Conference 2019

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa

WELCOMES CONFERENCE 2019

The Cape of Good Hope Synod spans a wide geographical area, reaching beyond the Provincial boundaries of the Western Cape into the extreme southern area of Namibia with the diamond mining town of Oranjemund, as well as the flower kingdom of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.

It includes the vast arid spaces of the Karoo, fertile Cape Winelands, and leafy Southern Suburbs with their spectacular views of Table Mountain, Western, Central and Southern coastal areas along the banks of the two oceans which meet at the southernmost tip of Africa and the densely populated areas of the City Bowl and Cape Flats.

The vast area is rich in its cultural heritage reflecting the painful history of original inhabitants of the San, Khoi and Nama people, the creation of a slave colony under the Dutch colonial rulers and the subsequent battle of “ownership” between colonial nations wanting to benefit from the Cape’s strategic location between continents and its great natural wealth.

Following the Apartheid history with its forced removals laws and spatial development programmes, especially in the creation of the Cape Flats, and which continues to be evident in the contrasting scenes of opulent wealth and abject poverty which exist side by side. Central to this is the iconic Robben Island, as the visible icon of physical triumph of the human spirit, which in the words of the late Ahmed Kathrada, “stands as a testimony to the cruelty of humanity yet the triumph of courage and determination over human frailty and darkness.” The joyous spirit of the Cape minstrels, whose singing on “Tweede Nuwe Jaar”, dating back to the years of slavery in the Cape, symbolizes the joy of resistance and freedom, and the commitment to rise above all circumstances.

Within this complex context, Methodism in the Cape celebrates 213 years of witness from its earliest beginnings with a class meeting for the British soldiers stationed in Simon’s Town under the leadership of Sergeant John Kendrick in 1806, and the missionary work of Barnabas Shaw in 1816 with the Namaqua people in Lily Fountain.

The Methodist witness continues to this day, with a present membership of over 66 000 members, adherents and children, 213 Societies and Preaching places, 3 Homes for the Aged, a Children’s Home and an unfolding vision for a resident substance abuse center for adolescents, and a number of early childhood learning centers – each a testimony of those who love justice, and who seek to walk faithfully and humbly with God in the call to be a transforming discipleship movement.

 

As a Synod, we are excited to receive our wider Methodist family for Conference 2019, and our organizing committees have been working around the clock to ensure that this will be an enjoyable and meaningful experience for all.  In keeping with a number of Conference and Synod Resolutions over the years, Conference will be hosted in local Churches, with a concerted effort to make eco-friendly choices in all aspects of our planning and local Community projects have been engaged in sourcing of various aspects of our hospitality.

 

The most exciting part of hosting, within the Conference theme of Shaping Tomorrow Today, and its challenge to engage more seriously in ministry with children and youth, has been building a partnership with the youth centered Zip Zap Circus Project. We hope to treat delegates to a colourful celebratory Carnival evening in true Cape Town style in the Zip Zap Circus Dome, while 250 of our most vulnerable children across the Synod will be attending a full event of Zip Zap, all funded entirely by the gifts received from those committed to this opportunity, and all proceeds going to the various programmes that are offered to local children and youth in the Cape.

 

In addition, the Conference Ordination and closing Service will take place at the Western Cape Sports School in Kuils River, a facility largely dedicated to the education and empowering of youth and children through movement and sport.

 

As a Synod, a significant part of our preparation has been in prayer, as we uphold before God our Methodist leadership, all Synod delegates, Ordinands and their families, visitors, organizers, and any others who are part of Conference.

 

Borrowing the following words from local Song writer & singer, Nur Abrahams, the Cape of Good Hope Synod is ready to welcome delegates and visitors to Conference 2019 with a spirit of true Cape hospitality and celebration and look forward to seeing you soon.

“Welcome to Cape Town

Let’s see you smiling

Put on your dancing shoes

Cape Town welcomes you.”

 

Rev Yvette Moses

Synod Acting Bishop

(on behalf of the Conference Hosting Committee)

 

 

CAPE TOWN VENUES FOR CONFERENCE

In consultation with the General Secretary of the MCSA, the following venues will be used for Conference.

 

 

CONFERENCE OPENING SESSION

11 September

Langa Methodist Church – Dumisani Circuit

23 Lerotholi Avenue, Langa, Cape Town

Latitude: -33.9432665

Longitude: 18.5259874

 

CONFERENCE OPENING SERVICE

11 September

Langa Methodist Church – Dumisani Circuit

23 Lerotholi Avenue, Langa, Cape Town

Latitude: -33.9432665

Longitude: 18.5259874

 

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

12-14 September

Rosebank Methodist Church – Dumisani Circuit

2 Chapel Road, Rosebank, Cape Town

(Observers can follow all open sessions in the Church via live-feed.  Please note that no parking is available on the church premises but only in the surrounding streets.)

Latitude: -33.953687

Longitude: 18.4715093

 

CONFERENCE MEMORIAL SERVICE

Rosebank Methodist Church – Dumisani Circuit

2 Chapel Road, Rosebank, Cape Town

Latitude: -33.953687

Longitude: 18.4715093

 

ORDINATION SERVICE

Sun 15 September at 9.00am

Western Cape Sports School, Kuils River – Bellville Circuit

Nooiensfontein Road, Kuils River, Cape Town

Latitude: -33.94208

Longitude: 18.70663

 

(Seating capacity 2 200 – please note that the Communications Department of the MCSA will be providing livestreaming of the Service on the Methodist Church of Southern Africa Facebook page for those unable to travel or be accommodated at the event.)