People and Places March 2016
Easter is early this year, which meant that Lent began even before Valentine’s Day. On Shrove Tuesday, 9 February, the Cathedral’s traditional pancake evening took place in St George’s Hall. A team of pancake makers were kept busy on the stage, while another team of VG girls put in fillings and served the pancakes to the eager public. Amazingly, over 740 pancakes were sold, and the profit for the Bishop’s appeal was a staggering R5,700! Congratulations to everyone.
During Lent we have had the benefit of two courses, one at the Meditation Group on “The Art of Prayer”, and the other led by Claire Nye Hunter on “Jewels from John”. This was based on her PhD thesis, and sought to explore St John’s “unique and extraordinary Gospel.”
Student ministry has got off to a good start, with twelve students joining the Core Team (the student equivalent of Parish Council) working together with the Revd Claire as their chaplain. Attendance has already reached 30 students, which is an improvement on last year. They are doing a teaching series in the evenings this term, based on St Paul’s challenge to “Be transformed by the renewal of your minds” (Romans 12:1-2). The topics are: Freedom: all things are possible but not everything is beneficial; Focus: run with a purpose; Faith that can move mountains; Finish: Never, never, never give up!
We welcome our new verger, Melikhaya Jacobs, and hope that he will be happy working at the Cathedral.
Mother Zelma has recently been to New Zealand, and Margie and Geoff Antrobus will be heading in the same direction early in March to visit their elder daughter Helen Pfister and her family.
Our prayers are asked for Joy Tandy who fell and injured her back, and for Jenny Reynolds who has not been well. Thelma Neville has suffered a cracked ankle. Jackie Shipster, Chris Mann’s sister in the UK, recently had a stroke. Julia was able to fly to her side at short notice, and Chris has thankfully been able to sort out his UK visa and follow her.
News of Gavin Staudé in Somerset West is that he had a heart attack while exercising at the gym where he works out regularly. His heart actually stopped, but due to the presence of mind and good first aid skills of some of his fellows at the gym, his life was saved and he was taken to hospital, where he had a stent fitted. He is now recovering at home. Our prayers are with him and his wife Issy.
We pray for Margaret Speckman, on the death of her mother Martha Peters, and for Canon Bill Domeris, the Chancellor of the Cathedral who is a former Warden of the College of the Transfiguration, whose wife Shona died recently. They have been living in Cove Rock, near East London, since his retirement from the College.
Congratulations to another former Rector of the College, Luke Pato, who has just been chosen as the next Bishop of Namibia.
We pray for God’s richest blessings as we approach the special season of Passiontide and Easter.