Bishop's Teaching Day with Mothers' Union 2016
†Martin spent the morning of Saturday 16th July with about 100 members of the Mothers' Union in the Diocese in his annual Teaching Day. The morning started with a celebration of the Eucharist, followed by sessions on Making Young Disciples and Green Anglicans.
- In the Eucharist, †Martin taught about Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42, using a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Mary or Martha?" (click to see the presentation). Mary and Martha represent two different kinds of people in the church - 1st commandment (love God) & 2nd commandment (love your neighbour), faith and works, prayer and action, "spiritual" and "practical". Both have tremendous strengths and potential weaknesses, and we need both! The title should not be "Mary or Martha?" but "Mary AND Martha"! This principle was applied to the two main topics of the day, and †Martin challenged the MU members to combine faith with action at parish level in responding to these topics.
- Speaking about "Young Disciples" (click to see the presentation), †Martin explained the need to grow our young people in understanding (head), attitudes & behaviour (heart), and mission & ministry (hands). He spoke about the many questions for which young people need answers, and challenged MU members to be actively involved in making young disciples. In particular he encouraged them to support:
In the last part of the morning Diocesan Environmental Intern, Robbie Stuart-Thompson, did a presentation on the environment. In it he highlighted practical and simple yet far-reaching things that members of the MU can do to care for our environment as Green Anglicans. They were given a work sheet and challenged to take it home and implement their decisions at Chapelry and Parish level.
- Rooted in Jesus among young people
- The Diocesan Volunteer and Intern Programme (VIP)
- Young women who have been accepted for training for Ordained ministry (stipendiary) at the College of the Transfiguration.
Bishop's Teaching Day 2015
Bishop Martin's Introduction to the Diocesan Priorities: Women and Disciples
Pat Lennox, Philip Mosiek, Luke Pretorius and Rendani Mudau helped MU members to workshop the three Diocesan priorities for this year:
- Personal: Growing as disciples of Jesus in everyday life
- Church: Multiplication with transformation
- Community: Using church land and buildings to serve the community
In all these things we must work with the youth, and train leaders.
The goal was to come up with practical programmes that MU members can implement in their local churches without incurring great expenses - using the gifts and expertise that they already have.
Bishop's Teaching Day 2014
The Diocesan Mothers' Union had its annual Bishop's Teaching Day at Christ Church Cathedral in Polokwane on Saturday 13th July. †Pat Lennox (Diocesan Development Coordinator) and Nyaradzo Matsene (OVC Fieldworker) joined †Martin as his team.
The focus was on how the MU can take a lead in caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the areas served by our parishes. Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2).
Working in Archdeaconry and Parish groups the MU members identified one or two things they can do in the areas of:
- Food Gardens
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- Rainwater harvesting (eg from the church roof)
- Early Childhood development centres.
The challenge is to use every church building or property to serve the community and create employment.
Pray that God will inspire many of the members and their branches to get this ministry going, and thereby share God's love and compassion with their communities.