Thank you so much for being a part of the vision that God has given to us as a church. In this period of global challenge and uncertainty, we continue to Celebrate Christ and Care for Community.
On Wednesday 18th March 2020, President Museveni addressed the nation on the guidelines that we should all follow in order to prevent and manage the Corona Virus that has been declared a global pandemic. We applaud the President and the various Government officials who are working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our nation.
As part of the guidelines, religious gatherings have been suspended for a month with immediate effect which means that we will not be able to have celebration services at all our church locations for the next 30 days.
We have discussed this matter as Watoto Leadership/Pastors and here are the steps that we are taking in order to serve our congregation and the community in light of this restriction;
1. Church Services: We are moving our church services on-line and on-air. We are committed to providing you with a great worship experience as well as powerful teaching by using the technology at our disposal. Go to www.watotochurch.com/online to catch our online celebration experience every Sunday at 10am and 12pm. Alternatively, you can tune into 104.1PowerFM every Sunday at 10am.
2. Ministry Activities and Events: All ministry activities including discipleship classes, training, choir practice, youth gatherings, Power Sex Money (PSM), baptism, corporate prayer meetings, to mention but a few have been suspended until further notice. We will, however, continue to conduct weddings /funerals following the guidelines that have been provided by the Ministry of Health.
3. Small Groups (Cell): We are a cell-based community church and do appreciate the amazing blessing of cells to many of us. I also want to take this opportunity to appreciate the amazing cell leaders and hosts who make cell life possible. Due to the fact that the corona virus is highly contagious and spreads very rapidly through body contact, we are also suspending cell meetings and other related cell activities for the next 30 days in order to minimize this risk on our valued hosts as well as for the cell members. We instead encourage every cell to use social media platforms to keep the fellowship active in this season.
4. Pastoral Care: All the pastors will be available as usual to provide pastoral care, prayer and counselling in this season. They will be accessible during normal working hours at their campuses. In addition, we will prepare a daily encouragement for you that you can access on all our social medial platforms.
5. Watoto Homes: In line with the national guidelines, we have closed all our Watoto schools and will continue to ensure the health and safety of all our Watoto children and mothers.
6. Office Work: Our offices will be open to serve you during regular working hours. We have taken every precaution to ensure that we follow the guidelines given for work places during this season.
7. Giving: Generosity is one of our core values and we recognize that many of us prefer to bring our Tithes/Offerings during our weekend celebrations. Since we will not be gathering in our campuses have in this season, we are encouraging you to utilise the following giving options: Mobile Money, Direct Bank Transfer and Cash offerings. Please note that all cash offerings will be received through the Gift Box in all our permanent locations. For details, please check out www.watotochurch.com/give
8. Prayer Call: This pandemic has had a negative impact both globally and locally. This is the time for us to call on God through prayer to intervene in this situation. Therefore, we are inviting all Watoto Church members to pray regularly concerning this matter. We have specifically set aside Wednesdays as a day for Fasting and Prayer.
Finally, let’s exercise both faith and wisdom in this season. Let’s not allow fear to dominate our lives. Instead, let’s put our faith in a strong God who is able to protect, provide and heal our land. Ps.23: 4 says “ Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”I also urge you to take individual as well as collective responsibility to follow the health guidelines that have been provided by the Ministry of Health in order to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus. We love you and may God bless you!
Associate Team Leader, Watoto