Senior Youth Summer Camp
Building on faith took place the week of the 14th - 18th September in Mfuleni.
Nicole De Cooker
The young adult barn dance was held on Saturday the 17th October in the DG Mills hall.
Rectors Letter - October 2009
Report back on our Junior Youth Summer Camp
According to the media, in all its pervasive forms, the festive season is upon us. This is of course ridiculous because it’s November and there’s absolutely nothing festive about November unless you get some kind of twisted enjoyment from final exams or filling in your tax forms or, in fact, the strange recurrence of stormy winter’s days. However, for most of us, I would imagine, being stressed out and damp is not something which merits the response, “Ah, how very festive I feel!”
Since I've been back in Sydney I have stopped referring to the time here as a sabbatical. Outside of church circles (and maybe even in church circles) I have discovered that no one really knows what that means. A case in point is a comment I received on an album of family pics I posted on Facebook. An old friend asked, 'Why do church workers and missionaries have sabbaticals and everyone else has holidays?"
Ingrid van Blerk
Our last Young Adults meeting of the year was an evening of Praise and Prayer.
Phillip Van Blerk
On Friday 5th February 70 children and 16 adults descended upon Camp Faraway in Noordhoek for our annual kids’ camp. The theme of the camp was “Chosen” which was taken from our passage for the weekend- Ephesians 1v3-7.
This email was doing the rounds last week when I came across it. Now, I am a devout hater of meaningless chain letters (especially the ones featuring pictures of kittens and/or babies dressed up and/or shoved into watering cans, baskets etc) and a loyal member of the, “No, I don’t care if I die at 12am, I refuse to pass on your chain letter” Facebook group. However, I thought this was not only rather funny but also a good reminder for us that ‘the world is watching’. In light of Scott’s series in Titus I thought this was a practical example of how a lack of self- control can have consequences for the credibility of the church in the world.
Dear Friends As Easter approaches, we are reminded again of God’s amazing grace to us in His Son Jesus. The Apostle Paul describes this grace in Romans 5vs8: “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us..” In a world devoid of love and driven by pride and performance, what an encouragement these words are! Do we feel neglected and unloved? We can look at the Cross of Christ as proof of God’s love for us! Do we feel unworthy of that love? It was directed toward us as sinners and is thus not based upon our performance – it is totally unconditional and sacrificial and thus it reached to us as we are and helps us to become something new in Christ. Praise God for His love!!
Nicole De Cooker
On Saturday 24th April the St James Soccer team played a friendly against the old St James Soccer team. Many of you might not know that St James had a soccer team that played regularly for over a decade in the 80’s and 90’s....read on
Here at St. James we have a number of opportunities to get involved in all kinds of ministries through which we can serve one another. Some are in the forefront and others more behind-the-scenes. This week I want to draw your attention to the parking ministry and the men who serve us faithfully on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Jason and Jeanine Palacio
CESA News available as a PDF for your reading pleasure.
Red hot tips for living porn free and staying sexually pure
A brief report back of The Revive Conference which took place at GWC for Youth and Children's workers on the weekend of the 21st August.
Forgiveness is important in whatever the form it takes or level at which it operates. Forgiveness is about relationships, about improving relationships, about restoring relationships. This alone makes it important. In our litigious culture and in our age of war, hostility and divorce, learning how to mend and repair relationships must be important.
This week I wrote a letter to the clothing chain Markham’s. Here’s what it said; “When browsing in your Kenilworth Centre store earlier this week, I was appalled at the overtly sexual messages on some of the t-shirts. The ones that stood out were, “I recycle girls”, “I’m looking for a meaningful one night stand” and the shirt which has a picture of a boy and a girl with a heart on the girls chest and a heart on the boys groin. The wording read, “True Love”.
October is a bit of a nowhere month as the year begins to wind down. But October does bring with it the issue of Halloween. When I was a kid nobody celebrated Halloween because it just wasn’t done, it was an exclusively American idea. But, despite the fact that the South African walled and fenced lifestyle does not lend itself to trick-or-treating, celebrating Halloween has become more and more popular.
