Apostle Area - Cape-Central

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.

On Sunday, 15 January 2017, congregants gathered in their numbers for a divine service held by Apostle R Worship in Parow West Congregation. The Apostle was accompanied by the visiting Bishop L Masule from Katima Mulilo and Bishop L Ravell. The Bible word used for the service was from Ezekiel 3:10, “Moreover He said to me: ‘Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears.’” The encouragement from the Apostle was to accept the teaching in faith, irrespective of who delivers the Word from the living altar. We need to walk in faith and listen to the voice of God. The fundamental points for the service were:

1. Whatever we go through in life let us apply our faith and trust in God

2. Let us resist and fight all forms of evil

3. Let us strive to do the will of God.

The Bishop Masule built on the captivating message and encouraged the congregants to obey the Word and the will of the Lord. During this festive divine service, the Apostle performed the special act of Holy Sealing. The Rector of Parow West, District Evangelist Denver Williams and his wife Michelle, received their silver wedding blessing. The choir rendered the beautiful hymn collection piece: “Continue in my Love”. The Apostle referred to how fitting this was for the couple, as he provided the congregation with brief snippets out of their 25 years history of marriage. The divine service concluded with a very festive and joyous rendering of hymn 164, “This is the day”, by the choir.

The air was festive and it definitely felt like Christmas already on Sunday 4 December 2016, when Apostle R. Worship was welcomed by the rector, rector helpers and all the deacons of Parow Valley Congregation.