Uganda Visit

Celebrating 50 years of Bristol Diocese’s links with Uganda


This year is the 50th anniversary of the link between the Church of Uganda and the Diocese of Bristol and you are invited to take part in the celebrations taking place in Swindon and Bristol.

In the 50 years since Bishop Erica Sabiti of Uganda and Bishop Oliver Tomkins of Bristol committed to a partnership of fellowship in the Gospel many things have changed in the world and in our dioceses.  It is now usual for dioceses within the Anglican Church to be linked with dioceses in other parts of the world.  Also the church in Uganda has expanded so much that one diocese has become 35 dioceses within the province of Uganda, headed by Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.  Some of the dioceses are linked with Winchester Diocese and the rest are linked with us in Bristol Diocese, each Deanery partnering with 2 or 3 dioceses. 

In Swindon we are linked with Kampala Diocese which covers much of the capital city and with Luweero a mainly rural diocese centred on a small town 50 miles north of Kampala.

Celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of the link and preparations for stronger links in the years to come will be taking place throughout Bristol Diocese in October 2019 with 30 guests from Uganda joining us.  Events will focus around a visit from the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Choir, a group of immensely gifted musicians and singers who have the ability to communicate clearly across cultures. They will share their deep experience of faith and worship which is rooted in their African heritage and the realities of life in a developing country which has emerged from extensive civil unrest.

In Swindon you can hear the choir on Saturday 5th October at 2 events

10am -12noon – Window on Uganda – A Ugandan Experience at St Francis School, Taw Hill – music from Uganda and England with refreshments and Ugandan games.  Free entry, just come along.

7pm – Concert by AYF Choir at St Michael’s Church Highworth.  Tickets £5 from local churches or £5.98 from Eventbrite.  Children free.

A special event will take place at St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford, Bristol on Saturday 12 October at 7pm

An evening of celebration, song, stories and prayer, including the choir, visiting Bishops and their wives, along with other guests from Uganda,  as well as the Bishops of Bristol and Swindon.  This event is free, but you need to register in advance as tickets are limited.  You can do this on eventbrite

There will be other opportunities to meet our visitors from Kampala and Luweero Diocese between 5th and 13th October, please check the facebook page @SwindonUgandalink for more details.