Monday, 6 April 2020

Holy Week: Monday Devotion

This mornings Monday Devotion. May you be blessed this week as we walk in Jesus's footsteps to the cross.

Holy God,  
We have all fallen short of Your love, distanced ourselves from You and denied the truth of our shortcomings to ourselves and others and so damaging relationships with those whom we love and with whom we interact.
Forgive us ,Lord.

You are a great and compassionate God who knows and loves us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, to enable us to face our weaknesses, our lack of honesty with ourselves and others, to mend fences and to move on , walking in Your Way with You always beside us.
Bless us lord and keep us safe.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Palm Sunday

This morning we will be celebrating Palm Sunday in a slightly different way due to the lock-down restrictions in place. This does not mean that we cannot virtually get together in the Spirit and as a community! We will be leading a devotion every morning this Holy week at 10 am. Please join us.

Heavenly Father,
On this Palm Sunday Morning , at the beginning of Holy week,  we consider your journey to the Cross and all You sacrificed for our redemption, taking our sins and dying for us that we might live with you in glory. Help us to walk with You.

We come to you to ask  for your blessing on our world, our land and ourselves, These are dark and trying times, Lord, times of panic, grief and great fear. Thousands have died, thousands are ill and thousands more will become ill  of the corona virus. We do not understand the hows, whys and wherefores of this pandemic.
Large parts of the world are in lock down as we wait for what we do not know. Lord, Bless us

We pray particularly for all those on the frontline of the battle, all healthcare workers ,exhausted, risking their lives and their families to care for others, many thousands of volunteers offering their services to help. The scientists working tirelessly to find a vaccine  to help curb the spread of this disease. All others in essential services keeping law and order, providing power, water and sanitation, safety  and all working in the food industry and shops to keep us fed.  Bless and protect them  that they may know the power and comfort of your care. Be with all who are ill and give them comfort

We are in lockdown, Lord, a time to reflect , keep apart from one another , obey the considered orders from our leaders and above all to pray. For many thousands of our citizens keeping apart, and practising healthy hygiene are just not possible. Our government can only do their best to  provide protection. Gracious Lord, Bless us. 

We pray for ourselves . Lord in this time of isolation help us to draw nearer to you, spend time in reflection, studying your word , keeping in touch with those whom we love and care for and  for those who are alone and possibly fearful and in need of comfort. Bless those who find it difficult to be on their own, who need the company of others. Help the world to slow down , realise what is really important, that You are the God of all , our Creator who loves each of us very especially and that we are called to love one another as you have loved us

Lord God , you know us and our needs and you love us unconditionally . In time this will pass , much will have changed much will need to be renewed and reassessed, guide us all to  follow Your way in the healing of the nations and the people in a better , cleaner, kinder way.

Bless us ,Lord and keep us safe.  Amen

And now let us join together in saying the prayer that Jesus taught us;

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespassers
As we forgive those that trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever

Sunday, 29 March 2020

29 March 2020 Dedication

As we are not allowed to have normal morning services, we will do it virtually. This morning Liz Thomas has prepared our morning dedication for us.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Our 85th Thanksgiving Jubilee service

We has such a blessed time at our #85thjubilee thanksgiving celebration service. Thank you to all who made it such an amazing event!

Monday, 16 March 2020

Gift of joy

In celebration of our 85th Jubilee, the St Patrick congregation decided to share a gift of joy with our local Bold Point community. On consultation, they advised us that they really wold like a lectern for the new community hall.

We were delighted to join them and hand over the lectern on Saturday the 14th of March as part of our Jubilee celebrations. We were joined by Margaret Fourie our special guest. It was wonderful for all the representatives from the faith communities to come together!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Our 85th Jubilee celebration coming up in March!!

This year St Patrick on the Hill will be celebrating our 85th birthday jubilee. What an amazingly blessed occasion to look forward to!

To celebrate, we are having a very special guest come from afar to make the occasion one to remember. We will be joined by our former beloved priest, Reverend Margaret Fourie, who has played a very special role in our little chapel history over the years!

The celebrations will start off with a thanksgiving service at the Chapel at 10 am on Sunday the 15th of March where Margaret will be leading the service. 

