A contingent of 16 Anglicans from Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen travelled to Mossel Bay recently for the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) annual Western Cape Cluster Conference.
The aim of the conference is to build better relationships between the dioceses, and to have fellowship and worship together. The dioceses work on supporting each other with their challenges, while finding ways to grow in their ministry throughout South Africa.
Maria Jacobs from Aberdeen, treasurer of the Diocese of George, said “There is much confusion in the youth, and they live in doubt and in fear of the world. They are easily attracted to drugs.” She emphasised the importance of prayer for guidance.
“A prayer from the Anglican Prayer Book, to keep the joy of the youth in God’s creation through Jesus Christ, and that all their fears, uncertainty and doubt be placed in God’s hands, was our central theme for the weekend” Jacobs continued.
Over 200 people attended the conference, and the local members from St Peter’s and St Paul’s in Aberdeen, and St Philip’s in Graaff-Reinet, returned home inspired to share what they had learned with their congregations.