All Saints Church

Newport North west Ministry Area    

All Saints South Africa

Here are some details about our link parish of All Saints, Primrose, Germiston, in our link diocese of the Highveld.
The incumbent is Fr. Des Smit and he tells us that the parish is a mature one in age. Established in 1904 the church is now experiencing steady growth, with more young families joining them and young people. Primrose is a well established area of Germiston, with some of the parishioners having lived in there for 62 years. They hold regular services with two on a Sunday, a said Eucharist at 7.30 a.m. and a family service with Sunday School at 9.30 a.m. Eighty people attend with 60 communicants. There is also a Wednesday Eucharist with 11 communicants.
All Saints Primrose say they are constantly learning more about God and how God is calling them to minister in South Africa. Their worship time is a time of joy and they are experimenting with a variety of services. Fr. Des tells us how they held a special service on St. Francis’ day, when people brought their animals to be blessed. They included dogs, birds, frogs and even a bat!
They hold regular bible studies and participation in the Anglican Womens’ Federation. There is a care group who visit the sick and shares food parcels with both church members and the community. They have Lay Ministers, servers, a choir, a fund raising committee and many other ministries.
All Saints is very active in their community, working in two informal settlements and assisting residents in the squatter camps. They help the local police department with their crisis management and offer help to rape victims. FR. Des says that sadly they are now beginning to be involved with assisting in cases of child rape.
Some of their expectations from a link parish include being part of a greater church and wanting to share their joy in the Lord and their experiences with us, their link whilst learning from us and us from them. They have not thrown out tradition, but are willing to start new traditions with the help of their link parish and through the Holy Spirit. They want to be there for their link—that’s us!
It’s a great privilege to be linked with All Saints Primrose and we thank Irene Doull for all the time and effort she put in to set up this link for us. As we remember each other in prayer and regularly correspond, we pray that the link between us will strengthen and enrich all of our Christian lives.



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