This Portfolio has the following Ministry Groups in it:


1.       Companions In Christ groups 

The original twenty-eight week Companions in Christ foundational resource grew from a vision long-held by Stephen D. Bryant, editor and publisher of Upper Room Ministries. Stephen’s vision was to see our churches led differently - out of a spiritual formation paradigm. The hope was that as the church was led formationally, we would become the transformed community, the presence of Christ in the world. Being led formationally included spending time together in community, practicing daily habits of personal listening to God, and creating space to listen to God together that would move us to action.

We currently have two active CIC groups. More information at website: http://companionsinchrist.org

2.   Other Bible Study groups

Mtr Sheila Hlobelo has a new Bible Study group meeting on a Tuesday evening. She is presently preparing the group for further study by going through the structure and books of the Bible. Maureen Khosa has announced the formation of a Women’s Bible Study Group which meets on Wednesday evenings.



1.       Alpha

The Alpha Course is open to everyone interested in discovering what Christianity is about. Come, relax, eat, share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life.

The Alpha course group usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, and includes a one-day or weekend getaway. At each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile .... questions like: Is there a God? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

St Francis has run Alpha before and the two Companions in Christ groups currently meeting were formed after this Alpha Course.

More information at website: http://www.alphasa.co.za

2.       Rooted in Jesus

This is a two-year discipleship program designed for Africa (it takes cognizance of lower literacy levels in some parts). It was first used in the Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique, which is now sharing it with Angola. It has now also been rolled out in South Africa. In our own Diocese, Rooted in Jesus was implemented very successfully in the Vosloorus Archdeaconry and we hope to establish a training group amongst the young people in our own Archdeaconry of Katlehong.  

More information at website: http://www.rootedinjesus.net

3.    Back-to-Church Sunday

This is now the single largest local-church invitational initiative in the world. It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism - when we invite someone we already know to our church. While the initial focus was to invite ‘back’ those who used to attend church, others who do not attend can also be invited, gently encouraged and warmly welcomed. Thus, this season could also be called “Invitation Sunday”. Creative changes can be made to include weekday congregations.   More information at website: http://backtochurch.com or at http://www.growingthechurch.org.za


St Francis of Assisi at present has three Link Parishes; two in the Diocese of Monmouth in the United Kingdom ,

St Mellon, Monmouth. (Rev David Kellen & his congregation)

St Dyfrig, Monmouth. (Rev Marian Dowsett & her congregation)

and one in the Diocese of Bunbury in Australia,

St Elizabeth, Bunbury. (Rev Carol Morgan & her congregation)

 The purpose of having Link Parishes is to foster a spirit of unity within the Anglican Community and to share with one another and support each other in prayer and fellowship. So, for instance, we have regular communication with our Link Parishes in Monmouth and have sent them palm crosses in the past, and we have received assistance and gifts for our KICK Programme from them. Recently, when Mtr Carol Morgan and her Church Warden visited our Parish from Australia, they also left a big financial gift for KICK. They also took back a St Francis family cross and will be implementing our idea of circulating the cross amongst families in their congregation. We need to work more conscientiously on this programme and foster our links in a greater way. More information at websites: http://www.bunbury.org.au  and http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/monmouth


The Happening experience does not propose a new type of Spirituality, but provides a method through which one’s Spirituality may be developed, lived and shared in fellowship with other Christians.

The Happening Experience is a powerful instrument of renewal within the Church. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ andseeks to give those who attend the desire to understand and serve the Church.

 During the three day Happening Weekend, the teachings of Christ are discussed in an atmosphere of joy and happiness. A Happening is an encounter with Christ. During the three days the ‘Happeners’ (those attending) listen to talks given by other young people and clergy.

More information at website: http://www.stdunstanscathedral.org.za


Cursillo has been described as ‘a short course in Christian living’, and has had a transformative impact on the lives of many who have participated in it for the good of the Church and its mission.

The Diocese of the Highveld had its first Cursillo Weekend in May this year and another will follow in March 2013. We are very fortunate to have a number of our parishioners on the present Cursillo organizing team, and nine of our parishioners attended the first weekend. We know that lives have been changed through the weekend experience and we encourage others to consider using Cursillo to develop a closer walk with the Lord.  

More information at website: http://www.cursillo.org


The following persons at St Francis of Assisi may be contacted for more information on these ministries:



Tel (h/b)


E-mail Address

Bible Study / Home Groups /
Alpha / Happening Weekends

Pinky Motha

(011) 265 1108

(082) 776 0385



Companions in Christ (Morning)

Sandy Engelbrecht

(011) 867 2109

(082) 480 5822



Companions in Christ (Evening)

Jane Lawrence

(011) 864 5967

(083) 310 8221



Tuesday Evening Bible Study

Mtr Sheila Hlobelo

(011) 863 7816

(079) 772 1476



Wednesday Women’s Group

Maureen Khoza

(011) 480 4069

(082) 561 8320



Growing the Church / Rooted in Jesus / Back to Church Sunday

Fr Reggie Venter

(011) 867 5922

(079) 506 6660



Link Parishes

Cynthia Mboweni-De Klerk

(011) 298 5242

(082) 922 5331




Errol Peace

(011) 869 1946

(082) 414 4898