Origin of churches
Before the churches were built the Christians
worshiped in the houses of their fellow Christians or sometimes
their church leaders. As time went by they were given sites in which
they could build their own churches . They raised their own funds
to build their churches with no help from other churches or the
Government . Some of the first churches to have their buildings
in Imbali were:
- The Presbyterian Church The Nazarene Church
- The Roman Catholic Church
- The Anglican Church (St. Marks) and
- The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (Isiphephelo)
Imbali didn't have no grave site. The residents
of Imbali use the Mountain Rise Cemetery as a grave site for their
loved ones to rest. In January 1979 an agency called Pietermaritzburg
Agency for Christian Social Awareness (P.A.C.S.A.) .The aim behind
the establishment of the agency was to promote social and political
awareness in the Pitermaritzburg Christian community. Several PACSA
members were detained during the state emergency.
Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa
( FEDSEM ). The Seminary was established in 1962 by Chief Tyhali
son of Chief Ngqika. It trained ministers
from seven denominations.
Anglican Methodist Congregational
and four Presbyterian The seminary was also multiracial it comprised
Africans , Indians and Coloreds.
Fedsem was built as a center where ministers of Religion
would be taught and trained .
They had a newsletter that
was called AGAPE which had a message from the current President
, an update of the academic staff for that current year, photos
of the students of that year , a couple of stories (researched and
modified by the students) and poems.