Parishes

The Diocese currently has 29 parishes organized in 6 deaneries. To help grow the parishes, the Diocese has a partnership policy that it will assist with roofing material if the congregation can manage to erect the wall. A church building that can seat up to 150 people may cost a minimum of Tsh15 million, (which translates to roughly $12,000) of which nearly a half may be spent on roofing material (corrugated sheets, timber, nails) and the carpenter's roofing fee.

The following is the list of parishes.

(1) Tarime deanery: Tarime, Buhemba, Rebu, and Kemairi* parishes. (2) Mogabiri deanery: Mogabiri, Kenyamanyori, Nkongore, and Nyamwigura*. (3) Kemange Deanery: Kemange, Manga, Gamasara Nyagisya, Bumera*, and Nyasurura*. (4) Sirari Deanery: Sirari, Kitagasembe, Nyabitocho, Kyoruba*, Bunchari, Bugumbe*, and Nyasaricho*. (5) Magoma Deanery: Magoma, Kemakorere, and Mangucha. (6) Nyamongo Deanery: Kerende, Nyangoto, Nyakunguru, Itandora”, and Nyarwana*.

* Smaller parishes that have no pastors are currently looked after by the catechists.

Tarime Parish in Tarime town is the oldest parish in the diocese and the mother parish of all the others. Its first parish church – the Church of the Epiphany – was built around 1960. Due to growth, it built a slightly larger church, St. Luke's, in the 1990s which is now the pro-cathedral church of the diocese. It has an old pastor’s house.

Rebu Parish on the eastern outskirts of Tarime was formed out of Tarime parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house (bungalow).

Buhemba Parish on the western outskirts of Tarime town was formed out of Tarime parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. The congregation currently worships at local primary school classroom.



Kemairi Parish which used to be within Sirari deanery but will be under Tarime from January 2011 is just over six km north of Tarime. The small parish church is located just a kilometer off the Tarime-Sirari road. This parish is cared for by a catechist.

Nyasaricho Parish is one of the youngest parishes. It is located east of Kemairi parish and was formed out of Kitagasembe. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom. The parish is cared for by a catechist.

Sirari Parish was formed out of Tarime Parish. Its parish church is located in Sirari township, some about 18km north of Tarime towards the border with Kenya near the border crossing point to and from Kenya. It has a small parish church, and is in the process of building a bungalow for the pastor.

Kitagasembe Parish is located some 3km south of from the Sirari parish church. It was formed out of Sirari parish and is now one of the most vibrant churches in the Diocese. It has a small parish church, but without a pastor’s house, but has begun making burnt bricks for building a bungalow for the pastor.

Nyabitocho Parish is one of the oldest in the Diocese. It was formed out of Sirari parish. Its parish church which is under construction is located east of Sirari township, thanks to the support it receives from its link parish of Todmorden in Wakefield, England. It has no pastor’s house.

Kyoruba Parish is one of the youngest in the Diocese and was formed out of Nyabitocho. It is located west of Nyabitocho parish. It currently cared for by a catechist. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. This parish has neither a pastor nor a catechist, but will be cared for by the pastor of Nyabitocho parish.

Bugumbe Parish which was under Tarime deanery but will be relocated to Sirari deanery is located west of Sirari township and Sirari Parish. It was formed out of Sirari parish. It has neither a parish church building nor a pastor’s house. The congregation currently worships at a local primary school classroom. The parish is cared for by a catechist.

Bunchari Parish which was also under Tarime deanery but will be relocated to Sirari deanery. It is located west of Sirari township and was formed out of Sirari parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently, the congregation currently worships at a local primary school classroom.

Mogabiri Parish is the second oldest parish in the Diocese and was started around 1981. Its old and small parish church – St Paul’s Church – is located within Mogabiri Village, some 10km east of Tarime. It has a pastor’s house too. It is in the same compound as Mogabiri Farm Extension Center owned by the Diocese of Tarime. It has also given birth to 8 parishes since 1990. The Bishop of Tarime served in this parish from 1985-1988.

Kenyamanyori Parish is located in Kenyamanyori village, 3km east of Mogabiri. It was formed out Mogabiri. The basic structure of the church building (wall and roof) is in place with money raised by the congregation itself. A few works remain, i.e. wall plastering, flooring with cement, windows and doors fixing. It has no pastor’s house.

Nkongore Parish is located south of Magoma village. It was formed out of Mogabiri parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house.

Nyamwigura Parish is located along Tarime-Nyamwaga road. It was formed out of Mogabiri parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house.

Kemange Parish in Kemange village is located just 4km east of Tarime town. It used to be part of Tarime Parish, and later part of Manga parish. Its parish church is located in Kemange village. It has a church building. The construction of the pastor’s house is underway. This has been made possible through self help and the assistance of its link parish of Featherstone in the Diocese of Wakefield, England.

Manga Parish is located south of Tarime town is also one of the oldest in the Diocese. The parish church is located is in Bisarwi village and by the Komaswa-Nyamongo road leading to the giant North Mara gold mine owned by the Canadian firm Barrick Gold. Through self the congregation has erected a church. A few works remain, i.e. wall plastering, flooring with cement, windows and doors fixing. It has no pastor’s house.

Nyagisya Parish is located south west of Kemange. It was formed out of Kemange parish. Construction of the wall for the church building is underway through self help. Much need to be done before it is completed. It has no pastor’s house.

Gamasara Parish in is located south-west of Kemange. It was formed out of Kemange parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. However through self help, the congregation has started the construction of the wall of the church building. Much remains to be done.

Bumera Parish is located north-west of Kemange. It was formed out of Kemange. The parish is cared for by a catechist. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom.

Nyasurura Parish is of the youngest in the Diocese and was formed out of Kemange parish. It is cared for by a catechist who happens to be a pastor’s wife. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom. This parish is cared for by a catechist.

Magoma Parish is located north east of Tarime. It was formed out of Tarime. Its parish church is in Magoma village. It has a small church building but has no pastor’s house.

Kemakorere Parish is located east of Tarime and north east of Mogabiri. Its parish church is located in Kemakorere village centre some 15km along Tarime-Nyamwaga road. It has a church building, but not a pastor’s house.

Mangucha Parish is located at the far eastern part of Tarime district, very close to the western end of the Serengeti National Park. It was formed out of Mogabiri parish. Their new pastor Elias Philimon was transferred to Mangucha in January 2010. Since then he has mobilized the congregation so that they can start building a church with burnt bricks and roof it with corrugated sheets.

Kerende Parish is one of the ‘oldest’ in the Diocese. It was formed in 1990 out of Mogabiri Parish. It has a small church building and a pastor’s house. The parish plans to build a bigger church to accommodate its growing congregation.

Nyangoto Parish is located 3km north east of Kerende village. It is formed out of Kerende parish. Through self help the parish has erected the wall of the church building. Much remains to be done until the building is completed. The parish has no pastor’s house.

Itandora Parish is located south of Nyakunguru village. It was formed out of Nyakunguru parish. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom. This parish is cared for by a catechist.

Nyakunguru Parish is located in Nyakunguru village south of Kemakorere. It was formed out of Kemakorere parish. It has neither a church building a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom. However, the congregation has started building their church. Much remains to be done.

Nyarwana Parish is located south of Mogabiri. The Komaswa-Nyamongo road leading to the giant North Mara gold mine owned by the Canadian firm Barrick Gold passes through Nyarwana village. It has neither a church building nor a pastor’s house. Currently the congregation worships at a local primary school classroom. This parish is cared for by a catechist.

 

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