Church-wide News and Announcements

A warm welcome to the following New Members who have met the basic requirements for membership, and are willingly joining our Church family, had agreed to embrace our mission/assignment and participate in its fulfilment:

  • Bronwyn Campbell
  • Mandy & Steve Caw
  • Katherine Drennan
  • Hanno Esterhysen
  • Jemma Falkov
  • David Felix
  • Ruan Galdino
  • Dirk & Feyoena Hamman
  • Chris Henchie
  • Larry Homman
  • Lance & Tracey Peppler
  • Sarah Tollis

We were calling it ‘Super Spring’. Our staff were getting pretty excited back in early August about the prospects of open gatherings again, coupled with a spring-time sense of renewal. So we packed our September & October calendar with some of the most important events we could think of:

  • The Prayer & Praise Party
  • Our X-Squared Youth Camp
  • A Campus Outreach evangelism event

The Disciple-Makers Conference

Now coming up this weekend is a flagship event for for 2021: The Disciple-Makers Conference.

Finding & implementing a personal disciple-making curriculum for a Church is a bit of a ‘holy grail’ in Church circles. As a team we had been searching for a long time. Eventually we just decided to put our heads together and try come up with something as unique as the wonderful Church of RUC.

That’s what Justin, Zwai & I will be launching this weekend: RUC’s own pathway for personally making disciples.

There’s plenty of space for you. We have all the conference trimmings. Come and check it out. Whether you’ve intentionally been making disciples for years, or never really knew it was something you should be doing, this will be a worthwhile weekend to stir up a renewed sense of purpose in your life. 


New Teaching Series

This conference will coincide with the start our last major teaching series for the year: The Gospel of God

‘The gospel has been described as a pool in which a toddler can wade and yet an elephant can swim. It is both simple enough to tell to a child and profound enough for the greatest minds to explore’. 

Timothy Keller

In this series we’ll wade out to the gospel depths where elephants swim. It could be one of the most important series I’ve yet done, and I’m very excited for it!


To get the most from this, come gather at Church on Sunday. We have space. We have reduced a lot of the hassle around Covid-19 protocols (yet still being safe!).

Meeting, greeting, smiling (with your eyes), singing, listening, praying, laughing, receiving, giving, sharing, serving, loving: this what happens when we’re together on a Sunday.

We’ve been able, by the grace of God, to remain united as a Church at a difficult time when we couldn’t meet together. Now we can meet again, and by the grace of God those gatherings will more than make up for what we missed!

You may have a good reason for not having returned to church in person, or it may be the inertia of a long period of being disconnected from Church. Perhaps it’s time to #RediscoverChurch. This Sunday will be a good one to try! 

Richard

The Rays of Hope Ignition programme selects matriculants from Alexandra schools and provides them with a matrix of support to enable each one to study at a tertiary level or complete technical training, with the goal of finding sustainable employment. One of the ways we support them is through mentoring.

We are in need or mentors for our university students largely from Alex. These are students coming from previously disadvantaged background and needing mentors to help guide them through university.

For the past few years we have been focusing on a plea for only mentors. This year we are extending our request and looking for people who could partner with us financially (individual funders or companies) or if you could give us some leads to potential companies.

Info Session:

If you’re interested, please join us for an online info session

Contact:

For more info, please contact Nonnie Magagula: (073) 186-3396

Or reach out to us at ignition@raysofhope.co.za

As a NextGen Ministry Team, we would love to help children transition easier into the next life stage. For this reason, we are hosting Step-Up Days for the first time ever. These days will be like an open day, where children will be able to get a taste of the environment and program they’ll transition into in 2022, and to meet the volunteers who will be serving them. We also hope it will help parents to build relationships with others who have children in similar life stages. 

