The Croydon Episcopal Area is linked with the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe. We have strong links with Bishop Ignatios Makumbe, his clergy and parishes. The Croydon-Zimbabwe Link Working Group supports the diocese in prayer, with visits and practically in financing and encouraging projects. Parish-to-Parish links now exist and there is a new parallel Link Group in Gweru.
Contact: Mrs Rosemary Kempsell - 07780 534453 or The Revd Len Abrams - 07941 095086
The Kingston Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Matabeleland, in Zimbabwe, share a strong bond. The clergy and parishes and their Bishop Cleophas Lunga are supported, both practically and spiritually, by the Kingston-Matabeleland Link Committee. The current political situation in Zimbabwe has made our link all the more important. In July 2011 the Bishop of Kingston took a group of five people, both clergy and lay, to the Diocese of Matabeleland. Links with schools and parishes are in place.
Contact: The Revd Canon Stephen Coulson - 020 7582 1801
The Woolwich Episcopal Area is twinned with Manicaland, the eastern diocese in Zimbabwe.
The Bishop of Manicaland, Bishop Erick Ruwona, was enthroned in 2015 and Bishop Christopher Chessun and others represented Southwark Diocese and the Woolwich Episcopal Area at the service.
A large part of the diocese (which is nearly half the size of England) is rural and many of the clergy are serving several churches which are dispersed over wide areas under tremendous difficulties with the present challenging situation in Zimbabwe. We pray for better times, for an end to the cholera epidemic, for a fair distribution of food and clean water to all people, for the re-establishment of hospitals and schools.
Contact: The Venerable Alastair Cutting - 020 7939 9400
Southwark Cathedral is linked with the Diocese of Masvingo. Masvingo is a primarily rural diocese, led by Bishop Godfrey Tawonezvi, and the newest diocese in Zimbabwe. The Cathedral has been linked since the inception of the diocese. Masvingo faces many challenges, but having begun in 2001 with no infrastructure it is now building new churches, training and ordaining young clergy, and serving the people of the area in education, health, and development. Masvingo is the home of the shrine of Arthur Shearly Cripps, where Southwark Cathedral recently provided a borehole to supply drinking water for pilgrims. The Cathedral aims to support the ministry of the diocese through prayer (we pray for the diocese daily), through fundraising (we aim to raise £10,000 per year), through sharing information (we produce a regular newsletter and organise meetings), and through visits (which have happened in both direction in recent years).
Contact: The Revd Canon Wendy S Robins - 07831 694021