1. BAPTISM  2. CONFIRMATION 3. WEDDINGS. 4. MINISTRY TO THE SICK AND NEEDY. 5. FUNERALS. 6 ECUMENICAL MINISTRY.

 7 SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT.


1. BAPTISM

Before baptising children we require that the paretns attned a baptism preparation course. (Of course if the Godparetns are able to attend that is even better.) This takes place on Sudnay afternoons. There are three sessions.  Once thE course has been completed, the baptism may take place at any of the church services. There are no private baptisms. For the benfit of the congregation we limit the number of baptisms per month.

For Adults, the baptism is done with confirmation, as the two belong together.

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR BAPTISM.

2. CONFIRMATION


3. WEDDINGS


4. Ministry to the Sick and Needy


For those in immediate need:

There is a group of people who will pray for anyone who is in immediate need. The number to contact for the prayer chain is 082-673-2193 (Joyce Frederiksen). This telephone chain operates 24 hours around the clock and your confidentially can be maintained if desired. Otherwise those in need will be included on the broadsheet to be prayed for at services.

For the sick and needy:

Another group of people (the care group) care for the sick and other needy in various ways, by visiting them, cooking meals for them, and doing shopping for them. The number to contact for the care group is 082-950-1500.

For the chronic ill:

The members of the Guild of St Luke undertake to pray regularly for those who are frail, suffering from cancer, the after effects of a stroke or any other such chronic illness. They meet on the second Sunday of each month at Evensong and on the second Thursday of each month at the 9am service where all those on the guild list are mentioned in the intentions. The ministry of prayer and the laying on of hands is also offered at these services.

The laying on of hands with prayer for the sick is available at any time by arrangement with the priests. 

The ministry of prayer and listening is available at the 9am Mass at St Michael's (during communion) from a team of counsellors. 


5. FUNERALS

In the midst of life is death. There are no requirements about whose funeral may take place in church.

There is no charge for the service but see items 3, 4, 6 and 7 below. 

For a service you (the family) will need to consider:

  1. Whether there is to be a cremation or burial after the service. This should be decided by the person concerned through his/her last will and testament.
  2. Whether you would like a funeral Mass (about 55 minutes long) or plain funeral.
  3. What you want to do about flowers. If you like, the church flower ladies can do them for you. You will need to say how much you want them to spend.
  4. What hymns you would like sung (there is a fee payable to the church organist). Normally a funeral service has two hymns and a funeral Mass five.
  5. If you want someone to give a eulogy or the priest to read out a tribute or neither
  6. If you would like our catering group to provide tea and eats in the hall (done by donation per head - roughly R15).
  7. There is also a fee for the verger who opens up and locks up the church, tidies up and keeps an eye on the cars. This is R200.

MEMORIAL SERVICES

The rubric (instruction originally printed in red type, hence the name) states “This service is not to be used instead of the Funeral Service”. In other words there must be a funeral service (preferably where the body  is present ). A memorial service may be held when the funeral takes place elsewhere, or when a separate (more intimate) funeral service is held. 

WHY MUST THERE BE A FUNERAL SERVICE

Primarily at a funeral servcie (as opposed to a Memorail Servcie) we commend the person to God and the life hereafter. A secondary part of the Funeral Servcie is to commit the body to its final resting place (cremation or burial). As we offer the collection at the Eucharist we proclaim that everything in heaven and on earth is God’s. Our bodies belong to God. We cannot dispose of them without Him. So the body is brought into church where God is thanked for the life that filled it and the person it was and the body is them committed to its burial or cremation.

PSYCHOLOGICALLY BETTER

It is also far better in terms of the process of grieving and closure for the body to be present. In a very real sense this enables those who loved the person to make their farewell, to find closure, and remember the person's life and love.

CREMATION AND THE ASHES

We currently have a columbarium under the church where ashes in caskets are placed. There is a small fee for this. This is currently R50.

 WALL OF REMEMBRANCE

This is not linked to the columbarium and anyone may be commemorated with a plaque on the wall.  The plaques are granite and we have a supplier whom we use for the supply and engraving. Simply give the Parish Secretary the wording you would like and we will do the rest. The cost of this is R150.


6. ECUMENICAL MINISTRY 

Ministers' Fraternal

We have close relationships with our sisters and brethren in the Roman Catholic, (St Dominic's), Central Methodist and St John's Uniting Presbyterian congregations.

We share services in Holy Week or Sunday evenings in Lent. ACTS, a "Fresh Expression" church lnked to the Presbyterian Church is also included.


7. SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT

Créche

Currently we are running a "drop-in" créche for children of local families near St. Michael's. This is run as a free service, as part of the parish's social responsibility outreach.

The children gather three mornings a week, and are supervised in the parish grounds and buildings.

 

Food Packets for those in need

In a recent initiative, fully under way, and headed very well by Deacon Barbara.

Parishioners are requested to fill food packets with a combination of staple foods that will be distributed to families in need. Some packets will be purchased by the social responsibility group for filling with the required items, or parishioners are asked to provide a packets and the food items. The food items are:
  • 2.5kg - Mealie Meal
  • 1kg - Sugar
  • 500g - White Kidney Beans
  • 500g - Brown Speckled Beans
  • 500g - Fat Free Powdered Milk (No Blends)
  • 500g - Salt
  • 410g - Peanut Butter
  • 2 x 1kg Samp
  • 200g - Savoury Soya Mince

 

Tuesday Handouts

 On the last Tuesday of the month 


Anglican Parish of Boksburg