Apostle Area - Cape-Central

At the commencement of the Sunday school year, on Sunday 29 January 2017, Bishop L Ravell held a special divine service in Cravenby Congregation for the Sunday school children.

On Sunday, 12 February 2017, Deacon Robert Caswell Petrie, was retired from his ministry, after serving the Lord for an extra year in his ministry. The divine service was held by Bishop L Ravell in the congregation of Parow Valley.
The Bible word used as a basis for the divine service was 1 Corinthians 16:9, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” The difficulties we are confronted with today, are similar to the difficulties Paul encountered in Ephesus, but none of this discouraged Paul, he firmly believed in his mission and trusted in God.
A beautiful experience of faith through a dream, brought Deacon Petrie into the New Apostolic faith on 30 March 2008 and he received Holy Sealing by the former, Apostle J Kriel, now, District Apostle, on 29 June 2008. “I dreamt that I was attending a divine service in the New Apostolic Church. I was seated next to the parents of my New Apostolic colleague; her younger brother, a Shepherd, held the divine service. The first time I walked into the New Apostolic Church, I was ushered to my seat and found myself seated next to the parents of my colleague. At the commencement of the divine service I noticed that the officiant was in fact the Shepherd George, younger brother of my colleague. I knew that God answered me by indicating to me that this is the place for my spiritual future. I continued to attend the divine services in Bonteheuwel Central Congregation. I immediately felt at home in the presence of my fellow members. Today on my retirement, I can look back and only thank the almighty God for His love and grace, for connecting me with God-fearing children of God.” Today he is proud to say that he is one too.

In preparation for the meeting of Bishops and Apostles with District Apostle J Kriel, Apostles of NAC Southern Africa were cross-booked to various congregations on Wednesday 18 January 2017.
Apostle P Lambert was booked in Erica West to hold the divine service. All Rectors, Helpers and wives, confirmands and parents, bishop area coordinators and spouses, matriculants and their parents and the Leiden project group were invited to the service.
Apostle Peter Lambert used a Bible word out of 1 Samuel 18, a portion of verse 18 “Who am I and what is my life....”
After the divine service Apostle Lambert greeted the congregation and took some photos with them.

The children of Parow Valley Congregation with their teachers, parents and ministers enjoyed a fulfilled, blessed weekend together. They spent the Friday evening cleaning the church hall and enjoyed a beach walk on the Saturday morning, all in preparation for the special Sunday school divine service on Sunday morning, 29 January 2017.  The church hall was beautifully decorated displaying the 7 days of God’s creation.
Before the divine service, the children welcomed the members, some as doorkeepers and a few as ushers, dressed in their NAC tops, presenting a beautiful unity. The children formed the orchestra and choir in preparing the congregation. The children were excited to receive the Word - there were smiles all around. At 08:50 the Rector, JG Swartbooi interacted with six children in the vestry, giving them a brief insight to the Word prepared for them, which was streamed live and the rest of the congregation could watch this on the projector in the church hall.
The Word used for the divine service was taken from Genesis 1, a portion of verse 31. The Rector expressed what a special occasion it was for the children; they were allowed to interact and answer questions during the divine service. The Word was simple and easy to understand: “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Special emphasis was also placed on our 2017 watchword given by our Chief Apostle. We must recognise the greatness of our God and express our happiness through the gifts in our lives. One of the children said that his mother is his greatest gift.
An example of modern cell phones and tablets were used to show the children that human beings have created these; that God has given human beings the ability to create this. Only God can create human beings, as well as plants, animals and the great sea, which all form part of God’s beautiful creation. The Rector also made reference to a poem used by our District Apostle J Kriel, “Poems are created by fools like me, but only God can create a tree”. Special reference was made to one of the children in the congregation who speaks German and that God loves us all equally in our uniqueness. In conclusion, we should look at the creation of God, glorify God and know that God loves us as He loves our neighbour.