JAEI is presenting a Flower-wise morning for those Parishes who are finding difficulty in beautifying their churches with the cost of flowers at an all-time high. Noeleen will demonstrate how to bring the “Wow!” factor into church flowers and will give tips and hints to help you to bring awesome displays into worship to the glory of God in an eco-friendly way.
Date: 21 May 09:00 – 12:30
Venue: St Michael and All Angels, Weltevreden Park (1123 Cornelius Street)
Cost: R50.00 per person
Please register with Noeleen – noeleen (at) jaei.org.za by 16 May.
“The Importance of free play in children’s lives”
On 20 November, JAEI had the pleasure of having a very interesting talk by the Director of “A Chance to Play” (ACTP), Cynthia Morrison. ACTP is a non-profit organisation established to promote and realise children’s right to play in South Africa.
Cynthia stressed that play is the most important activity of childhood – yet the one adults neglect most.
Children are born with a natural ability to play. It’s nature’s way of ensuring they learn and develop both physically and mentally. However, for many children, their right to play is at risk – from factors including poverty, unsafe environments and a lack of knowledge about the importance of play for development and well-being.
Cynthia encouraged those present to become Play Champions
Fortunately the weather was kind to us and we were able to enjoy our function safely outdoors. St Saviour’s Parish in Khutsong brought a lovely band of lively children to enjoy the morning as well.
Cynthia Morrison – our Guest Speaker
Martha welcomes everyone and opens in prayer
Martha thanks Cynthia
The children enjoy a game of skipping
The “grown-ups” prove they still “have what it takes”!
The adults join in an impromptu volleyball game
The 2019 Annual JAEI/Vuleka Art Competition closed at the end of October and the artwork displayed at The Johannesburg Diocese Centre. Four independent judges had the unenviable task of deciding the prize winners on Friday, 8th November. (Carole Henning, Dave Osburn, Mark Franklin and Martha Gordon).
It was clear that the children put a lot of effort into their work and hopefully had a lot of fun doing their projects. Judging was very difficult, but after a lot of deliberation, the winners were chosen.
Prize winners will receive their prizes at their School Year-end Assemblies.
Judging in action
1st Place GR1-3 – Masego Matlou
Joint 1st Place – GR4-6 – Bothlale Zitha
Joint 1st Place – GR4-6 – Boikanyo Maruo
1st Place GR7- Boikanyo Maruo Lesedi Katisi
Green Parish Workshop – All you need to know about how to “Go Green for God!”
On 19th October, representatives of a number of Parishes across the Diocese joined JAEI in a morning workshop exploring what it means to be a Green Parish.
Participants were able to gain a ton of information and encouragement to go back to their Parishes and initiate eco-planning.
An enjoyable and informative morning was had by all.
This workshop will be repeated during the course of 2020 as well so that those who were unable to attend will also be afforded the opportunity.
Eco-spirituality Retreat – Pullen Farm, Nelspruit
A wonderfully blessed Retreat was had over the long weekend in September!
JAEI visits BirdlifeSA
On Saturday, 17 August, JAEI joined BirdlifeSA for their open day. We were treated to a guided tour of Isdell House, which has been renovated and refurbished with minimum environmental impact. We enjoyed and admired the awesome indigenous garden, which tries to represent the various vegetation zones of South Africa. Shopping was done, and delicious food was eaten. There was an opportunity to share ideas and catch up on new and old friendships. A thoroughly enjoyable, relaxed morning was had!
The exhibition of work was held at the St Joseph’s Diocesan Centre and judging took place on 25th October.
The entries were incredibly creative and the standard was high – so much so that the judges – Mark Franklin and Anne Wright from JAEI; Ven. Michelle Pilet; Revd Alice Mugglestone and Carol Henning (from the Crafter’s Guild) – had a very difficult time in declaring winners in the 4 categories.
Congratulations must go to all the children from the Vuleka Schools who entered! Certificates and prizes will be presented at their Year-end Assemblies.
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Report Back – JAEI Eco-Sharing Morning
“All about waste ……
On Saturday, 25 August, 2018, JAEI had the pleasure of welcoming Garth McFarlane of SinkMaster to speak to us about the importance of “sorting at source” and recycling initiatives. He underlined the fact that the Johannesburg Metropol is fast running out of landfill space which makes responsible recycling an urgent focus.
Later we were joined by Alison Bentley-Griffiths of ADVA Youth Skills Development who are using Eco-bricks in many community projects. Alison gave us a deeper look into these projects and what was needed which was not only informative by really very useful.
Of course, where we Anglicans meet … we eat! ….. and our thanks go to Ven. Revd. Michele Pilet and the St Pauls, Parkhurst Team for hosting our morning and providing an awesome spread of delicious goodies!
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A morning of great fellowship, great food and great speaker made JAEI’s Eco-breakfast a fantastic event!
It was JAEI’s privilege to welcome CEO of BirdLife South Africa, Mark Anderson. As out Guest Speaker. Mark’s presentation and address was not only informative, but thoroughly enjoyed by the more than 40 people in attendance.
Mark spoke about the successes in bird conservation, as well as the challenges that are faced by our feathered friends. The successes gave us hope, but the challenges must spur everyone on to new heights in our quest for stewardship of God’s awesome Creation.
If you want to know more about BirdLifeSA – what they do, and how YOU can become involved, visit them at www.birdlife.org.za.
Also – don’t forget that 25th November is Big Birding Day – so get out and become involved!
See Gallery for some more pics