UK Fellowship attended autonomy celebrations in Zimbabwe


Over hundred members of the UK Fellowship of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (MCZF-UK) attended the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (MCZ)’s 40th Autonomy Celebrations on t

Rev Sibanda  Mr Gidi

he 17th to the 20th of August 2017. The delegation was comprised of all representatives of the Fellowship’s organisations [Men’s Christian Union, Ruwadzano/Manyano, Youth, Evangelism, Choir] and some of its members across the Fellowship’s 30 branches in UK.


MCZF-UK Chaplain Revd. Cleopas Sibanda, who was also part of the delegation said: “ We were so excited to join our Brethren from across the globe in celebrating our 40th Anniversary of our Autonomy.”




Revd. Sibanda added, “Our members are proud to be Zimbabwean Methodists working under the auspices of the Methodist Church in Britain. We remain connected to our Zimbabwean style of worship and to the worship in our own languages. It was an opportunity to bring a fresh and varied expression of worship.”


As we celebrated 40 years of autonomy from the British Methodist Church, we reflected on some of the work of Zimbabwean Methodists in the UK. With God’s grace, we have worked to support the church both in Britain and Zimbabwe in its mission and Christian social responsibility. Last year the MCZF-UK raised money to buy food packs distributed by the MCZ all over the country in response to the drought appeal in Zimbabwe.


This year, we have focused on helping Matthew Rusike Children’s Home to refurbish their eight housing units. The units needed new flooring and we have raised enough money to put floor tiles in all eight housing units. Our members have also donated two vehicles and a substantial amount of goods to the home.


MCZF-UK National Chairperson, Mr Gabriel Gidi said: “We are humbled by our members’ act of compassion. What the Fellowship is doing is a clear testimony that we are a church on the move and that after 40 years of autonomous ministry in Zimbabwe, we are ready to take the church to another level. The work of the UK Fellowship shows that the MCZ is a growing church that is responsive to the needs and challenges of our time; a church that continues to influence people even when they move to the diaspora.”

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MYD 2017 Youth Retreat at Whitemoor Lakes Centre

The Methodist Young Disciples (MYD) are hosting their 2017 Youth Retreat at Whitemoore Lakes Centre, Staffordshire from Friday 28th- 30th July. About 102 youths including their advisers across the Fellowship's 30 branches have booked to attend the annual event. The MYD says they have also again this year registered members of the Sunday School aged 9- 12 years, to attend the popular event.


Lovendar Madziya, MYD secretary said; "We are pleased as MYD with the overwhelming response and support from youth, parents, advisers, Chaplain and Fellowship at large. The response from youth surpassed our initial target of 60 people, and we are excited."


Lovendar says "The retreat is an opportunity for us youth within the Fellowship to come together to develop and explore a growing relationship with Christ, and also to know each other better through life sharing experiences."


The theme of the reatreat is "Don't despise the young, instead be examplary" taken from [1 Timothy 4:12" Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity"].


Chaplain Revd Cleopas Sibanda and Revd Mary Sachikonye are among a line up of powerful speakers at the weekend retreat. Besides engaging in structured sessions and group discussions, Youth will also showcase their God given talents and participate willingly in other planned physical/sport activities.


Youth Board Secretary Paida Moyo said: "It is so exciting seeing many youths taking an active interest in Fellowship activities such as the retreat. We pray that many will find the retreat helpful in some aspects of their life, and more importantly our different spiritual journeys as youths."


To create a friendly enviroment and for participants to reflect a christian attitude, MYD produced a Code of Conduct which can be accessed here , consent forms for under 18 and 18+.


A schedule / programme of the activities for the weekend can be accessed here  and kit list from here.


The address of the venue of the retreat is:

                                                   Whitemoor Lakes Centre

                                                     Barley Green Lane



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Whitemoor Lakes Centre, Staffordshire


For any further information contact:


MYD Secretary Lovendar Madziya: 07454 266598


Youth Board Secretary Paida Moyo: 07380 523818



School of Evangelism Retreat 2017 in Staffordshire

The Fellowship's Evangelism group is holding its annual School of Evangelism Retreat from Friday 2nd to 4th June at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference centre in Stone, Stafforshire. Preachers, worship leaders supported by their Ministers are encouraged to attend this three day event. The theme is "We are Christ's Ambassadors  [Tirivamiriri vaKristru / Singabameli bakaKristu] 2 Corinthians 5:20.


The retreat provide a great opportunity for members of the Evangelism group to learn, share and embed. A wide range of topics will be covered and four ministers including Chaplain Revd Sibanda, Revd Chanakira, Revd Chidziya, Revd Sachikonye and different people from across the Fellowship will deliver some of the sessions. A detailed programme of the event can be accessed here.

Aylesbury branch launched in style

The Fellowship launched in style its 30th branch at Aylesbury on Sunday 7th May. The successful launch event was attended by representatives from 15 branches within the Fellowship. Aylesbury MCZF-UK become the newest branch within the Fellowship, following another successful launch of Aylesbury launch 1Portsmouth branch last month.


Chaplain Revd Cleopas Sibanda jointly officiated the opening of the branch with Revd Helen Kirk, Minister and Superintendent of the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Church. Chaplain Revd Sibanda said, "It was so pleasing seeing many people from different branches coming to support our new 'baby' in Christ, Aylesbury branch.  We hope and pray for Aylesbury branch to grow in numbers and more importantly spiritually for the glory of God to be seen within the church and beyond."Revds Sibanda  Helen kirk


Revd Sibanda encouraged members of Aylesbury branch to keep the momentum rather than take a step back because the official launch is over. Aylsebury branch was born out of the Luton branch. The Fellowship has 30 branches  in UK and also supports the Ireland group.


People who live in Aylesbury and its surrounding areas who may want to join in fellowship with the Zimbabwe group, you can find details of the meeting place here.




National Steward Mr Gidi, Revd Sibanda & Revd Helen Kirk


Fellowship Music Day in Coventry, Saturday 13th May

The Fellowship is hosting its first music day this saturday 13th May in Coventry from 09:30am-13:00. All Fellowship branches are encouraged to enter their choir to participate in this music competition described by organisers as a 'branch team building through music'. It is a day not to be missed as it promises to be joyous, and more importantly fellowshipping together through music. Singing praise to our Lord. In an invitation sent to all Fellowship branches, the National Music Ministry Committee says "the Methodist church is known for its great melody , sounds of worship , songs of praise and hence ,it is our pleasure to invite all members of the MCZF UK family and all those who like music to come and join us at this great day of praising God through music."


More details about the programme, dress code and entry fees can be accessed from here and the choir competition song Ngatiimbe nengirozi Hymn 16 notes can be accessed from here.

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