Kopano Parish Lutheran Church - Mogwase.
PLANNING ON THE BUILDING OF THE CHURCH
The congregation came to church services in numbers but they could not fulfil their dream of being in a church that they wanted. Bishop D.P. Rapoo, the Reverend and the court of the congregation, Mr Motepe, Mr Mogale, Mr Sephothi and the congregation, wanted to come up with a solution that would help build the church they wanted.
With Bishop D.P. Rapoo being in charge of the planning of building the church, we got assistance from Germany and it was in the year 1982 when this planning commenced.
There were misunderstandings and arguments buy the congregation about the land on which the church should be built on, they wanted the land that the Roman Catholic church is currently built on but in the end the church was built.
THE BUILDING OF THE CHURCH
Now that our plans for building the church were in place, the building of the church began. Our friends from Germany sent a group of people to help build the church but because we knew that we had to consider where the material of the church building would be stored, the Mission House was build first in order to stored material in the Mission House whilst building the church.
Members played a role in the building of the church, they helped lay a brick, mixing of the cement and bringing water near the building site. The church was build during the school holidays so most members were present to assist in the building of the church. As we know that working together helps make the job easier, the congregation of Mabele a Podi was behind on this regard.
Suggested names of what the church would be called were taken to the Diocesan and the name that would best suit the congregation was chosen as they fully understood the intentions of the congregation. The name Kopano was chosen for them because they were united and they initiated the building of the church themselves.
In short, Mogwase was a place that welcomed people who came from near and far away places and worked for the government and for Sun International so people who moved to Mogwase for work and were Lutheran Church members, they had to meet with Mr Mogale and Mr Motepe and in that manner the congregation grew bigger.
Rev. Mahopo was the second reverend who came to serve the Kopano congregation and he was sent to the Central Diocese.