The goal is for each Synod in the URC to have a global partnership.
Eastern Synod is partnered with the Zimbabwe Presbytery of UPCSA.
"As disciples we are all learners.
God can use this relationship to help us learn more about God and God's love.
The Body of Christ can only be enriched by the partnership."
Memorandum of Understanding
Download: Memorandum of Understanding Partnership of Zimbabwe Presbytery - Eastern Synod of the URC
Responding to Need: Sharing Resources
Although our Partnership is not about charitable giving, there are times when we must recognise the imbalance in our financial resources, and we feel called to respoind as we would to mebers of faimily in need.
2019: Norfolk and Waveney Area Partnership Lent to Harvest ‘Just a Drop’ Appeal Inspired by visitors from the Presbytery to a joint service in October 2018, churches in Norfolk and Waveney launched their ‘Just a Drop’ appeal. Their goal was to raise funds to drip-irrigate a hectare of land at the Presbytery’s Vimridge Farm. This is a project to produce local food for the community, employ local people, and raise money for the Presbytery’s Central Fund: a bid for self-sufficiency. They held a range of creative and fun events to raise the money, which was transferred in early 2020 to the delight of the project managers at Vimridge and the wider church. In addition, Ipswich Road URC funded the fencing-off of the 50-acre farm. We give thanks for these churches who have caught the vision of the Presbytery to help it become self-sufficient.
Harvest 2019: As part of their Harvest giving, Trinity URC March raised funds for the UPC’s Women’s Fellowship to seed-fund a chicken-rearing project, as their contribution to the Presbytery’s Central Fund. The church’s generous donation paid for the chicks, feed and feeding troughs. We give thanks for the congregation there, for their prayerful generosity.
Lekkerwater Secondary School Zimbabwe Appeal 2016
In 2016 we had a Synod-wide appeal to support the building of a new Presbytery-run Secondary School. We were thrilled to raise $6000, which the school governors used to install a solar-powered pump and water tank so that the school would have fresh water.
Many of you have been in touch with me and the Synod Office in response to this appeal and it's been great to hear from churches across the Synod. I hope that where relevant we've been able to answer your questions.
Our original goal was for each church to raise $100 towards the building of this Presbytery school. They began building early in 2015 and so far they have two classroom blocks finished and operating, at a cost of $20,000 each, with almost 100 children aged 12-14 now studying there. Their aim is to have 4 classroom blocks, a science classroom, and a staff block.
Wherever your church is at, we'd like to thank your congregation for their engagement in this project.