Royal occasion shows women matter

2019-08-20 06:00
From left are Brimulda Coetzee, Arlene Naidoo, Anthea Andrews and Vanessa Williams.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

From left are Brimulda Coetzee, Arlene Naidoo, Anthea Andrews and Vanessa Williams.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Style, glitz and glamour ruled at a Women’s Day event held at The Great Commission Church in Heideveld on Friday 9 August.

Themed “The Royalty in Me”, the function was overflowing with worship, dance and food.

The event was opened with a prayer, followed by a sermon. The handing out of gifts further broke the ice.

According to the church’s pastor Penny Visagie, the annual event rotates among the church’s various branches in Cape Town. Heideveld was chosen to host this year.

Visagie says the event is simply a chance for women to dress up and have fun in the house of the Lord.

The occasion is an opportunity for women to set aside their daily struggles, to focus on uplifting their families and to join in fellowship with one another.

“As women, we have to overcome many challenges every day but we always just put on a brave face.

“Sometimes nobody tells us how beautiful we are. So today we are here to have that moment,” she explains.

The event also aims to emphasise the fact that women are strong and that the Creator made them so.

“We are here to show what God has put inside of us and to celebrate how beautiful we are as women,” she adds.

Joining her was the church’s elder Elena Claassens.

Echoing her pastor’s words, she says women go through a lot. Because they are pillars of strength, they tend to hide all of that. A celebration is very needed indeed, she says.

“We are here to celebrate our identity in Christ. We want women to walk away feeling fulfilled,” Claassens says.

Her advice to women who might be going through a challenging time is to look to the Creator and to ask Him for guidance.

“We look to so many things and forget about the Creator. He knows our struggles,” she says.

One of the church’s members, who would never miss the fashion-rich occasion, is Caroline Williams.

She lives in Mitchell’s Plain and she says she enjoys spending time with her fellow sisters in Christ.

“It is a pleasure to be here and be among God’s chosen children. We are a chosen generation,” she says.

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