As of the summer of 2018, the Belfrey became partners with Tearfund’s work in the diocese of Kitgum, in northern Uganda.
Tearfund has been working with the Anglican diocese of Kitgum since 2004, and have been mobilising churches and communities to address the issues of poverty they face on a daily basis. Tearfund’s work is primarily done through training and using the Bible as a catalyst for physical and spiritual transformation. Most importantly, the work asks local communities what they feel their needs are, and then work to mobilse the communities themselves. Their work in Uganda is referred to as the Churches Community Transformation project (CCT).
Since 2014, 28 churches in Kitgum have participated in the CCT programme. Tearfund has so far improved local awareness around HIV in these communities, prompted more to seek HIV services on offer and as a result reduced the rate of transmission in these areas. The project also saw increased church attendance, better inter-denominational relationships and empowered many individuals to begin to transform their community.
However, Tearfund want to expand the project to include all the churches in the diocese of Kitgum. The Belfrey is supporting this next step.
We are excited to see the future of our partnership and what transformations will happen in the churches of Kitgum!
We hope to take a team out to visit Uganda soon, and continue to build up relationships with the individuals helped directly with CCT.
For the latest update on the diocese, see here: https://connected.tearfund.org/~/link.aspx?_id=D948B46EB4AD4AD0B3333804B3E3EB25&_z=z&utm_source=Regular+Giving&utm_campaign=ae38c4250f-CC_KITGUM_1812&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_485bb446d6-ae38c4250f-31417817
Season’s greetings from the Diocese of Kitgum - Connected from Tearfund
The team at the Diocese of Kitgum send Christmas greetings and wish you all the best for the festive period. Read what they are thankful for this year, and how you can be praying for them too.
The Belfrey’s Tearfund ambassador – Beth Kelsall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Archbishop of York is inviting all to join him in a vigil of prayer ahead of the Commons vote on the Brexit deal. The vigil will start on Sunday 9 December at 6am until Tuesday 11 December at midnight.
The Archbishop, after much prayerful consideration, has written a prayer which he is encouraging everyone to pray on the hour, every hour throughout the three days. York Minster is open as a place of prayer. All are invited to attend. This prayer will be readily available to use and will be said by the duty Chaplain at York Minster throughout Monday and Tuesday.
The Archbishop said: “At this time of uncertainty I have been asked by many people to call for prayer. Please may I encourage you to join me in this Prayer Vigil as we work for peace and unity at this time.”
The Archbishop’s prayer reads:
God of eternal love and power,
Save our Parliamentary Democracy;
Protect our High Court of Parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
Therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.
Please add these to your prayers:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray with the Archbishop of York, wherever you are, every hour on the hour from 6am on Sunday 9 December until Tuesday 11 December at midnight.
York Minster is open for prayer every day. There are four services each day starting with Matins at 7.30am; two services of Holy Communion at 7.50am and 12.30pm and Evensong at 5.15pm on Monday to Saturday, and at 4.00pm on Sundays. Or you can come and worship at any time during the day from 7.30am until 6.00pm. Everyone is invited to attend and worship is always free of charge.
On Sunday 25th November, 12pm-6pm, we will be gathering as one big happy (church) family to worship, learn, eat and have some fun together.
Please note that there will be no 9am, XI or The6 that day!
Lunch in church (BYO packed lunch), and then we'll share Holy Communion
Attend a seminar, watch a family-friendly film or join in with some games. A creche will be available for little ones
Hog Roast in church (£4 per person for a roast sandwich and a hot drink - under 12's eat free)
Bring your whole family, your church friends, your small group!
Email email@example.com if you have any questions about the day. Meal tickets for the Hog Roast can be booked through ChurchSuite.
See you there!
The Belfrey Seniors are heading to the National Memorial Arboretum on Friday 12th October.
One of three events around the country led by Christy Wimber and Katharine Welby-Roberts on the theme of Wholeness.
Christy and Katharine will share from personal experience and provide insight into the meaning, purpose and goal of healing. What does it look like to break stigma and for our churches to become places of refuge and healing, believing God is our healer and not disregarding people who continue to fight mental illness in the absence of healing?
Whether you're struggling personally, are caring for someone, are a Christian leader, healthcare worker, or would like to learn how to serve the world around you in this area, this day will encourage and equip you.
Saturday, 29 September 2018 10am to 4pm
At St Michael le Belfrey church