|There are confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Uganda, which is now in lockdown, as well as in several neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Kisiizi Hospital, as of last week, had not yet had any Covid-19 cases, according to our latest update from Dr Ian Spillman, yet the impact of the virus has still been massive.|
Normally this is the busiest time of year for visitors to the hospital, with many elective medical students and groups whose input helps the Good Samaritan Fund, which supports the poorest patients.
Obtaining supplies from Kampala can no longer be done with public transport, so they have to send a vehicle after obtaining special permits. As part of their contingency planning, the hospital management team have started renovations to create a triage and isolation unit. They have also invested in supplies and reviewed their stock of PPE and their tailors have been making more gowns, scrubs and headgear. They have also produced some face visors, using laminating pouches which seem to work quite well! You can read the latest newsletter here.
Meanwhile, if you have money jars from the Kisiizi Lenten Appeal, which seems so long ago now, please hold on to them until we can finally return to our church building.
The Rector shared online a short act of worship for Palm Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Ap1dj1spc&t=73s
The Rector, the Revd Gary Dowd, shared remotely with parishoners the following short act of worship for Sunday, March 29th:
With the unprecedented closure of all our churches in the national effort to contain the coronavirus, Covid-19, our Rector, the Revd Gary Dowd leads a short act of worship for Mothering Sunday here
After the latest advice that we should further reduce our social contacts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the Rector has very reluctantly decided to cancel tomorrow’s Holy Communion service for St Patrick’s Day and also the two Communion services that were due to take place this Wednesday, March 18th. There will be a further update before the end of the week.
Over Lent we are again inviting people to collect spare coins and to donate them to Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda. St Paul’s Kisiizi Support Group hopes to be able to continue to fund the annual salary of a surgeon at the hospital, which is the equivalent of €11,000. You can collect a jar from the back of the church and please return it after Easter. In this increasingly cashless age, we realise that there are no longer as many coins in circulation, however there was a very encouraging response to this coin appeal last year which we would hope to repeat. The latest newsletter from Kisiizi is now available here
Meanwhile, please note there will be a Soup and Roll Lunch in the Main Hall of the Parish Centre on Sunday, April 5th (Palm Sunday), after the 10.30 am service, in aid of Kisiizi Hospital.
There will be a 7.15 am service of Holy Communion this Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent, in addition to the usual 11am service. Services will be held at these times every Wednesday morning throughout Lent.
Over Lent we are again inviting you to collect any spare coins you may have and to donate them to Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda. St Paul’s Kisiizi Support Group hopes to be able to continue to fund the annual salary of a surgeon at the hospital, which is the equivalent of €11,000. Jars are provided and you can collect one from the back of the church. We ask you to return the jar after Easter. In this increasingly cashless age, we realise that there are no longer as many coins in circulation, however there was a very encouraging response to this coin appeal last year which we would hope to repeat.
The latest newsletter from Kisiizi is now available here
Philip Molloy introduces a showing of “Fracture”, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, this Thursday, February 20th, at 8pm in the Parish Centre. All welcome. Admission free but seats need to be booked by emailling email@example.com
January is behind us and, later this month, Ash Wednesday, on February 26th, will herald the six weeks of Lent. An early morning service of Holy Communion at 7.15am, in addition to the usual midweek 11am service, will be held that Wednesday and every other Wednesday during Lent. All welcome.
St Brigid’s Day this Saturday, February 1st, heralds the start of spring. Here are a few key dates for the rest of the month
9 Sunday Club, during the 10.30am service of Parish Communion
11 Meeting of the Select Vestry
20 Film Night 8 pm Meeting Room
26 Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Early morning Holy Communion service at 7.15 am in addition to usual service at 11 am. HC at 7.15 am and 11 am on each Wednesday throughout Lent.