Church to help fire victims

2019-09-10 06:00
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Members of the Harrington Street Congregational Church in Zonnebloem have decided that, following the Lord’s example, a portion of the profits raised by their annual festival will be set aside for the needy.

The church hosted its spring festival in Tenth Street on Saturday 7 September, bringing the church community and the public together to socialise and to have fun.

There were activities for everyone and a variety of stalls. Proceeds of the festival will be used to provide relief to the residents of Wuppertal, Cederberg. More than 200 people were left homeless when a fire ripped through the Moravian community on Sunday 30 December last year.

The church’s Reverend Samuel Britz says they will visit Wuppertal on Sunday 16 September to worship with and to spend the day with the community.

The church wants to buy basic provisions with a portion of the money raised. The goods will be donated to victims of the fire.

Britz says the church believes in sharing the little it has to give hope and to assure people that God lives.

“We are all children of God and need each other,” Britz says.

Another portion of the funds will be used to fund the maintenance of the church’s premises in Kensington. The project is part of the church’s long-term goal. In 2025, it will celebrate 200 years of spreading God’s word.

The church was founded in Zonnebloem in 1825 after the arrival of missionaries. Today, it has many congregations spread across the city.

Every year, the festival attracts hundreds of visitors. They are introduced to the church while enjoying the entertainment the festival offers, be it shopping at the various stalls or participating in games.

Church member Collin Gilbert Sass says: “We want to spread the message of God.

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