Ministries

Church Ministries

Communion Preparation

When and where do we meet? The first Sunday of every month. Occasionally for other occasions e.g. Easter, Christmas, etc., meet in the church.

What time commitment is needed? As with most ministries, the more people there are to help, the less each person has to do. It does not take a large portion of time to prepare the communion table. It is however important that if you are on duty you arrive early to prepare the elements and arrange for everything to be cleared away.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To set the Communion table

Recommended gifts: If one of your gifts is helping, this is a ministry for you

What we do:

  • The bread is cut into blocks, and can be prepared at home the previous evening and stored in an airtight container.
  • You must be at the church by 7:15 on Communion Sunday and can leave when everything is tidy and cleared away. The tablecloth and net must also be taken away to be washed, but can only be collected after the evening service or during the following week as the youth also have Communion on the first Sunday.
  • Put the special tablecloth on the table. Fill the Communion cups and chalice with grape juice.
  • Divide the cut bread between two special plates that are in the cupboard under the banners in the alcove.
  • Bring three round bread rolls, one for each service, and put them on the table with the bread.
  • Cover the bread plates with cling wrap. Cover all the elements with the net provided.
  • After the first service the Communion cups must be washed and refilled, the cling wrap must be put back onto the bread and the table made ready for the second service.
  • After the second service the table can be prepared again for approximately 35 people as the youth also take communion. The rest of the communion glasses can be washed and put away.
  • The remaining bread must be disposed of reverently, so it can be eaten. There are usually some hungry people after church and they will eat it. (It cannot just be thrown away, as it has been blessed).
  • The net covers the elements until the evening service.

Leader: Bernard and Trudy Kelfkens (Elder/Executive Member: Suren Reddy)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Communion Stewards

When and where do we meet? In the church during each service on the 1st Sunday of each month

What time commitment is needed? The time it takes to give communion

Objective/Aim/Goal: To help Ray hand out the elements

Recommended gifts: Helps

What we do: Currently Ray selects people to help him in the service with communion.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Cradle Roll

When and where do we meet? No specific time or place

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: To build God’s Kingdom.

Recommended gifts: Care and love for children.

What we do: Give and prepare a gift for those who are being baptized, fill in the baptism register, put the baptism dates and names on the cradle roll. Keep in touch with the families after their child is baptized. Phone on special occasions like birthdays, first day at school, etc.

Leader: (Elder/Executive Member: Trudy Kelfkens)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Door Stewards

When do we meet? Sunday mornings around 7:30 at the church.

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: To make the congregation and specifically visitors feel welcome.

Recommended gifts: A love for people and the ability to speak to anyone.

What we do: On arrival, open the windows in the church, light the candles, welcome the congregation and visitors at the door, hand out notices at the door. Ring the bell. Help with collection during the service as well as counting the money with the elder on duty.

Leader: Glenys Van Zyl (Elder/Executive Member: Hans Van Zyl)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Flowers

When and where do we meet? No need to meet

What time commitment is needed? No time commitment

Objective/Aim/Goal: To beautify the House of the Lord

Recommended gifts: Crafts

What we do: Draw up a roster each year with each Sunday’s date in for the year as well as any other special occasions. We then contact the people during the week to remind them of their flower duty. Congregation members you can join the flower ministry by putting their name on the roster at the book case in the entrance to the church.

Leader: Trudy Kelfkens (Elder/Executive Member: Lindie Meyer)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Gardens (care & maintenance)

When and where do we meet? At the church

What time commitment is needed? A few hours every week

Objective/Aim/Goal: To keep the church grounds clean, neat and tidy.

Recommended gifts: A love for gardening.

What we do: Clean and groom the church yard so that it is always neat and tidy. We plant flowers; shrubs, etc., do the pruning and water the garden.

Leader: Richard & Christa Chapman (Elder/Executive Member: Hans van Zyl)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Housekeeping

When and where do we meet? Tuesdays and Thursdays at 09:00 in the reception

What time commitment is needed? Approximately half an hour per day

Objective/Aim/Goal: To keep everything clean and tidy so that it is a place that feels like home.

