Deddington – Mmabatho
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Deddington is linked with the Church of the Resurrection in Mafikeng/ Mmabatho in Souht’s Africa’s North West Province. The link is centred on the work of the Resurrection to combat HIV/AIDS. Deddington helped bring into being within the grounds of the Resurrection the Tsogo (Resurrection) Centre which provides care for pre-school children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Several Deddington parishioners have travelled to Mafikeng / Mmabatho, a particularly memorable visit being that to the Kimberlely and Kuruman Diocese’s Family Weekend in 2005. A group from the Church of the Resurrection visited Deddington in 2007, and in May 2010, the Resurrection’s Choir took part in the Maurice Frost Festival in Deddington, a highlight of which was a Eucharist also involving a choir from Deddington’s link parish in the Diocese of Växjö. The service, possibly uniquely, combined the Setswana, Swedish and English languages.
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