully better than before, to RE-ACT is to respond but we should respond in the love of God and not simply as an action driven by the presenting problem (I digress).

In the Lessons for the 21st of July we will learn that life is about Action and Contemplation. Or Doing and Praying, if we say we will pray about “it” or pray for someone – it has to lead to action. And our action, our activities must be brought back and prayed about, reordered in prayer and in contemplation. Prayer and contemplation means that we participate with God, in whom and with whom and through whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Participation is the best way to translate the words of the Eucharistic prayer – do this in memory of me (DO this in participation with me!)

In industry there are a host of different meetings that are held to plan, design, assess, monitor, review, and implement any given project. In business there are guidelines to follow and protocol’s and Best Practice to observe. (I once said to a young engineer that if he did his job the way he lived his life he would be fired!   Isn’t it strange that we can understand that in things of the world we have to observe the rules the protocols? We have to do it right, but in life we think that we can just do whatever we like and God must be satisfied with it. Perhaps that is why we are having so much trouble in industry, education, government: because we don’t want to follow the rules, we don’t want to comply!) God provides us rules and best practice and protocols by which to live and we need to follow them. (that engineer understood and appreciated what I said and repented – I hope you do too!)

I have been dealing with the worlds chaos this week and seen firsthand what impact our corrupt government and society have had on the poor and the vulnerable. While Judge Zondo asks his questions, and the press debates the answers and everyone is focused on this, people are dying from Cholera and hunger and lack of service delivery, because the money allocated to provide houses, flood relief, schools and services has been squandered. The last floods were a big reminder that there are consequences for our actions here on earth! (I’ll tell you more another time).

This week, after hearing last week’s message about the good Samaritan, I have witnessed firsthand how the Church has walked on the other side of the road, while our wounded perish; and I have seen how the Samaritan’s get looked down upon, abused, ignored. We have some repenting to do, my friends.

In this season of intentional discipleship, I again appeal to you to spend time on your knees asking God where you are being called to serve. I cannot share everything with you at once (To use Jesus words – I have too much to say to you now, but the Holy Spirit will make it clear to you [John 16:12-15]).

I am herewith initiating a Mission Team to spend time praying and working in the community, a practical team doing real things with real people, hurting people.  I have aligned a number of things and now we need a TEAM, a devoted missionary group who will offer an hour a week an hour a day, or their everything, to this work. There is field work, support work, intercessory work, something for everyone. It may seem a strange way to go about it – but I am looking for people to sign up to work for God, yes you don’t know what you are going to do yet, but like Israel being asked to leave Egypt who didn’t know where they were going but knew they were going with God, I am looking for people who will say, as for me and my household we will serve the Lord.

“Here I am Lord, is it I Lord, I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord if you lead me.” (Daniel L Shutte)

To sign up for the mission team send me a message – “I’M IN” to 082 370 4702 or

May God bless you abundantly as you live your life to His praise and Glory!


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From the Rector’s desk – 11 July 2019

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ, the Lord be with you.

Welcome to the season of Intentional Discipleship. This week the Councils of St Mary’s and the Good Shepherd met together to reflect upon the six weeks of Mission Shaped Ministry dialogue that we had had in conjunction with the Methodist Churches, a most worthwhile learning opportunity for us all and one from which we will reshape our ministry going forward. As Vanda concluded in her summary of the course – We are to ask ourselves. “What is holding me back (as an individual in the Church) from joining God in His mission here on earth?”

Discipleship means moving from being someone who attends a Church to being someone who is engaged with and participating in God’s Mission – through the local church.

As council we recognized the need to be more adaptable, we wrestled with the concept of Jesus being an agent of Change (change – the most feared word in the English language). But we realized that it was our need to have an attitude of adaptability that is key to being part of God’s Mission. We have to be prepared to see other people’s points of view; change does not necessarily just mean doing Church differently it means having a different attitude towards being church. It means changing the way we do church from Monday to Saturday, not how we do church on a Sunday.

As the Rector I put two challenges to the Council and now I put them to you.

“What is it that makes you reluctant or nervous to invite someone to attend our Church services?” maybe that is something that we need to change!


What is it that you see needs to be done, or done differently ( Very simplistically – what “bugs you” about, or in our church) maybe that is what God is calling you to do, to engage with, to be part of the solution to.

In this next season I ask you to prayerfully consider your relationship with Jesus Christ, as a Disciple.

In a relationship you are challenged, and you grow, and you seek, and you wrestle, and you are molded, and you resist, and you submit. Do not be afraid of a dynamic relationship with Jesus, do not be afraid of being called and being sent. For HE who has called you is faithful and He will not fail you.

Yours, as one who serves among you,

Fr Andrew.

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