Prison Ministry Team Leads prisoners in Christmas Service

In obedience to our Lord’s command in Matthew 25, the prison ministry team along with Bishop Mouneer and some clergy visited the prisoners and led them in a Christmas service on Wednesday the 27th of December. Afterwards, the team organized a party for them allowing them to feel some of the joy the season brings. Let us remember the prisoners and their families in our prayers as we are celebrating this wonderful time of the year.

 

To see the reflection of the local press, please click here.

31 from the Sudanese Congregation Complete Discipleship Course

On 15 September, 31 members of the All Saints Cathedral Sudanese congregation graduated from their discipleship course and received their completion certificates. The goal of the course was to prepare effective disciplines of Jesus. The last time that this discipleship course was held was three years ago. This year, the discipleship course lasted from 16 August to 5 September. The group of students was divided into two different groups: level one and level two. The two groups studied many different topics, some together and some apart. The topics included studying the Bible, spiritual growth, spiritual gifts, dealing with temptation, spiritual warfare, and, of course, discipleship. They were also taught practical skills such as how to worship, how to preach, counseling, and effective communication.

Before their graduation ceremony, the participants had a one-night retreat, where the discussed subjects such as strategic planning, submission to authority, excellence in serving God, and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Bishop Mouneer spoke at their graduation. He talked about the importance of discipleship, and encouraged the graduates on this next step of their spiritual journey.

Please join us in praying for the graduates of the discipleship course. Pray that they would continue to serve God and grow in their knowledge, and that they would be able to well-utilize the skills that they learned through the course.

The Anglican Church takes part in “Ministry skills” Conference

The Anglican clergy participated in the “Ministry Skills” Conference held by discipleship committee of Egypt Council of Churches. The conference was aimed at increasing the capacity of the ministers as they face challenging situations. The conference was attended by leaders of 45 churches from the five denominations; the Coptic Orthodox, the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, the Presbyterian and the Anglican. The conference was held on the 18th and 19th December in Shobra El-Khaima where all the clergy had a time of fellowship. The attendees were able to hear about the updates from other churches through the representatives Father Bishoy, Father Gamil, Father Yousef, Pastor Refaat and Rev. Yashou of the Orthodox, Catholic, Rome Orthodox, Presbyterian and Anglican church respectively. There were 4 lectures per day. Bishop Mouneer spoke about “Time- Management”. The Catholic church led the clergy in a new methodology for “Conflict resolution”. The Orthodox church conveyed a message about “Leading with a servant-hood attitude”.

 

Gusour Culture Center hosts drum circle on January 5th

Gusour Culture Center invites you to play some percussion with Mostafa Bakkar . Come and try a new experience of getting rid of your negative energy and having some fun instead.

Fri – Jan 5 – at 7 PM
Ticket : 30 LE. On door

Facebook event: Drum Circle at Gusour
Location: All Saints Cathedral; 5 Michel Lutfallah Street, behind Mariott hotel, Zamalek.

For more info call :
Gusour Cultural Center : 01012226710

Gusour Culture Center hosts film screening on Saturday 30th December

Gusour Culture Center is happy to invite you to watch the “Odd life of Timothy Green” on Saturday the 30th of December. The movie demonstrates the struggle of a couple unable to have children who decided to bury all their dreams of having one in their backyard. To their surprise, Timothy grew from their own buried dreams to change their lives and the life of their community for good. The film will be followed by a discussion. The film is translated to Arabic.

Free Admission

Kids Friendly

Facebook Event: Film Screening “Odd life of Timothy Green”

Date: Saturday 30th December

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: All Saints Cathedral

 

Gusour Culture Center celebrates the success of “Story-telling” Workshop

Gusour Culture Center celebrated the  success of “Story-telling” Workshop for the second time on the 16th of December. The workshop talks mainly about breaking boundaries through expressing them in a story; boundaries like religious boundaries, fear of speaking to public  and social class differences. Each workshop was conducted in four sessions, each 4 hours long for 28 participants all together. During the final celebration, a modeling performance was presented by all the participants. The story shared was a personal story aiming to break the boundaries in the areas mentioned earlier. Each performance attracted many attendees, to reach 80 in each.

One of the encouraging stories was told by a cancer survival who overcome her disease through helping other ladies suffering from cancer. Another heart breaking story was shared by Amal who spoke about loosing her younger brother and her best friend.

All Saints Youth Retreat

The All Saints Cathedral hosted a youth retreat for the Arabic congregation in Zamalek. The retreat was geared toward inspiring and encouraging the youth of the church in their faith. Twenty-five youth attended. Together, they studied the Old Testament, and focused especially on the book of Genesis. Another important theme of the retreat was the future, and how to plan for their future in a Godly way. One highlight of the retreat was an interview with Bishop Mouneer. The youth were able to ask him about his vision, and hear about his testimony. Bishop Mouneer told them about his calling from God about being a bishop, his ministry in Menouf, and his vision for the future of the church in Egypt. This time together was very encouraging to the youth. They were able to have a time of fun and fellowship together, while also learning more about the church, the Bible, and how to grow in their faith.

An Encouraging Visit to the Church of the Saviour, Suez

I was so encouraged by my visit to our church in Suez. I confirmed nine young people there. Most of them grew up in the church. I also licensed the first woman lay minister in this church. I was touched by the prevalent spirit of joy and love among the congregation.  The church council members were keen to meet with me in order to understand the vision of the diocese in the upcoming years. I shared with them that we are putting an emphasis on leadership, development, discipleship, and engaging with society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several years ago, this church decided to reach out to a very disadvantaged area and started a community development center there. I was so happy to see what is going on in this community development center. They serve about fifty children through providing tutoring after school. They also have literacy classes for women. They encourage each person applying for a loan to start a small project to enroll in these literacy classes. They also have classes that teach sewing for women. One of the women said that “Before I came here, I used to be very depressed, and I was on daily pills for depression. But now, I am a different person. I learned how to read and write, and I also learned how to sew.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was especially encouraged as I remembered the history of the church in Suez. In 1956, when the British left Egypt, the ministries of the church were ended. We resumed the ministries of the church in 2001, after forty-five years of inactivity. I praise the Lord for such a thriving church.

+Mouneer

Diocese of Egypt

With North Africa and the Horn of Africa

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