After the divine service for the departed on Sunday 05 July 2020, District Apostle J Kriel addressed the members of NAC-SA issuing updates on the following topics:
- Returning to Church
- Sexual misconduct
- Easy Pay
- COVID-19 response group
- Administration offices
I am thankful to be able to address you once again regarding pertinent pastoral and administrative matters.
Returning to church (This applies to the members in South Africa)
The last time I addressed you, I announced that we would not be returning to church during June and July 2020. Along with your Apostles and Bishops, I have been watching the infection rates and spread patterns of the COVID-19 in our area.
The medical evidence, projection models and realities on the ground show that South Africa continues to see rising infections with significant increases now moving to the Eastern Cape and Gauteng regions. While the Western Cape was expecting a flattening of the curve, this now also appears to be delayed. Our medical staff and facilities remain stretched.
Given the above and in the interest of providing you with a safe environment to experience a divine service, we have decided that we will not return to church services during August. During August we are still in winter which is also the height of the cold and flu season. We will keep monitoring the situation and I will update you at the beginning of August on our proposed plans for returning to church.
Now I would like to turn our attention to a matter which continue to plague our society and which has again come into focus during the lockdown period. This is the issue of Gender-Based Violence, the abuse of children and Sexual Misconduct. The New Apostolic Church condemns all forms of Gender-Based Violence and abuse of children! We have identified a need for teaching and educating our members (including our children) and ministers on this subject. In 2018, I established a Sexual Misconduct Workgroup which was tasked with producing a Sexual Misconduct policy for the church. The aim of having a policy is to affirm the church’s stance of no-tolerance and to support our society in dealing with matters of sexual misconduct. I am happy to report that after 2 years we now have a policy which will guide our church on all matters relating to sexual misconduct. The policy covers legal and pastoral aspects and provides a framework for dealing with matters of sexual misconduct.
Previously I reported that we have contracted EasyPay as a means for members to deposit their offering. This service is now fully functional at all Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Boxer, Makro, Game and Builder’s Warehouse stores. We await activations at Shoprite, Checkers, USave, Pep and Ackermans stores. I thank all those who continue to faithfully bring their offerings.
COVID-19 response group
Our workgroup tasked with providing protocols for returning to church. In the coming days, you will receive a document “Return to church guideline”. Please note this document has been drawn up from the regulations applicable in lock-down level 3. As regulations change, we will update these.
Administration offices, Cape Town & Johannesburg
We will commence our return to work with a skeleton staff in the two administration offices from Monday,13 July 2020.
The announcement is also available for download in pdf format in the various languages below: