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Stories Move Mountains

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The Reverend Ronald Matandakufa of St Peters Uniting Presbyterian Church in Gweru attended the “Stories Move Mountains” workshop in January-February 2014. 

This workshop runs for six days each year and is held from the end of January and the beginning of February. Participants attending this workshop are invited to reflect with others on their different ministries in their congregations.  What has be common from their reflections were that the workshop is indeed a life changing experience of hope –and have committed to implement and integrate their experience at their congregations, to enhance on the work that God has called them to do.

REFLECTION BY MINISTERS: A majority of Ministers attend these workshops just when they are at the point of giving up- such are the challenges they encounter while at their callings. 

One of them confessed that his congregation, has had four ministers in three years.  He goes on to say:  “No minister stays longer that one year.”  

“I am the only one who has stayed longer. I started my ministry there in 2013 and everyone, even people in the community, when they see me walk the streets of Gweru, would stop and ask:  “are you still here?” 

What is clear is that this congregation’s problem was that it centred its identify and its membership around the community. 


During training, ministers are assisted with how to deconstruct such realities and work with everyone in the congregation towards helping them see, identify and embrace their preferred reality.

During training leaders share their stories.  They are assisted to see the strengths and possibilities that they, as leaders, to be well aware of the strengths and abilities of the churches’ membership and how best to build the future of the congregation on what works rather than what does not work.  They are encouraged to be more inclusive in their approach to ministry, embrace those they regard as enemies. 

On the third day of his participation, in 2014, Ronald was so challenged that he thought he knew exactly what he had not done well in his ministry.  He thought he could go back and fix it.

 In his own words, he said: “I am now ready to go back home and turn the congregation around.”  On his return to Zimbabwe, he hit a wall. 

Six months after the workshop, he wrote to me and shared his frustration but he vowed not to give up.  Ronald was thus invited to participate in the second training session which was held this year in January – February.  It is after this time that he started to see signs of hope and change in his congregation. 

It is through this positive attitude, his commitment to further inquiry into the exceptional positive moments of his ministry that he had begun to yield much needed results.  Thus he commenced a journey of being the change he was expecting from his congregation.  It is against this background, after his second participation to the programme, that requested we consider running a workshop of this nature in Gweru, Zimbabwe

The workshop was held in Gweru, Zimbabwe from 28th -30th October, 2015.  Gweru is a small town about 170km outside the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  

A total of 22 participants attended.  12 were from the Uniting Presbyterian Church, 2 from the Church of Christ, 3 from Faith Ministries, 3 from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and 1 from the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe. 

It was a great experience for all of us who participated.  The participants shared experiences front their churches and how they have had a real impact on how they have always viewed their ministries, “a change of mind-set, a fantastic, equipping and thought provoking workshop. 

They all agreed that the workshop represented the best approach to be used so far to impact leaders through participants’ interaction”.  One participant made the observation that:

 “The approach and delivery techniques have been the best and were very effective.  We learnt more through an interactive approach than we could have learnt through the lecture method.  We shared our stories and got our own solutions from among our individual situations and interactions.” 

He echoed the sentiments of many that he “wished that this programme could be extended to our lay leaders as well”.


As facilitators we were inspired by the response from the participants – as we wanted to know why so many people attended the workshop. 

What inspired us most was that, even before Ronald could invite them, they could see how different his ministry was since he attended the very first workshop at JL Zwane in 2014.  It was great to hear this.  Everyone was watching and witnessing “a new thing emerging” at St St Peters Uniting Presbyterian Church in Gweru.

Rated 1.33, 6 vote(s). 

Christmas Carols

Categories: JL Zwane, Church

We are a few weeks away from Christmas! And what better way to get into the festive mood than singing along to Christmas music and carols? Origin South Africa (A Christian ministry based in Cape Town) is bringing the Cape Town Gospel choir and band to the streets of Gugulethu at JL Zwane 
Presbyterian Church on 20 December 2015 at 2pm.

Come and join us on this rare occasion and invite your family and friends and let’s celebrate the countdown to Christmas together in the spirit of Jesus who was born. 

Date: 20 December 2015
Venue: JL Zwane Church
Time: 2pm

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JL Zwane Ladies Outing

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Vanue: Kirstenbosch
Time: 08:00 (am)

Come all and engage on "Conversations that matter". Bring your camp chair and lunch.
For more information, please contact the JL Zwane Office, by clicking/tapping here.

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Business Breakfast in Gugulethu @ JL Zwane Centre/Church

Categories: JL Zwane, Education, Church

JL Zwane Choir coordinated a Women Business Breakfast Meeting at the JL Zwane Centre. The date for that Breakfast session was  the 15th August 2015.
The aim of the Breakfast Business Meeting (BBM) is twofold.  It is to fundraise and at the same time to afford a golden opportunity to the businesses in and around Gugulethu to:

  • Celebrate the role of women towards the 21 years of democracy in South Africa.
  • Encourage positive lifestyle through business and networking.
  • Provide positive platform for the empowerment of Women in Society.
  • Encourage different stakeholders to contribute meaningfully in the economic and social development of society.