It was with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the terrible attack upon you. In 1993 we suffered a similar tragedy...read more
A few weeks ago I submitted an Informer piece about martyrs in the Middle Ages. This week I want to focus on present day martyrs and have chosen the story of Ri Hyon Ok who was executed last year in North Korea.
Scott Tubman, Jenni Galloway & Melissa Byne Collaboration
Welcome to our first edition of ‘Growing Families’! This is our latest St James resource designed to help you, the parents and carers, raise your kids in the ‘fear and instruction of the Lord’. (Ephesians 6:2). It is a short but practical tool that we hope will both equip and inspire you to grow your family in the love of God, and help them to become bold witnesses for him. Each month there will be a ‘Big Idea’ (our main article) as well as two ‘Tips’ (shorter practical thoughts) and a ‘Resource’ (something that you can use in the week to come). Through this we hope to be able to partner with you as you disciple your children in the good news of Jesus.
One of our goals as a church is to “present everyone mature in Christ Jesus” (Col.1:28) and the Women’s ministry (Women-2-Women) comes under this broader goal too. There are several strands to fulfilling this. We seek to create opportunities where women will hear the truths about what the Lord Jesus claims about Himself. We then use various teaching opportunities to study the Bible and highlight where women can work out their relationship with the Lord Jesus as they serve each other, as well as the wider church family.
The Big Idea To begin this edition of 'Growing Families' we thought we would start with this helpful reminder, 'How to Shape Attitudes' by Dr. James Dobson: But how does one shape the attitudes of children? Most parents find it easier to deal with outright disobedience than with unpleasant characteristics of temperament or personality. Let me restate two age-old suggestions, and then I'll offer a system that can be used with the especially disagreeable child...read more
Surviving Exams Exams are the stuff of nightmares - long after the very last question has been answered and the pages stapled together the stress and worry remain sometimes revisiting us months or even years later in one of those cold-sweat-exam dreams. How locking people in a confined space for a set number of minutes and instructing them to regurgitate facts, which they have more then likely spent the last twelve hours cramming into their brains under the influence of copious amounts of caffeine, is an accurate measurement of an individual’s intelligence is beyond me...
On Saturday November 12th, amid much excitement, two buses took a team consisting of myself, 90 Challengers and 30 helpers to Rocklands Campsite in Simonstown. The 2-day stay at Rocklands was an awesome experience and one that I simply have to tell you about!
Response to article (j-med ethics doi101136medethics-2011-100411) on post birth abortion. Every so often in C@7 we have a Wisdom spot The idea is to give some perspective on something topical or relevant that’s been in the news. Tonight I’m going to take 5 min to do just that. As it turns out, tonight’s wisdom spot fits in well with Mervyn’s second sermon in his series, Split Image. Last week was image created this week is image fallen. And if that sounds a little ominous, unfortunately you’re right. I want to spend the next few moments talking about some recent developments regarding abortion...
The secret meaning of Passover http://matthiasmedia.com/briefing/2002/05/the-secret-meaning-of-passover/ Martin Pakula | 1 May, 2002 As a Jewish Christian I have often been asked by churches at Easter to speak about the Jewish Passover or to perform a demonstration of one. Churches seem fascinated by it. It looks like it would be helpful background to understanding the Last Supper and therefore Jesus’ death.
The latest Edition of Growing Families is available as a PDF.
Scott Tubman, Jenni Galloway & Melissa Byne Collaboration, Leighton & Kirsty Ronne
Growing Families "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord...." Psalm 78:4
Welcome to the first edition of the St James Connect newsletter! As a staff team we have done some thinking over the past few months as to how best to keep everyone in the know about St James, so we decided to move from our regular weekly bulletins, (which seem to have past their prime) and move to a monthly, more meaty publication, giving you more than dates and information about events. St James has been part of the Kenilworth community for more than 40 years. During this time a lot has changed and so we're writing to you to reintroduce ourselves and our desire to connect with our neighbours. So hence we've settled on St James Connect. We hope you enjoy it!
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