The Bishop of Brechin is set to welcome a special guest this month, as the Archdeacon Bhekindela McDonald Magongo visits the Diocese of Brechin.
The Diocese of Brechin, which includes St Andrew’s Church in Brechin, is the Scottish Episcopal Church in the City of Dundee, Angus, the Mearns and Carse of Gowrie.
The Archdeacon Bheki, who is the Diocese of Swaziland, is visiting the area for two weeks, in connection with the autumn Synod of the Diocese of Brechin. Also visiting, is Bishop Ellinah.
The Right Reverend Doctor Nigel Peyton, Bishop of Brechin, welcomed his guest on October 19. He said: “This is a very special year for us. We shall have in attendance at our Synod the bishops of both our companion dioceses, Iowa in the USA and Swaziland in Southern Africa.
“Bishop Alan of Iowa has been to the Brechin diocese before, but this is the first time Bishop Ellinah of Swaziland will have been here. The Synod will celebrate our links across three continents.”
Members of St Andrew’s Church and all Episcopal churches in the Diocese are set to attend a social event in honour of Archdeacon Bheki on October 31 at Lathallan School.
Archdeacon Bheki will also pay a visit to nearby Montrose on October 31.
The Bishop of Brechin, added: ‘Archdeacon Bheki will visit the Montrose Seafarers’ Centre and the Lifeboat station.
“Then, in the evening of 31 October, there will be a social event in his honour at Lathallan School, to which all members of the Episcopal churches in the north of the diocese of Brechin are invited.
“The evening will include musical performances from some of the music students at Lathallan, a talk by Archdeacon Bheki about his diocese, and refreshments.”
Doctor Peter Smart, Lay Reader at Montrose, said: ‘Swaziland is a landlocked country, surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. We felt that any visit to Montrose should enable Archdeacon Bheki to experience something totally different: a maritime town in action, especially the services offered by the churches in Montrose to seafarers who may themselves be thousands of miles from home, and the essential work that the lifeboat service does. We are also grateful to the headmaster of Lathallan for allowing us to use the school premises for our social event. We are hoping that Archdeacon Bheki will return to Swaziland with fond memories of his short time here.”