SUN 14 FEB 09:00 – VALENTINE'S DAY
Renewal of Vows during the service. Anyone who wants to celebrate any relationship, please join in.
ALPHA ONLINE - WED 24 FEB 18:00
We being our first Alpha online! All welcome! Don’t need to be a member of any church!
To register for Alpha, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PATRONAL FESTIVAL – SUN 9 AUG 2020
One service at 09:00 with guest preacher to be confirmed. Celebrating St Laurence, the Deacon AND St Laurence’s Discovery Refreshments served afterwards in the hall (bring and share)
SHROVE “PANCAKE” TUESDAY - 25 FEB 2020 This annual event was a big success with hundreds of pancakes sold with fillings, some takeaway and some eaten in the hall with lots of fun and cheer. Thanks to donations of fillings and ingredients, we raised a total of R2 526.00.
LICENCING SERVICE -13 JAN 2019
New Priest in Discovery: The Venerable Wayne Saldanha, Archdeacon and Rector of St Gabriel’s Anglican Church Florida, Priest-in-Charge of St Laurence’s Anglican Church Discovery, the Reverend Martha Gordon & Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Thandi Chaane, at the licensing ceremony on 13 January.
Paul Siaki is an Anglican priest and has been involved in planting three churches, including a radical Anglican church in the Ruimsig area reaching out to the unchurched and unsaved: Church Unusual. They publicly launched on April 16 2006.more info
St Laurence’s is a friendly small church with a big heart! Everyone is welcome to come and experience the warm and down-to-earth atmosphere where we praise God from the heart. The church has been going since the 1950s and began as a chapelry of St John’s Roodepoort but eventually grew big enough to be its own church. We have about 120 families who are members, mostly from Discovery, and nearby suburbs in Roodepoort, while some travel from Boskruin, Pretoria, Ruimsig and Randfontein. Whether you have been coming for over 50 years, or you are a first-time visitor, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we are all journeying together to get closer to God and to find deeper meaning in our lives, in this most challenging world we live in. The church is well managed by a team led by Revd Martha Gordon who is the priest-in-charge, the wardens Gustave Cilliers, Clayton Petersen and Lerato Myeza, Treasurer Pauline Elliott and the council. Please contact Martha for more information or feedback email@example.com or 083 399 5934.
“There is no contemporary account of Laurence’s death. According to a tradition known to Ambrose a hundred years later, he was one of the seven deacons of Rome who was ordered by the magistrate to hand over the Church’s treasures. Laurence collected together a number of poor and sick people and presented them to the magistrate, saying, ‘These are the treasure of the Church’. For this he was condemned to be burnt alive on an iron grating. He became one of the most famous of al Roman martyrs, and many churches are dedicated to him.” – extract from Saints and Seasons, Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), 1993. P.93.
What is a deacon?
The Anglican Church recognises three levels of ordination – deacon, priest and Bishop, and that all baptised people – lay and ordained – are ministers in God’s church. “The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” Anglican Prayer Book, ACSA, p. 434. This serving emphasis continues even if the deacon later becomes a priest or bishop. The Bishop’s charge to the priest during the ordination service, includes: “When you were made deacon, you accepted the call to be servant of God and of his people. Remember that you never cease to be a deacon, and be ready to offer service wherever God calls.” Ibid, p. 587.
It is this spirit of service that St Laurence’s Anglican Church, Discovery, wishes to embody.