7 June 2021
Hello Watoto family,
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.
Yesterday, Sunday 6 June 2021, President Museveni addressed the nation on more stringent guidelines that we should all follow in order to further manage the ongoing effects of COVID-19 in our country. We applaud the President and the various Government officials who are working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our nation.
As you may already know, these updated guidelines are to be followed for the next 42 days (six weeks) which include shutting down of schools and restrictions on public gatherings.
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 these restrictions ;
1. Church Services: In-person church gatherings are temporarily suspended for all our church locations in Uganda. Thankfully, God has allowed us to broadcast our services online and on-air thus we encourage you to continue being a part of the services. We will keep you posted on when we’ll be able to resume our in-person services again. You can also continue to give online and through our various mobile platforms, please check out details at www.watotochurch.com/give.
2. Ministry Activities and Events: All ministry activities including discipleship classes, youth gatherings, Power Sex Money (PSM), corporate prayer meetings will revert to being online only 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 appreciate the amazing blessing of cells to many of us–more especially in these uncertain times. We, therefore, encourage you to continue doing life together as cell by checking, caring and praying for each other during this period. For cell meetings, we urge you to utilize virtual platforms in the meantime.
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 regular working hours at their campuses.
5. Watoto Villages: We are thankful that we have self-contained facilities and will take every precaution to continue to keep our Watoto children, mothers and staff members healthy and safe.
6. Office Work: Our offices will be opened 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. Prayer Call: This pandemic continues to have a negative impact both globally and locally. 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 fight the spread of this virus. Stay safe and stay connected.
We love you and may God bless you,
Pastor Julius Rwotlonyo
Associate Team Leader, Watoto