Kigali trip: a church building site

The current church building at Remera, a ‘suburb’ of Kigali, is too small for its congregation of 1,000.  They have managed to keep their main parish church open despite the new government building regulations that have meant that many churches have had to close (more about this in another post).  Not only that, they are building a new church next door, to seat 3,000!

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Kigali trip: visit to the Anglican vocational college

The Anglican vocational college known as CEFORMI (a French acronym, the meaning of which I have forgotten!) takes over 200 students, aged 16 and above, for one year courses in practical skills.  Some of those studying here have come from very challenging backgrounds on the streets and are sponsored by charities.  Others pay the fee themselves.  All are learning a trade so that they are more likely to get jobs or can start their own small businesses.  Continue reading

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Kigali trip: Ely sponsored students

Ely Diocese sponsors a number of pastors and catechists (local lay ministers) who are training at Kigali Anglican Theological College (standing in the picture below).  Many pastors and catechists took up their roles without theological study or training in the practice of ministry.  The Diocese of Kigali is now gradually sending all its pastors and catechists through a training course for ministry at KATC.   Continue reading

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Kigali trip: Rubona parish

A couple of days ago we visited Rubona parish to observe their annual church peer evaluation.  Rubona church is a rural church nearly an hours’ drive out of Kigali on tarmacked roads, followed by 45 minutes or so rattling along a rutted dirt road through between plots of banana trees, maize and pineapples.

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Kigali trip: Visiting Solid Foundation primary school

Solid Foundation primary school is a church school right by the cathedral.  It takes children from age 3 throughout their primary years, and includes day care for toddlers.  School lessons for the youngest are in Kinyarwanda then, as they get older, in French.  The oldest children have all the lessons and take exams in English.  Recent regulations from the government mean that the schools are required to introduce laptops and a new curriculum reflecting more up to date teaching methods.

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Kigali trip: Sunday service in Masaka parish

Here are some pictures from the service at the main Anglican church in Masaka parish this morning.  Pastor Emmanuel, on the right below, was leading the service.  Senior Pastor Samuel is on the left in the picture.  I was privileged to be invited to preach at this service.  (Thank you to Stephen who translated for me.)

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Kigali visit: before setting off

IMG_2086A small group from the diocese of Ely are setting off for Rwanda tomorrow, where will be guests of the diocese of Kigali.  I have the privilege of being one of them, representing the Lordsbridge Team of Churches.  One of our churches, St Mary’s Comberton is already part of the diocesan link.  Their local link is with the rural Masaka parish where Revd Kandole Samuel is the senior pastor (left).  Here are some highlights from our itinerary: Continue reading

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