Save the dates (end of October/beginning of November) Please visit the Street Times to find out when our Step-Up days will be taking place and for more information 

Dates

More information will follow, but for now, please diarise these dates: 

  • Saturday morning 30 October: Children who will be turning 2 in 2022 and moving up to Bible Adventure Club 
  • Friday evening 5 November: Children in Grade 5 in 2022, who will be joining Squad 1:16 (Grade 5-7s) and Children in Grade 8 in 2022, who will be joining the Youth Ministry (XSquared) 
  • Saturday morning 6 November: Children in Grade 0 in 2022, who will be moving up to the XChange Hall to join the Grade 0-4s 

On the 17 November it is our Bi-Annual Church meeting where one of the important agenda items is the election of elders. Before new elders can be voted in, they need to go through a nomination and interview process.

Nominations for Elders must be proposed and seconded in writing by completing the nomination form. Elder Nominees must indicate their acceptance of the nomination after careful and prayerful reflection of the contents of the document linked below. These nominations must be lodged with the Church Secretary not less than 28 days prior to the Bi-Annual General Meeting on 17 November (ie by 20 October 2021).

Whether you are considering nominating someone to the office of Elder, or simply want to be informed of this important role, we urge you to intentionally pray for this annual process in our Church, and continue to pray for the elected leadership of our Church afterward!

On Sunday 7 November, we will be having a baptism service. If you would like to be baptised, please would you attend this baptism class. It will be lead by Pastor Zwai Zulu and will take place directly after the morning service in the Garden Room.

Sunday 24 October

10:30am – 11:30am

Please RSVP to nomalanga@ruc.org.za


Details:


At the heart of our discipleship with Jesus is a call to personal disciple-making: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). This is both the responsibility of the Church as a whole, and the individuals of the Church. At RUC we have spent a lot of time focusing on the discipleship ministries of the Church, now it is time to mobilise the people of the Church to be disciple-makers in the context of everyday life!


At this conference we will be launching our very own, in-house, RUC-designed Personal Disciple-making Plan, which will equip everyday followers of Jesus to be disciple-makers.


The conference is thus an introduction to the RUC plan, and is therefore applicable to anybody who is curious about how they can intentionally be making disciples. In the remaining months of the year, and into the beginning of 2022, we will be providing further equipping & encouraging events for those who feel ready to being the new year as a disciple-maker


Schedule:

Friday 15 October, 7:00pm-8:30pm (The Street cafe will be open for light meals and refreshments before and after the event)

Saturday 16 October, 7:30am for 8:00am-12:30pm ( The Street cafe will be open from 7:00 for breakfast, and remain open after the event for lunch)

On Friday night we will cover the motivation for Personal Disciple-making. On Saturday we will deal with the Pathway for disciple-making in the first session, then Principles in the second session, closing with the rollout plan for RUC. Note that delegates who are not able to come on the Friday night are still invited to attend on Saturday.


Bookings:

Friday is free, Saturday is R50.


For more information, please contact zwai@ruc.org.za.

There is nothing better than getting together with our community on a Sunday to worship God.

With Church returning to in person and online, we are so grateful for our volunteers who faithfully serve and put their faith in action. We want every Sunday to be great and our volunteers help make it possible.

There is a huge need in our volunteer teams across a Sunday. If you feel called to serve God’s church and His people and it you want to be a part of our Sundays team such as our Kids team, tech team, service team that help make you feel at home. There is a huge need so please check out our website or contact myself or Candace.

Johannesburg Bible College (JBC), together with Rosebank Union Church and Rays of Hope, will be launching a new bible training campus using our Rays of Hope facilities in Alexandra Township.

Devotions

Here are the new courses we will be doing:

Precept upon Precept – Esther “For such a time as this”

  • 4 week study
  • starting Wednesday 6 October 10.00-12.00 & Thursday 7 October 18.30-20.30
  • cost R125

Precept In & Out – Lamentations

  • 3 week study
  • starting Thursday 14 October 10.00-12.00
  • cost R95

Precept upon Precept requires approx. 5 hours of personal study each week
In & Out requires approx 2-3 hours of personal study each week.

We shall be meeting via Zoom.

If you have any questions please contact Donna Woolnough.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to join as the books need to be ordered beforehand.

Cell no. 082 883 3630
Email: donna@snapperdisplay.co.za