Tea after services on Sunday mornings.
When a congregation has three services of worship on a Sunday, one soon realises that within the overall body of the church there are three smaller groupings. Ron Schreuder and his wife Elizabeth started a tea for those who would wish to stay and get to know others. Tea or coffee and lovely eats are served after the morning services. Between the 8:00 and 9:30 services, there is an opportunity for the two groups to mix. It is also an opportunity for new members to be introduced to the congregation.
COME AND SEE THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE PART OF OUR CONGREGATION
There are many ministries associated with a congregation.
While ‘outreach’ is our message to our community and the world at large, it is the Pastoral Committee who look after members of the congregation. This particular committee is convened by Carolien Samson.
COME AND SEE HOW WE CARE FOR OUR MEMBERS, AND OTHERS WHO WORSHIP WITH US
Care for the elderly. A dedicated team try to ensure that all elderly members of the congregation are visited on a regular basis, with the Ministers taking Holy Communion to their homes when possible. We would love more people to help with this aspect of our ministry as we give back to the giants on whose shoulders we now so proudly stand.
COME AND SEE THE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF THE FAITH WHO WE LOOK UP TO
New Members’ Seminar. One of the greatest challenges in a very different world is encouraging people to join a particular congregation. We are often told that in a Post-Modern World, people are not really interested in belonging to or identifying with any one thing. Whilst we recognise this, a congregation needs members to ensure that its ministry is ongoing and constant. Our theology, ideology and even occupation may be in constant flux, but the need to minister to God’s people has never changed. All people wanting to formalise their relationship with St Columba’s are invited to attend a New Members’ seminar. This happens once a quarter where people are given a brief overview of the life, history and ministry of this remarkable congregation.
COME AND HEAR HOW ST COLUMBA’S HAS POSITIVELY SHAPED THE WORLD AROUND US
Hospital visitors. Someone once wrote ‘inherent in our greatest strength lies our greatest weakness.’ How true! St Columba’s is not a typical Parish congregation; people come from far and wide to attend church here in Parkview, and this is wonderful. When however they become ill, they obviously go to a hospital that is close to their home or doctor. Unfortunately, distances between hospitals and terrible Johannesburg traffic make it almost impossible for each person to be visited regularly by a Minister. The Pastoral Committee have a wonderful team of hospital visitors and one of them will visit and ensure you of the love and care of St Columba’s.
COME AND EXPERIENCE THE LOVE AND CARE OF YOUR CONGREGATION
Birthday gifts for 80’s plus. Somehow, words never seem adequate when wanting to thank someone for something special. On their birthdays and in recognition of the wonderful service many have offered to St Columba’s over many years, we send out either flowers or fruit and nuts to all of our members who are aged eighty years or older. The responses we get from these members is truly heart-warming and reaffirms how important this heartfelt gesture is.
COME AND SEE THE JOY EXPRESSED THROUGH
THESE SIMPLE GIFTS
M+WIG. This is an acronym for the Mid-Week Interest Group, which should really just read “People interested in a variety of outdoor activities and having a lot of fun!” Paul Hardingham and Ron Timm put together the most wonderful outings to various places of interest. I know Liliesleaf has been visited, so has Marie Spruit, as well as The World of Beer. Once you have come to see this group, you will almost definitely want to join in.
COME AND SEE HOW MUCH FUN OUR MEMBERS HAVE TOGETHER, THROUGH SPECIAL INTEREST OUTINGS