St John's Congregation

Rev Peter Minnaar

 

 

Our rector Peter Minnaar, is based at St Jude's Church in Oudtshoorn.

He visits the village to attend the Parish Council meetings and to celebrate the Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Father Peter spends the rest of the day visiting parishioners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St John's celebrated the 120th anniversary of the consecration of the church in June 2016

 

 St John's celebrated the 120th anniversary ofthe consecration of the church in June 2016.

A procession was led from the hall in North end to the church by Willem Hinkman and the Lutheran Boy's Brigade band from Oudtshoorn.

 

The Parish Council

 

The Parish Council and layministers at a training session some years ago.

 

Bertie and servers 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Our Sacristan, Bertie Nero, who died in 2015, served at the Altar from 1951. Here he is in 2007, with our servers, two of whom are his grandaughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Sunday School children attend classes at the Hall in North-end. Their teacher, Michelle May is known as "Juffrou Blom" - Miss Flower.

Our Sunday School

 

 

Sunday school Sunday School Sunday school

 

Catechism Class outside the Mission School Hall

A Catechism class outside the Mission School Hall.

 

Renee Finn and the Pentecost flowers

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost Sunday 2008, the congregation wore red and Renee Finn's flowers reflected the fiery import of the day. The 'vase' was her pasta pot - a real bubbling forth of the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat 2008

 

The first week in June 2008 saw us host a Retreat in Daily Living. Mary and Lindsay from the Centre for Christian Spirituality in Cape Town accompanied eight participants as they explored  prayer in their journeys with God.

The group occasionally gathers for meditation and a shared meal. We held a second Retreat in Daily Life in 2009 and a residential weekend retreat at the Klaarstroom Guesthouse in 2010.

Quiet Days are held from time to time. The most recent reflected on The Lillies of the Field on 31 May 2015.

 

 

 

 

Blessing St John’s new building  25 March 2012

Peggy Clow-Wilson opens the door to the new building

 

It took nearly ten years from the first suggestion that “we really need to do something about those toilets!” to the official opening and blessing of the new building in the St John’s Chapel grounds. Fundraising had to be channelled into renovating the church and the halls in Bank Street and de Witstraat before a building fund could be started, but eventually the finances mounted up and work could begin.  

 

Building starts The floor is cast A new office and toilet block Painting starts

 

John Whitton drew plans for a small building which would complement the church and hall and look as if it had always been there. He also designed a permanent ramp for wheelchair access to the hall and a new door on the South wall of the lobby, both of which needed to fit into the ethos of our cultural heritage site. A year of consultation with the local Cultural Foundation and Heritage Western Cape followed, leading to our obtaining Municipal approval and permission to go ahead from the Diocese. In January 2012 building commenced and three months later the congregation held a service of dedication as the additions finally came into use.  

 

The porch wall of the Mission School Hall The doorway takes shape

 

Brick paving with a gentle rise leads from the church vestry to the new building, whose cream walls and blue framed windows appropriately match the older structures. Inside a neat office and two toilets, one with wheelchair access, open off a small foyer.  

The sturdy ramp leading to the new hall doors extends into the building at the same height as the hall floor, eliminating all the steps which made it difficult for our older members to enter.  A number of cultural organisations and clubs in Prince Albert make use of our buildings and it is good to know that the facilities are now far more user-friendly.  

At the end of the Communion service on Sunday 25th March the Tannie Dottie Lodewyk opened the new Hall doorscongregation processed from the church to assemble and join the prayers as Father Peter Minnaar blessed the new building, the hall ramp and entrance to God’s service. The two most senior members of our congregation Peggy Clow-Wilson and Dottie Lodewyk each opened a door into the future of St John’s in Prince Albert. Peggy at the new building and Tannie Dottie into the hall and then the congregation shared a cup of tea and a good chat.  

Sonja and John McKenna, Father Peter Minnaar, Dick Metcalfe, Jackie and Ian Canning

 

 

There are many people to thank: John Whitton, Dick Metcalfe, John McKenna, Ian and Jacky Canning, Kay Howes, Shirl Southwood, Andrew Tudhope, builders Peter Bloemental and Kallie and all the fundraisers and encouragers.  

 

 

Dottie Lodewyk with her daughters Maxie, Gladys and Amy

 

Dottie Lodewyk taught both Sunday School and Catechism classes in the hall and remembers the sturdy benches from more than sixty years ago. In those days the area which is now a kitchen was the stage and many concerts and special events were celebrated there.

 

Celebratory tea party Celebratory tea party

 


The Prince Albert Heritage Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the weekend of 6-7 October 2012 we celebrated 140 years since the hall was built with a Flower Festival and the unveiling of the Patchwork Doll’s Heritage Quilt, which records the history of Kweekvallei and Prince Albert during the last two hundred and fifty years. An International Tea Party simultaneously took place, organised by the Thursday Group.  

The little Mission School Hall, built with money provided so long ago by Bishop Robert Gray, and the new building, serve our congregation and the wider community, continuing God’s work in this place.