Final farewell

2015-05-05 06:00

One of Maitland’s longest serving priests has stepped down from the pulpit.

However, retirement for the New Apostolic Church’s Colin Jooste will still see him active in the church.

Jooste retired this month after ministering for 47 years – a milestone he believes few others can speak of.

“I’ve spent 52 years in the trenches and I’ve loved every minute of it” he says.

This calling saw Jooste stepping up at the age of 15, shortly after being confirmed, when he began teaching at Sunday school.

“My parents had to give permission for me to join the ministry,” he explains.

The Observatory resident was inspired by the idea of mission work, but never had the funding to travel overseas.

He then decided to carry out his mission work locally, which saw him giving services at local juvenile prisons, nurses’ homes and police training academies.

Jooste also devoted himself to the church choir after learning to play the organ in his youth, and held the position of choir master for 25 years.

He plans to devote a portion of his retirement to establishing a choir at Dryden Street Primary in Salt River, where he is the chairperson of the school governing body.

A published poet, Jooste also plans to publish an anthology of this work and hold photographic exhibitions of his work as a press photographer.

But Jooste says he will never completely leave the ministry, and will still serve the community by visiting the sick and offering encouragement to those in need – a task that can sometimes be challenging.

“It’s difficult when there is sorrow in a family and you must comfort them. And then on the same day, you must officiate a wedding and celebrate with that family. You have to bring it all before the Almighty God,” he says.

The support of his family has been invaluable through his years of service, with his wife – the child of a priest – understanding the demands on his time.

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