What we do: We keep the kitchen, Wesley Hall, reception area as well as the church and the vestry in order. We are also in control of the hiring out and receiving of hired utensils etc. which must first go through the office.

Leader: Hans Van Zyl (Elder/Executive Member: Suren Reddy)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Reception


Maintenance

When and where do we meet? Ad hoc.

What time commitment is needed? If you are interested in joining this ministry, there is a book with things that need to be done and you can come in and do something as your time allows. We suggest that you decide on a number of hours per week that would suit you and keep to that schedule.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To keep the building and equipment in good repair and working order.

Recommended gifts: Crafts, an ability to repair and make things.

What we do: We fix and repair any damage to buildings or equipment in and around the church. Also to help with installation of equipment, e.g. heaters, fans, digital projectors, etc.

Leader: Hans Van Zyl (Elder/Executive Member: Israel Dibate)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Teas Ministry

When and where do we meet? Sundays after both services in the garden or in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? Half an hour to an hour

Objective/Aim/Goal: For church goers to meet socially

Recommended gifts: Helps

What we do: A roster is provided with the different cell groups who are on duty for specific Sundays. The CIA has a coffee shop the first Sunday of every month where they sell a variety of coffees as well as cakes etc. The duty involves having to come in before the end of the 8:00 and the 9:30 services to set up the cups, put the urns on, and serving the tea and cleaning up afterwards.

Leader: Trudy Kelfkens (Elder/Executive Member: Bernard Kelfkens)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Garden / Wesley Hall


Verger

When and where do we meet? As required in the church

What time commitment is needed? There is no set time commitment, only to be available when the church needs to be opened and to ensure that it is locked up again afterwards.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To unlock and lock the church as and when it is needed; to take the pressure off of the minister. To always be available to open the church. To have someone responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the church property.

Recommended gifts: Dependability.

What we do: We open the church anytime someone needs to get in to decorate for weddings, funerals, etc.

Leader: Israel Dibate (Elder/Executive Member: Suren Reddy)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Wall of Remembrance

What time commitment is needed? Depending on the season.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To create a respected, beautiful and tranquil garden where anyone can have a time of quiet, enjoy the peacefulness and feel the presence of God and go home spiritually uplifted.

What we do: With God’s grace and blessing we take care of the garden and the wall of remembrance.

Leader: Freda Troskie (Elder/Executive Member: Hans van Zyl)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church



Worship Ministries

Banner Ministry

When do we meet? Mondays 19:00 — 21:00
Where do we meet? Indawo Yosizo
What time commitment is needed? Approximately 2 hours per week. If and when we need to complete a banner for a specific date we may meet more often, but it is not very often and we arrange times in advance.

Objective/Aim/Goal: We make "fabric" representations of celebrations, etc., which are hung in the front and the back of the church.

Recommended gifts: A love for creativity, crafts, embroidery, sewing, painting, etc.

What we do: We design and make banners using as many different techniques as possible. Fabric applique — using different textures, paints — usually fabric because we try to make all the banners washable. Felt, sewing and embroidery. We try to use people in our congregation with specific talents to help us. So even if you don't want to join us on a regular basis, we can still use your creativity. If you can draw, paint, sew, embroider etc. or have any other talents that you think we may be able to use, even if you have an idea for a banner, come talk to us, we are also open to any new fresh ideas.

We first determine the design for the banner, e.g. find a picture or design a picture according to what we want. We then decide what technique we will use for the banner, e.g. painting, sewing, embroidery etc. or any combination of mixed media. We calculate how much fabric, etc., we will need, and during the next week we will purchase the required materials. Depending on the size we either use the overhead projector to enlarge the picture, to get the correct size, and then begin cutting the fabric pieces, painting, sewing, etc. until the banner is complete.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Lindie Meyer)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Computer Ministry

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Israel Dibate)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Dance and Drama

When and where do we meet? When needed

What time commitment is needed? Currently this ministry does not run on a weekly basis. If and when there is a function which we would like to enhance or exenterate the message we will get together and start practicing.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To worship God through dance and drama.

