Pastoral Letter – July 2022

Fish Hoek Methodist Church

 

“And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady” – Romans 5:4

Greetings friends – we pray that the Lord enables each of us to remain steadfast in our journey of faith. As we move into the second half of the year, we want to share a few things concerning the life of our Church community. Thank you once again for your support and prayers – they are invaluable to the ongoing ministry in our Valley.

Children’s Church/Youth Celebration

On the 4th of September 2022 we are planning a big celebration for the Kids Church and Youth ministry. Covid took its toll on the momentum of these activities, and we would like to ‘Re-Ignite’ them in a prayerful way. We would value your support in the following ways:

  • Invite families, children and young people to join us on that Sunday at 8:30am. Start with those kids and grandchildren that you know and extend the invitation to each of them.
  • If you are part of our community and are still easing yourself back into our in-person Sunday activities, please ‘Save this Date’ and join us on this special day.
  • Commit to pray for this event and the ongoing support of the team who are involved in the planning (see the information about our Prayer Day).

 

Day of Prayer and Fasting

We are setting aside the 1 September as a day of Prayer and Fasting. More information will follow, but we are calling the entire church to focus our prayers on the number of issues impacting our world. We will include a special prayer focus for the Children and Youth Celebration, as well as many other urgent needs.

Women’s Service

The Women’s Auxiliary will be hosting their annual service on the 7th of August at the 8:30am. We thank God for the blessing of their ministry, and we support them as they fulfil their calling. Please also remember that the Craft Market is hosted on the first Saturday of every month.

Ministry in Simon’s Town

As you are aware, Delme has also been overseeing the Methodist Church in Simon’s Town this year. This has added a lot onto his plate, but the ministry has been rewarding and we have been excited to see how God has raised up servant leaders in both churches. A Probationer Minister has been allocated to the Circuit for 2023 and this will greatly assist in the ministry at Simon’s Town and the broader circuit. Once the name of the Probationer has been confirmed we will communicate this to the churches. Remember that Delme is based in Simon’ Town on a Tuesday.

Pastoral Care

The last few weeks have been incredibly sad on the pastoral care front. We have shared in the grief of a number of families as they have lost loved ones. We have also received the sad news of a number of our community who are struggling with terminal illnesses and are needing our support and prayers. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Pastoral Care team and the office if you would like someone to visit or pray for you. We also have Pastoral Care leaders in all the Retirement Homes who are willing to visit and care for any person in need.

Namaqualand Mission Weekend

We understand that sharing a minister has been a learning curve for us this year, but spare a thought for the Namaqualand Mission Circuit, which is also part of our Cape District. They have 23 churches and only 1 minister amongst them! Bishop Yvette Moses sounded a Macedonian Call at our recent Synod, asking all Ministers to urgently offer their services for a weekend of ministry this year.

This appeal was based on Acts 16:9 – “That night Paul had a vision. In his dream he saw a man over in Macedonia, Greece, pleading with him, “Come over here and help us.”

In response to her request, Delme and Kim will be leading a small team of our members up to Namaqualand to share with the Methodist people on the 19-21 August. They will be leading services in Bethelsklip, Spoegsrivier and Kharkams.

Alpha Course

Our Alpha Courses are nearing their completion, and these have been fruitful times of engagement and blessing. We have been hosting one on a Wednesday evening in the church, one at a Bible Study group and a small group of Teenagers on a Sunday evening.

Security Risks at Cawood House and the Church Complex

Sadly, our Church complex has not been spared from the rages of crime of late. We have had incidents at both Cawood house and the Church, despite having alarms systems. This has prompted the leadership to investigate further measures of safety and security. This spike in crime may well lead to the erecting of fencing as a way of offering greater security to all concerned. We are aware that this may not look the best aesthetically, but we deeply troubled by the risks posed to all.

Lastly, we wanted to thank you once again for your involvement and care for our church. We are the body of Christ in Fish Hoek, and we all need each other in order to serve Christ in the world.

God bless you.

“No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” – 1 John 4:11-12

Living in Grace

Delme, Kim, Declan, Nathan and Joshua