Congregants cook to raise funds

2019-06-18 06:00
Team South Africa during the Parish of Christ The Mediator Church food fare. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Team South Africa during the Parish of Christ The Mediator Church food fare. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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In an effort to raise funds and to encourage membership activism, Parish of Christ The Mediator Church hosted its annual food fare on Saturday 8 May.

The fare was held at the church premises in Portlands.

Brian February, the organiser and the church warden, said it took them more than a month to prepare for the event.

He was joined by Merle Absalom, who represented India, and Elizabeth Hendricks, who represented Hawaii.

February revealed he had been a member of the church for more than 30 years. He said they are doing the event to assist the church to meet some of its financial needs. “We have different things that we do as a means to fund different ministries within the church and the food fair is one of them,” February explained.

He said church members are grouped and each group is given the name of a country, and they prepare a dish that is associated with their chosen nation.

“We have South Africa, India, Spain, Hawaii and so on and so forth. Each group raises an amount of money. The money is then added for all the groups,” he explained.

Described as an event of “fun and fellowship”, February said last year’s target was R35 000, but they fell short.

He added they have no regrets about their target, saying it is just another way to ensure better performance by the members.

According to February, the money will help in various areas including youth ministry and the church at large.

It will also help to reach out to the needy members in society and to the different church branches.

Hendricks and her group were specialising with punches, juices and home-made ginger beer and passion fruit. They said they are confident they will beat other groups. They did not reveal as to how much they were targeting to make this year but were confident they would reach it. For them, being part of the event is to celebrate with one another and their way to give to God.

“We do not just do it for the church, but it is our thanks to God for all the blessings he has given us,” said Hendricks.

On a practical level, she said the church has debt to pay and some maintenance to do so the money would come handy.

Echoing those words was Merle Absalom who was representing India. She revealed she has been a member of the church for more than 28 years and enjoys coming to the church very much. She said the event is a good one and encourages other churches to do it to help reduce debts of their congregations. “This is a very helpful event, other churches should host it. It helps our church because there is an upgrade (of facilities) and we have debt so those things need money,” Absalom explained.

She was also confident that her country would win with the curries, rotis and samoosas that they were selling.

The event was not just about selling food – there was musical entertainment too. A dance group called Young Spoilers, which consists of members of the church and outsiders, danced during the event.

Muneer Dirk, a member of the group, said they support the event and know what it stands for and that was why they attended. “We are here to entertain and support the people of the church. Not all of us are from the church but this is a good event hence we decided to support it,” expressed Dirks.


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