09.30 Worship Service - Sundays

17A Oaklands ROAD, Orchards, Johannesburg

 

Andrew Murray Johannesburg has been a community of faith within the Christian tradition and the Nederduits Gereformeerde family of churches, marked by the core value of radical inclusion, since 1966.

For the past 49 years, we have sought to be a safe place of belonging to a large variety of people and have attempted to not judge people based on race, class, gender or sexual orientation.

We find the recent developments in the NG Kerk's General Synod with regard to same sex relationships regrettable, since the initial decision made by Synod on the 9th of October 2015 was to our mind (and heart) a move in the direction of embodying the Good News of God's great love for all humankind.

We are in favour of people to be allowed the kinds of spaces where they may express their most intimate relationships. We envision lasting covenental bonds, in which God's blessing is made manifest, where faithfulness is sought and where mutual respect and loving kindness are visible.

We will continue to work towards this cause, since we believe that the will of God includes humankind's well-being.

Dagbestuur, Andrew Murray JHB 2018
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OUR VALUES
Openness
Compassion
We embrace vulnerability
We celebrate life
We strive to be non-judgmental

 

 

 

ministry

Rudi Swanepoel
+27 (0)11 728 4031 office
+27 (0)11 728 2985 home
+27 (0)83 792 5608 mobile
rudi@andrewmurray.co.za
twitter: @rudiswa 

Gerhard Koen (Pastoral help)
+27 (0)82 850 5657 mobile
+27 (0)11 782 1506 home
ger@iburst.co.za 

Jacobus van Straaten (Chaplain, SAPS)
+27 (0)73 220 9914 mobile
+27 (0)11 487 0141 home

Office manager
Lientjie Hofmeyr

admin@andrewmurray.co.za
+27 (0)11 728 4031 office
+27 (0)86 609 6108 fax
Office hours: 9.00-15.30

DIRECTIONS

From Johannesburg CBD
Take M1 North
Take the 11th Avenue offramp, then turn right
11th Avenue becomes Ivy Road
Turn left into Grant Avenue
Turn left into Oaklands
The Church is number 17A on the right

From Pretoria
Drive in a southerly direction on the N1
Pass the Corlett Drive offramp
Take the Glenhove offramp and continue
   straight over into Central Avenue
Turn left into 11th Avenue
11th Avenue becomes Ivy Road
Turn Left into Grant Avenue
Turn left into Oaklands
The Church is number 17A on the right

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ANDREW MURRAY ACTIVITIES AND OUTREACH

  In keeping with the tradition and vision of the founder of Andrew Murray, we need to continue to provide a safe space for the people of Johannesburg and surrounds. Andrew Murray is known for its multilingual, non-racial, welcoming and open DNA and the vision continues to be one to build on this.
  OUR WORSHIP SERVICES
From the start of 2018 and after much deliberation, consultation and prayers, the Church Council of Andrew Murray unanimously decided to combine the services into a single service at 09:30. This is another brave step in the history of Andrew Murray but Council has faith that God will guide us, bind and keep us together as He has done since the merger of Andrew Murray with Johannesburg-Noord.
One of our congregation members describes Andrew Murray as a place of unqualified love, fellowship and friendship, somewhere where you can receive spiritual guidance and life skills. Our hope is that we can remain just that in an ever changing, demanding, multicultural and multifaceted city.
The Morning Service provides an opportunity for the smaller children of the English side of the congregation to participate in the Youth Ministry from which they have been largely excluded up to now. In keeping, Rudi will continue to devote the first part of each Service to the children.
For those who like to start early, tea is served from 09:00 and for those who like to linger and catch up, tea is also served after the morning Service.
Evening Services (also known as ‘Table Talk’, held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month) focus on core values and core messages of Jesus and of taking care of those who are struggling. These are intended to attract younger members of the congregation. Every second Sunday of the month is dedicated to a Lectio Divina Evening Service where there is ample time for reflection and a deep reading of the Word.
  YOUTH MINISTRY
Our Youth is very important to us. This year, we will focus more on our 3 to 12 year old children to ensure that they also have a place in the congregation. Carolien de Wet was recently appointed as Youth Coordinator. We have a team of volunteers, paid volunteers and parents assisting Carolien.
Please let your children join us in church for a short and focused message. Thereafter they usually leave the service to partake in their own activities. Carolien can be contacted on 071 217 2921 or dewetcarolien@yahoo.com
  CATECHISM
Catechism is focused on youth in the latter stage of high school with the aim of preparing them for doing their Confession of Faith. Catechism is done by Rudi Swanepoel and will start in March. Contact Rudi on 083 792 5608 or rudi@andrewmurray.co.za
  SACRAMENTS
A sacrament is a visible sign of an inward grace, especially one of the solemn Christian rites considered to have been instituted by Jesus Christ to symbolize or confer grace. In keeping with the sacraments of the Protestant churches Andrew Murray celebrates the baptism and the Lord's Supper – baptism on request via the church office and Holy Communion a minimum of 4 times per year.
  RETREATS
One Saturday morning per month 10 to 14 people get together at the church from 09:00 until 12:00. Rudi selects a reading from the work of a theologian, supplies us with copies of his reading, and gives a short explanatory introduction to the chosen passage. In complete silence we then have the opportunity to study the passage. At about 11:00 we deal our thoughts which Rudi comments and deepens on, with the group. These discussions are meaningful, add a deeper level to our spiritual growth and our way of living our faith.
For the first time we spent a weekend at Origins, the Retreat centre of the Mosaic Church, situated in the Cradle of Humankind. This weekend from the 12th to the 14th of January, was a unique experience which we intend to repeat early in each year. We invite you to join our Retreat sessions. For more information contact Valerie Pretorius on 083 616 1071 or valeriepretorius@vodamail.co.za
 

WORKING GROUPS
At Andrew Murray, Working Groups were introduced some years back. These groups are created around specific areas of expertise and focus, have decision making power insofar as their areas of expertise are concerned and report back formally to the Church Council.

