ALPHA LAUNCH AT THE BISHOP’S MOUNT No………….GREENDALE ON SATURDAY 04 MARCH 2017 AT 0900HRS BY THE BISHOP OF HARARE ANGLICAN DIOCESE CPCA (CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF CENTRAL AFRICA)
PHIDES MAZHAWIDZA – HOST / CHAIR
CHAD GANDIYA – BISHOP OF HARARE DIOCESE
……..CHIMBETETE – CO-HOST
DEBORA MADERA – HEAD OF TRAINING TEAM
– ALPHA LEADERS & HELPERS
– ADMINISTRATION STAFF
– CATERING TEAM
ENOCK S. MANDIMUTSIRA – MINUTING
PARISHES REPRESENTED WERE:
- St FAITH BUDIRIRO
- St ANDREWS GLEN VIEW
- St PHILIPS TAFARA
- St MARY’S MAGDALENE AVONDALE
- St PAULS HIGHFIELD
- St MICHAELS & ALL ANGELS MBARE
- St MARTINS SOUTHERTON
- St MABERLREIGN
MR & MRS HAATENDI – CO-HOSTS
MERCY NHEWEYEMBWA – CO-HOST
- The Bishop’s arrival was greeted by singing of the anthem ‘’MUKRISTU USANETE’’ from the popular hymn 133.
- The Host, who is the head of the ALPHA program in the Harare diocese, Mrs. P. Mazhawidza welcomed the Bishop of the Harare Diocese, Bishop Chad Gandiya to open the weekend’s program which is known as the weekend away.
- The weekend away program is when guests or trainees from various parishes conducting the ALPHA course meet together to learn about the Holy Spirit, who he is, what he does, how one can be filled with him and lastly how one can resist the evil.
- P. Mazhawidza then introduced the Parishes represented as follows:
- St Philips Tafara represented by Moira
- St ……..Goromonzi represented by Mahaja
- St Faith Budiriro headed by Mrs. Guchu & Mrs. Murenje with ……Guests
- St Paul’s Highfield headed by Mrs. Gonese with ….Guests
- St Mary’s Magdalene Avondale headed by Mrs. P. Mazhawidza with …Guests
- St Andrews Glen View headed by ……….with …..Guests
- St ……Mabelreign represented by Mrs. Chimbetete
- St Martins Southerton represented by Mr. S. E. Mandimutsira
- Mazhawidza then asked the Bishop Chad to meet with the Parishioners and grace the occasion.
THE BISHOP’S REMARKS
- The Bishop Chad felt touched by the welcoming song MUKRISTU USANETE. He then gave a brief story on some parishioners who feel that the Hymn is no longer relevant as it was started whilst we were in exile. The Bishop reiterated that we will not stop encouraging one another and thus the Anthem ‘’MUKRISTU USANETE, NAMATA URINDE’’.
- The Bishop went on to ask if the gathering knew the Diocesan theme for 2017. The resounding response was ‘’THY KINGDOM COME’’, which was correct. The Bishop narrated on how this theme was started by the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. We were being challenged and encouraged to take seriously the, thy Kingdom Come from the Lord’s Prayer.
- He explained that the theme encourages us to bring others to Christ. He emphasized that the duty of every member of the Church was not to chase others away from the Church through our own bad habits, actions or words because even sinners are forgiven.
- Bishop Chad then informed that as the Harare Diocese they sat and agreed that to support the theme for 2017, one of the best tools available to us was the ALPHA course. It was then not difficult to adopt ALPHA to run in the Harare Diocese as the course was considered soft, ‘’HAINA NOISE’’, It encourages and teaches others nicely.
- The ALPHA course was therefore officially adopted to run in the Harare Diocese with an office to be opened at St Mary’s Magdalene in Avondale.
- Bishop Chad also mentioned that some parishioners had suggested that ALPHA course be used as a tool for confirmation classes. He encouraged all leaders involved with confirmation classes to use the course as one of the supporting tools to the already available ones. He specifically mentioned the topics, who is Jesus, Who is the Holy Spirit, what does he do and how can one be filled with him.
- Bishop Chad gave a brief history that ALPHA course was not being forced into Churches as he feels that it being a good tool, it is going to penetrate on its own as has already happened. Forcing it was not going to bring the hunger and desire to learn and understanding from the Parishioners as it would be taken as just a duty or rule of the Diocese.
- Bishop Chad pointed out that he was aware that some Priests and parishioners were not interested in the course. It was therefore upon all who have gone through the course to change their behavior and ensure our works and deeds will encourage others to come to Christ through the ALPHA Course.
- Bishop Chad specifically mentioned that he heard reports that lives of people have been transformed greatly at St Paul’s in Highfield, the Parishioners’ relationship with Christ has enormously improved through this ALPHA course.
- The Bishop’s desire in his concluding remarks was to ensure that as a Church and the body of Christ we grow together encouraging each other ‘’TISINGANETE KUITA ZVAKANAKA NGUVA DZOSE, TIGOZIVA KRISTU’’ as in Hymn 133 – MUKRISTU USANETE.
- He therefore send everyone to move with ALPHA and declared with the powers vested within him to officially launch ALPHA as a course recognized in the whole Harare Anglican Diocese of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA).
The meeting ended with group photographs with the bishop and great dance and jubilation