Church celebrates, elects new office bearers

2018-03-27 06:01
The Presbytery of Athlone celebrated its 67th anniversary last week.

The Presbytery of Athlone celebrated its 67th anniversary last week.

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With more than 2000 members, the Presbytery of Athlone celebrated its 67th anniversary last week.

The election of office bearers was held together with an honest reflection on the state of the church and its effectiveness in the broader society. Reverend Stephen John Snyman was elected as the chairperson, with Reverend Steven-John Bam elected secretary and Reverend George Murray the treasurer.

Bam says the Presbytery of Athlone strongly condemns the ongoing violence in schools. “The job of teachers is to educate any and every child that walks through the gates of our institutions,” says Bam.

“The Presbytery of Athlone is deeply concerned by the ongoing gang violence in our communities. The lack of urgency to solve this crisis by our government is extremely disappointing. The church calls upon her membership to be prayerful and vigilant and to report injustices through the relevant structures.”.

Bam also noted the water crisis and that the Western Cape has been declared a disaster area. “The Presbytery of Athlone calls on her membership to continue to pray for rain, to practise responsible water consumption and to adhere to the restrictions as stipulated by the government,” says Bam.

He says the church is saddened by the ongoing delays in the pension payroll system.

“The Presbytery of Athlone calls for an end to the long queuing system our pensioners are subjected to while waiting for their pension payouts. The church calls on members to assist the elderly through transport, providing chairs, and any other assistance that can be given to eradicate this problem,” he says.

He lamented the habitual “drop off and go system” occurring at the church by parents.

“Parents are hereby reminded about their baptismal commitments and promises they made before Almighty God and witnesses. The family unit has tremendous influence over our churches, our schools and our communities. The Presbytery of Athlone calls families back to church and especially reminds fathers of their role of prophet, priest and king in the home.”

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