Diocese of Masvingo News

"The past is over"

A report by visitors from Southwark Cathedral(UK)

Lady Day Celebrations

Zimbabwe Anglican Church education workshop

Statement From The Ecumenical Peace Observation Initiative in Zimbabwe

"The past is over" - The Mothers' Union celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Mothers' Union celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014. The venue of the celebrations was and St Simon and St Judes Church in Chikomba District. St Simon and St Judes is one of the churches that was grabbed by Kunonga in 2012. The Diocese of Masvingo reclaimed ownership of the church after the Supreme Court ruling. This venue was deliberately was chosen so as to give moral and spiritual support to Anglicans in the area who were persecuted by Kunonga and his supporters. The theme of the celebrations was "The past is over."

The Mothers' Union celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Mothers' Union President, Albertina spoke words of encouragement and urged members not to dwell in the past but move forward to what lies ahead. On Saturday 22 March early in the morning, the Mothers marched to Pokoteke Clinic which is 5 kms from St Simon and St Judes Church. During the march they sang songs of praise to the Lord. At the Clinic prayers were said for the missing staff and patients.

On the same day in the afternoon, the Mothers' Union gave out clothes, blankets, groceries and school fees to the less privileged in the Community. The local leadership expressed words of appreciation and gratitude to the Mothers Union for being loving and caring. Mass was celebrated by the Bishop on Saturday evening. Diocesan Clergy were also present during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Mothers kept vigil until Sunday Morning.

May 2014 visit from Southwark Cathedral

In May 2014 Bishop Godfrey and the parishes and schools of his Diocese hosted a delegation from Southwark Cathedral. Southwark Cathedral has been linked with the Diocese of Masvingo for several years and commits to pray, stay informed, and raise funds for the mission of Masvingo Diocese. The delegates were the Very Revd. Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark; Canon Dr. Stephen Hance, Canon Missioner; Sister Joyce Yarrow; Alison Shapton; and Gardner Thompson.

Over a busy few days the Southwark delegation were pleased to visit schools and churches, to share in worship, to meet members of the parishes and the MU, and to discuss future plans with Bishop Godfrey and others. Both the Dean and the Missioner were invited to preach and preside at Mass in Masvingo Cathedral and elsewhere.

On their return to Southwark, the delegation held a special lunch at which they shared their experiences, showed photographs, and invited members of the Cathedral to give generously, and many responded very positively.

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Shearly Cripps Commemoration

A ceremony was held to commemorate the life and ministry of Shearly Cripps on the 2nd to the 4th of August 2013. Many people attended from the five Dioceses, Masvingo, Central Zimbabwe, Harare, Manicaland and Matabeleland. Three Bishops graced the occasion; Bishop Godfrey of Masvingo, Bishop Julius of Manicaland and Bishop Ishmael of Central Zimbabwe. Bishop Julius preached and Bishop Ishmael was the celebrant. The theme was “Perseverance through Faith”. The readings of that day were taken from Jeremiah 11 vs 18-20, 2 Timothy 4 vs 1-8 and the Gospel from Mathew 10 vs 16-20. The Diocese hosted the Shearly Cripps Inter-diocesan Music Competitions which saw 15 choirs from the 5 Dioceses taking part. The competition song was composed in the Diocese of Masvingo and the message in the song was about the life and ministry of Shearly Cripps. The Choirs from the Diocese of Harare won most of the prizes. There are plans underway to upgrade the standard of music in the Diocese of Masvingo through conducting music coaching clinics.

School furniture delivered to Shurugwi schools

The Diocese of Masvingo values highly education of school children. The diocese has a duty to support education of children especially those from vulnerable communities. On Monday this week St Boniface and St Mary’s primary schools in shurugwi received school furniture from the diocese. The school administration, teachers, school development committee and school children thanked the diocese of Masvingo for this wonderful donation. Mr Artwell Sipinyu and Pardon Ranga presented the furniture on behalf of the diocese. More school furniture will be delivered next week because the diocesan lorry was not big enough to carry all the school furniture.

