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
Work & Worship in Zimbabwe Tenda Mwari St Patrick's High School Kwekwe Service Extract


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 included:

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 training

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.