Early Childhood Development

Ilitha Family Learning Centre (Ndlovini)

The Parish of St Michael’s and All Angels facilitated this project, which has grown over the years and now caters for about three groups of 20-35 children every day. This project has been operating with the assistance of the Sophumelela Pre-school at St. Michael’s in Harare, Khayelitsha.

Rusthof – St John’s Pre-School

Outreach: RusthofThis pre-school operates in the underprivileged community of Rusthof, Strand, and has just had a recent facelift with the assistance of St Andrew’s Newlands and ANSOC.

Included in the facelift was a fence and safety gate to keep the children safe, painting of the classrooms with the assistance of ANSOC, a jungle gym and other playground equipment and the upgrading of toilet facilities to accommodate the children. Blankets and mattresses were purchased to make their rest time more comfortable and tables, chairs and more education toys were also purchased as part of the facelift of the crèche.

Belhar – St Mary Magdalene

This pre-school has been operating at the parish for a number of years. They cater for about 40 children. Money was donated by St Andrew’s Newlands to raise the boundary wall around the church to secure the playing area, purchasing of play equipment, and renovations of toilets.

Retreats and Conferences

St Raphael’s Retreat House

St Raphael’s is a place of prayer, reflection and rest, for individuals or for small groups. It has facilities for group training, conferences, and workshops.

St Raphael’s also holds Diocesan quiet days on the last Thursday of each month. These are free of charge and open to all, beginning at 9:30 in the morning.

The centre is situated on an eight-hectare piece of land near Faure with diverse bird, plant and animal life, all kept in pristine condition.

Volmoed Retreat and Conference Centre

Volmoed serves the church as a facility for conferences and courses, as well as individuals who simply need to get away from it all. It offers a peaceful environment, walks over the fynbos covered hills, and a well stocked resource centre with a large variety of Christian Literature available. Guests are invited to join morning prayer, or to use the chapel on their own for prayer and reflection.

It lies tucked away in a little valley within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, near Hermanus. As the Onrus River makes its way from the heights of Babylon’s Toring through De Bos Dam it tumbles down into this little valley with a waterfall and lovely natural rock pool, setting the scene of tranquility and natural beauty that are the hallmarks of this Retreat and Conference Centre.