Sunday 17 April 2022 was a special day for the members of Beverley Park congregation as District Apostle J Kriel served them.

The congregation waited patiently for 10 years since the inauguration by the retired District Apostle N Barnes for a District Apostle to visit them again.

The District Apostle was accompanied by Apostle P Lambert and the Bishops J Cook and L Ravell.

Beautiful choir music, solo renditions and organ music created a festive atmosphere, while members filled the hall and the marquee erected outside, in anticipation of the heavenly blessings.

Then the moment arrived, District Apostle Kriel walked to the altar while the congregation in jubilant voices sang, “Christ the Lord is risen today.”

The Bible word for the divine service was taken from Colossians 3: 1 and 2.

The choir rendered a hymn, “Ascend my song”, whereafter the District Apostle remarked, that it was wonderful to hear the message of the choir, a message that reads Christ does live and with Him do I. He remarked that Easter is one of the most joyful days in the life of a Christian, we live, because Christ lives.

Thereafter, a special Bible word was read out of Matthew 28:1-8.

The District Apostle remarked that not all who saw Jesus being crucified, saw Him rise and ascend into heaven. Only those who believed, saw this. He said those who saw this did not remain quiet about what they saw but proclaimed that Jesus lives. This is also expected from all of us.

Apostle P Lambert was called upon to serve along.

During this divine service, the District Apostle also served the souls in the realms of the departed with Holy Communion. The District Rector, Shepherd L Wilson, and the Rector, Priest A Stevens, stood as proxies for the departed souls.

After the closing prayer, the choir crowned the divine service with a powerful rendition of, “Rise now and shine”, thereby concluding a most blessed and unforgettable time in the house of God.