Partnership with Budiriro, Zimbabwe

During its 100th anniversary in 2010, Christ Church linked with Budiriro Uniting Presbyterian Church, Zimbabwe.

Budiriro is a young congregation in a growing area of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. The congregation of around 60 adult and 30 children and youth have been meeting on borrowed land with their own temporary building. When we first heard of them, they had only a very simple 'building' (see the picture on the right).
The worship services, held in the Shona language, are filled with enthusiasm despite what to western eyes are substandard facilities.

During the centenary year, Christ Church raised £9600 towards the purchase of their own block of land as a first step to enable them to erect their own permanent building. This will be a base for worship and community work.
Unfortunately, the land purchase has taken far longer than expected so the church fitted cardboard on three of the walls (and sheets behind the lectern) to keep out the elements. The fourth wall has been left open to let in light.
In 2013 the land grant was finally approved and the Church is working to build and move. (see News Update 2013 09)

Frequent emails are shared between the congregations and both African and English churches continually pray for each other in worship services as well as other times.
Through the Belonging to the the World Church programme, the URC Eastern Synod Moderator, Rev Paul Whittle visited Zimbabwe in August 2011. He participated in the Budiriro Presbyterian Church Sunday morning worship.
See below for Paul's short video of the worship and the people, he took these 'selected highlights', when he wasn't preaching! Through the same programme a Rayleigh church member, Robert Dart visited Budiriro on a Synod exchange in December 2012.

And What's more....

For more photos of the Budiriro Uniting
Presbyterian Church and its people see
Budiriro Picture Gallery

If you want to support the church in Budiriro
financially, Christ Church has an open
Budiriro Partnership Fund
and any money collected will be forwarded
at a suitable time.

Also:- Rev David Rees wrote a partnership update in
his October 2011 newsletter article, and in April 2012 Alois Mhonda, and elder at the church, exchanged some email news - emails by Alois Mhonda,

                                                                                                                    View Larger Map