Sunday, October 10, 2010

Twin Towered Church


The 'Tweetoringkerk' (Twin Towered Church) in Bloemfontein is one of the city's most notable buildings. It's cornerstone was laid by President Brand in 1878. It was built in the German neo-Gothic style and inuargirated on 7 May 1880.  Up to then the occasion was the biggest Bloemfontein has ever seen with about 6 000 people attending, most of them from the surrounding farms.

The church has changed its face from the old Afrikaans only Dutch Reformed Church to what is now known as the "Towers of Hope" congregation.  The services are attended by people of all colours, from white farmers and their families to homeless people living on the street in the surrounding areas.  The church also offers a daily (17:00) soup kitchen, food parcels that are distributed all over town and a needle work job creation project.  Other projects have started out of the church's vision with a teacher offering her services in the afternoons to teach homeless adults to read and write, young lawyers assisting the homeless with legal advice and two doctors who come in after work to offer medical help to those in need. Truly an example that could  be followed by many others.

6 comments:

  1. Not only a beautiful church, but a very dedicated congregation.

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  2. I don't think I have ever seen a church with twin towers before. Very unusual but is is beautiful Diane

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  3. A beautiful church and beautiful examples of the way life should be lived.

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  4. This looks very similar to one they had in Potchefstroom Jonker.

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  5. Hullo's - Do you mind if I use a referral to your blog. I have to construct a blog for education purposes and have to do an introduction about myself. I am married in the Two Towers Church in Bloemfontein and because of its historic value, I want to showcase and mention this memory.

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