Sunday 10th July 2011

Our lives are forever in flux and we find ourselves constantly entering         different seasons. It is with tremendous sadness that we travel into a winter season… a time to say goodbye to a dear and precious friend, a talented    musician, and an energetic servant of Christ…. Mike Spann.


Time to Say Goodbye


Funny how time flies, we meet in a blink, we say goodbye.

Time would have flown away.


When seconds become minutes, minutes become hours and the dark hour passes by.

To signal the break of a new dawn. Time would be moving.


When days become weeks, weeks become months and new leaves bloom.

They signal the beginning of Spring. Time would be approaching.


When months become seasons, seasons become years, and flowers become fruits.

They signal the arrival of Summer. Time would be nearing.


When seasons fly past and trees dry again. They signal the arrival of Winter.

Time would have come. A time to say goodbye.


By Sandy Whitfield-Carter



May we draw nearer to our Lord as we discover the fruitfulness of Summer.

May we reap the rewards of time spent with God during harvest in Autumn.

May we courageously journey through the tough pruning stages of Winter.

May we all be inspired to seek out the youthful energy of Spring, as Mike did.

Blessings in Christ.        Beulah


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Sunday 3rd July 2011

Not sure how many of you know that the first Church Service to be broadcast live by the SABC took place here in this sanctuary in 1925?  (See the plaque in the “Time Tunnel” next to the bathrooms).  It was cutting edge technology back then and this community was at the forefront.  Since then things have moved on….a long way.  Here are some interesting facts about technology today that may interest some of you…

  • It took 38 years for Radio to reach 50 million users while it took only 13 years for TV.  Yet it took only 4 years for the Internet, and 3 years for iPod while Facebook added over 200 million users in less than a year.  If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest in the world (China and India ahead and the USA in fourth place).   Lady Gaga—Justin Bieber and Britney Spears have more twitter  followers than the entire populations of: Sweden, Israel, Australia and Chile.
  • eBooks surpassed traditional book sales during Christmas 2010.  If the online  encyclopedia, Wikipedia, were made into a book it would be 2.25 million pages long and would take you 123 years to read.
  • 1-in-5 couples meet on line.  Some babies in Egypt have been recently named  Facebook as a tribute to how instrumental it was in their recent revolution.    Facebook was the first social media site to insist on users using their real names—some say this has contributed to their success.  Could this mean that people still long for real, authentic relationships?

Things that many of us know little or nothing about consume much of our children’s lives—with “virtual reality” seemingly taking over real reality.  What does it all this mean?  What does it all mean for us as a community?  I am not sure, but I am interested in what you think it means.  Lets talk,  Alan.


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Sunday 26th June 2011


Do these words by JRR Tolkien also resonate with you?  “It is the job that is never started that takes the longest to finish.”

Yes there are things I just never get round to finishing because I never get round to starting them!  Yet I expect them to get finished and I am annoyed when they don’t.  Crazy but true.   This can include things like cleaning out my office, or replying to mail received an embarrassingly long time ago.  Or at a deeper level, like the perpetual postponement to prioritise my time and energy around what I know to be the passionate core of my life, as well as the reluctance to attend to “inner work” that has been biding for my full attention forever.

What are the “unfinished” areas of your life?  Are they unfinished because they have never been started?  Lets begin to begin….    Alan


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