Newsletter 24 July 2020 | Our Frontline Workers

To all frontline health-care heroes and sheroes of our St John’s family – how do we put into words our love, admiration and gratitude for all that you do each and every day – and especially now on the frontlines of battling this coronavirus disease – Covid 19 that is spreading rapidly throughout our city, our province and country.

Bless you and thank you for your warrior hearts – for selflessly giving of yourselves day after day – as you put yourselves in the path of this virus.

Thank you for your courage, commitment and servant hearts and be assured that we hold each one of you in our prayers. We pray for the strength, the power, the love, joy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to be yours – today and always.

We know that God is working through each one of you – from our doctors & nurses to the radiologists, the pharmacists, social workers, pathologists, physios and carers. You are the hands and the feet of our loving God caring for a hurting world.

And we know too that your families are sacrificing as well – and so as your family of sisters and brothers in Christ we want to pray for each of you by name. To lift you before our Heavenly Father to be with you and help you through whatever comes your way.

Know that even when the situation feels bleak or if the anxiety, pain and fear feels too much to bear, or you are simply feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, know that God is with each one of you, holding you, protecting you and giving you what you need to carry on as you continue serving through your selfless gifts of service to those in your care. (Matt 10:42)

For the next few weeks we will be praying for our heroes and sheroes by name and we encourage all to participate and be angel voices lifting them in prayer.

Below are some guidelines as well as an example of a prayer that can be used – or you can pray it to start your prayer time and allow the Holy Spirit to direct you and pray for you when you have no words.

How to Pray for Healthcare Professionals:

Consider the following topics suggested by long-time nurse Anika Magwood:

Wisdom : In diagnosing and serving patients, but also in recognising the hand of God, the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Strength: Physical endurance and stamina, but also as a united front. “Everybody is trying to do their very best and as a result, personalities will clash and people’s feelings get hurt.”
Fear : Of getting sick, of contaminating their families. This is true even outside of a season of crisis. “Pray they would have an assurance of the protection of God upon them and their families as they interact.”
Focus : That health-care workers would keep their hearts, minds steadfast on Jesus.

Loving God, we place into your care all our healthcare heroes and sheroes, their families and loved ones;
May they know our deep gratitude and admiration for all they are doing.
Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm – as they selflessly give of themselves to heal and help those affected by Covid-19.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace;
Bless them in these challenging days and may we always find our rest in You.

Michelle Werth


If you want to add an individual name into this prayer – the following are the names of our Frontline Heroes & Sheroes:

In closing may I share a portion of one of Bishop Eric’s prayer, called God of Surprises:

God of surprises, God of the journey,
open me to;
new horizons, boldness and creativity and a
willingness to launch into the deep.

God of surprises, God of the journey,
open me to;
Fresh shafts of light, deeper faith and trust, new
inspiration, and the courage to keep journeying with You.

God of surprises, God of the journey,
Open me to;
Your grace that I may walk as Jesus walked and be
A pilgrim always.

What Does The Bible Say?


How does the New Testament encourage us to partner in the spread of the Gospel?

Unlike the teaching and commandments of the Old Testament Law, the New Testament teaches that we give in response to God’s incredible love towards us. The New Testament suggests that such love deserves our cheerful, willing, affectionate and generous giving from our abundance.

We are taught through Holy Scripture to give from what we have and not from what we do not have.

Committing to a planned and ordered Dedicated Giving programme, even in this Covid time, enables the parish to budget carefully and efficiently.

If you have not yet had a chance to fill in the online forms, please would you do so. The links to these forms are below. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Debbie at admin@stjohnswalmer, or WhatsApp 083 454 0479.

To God be the glory!

Your time and talents
Please click on this link and fill in the areas where you would like to be involved as well as the ministries you are already involved in.

