Twin churches learn to help each other

The "Eldoret Eleven" prepare for their trip to Kenya next month.
The "Eldoret Eleven" prepare for their trip to Kenya next month.

A Clitheroe congregation has twinned with a church in East Africa and is sending its second team to the Kenyan city of Eldoret to work in the local community and church.

A team of 11 people fly out next month to spend a week at King’s Highway Church and School. While there, they will be involved in leading church services, training events, a fun day and special groups for both local women and young adults.

Team leader, Mark Dyer, said that they hoped to learn as much from fellow Christians in Kenya as the Kenyan believers might learn from the Clitheroe team.

“It’s a real partnership. Members of the church in Eldoret have a dynamic faith in God, and that shows itself clearly in the way they face life in 21st Century Kenya”, he said.

A recent drought and failed Presidential elections have been challenging for members of King’s Highway Church, their friends and families.

The “Eldoret Eleven” will also do work in King’s Highway Church School. The headteacher of St James’ School, Mrs Fiona Pattison, is part of the team and is looking forward to establishing an active link between the two schools. Already new desks and chairs have been bought and funded with money raised by pupils at St James’.

And as they go to Kenya, the team from St James’ Church is hoping to provide special meals for Kenyan church members and leaders, take much needed educational resources to the school, help set up a cyber café, and provide musical instruments for the church band.

The funds for this will be raised mainly at a charity auction, to be held at St James’ Church on Saturday, September 30th, at 7-30pm.

“We are also looking for unwanted Windows laptops, which will be wiped and factory reset before they are taken to Kenya, and unwanted Premier League football shirts! English football is very big in Kenya”, Mark Dyer explained.

Donations of items, or offers for the auction, can be made by contacting the church on 01200 423608 or admin@stjameschurchclitheroe.co.uk