We support two mission and prayer partners in Kibera, Kenya and Kampala,
The Dorcan Church is also part of the Bristol-Uganda, Kampala and Luweero Diocesan Link.
Uganda Networks website linking partners and projects.
Diocese of Bristol - Dioceses of Kampala and Luweero Uganda
In 2001 & 2003 parties from Uganda visited the Dorcan Church. The members of the group included:
Diocese of Kampala
Rev. Duncan Mugume
Rev. Abednego Bakahuuna
Mrs. Gladys Tushabe
Mr. Ezekiel Lugya-Lwasi - Head of International Institute and Media Studies
Rev. Canon Micah Bwami - St. Paul's Mulago
Diocese of Luweero
Canon Edward Nsamba-Bukenya - Wobulenzi Parents School
Mr.Elijah Kyingi - Ndejje Senior Secondary School
Rev. Geofrey Muwanguzi - Chaplain Luweero SSS
We have continued to maintain contact with Duncan and Marion in Kisaasi Village
in the Kawempe division of Kampala. Duncan is an ordained priest in Kampala
Diocese but is currently without a parish. Recently he has been Head of Education
and lecturing at the Ugandan Pentecostal University in Fort Portal and is
now working for an N.G.O Charity in Kampala. Marion is a teacher at the Alpha
Pre-school and Kindergarten in Kampala. They have four children Martha, Daniel,
Mary and Marianna.
Following a visits by Janet and Tony Prichard in February 2010 and February 2012 we have pledged to maintain better contact with The Diocese of Luweero.
Easter 2010 - Micah writes about the preparations at St. Paul's, Mulago which
include Evening service during Holy Week with an Agape meal for the whole
parish following the Maundy Thursday Communion. On Good Friday there was the
Public Way of the Cross at the National Stadium for an Ecumenical Service.
Four services on Easter Sunday and a Baptism service for 30 infants
on Easter Monday.
Following the landslides near Mt. Elgon in Eastern Uganda the church has sent clothes, shoes and maize flour to help those affected
October 2015 - Duncan Mugume and Elijah Kyingi visited the Swindon Deanery staying in TheDorcan Church. Their visit included the Parish Officers Day at Chippenham where they were able to exchange experiences of parish organisations here and in Uganda.
February 2017 - Seven people from the Swindon Deanery visited Kampala and Luweero. For a description of their visit click here.
October 2019 - Visit of Rev Paulson Tumutegyereize and St Pauls Kiwiliriza
Our thanks and financial support
It was an absolute joy to welcome Rev Paulson to our United worship service last Sunday.
Im sure you will agree that we were blessed by his presence, his greeting to us and all that he shared.
Our links with St Pauls, Kiwiliriza, go back at last 25 years and started with a visit from Mavis Mason-Williams to the now Revd Canon Hellen Keller Oneka.
Canon Hellen is now the vicar at St Pauls and Rev Paulson works with her. There is a lovely testimony of our relationship over the years from Canon Hellen which will be circulated electronically, with paper copies available in each centre.
You will know from Rev Paulson that our friends are building a new parish church. The size of their growing congregation means a bigger building is needed with community facilities, and there are plans agreed and started for a £600,000 project for a centre seating 1,000 people.
At the moment the existing St Pauls church has 4 different services, starting at 6:45am on a Sunday with 200-300 at each to accommodate everyone.
The project has been started and they are building in faith that the finances will be provided. They are near to the end of the first phase of the foundation work costing $100k and hope to have the financial resources to lay their foundation stone on their 50th anniversary in November.
It would be a great show of our support and our special link if we might consider being a part of making the laying of the foundation stone happen.
As announced last Sunday, If you would like to make an offering to our friends as they build Gods house in their community, there will be baskets in both centres this Sunday and the following Sunday.
Additionally, if you would like to make an electronic transfer into the Dorcan account please do so with the reference Uganda St Paul so our lovely treasurer knows that it is for our friends in Kiwuliriza.
And thank you too for the generous offering of £200+ towards the costs of bringing our group of Uganda friends over to us.
Please hold Canon Hellen, Rev Paulson, and all the congregation in your prayers, particularly as they seek to build a new church centre to serve their community
Kenya - Kibera
Jon and Jo Parsons work with a Turning Point Project in Kibera, a huge slum area on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. The project provides food and supports the education for some of the neediest children. A Community Farm has been set up in Kinangop about 80 miles from Nairobi. Here single mothers can take the first steps to independance.
Details about The Turning Point Trust and the Projects can be found here.
Jon, Jo and Family [Photo: by arrangement with Jon Parsons]
If you missed the Kibera presentation on Sunday 21st. 2010
or would like to see it again the Powerpoint presentation is available here.
Build The Walls - notes from the Prayer meeting at Woking on 3rd. March 2012