Vicars in visit to Kenya

PUBLISHED: 08:22 22 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

The vicars in Kenya (Picture: SUBMITTED)

The vicars in Kenya (Picture: SUBMITTED)

ADVENTUROUS vicars travelled to Kenya to mark a relationship that has lasted for more than 30 years. Two Saffron Walden curates, Revd Lee Batson and Revd Christopher Warren, were part of a seven-strong group from the Diocese of Chelmsford to make the jour

ADVENTUROUS vicars travelled to Kenya to mark a relationship that has lasted for more than 30 years.

Two Saffron Walden curates, Revd Lee Batson and Revd Christopher Warren, were part of a seven-strong group from the Diocese of Chelmsford to make the journey to Kenya.

Group leader Revd Batson, who was making his third visit to the country, said: "The trip was a complete success and we were able to visit everywhere we had planned despite the political unrest that Kenya has experienced recently.

"The purpose of the trip was to strengthen our 30-year relationship with the Kenyan dioceses of Embu, Kirinyaga, Mbeere and Meru and to increase our own understanding of the Anglican Church in the country."

The travelling vicars spent two weeks, from Monday February 25 to Tuesday March 11, working alongside local ministry teams in the parishes and taking part in duties such as pastoral visiting, parish meetings and preaching at Sunday service.

The six curates and one youth worker who made up the Chelmsford party met with the retired Kenyan Archbishop, Dr David Gitari, who established the relationship between the two dioceses in 1978.

Curate in the Saffron Walden team ministry, Revd Christopher Warren, who was making his first trip to Kenya, said: "It was an extremely interesting and valuable trip. We were able to get very close to the Kenyan way of life - it was quite a humbling experience.

"Life is very different out there and many of the things we take for granted, like plumbed water and sanitation, they don't have access to.

"We learnt a lot in the two weeks we were in Kenya and I'm sure many of my experiences will filter through into my services in Saffron Walden."

During the trip they also visited St Andrew's Theological College at Kabare to meet students and staff and to sample lectures and worship at the college.

The group also managed to visit the parish church of St Jerome in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi and hear firsthand how it was affected by the recent political unrest.

On Easter Day a collection was held at St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden to send money to the Anglican Church in Kenya. The money will be used to fund the church's conservation and agricultural work.

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