Clergy and Lay Ministers in “Discipleship Conference- 2018”

From 23rd to 26th April, the clergy of the Diocese of Egypt, along with the lay ministers, Bishop Mouneer Anis and Bishop Samy Shehata; shared in the “Discipleship Conference” in Wady El-Natroun. The conference included time of prayers and worship, fellowship and 6 lectures by Canon John Benson and one of his disciples, Samuel Durdant Hollamby, who is a church leader in England. All the clergy participated in the conference including the deaf and Sudanese clergy, to exceed 50 participants. The conference included some visitors from Overseas Council Australia (OCA), Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI) and India.

The theme of the conference was “Your Kingdom Come“. God’s Kingdom will come when we;

  • Build the Body of Christ, Ephesians 4: 1- 16

“The talents that God gives to his church resembles a tool box, each tool looks different from the other to match its function.” Canon John Benson.

  • Encourage one another, Acts 4

“God is the greatest source of encouragement. “Holy Spirit” shares the same Greek source with the word “Encourage”. Encourage one another with what God encourages you with.” Canon John Benson.

  • Make Disciples, Matthew 28: 18

“A good Disciple will be a good leader. Christ prepared 12 disciples who reached out to the whole world.” Canon John Benson.

  • Develop Leaders, First and Second Timothy

“… the emerging leaders are concerned not with institutional maintenance but with ministry effectiveness. They focus on ministry by the church in the world rather than ministry in the church that is largely confined to the existing members.” Leadership Next, by Eddie Gibbs.

  • Grow the Church, Joshua 1: 1-9

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.” Prof. Howard Stevenson- Harvard Business School.

Rev. Samuel Durdant Hollamby also shared that; in his experience, youths wanted and needed to trust in leaders who are:

  1. Visionary
  2. Mentors
  3. Trust-worthy and deligators
  4. Models for Christ
  5. Fighters for their protection

Please, subscribe to our YouTube channel, The Episcopal \ Anglican Media Center Egypt, to watch the full lectures of “Discipleship” by Canon John Benson.

 

Prison Ministry celebrates Easter with the Prisoners

In obedience to our Lord’s command in Matthew 25, the prison ministry team along with some clergy visited the prisoners in Kanater and led them in an Easter service on Wednesday the 18th of April. Afterwards, the team organized a party for them allowing them to feel some of the joy the season brings. The celebration included time of fellowship which allowed the prisoners share some of their pain. 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.

Together we develop Egypt celebrates the graduation of Menya youth

On 13th March, “Together we develop Egypt” celebrated the graduation of 500 youths, from Menya, who were trained in human resources with the cooperation of youth ministry. During the celebration, the youths spoke about their experiences and the change they witnessed in the society through these projects; and the achievements of the youths in many locations in Menya were presented. Those were;

  1. Illiteracy Classes in Malawy.
  2. Painting houses of Der Abo Hassan village.
  3. First Aids Training to youth of Delga village.
  4. Medical outreaches, village cleaning and lighting streets of Badraman village.
  5. Supporting women through providing a workplace fully-equipped with sewing machines to help fix and recycle old cloths in Falaheen village.
  6. Cleaning and painting of 25 January and Sadat schools through the students of the two schools.

Unexpectedly, the youths announced their approval to President Sisi who works on community development and achieving peace. They, also, honoured the martyrs from police and army who sacrificed themselves for the sake of protecting our country, Egypt.

The local leaders, clergy, as well as Bishop Samy Shehata, Area Bishop of North Africa, and Mr. Ahmed Salah, Misr El-Kheir organization’s office manager in Menya, took part in the ceremony. The program included a blessing song for Egypt, sang by one of the students. “Blessed are the peacemakers because they manifest one of the principles of God’s Kingdom” Bishop Samy declared. Meanwhile, Sheikh Mahmoud Gomaa spoke about spreading love and peace among all individuals.

Menya Initiative Invests in Ecology of Surrounding Community

On Thursday, 8th of March, “Together we develop Egypt” proclaimed the success of the project in Menya when the girls of 2 high schools, 25th of January High School and Sadat High School, effectively carried out their initiative of beautifying their school and the surrounding neighborhood; through cleaning the area, planting trees, painting walls, and placing wasting bins using their pocket money to buy the materials.

 

The girls took awareness sessions in ecology, protecting public property, and in being responsible towards our country, as part of “Together we develop Egypt” activities; besides the regular trainings in human resources and needs assessment.

