By GETHSEMANE MWIZABI –
THE United Church of Zambia (UCZ) St Andrews congregation Ebony & Ivory dinner dance is set for Savoy Hotel in Ndola on New Year’s eve December 31st.
A lot of activities that have been lined up include dance and a raffle draw. Ball dance, salsa and other unique activities would be part of the menu as well.
During the dinner dance, the best dressed couple would be announced.
According to the programme made available by committee member Lottie Lungu, the dinner dance will break into the new year.
Savoy Resident band would also be on hand to entertain the people right into the new year 2014.
He said the St Andrews Congregation has over the years been involved in charity works of helping the community in various ways, saying the dinner dance is one of the fundraising venture to help the needy.
The congregation, in order to lessen reliance on donors, has embarked on the establishment of a community-based radio station called Radio Chimwemwe.
Through internally raised resources the congregation has been able to purchase the transmission equipment worth over K100,000 – that has since arrived in the country – and has been offered to use the Copperbelt Broadcasting Services (CBS) Studios next to the Arther Davison Children’s Hospital.
The radio station intends to be the mouthpiece to further spread the Word of God and an avenue for the community of Ndola and the Copperbelt to express their voice in the development of the city and the region in the long run.
Radio Chimwemwe is managed by an independent Board of Directors that has so far chartered the establishment and currently oversees the development of the station. The radio station is currently in need of a number of furnishing and office materials.
St. Andrews Congregation has a rich history. During the 1920s, Ndola was not a metropolitan we see today. It was merely an outpost important for its railway siding and as a gateway to the rest of the Copperbelt connecting Bwana Mkubwa mine with the rest of the mines and the South.
St. Andrew’s Church was officially opened and dedicated on Sunday, February 15, 1959, by the then Governor of Northern Rhodesia, Sir Arthur Benson; Lady Benson; President of the Synod, Rev. Isaac Mutubila; and the Moderator of the Copperbelt Presbytery, Rev. Gordon C. Morris, and various prominent officials and citizens during a colourful ceremony.
Knocking at the door of the Church, the Governor said; “Open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go into them and I will praise the Lord”.
The door opened from within by the then Church Secretary, Mr. John Hobson.
The Governor was then presented with the keys of the Church by the architect and declare that the door to the Church were officially open, Rev Mutububila performed the dedication.
Later on, St. Andrew’s Church came under the Methodist Presbytery, and shortly after Zambia’s Independence, the Methodist Church merged with a number of other churches to form the United Church of Zambia.
As for the Dinner, it would start at 19:30 hrs till 2014.