By Arinda Nsheeka Wilfred

The Province of Church of Uganda has resolved to increase the number of churches rather than bars and lodges.

The announcement was made by the Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, the Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe, on Wednesday during confirmation of 39 Christians. The same function was also used to consecrate Mutanoga COU which was named St Peter’s Mutanoga COU in All Saint Church parish in Kyamate Deanery.

According to Bishop Ahimbisibwe, the church is a holy place where the heavy burdened Christians are relieved of their sins and other problems while in bars people loss their soberness.

“Can you imagine bars and lodges are increasing day by day?. Call them Akacwampare, Kabanshwere ,Bakazi bagahwe, Kabagarame name them, they are increasing. But when we increase number of churches, people will be inquisitive to know why we are doing so. The answer is simple; to save the people of God from evil,” the bishop said.

Akacwampare, Kabanshwere ,Bakazi bagahwe, Kabagarame are local names for roadside bars.

He tasked the members of the congregation to work for the Lord for they will have a lot of gifts in Heaven. He also thanked the Christians of St Peter’s Mutanoga COU for being supportive in the diocese activities.

The Bishop was assisted by Dean St Mathews Cathedral Kyamate, Ven. Rev. Can, Joash Tushangomujuni and Vicar All Saints Church, Ntungamo, Rev Denis Kunywana.

In his preaching message, the secretary South Ankole Diocese Rev Canon Yoram Ntoreine, Christians worldwide have been challenged to own and build the church of Jesus Christ instead of being hypocrites within the church.

He reminded them that their ‘bodies are the Temples of God’ therefore they should work towards its unity.

Rev Can Ntoreine said some Christians are undecided both in church and world treasurers appealing to them not to be hypocrites but people who walk in the light of God.

He asked all confirmed Christians to turn away from worldly treasures and come to Jesus if they are to have everlasting life.

The  Lay reader St Peter’s Mutanoga COU, Denis Borekire hailed the bishop for posting him there and highlighted what has been done, what is being done and what will be done.

The service climaxed commissioning of 53 girls and boys brigade of Mutanoga PS including head teacher Kagiraneza.