CELEBRATING 180 YEARS
This month (July) St John's celebrates 180 years of existence. We are enormously grateful for God's provision and faithfulness over the years through ups and downs, times of great difficultly and wonderful joy. I am a firm believer that the church is not predominantly about buildings but about the people gathered. Followers of Jesus have gathered on this Hill for many years and continue to do so today.
But we are changing and growing. We are growing in numbers and diversity. More families are joining us and we are committed to being a family of families celebrating our diversity culturally and racially. As families grow their needs change. We find ourselves needing to update and renovate some of our buildings so we can be more mission shaped and connect with all sorts of people.
For many years the renovation of the Cottage and the Garden of remembrance has been on the cards but now we have an opportunity with over R100,000 in our fund already.
The renovation will mean a completely new, flexible space where Mums and smaller children can play whilst listening to the sermon on a Sunday morning. A new flexible space will mean new ability to host alpha, our BELONG course, mid week activities and youth events. A renovated kitchen will allow us to prepare meals for such occasions. It will speak of our desire to be a church that welcomes everyone in the name of Jesus.
The renovated and modernized Cottage will be integrated into the Garden of remembrance which will be re-landscaped with access for all.
The architect's drawings will be available to inspect from our service on the 20th July.
- 180 APPEAL -
Perhaps you can help us in a small way or in a big way? The figure is not as important as a desire to build together. Our 180 appeal is an opportunity to do just that. Perhaps you can give R180 every month for 12 months? Perhaps you can give R18 or R1800 or R18,000? Maybe you are a friend of St Johns but you now live overseas. As a way of sharing in the life of our church consider giving pounds or dollars or yen? £18,000 would go a long way with our exchange rate.
I ask you to pray and consider how God might be leading you to be part of what he longs to build in us in the future as the Church on the Hill, from many nations and cultures, to bless and impact Wynberg.
Yours in Christ,
Revd Ben Aldous
St John's Church Bank Details:
Standard Bank, Constantia
Branch Code: 02 53 09
Account Number: 071 758 593
Reference: "180 Appeal"
Clockwise from left: John & Anne Lawton (1963), Dirk & Mary Smith (1953), Ben & Brenda Bezuidenhout (1972), Innocent & Annick Mahinama (2012).
Clockwise from left: John & Evelyn Huson (1958), Brian & Rae Vermeulen (1986), Albert & Rosemary September (1962), Gerard & Cecilia van Aswegen (1972).
Clockwise from top-left: Alex & Claudine Ndarurinze (2010), Winston & Beryl Dixon (1973), Geoff & Bev Marshall (1989), Colleen & Marcus Slingers (1990).