After the end of year divine service, District Apostle J Kriel addressed the members of NAC-SA providing updates on the following topics:
- Learners and students;
- Audits to our church buildings;
- Central AVT divine services;
- Sunday School;
- Burial via Easypay;
- Confirmation 2021 and
- Suspension of divine services - funerals and weddings
Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to conclude this year by making some announcements
1. Learners and students
Allow me to use this opportunity to extend my well-wishes to all learners, especially to those at tertiary institutions. Many were successful after a disruptive and stressful academic year and are now able to graduate and will enter their professions in the next few months.
We also continue to remember the matriculants and wish them well as they await the outcome of their examinations. For some, these results may bring great joy, and deservedly so after years of dedication and hard work. Please know that if you are not successful, it is not the end of the road. Remember that failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of success when we take courage and are able to pick ourselves up and continue our journey.
2. Audits to our church buildings
In recent weeks, members from the Department of Health have visited and audited our church buildings on a surprise basis to ensure that all safety regulations are in place and being adhered to. I am pleased to announce that, thus far, we have been lauded by the officials for the level of compliance in the congregations. I wish to thank all the COVID-19 co-ordinators, along with the ministers and members for adhering to the guidelines and making our church buildings a safe place to worship our God.
3. Central AVT divine services
As announced on Christmas Day we will continue to offer an online divine service every Sunday for at least the first three months of 2021. Apostle Joubert will conduct the New Year central AVT service Divine service at Sandton congregation on Sunday, 03 January 2021.
4. Sunday School
Our Sunday school year will reopen virtually on Sunday, 24 January 2021. We will commence with a Sunday school divine service. We await the advice from the department of health on the situation to inform our return to class teaching. I will communicate this information to you on 17 January 2021.
5. Divine service for ministers and families
On Saturday, 30 January 2020, I will conduct a divine service for all ministers and their families. This divine service will commence at 5 pm and will be audio-visually transmitted on our regular platforms. The normal Sunday divine service on 31 January 2021 will continue as scheduled.
6. Offering - Easypay
Previously I reported that we have contracted EasyPay as a means for members to deposit their offering. This service remains fully functional at all Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Boxer, Makro, Game, Builder’s Warehouse and now at all Clicks stores. I thank all those who continue to faithfully bring their offerings.
7. Burial via Easypay
The new premium for this period will be R450 p/a. Please note that the burial subscription can only be paid via the Easypay platform. Only new subscriptions can be applied for and paid in the congregations. You are now able to do part payments via EasyPay too. Please speak to your congregation coordinator or your Priest in this regard as you would need a statement from MIS which contains your unique barcode which links to the EasyPay system. Also, please look out for a NACTV presentation on 28 January 2021 at 19h00 for more details.
8. Confirmation 2021
As a result of suspending all divine services and activities, Confirmation is postponed - depending on the situation with COVID-19 we cannot confirm the exact dates. With the allowable number of attendees, Confirmation may have to be conducted in more than one divine service. In some congregations, you may have 2 divine services – because of the large number of confirmands.
9. Suspension of divine services - funerals and weddings
Please note funerals and weddings will continue during this period. My request to you is to reduce the numbers of those who gather for the church services from the allowable 100 to 50 attendees.
Reminder, all home visits of Priestly ministers are suspended until further notice.
10. Closing comments
We need to emphasise the importance of:
• Washing of hands and or regular sanitising
• Wearing a face mask over nose and mouth
• Maintaining social distance &
• Keeping in your family bubble.
I thank you and wish you a peaceful entry into 2021.
District Apostle J Kriel