Zimbabwe: church

(Sunday) Today I got the pleasure of experiencing kuwadzana presbyterian church.

They have Sunday school at 9.00 for all the children to learn about God’s word. The church seem to come in drips and drabs. One of the guys from our team was taking them, where we did the start of the creation story. We brought over lots of coloured paper and crayons and glue. The session was total chaos but it was also just amazing. The children were so well behaved and obedient. Usually they do Sunday school without any resources so the children were confused with us doing this.

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After, we taught them a song: ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ with actions.

When we had finished with the children, we went to the minister’s office to greet all the elders and go through the plan for the service.

During the service, we were expected to sit on the stage facing the congregation.

In the church, the women sat on the right hand side, the choir at the front on the left hand side with the male elders behind, men behind them and the teenagers behind them. It was interesting that husbands and wives did not sit next to each other. One thing I noticed was that they were all dressed extremely smart with colourful dresses and black tie.

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The choir sang us several songs beautifully, singing acapeller accompanied by a bongo, marracers and tambourines. They were dancing away singing joyfully. There were only women in the choir but there was a complete range of voices from bass to soprano.

The order of the service went: song, welcome, song, announcements with introductions, song, children’s talk, song prayer request, song, readings, song, prayer, song, sermon, song, what was going to happen next, song, prayer, song (I think you can see a pattern).

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On the way out, we went first as guests and had to shake the ministers hand and stand in line. I discovered that the whole congregation were going to shake and greet us then joined the line. Basically by the end, everyone shook everyone’s hand.

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After, we sorted out who wanted to attend each course, some people prayed for the sick. As this was happening, women elders were sorting out food packages for poor members of the congregation. There were rows of them with soap, maize, sugar, salt, rice in each pile. From looking at their clothes you wouldn’t realise how poor they are but a lot if them can’t provide the basics for their family.

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Most people went home after this. We sat outside under some tarpaulin to shade us from the sun. Here, the elders and choir introduced their selves: name, number of family member then we introduced ourselves while snacks and drinks were brought to us: fizzy, crisps and nuts.

The choir sang us several lively songs just for us while doing dances.

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Then we all ate. By this time I was hungry. The food was delicious: vegetable fritter, beans and carrots and a tomato and vegetable soup.

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Once we were finished, it all got cleared up and I was talking to a guy from the young adults and a little girl named Charmaine. She is extremely cute with a bright smile. She decided to play with my hair then we did clapping together.

After a busy day, we grabbed some good from the supermarket, chilled and chatted.

For dinner, some of us made omelettes, our hosts made chips from scratch and salad as well.

In the evening, we played several card games.

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