Your pledges
This link is regarding your pledges and is treated as confidential. You will be allocated a unique ID number to use on all future tithes, payments and donations to St John’s. This ID number is a reference number to be used instead of your name.
Google Forms link for pledges:


Our Sandwiches Project has operated for 12 full weeks, in which time we have collected and distributed a total of 5 146 loaves of sandwiches, which equates to 51 460 double-sliced sandwiches.

510 of the loaves were bought using funds donated in response to the Food4Needy Campaign.

While the sandwiches constitute the bulk of donations, we have a number of donors who donate fruit and vegetables.

We started recording the attendance at the soup kitchen on a daily basis from the beginning of week six in order to assist us in planning. It needs to be borne in mind that food collected from the soup kitchen is generally taken home to feed family members. Consequently, the number of people being fed is considerably greater than the numbers recorded.

In week 9, in June, the weekly attendance at the soup kitchen, run by field worker Pinkie Libala and her team, peaked at 1 014, compared to 654 in week 8. This is probably due to two factors, grant money running out and increased numbers on Youth Day, when additional food was supplied. It has now returned to levels pre-Easter being about 100 recipients a day or about 500 a week.

Youth Day saw 147 adults and 60 children attending the soup kitchen. The fruit donated by Food Lovers’ Market, as well as a further six pockets of oranges and a few packets of apples received from other donors on the day were handed out. In addition, attendees received a tin of pilchards, a bag of porridge, Niknaks chips and a mask each.

According to co-ordinator Jane Purchase, 34 people (31 parishioners and 3 friends of St John’s) have offered their services at various stages to spread the loaves of bread that we buy on a bi-weekly basis.

This is over and above the sandwiches already being done by teams throughout our area each week day.

These volunteers have been wonderfully supportive, with 60% of the group donating additional loaves in their own right, while the balance are only too happy to be able to contribute to the cause of feeding the needy in a practical way. Approximately half of the group are in the 70+ age group. They generally get 5 loaves to spread at any one time, with a few brave folks taking on 10 loaves.

With the decline in the numbers at the soup kitchen since week 9, we have undertaken to shift some of the sandwiches to assist in feeding the 120 matrics at Walmer High who are at school till 4.30pm each day in order to complete the school year. The Dept of Education school feeding scheme supplies all learners in poorly resourced schools with a meal in the morning but not this afternoon. In fact, Walmer High was closed on Monday and Tuesday this week due to Covid cases, so we only resumed their sandwich drop off from Wednesday.
We have received a number of donations of clothing, bedding and masks. A Mill Park friend of St John’s has donated sleeping bags made from sheeting disposed of by hospitals, other recycled materials and fleece fabric. She has also started making warm winter blankets using fleece fabric and knitted and crocheted squares.

The Centre of Concern has also donated bedding (blankets, duvets and pillows) to the plight of the patients at Dora Nginza Hospital, through our neighbour parish St Saviour’s, many of whom are literally being covered with newspapers in order to keep warm, due to a lack of resources and overwhelmed staff.

Belinda Jordan also continues to co-ordinate our mask making and distribution project to indigent households.

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

Do you have a sewing machine?

Would you like to help to make face masks?
St John’s has partnered with Masks for PE and is encouraging people to make masks to give away in needy areas.
Wearing face masks when out and about is mandatory. Everyone needs at least 2. That’s a lot of masks!
Masks for PE makes it very easy for people to help.
They supply packs with enough pre-cut fabric for 30 masks, thread, fabric ties and instructions.
Finished masks will be packaged along with instructions in English and isiXhosa as to how to wear them safely and how to care for them.
Masks will be distributed at our Fountain Road Soup Kitchen in Ggebera and the Centre of Concern.

Belinda and Mike Jordan will be co-ordinating this project for St John’s.
Contact Belinda on 083 447 3900 if you want to start sewing and to arrange for delivery and collection.

Please Whatsapp Debbie (083 454 0479) to arrange collection.

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.

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Inviting all TEENS to join us on a ZOOM meeting today @ 5PM.
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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.