New Apostolic Church
Silvertown was abuzz with great excitement as the rectors from the greater Cape Town and outlying areas, including a portion of the Southern Cape gathered for a conference with our District Apostle J Kriel.
The rectors represented the working areas of District Apostle Helper (DAH) P Lambert, Apostles G Van Der Hoven, R Worship, B Bourne and J Cronje (Southern Cape).
This was the second of such conferences over the past week as our District Apostle continues to meet all the rectors across the country. The District Apostle shared a beautiful spiritual portion from our Chief Apostle and then proceeded to deal with many pastoral matters to update the rectors on matters linked to their tasks. The DAH introduced the Guide for Ministers which was recently introduced from our Chief Apostle’s office. Some of the topics discussed were the importance of Soul Care, Women in ministry, mid-week divine services, the importance of registering our children for Sunday School and the planned discontinuation of the use of set-top boxes currently receiving the signal for AVT services.
A light snack was served mid-way through the conference which presented the opportunity for the Rectors to catch up informally and strengthen their bonds with one another. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was experienced by all.
Following the successful conference, the previous day, the Rectors gathered together with our District Apostle at Claremont Congregation for a divine service. The District Apostle used a word from John 21:17, 'He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of [a]Jonah, do you [b]love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep".' The DAH Lambert and AP Worship were called to serve alongside our District Apostle.
The congregation of some 400 brothers served as a powerful male choir, interspersed by musical contributions from a smaller male chamber choir.
The divine service included the moving opportunity to share in the Holy Communion for the departed and concluded with a powerful rendition of the hymn, “Thanks be to God” after the divine service.
A group photo was captured after the divine service, adding to the memorable event, whereafter the District Apostle and all the Apostles greeted the Rectors after the divine service.
23 January 2023