Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Munyonyo Parish (Mengo Archdeaconry- Namirembe Diocese)


Welcome message.
We extend a special welcome to those all God’s people. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns into the house of the Lord.
We welcome everybody to the Church to listen to the Word of God
St. Stephen's Church Munyonyo
Location:
Munyonyo parish is located in the Eastern side of Kampala City on the shores of Lake Victoria in Makindye Municipality. The Parish is compose of two sub-parish churches namely, St. Stephen Munyonyo and St. Paul Kyamula Church of Uganda. The parish stretches its boundaries to the shores of Lake Victoria at the landing site where the European Missionaries Alexander Mackey and Shergold Smith landed in 1877.

Inside the Church
Background information:
According to an elder in Munyonyo, Disan Kasolo a Christian and also a consultant on historical and cultural matters at Bulange, the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom, Munyonyo landing site was acting as an inland port for early missionaries. It is at Munyonyo landing site that Bishop Alfred Tucker landed to Uganda soil and on his way to Mengo, he shortly rested at the exact site where now the parish headquarters were built.

The Northern part of the  Church
The land where the Church was built was donated to the Native Anglican Church (NAC) on the 15th of September 1926 and it measures 4.10 acres.
Before the present Church was built in its present site, Christians were using the Church which was built by Kabaka Sir Daudi Chwa in his palace located at Munyonyo Salama. It was not until Sir Daudi Chwa Died in 1939, that Christians were chased out of the palace by the late prince Mawanda Chwa who was heir in that palace. He accused Christians of trespassing and making loud noise which disorganized his palace. He went further to destroy the Church building that was built by his father. Old Christians reported that he also gave out church pews and vestments to the Roman Catholic Church as a donation. This happened in 1961. It was such provocative acts that annoyed Anglicans in Munyonyo so much that they reacted by turning to the site where the new Church is constructed.
Rev. Godfrey Buwembo is the Parish Priest 
Despite the above historical background, Munyonyo parish today boasts of a big number of Christians who are committed to prayer and God’s Ministry. The population of Munyonyo is mainly composed of  the rich entreprenuers and middle class, There are also the  minority of poor people particulary the elderly.
Many elderly people sold off their land and because of age and poor planning they failed to invest the money they got into profitable income generating projects.
Parish Priest:  The Godfrey Buwembo
Rev. Godfrey Buwembo is the Parish Priest of Munyonyo Parish. As a Parish Priest, Buwembo is the pastor and teacher who fulfills the operations of the parish, overseeing the staff team in following the church vision and mission. 




Ministries:
Choir: The choir is mostly composed of the youth. It is basically evangelical. There are two choirs that minister in the two services. The first service starts at 7:30am and is an English service. The second one is a Luganda service it starts at 9:00am.
 Fathers Union: The Fathers Union has a Sacco to enable members fight poverty at household level.
CWF: The Christian Women Fellowship (CWF) for all female Anglican Christians has a project for Plastic chairs for hire. They meet every Thursday at the Church at 5:30pm.
CMF: These are the Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF). They have been very vibrant and have been participating in games especially football.
 Mothers Union: They have a Savings scheme to enable members  fight poverty at domestic level and to be  able to carry out income generating projects. They too meet every Friday at 5:30pm
 Projects
Projects for the Church include a rental house which is self-contained.
They have  plans of turning the play Ground into an income generating project. They plan to plant grass and flowers and turn it into a beautiful gardens where people can hire for functions such as wedding receptions.
They empower the youth by teaching them income generating projects such as poultry and piggery.
Calvary Ushering team: This is a group of youths that serve as Ushers who can be hired to usher and serve at functions.
Vision for the children: They plan to have a good place where the Sunday School children can worship God in a better friendly way.
Mission: We have evangelical fellowships every Wednesday and Friday at 6:30am. This is a group of intercessors who carry out counseling and outreach.
St. Musa Mukasa Chapel:
This is still a baby that was started on 21st September 2013 to be a church congregation at the place where Musa Mukasa, one of the Uganda Martyrs was martyred by Kabaka Mwanga II.

Part of the congregation during the Musa Mukasa day Celebrations




















This place is located at the shores of Lake Victoria, at the place where Bishop Alfred Tucker and other missionaries landed in Uganda.

At the launch of the Chapel
The Place is to be turned into a very modern recreational facility with gardens, A Place of worship, and other tourist attractions to enable many more people turn to the Almighty God.

Members of the Archdeaconry Council, with the Visiting Nigerian Bishop Samuel Ezeofor and the Speaker of Buganda Lukiiko pose for a photo after the innaugral service.







Nigerian Bishop Rt. Rev. Samuel Ezeofor addresses the members of the Archdeaconry council to ensure  that the gospel preached to all without discrimination

Archdeacon Ven. John Gitta Kavuma addresses the  congregation at St. Musa Mukasa Chapel
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the revival of the place of martyrdom of Mukasa Musa. It would be wonderful if you can publish more information about him. The only one which are quite accessible are in the book, "Black Martyrs" (1941 London) ...
    I have added this website on the catholic shrine www.munyonyo-shrine.ug under link Martyrs of Munyonyo (Mukasa Musa)
    God bless

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  2. There's more on St. Musa Mukasa at the Mengo Archdeaconry blog

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  3. Great work done by the Anglican Church of Uganda BUT I commend you to open up a Provincial Bank in which you save your own money from your financial institutions and other income generating activities to grant YOUTHS EMPLOYMENT.

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