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Luke & Jenny

Bishop Luke & Jenny Pretorius


  

Retired Bishop Martin Breytenbach

 

The Diocesan Office at 29 Devenish Street

The Diocesan Centre at 29 Devenish Street, Polokwane

 Our Churches are Re-Opening Slowly during August 2021

Please check with your local congregation if they are open, or when they will be re-opening.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is still present and as the Anglican Church we are trying to be responsible and protective of those who worship with us.

This we believe is what faith demands of us, rather than rushing in to in-person worship under the guise of 'faith' and inadvertently spreading the virus.

 

Encouragement to Vaccinate

There is much uncertainty around the taking of the vaccine. Whilst we respect the informed and considered opinions of those hesitant against taking the vaccine, we nevertheless question the rampant misinformation that is prevalent. Ultimately your decision and the resultant consequence of that must be your choice, and we respect that right.

However, please do not be mislead by misinformation about the bad things the vaccine purportedly includes, or the negative side-effects the vaccine is supposedly guaranteed to give. Neither must we be mislead by any 'faith' argument that God is opposed to the vaccine. Please think clearly and rationally and read widely before making your decision.

As encouragement, I have been fully vaccinated and have had no side-effects. On the contrary I am aware that statistically I am now highly unlikely to become seriously ill, and am less likely to pass on any infection. I am aware that every vaccine carries with it some risk, but am acceptable that this minimal risk (and it is very minimal) is far less critical than the risk of not having the vaccine.

 

Documentation on requirements for when churches re-open for congregational worship

The following requirements on worship apply for in-person worship.

Here is a document from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa: ACSA COVID Guidelines August 2021

Here is a document from the Diocese which provide additional guidelines in  English  SePedi  TshiVenda

The following are Appendix 1 in  English  SePedi  and  TshiVenda

The following are Appendix 2 in  English  SePedi  and  TshiVenda

 

South Africa is Under Lockdown - Spiritual Input from our Clergy

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Coronavirus - COVID-19

Please follow the link by clicking the heading above for an important communique from the Diocese concerning the Coronavirus outbreak - SARS-COV-2 and the resulting disease - COVID-19

This Link will take you to the Statement from the Chapter of the Diocese

A SePedi translation of this document can be found HERE

 

The Latest Ad Clerum

 Please click the heading above to see latest Ad Clerum for Advent 2021

A SePedi translation of this document is due shortly

 

For a Special Ad Clerum addressing the Lockdown, see HERE

 


 Diocesan Diary for 2022

The Diocesan Diary for 2022 is available.

Please click on Diocesan Diary 2022 Calendar and Diocesan Diary 2022 Notes to obtain them.

Please click on Diocesan Diary 2021 to this diary for the current year.

 

The Diocese is organised into 5 departments, and the Parishes are grouped into 7 Archdeaconries

The Parishes tab at the top of this page will lead you to the Archdeaconries and the parishes that make up each Archdeaconry. Most of our parishes are made up of many chapelries and congregations, each of which has the same "status" - we do not have "mother churches" or "outstations".

Departments

The Departments are:

1) The Bishop's Ministry

2) Governance

3) Growing the Church

4) Development

5) Organisations

Parishes

The Parishes are organised into 7 Archdeaconries:

1) Kopanong

2) Lepelle

3) Mopani

4) Vhembe

5) Waterberg

6) West

7) South West

Click on the tabs and the top of the page to learn more

Contact

Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist
(Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

Street address:
29 Devenish Street
Polokwane
Limpopo Province
Republic of South Africa

Postal address:
P.O Box 643
Polokwane
0700

Telephone: +27 15 297 3297
Fax: +27 15 297 0408
Email: reception@stmark.org.za

Our Vision

To make disciples in vibrant, self-sufficient congregations established and linked to each other by sharing in:
   * Resources
   * Ministry and service
   * Outreach and evangelism

Our Goals

Every parish aims to have:
  1. A stipendiary rector to give leadership
  2. A team of self-supporting (“community”) clergy
  3. Many lay leaders – licensed, elected and appointed
  4. A church supported youth pastor
  5. All members discovering their gifts and using them in ministry & mission
  6. Community development and work-creating projects wherever we have property.

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