Parish to parish links are a key element of the Croydon / Central Zimbabwe Link relationships. Over the years links between parishes in Zimbabwe and parishes in England have come and gone, usually as people and priests come and go in parishes. In many of the parishes strong personal friendships and relationships are built.
Starting a Link
This section (coming soon) will explain how to start a parish-to-parish Link between a parish in England and a parish in Zimbabwe.
List of links
This section will provide a list of current parish to parish links.
News from Parish Links
In addition to support through the Diocese, the Link administers and supports parish-to-parish links between parishes in Central Zimbabwe and in the Croydon Episcopal Area in England.
St Andrew’s Mkoba is one of the churches that received financial support from their link parish, St Francis West Wickham in the UK. The parish decided to use the money to buy church pews. They engaged a local carpenter who designed cheaper but beautiful and durable pews using local materials.
St Cuthbert’s Cathedral also receives money from its link parishes (St Peter & St Paul, Nutfield & St Mary, Bletchingly) to support orphans due to HIV and Aids. The parish adopted these orphans and pays school fees for them. The agreement is that St Cuthbert’s raise part of the money to match the link parish. This project has done wonders and we have seen real life changing experiences in the lives of the beneficiaries. Some of the money is used to buy food for these orphans.
St. Chad’s Shurugwi is linked with St Peter’s, Croydon. Link funds are being used to construct a rectory which is now at roof level. St Chad’s have used the grants received to buy roofing materials – timber and cement tiles. They have engaged a carpenter who is now working on putting up the roof
St. Martin’s Amaveni received a grant from their Link Parish. This was to support them in raising funds to buy a parish vehicle. I am happy to report that the collective effort made it possible for them to realize their dream. The Parish vehicle was bought and they are now focusing on other projects.