Recommended gifts: Creative expression and a love for dancing and praising God.

What we do: We are going to learn a variety of Christian dances, e.g. Messianic for the young at heart, or the “physically challenged”, drama and mime, hip hop for the energetic, flag worship for everyone including men, the youth dance on Fridays to get younger youth going and we teach the dance steps to the children at Holiday Club.
Please speak to Cherry if you are interested in this ministry.

Leader: Mariechen Jansen V Vuuren (Elder/Executive Member: Cherry Ross)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Music (Worship)

When and where do we meet? Fridays at 18:30 in the church

What time commitment is needed? An hour and a half

Objective/Aim/Goal: To improve the quality of the worship music on Sunday mornings and to lead the congregation in worship.

Recommended gifts: Musical talent

What we do: Sing or play an instrument in church on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and other occasions as required.

Leader: Israel Dibate (Elder/Executive Member: Cherry Ross)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Sound Desk

When and where do we meet? Sundays – 7:30am, 09:00am and 17:30pm in the church

What time commitment is needed? If there are enough people to share the work, the time commitment will be less. With enough volunteers it should only be one service every 2 – 3 weeks. If you have committed to this ministry it is important that you are there for your shift, arriving at least half an hour before the service and stay both services.

Objective/Aim/Goal: The aim of any sound operator is to strive for clarity with minimal distortion, to operate the sound desk for the duration of the service. We are living in a world of technology. Used correctly, and managed competently, audio and video technologies can be a great tool in the hands of the church, allowing them to communicate with their community in a powerful and contemporary manner.

Recommended gifts: An interest and knowledge of sound equipment, but training will be given.

What we do: Switch on and set up the sound desk. Plug microphones in if they are needed. Make sure the sound is right. Put music on before the service if there is no-one playing instruments. Mute, un-mute relevant microphones during the service. Make sure the Minister is set up with headphones. In our modern era, electronic aids are available to enhance the praise and worship of the local body of Christ.

Leader: Neil Gage (Elder/Executive Member: Israel Dibate)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Tape/CD Ministry

When and where do we meet? Saturdays at 10:00 and Sundays at 9:30 at the church.

What time commitment is needed? An hour and a half on Sunday and about an hour on Saturday.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To provide the congregation with a recorded version of the sermons.

Recommended gifts: Computer literacy.

Leader: Israel Dibate (Elder/Executive Member: Willie Meyer)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church



Prayer and Intercession

Healing Ministry

When and where do we meet? Wednesdays at 16:30 in the Church

What time commitment is needed? Varies

What we do: Congregants with a passion to pray are welcome to come and be part of the service by praying during the service.
We try to have at least two healing services during the year as part of the 09:30 service.
Jesus has healed literally hundreds of people in the last 30 months and those who would like to become active in praying for the sick can contact Ray.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Intercession

When do we meet? Sundays at 7:30am in the Vestry

What time commitment is needed? One hour.

Objective/Aim/Goal: Monday morning is prayer of Intercession specifically for Heidelberg, our schools, hospitals, etc. Sundays are for the church, the services, ministries, members of the congregations, etc. We are led by the Holy Sprit.

Recommended gifts: Faith, compassion, love, mercy and hope.

What we do: We sit in a group quietly and pray one by one as the Holy Spirit leads us. It is not compulsory to pray aloud but we encourage it for spiritual growth and also so that we can agree and therefore strengthen our prayers.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Vestry


Prayer (prayer chain)

When do we meet? 24/7 365 days a year, wherever you are

Objective/Aim/Goal: Prayer

Recommended gifts: Discipline

What we do: Pass prayers on the prayer chain and pray for the prayer requests that are sent through the prayer chain. Send the prayer request via sms to the above number. Pam will forward the sms on so it moves through the chain.
If you would like to join the prayer chain to pray for people please speak to Pam and she can add your name to the list.

