I am using this morning/evening material from the Ely Way of Life recently published as a way of, as they put it, ‘raising the spiritual temperature of the diocese’. We will be using this material through most of July and August. Each Sunday the spoken material will be complemented by a leaflet, adds to what I have time to say in the next 10 mins or so. I encourage you to use these next few weeks to think seriously about your spiritual temperature – are you too cool or just about right? Continue reading
Kigali is a city of contrasts, with much development underway in accordance with the government’s ‘city plan’. Here are a few photos taken in the city so that you can see something of this for yourself.
This could be in any city.
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!
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
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
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.
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.