The principles of the 2 schools, impressed with the positive change of the girls in the local community, expressed their appreciation to Bishop Mouneer H. Anis and the Grant Mofti Ali Gomaa for their contributions to make this project happen.

The initiative took the attention of the local press because of its influence on the community.

Provincial Standing Committee of “Jerusalem and the Middle East” gathers at Garden Conference Center

At the beginning of this month, the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East met for the provincial standing committee at All Saints Garden Conference Center in Cairo. The meeting was attended by representative bishops of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, and Diocese of Jerusalem.

The Agenda of the meeting included; the development of a provincial canon law, updates on certain problems, provincial youth  work, provincial clergy conference, and review of structures- province and constitution. The committee also discussed the restructure of the current province due to the need of creation of a new Anglican Province of Egypt.

The members of the committee were able to represent reports, discuss challenges and spend time of fellowship. Let us pray for our leaders as they carry out those missions. May our Lord provide them strength and wisdom as He leads them in their paths.

Ezbet El-Nakhl initiative trains youths in technology

Ezbet El-Nakhl initiative of “Together we develop Egypt” project, together with Ezbet El-Nakhl center of EpiscoCare, the NGO of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt which aims to promote sustainable development and address poverty; agreed to educate the youths of Ezbet El-Nakhl and Al-Matria districts in technology. The training program included, one, computer skills to prepare them for “International Computer Driving License- ICDL” certificate which is mandatory for the market place. The project administration is currently working with the ministry of solidarity on certificate accreditation. Two, the program included hardware repair trainings, raising their employment chances. These professional trainings were provided with subsidized fees.

Ministry of Solidarity discusses project “Together We Develop Egypt” with Bishop Mouneer and Coordinator

Upon’s Ghada Wali’s invitation, minister of solidarity, last Week, Wednesday 28th February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis and Sheikh Selim, “Together We Develop Egypt” project coordinator, along with Ali Gomaa, chairman of trustees board of Misr El-Kheir organization, were invited to the ministry of solidarity to discuss “Together We Develop Egypt” project.

In “Together We Develop Egypt”, one imam and one priest together lead ten youth, five Christians and five Muslims, in performing service projects that meet the needs of the local community. The program includes training workshops so youth can learn how to best use their skills and work together for the good of their country. The youth also learn how to come up with solutions to problems in their communities, how to be good leaders, and how to spread a culture of peace and tolerance. Together We Develop Egypt currently takes place in ten different areas in Egypt.

After discussing the full details of the project, the minister proposed her willingness to support the project by the ministry to expand it across the country. The meeting was covered by many local newspapers; Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Al-Bawaba News, and Al-Masry El-Youm. Please, click on them to view the original articles.

Drum Circle At Gusour Culture Center

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 – March 16: 
Round 1: 6-7 PM
Round 2: 7-8 PM
Round 3: 8-9 PM

Ticket price:

30 L.E.- if you have a drum.

40 L.E.- if you use Gusour’s drums.

Tickets On door.

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

For more info, please call:
Gusour Cultural Center: 01012226710

Bishop Mouneer receives I CAN Award from Mama Maggie Gobran

On Friday February 23rd, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis was honoured by Disciples of Jesus Christ Organization, founded by Mama Maggie Gobran, in the presence of Bishop Moses Tay, the former Bishop of Diocese of Singapore and Archbishop of the Anglican Province of South East Asia. Disciples of Jesus Christ Organization is an NGO whose mission is to help save lives, bring hope, and restore dignity to under-privileged children and young people so they may reach their own people.

I CAN award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the lives of under-privileged children of the slum and squatting areas of Egypt.

The First Anglican Interfaith Commission at All Saints Garden Conference

Upon Bishop Mouneer H. Anis invitation, the Anglican Global Interfaith Commission gathers in their first gathering at All Saints Garden Conference Center. The members of the commission include bishops, reverends and lay ministers representing the different Anglican Provinces around the world.

The program of the gathering included a visit to Pop Tawadros the second, and the Grant Imam, Ahmed El- Tayeb. In the visit Pop Tawadros praised the interfaith dialogue initiated by Bishop Mouneer through different projects e.g. Together For Egypt and Together We Develop Egypt, while, Grant Imam Ahmed El- Tayeb affirmed the importance of  dialogue to accomplish peace.

The program started yesterday to last till Saturday the 24th of February. Let us pray for wisdom and God’s will to be fulfilled.

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