Leader: Vera Motley (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Anywhere



Fellowship and Social

Cell Groups

When and where do we meet? As below

Tuesday:

10h00 - HMC Wesley Hall - leader Pam Abrahamse cell 082 413 3432

11h00 - HMC Office - leader Ray Goddess cell 082 656 3123

 

Wednesday:

18h30 - Youth Cell, 46A Viljoen Str, 1D Shantie Estate - leader Israel Dibate cell 073 890 0783

19h00 - 41 Bendor Ave, 2 Palm de Amo, Overkruin - leader Willie Meyer cell

071 363 6353

19h15 - Location changes weekly - leader Annatijie Schutte cell 082 680 6375

 

Thursday:

10h00 - 128 Walker Str, Rensburg - leader Glenys van Zyl tel: 016 341 3172

19h00 - 96 Marais Str - leaders Ian and Yolandi Page cell 082 562 7079

19h00 - 29 Gemsbok Str, Jordaan Park - leader Phillip Jessop cell 082 453

5347

19h00 - 129 Begeman Str, Jordaan Park - leaders Bobby and Hettie Koller cell

082 333 1865

19h00 - 7 Malva Park, 8 Malva Drive, Bergsig - leader Bernard Kelfkens cell

082 859 3011

19h30 - Young Adults - 46A Viljoen Str, 1D Shantie Estate - leader Israel Dibate cell 073 890 0783

What time commitment is needed? Regular attendance at the group you join.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To provide fellowship and friendship groups, in order to help them to grow in their faith and their walk with God.

Recommended gifts: A heart for people, love and understanding.

What we do: We slot you into a Cell group to suit your needs. The Cell groups provide members and adherents with fellowship, friendship, caring and Bible teachings.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Willie Meyer)
Location: As Listed


Craft Ministry

When and where do we meet? Varies

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: To have fun and fellowship whilst learning new crafts.

Recommended gifts: There are no recommended gifts. If you do perhaps have a craft that you would like to share you are more than welcome to give a class.

What we do: We get together, enjoy fellowship, share stories, have a laugh and just have as much fun as we can whilst doing something constructive.

Leader: Marnette Eva (Elder/Executive Member: Kirsten McIntyre)
Location: Varies


Events team

When do we meet? 6 – 8 weeks before any occasion and once a week until the events occur.

Where do we meet? Usually the first meeting will be at Wesley Hall. Thereafter the meeting will be held at a convenient place for everyone.

What time commitment is needed? Because it is not an ongoing ministry, there will be times when no time commitment is required. During the planning of events, meetings will be held once a week for approximately 2-3 hours, but each meeting will be arranged at a convenient time for all.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To plan and arrange the décor in the church for special occasions e.g. Easter, Pentecost, Palm Sunday, Christmas, etc.

Recommended gifts: Creativity, crafts, flower arranging, etc.

What we do: We plan the décor, flower arrangements and gifts, etc. for special events in the Christian calendar. About two months before an event, e.g. Christmas. The minister will request anyone interested in helping with the decorations to have a meeting and will give guidelines of what he wants for the occasion. From there further meetings will be arranged, ideas will be pooled, until a plan is formulated and a framework has been put together as to what is needed for the décor etc. Each person will get tasks to do in accordance with their talents. At the next meeting everyone will report back and further arrangements will be made. Just before the occasion, the church will be decorated and after the service everything will be tidied up and put away.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Suren Reddy)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Men’s Fellowship

When and where do we meet? One Saturday a month at various venues.

What time commitment is needed? Varies.

Objective/Aim/Goal: Evangelize and disciple men into and through HMC. To improve men in furthering the work of Kingdom building. To provide times of fellowship and interaction to encourage them to be men of Godly character, Good Shepherd’s, members of HMC and examples to others.

