Em­pan­geni church cel­e­brates 75th an­niver­sary

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA -

THE Dutch Re­formed Church (NG Kerk) in Em­pan­geni cel­e­brates its 75th an­niver­sary this year.

The church serves the com­mu­ni­ties of Em­pan­geni, Mtun­zini and KwaMbonambi.

The con­gre­ga­tion would like to in­vite the com­mu­nity to join them in a va­ri­ety of cel­e­bra­tions over the week­end of 26 to 28 Oc­to­ber.

On Fri­day, 26 Oc­to­ber a coun­try and west­ern dance will be held at the Heuwelland Pri­mary School hall with singer Wikus Botma (6pm).

This will be fol­lowed by line danc­ing from 8pm. Tick­ets cost R100 per per­son (avail­able at the church of­fice).

On the Satur­day fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 1pm at the church grounds (8 Kerk Street, Em­pan­geni).

Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a dog show, ‘boere­s­port’ for the kids, pony rides, a dis­play by the fire de­part­ment, po­lice dogs and food- and craft stalls. The af­ter­noon will end with a snoek and chicken braai at 5pm. Tick­ets for the braai (R50) are avail­able at the church of­fice.

A com­bined praise and wor­ship ser­vice with the Mtun­zini and KwaMbonambi con­gre­ga­tions will be held in Em­pan­geni on the Sun­day (9am), fol­lowed by a bring-and­share meal.

His­tory

The Em­pan­geni con­gre­ga­tion se­ceded from the Mel­moth Dutch Re­formed Church in 1943, en­com­pass­ing Mtun­zini in the south and Ing­wavuma in the north.

With time five more con­gre­ga­tions linked to Em­pan­geni were estab­lished - Mtu­batuba (1960), No­ord­land (1972), Hluh­luwe (1973), Richards Bay (1976) en Meerensee (1980).

Dur­ing the first few years ser­vices were held in var­i­ous lit­tle halls in Em­pan­geni un­til the con­struc­tion of the ex­ist­ing church hall in Kerk Street in 1949.

The main church build­ing was com­pleted in 1983.

Mtun­zini estab­lished its own church in 1994, but re­mained af­fil­i­ated to the Em­pan­geni con­gre­ga­tion. Ser­vices are also con­ducted in KwaMbonambi.

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