Faith Community Church (FCC) in Lavender Hill celebrated 25 years of spiritual and community upliftment with a flurry of activity on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October.
Marked with a ceremony, the 25-year celebration presented the church’s pastors with an opportunity to reflect on the years gone by, and to also open up about their vision for further community development in the near future.
Pastor Basil Leukes, on completion of his internship at St Montague Baptist Church, opened his own ministry called FCC.
By opening the church he sought to serve the people from wherever he was able to; hosting services at Lavender Hill High School, Lavender Hill civic centre and later at Southern Hill Baptist Church.
In 2012, half the church went up in flames, forcing Basil and his wife, Pastor Sheila, to relocate once again. They set up their first “hokkie” and began services at the premises where they still serve the community today, on St Simon Street in Lavender Hill.
“The purpose of us being on this hill is to impact this community and this generation, with the gospel of Jesus Christ, with practical ministry where we feed people and have community development meetings,” Basil says, adding that they have also been lobbying for local Sakkiesdorp residents to be awarded the title deeds of their homes.
In the future, he would like to build a skills school on the property, where they would be able to empower the community by teaching carpentry and trade skills.
Currently, they are conceptualising ways to empower the youth following the loss of several youth members who could no longer make it to church engagements as a result of the gang violence in the area and the lack of safe transport.
Their idea is to launch a creative arts school, with dancing classes for youth to take part in fun recreational activities and keep them away from the social ills.
They will also be liaising with an organisation who will provide resources and training to a support group for ex-drug addicts, in November.
The group was started by a resident who saw the need to address drug addiction. The intended outcome of this collaboration is to open a rehabilitation centre in Lavender Hill to meet the needs of a community that is rife with addiction, according to Basil.
For more information on the projects taking place at Faith Community Church, call pastors Basil or Sheila Leukes on 061 945 6239 or 060 308 2818.