Recommended gifts: Evangelism

What we do: Hold men’s breakfasts and outings five Saturday per year at 6:30am. We do a men’s celebration service the third Sunday in October. We also partake in men’s retreats, Cyara, Angus Buchan and Men’s Ministry.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Bernard Kelfkens)
Location: Varies


New Members

When do we meet? Up to now there is no need to meet

What time commitment is needed? Approximately 5 hours for each new members breakfast and an hour a month to follow up on new members.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To give new members a memorable introduction into the church, and to give them information on the workings of the church and the ministries that are available in the church.

Recommended gifts: Administration, creativity, enjoy meeting new people and entertaining.

What we do: We arrange the food for the breakfast, ensure that the hall is correctly set up and that it looks inviting. To arrange that the leaders of a few ministries attend the breakfast to talk about their ministries, to welcome new members into the church and to maintain a relationship with them. The new members’ breakfast is also for long-standing members who would like to recommit to HMC.

Leader: Karen Whittal (Elder/Executive Member: Willie Meyer)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Social

When and where do we meet? Twice a year at church.

What time commitment is needed? As much time as it takes to plan an event

Objective/Aim/Goal: To have the congregation getting together in a casual atmosphere so we can get to know each other better.

Recommended gifts: Planning, organization and administration.

What we do: Plan functions twice a year either at the church or away. Last year we had a Spring Day spit braai and we went to see Cats at Monte Casino.
Speak to Cherry if you would like to be involved in the planning.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Trudy Kelfkens)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Walking Ministry

When and where do we meet? Saturday mornings, usually outside Pick ‘n Pay

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: Just to have a walk together every Saturday to witness the glory of God’s creation and to have fellowship with one another.

Recommended gifts: No gifts needed.

What we do: We meet up and go for a walk. All are able to join, young, old, fit and unfit.

Leader: Neil Gage (Elder/Executive Member: Pieter Nienaber)
Location: Pick 'n Pay, Heidelberg


Women’s Fellowship

When and where do we meet? As per dates on the church calendar, usually at Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? An afternoon or a morning on a Saturday

Objective/Aim/Goal: To provide teaching that will allow women to grow spiritually, strengthen their faith and develop boldness in witnessing.

Recommended gifts: No gift needed- just a desire to learn and grow as a Christian.

What we do: We provide and teach Christian fundamentals, inspiration and opportunities and challenges to develop one’s personal daily walk with the Lord.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Trudy Kelfkens)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Golden Oldies

John and Irene Barnard have started a new ministry “Golden Oldies”. This ministry aims to meet once a month on a Wednesday morning inviting all the folk falling into the elite group called Golden Oldies for some tea/coffee and a snack. A time of fellowship and a short input will be the “order of the day”.

Leader: John & Irene Barnard (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church



Youth Ministry


Outreach Ministries

Bible Ministry

Leader: Willie Meyer (Elder/Executive Member: Lindie Meyer)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Book Table

When and where do we meet? Four times a year after each service at the church.

What time commitment is needed? Four weekends a year.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To provide books, CDs and DVDs as well as jewellery, stickers, Bible covers, pens, pencils, bookmarkers, calendars, gifts for members of the congregation. We buy books etc. for our library with the profit so we can have useful references at church permanently.

Recommended gifts: Discernment — because we try to choose items with people in mind, a joyful spirit, a love of music and reading.

What we do: We go to Zoe's Christian bookshop in Boksburg and choose a whole lot of material and resources for people to learn from. Bring them to the church services on Sunday to sell and the profit money buys books or DVDs for the church library.

Leader: Yolandi Page (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church


Evangelism

Leader: Annatjie Schutte (Elder/Executive Member: Israel Dibate)


Fix-it

Leader: Mariechen Jansen V Vuuren (Elder/Executive Member: Hans van Zyl)


Fund-raising

When and where do we meet? See the church calendar – four fundraising events per year

What time commitment is needed? Depends on what has been planned

Objective/Aim/Goal: To raise funds for the church, fellowship and fun.

Recommended gifts: Organizing ability, gift of the gab, to be able to negotiate prizes etc. , commitment and dedication, ideas for making money.

