OVACC Church along with the Anglican Diocese of Armidale partner the North Kigezi Diocese in Uganda. Maama Eva from North Kigezi Diocese spoke to the women of OVACC. She spent time outlining some of the great work Mothers Union was undertaking in her diocese helping families in poverty through income generating projects like piggeries and coffee growing
Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers will be speaking at a special one-off event on Sunday 1st March at Oxley Vale Public School. Hosted by Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church, the event will begin at 9am and the Bishop will be speaking on the topic: “LOVE can be highly overrated.” Bishop Rick is a dynamic, compelling and humorous speaker, highly-in-demand across the Diocese and the country.
In January this year 21 Australians travelled across to the North Kigezi Diocese in South Western Uganda including Simon and Erin, Matthew and Lyndy.
The team went across to run the “Nextgen” conference. The Nextgen conference is a youth leadership conference that aims to equip youth leaders with skills to teach the bible in their local settings. One of the great strengths of the Nextgen conference is that it teaches a model that can be used on any bible passage.
Our team that went across said that a constant highlight of the conference was hearing the talks and bible studies that were prepared using the five stage model.
Simon reported that Johnson, one of the delegates, said with one of the biggest smiles he’d seen, that “he looked forward to going back to his parish and leading bible studies with much deeper questions”.
Previously, he said, his studies were ‘very shallow’.
On top of the conference, we were able to run a clergy marriage enrichment course and were able to be involved with Sunday Services.
Our recent “Knights of the King” Kids’ Club took 32 children on an adventure through the book of Matthew, engaging with the story of Jesus – what he did and taught as well as the people he met and how he affected them. A wonderful cast presented a clear message of the search for the true king: Jesus.
The program kept the kids busy and interested and involved some great music, plenty of games and craft, creative activities, and a delicious, nutritious morning tea prepared each day. The leaders were well organised and encouraging, sensitive and caring, and really modelled God’s love in all their interactions with the children and parents. It was obvious by the laughter, participation and concentration that all the children enjoyed themselves, as did the team.
The Vicar, Simon Carter, tied the whole message together and pointed the children to Jesus as the true King. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
On Thursday night we celebrated with a sausage sizzle where many parents came to watch their children sing and listen to a summary of the week.
A huge thanks to our Sunday School Coordinator Lyn Brown who directed the Holiday Club.
Every two years a number of New England church ministers and church members travels to North Kigesi in Ugandan to support training in the local church through seminars and workshops with Ugandan church leaders, with the full support of Bishop Patrick Tugume-Tusingwire.
Plans are well underway for the team to return in January 2014 to continue this excellent partnership, providing Australian from the Armidale Diocese with the opportunity to travel and encourage Christian brothers and sisters from Uganda and to share resources and skills with them; generously hosted by those brothers and sisters in North Kigesi.