St Phillip’s Church Tafara
Rochester Diocese has a link with the Diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe. Our own particular link with St Phillip’s Church in Tafara, on the outskirts of Harare, began in 1985 when to celebrate the 650th anniversary of St Margaret’s it was decided to raise £10.000 to complete the Church building in Tafara.
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Revd Judy recently visited St Philips with a party from the diocese led by Bishop Brian. Here are some excerpts from the report of her visit in our “Sunburst” magazine.
She stayed initially at the home of the priest of St Philip’s, Canon Phineas Fundira, discovering that many of the things we take for granted, such as regular electricity and running water, are not always available to our fellow-Christians there . But they rejoice in sharing what little they do possess, and make their visitors very welcome.Almost as soon as Judy had arrived (and enjoyed her ‘shower’ – two bowls of water) she was asked to preside at the next day’s service . Many might have been surprised to find a woman priest celebrating the Eucharist, in fact Judy was the first woman priest ever to do so, but all made her feel very welcome. Services are normally in Shona, but for Judy’s benefit on that day, most of the service was in English, except for the hymns. Their singing is extremely enthusiastic.Revd. Judy celebrating the Eucharist – Canon Phineas Fundira is on the left of the picture.
A few days later Judy, with Bishop Brian and the two other female priests who had accompanied him, moved to Peterhouse Girls’ School in Marondera for the four-day Retreat led by Bishop Brian. Days were spent in worship , reflection and walking round the site. Bishop Chad ensured that the silence which descended upon all, following the first service of Compline, was strictly observed
You can see pictures from Judy’s visit here
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We also sent funds to enable them to purchase a vehicle for use by the clergy and church wardens of St Phillips
|Most recently they asked if we would send them a thurible so they could use it when they rededicated the Church at St. Philips. One was obtained and taken to Tafara by Sandy Elsworth our Diocesian Link Co-ordinator who was visiting Zimbabwe and he was able to take our greetings to our friends at St Phillips and present it on our behalf. As you will see from the link below it was well received.
The vehicle they were able to purchase with money which we sent to them last year is also being well used as you can see from the excerpt below
Later Sandy visited St Margaret’s and presented gifts from the Church in Tafara.
Please continue to remember in prayer the people of Zimbabwe particularly St. Phillips, Tafara and St.James Mabvucu as they return to worship in their own Church buildings.