What we do: Varies. Depends on what the plans are. In the past we have done a music evening as well as a car rally. Speak to Alan if you would like to be involved in the organizing.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Cherry Ross)
Location: Varies


Prison Ministry

What time commitment is needed? Depends on how much time you have to spare.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To build a nation of Christ Followers in the prisons

Recommended gifts: Discipline, apostleship, helps.

What we do: Being a newly developing ministry, we have an average of 70 prisoners countrywide with whom we correspond frequently. We send them Christian literature and personalized letters of encouragement, as well as writing materials, books, toiletries, etc. This is a growing ministry and always in need of extra help.

“I was in prison and you visited me…”
- Matthew 25:36

Leader: Freda Troskie (Elder/Executive Member: Lindie Meyer)


Sewing and Knitting

When and where do we meet? Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 09h00 to 11h00 at Indawo Yosizo

What time commitment is needed? If you decide to give a lesson it will be once a week, but if you decide to come and help out while we are giving lessons, you can choose which day and how long you want to stay.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To teach under-privileged people a skill which they can use to help supplement their income.

Recommended gifts: Any skills which you can teach, e.g. embroidery, painting, woodwork, cooking, etc.

What we do: We have knitting, sewing and crochet projects on a Thursday, which they progress through making about three items per craft. When they have completed the three we give them knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc. so they can carry on from home. We work for about 2 hours, from 9am to 11am and when they leave we give them a packet of maize flour and some vegetables.
We make clerical shirts and any other items that we are asked to make.
Participants are taught how to sew; thereby creating employment, but the ministry also gives them a platform to sell from.
It is our aim to create a market for all clothes that are made at the centre.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Kirsten McIntyre)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Soup Kitchen

When and where do we meet? Thursdays at 09:45am in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? One and a half hours to two hours per week, depending on how busy the centres are.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To supply soup and bread at set points in Heidelberg on a Thursday. We hope to give the hungry at least one nourishing meal.

Recommended gifts: Compassion and empathy for the hungry, sick and the poor.

What we do: Serve soup and bread at the wellness centre, Heidelberg hospital and the clinic.

Leader: Ravi Pietersen (Elder/Executive Member: Maggie Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Visitation (Hospital)

When and where do we meet? When required

What time commitment is needed? Varies to the needs.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To console, comfort and encourage hospitalized Methodists.

Recommended gifts: Empathy and compassion.

What we do: Visit the sick in hospitals and pray for them.

Leader: Maggie Gage (Elder/Executive Member: Trudy Kelfkens)
Location: Varies


Visitation (Caring)

When and where do we meet? As and when requiredWhat time commitment is needed? Varies to the needs, etc.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To console, comfort and encourage disabled and frail Methodists.

Recommended gifts: Empathy and compassion.

What we do: Visit disabled and frail Methodists at home, in Old Aged homes, etc. Arrange and assist with Holy Communion for them.

Leader: Maggie Gage (Elder/Executive Member: Richard Gage)
Location: Varies



Indawo Yosizo

Food Gardens

When and where do we meet? Anytime between 09:00 and 16:00 Monday - Friday at Indawo Yosizo

What time commitment is needed? Approximately 2 hours a week

Objective/Aim/Goal: To teach the under privileged to plant their own food gardens and grow vegetables to become self sufficient.

Recommended gifts: Gardening

What we do: We teach how to start and maintain a healthy vegetable garden.

Leader: Marnette Eva (Elder/Executive Member: Bernard Kelfkens)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Food parcels (social concern)

When and where do we meet? Wednesdays at 09:00 at Indawo Yosizo

What time commitment is needed? Approximately 2 hours per week

Objective/Aim/Goal: To supply disadvantaged people with food for a specific period, to enable them to focus and uplift themselves.

Recommended gifts: Care, understanding and compassion for those who are less fortunate.

