St. Stephens Church of Uganda Luzira - Anglican. Namirembe Diocese. This is the Luzira Archdeaconry, Parish and Sub Parish Hqtrs. 10 km S.East of Kampala
Stephens Church has three (3) Sunday services. The first service begins at 6:45am to 8:30am East African time. And it's conducted in Luganda. A local dialect. The second service is in English and is between 8:30am to 10:30am. The main service is in Luganda and begins at 10:30am to 12:30pm or slightly beyond. The Vicar general is the Archdeacon and he's assisted by two other priests and a big team of Ushers, choir, Church council, departmental councils and many more. We have Church founded schools around which gives us a lot of boost and boast. Other schools around send their pupils to attend Church service every Sunday. We follow the Anglican Church liturgy and we belong to the province of the Church of Uganda. .
Operating as usual
[09/26/20] We had a meeting at Church this morning 26th Sept 2020 and the Archdeacon confimed that prayers will commence 4th October but with tight guidelines including observation of SOPs, registration and a Covid 19 task force was elected and includes all Head of laity deputies, Byron Mwanje, Ivan Mukasa, Jane Bigingo (Mrs) the treasurer and Ssalongo Walugembe. The task force will meet at Church tomorrow morning Sunday 27/9/2020 at 9am to understand their duties
Christian Greetings .
We thank God who has kept us faithfully and safely .
Church services officially begin on Sunday 4th October 2020.
Wednesday 17th Sept 2020 , Parish Staff meeting Sat for Planning
Monday 21st Graphics Systems Branded the Church with Customised Covid-19 awareness and prevention messages.
Yesterday 22nd .Sept.2020 was the training of Ministers and Lay Church Leaders on SOP's
So as the Pastoral team and the Church leaders, we are now working around the clock to put some of the requirements in place.
29th Sept 2020. Is the day when the verification team will come to St Stephens Could Luzira for verification and ascertainment.
Then we shall meet as Leaders of the Church and workout a Mechanism that shall be officially communicated through our official channels and official personnel.
Otherwise a lot of work has so far been done.
1. Church Branding 👍
2. Seat rearrangement👍
3. Hand washing equipment 👍
4. Leaders training. Clergy, Head of laity, Treasurer, chief Warden,👍
5. Training ToTs 👍
6. Temperature Guns 👍
7. Spacing and Airation, 👍
So dear Brethren, a lot of work is being done by our leaders and Changes are visible at Church.
Other Facilities are being put in place in this week and next week. Verification shall be done and Clearance offered by the Inter-religious Diocesan Task Force
Let's be patient as official communication shall be done by our Vicar and Head of Laity.
The God who Heals us:
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."
Dear friends we read that, Jesus taught in the synagogues the good news and healed every disease and sickness . It's a wonderful testimony we have there. Today, just like in the days of Jesus, we are dealing with difficult situations. Our bodies may be in pain, our lives may be sick and without food. Landlords chasing us from their houses and so on. Do we still have hope? Yes, Jesus is healing and proclaiming the good news. Allow Him to meet with you and experience the power of His salvation. He'll heal your sicknesses, deliver you from bad situations, create a way where seems to be no way.
The Bible says in the next chapter that multitudes followed Him. My friend, who are you following? Do you see a future in your way with whom you're following? I urge everyone of you to follow the Saviour Jesus Christ. He'll deliver us to everlasting salvation.
Let us pray.
Our Father and our God, we thank You for Your love. Thank You o God for Jesus Christ our saviour. May we know Him and desire to follow Him for salvation and healing are which are found in Him. May we have joy and peace through Him. Thank You for the gift of life and for Your providence. In Jesus name we pray Amen.
Church Of Uganda
Archbishop's Pastoral Guidance on re-opening of Churches
Dear Bishops, Clergy, and Christians,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Last night, His Excellency, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, announced a limited re-opening of schools and churches. In this pastoral letter, I would like to give more guidance to our congregations.
First, we extend our sincerest thanks to the President, the Ministry of Health, and the National Covid Task Force for their unwavering commitment to keeping Ugandans as safe as possible during this Covid pandemic. As the Church of Uganda, we continue to pledge our support to the cause of keeping all Ugandans healthy.
Secondly, we express our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who have died from it. We are also concerned about the unfairness and fighting during the primary elections and call on all those contending for political office to set an example of peaceful campaigning that represents our aspiration for peaceful governance.
