Watoto Opens New Church in Bugolobi

The newly opened Watoto church situated within the Siver Springs Hotel premises in Bugolobi

Watoto church has on Sunday opened another worship point in Bugolobi, more about Kampala to further extend fellowship closer to communities.

The church held its first service at their new premises at Silver Springs Hotel which was well attended by hundreds of worshippers.

This becomes the twelfth Watoto church worship point in Uganda with the main one in the city center and others in the outskirts of Kampala. The rest are in Gulu and one in Juba.

Like the church’s typical style, approved the inaugural service at Silver Springs was characterized by worship and an eclectic praise session from the famous Watoto children choir whose work has been appreciated globally. The choir constituted by orphaned but lively children has also performed at the US White House and Buckingham Palace in the UK.

The Watoto children's choir put up an entertaining praise session

The Watoto children’s choir put up an entertaining praise session

Pastor Garry Skinner the Watoto Church founder who gave the sermon said the church plans to establish 25 more worship places around Kampala so as to meet the needs of communities through their programs.

His sermon centered on the importance of a purposeful life and offering service to others through love, stuff  generosity and selflessness. “We all need to bear a vision for ourselves, family, country and careers but it has to be from God. In the Bible, it’s because of vision that Moses managed to become the second most important person in the world,” he told the congregation.

“God wants to use people to create the change that communities need. If he could use a donkey to preach or a young boy to serve a multitude of people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, then he can use you too and in the process you will be transformed. He blesses us so we can bless others.”

Watoto church founder Pastor Garry Skinner delivers a sermon at the inaugural service

Watoto church founder Pastor Garry Skinner delivers a sermon at the inaugural service

Watoto, an English speaking and youth focused church subscribes to the Pentecostal denomination and has been in Uganda for the last 32 years. It is also engaged in child support for over 40,000 children and vulnerable women most of whom are HIV/AIDS positive. Through its charitable works, at least 7,000 people in Uganda have received free medical services.

Hundreds turned up for the opening

Hundreds turned up for the opening

According to Pr. Skinner, the church has registered a 5 percent growth from 17,860 people attending their Sunday services across all their worship centers in 2011 to 24,000 people in 2015. Last year, the church recorded 4,112 people who accepted salvation. The church collected a total of Ugsh 15Bn last year alone.


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