Newsletter 11 September 2020 | All Ate And Were Satisfied…

All Ate And Were Satisfied…

“Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn the people. They all ate and were satisfied.” Matt 15: 36-37

Thank you once again for your generous contributions of bread, sandwiches, fruit and soup ingredients. Your contributions have helped us to make a significant difference in the lives of many poor people in Gqebera (Walmer Township).

News from the soup kitchen is that attendance is currently running at around 135 people per day.
The number of people benefiting from this food is, however, much higher as it is taken home and shared with other family members. This attendance translates into a three-fold increase from the numbers prior to the lockdown.

As children are fed at school via the government school feeding scheme, attendees at the soup kitchen are usually adults only. We did, however, feed many children in the weeks when the school feeding scheme was not operational, at the start of the lockdown.

We now also assisting the Walmer High School matrics with sandwiches each day, to supplement the morning meal they receive at school. This helps see them through their extended school day, introduced in order for them to catch up on work missed.
Our network has been operating for 20 weeks now. In that time we have collected and distributed a whopping 8,200 loaves of sandwiches (82,000 sandwiches) and 1,060 loaves of bread, as well as large quantities of fruit and vegetables.

With funds donated, St John’s buys and supplies the soup kitchen with tins of pilchards bi-monthly and soap on a monthly basis.
It is heart-warming to witness our community coming together to help the poor in this time of need.
Your efforts and generosity are greatly appreciated.
May you be blessed.

Jane Purchase (Co-ordinator)

Office Hours
The Parish office is open from 9am to 1pm everyday from Monday to Friday.
If you need to drop off anything. 
  Please contact
Allan Anderson (076 906 6334) and/or
Debbie Tarbuck (083 454 0479)
Mark Derry (082 473 2195)
via WhatsApp if necessary.

Mission Fete Pop-up Charity Shop

Our new-look fete is taking the form of a pop-up shop.
Books galore, white elephant.
And you may just find some plants and baked goods in the mix!
Open: 9.30am to 1pm
Tuesdays to Fridays, from 15 September to 2 October
(Closed 24 and 25 September)
St John’s Hall
Please wear your mask!
All funds go to Mission.

Invitation to Alpha
Click here to register or call Michelle on
064 682 0443 for more information.

Sudan: Sudan has been affected by severe floods, and many people have lost their homes. Bassem sent a message from the team of pastors he works with in Sudan, who are helping to provide food, blankets and shelters. They write: “The situation is very, very bad. We are trying to help as much we can … Trying to reach people, especially the ones who lost their homes.” Please pray for Sudan.

The Algoa Bay branch of WESSA is planning to have a slightly different beach clean-up on International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday 19 September 2020 from 09:30 to 12:00. WESSA’s slot is at the Beacon in Summerstrand again at the intersection of Marine Drive and Admiralty Way.

We have made it over a slightly longer period so that people can come along and leave at any time they choose so that we can be spread out in the interests of social distancing. Of course all the normal COVID-19 protocols will have to be maintained, for example, masks must be worn throughout and no more than 50 people should congregate at any time but particularly at the sign-in table. No more than 4 people are to collect litter together and if you don’t have a mask, you will be supplied with one. Hand sanitizer will be available. Latex gloves, and bags will be supplied, though preferably bring your own gloves if possible.
For more information contact Tim on 082 775 8816.

Looking to rent

Kevin Mostert, a St John’s parishioner, is looking for a place to rent for between R3000 and R6000 a month for him and his son where he can do small paint touch-ups on a single car at a time.
They have been living in a garden cottage for almost 7 years now in River Road Walmer, belonging to another parishioner. Unfortunately the property has been sold and they urgently need a place by the end of September. Good reference available. Email if you are able to assist or for more information

Petro will explain how to install this on your smartphone.
Click here to watch.

Dedicated Giving
We would appreciate it if you could deposit your dedicated giving contributions via EFT into our bank acount:
Standard Bank
Branch Code: 050417
A/C Name: St John the Baptist Church
A/C Number: 080281206

(Please make sure your name & reference is included)
Contact Allan at if you do not have a pledge number.

Building is closed but “church” is open.
Follow our sermon teachings online this Sunday.
Go to our website or facebook page to listen to Sunday’s sermon.

Click on the links:
St John’s Sermons
St John’s Facebook page

 September’s Prayer points
13th to 19th September 2020

Your fruitfulness comes from me. Hosea 14: 8; Read also: Galatians 2:20-21
A. PLEASE PRAY FOR RAIN in the NMB Catchment Areas. (2 Chronicles 7: 12-16)
B. Pray for order in our Local Government and for leaders with integrity, vision, a heart for the community, and wisdom to be raised up in NMB. (Micah 6: 8)
C. Revival and an Awakening:
God has put the desire for Revival on the hearts of many people in NMB, South Africa and beyond! Please will you join us in praying for Revival and a mighty move of God in the world – an Awakening: for the believers that are lukewarm to be ‘set on fire’ for Jesus; for backsliders to return, and for the lost to come to salvation. Pray fervently for this to happen.
Pray for God to encourage those that are participating in the 90 Days of Revival Prayer in the World Initiative. Please feel free to join in this prayer initiative – Inquiries: 084 766 2270 or 078 944 1391.
THE RETURN: Prepare to be included in the World-wide RETURN Revival Prayer –
a time of intense repentance and prayer for Repentance and World Revival.
18 to 29 September 2020 (Jonathan Cahn; Mangaliso Matshobane and Bennie Mostert)
Special Day of Prayer 26 September 2020 – The Return – (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
D. Please will you pray for: God’s blessing and His protection over all the police officers, members of the defence force, the correctional services, and the fire-brigade. (Ps.91)
E. All NMB Hospitals and for those in the Medical Field:
Give thanks to God for the answer to our prayers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to praise God for the good, positive and reliable recent report that the number of COVID-19 cases in the Livingstone Hospital has declined and staffing issues have been solved.
Continue to pray for all our NMB hospitals to cope with COVID-19 patients and the pressing need of important operations which have had to wait in line to be able to take place.
Continue to pray for a reduction in the number of COVID-19 patients in the Bay.
God’s blessing, protection, energy; physical, mental, and emotional health for the doctors, nurses, paramedics; all other staff members, as well as the security guards at the NMB hospitals. (Ps. 91)
Remember the promise:
… pray to the Lord for the city because if it prospers, you will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7
Please feel free to join in our prayer groups that meet outside of many of our hospitals on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Inquiries re: times and place to meet: Whatsapp: Joan – 084 766 2270; Shirley – 082 410 7993; Trish – 083 284 4826.
Prayer pointers supplied by NMB: Transformation Christian Network.
More info:
Click here to see the programme and general information brochure for the Anglicans Ablaze Conference.


Please contact Andrew 083 546 2451
or Petro 072 663 9774 should you have any questions or require assistance with ZOOM.

General Notice
Please be aware that the recycling area is currently closed until further notice.