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Volkskerk van Afrika
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Peoples Church of Africa
18 Formosa Street
Hornlee, Knysna 6571
South Africa (Africa)
Telephone: +27 44 302 6386
Email: jdavidson@knysnamunicipality.co.za
Address-No.: 13283 / 1209

During the early ’20s a feeling of discomfort arose within the western Cape with the way the white missionaries ran the affairs of the churches under their jurisdiction. Two likeminded groups, which were originally unaware of each other’s existence, met to discuss the role of missionaries in the church. One group was in Stellenbosch and was led by a barber named Paul M. Rhode; the other was in Cape Town and under the leadership of Rev. J. J. H. Forbes. On August 14, 1921, the first group decided to set up the United National Church of Africa, the People’s Church (Vereenigd Nasionale Kerk van Afrika, Onze Volkskerk). In 1922 Rev. Forbes, disillusioned with the churches he was serving, joined the Volkskerk. The reasons for establishing the church were not dogmatic but rather socio-political. The Volkskerk was to be a church for the Coloured people, “built on the faith of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and his holy Apostles, church controlled by the people and for the people.” Today the church is implanted in the eastern and western Cape.
 


 


Statistic data of church

Members
total: 21216
Parishes
(conventionally): 220
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 45
Ordained clergy
total: 10
 
women´s ordination
Elders/Presbyters
total: 0
Deacons
total: 0
  no information about deacons
Missionaries
total: 0
 
no information about missionaries working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
Godparents
No information about godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 12
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no information about publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

 
Number: 0

Schools providing general education
no information about other schools
Founded in
1921
Organizational structures
not communicated
Official languages
  • Afrikaans
  • English
Confessions
  • Apostles´ Creed
Association

International assiciations

 

last update: 08.02.2006
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