Our history is regarding people, places, dates and events that happened during specific periods. This article is a rememberance of the past and how God has shown His grace towards our assembly.
During the year 1977 a few families who were in membership with the AFM Church in Ravensmead had moved to Belhar. The family names were Seas, Beneke, De Beer, Jarrett, Garrett, Stevens, Lombaard as well as the Samuels family who were members of the AFM in Matroosfontein.
The process of church planting was initiated under the capable leadership of Pastor Johny Swano who was then the Pastor of the Assembly of Ravensmead. Elder PJ Swano was later nominated to be the overseer of the Assemly in Belhar.
A works committee was speedily gathered which consisted of the following people: Elder PJ Swano, A De Beer, H Seas, JB Samuels, R Garrett, J Jarrett, H De Villiers and A Furst.
In 1977, the first home service was held at the home of Br & Sis Ludolf in Vygieslot Belhar, where the presence of God was very evident. Here services were held for approximately 3 months.
During 1978, the home services for Sunday evenings were moved to Bro J Samuels in no.21 Willow Way Belhar as well as Bro R Garrett in no.5 Geelhout Street Belhar.
At the same time God blessed and opened doors so that the services could be held at the home of Sis K Saaiman Extension 13 in Belhar as well.
In the same year permission was given to the assembly to continue services and at Belhar no1 Primary School.
The services were held on a regular basis from 12 February 1978 where the people enthusiastically lifted up the name of Jesus. A few months later, Gardenia Primary School consented that the assembly could make use of their premises and on 4 June 1978 services were continued there.
Communion was also served to the assembly on the same day by Elder PJ Swano and Elder Kearns brought the sermon.
The following were also initiated at the assembly in Belhar:
Blessing of Children 11/06/78
E Du Ploouy
Liezel van der Berg
Baptism Service 04/07/78
Sis M Ada
Sis V November
Introduction of new members 04/07/78
Br G Ada
Sis S Mert
Br M Lentoor
The Community Hall of Belhar was later also made available to the assembly and there God added to the church beyond expectiation.
On 13 December 1981, the Assembly was officially ordained as the AFM Assembly of Belhar under the chair of Ps J Johnson who was then the District Chairman. At this event Ps JJ Louw brought sermon.
The concept of buying the land (which the church today stands) was discussed with the City of Cape Towns’ Department Committee on a previous occasion.
This process was initiated by the alliance of the District Committee with Ps JJ Louw as chairman, Ps J Johnson, Elder PJ Swano and Ps J Swano.
The land was finally sold to the assembly at the price of R2.00. At this the members were filled with joy as Gods’ influence was clearly present in this transaction.
The first Building Committee consisted of the following members: A De Beer (chairman), H Seas, R Garrett, J Jarrett and Elder PJ Swano. Additional Brethren also joined this committee i.e. JB Samuels, J Vergotine and GH Adams.
Through the guidance of God Mr. P Hendricks completed the building Sketch and it was handed over to the committee.
In 1983, the following people were chosen as the first church board:
Chairman: Ps. PJ Swano
Executive chairman: Elder De Beer
Secretary: Elder H Seas
Treasurer: Elder J Williams
Other members: JB Samuels, R Garrett, J Jarrett, H De Villiers, A Furst, Legetler and J September
On Sunday 15 December 1985 the side hall was relatively completed. Woth great joy the
assembly could resume services there with the knowledge that this was a place of their
own. At the opening of the hall the ribbon was cut by Sis S Jantjies.
On 25 October 1987, a ceremony was held by Ps C Collins and Ps PJ Swano for the
revealing of the Cornerstone.
On 25 Oktober 1992 the entire church building was completed and the ribbon was cut by
Ps & Mrs. PJ Swano. Ps P Lapoorta who was then the Districts Chairman brought the
sermon on this glorious occasion.
These are the names of the leaders who were chosen over the different departments:
Ladies: Sis G Swano
Sunday school: Ps PJ Swano and Sis J Bester
Youth: Bros M Lentoor, T Kock, H De Villiers, GH Adams, C Jarrett, M Brooks, L Solomon, S George and Sis E Williams
Church band: Bros JB Samuels, GH Adams, J Mert, LM Jonas
Choir: Bros JB Samuels, C Jarrett, J Mert, and JB Samuels
Welfare: Ps F Stevens, Elder J Mert, Sis V Groenewaldt, Deacon JB Samuels
Evangelism: Elder H Seas, Ps J Vergotine, Ps M Brooks, Elder H De Villiers
From the year 1992 to 1998 the church board grew in size and the members consisted of
the following persons:
De Beer, LM Jonas, H Seas, C Theunissen, J Mert, V Johnson, S February,
H De Villiers, C Jarrett, D Mandean, L Solomon, J Henry, J Williams, A Stevenson and JB Samuels
The assembly also expanded to Delft in the year 1993 under the leadership of Ps F Stevens who was a member of the Belhar Assembly.
On Sunday 25 Oktober 1998 the church held their 21st Birthday Celebration. At the time Ps PJ Swano and his wife were in leadership.
On 1 April 2007 Ps Lawrence M Jonas was ordained as the Presiding Pastor of AFM Church in Belhar for the period of 01/03/07- 31/03/09.
THE PROCESS LEADING TOWARDS THE OWNERSHIP OF THE LAND
THE CURRENT CHURCH BOARD AND MEMBERS OF THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS
THE CURRENT CHURCH BOARD
THE SENIORS COMMITTEE
THE MENS COMMITTEE
THE CHILDRENS COMMITTEE
THE MUSIC COMMITTEE
THE LADIES COMMITTEE
THE EVANGELISTIC COMMITTEE