Dagbestuur
The Dagbestuur committee is composed of a smaller group of Church Council members. It acts as an Exective Committee to the larger Council. The committee meets more often than the Council to address matters that require urgent attention and to ensure that the day to day running of the church activities is carried out. Matters for the attention of this committee can be sent to the church office.

Financial Working Group
This Working Group is the custodian of and oversees the financial affairs of the church. They deal with all issues pertaining to the financial processes and procedures (investment choices, borrowing decisions, budgeting, issues of audit and tax) of the church with the aim of ensuring responsible stewardship of the Church’s finances as well as financial sustainability. They provide financial governance and feedback to Church Council. Theo Vorster has taken over the responsibility of this Working Group. He can be contacted on 083 260 2354.

Feeskom Working Group
The main purpose of the Feeskom Working Group is to create and develop a sense of community in the congregation. This is done by planning social events largely around the liturgical calendar e.g. our very popular Pesach Dinner. We also celebrate some of the more commercial holidays e.g. Mother’s and Father’s Day. At least one fundraising function or bazaar is arranged each year (we remember the fun at Cresta Barnyard, Starry Nights, Valentine’s evening). If you are willing to help in any way or form with a specific function, contact Karen Ferreira on 083 275 8506 or Karen.everywhere@gmail.com

Seniors Working Group
Gerhard Koen still attends to the over 60’s of the congregation. With his capable assistants they ensure that every person over 60 is contacted at least 4 times per year. Although these calls are primarily aimed at personally inviting them to the very special and festive lunches that are arranged for them, it is also our way to stay in touch with them and to ensure that we are aware of their needs. The Seniors have also arranged wonderful excursions in the past. Gerhard can be contacted on 082 850 5657 or ger@iburst.co.za

 

SOUP KITCHEN
Charlotte van der Merwe (one of our extremely gifted or-ganists) along with her volunteers from inside and out-side the congregation, gather from early every Monday morning to provide and serve soup and bread to between 30 and 55 destitute people. For many of the people this is the only decent meal they will receive in the week. Help in the form of soup, soup ingredients, and hands on the day is always welcome. You can contact Charlotte on 082 770 1149.

 

ECHO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Is a registered non-profit organization (Sec 18(A) 930033233; 2001/02573308) founded in 2001 to provide a support system for vulnerable youth in South Africa. High School Youth and Young Adults from different cultures live together in 13 houses, called Echo Communities.
At Andrew Murray, we have an ECHO@WORK Community branch on the church premises. The objective of this initiative is to provide a home (in the Retreat Centre) and community for young adults who start out their working lives. A few leaders live with them to provide guidance and support.
Members of the Andrew Murray congregation can get in-volved in the following ways:

  • attend the Potluck dinners on the first Tuesday of each month at 19:00 to meet the members of the community
  • referring job opportunities to this community
  • sponsor a bed @R500 pm or make any other donation (tax certificates are is-sued which allows deduction for tax purposes)

If you would like to get involved with ECHO@WORK you can contact Erick du Toit on 074 158 2837; Christine McDonald on 082 458 6425 or Rudi Swanepoel on 083 792 5608.

  SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
Andrew Murray is involved in the SA Police Service through one of its ministers, Jacobus van Straaten. Jacobus serves as a chaplain in the Police Service and is stationed at the National Head Office where he assists with the strategic positioning of Spiritual Services within the SAPS.
Chaplains are responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of Police members and contribute to the ethical consciousness of the SAPS. Members of the Police and their families are affected by shift work, continual exposure to trauma and the darker side of life through crime. Chaplains strive to give hope in these often despairing situations.
On 28 July 2010 the Dutch Reformed Church and the Police Service entered into a partnership. This partnership allows members of congregations and local ministers be involved with their local Police station. This is facilitated by the local chaplain.
To get involved contact Jacobus on 012 393 5542 or vanstraatenj@saps.gov.za
  MARIA KLOPPERS
Andrew Murray has been the spiritual home of the children and staff of the Maria Kloppers home for many years. Their campus is in Observatory and consists of 4 residential houses and a baby unit. They accommodate approximately 50 children including 20 babies and toddlers that need a place of safety. You can contact them directly if you would like to be in-volved there. Visit their website https://abrahamkriel.org/maria-kloppers-campus-2/4 for more information.
  UITKOMS HOME FOR GIRLS
Andrew Murray has also been the spiritual home for girls of Uitkoms. Uitkoms Home for Girls is a registered child and youth care centre that offers non-discriminatory, residential care, protection, development plans and counselling to abused, abandoned and otherwise neglected teenage girls.
Since 2015 Anina Koen and Llewelyn Jackson have spent many Saturdays with the girls introducing them to the joy of choral singing. The growth in their confidence is remarkable. Read more about their needs on their website https://www.uitkoms.org.za/
  OTHER INITIATIVES
Financial assistance to the Johannesburg congregation.
Our URCSA relationship: In 2018 we will have 2 joint services.
Our care group: Rudi has a group of around 9 people that he com-municates with to alleviate physical needs in the congregation on a regular basis.
Knit a square – Lynette van Velze runs this project on an annual basis. Information is available
 


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BANKING DETAILS
Andrew Murray Congregation

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Account no: 2930140115
Branch code: 632005  


Andrew Murray NG Kerk 2018