On St Patrick's Day, Tuesday the 17th of March at 6 pm, we will be "getting our green on" and join in the jubilee fun which will be take place at the Edge. In the spirit of communion and sharing, we ask that everyone bring with a plate of finger food to share with each other. There will be a cash bar as well for the more thirsty village members! 


Monday, 9 March 2020

85th Jubilee programme

It is getting closer to our St Patrick Chapel's 85thJubilee celebrations this coming weekend and we would love to share what we have planned. As you all know we have invited our previous reverend Margaret Fourie to join us at this special time as a special guest. We would love you all to be part of all the various events, so book the dates!

  • 10 March Margaret arrives in Hogsback!!
  • 14 March 10am Margaret tree reunion at Morning Market. All welcome to join in and say Hallo!
  • 14 March 12 noon Handing over of the lectern gift to the Bold Point community from the St Patrick congregation. All welcome.
  • 15 March 10am 85th Jubilee Celebration Service. Margaret will lead this joyous service and there will be thanksgiving through music and Instruments.
  • 17 March 6pm - St Patrick's Day. There will be a Bring-and-Share at the Edge. Wear green and come and share in the joy. There will be music to get us all in the mood and a cash bar.
See you all there!!

St Patrick on-the-Hill Hogsback– our response to the Carona Virus (Covid -19)

Fellow people of the Jesus way, I write at a time when the second case of someone infected with the virus has been reported. We have watched other countries’ reporting their first, second …… cases.

With a small number of people already exposed to the virus, we need to be responsible in how we as South African’s respond to it. Carefully considered and planned action is needed by each one of us and as a community. How should we respond as individuals?

It is quite natural to be anxious about the risk of infection to oneself, family, friends and others. We watched the China response to the virus unfold. It is now clear that the risk of infection is highest in certain situations such as large gatherings of people, places such as airports and on aeroplanes. The guidelines are clear – if you show signs of symptoms, go and see a doctor.

To protect yourself from infection, wash your hands regularly, don’t touch your face, mouth or eyes, keep away from people who are sick and coughing. Use a mask if you are sick or need to be in close proximity to sick people. How we as the St Patrick’s community are responding? Our aim is to ensure that people feel safe to come to church and can worship without feeling anxious. Those who are sick must know they are supported.

We are going to:
  • Use a new way of greeting one another at the time of the peace – by greeting one another with our hands together fingers pointing upwards, and bowing one’s head. This is a very respectful greeting used by people in Asia – often accompanied by the word ‘Namaste’. 
  • We will celebrate the Eucharist as usual, but at the time of Communion, only wafers will be offered. This is to reduce anxiety about sharing a common cup. This practice is what the Catholics already do as part of their tradition. 
  • If you are sick with flu, cold or cough, please don’t come to church. It would be best for everyone if you stayed at home and joined us in the live streamed service (  
  • If you are staying home and away from church because you are sick, please keep connected. Use the whatsapp, website ( etc. 
  • If you are ill, please keep the lay ministers informed so the church can support you with pastoral care and help where possible other needs. 
What you need to do, often: ‘Just do it’. The key way to reduce infections is through hand washing.

A prayer we can use: 
Holy and loving God, we bring to you our anxiety about this virus and the risk we each have of becoming infected.
Help us not to panic but to know your peace beyond all understanding.
Help us to be responsible by the protecting ourselves from risks to our own health and to be respectful and responsible about others’ health.
We pray for all those who are sick, those who fear they are infected, those who are sick or in recovery.
We long for you to bring healing and hope to all people.
We remember too those who have died and all who grieve.
Holy God, inspire those doing research, give courage and wisdom to all health workers and protection to all, including health support staff.
Help us to live as your people of love and wholeness as we face this challenge as individuals and together as a community.
May we shine with the love that we share.
Holy Spirit, we ask for blessing and love to surround this whole situation.

Liz Thomas
St Patrick on-the-Hill
7 th March 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Interesting things to know about the Chapel and its people

Over the next few weeks we will be posting little interesting tidbits about the chapel, its history and its people, so keep checking back!

We will start off with how the chapel got its name.....