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.
Latest news from Tafara.
Update to you on our borehole project.
Some photos of the borehole project at various stages. We were blessed with a yield of 5000 litres per hour having broken into 3 tables of underground water at 8 metres, 16 metres and 31 metres.
We have connected the water to the Rectory and are finalising some repairs (including plumbing which was leaking extensively). This has enabled us to embark on the youth; garden , fish and chicken rearing projects. We are going to be fully green with the youth agreeing to spruce up and landscape the surroundings.
Many thanks once again for your support. May you be richly blessed for your generosity
Many thanks for your email and update on the things taking place at your parish. It sounds quite hectic but I guess fulfilling at the same time. We are pleased with the garden project by Widows and Single Mothers at St Philip. We are all proud of the result and many thanks to you, as this would not have been possible without the borehole.
We have looked at the fish and chicken projects and are trying to build resources to enable us to start on these as the we had to stretch our finances to top up your assistance for the borehole. We have also just replaced the parish vehicle as the old one was giving a lot of mechanical problems. This was made possible by our patron saint day fundraising activities, and we are also working towards our annual harvest day fundraising to be able to spread ourselves adequately to these areas of need for the parish.
Revd Judy visited St Philips with a party from the diocese led by Bishop Brian.
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.
Revd Judy was asked to preside at the next day’s service 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
You can see pictures from Judy’s visit here
Other news from Tafara
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
Please continue to remember in prayer the people of Zimbabwe particularly St. Philips Tafara and St. James Mabvucu.