Facelift with pride for St Aidans, Nongoma
St Aidan’s, Nongoma, was rededicated on 31 May 2009 by the Rt Revd Dino Gabriel. This was a joyful day for the people of St. Aidan’s as it was the culmination of all their hard work. People from inside and outside the Diocese attended to share the celebration.
The Eucharist was celebrated by three bishops: Bishop Dino Gabriel (current Bishop of Zululand), Bishop Lawrence Zulu (retired Bishop of Zululand) and Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe (born and raised in Nongoma & Suffragan Bishop of Natal), assisted by the many past rectors of St Aidan’s as well as other clergy from within and outside the diocese.
We were humbled by the presence of the Zulu Royal family, amongst whom were Prince M G Buthelezi of KwaPhindangene and Prince Mbonisi Zulu who came on behalf of Isilo Samabandla (the King of the Zulu nation).
The worship was led by the choir from St. Faith’s Anglican Church, which made the service an extra joyful noise unto the Lord. To end it all was the delicious, scrumptious cuisine, indeed kwakufinywa ngendololwane – it was a feast fit for a king!
The remodelling project began in 2006 with a meeting between Ven Isaiah Manqele and the late Revd M Nzuza of Kwa-Gwabhela, Nongoma. Revd Nzuza wanted to see this work started and finished before he was called to higher service - but, sadly, he was called to rest in 2008, shortly before the completion of his dream.
Although he could not see the finished structure, we praise God for his life, his selfless efforts in the church and his and his family’s huge contribution towards the realisation of the dream of serving God in a place we can be proud of.
We wish to thank all the people of God who made an effort by generously giving to the completion of the St Aidan’s that we are now so proud of. For more about the history of this church, please click here.
Article by: Rev Michael Glover & Archdeacon Isaiah Manqele