First Confirmations

Bishop Mwita raising hands with those he confirmed. ''Go forth and serve the Lord\"
Bishop Mwita praying for confirmation candidates at Kerende Church
First Confirmation service at Kerende parish church near Barrick gold mine
Bishop Mwita raising hands with those he confirmed. ''Go forth and serve the Lord"
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First Confirmations

Bishop Mwita had his first confirmation service on August 15, 2010 at Kerende Church, some 40km from Tarime town. Kerende parish church is part of Nyamongo deanery. It is a place where the Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold, has one of its goldmines in Tanzania. This being a deanery gathering, the pastors and Christians from other parishes attended. Other deanery confirmations took place in other deaneries as follows: Kemange (September 12), Kitagasembe (September 19), Magoma (September 26) and Tarime (October 10). Bishop Mwita confirmed 86 people in 2010.

Inauguration of Diocese of the Tarime and Consecration of Dr Mwita Akiri

St Luke's Pro-Cathedral Church in Tarime town where Mwita's consecration took place.
Part of the Congregation on July 4, 2010
Group Photo of Bishops with President Kikwete
L to R Mbayo Akiri, Mwita, President Kikwete, Mrs Mukami Akiri, Mugure Akiri
L to R - Archbishop Dr Mokiwa, President Kikwete, Bishop Mwita Akiri after the service
St Luke's Pro-Cathedral Church in Tarime town where Mwita's consecration took place.In uniform are security officers ahead of the arrival of the President of Tanzania
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A colorful inaugural ceremony of the Diocese of Tarime took place on July 4, 2010. On this day, the Bishop of the mother Diocese of Mara relinquished his authority over the new diocese which covers the geographical area of Tarime district. This event was attended by over 2000 people. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was the Guest Honor. Principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto University , Professor George Sumner was the preacher. Tarime opened its doors to many people who told us at last minute they wanted to come to my consecration, mainly from Anglican Dioceses in Tanzania and from other denominations within the larger region of Mara of which Tarime is a district. Others guests came from Canada, England and Australia. A colorful reception was held in honor of the new Bishop and his family. This lasted from about 5.30pm until 9pm local time.

Clergy Retreat July 2010

Prof George Sumner of Wycliffe College, Toronto talking to the Clergy and Cateshists of Tarime July 6, 2010
Gift of 3 soccer balls from the Sumners to be used to start parish youth teams the parishes. More balls are needed
Handing a ball to one of Mogabiri youth choir for use by Mogabiri parish youth soccer team
The Sumners and the Akiris during the clergy retreat at Mogabiri Centre
Prof George Sumner of Wycliffe College, Toronto talking to the Clergy and Cateshists of Tarime July 6, 2010
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A Diocesan Clergy Retreat took place from July 5-7 July thanks to a donation from Canada through the Principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto, Prof George Sumner. George was the guest speaker. The two main purposes for convening a clergy gathering were as follows. First to enable me to start engaging with this team of key people that I will be working with.  Secondly was to have an opportunity to revisit the calling of each of us. At the end of the retreat, each pastor and catechist was asked to reflect and respond the question: how and where would you want the Diocese of Tarime and your parish to be in the next three years (2011-2013)?

In a closing service, Professor Sumner and his wife Stephanie donated a gift of three foot/soccer balls to the diocese. The Bishop immediately announced the first parishes to receive the balls and start parish soccer teams. He further advised that church soccer teams will engage with other youths in the villages, and where appropriate, the choir will sing and gospel songs and pray before the play. Team members will save money for buying a new ball when the old ones are worn-out.

Special Electoral Synod April 2010

Tarime Anglican Choir (Tarime Parish) sings during the Holy Communion service ahead of voting by the special electoral Synod
St Luke's Youth Choir (Tarime Parish) sings during the Holy Communion Service ahead of voting by the special electoral Synod
Tarime Anglican Choir (Tarime Parish) sings during the Holy Communion service ahead of voting by the special electoral Synod
St Luke's Youth Choir (Tarime Parish) sings during the Holy Communion Service ahead of voting by the special electoral Synod
Tarime Anglican Choir (Tarime Parish) sings during the Holy Communion service ahead of voting by the special electoral Synod
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A special electoral synod was held on April 8, 2010 for the election of a bishop to the newly created Diocese of Tarime...

Highlights of the Synod included the Tarime Anglican Choir and St Luke's Youth Choir singing during the communion service.

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