I want to thank the First Lady and Minister of Education, Hon. Mama Janet Museveni, and her entire team at the Ministry of Education for working tirelessly to keep children learning even when schools were closed for classes. It’s not been easy for children to be away from school for so long. We also offer our deep condolence to the wider Makerere University on the destruction of the historic Main Administration Building from Saturday night’s fire. We hope there will be a thorough investigation to determine the cause.
As schools re-open for candidate classes and finalists, I urge all Church of Uganda-founded schools to work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure the safe return of our children to school. The Provincial Directorate for Education is also available for support. We thank the National Council for Higher Education for approving UCU to begin offering online classes in a few weeks. This is a breakthrough in Business Unusual; UCU’s leadership and administration is also to be commended for the many hours of work and preparation to reach this milestone.
At long last, churches will also re-open for public worship… sort of. We are, of course, longing for the day when we can all gather together in the same place at the same time. But, we’re very, very grateful for this beginning of allowing 70 people at a time to gather together in a socially distanced way to offer prayers and worship to the Lord.
Many are asking, “How is this going to work?” Let me offer three practical steps:
In the early church, the Book of Acts summarizes how the Apostles, who were the first church leaders, conducted their ministry. It says, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5.42) It is clear that the pattern for worship in the early church was large group public worship in the temple courts, and, at the same time, worship at home.
In the Church of Uganda, we’ve been very good at congregational worship, but not as good at worship at home. So, the Lord sent us on lockdown for six months to strengthen our worship at home. Now, slowly by slowly, corporate worship is being re-introduced. But, Worship at Home should also continue. The early church did both, and so should we!
1. Every Bishop and Diocesan Office has received a copy of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda’s guidelines for resuming public worship, along with a training format to use in training all church leaders. Make sure your local church’s leadership has been trained in implementing all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for churches. This includes how to support children and children’s ministry.
For larger congregations, however, it will be impossible for the entire congregation to be able to gather in different groups of 70 people for a corporate worship service. My own Cathedral, for example, averages 4,000 people on a Sunday spread across three different services. To cater for all 4000 people in groups of 70, we would need to schedule 57 different worship services, which is simply not practical.
a) We appeal to the government to reconsider the guidelines and offer maximum seating based on the number of square metres in the worship space rather than a fixed number of people, regardless of the size of the room.
b) We also appeal to the government to allow outdoor gatherings for worship with all appropriate SOPs in place.
2. We also urge the continuation of all media-based worship services, whether by radio, TV, Facebook, YouTube, or video conferencing, and for families to utilize them in their household routine of Worship at Home.
a) Once again, we extend our deepest appreciation to the media houses for their support in broadcasting worship services into almost every home in the country. We appeal now for your continued weekly support because we still need you.
b) Worship from Home is part of our “new normal.” If you’re concerned about gathering with others for public worship, please avail yourself of worship opportunities at home through media-based worship services. If your local congregation is so big that not everyone can gather in groups of 70 on a Sunday, then take advantage of the many media-based worship services available.
c) Please also be aware that there are a number of children’s worship services being offered through different media, so make sure your children have the opportunity to engage with media-based children’s worship.
d) For those who are able to gather at churches for public worship, please continue to also Worship from Home… because the Bible urges us to do both. It says, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5.42)
Finally, early on in the lockdown, I promised that when churches re-opened for public worship that we would have a general Thanksgiving to the Lord for keeping us and bringing us this far. I, therefore, invite every congregation in the Church of Uganda to observe a Thanksgiving on Sunday, 4th October. If you have been setting aside your offering and keeping it until this day of Thanksgiving, it is now here.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95)
Yours, in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba
ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.
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Heavenly Father, You are the creator of the Earth and the Heavens. You brought into being every creature on this earth and every plant that sprouts up from the soil. Lord, we are in awe of your intricate creation. Thank you entrusting us with its resources. Please help us to respect and love your creation. Lord we ask for a humble and obedient heart. Place in us a desire to do what you ask of us and to approach each day with a grateful attitude. In your name we pray, Amen.
Isaiah 66:2 English Standard Version
All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD.
But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
*WHY WE'RE BLESSED* .
Paul told the Christians in Corinth, “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11). God does not need us to expand his kingdom, but he has blessed us with the extreme privilege of sharing his name with the world. Our goal, in everything we do, is to glorify God. We are to bless the world and expand the reach of the gospel. God did not give us good health and resources so we could spoil ourselves. Use all God has given you to expand his kingdom and share his Word.
