The much anticipated visit of District Apostle N Barnes to Grahamstown commenced with a concert.
The historic 1820 Settlers Monument was the venue for the music concert held on Saturday 21 May 2016.
After much perseverance and overcoming demographical difficulties to ultimately combine and prepare the choir due to the vastness of Apostle Nene’s area, the choir was finally able to present their very first area choir concert. The performers consisted of an adult choir, a soloist, a traditional choir and the orchestra.
Joyful song and praise filled the hall and warmed the hearts of the audience. After receiving a standing ovation, the District Apostle briefly addressed the choir and audience.
In conclusion to the afternoon, Apostle Lambert was requested to conduct a final item. The Apostle chose the hymn “This is the day”.
The 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown was also the venue for a special divine service arranged for all musicians from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas on Sunday 22 May 2016.
The Bible word from Colossians 3:23 served as a basis for the divine service: “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men”.
Apostle Lambert and Bishops Vaaltein and Bishop Von Schaeffer were called to serve.
The District Apostle served the brethren from the realms of the Departed and Apostle Nene and Bishop Nel served as proxies. A clarinet duet of the hymn “Beyond where clouds no more appear” concluded this special and holy moment.
A beautiful arrangement of choir, orchestra and organ of the well-known hymn “We shall remain united” concluded the weekend.