On 4 November 1978, the late Chief Apostle Streckeisen dedicated the new Silvertown church building.
40 years later the congregation is filled with a rich history, and remains a place where many blessings can be experienced.
On Saturday 3 November 2018, members from across the region had the opportunity to revisit the history and special occasions celebrated over the course of the past 40 years. The walls inside the hall were filled with photos and information. This setting depicted many historical events, and certainly augmented the joy of the occasion.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the congregation, a music hour was presented by the newly-formed Apostle area choir and orchestra on Saturday afternoon. A surprise appearance by the District Apostle added to the blessed and beautiful moments shared in the house of the Lord, with the programme also setting the perfect platform for a blessed preparation for the service for the departed.
On Sunday 4 November 2018, District Apostle J Kriel conducted the service for the departed in Silvertown congregation. The congregations of Belthorn, Langa, Lincoln Estate, Athlone, Kewtown and Crawford were also invited to attend this special divine service.
As basis for the divine service, the District Apostle read a Bible word from Jude 20 and 21, "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
In his introductory remarks, the District Apostle spoke fondly of the Chief Apostle Ernst Streckeisen. The District Apostle remembered the Chief Apostle as a man and servant who exuded love.
The Apostle P Lambert was called to serve along, after which he and the Bishop N Barron stood as proxies to receive the sacraments on behalf of the souls in the beyond.
After the divine service, the District Apostle, together with the former Rectors of Silvertown and the retired District Apostle N Barnes spent memorable moments of fellowship together, taking photographs and reminiscing of years gone by.