What we do: Make up food parcels and hand them out to families who can’t make ends meet and people who are trying to get back on their feet.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Richard Gage)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Funding Indawo Yosizo

When and where do we meet? The board meets once a month at Indawo Yosizo

Objective/Aim/Goal: To help those in need

Recommended gifts: Fund-raising abilities

What we do: Early in 2007 the Heidelberg Methodist Church initiated an outreach programme and launched a Section 21 Company trading under the name of Indawo Yosizo (Zulu for "Centre of Help”).

Leader: Maggie Gage (Elder/Executive Member: Ray Goddess)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Knitting Fellowship

When and where do we meet? Wednesdays at 9h00 – 10h30 in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? One to two hours a week. If you decide to do any extra work e.g. knit from home, or visit someone in hospital, then more time is needed.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To learn about the Lord, to work for and to serve the people and to give help when and where needed. To have fellowship with one another.

Recommended gifts: Any gift, especially loving and caring and fellowship.

What we do: We meet once a week to have fellowship, do Bible study, to determine needs, pray and help where we can. We sit together and knit jerseys and teddies for children. We do sewing and collect goodies for the needy. We also visit others where and when we can. Should you work and not be able to attend but enjoy knitting, you can make the commitment to knit a jersey a month, every two months, twice a year or one jersey a year and in that way committing to the ministry without having to be at the meetings.

Leader: Vera Motley (Elder/Executive Member: Kirstin McIntyre)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Outreach/Mission

When and where do we meet? Monday – Thursday, 08:30 – 16:30, Friday 08:30 – 14:00 at Indawo Yosizo

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: To assist those in need

Recommended gifts: A passion for those in need

What we do: Indawo Yosizo means” Centre of help”. This is a vision that God has given the Heidelberg Methodist Church to carry out.
We help

  • Anyone who is in need of family care, who has been traumatized in any way, this includes sexually and physically abused men and women and rape victims.
  • People with drug or alcohol problems etc.

 

Indawo Yosizo aims to give these people a place of shelter and to help them overcome their fears and addictions with Godly counselling. Indawo Yosizo is also working closely with the “Women and Children’s Forum” as well as the “Local Police Forum”.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Pieter Nienaber)
Location: Indawo Yosizo


Potters Wheel: Christian Drug Addiction Help Centre (CDAHC) WheHel

When and where do we meet? On the last Thursday of each month at 15h00 in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? Varies to your commitment

Objective/Aim/Goal: There is a big problem in Heidelberg with people who are addicted to either drugs or alcohol.
In May 2007 the Heidelberg Methodist Church, through Indawo Yosizo, started an outreach to help people who are struggling with addictions. While this is an outreach initiated by and based on Christian principles, it was always the aim of this outreach to involve the whole community and to help anyone (no matter what their religious orientation) who are struggling with addictions. Further to this, an invitation was extended to all the churches to become involved.

What we do: With this in mind Potter’s Wheel Kibbutz was started. The reason that it is called a Kibbutz is that it is our aim to build a centre that can be a home for those struggling with addiction. This “home” will be run on a Kibbutz basis. A further vision is to have a separate building that can be used as a place of safety to the abused women and children in our community.
Within a very short period of time we had a fair number of people joining the program. At this time we make use of Kibbutz and rehabilitation centres in other parts of South Africa. To date we have had 49 people come through our program with a success rate of just under 40%. Our success rate is based on people who have moved off of being totally addicted. There are times when some of these folk “slip back” and take drugs/alcohol for a “one night experience” but they normally come back onto the program and we persevere to try and get them to be totally addiction free.
Our program consists of four events per week. Any person coming onto the program is expected to come to Church (remember that this is a Christian based program) at least once a Sunday, join a cell group that meets once a week, come to our healing service once a week on a Wednesday evening and then see Ray (or another counselor) for a session once a week.
Further to this we have a group of rehabilitated addicts who are available to share with any person struggling with cravings. It is critical that the struggling addict can speak to someone who has experienced what he or she is going through.
We have recently been blessed with a piece of ground donated by Ernest and Hanlie Boy. Once we get the go-ahead from the municipality we will start to look for funds to start the building. It is our intention to use a group of rehabilitating addicts to help build the Kibbutz.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Cherry Ross)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Second-hand clothes

When and where do we meet? As you are free at Indawo Yosizo.

