Our leaders meeting met in candlelight this week during Tuesday's load-shedding! These are always such encouraging meetings – here are some highlights of reports received and decisions taken:
1. Our devotions touched on the xenophobic violence and the call of Jesus to care for the stranger in our midst. We approved a donation of R5000 for refugee aid, in addition to goods collected by congregation members.
2. Finance: Our financial position has improved significantly since the end of February, although we are still showing a deficit of R15 000 as at the end of March.
3. Property: We've installed a UPS system in the church to deal with the prospect of load-shedding during a mid-week funeral or wedding, or on a Sunday morning. Work on the hall (installing stack doors to allow for large meetings to spill out into the verandah) and manse (a covered verandah) was discussed, with estimated costs still to be established. Some improvements to the church sound system were approved.
4. We heard good reports regarding small groups, with lots of growth taking place and new groups being formed.
5. Our Sunday School is averaging 50-55 kids every week and has a great team of teachers, although they are always on the look out for people to join the team! Our youth continue to grow together and have some exciting plans for this year. Space is a challenge for both groups.
6. Our Khanyisa work continues to go from strength to strength – from the excellent work in the teacher training programme that you heard about last week, to outstanding lifeskills work, job creation and the beginnings of an adult literacy programme.
7. It was also so encouraging to go through the list of action items generated by our strategic planning process and see progress being made there. There is still much to be done though – specifically, we are looking for some key people in the area of prayer co-ordination, cradle roll and someone to co-ordinate our relief efforts. Chat to us if you're interested :)