The Diocese of Kampala has hosted the 8th Annual Couples Retreat for the 7 Central Dioceses of Church of Uganda; West Buganda, Central Buganda, Mityana, Luwero, Namirembe, Mukono and Kampala Dioceses.
The one-day retreat under the theme: rekindling the spark in Christian marriage is one of the many activities the diocese has organized as it celebrates her Golden Jubilee this year.
The retreat started with a Holy Communion service led by the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, Rt. Rev. Dr. Hannington Mutebi who encouraged the couples to trust and be committed to each other.
Quoting John 2:1-11 Bishop Mutebi told the couples to always listen to what the master, Jesus is saying because He is the foundation of marriage.
“You see when Mary told them to draw the jugs, they listened. Mary knew that the lord as a round and there was no need of panicking. When you have Jesus in your marriage, you don’t panic about anything”
The Inspired Leaders International CEO and the President elect, Father’s Union Diocese of Kampala Mr. Samuel Bakutana while sharing on the topic, he encouraged the marrieds to keep charging their marriage if they want it to work.
“When the marriage battery is low, you don’t leave, you recharge. We are here to recharge each other. He said.
Additionally, Samuel challenged the couples with the points that have led the marriage fire to go low or off completely and among them; infidelity, uncleanliness, poverty among others.
On another hand, he also gave them tips on how to keep the fire of marriage on which included, forgiving one another, building trust, doing the things that make them happy together, communicating together and many more.
In her communication, the Provost of All Saints’ Cathedral Kampala, Rev Canon Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye applauded the couples for investing in their marriages through attending such seminars.
Sharing on the topic; choosing to keep marriage vows amidst enormous worldly challenges, Dr. Nyegenye told the couples to remember the vows they made before God and the congregation that was present.
“Marriage is not a movie, it’s a reality. You chose your partner, you made vows to God that nothing should ever separate you, but you are here boiling that you are tired? But God is not yet tired with you.” She said
She added that people should not copy from other marriages and movies because every marriage is unique and each marriage has its own challenges.
The Diocesan Missions coordinator Rev Anthony Kamukama, Mrs. Carolyn Bessie Kikoyo, the Diocesan Mothers Union president, the Provincial Mothers Union President, Lay Canon Dr. Ruth Senyonyi among others graced the occasion.