Great thanks in advance
On my way to work this morning, I passed by the site of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba that was recently demolished by unscrupulous people.
I am saddened by this incident and I give the church assurances that those complicit will be punished. Even if the church was in the wrong, ordering demolition was extreme. Dialogue would have resolved this matter.
Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse. Also, ignore reports of those claiming the government demolished the church.
I am going to invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
The bottom line is that the Church will retain this land and we shall build a new church. I have now joined this war.
I also noticed large groups of people gathering in Ndeeba as I inspected the site. This is wrong. Avoid crowding in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that we are grappling with.
Dear family; St. Stephens C/U Luzira.
- God knows that our hearts are so broken in such a time like this.
- God knows that we are suffering, and we are tired.
- God knows the emptiness that is in us, since late March without uniting together in Church for worship and fellowship.
- God knows the grief on our hearts after bad people put down a Church building in Ndeeba.
- Don't let go because Jesus is praying for us to the Father.
Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf”
Romans 8:34 says, “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (NKJV)
OUR FAITH WILL NOT FAIL.
"For God and my country" .
St. Peter's Church of Uganda Ndeeba, Mengo Archdeaconry, Namirembe Diocese which was demolished due to land wrangles. Before and after
O God heal Your Church.
The Most Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has released the following statement concerning the sinister demolition of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba:
“On behalf of the House of Bishops and all Christians of the Church of Uganda, we express our sincere condolences to the Bishop and people of Namirembe Diocese, and especially those of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba, on last night’s destruction of their treasured building and House of Worship. We are grateful that our grandmother, who donated the land for the church, is not alive to see the destruction that has been done to the sacred place she gave as a gift to God.
“This barbaric act of destruction is evil. If an action can’t be done in broad daylight, then there is something deeply wrong; we have lost respect for God. This destruction of the House of God took place in the darkness of night during a curfew; and, the security forces, who are supposed to uphold the law and guard against destroyers, were allegedly complicit in the destruction of a House of God. Squatters have rights after being on land for 12 years, and yet St. Peter’s Church has been on that land for 40 years. We call for a serious and impartial inquiry into this matter.
“During lockdown, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been locked down. Likewise, the destruction of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba, will not deter the Church from preaching the Gospel. Jesus promised us that the “gates of hell will not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ.” (Matthew 16.18)
“We stand in solidarity with the Bishop, Namirembe Diocese, and especially the Christians of St. Peter’s Church. Especially during this time of a global pandemic, the church is needed now more than ever. We assure you of our prayers for a peaceful and just resolution to this tragic situation.”
Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with us"
There is no peace when we feel angry or resentful. There is no healing without forgiveness and we love the peace forgiveness brings. By feeling angry and resentful, we are working against God's plan for us and hindering our progress both in the physical and the spiritual aspects of our growth. In order to achieve the peace we love, we must first heal and in order to heal, we must forgive others, as well as ourself. If we want to find serenity, we must give up the need to always be right. Which is more important, being right or being peaceful? we know our answer! we want PEACE all around us and there's only one way to achieve this: Having inner peace by giving up the struggle to always be right in every situation. Learn to ignore things, let go of past hurts, live in the moment. FORGIVE!!! It is difficult.. but it can be achieved. Only you can control your attitude; when your peace of mind feels threatened, remind yourself it is your choice whether to engage in the drama or not, only you can make the decision.
Isaiah 66:1 "This is what the Lord says: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?"
If someone tells you that they are looking for God and are wondering where they can find Him; Where would you direct them? God lives inside me and you! We’ve been united with Him through Jesus his son. This is a profound truth and our attitude must reflect it. When God wants to speak, He will use your mouth; When He wants to move, He will use your legs; when He wants to touch, He will use your hands; When He wants to destroy the enemy (the devil), He will use you. Therefore, if people want to see God, can they see Him in you? After all you are created in His divine image. So then, what is God’s address? It’s you. What’s God’s phone number? It’s your number.
Paul also wrote about where to find God in 1Corinthians 3:16 "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?"
Praise, worship and thanksgiving are also God’s address. If you confess your sins and walk righteously, God will live in you.
I therefore remind you dear sisters and brothers that God is in you and lives in you. Ask for His grace and live a righteous life that He may not depart from you.
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