Celebrations at Maitland church

2016-11-01 06:00
The New Apostolic Church in Garden Village, celebrating 75 years of serving the community.   PHOTO: colin jooste

The New Apostolic Church in Garden Village, celebrating 75 years of serving the community. PHOTO: colin jooste

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There was a historic celebration in Garden Village in Maitland on Sunday 16 October when the congregation of the New Apostolic Church commemorated its 75th anniversary.

Colin Jooste, a priest at the church, says that the inauguration was celebrated with a Divine Service conducted by district evangelist Johan Laubscher.

He explains that while the church was inaugurated in October 1941 the legacy of the church started before that.

“The late district apostle HF Schlaphoff inaugurated the church building for the congregation in that year but it had its humble beginnings in a house at 55 Discovery Road,” he says.

“It’s on record that ten years before the church was built a Mr Hambides (no one knows his name), a local baker, started to bring testimony to the area while he delivered freshly baked bread in the area.

“He must have been a very convincing speaker, for many converted to the church that started in the tiny house in Discovery Road that soon started to burst at the seams, necessitating the erecting of a proper place of worship.”

Now 75 years later the church building still strikes an imposing site viewed from the M5 with its front elevation facing Table Mountain and Vincent Palotti Hospital on the left.

Today the congregation is led by a young and enthusiastic evangelist Bradley Adams, and his very dedicated team of priests and deacons who care for the flock under the leadership of Bishop Abernathy Lutuli and Apostle John Stephens.

Divine Services are conducted regularly on Sunday at 09:00, and two mid-week services on a Wednesday.

On Sunday’s the priests visit the sick at their homes and in hospitals to bring comfort, while on Monday and Thursday evenings they do home visits.

“Garden Village also has a very strong youth component who brings joy to the sick with their singing, and go on regular excursions with young people of neighbouring congregations,” adds Jooste.

“The seniors are also not left to their own devices. They have fun get togethers such as sports days and concerts, where they participate and forget all their troubles.

“With so much going on in this vibrant congregation pulsating with life, the Rector Bradley Adams is fortunate to also have a very capable team of co-ordinators who help to ensure that the congregation Garden Village runs like a well oiled machine for the next 75 years.”

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