E-newsletter, Sunday 29 March 2015

palm branchesDear friends,

On Sunday 29 March, we will celebrate Palm Sunday with a combined service at 09h00. To see if you are on duty, please click here.

Please make sure that you scroll down to the correct date, ie 29 March 2015.

We will also be having a special tea after the service on Palm Sunday to celebrate Rose Gray’s 60th birthday.

Holy Week and Easter services:

Services during Holy Week and Easter are as follows:

*Palm Sunday, 29 March: Combined service at 09h00

*Maundy Thursday, 2 April: Maundy Thursday service at 19h00

*Good Friday, 3 April: Youth service at 09h00; Good Friday service at 12 noon.

*Easter Day, Sunday, 5 April: Easter Vigil at 06h00; Easter Day combined service at 09h00.

Please join us as we celebrate the holiest days of the Christian calendar, and please check the duty rosters on the website to see if you are on duty during this period (if you cannot make it, please let Ceri know on 011-646-2660 between 08h30 and 13h00). Check the duty rosters by clicking on the following links:



Thank you to those who have brought palm branches into the church this week.

We welcome your contributions to our Easter appeal, details of which can be found by clicking here. Please do contribute generously to this annual appeal. We give thanks for Tim and Rose Gray and welcome Tim back after his leave.

Lent meditations:

Thank you to Canon Revd Cynthia Botha for her meditations on “Stations of the Cross” on Thursday evenings during Lent.



Breaking news:

The latest edition of The Franciscan, our parish newsletter, is available and is packed full of news and stories. Collect your copy from church, or read it online by clicking here.

In this edition:

  • Climate change increasingly impact us all
  • Warm tribute paid to Rector after Vestry meeting
  • As St Augustine said, “He who sings, prays twice”
  • 2015 Dedicated Giving gets off to a good start.
  • and much more.

Don’t miss out on this interesting and colourful publication.


Upcoming events

DSC06653As at today, we have 22 4-ball entries for our Golf Day on 15 May! This is a wonderful response, but we need to get to 30 4-balls, so please continue to encourage your work colleagues and friends to participate in this important parish fundraising event. We also need sponsorships and prizes and ask that you consider how you might be involved in this. Speak to Keith on 082-416-5401, Mymie on 082-651-3621 or Theo on 082-900-0168.

To kill a koeksuster“To Kill a Koeksister” will be staged at St Francis on Saturday 18th April at 6pm. It’s a “whodunit” affair where the audience may get involved in solving the mystery. You, or the person next to you, may be a suspect! We will have soup, bread, coffee and (of course) a koeksister! Bring your own drinks. It will be great fun.

Booking with Bart Cox at 011-447-1139 or bcox@telkomsa.net. Bring your family and friends.



In response to requests, the weekly pew leaflet is now published on our website on a Friday once it has been finalised for the following Sunday. Click here, scroll down to the date you are looking for, and then click on the link. Please note that, once you have reached the pew leaflet site, you will need to zoom in (see icon on the top right of the screen that looks like a magnifying glass with a + sign in it) to be able to see it properly.


Blessings and good things,

St Francis Parish

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