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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What would you say?

With a focus on the Ministry to the Youth - the Emerging Generation in our Church :
If you had the opportunity (and only this ONE opportunity) to stand before all our Bishops of the Province, including the Archbishop and the Lay representatives of all the Dioceses, and you were asked to say just one thing to them or make just one statement/suggestion - what would it be?
Be brave. Be courageous. Be daring. Be honest!

Following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has called on world citizens to spend 67 minutes doing something significant in our communities, on Madiba's birthday on the 18th July 2009.

Our own Archbishop has the following to say in his July 2009 edition of Laos to the people :

“There is a similar spirit behind the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s call for a global Mandela day on his birthday, 18 July. They want everyone to spend 67 minutes ‘doing something that would make a difference in their communities’, and so recognise the 67 years Mandela spent fighting apartheid. I should like us all to take up this challenge, and not only act individually, but also with others, and especially in ways that bridge or break down the old divisions. For the genius of Nelson Mandela is that he inspires us not only to be the best that we can be, but also to bring out the best in one another, for the healing of the soul of our nation. For my part, conscious of the need for the healing of our very land, I shall plant an olive tree in the grove I have created in my garden to off-set the carbon footprint generated by the travel that my responsibilities entail. And of course, I shall take time for prayer: to thank God for the gift to us and to the world that Nelson Mandela has been, to seek his blessings of peace and contentment on Madiba in his retirement, and to ask that we may all take to heart the lessons we have learnt from this remarkable man and so, by God's grace, dare to dedicate our lives to the betterment of our planet and of all who live on it. I encourage you to spend these 67 minutes doing good to all, especially to those of the household of faith.”

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
To the People of God – To the Laos
July 2009

So - what will YOU be doing on Saturday 18th July?

Please post your comments and contributions . . . . . . .

Monday, June 22, 2009

Awesome, just awesome !

The Provincial Youth Council and Chaplains hosted their 2009 Consultation in Johannesburg last week. What a great success with everybody making a tremendous contribution to the discussions and outcomes. And what a wide range of topics that were discussed !

We will be posting elements of our discussions and decisions from time to time. So, please visit frequently for updates and pictures.

For now : here are the delegates for 2009 :

What is the maximum age considered for youth?

Each Parish or Diocese have at some stage considered or even implemented an age limit for youth. Please complete our survey in the left hand column and tell us what you think the cut off age should be for youth. Thank you.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT : The next Provincial Youth Council (PYC) and Chaplains Consultation will take place from 17th to 21st June 2009 at St Benedicts Retreat Centre in Rosettenville. The Diocessan Chaplains will meet from 16h00 on the 17th June to 11h00 on the 19th June. Thereafter they will join the PYC Consultation starting at 13h00 on the 19th June through to 13h00 on 21st June.

The Consultation will include a combination of business meetings, information sharing opportunities, skills training and team building.

Who is invited? Three persons are invited from each Diocese and must include the Diocesan Co-ordinator, Youth Chaplain and one other.

Accommodation, meals, airport/bus terminus shuttling and all other materials will be supplied. Representatives must just find their way to Johannesburg to a convenient pick-up point.

All Dioceses must contact the Provincial Youth Co-ordinator ( or 083-4614949) before 31st March 2009 with the names and contact details of their 3 representatives. Diocesan Offices are requested to help in this regard.


On March the 3rd, 2009, the new HEARTLINES series – ‘HOPEVILLE’ – will be screened on SABC at 19h30 for six weeks. During this time, we’re encouraging all South Africans (and all Anglicans) to use this opportunity to ‘DO’ what we believe in, and not just to talk about it. Because, values not lived out, are in fact not really values at all.

Although the six week focus is specifically on youth, any form of action that allows us to live out values such as compassion, service, courage, or responsibility is encouraged. And not just for the six weeks – we’re praying that Christians will take the lead in living Godly values on an ongoing basis.

More information and free workbooks can be obtained from HEARTLINES at 011-7712540, or by visiting their web site at

PYC endorses this excellent programme and hopes that ALL Anglican families will participate in some way.