Talks, Holiday Bible Club, Tim and Peace

Looking back on July…

ANGLICAN’S ABLAZE: There were several inspirational talks at the Anglican’s Ablaze conference in Joburg in the first week of July.  We will show a few of these talks for those who might be interested.

NORTH COAST HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB:  Also in the first week of July, we had 300 children running around our church property and jumping up and down in our church.  The programme was run by an amazing team of 60 volunteers of all ages from several different churches.  The holiday club in recent years has become an expression of church unity on the North Coast, unity in a common mission – that children may come to know Jesus.  About 100 children made a commitment to Jesus.

TIM McGOWAN: You guessed it, also in the first week of July… Revd Tim (and family)moved into the top house on site and have been unpacking ever since.  Tim has taken a service at KwaKristu iNkosi and two Thursday services.  This Sunday he will preach and preside at both services for the first time at All Souls!

PEACE & RECONCILLIATION:  This past weekend we had Brent van der Linde and Dave Thompson from Northern Ireland in town.  Brent preached on Sunday about the need for reconciliation in South Africa and the lessons he has learned from living and working in mediation in Northern Ireland.  Originally from Cape Town, he shared a bit about his own story and his struggle with hating white people.  But God was not finished with him… Dave and Brent screened a BBC documentary in the evening called “14 Days” to help us understand their own Northern Irish context better.

Brent’s message to us on Sunday about reconciliation was hope-filled and challenging at the same time:

  • 1) build relationships
  • 2) take risks in doing so
  • 3) be secure in who you are and your faith so you can reach out to anybody
  • 4) be creative in how you do this.

There’s more to say about what’s coming up on the horizon but it will keep for another blog.