Work and Worship in Zimbabwe - an introduction to rural life in Central Zimbabwe
Tenda Mwari (Thank God) sung by the Youth Choir of St Cuthbert’s, Gweru
St Patrick’s High School includes interviews with pupils about their hopes for the future
St Luke’s Kwekwe: extract from an open air service at Kwekwe Hospital
There are two main ways in which we try to develop friendship:
Parish to Parish Links
Around 25 links between parishes in the Croydon Area and in Central Zimbabwe have
now been set up, with varying degrees of success. Communications are not easy. The
postal service in Zim is erratic and until very recently few Zimbabweans, particularly
in the rural areas, had access to phones or email. This is changing very rapidly
as more and more Zimbabweans get cell phones and lap-tops and communications masts
are set up across the country. Even so, reception is often bad and people at both
ends are very busy, so maintaining links does require perseverance.
These are the times when real friendships begin and we start to understand each other
and are enriched by discovering our different approaches to life and faith. Along
with several personal visits between the two bishops, visits in recent years have
2007 Group visit to Zim of 20 participants led by the Bishop of Croydon
2008 Visit of Elizabeth Mukwanda and Berita Redzo to the UK for the Mothers’ Union
International event in Croydon
2009 Visit of three of the Croydon team to the Central Zimbabwe clergy conference
and opening of St Patrick’s mortuary.
2010 Five priests from Central Zimbabwe to UK for a programme of project management
2011 May: Team of three from Croydon to Zim to set up schools links
July: Team of team of nine with varied specialist interests to Zim, led
by Bishop Christopher
Nov: Opening of St Andrews new church in Gweru attended by Rev Charles
& Janet Bradshaw and Rev Merv & Sue McKinney.
2012 Sept: Team of three from Zimbabwe to Croydon to look at specialist areas of
education and health
Nov: Parish visit of six from the Caterham group of churches to their link
parish of St Matthews Mtapa
2013 Jan: Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, to Central Zimbabwe, travelling with
Bishop Christopher and Bishop Michael.
2015 Oct: Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, to Central Zimbabwe, with a group visit,
to the Dedication of St Patrick’s Hospital.