Baptist Church opens its doors

2015-09-24 06:00

Bishop VV Mthini and elders of the Sivuyile United Baptist in front of their spanking new building.

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Bishop VV Mthini and elders of the Sivuyile United Baptist in front of their spanking new building. PHOTO: martha qumba

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Sivuyile United National Baptist Church in Gugulethu now boasts new, bigger and better premises.

Its doors were recently opened to much elation to congragants and the leadership.

Bishop VV Mthini, who leads the church, said the inspiration behind the new building was based on the principles and spirit of Vuk’Uzenzele, the cornerstone of which was people should not rely on handouts to do things for themselves.

He said his congragation were encouraged to build the church based on the need to be independent, initiating programmes that allowed them to raise enough funds for the new project.

“The building we had before was very small and it looked more like a homestead. The congregants wouldn’t all fit in, and some were forced to listen to the sermon from outside,” Mthini said.

Mthini stressed that the church was not a personal possession, but “belonged to congregation and the community,”.

He added that churches should play an important role in the communities, who should always made to feel welcome to access it for their activities.

“By having access, it means that the church is protected and will be looked after. They can easily see anything wrong occurring in the church.”

If they want to host an event the doors are open. In that way you are creating a close relationship between the community and the church. They must know that it’s their church too,”.

On the church’s website, Bishop Vuyani Victor Mthini is listed as one of the longest serving ministers of the National Baptist Church of Southern Africa.

Born in 1957 in Lady Frere, he went to Ngangelizwe High School in Mthatha and his higher education was at Hope Bible Institute in Mount Frere.

The institution was established by the National Baptist Convention of the U.S. through the Foreign Mission Board led by the late Reverend Dr. J.W. Havey III and later by National Baptist Church of Southern African Moderator Reverend E.D. Ngubeni.

Bishop V.V. Mtini was ordained as the minister in 1981. In 1997, he founded the Sivuyile National Baptist Church of South African Congregation, where he conducted church services out of rented classroom

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