St Philip’s Tafara
Rochester Diocese has a link with the Diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe. Our own particular link is with St Phillip’s Church in Tafara, on the outskirts of Harare. It began in 1985 when to celebrate the 650th anniversary of St Margaret’s it was decided to raise £10.000 to complete the Church building in Tafara.
In 1994 a party from St Margaret’s visited St. Phillips Tafara
Since that time the link has continued, although at times communication has been difficult due to the political situation in Zimbabwe.
Amongst other projects we were able to help finance the garden project by Widows and Single Mothers at St Philip. They were able to connect the water to the Rectory and finalise some repairs. This enabled them to embark on the youth; garden , fish and chicken rearing projects with the youth agreeing to spruce up and landscape the surroundings.
Revd Judy visited St Philips with a party from the diocese led by Bishop Brian. She stayed initially at the home of the priest of St Philip’s, Canon Phineas Fundira, discovering that many of the things we take for granted, such as regular electricity and running water, are not always available to our fellow-Christians there, but they rejoice in sharing what little they do possess, and make their visitors very welcome.
To celebrate the 650th anniversary of St Margaret’s the church developed a link with a church is Zimbabwe Since that time the link has continued, although at times communication has been difficult due to the political situation in Zimbabwe, but , the link has recently been revived, and using the technology that has kept the church in touch with its own parishioners during the past year of lockdown, we are holding a joint service with the church just outside the country’s capital Harare on 21st March.
Deputy Church warden Janet Garnons- Williams and Nick Grief report on reviving the link.