St Michaels and All Angels’ Church of the Blantyre Synod of the Church of the Central African Presbyterian will this weekend celebrate 125 years of the church’s existence.
Chairperson of the celebration event Stain Singo and the moderator of the church Reverend Masauko Mbolembole disclosed this Wednesday at a press briefing held at the church premises.
They say they are celebrating that the church building, constructed with clay, has lived long and served the development of the church which now has more members and other branches within its catchment area.
“We want to thank God for being with us in all these years, this church is the oldest than [everyone] of us praying in it and it has served us well, it is still strong and we are hoping to be with it for more years to come. We also want to thank God for being faithful with us, we are also celebrating the sense of unity that has been among us and help to keep the church together. During the celebrations, we will also recognise ministers and other elders that have faithfully served the church,” said Reverend Mbolembole.
Mbolembole could however not hide that the church building is costing a lot of money as architects, who assess and give recommendations on its lifespan, need to be paid.
Singo said the church has not only impacted on the spiritual aspect but also in education and economic growth of the country.
“The missionaries who built this structure came in together with commerce and civilisation, so the church has also contributed through those aspects to the nation, the missionaries came up with various projects and we are continuing with the same, for instance we run the Henry Henderson Institute which [has] produced high profile people in our society,” said Singo.
About K15million has been used for the celebration which is expected to be graced by President Peter Mutharika.
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