In Acts 2:42, we read that the early church devoted itself to “fellowship.” Fellowship was a very important part of their reason for meeting together. It was one of their objectives. But what is fellowship?
Zimbabwe Day Celebration – HISTORY
As we go back into history and dig deep into the original languages of the Bible, we will discover significant facts that help us to understand God’s intended meaning of the word, Koinonia/fellowship. This Greek word is derived from the root, “koinos,” which was a prefix in ancient Greek. So, we see that the root of the word, “fellowship,” means “to hold something in common.” It is opposed to isolation, solitude, loneliness, and our present-day independent kind of individualism.
The Zimbabwe National Anglican Fellowship is a group of Anglicans originally from Zimbabwe. This fellowship was officially started in 2009 when we recognized the need to come together as Zimbabwean Anglicans in Diaspora and celebrate services once a month in our vernacular languages. This is what we consider as our ‘quest for belonging’. The fellowship currently has nine branches in the United Kingdom and you may be very near one of them. Please check our ZINAFE website for more information.
Every year, we celebrate at least three of our Anglican festivals services such as Easter, Pentecost, and The Bernard Mizeki. The fellowship also has a fourth celebration known as Zimbabwe Day/Sunday.
Zimbabwe Day Celebration is a ‘Thanksgiving Service’ chosen by the fellowship to give thanks to any one of the parishes that have become a home parish for any of our branch members. This a day in which all members from our nine branches are invited to attend a service of ‘Thanksgiving’ at one of the parish church chosen that year. This may also be a parish church that has a ZINAFE Clergyman who has spiritually supported our fellowship over the years. The fellowship is fully aware of the difficulties that parish churches face in looking after the fabric of their respective churches and yet they still allow us to use their facilities at a very low cost and at times free. It is from the above situation that we use this day to come out in our numbers and give as much financial support through offerings to that respective parish in recognition of their love to our members. Hence, we consider it as a ‘Thanksgiving Service’. “If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?” 1John 3:17) “Kutenda kusina mabasa kwakafa” (James 2:16).
Dress Code: The dress code on this special day is usually ‘African Attire’ or some related dressing of your choice.
Events After the Service:
We are all expected to stay after the service. The hosting branch will ensure that you are well looked after ‘food’ ‘hushumiri hwemudumbu’. ‘The gochi, gochi begins’. After the meal, the hosting branch is also expected to make some suitable entertaining games or social activities for fellowship members; e.g. football, netball, quiz, athletics, tug of war etc. thus fulfilling the sole purpose of our ‘fellowship’. “They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity” (Acts 2:46).