The team from Christ Church parish Lisburn will travel to Uganda to work at St
Apollo school on Monday 13 th February and will be the fourth parish team since
2012. The last team went in 2017 with a trip cancelled in 2020 because of
covid. There are 13 parishioners in the team and they value the prayers of
parishioners and friends in all the planning with Fields of Life, preparations for
each person in terms of vaccinations and especially those who will be travelling
for the first time. There will be the planning of the resources for the kid’s bible
club [Miriam and Mary], the I Am Girl programme, the practical work to be
done at the school which will be painting the classrooms, the women’s
meeting and the sports days. The team’s prayer is that God is glorified through
all that is done and that the team will have safe travels and good health. There
will be prayer cards provided for parishioners.
The team members are: Janice and Richard Thompson, Stephen and Karen
McKenna, Beth Harris, Roberta Thompson, Audrey Knowles, Jane Hawthorne,
Beverley Ringland, Ashleigh Long, Anna Dundas, Raymond Geddis and Paul
There is a commissioning service on Sunday 12 th February at 11.30 am in the
church, followed by a soup lunch in the parish hall. There will be
representatives from Fields of Life and CMS Ireland taking part, reflecting on
the partnerships over these 14 years, rejoicing in this journey of faith for the
parish and individuals. We are delighted that the Rev Chris Pollock from
Saintfield will preach at this service.
The team acknowledge the amazing generosity of parishioners and friends
over 14 years to this school family in St Apollo. The recent bauble scheme
brought in £740.00 for the school. Beth Harris shared on Sunday 8 th January the
items they will buy here and the items which will be purchased in Uganda.
Each child will receive a gift. The items are: pants for boys and girls aged 4-15,
sports equipment and suitcases to transport the items. If people would like to
give cash, please leave it in the parish office as with any items before Thursday
2 nd February. Any cash will help to purchase resources for the kid’s bible club,
100 I am Girl kits, stationary and a wash bag for each child containing soap, a
cloth, toothpaste and toothbrush.
There will be many changes at the school, particularly in terms of all the
children attending since we last visited. Many of the staff are still teaching
including Madame Esther the principal. The motto of the school is ‘Never Lose
Hope’ and is located in the killing fields of Uganda. It is a community that
radiates hope because of their Christian faith and the opportunity for children
to receive an education.
In addition, the rector Paul will be leading a seminar for the clergy of Luwero
Diocese on Friday 17 th February from 10 am to 2 pm as they look at Ephesians
chapter 4. A meal will also be provided for them as well as the study on
The team will leave Lisburn at about 1.00 am on Monday 13 th February as they
head for Dublin airport for the 6 am flight via Amsterdam to Uganda. They will
arrive late that night in Kampala and stay the night there before travelling to
the diocesan guest house in Luwero on the Tuesday. They will visit the school
on the Wednesday with a programme at the school on the Thursday & Friday.
On Saturday the team will have some down time with maybe a visit to Bethel
Royal school and Kiwoko hospital. They will worship on Sunday at the Church
at the school where the rector will preach. They will have 3 full days of
programme at the school before a celebration day on the Thursday. They then
leave for a trip to see a well being drilled with Fields of Life before getting the
flight back to Dublin late on Saturday night.
The team will provide updates on the parish facebook page during their time in
For further information, contact Archdeacon Paul Dundas at