What time commitment is needed? There is no definite time required, so you can decide how many hours per week you can invest in the ministry.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To sell clothes etc. to improve the income so that we can help more people who need assistance with food etc.

Recommended gifts: Neatness, order and communication.

What we do: Clothes are donated and delivered to Indawo Yosizo. We sort them out into the various items, pack and wash (if necessary) the clothes. We make sure that the shelves stay tidy when people are looking for clothes and advise them what suits them if we are there at the time. Sometimes we may go to the pensioner’s day at Shalimar Ridge to sell extra clothes.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Kirsten McIntyre)
Location: Indawo Yosizo



Courses

Alpha

When do we meet? Sunday the 4th July at 17:30 till Sunday 29th August with the Holy Spirit weekend from Friday the 3rd September — Sunday the 5th September
Where do we meet? Wesley Hall
What time commitment is needed? Other than the time of the course from 17:30 to about 20:00 (this includes a light meal at 17:30) there is no specific time required.

Objective/Aim/Goal: It is generally the desire of all Christians to get to know Jesus better and to walk a journey that draws us closer to God. This is exactly the aim of the Alpha Course.

Recommended gifts: Teaching

What we do: We start the evening with a meal (no charge to the participants) and then watch a DVD presented by Nicky Gumble. We then break into groups and discuss the content of the DVD and ask relevant questions.

Who should attend: All Christians should consider attending the Alpha Course. For the new Christian this is an ideal opportunity to get to know Jesus and to discover who Jesus is. For the mature Christian this is the ideal opportunity to remember and rediscover the roots of our Christian Faith in an environment that is nonthreatening and a place where many questions can be asked and answered.

Leader: Willie Meyer (Elder/Executive Member: Richard Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Confirmation

When and where do we meet? 16:30 – 17:30 on Sundays in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? Approximately an hour every Sunday whilst the Confirmation classes are running.

Objective/Aim/Goal: This is a year long journey culminating in the Confirmation Service where the Confirmees make a public statement that Jesus is their Saviour and Redeemer.

Recommended gifts: Teaching

What we do: This journey looks at many basic principles of Christianity and also attempts to integrate the Confirmees into doing at least one society project during the year.

Leader: Israel Dibate (Elder/Executive Member: Richard Gage)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Course Administration

When and where do we meet? No set time or place

What time commitment is needed? Varies

Objective/Aim/Goal: To collect Data for each and every course, training workshops etc. Done through HMC.

Recommended gifts: Administration

What we do: Keep an up to date list of all the courses, training workshops etc. that have been held and who attended, and in which year they attended.

Leader: Cherry Ross (Elder/Executive Member: Pieter Nienaber)
Location: Varies


Divorce Care

When and where do we meet? As per the church calendar, meet in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? Two and a half hours per week for 13 weeks.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To provide ongoing support and encouragement necessary for healing from divorce.

Recommended gifts: Compassion and understanding for others, as well as patience.

What we do: Divorce Care is a programme designed to provide an ongoing ministry for divorced or separated people.  It takes a Biblical approach to divorce, separation and related issues such as reconciliation, remarriage, forgiveness, and the effect of divorce on children and families.

Leader: Ray Goddess (Elder/Executive Member: Kirsten McIntyre)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall


Grief Share

When and where do we meet? Saturday mornings at 09h00 for 13 consecutive weeks a year in Wesley Hall

What time commitment is needed? 2 hours per week while the course is running.

Objective/Aim/Goal: To help others to get over the loss of a loved one.

Recommended gifts: Compassion and understanding for others who are grieving, as well as patience.

What we do: Grief Share is a video seminar that features some of the foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. The video seminars are combined with support group discussions of the materials presented during the video.

Leader: Annatjie Schutte (Elder/Executive Member: Bernard Kelfkens)
Location: Heidelberg Methodist Church Wesley Hall