United Congregational Church holds consecration service

2017-11-29 06:00
< Reverend Sam Arends officially handed over the house to the chairperson of the UCCSA-Algoa Region, Reverend Keketso Bloem, at the consecration service, as well as Margaret’s instructions of how the house should be utilised.       Photo:SUPPLIED

< Reverend Sam Arends officially handed over the house to the chairperson of the UCCSA-Algoa Region, Reverend Keketso Bloem, at the consecration service, as well as Margaret’s instructions of how the house should be utilised. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE United Congregational Church of Southern Africa’s Algoa region, recently dedicated and consecrated a pastoral centre that was left to them by the late Margaret Mary Ann Phillips.

The Margaret Mary Ann Phillips Pastoral Centre, situated at 42 Beetlestone Road in Gelvanpark, was the property of the late Edith and Margaret Phillips, two sisters who gave their lives and time for the Girls Brigade.

Edith passed on tragically in a motor vehicle accident while on Girls Brigade business.

Rev Sam Arends, who was the sisters’ minister years ago, assisted Margaret when she approached him with a desire to leave the house to a local congregation.

Arends highlighted to her the need for the Algoa Region to have a premises to have their meetings and Phillips made her decision to leave the house to the region, but that it would be used jointly by the region and the Girls Brigade.

He officially handed over the house to the chairperson of the UCCSA-Algoa Region, reverend Keketso Bloem at the consecration service, as well as Margaret’s instructions of how the house should be utilised.

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