Church of the Cross Pietermaritzburg

Lutheran Church Hayfields

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English Service 8:00 with Children’s Church

with Holy Communion – every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Family service with worship team – every 2nd Sunday of the month

Deutscher Gottesdienst um 9:30 am 1. 2. und 4. Sonntag des Monats

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Welcome Röhrs Family!

Rohrs Family


Pastors Vic and Petzi, together with their children, Tabea, Simon and Lukas


Our path together actually started here in Pietermaritzburg when we met while doing our theological studies at the then University of Natal. In January 1990 we got married: Petra, one of the first female theological students of the UELCSA, born in Windhoek and educated both in Windhoek and Paarl, where her family later moved to and Victor coming from a farm near Estcourt and educated at the Moorleigh and Hermannsburg schools. Our training for the ministry included a time in this congregation and in between one year in a congregation on the outskirts of Munich, Germany.



In January 1994 we moved to Paulpietersburg, to serve in the congregations of Augsburg and Braunschweig. During this time Petra completed her internship and second theological examination. Just after her examination our eldest son, Lukas was born on 1 May 1995. He was baptised in the ordination service of Petra. Since then we have shared the post as ministers and have had much joy in ministering together as a team. In July 1997 the congregation of Braunschweig got their own minster and we carried on ministering in the congregation of Augsburg. Our daughter, Tabea was born on 25 February 1998 and Simon, our youngest on 19 October 2000. We had an eventful time in Augsburg, sharing joys and sorrows with the congregation: There were farm murders, young people lost their lives in car accidents but we also experienced how a close knit community carried and supported each other in this difficult time.



After staying in Paulpietersburg for ten years we moved to Kroondal near Rustenburg at the beginning of 2004. Historically this was a rural congregation but with the large scale mining activity in the area and Rustenburg being an ever growing town, the congregation was changing. Our three children went to school in Kroondal and both of us, Petra and Victor, were very involved in the school. Victor gave religious instruction at the school and Petra, after doing some further studies through UNISA, took the class of the three-year-olds at the Kindergarten called the “Spatzennest” as well as giving religious instruction at the school. Apart from that there was also an Old Age Home with frailcare where we were involved. The congregation already had an environmental committee for a number of years and Victor soon got involved there. This was sometimes quite a difficult task because in involved tackling the big mining

companies on issues of pollution, land rehabilitation and other illegal activities. Of course there were also the usual congregational activities like youth work, children’s church, choir and brass band etc. One aspect of our 10 year ministry in Kroondal also involved seeing the Afrikaans part of the congregation develop with a number of Afrikaans speaking families joining.

In the meantime Lukas has now finished with High school at Hermannsburg and is going to travel to Germany soon for some work and further training. Tabea has already been at Hermannsburg school for two years now and is currently in Grade 10. Simon has just started with High School at Hermannsburg in Grade 8. Both of them are hoping to be able to come home more frequently now that we no longer live so far away. Both of us are looking forward to our time here with you and being able to work together in this congregation. Even though we have spent some time here in the past, we find that much has changed and we are looking forward to the challenges.


We would like to thank everyone for the welcome, the help and support when we moved in and the renovations done in the manse. We hope to settle in soon and concentrate on the tasks that we have been called to do. We are looking for-ward to meeting up with you and wish that we may spend a blessed time together during our ministry in this congregation.

Farewell Pastor Scriba!


In December 2013 Pastor Scriba went into retirement after many years of service in our church. The Scribas will relocate to Howick and we will remain members of our congregations.


Dear readers of Impulse, dear congregation members,

With this last Pastor’s Page in Impulse, having been your pastor for the last five years, I and we as Scriba family, would like to greet you and wish you God’s richest blessings for Christmas and the coming years.

Many of Paul’s letters start with the words:

“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” and they continue:

– because your faith is being reported all over the world;

– because of God’s grace given you in Christ Jesus;

– because of your partnership in the gospel;

– because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people;

– because of your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ;

– because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”

(Romans 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3-5, Colossians 1:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:2 and 2 Thessalonians 1:3, and many more, in that order).

In the same way I would like to thank God for all of you:

– because he has given you his grace, mercy and love in Jesus Christ;

– because he has invited you to participate in his acts of love at baptism, confirmation, wedding, in worship services and at Holy Communion.

– because he has comforted you in times of trials and temptations, in illness and accompanied you and your dying relative, in grief and sorrow;

– because he has placed responsibility on you for the young, for the youth, for the single and the married or divorced, for the adults and the aging;

– because he has placed you in this city to welcome strangers, the needy and those at the periphery of a social fulfilled life;

– because he has let you work together with our sister churches and institutions, other churches and denominations to further his message of unity, hope and love;

– because he has warned you with continued grave sternness through his commandments and by his example, when you were going astray, and has accepted you again in his forgiveness and mercy;

– because he has opened your mind and knowledge to the wonder of his creation, his act of salvation in Jesus Christ and through the enlightenment of his message by his Spirit;

– because he has entrusted you with many and various different talents, gifts and opportunities;

– because he has given you the special gift of music, song and singing in different languages, intonation, rhythm and heart-beat;

– because he has called you to care and share with one another;

– because he has given you the gift of leadership, responsibility and conscientiousness in a time and at places of carelessness, corruption and crime;

– because he has awakened in you the responsibility for the weak, for misused women and abused children and for the endangered nature (etc.).

We as a family will continue to be members of this Lutheran Church Hayfields and therefore no farewell is necessary. However having to retire from active duty as an ordained minister after 37 years, I would like to leave you a little Christmas song in English and German.

With good Christmas and New Year wishes and kind regards,


Georg Scriba with Inge and our children.