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The move to Lockdown Alert Level 1 means a further easing of restrictions on gatherings:
- Religious gatherings are permitted as long as the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of the venue – up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings. Health protocols, such as washing hands or sanitising hands, social distancing and mask-wearing, will need to be strictly observed.
- The maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is increased from 50 to 100 due to the higher risk of viral transmission at funerals.
The AFM welcomes the ease of these restrictions and will issue amended guidelines to all church structures as soon as the regulations are formally promulgated.
2. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NCM)2020 has been a very difficult and challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic which caused a serious interruption to the activities of the Children’s Ministry in our denomination at large – leading to an “online” way of doing things. Regions, Assemblies and Members have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the departed and pray for God’s strength and comfort.
We would like to remind the Regions and Assemblies that as per the AFM Calendar for 2020, this coming Sunday, the 20th of September, is our Children’s Ministry Day. Every year on this day we give the children the opportunity to conduct the Sunday service to showcase their talent and experience they gained from Children’s Ministry. Secondly, on the day we request and encourage that every member of the Assembly contribute a sum of not less than R10.00 per member – which after the collection is deposited into the National Children’s Ministry bank account:
Account Name: The AFM of SA National Children Ministry
Reference: The name of the Assembly should be stated as a reference when the deposit is made.
The support of every member of our church is forever valued and appreciated in the best interest of our children in the beloved AFM of SA.
Past. Sam Tshabalala
(Director of the AFM National Children’s Ministry)
3. MARRIAGE OFFICERS: DELAY IN APPLICATIONS
The AFM National Office is receiving many enquiries regarding the progress of applications for Marriage Officers. The Department of Home Affairs issued an e-mail apology for the delays in the application process. The situation is being monitored and followed up on a weekly basis.
“Due to the fact that we are still in lockdown and have a shortage of staff, and only specified services are rendered at the local Home Affairs Offices, we are unable to process the applications at the moment as the Reverends will not be able to write the prescribed tests at the local Offices.” – Department of Home Affairs
AFM Pastors are advised to still direct enquiries to AFM staff member, Jolandé Prinsloo, and not to the Department of Home Affairs:
Ms. Jolandé Prinsloo
(012) 644 0490