Watoto Church

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Watoto Church
0°19′08″N32°34′30″E / 0.3189855°N 32.5749527°E / 0.3189855; 32.5749527 Coordinates: 0°19′08″N32°34′30″E / 0.3189855°N 32.5749527°E / 0.3189855; 32.5749527
Location Kampala
Country Uganda
Denomination Pentecostal
Membership20,000 [1]
Weekly attendance30,000 [2]
Website http://www.watotochurch.com/
History
Former name(s)Kampala Pentecostal Church
FoundedApril 22, 1984;34 years ago (April 22, 1984)
Founder(s)Gary Skinner, Marilyn Skinner
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Watoto Church, formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church (KPC) is an English-speaking cell-based community church located around East Africa and headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. The vision of the church is "an English speaking cell-based community church, celebrating Christ, growing and multiplying as each one reaches one, touching those around us with the love of Jesus, bringing healing to the cities and the nations." [3] Watoto means "the children" in Swahili.

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

A cell church is a Christian church structure centering on the regular gathering of cell groups. Small group ministries are often called cell groups, but may also be called home groups, home friendship groups, home care groups, house fellowships, or life groups.

Swahili language Bantu language, mostly spoken mainly within East Africa, national language in Tanzania and one of the official languages of Kenya

Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Comorian, spoken in the Comoros Islands is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Swahili, though other authorities consider it a distinct language.

The church has various cell groups in Kampala. Each cell comprises about 7 to 10 members who meet at least once a week in one of the member's home. During the meeting they share fellowship.

The Church was founded by Pastor Gary Skinner and his wife, Marylin Skinner who are the current pastoral team leaders, assisted by various campus pastors and other ministry leaders.

Watoto Church is home to Watoto Child Care Ministries, a ministry that assists vulnerable children and women in Uganda, best known for its Watoto Children's Choir that tours the world every year, spreading the Gospel and raising financial assistance for their fellows back home.

Started in 1994, Watoto Child Care Ministries is a branch of the Watoto Church in Uganda that builds villages with schools, churches, medical centers, and homes and populates them with new families built from orphans and widows. Currently there are three villages: Bbira and Suubi near Kampala and Laminadera outside Gulu. Other projects being undertaken by Watoto Child Care Ministries include baby homes, vocational training, and farms to support the villages. Watoto Child Care Ministries is also the organization that runs the Watoto Children's Choir which tours internationally every year. Watoto aims to "raise the next generation of African leaders".

Watoto Childrens Choir

Watoto Children's Choir is a group of African children choirs based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church. Each is composed of about eighteen to twenty-two children from Uganda.

Gospel description of the life of Jesus, canonical or apocryphal

Gospel originally meant the Christian message itself, but in the 2nd century it came to be used for the books in which the message was set out. The four canonical gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — were probably written between AD 66 and 110, building on older sources and traditions, and each gospel has its own distinctive understanding of Jesus and his divine role. All four are anonymous, and it is almost certain that none were written by an eyewitness. They are the main source of information on the life of Jesus as searched for in the quest for the historical Jesus. Modern scholars are cautious of relying on them unquestioningly, but critical study attempts to distinguish the original ideas of Jesus from those of the later authors. Many non-canonical gospels were also written, all later than the four, and all, like them, advocating the particular theological views of their authors.

The Church was found in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, with the main branch dubbed Watoto Church Downtown, and has expanded over the years across the city with Watoto Church Kisaasi, Bweyogerere, Lubowa, Kyengera, Kansanga, Bugolobi, Entebbe, across Uganda, Watoto Church Bbira in Wakiso District , Watoto Church Suubi in Mpigi District, Watoto Church Gulu and Watoto Church Laminadera in Gulu District. The vision of the Church is to keep on expanding to cover the entire country of Uganda and possibly across East Africa with a strong standing campus already in war torn South Sudan, Watoto Church Juba.

Kisaasi Place in Uganda

Kisaasi is a location, within the city of Kampala, Uganda.

Bweyogerere Place in Wakiso District, Uganda

Bweyogerere is one of the six townships or wards that constitute Kira Municipality in Wakiso District in southern central Uganda. The other five wards are Kimwaanyi, Kira, Kireka, Kirinnya and Kyaliwajjala.

Lubowa Place in Central

Lubowa is a location in Wakiso District of the Central Region of Uganda. It is a suburb of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.

Watoto Church produces an annual Christmas cantata. And a gospel drama play every four years known as Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames The shows are a mixture of a live performance music, dance, scripted drama, sounds and lighting effects. The cantata historically has run through the week before Christmas.

A Christmas cantata or Nativity cantata is a cantata, music for voice or voices in several movements, for Christmas. The importance of the feast inspired many composers to write cantatas for the occasion, some designed to be performed in church services, others for concert or secular celebration. The Christmas story, telling of music of the angels and suggesting music of the shepherds and cradle song, invited musical treatment. The term is called Weihnachtskantate in German, Cantate de Noël in French. Christmas cantatas have been written on texts in several other languages, such as Czech, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish.

In 2007, the newspaper Sunday Vision checked the accounts of twelve Pentecostal churches, and noted with favour that KPC (as it was then known) was one of only two that had their accounts professionally audited. [4]

Financial audit

A financial audit is conducted to provide an opinion whether "financial statements" are stated in accordance with specified criteria. Normally, the criteria are international accounting standards, although auditors may conduct audits of financial statements prepared using the cash basis or some other basis of accounting appropriate for the organisation. In providing an opinion whether financial statements are fairly stated in accordance with accounting standards, the auditor gathers evidence to determine whether the statements contain material errors or other misstatements.

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References

  1. Launch of Watoto
  2. About Gary Skinner
  3. Watoto Vision Retrieved December 11, 2012
  4. Churches declare billions, Sunday Vision, August 18, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2010