Grassroots Embrace Wesleyan Stewardship

Story by Eveline Chikwanah and Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The church sanctuary at St Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Chitungwiza was this week briefly converted into a lecture room as the Resident Bishop of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, Eben Kanukayi Nhiwatiwa, traded his gown and stole for flipchart and pen.

No full stop to development declares Bishop

 

 

 

Story by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo
Hundreds of people thronged the new ZEAC (Zimbabwe East Annual Conference) head office site on 133 Hebert Chitepo Street in Mutare to witness the historic groundbreaking ceremony held on the 8th of March 2015. The three-storey structure is expected to cost an estimated US$1,5million.

BISHOP TAKES MOBILE COLLEGE TO MASVINGO

 

 

 

Story by Lawrence Chikwanha

The leader of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, Bishop E. K. Nhiwatiwa was in Masvingo on 5 March 2015 for the Bishop’s mobile college. The historic event was attended by both clergy and laity drawn from all the circuits that make up the Masvingo District from Chririmuhanzu down to Gaza, Chambuta. The venue of the event was St. Phillip UMC Church located in the Majange area of the Mucheke high density suburb.

St. Peters Netball team goes professional

Story by Evelyn Chikwanah

CHITUNGWIZA, ZIMBABWE - On a hot sunny Thursday afternoon, a group of women gathers on the makeshift netball field.  To the untrained eye, the faint white markings on the sandy ground may not mean much, but for the players dressed in an array of clothing, the lines define the training pitch for the St Peter’s United Methodist Church netball team.

Cranborne Young Couples’ Choir basks in limelight

By RANGANAI DZOTIZEI

While the main event centered around the welcome and renewing of vows of the new Harare East District Superintendent Reverend Joseph Bonga on February 15 at Waterfalls United Methodist Church, the event also served to attest the church’s endorsement of a new ministry which has taken the church to unprecedented levels.

Chimanimani-Chipinge DS Commissioned

By Simeon Nyemba

The beautifully built New Mutambara circuit sanctuary was the center of attraction on 22 February 2015 for the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, as both Zimbabwe East and West District Superintendents, clergy in the district and beyond, and the laity converged to witness the commissioning of the newly appointed Cimanimani-Chipinge District Superintendent Rev. Steven Jeyacheya. Chimanimani Chipinge District is affectionately called by its members as “Chi-Chi”.

Fare Thee Well, Heroine

By Ranganai Dzotizei

Edited by: Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

The late Associate Pastor for Cranborne Circuit Reverend Winnet Chombo (nee Mateko) who on Sunday 15 February 2015 passed on after a long illness was laid to rest with honour at the Murewa Mission Cemetery on Tuesday. 

NUST ‘UMC on campus,’ Bethel UMYF reaches out to Emsizini Mission Centre

 

By Tapiwa Dzuda – Reporting from Emsizini

So shun the youthful passions and aim at righteousness, peace, love and faith...2 Timothy 2: 22

After breaking new grounds at EMSIZINI, in the Bulawayo East region under UMC Bethel Inner-city, our energetic and joyful students from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) whose vibrant ‘on campus’ fellowship group teamed up with The UMYF from Bethel Inner-city and Bulawayo Poly-tech for an all-day revival at the Emsizini Mission Centre to end the first month of the new year in Spiritual gear and retreat.

Rural Pastors' Transport initiative applauded

Report by: Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Presenting inputs on the first day of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Cabinet seating at the Macheke lodges, the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference Layleader, Mr. Simon Mafunda said, "We are happy to report that this initiative is gathering momentum as we look forward to procuring more vehicles..." He said this in reference to the Rural Pastors’ Transport Initiative.

Kensington Parsonage Dedicated

By Collen Chiwomadzi

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 saw Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa and Mai Nhiwatiwa touch down at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport aboard Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 from Harare. The great occasion was to dedicate the Emsizini Secondary School Chaplain’s parsonage.

HED welcomes 2015 in style

By Ranganai Dzotizei 

Harare East District (HED) ushered in the year 2015 in divine style as Harare Gardens was the epicenter for the all -day revival to close out the traditional 10 days of prayer and fasting.

Zimbabwe Methodists get Federation Presidency

Story by Florence Madake, Editorial input by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

 

The two Methodist units of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women claimed the two top posts of President and Vice President at the just ended Southern and Eastern Africa Area Seminar held in Cape Town, South Africa from 31 October to 2 November 2014.

Area Cabinet celebrates BEB successes

By Taurai Emmanuel MaforoThe Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Cabinet meeting at Pandhari Lodge, Harare from 17 to 19 October 2014 spent their time chiefly deliberating on major strides taken in realizing the set targets of the BEB focus for 2014. 

Africa University thrills congregants

By Francis Mupazviriwo, Harare and Wesley Kuture, Africa University, MUTARE

 The 50-member choir from Africa University managed to wow the crowd at the UMC Ebenezer convention which was held at the giant National Sports Stadium in Harare.

CM Academy enriches church

By Ranganai Dzotizei 

Harare East District held a successful Connectional Ministries Academy on January 25 at Cranborne United Methodist Church with a genuine call made for the church to harness the spirit of learning and consolidate on the quadrennial strides to make disciples.

The exercise drew representatives from the district’s circuits in committees such as evangelism, Christian education, history and communications among others.

Front Row Seat To History

By Tichaona Chitsinde

So the procession has finished, we have heard the opening prayer and the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed. Now for the business of why we are here. Looking around Bay 25, I realise that this could be the only time I sit with all these people. This is a front row seat to history...

I ask Mbuya Kondo who I know well, what all this means to her. There are no words, but the look on her face says it all. This event, bringing us together in this manner will leave a lasting impression on us all.

Ebenezer roared!!

By: Francis Mupazviriwo

More than 15,000 United Methodists, guests from the The United Methodist Church (UMC) diaspora community and others filled the huge National Sports Stadium to

Security a priority for Ebenezer

By Ranganai Dzotizei

With just weeks left before the biggest celebration thus far in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, the Ebenezer Convention kicks off, safety of the thousands of congregants set to throng the giant National Stadium is of paramount importance going into the majestic event

Magical moments in the stadium

By Tapiwa Padenga

In 1993 during the African cup of nation’s qualifier between Zimbabwe and Cameroon at the National Sports Stadium, our living room was filled with anxiety and excitement. My father’s house had become a stadium away from the stadium. 

The big black and white television set which was kept in

United Methodist Women responds to the Chikanga Hard of Hearing

By Theophilus Ngonidzaishe Gurupira

Who would know or have imagined seeing the hard of hearing singing songs of praise to the Lord? Yes! They did and they sang whole heartedly with great joy as smiles could be seen on their faces at the recently held Hard of Hearing two-day workshop held at Chikanga United Methodist Church, Mutare. 

The workshop was funded by the United Methodist Women

"Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

Matthew 28:18-20