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Worshipping God in song

I received an email in my inbox this week that referenced an article entitled, “Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship”[1].  The article caught my attention because I had just preached about the importance for congregational singing in the context of corporate worship on Sunday mornings.  I wondered whether the article had any light to […]

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Update from the leadership

In a recent Deacons’ meeting some of the Deacons shared what they sensed was a ‘heaviness’ over the congregation as a result of the events of the past 18 months (and perhaps for some, even more).  The sense was that there are people in the congregation who are feeling hurt and confused, upset and unheard.  […]

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What pews and chairs can teach us

A church meeting decision At our March church meeting we had an open discussion in which people had the opportunity to express their views about changing the pews for chairs or sticking with the pews that have been in the church for over 50 years.  Good points were made in favour of both ‘sides’ – […]

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Claremont Church Unity

In the Gospel Shaped Church session “How and Why we pray”, Jared Wilson made reference to the importance that Jesus placed on the unity of the church.  It was so important to Him that he specifically prayed for it just before he was betrayed and crucified. Two opportunities to express our Christian unity East Claremont […]

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A Gospel Shaped Church

What kind of church should we be? Churches can be shaped by all kinds of things: tradition, culture, convenience, comfort, practicality, or by following the latest trends.  But churches that are called into existence by the gospel should be shaped by the gospel – in every aspect of their life and witness.  The Gospel Shaped […]

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Children and youth ministry @ ECCC

The youth and children’s ministry is an integral part of any church.  At present we have a wonderful and dedicated group of teachers and leaders.  We are very thankful to these volunteers and we want to honour their hard work by supporting them as parents and church leaders.  But we are facing some challenges.  Here […]

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Politics in the church?

Every now and then I hear someone contend, “We really should keep politics out of the church”.   And whenever I hear it I am inquisitive as to exactly what it means.  What exactly is it that is disturbing them?   The necessary separation of government and church If the statement is referring to party politics (EFF, DA, ANC, etc.) then I agree […]

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#MeToo – a Christian response

Recently actress Florence Masebe has added her name to the #MeToo campaign[1].  This movement keeps on growing, as it should, until the voices of these women are clearly heard and society responds appropriately.  For those who are not familiar: the #MeToo campaign is an international movement against sexual harassment and assault of women.  #MeToo spread […]

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Celebrating 50 Years in our Church Building

In 1968 it would have cost you about 7c for a loaf of brown bread, a liter of milk was 5c, and petrol would cost you 10c per liter.  It seems almost unbelievable!  Today you are lucky to find a loaf of bread for less than R10,00, milk is about R7,00 in a sachet and […]

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Remembering Billy Graham

Two hundred million people. That’s the number of people that Rev. Billy Graham is thought to have preached the gospel to during his years of active ministry. This doesn’t include those who heard via radio or film. Millions have come to faith in Christ as a result of his commitment to his Savior and his […]

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