The theme of the Breakfast Business Meeting (BBM) UBUHLE BENTYATYAMBO- What a phenomenal woman you are EMPOWERING women to realise their Purpose, Power and Potential.

Programme Director/Facilitator: Ms. NONALA TOSE (Mhlobo wenene FM)

The Breakfast Session was interactive, fun and engaging. It was a mentoring and educational session that helped women gain the confidence, knowledge and practical skills needed to empower them to realise their full potential, while living a positive and fulfilling life.

Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor addressed the Women’s Business Breakfast under the National theme: “Women United in moving South Africa Forward” organised by JL Zwane in partnership with Old Mutual, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Sonnendal, Coca Cola, Gcilishe-Taliwe Funerals, Government Communications Information Systems-GCIS, Limaphe Catering.

Honourable Minister was joined by the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha, Luvuyo Rani , Ward Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.

Rated 2.00, 4 vote(s). 

Youth Fellowship

Categories: JL Zwane, Church

1. Name:
The name of the fellowship shall be the `Uniting Presbyterian
Church in Southern Africa Youth Fellowship’ (UPCSAYF) here
after referred to as `Youth Fellowship’ (YF).
2. Vision: 
Advance the Kingdom of God in a manner befitting the Church and consistent with God’s word.   
3. Mission:    
To present Christ as Lord and Saviour to the Youth – both  believers and not yet believers
4. Aims:   
The aims of the Youth Fellowship shall be to: 
  • Empower and encourage the youth to be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Word and in deed, and promote Christian values in their lives.
  • Strive for unity within the body of Christ, inter alia, so that resources can be optimised for building the church and missionary outreach.
  • Encourage the Youth to discover their talents and spiritual gifts, and to pledge these and their resources to building the  kingdom of God and uplifting the community through projects related to issues such as Health issues, justice, social equality, poverty alleviation, etc.

Rated 4.33, 3 vote(s). 

JL Zwane Family Day

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The Finance and Events Committee is inviting all the members of the Congragation, on behalf of our leader Reverend Xapile to be part of the JL Zwane family day. 


When: Sunday 12/04/2015
Where: JL Zwane Memorial Church
Guests: Centre Staff, FLY, After School Programme Teachers
Special Guest: Rev. Makhalima


  • DJ Coks
  • Choir
  • Marimba
  • Youth Fellowship
  • Sunday School
  • Path Finders
  • Duet: Ms N. Faltein & Ms Majokweni


Light breakfast, full braai lunch and refreshments will be served for free of charge. Children will be entertained with jumping castles and many more playing items. 11 City Of Cape Town Officials will be on the site to monitor the kids while playing. 

Please bring your family and be part of the JL Zwane Family (Eli Likhaya Lethu Lokuphambukela)

Rated 5.00, 1 vote(s). 

Umjikelo ka February - 2015

Categories: JL Zwane, Church

Rated 1.00, 1 vote(s). 

Holy Week - Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday - 2015

Street Revival (Imvuselelo Esixekweni)
Luke 19:38 (Mr Sakhele Plaatjie)

USimon wabasikelela, wathikuMariya unina, Uyabona, lo umiselwe ukuwa nokuvuka kwabaninzi kwaSirayeli, nokuba abengumqondiso ochasiweyo.  Luke 2:34 (Mr Kuna Matshisi)

"Makabongwe lo uzayo esegameni lika Yehova, siyanisikelela nina basendlini kaYehova" 
Psalms 118:26 (Mr Sivuyiel Dibela)

"Nkosi singa singabona uYesu"
John 12:21 (Mrs LLL Duma)

"Lumkani ningalahlekiswa mntu"
Matthew 24:4 (Miss Nina Stamper)

"Musa ukoyika ntombi Ziyon, nanko ukumkani wakho esiza"
John 12:15  (Mrs Nosisana Nompumza)

"Iphi na indlu yabahambi"
Mark 14:14  (Mrs Nomha Piki)

"Mna ke ukuba ndithe ndaphakanyiswa emhlabeni ndiyakubatsalela bonke kum"
Luke 12:32  (Mrs Kholeka Mhambi)

"Yena uyakuba mkhulu abizwe ngokuba ungunya wosenyangweni"
Luke 1:32  (Ms Thelma Dyantyi)

The Congregation in pictures

...it does not end here

Rated 4.00, 1 vote(s). 

JL Zwane Young Women

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Young Women  is a unique and innovative group of young women who are committed to finding a different approach to existing challenges.

Rated 2.67, 3 vote(s). 

JL Zwane Street Revival 2015 - Important Notice

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Park and Go: NY 50 Shops (after NY 3a)
Date: 29 March 2015
Start Time: 07:00 AM
End Time: 08:30 AM
Church Service: 09:00 AM


The street revival will start at NY 50. We will proceed the revival at NY 71 and take a left turn at NY 73 towards NY 69. We will then proceed towards NY 3a from NY 69. We will take a left turn at NY 3a towards NY 50 where we will get into our vehicles and go to Church where a Service will commence at 09:00 AM.

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