Diocese of Masvingo donates a vehicle to Munyaradzi Mission

The Diocese donated a Mazda pick up truck to Munyaradzi Mission. Munyaradzi mission consists of a primary school and a secondary school and there are five outstation churches under Munyaradzi church mission namely St Augustine, St Joseph’s Oswald, St Peter and St Monica. Munyaradzi church is the biggest with 500 parishioners .The Vicar General Edmore Matsika is the Priest in charge at Munyaradzi Mission .Bishop Godfrey handed over the car keys and vehicle to the Vicar General. The Vehicle is to be used for the furtherance of God’s work in Munyaradzi Mission.

Ordination of Priests and Deacons

There were ordinations of 6 Deacons and 8 Priests at Daramombe Mission on the 13th of April 2013. These are the names of the ordained Priest and Deacons.

Ordained Priests
Israel Madhiri
Ushe Tsaurayi
Amon Shandirwa
Hillary Nhokwara
Onismus Mafoti
George Mbera
Michael Madziro
Vusimuzi Ncube

Ordained Deacons
Joel Takaruva
Mastone Chakanyuka
Ariel Hwingwiri
Last Makawa
Munyaradzi Takaza
Gibson Marongwe

Lady Day Celebrations

More than 2000 Church members attended the Lady Day celebrations at Daramombe from 22nd to 24th March 2013. The theme was, “Be strong and courageous, don’t be afraid for the Lord your God is with you”, supported by readings from Isaiah 41:10-13, Joshua 1:5-9 and 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.

The topics of the conference sessions included ‘Depression’, ‘Cancer in women, causes and prevention’, ‘Be satisfied with what you have’ and ‘Behaviour of women at funerals’.

Outreach on Lady Day
Daramombe Primary School children benefitted from $1134 school fees for three terms for 18 pupils, and stationary for 39 pupils. 27 people were given clothes and a bar of soap. 14 people received blankets, 4 pupils school shoes, 4 pupils uniforms, 4 pupils boarding food. Food hampers were given to 45 people.

700m Lady Day material sold out fast. Members still want us to order more material for them. Lady Day scarves and golf t-shirts were also ordered to boost our funds.

Bishop Godfrey visits mission partners in UK

Bishop Godfrey visits mission partners in UK

Bishop Godfrey paid a flying visit to England in early March, at the invitation of Southwark Cathedral in London. The Masvingo-Southwark Link Group in London were celebrating their Great Masvingo Feast, giving thanks to God for all that has been achieved in the Diocese of Masvingo in the last ten years and raising funds to assist future work. Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR preached at the morning Eucharist, and immediately afterward, the chairs in the Cathedral were all cleared away and more than 120 people sat down at tables for a meal of roast chicken, bean salad, pineapple and lemon biscuits. Bishop Godfrey addressed the people, describing the extreme challenges of recent years and the faithful perseverance of Anglican congregations across the Diocese. He spoke about church and school building projects, the Diocese’s support for health and income generation initiatives, and plans for the future. He described the joy and relief felt across the Diocese after the recent Supreme Court judgment, the eviction of those illegally occupying Diocesan properties and the cleansing and rededication of churches. His address was greatly appreciated by the Cathedral congregation and has refreshed and renewed the partnership link between Southwark Cathedral and the Anglican Diocese of Masvingo. Then the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun spoke movingly about his recent visit to Masvingo and how encouraged he had been by all he saw in his visits to churches, schools and health clinics.
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The following day, Bishop Godfrey visited Lambeth Palace, to brief the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Development Adviser on how things are in Masvingo, and later he paid a joyous visit to the Cathedral Primary School who were eager to hear news of Daramombe Primary School with whom they have a valuable link.

Bishop Godfrey also saw something of the English countryside with a visit to the village of Wreningham in Norfolk, to help revive their historic link with All Saints Wreningham in the Diocese of Masvingo.
Bishop Godfrey brings Norfolk message of hope

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