Each year, ALMA celebrates its partnership on ALMA Sunday, usually the Sunday nearest 12 July. We record here some of the past events marking ALMA Sunday. These are also a useful resource for parishes wanting to have an ALMA themed service.
ALMA Sunday was on 19 July. However, it was not possible to have a service in St Paul’s Cathedral, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead we produced a podcast of Evensong from St Paul’s cathedral, in celebration of the Diocesan link with the Anglican Church in Angola and Mozambique. The sermon was given by the Right Reverend Rob Wickham, Bishop for ALMA, payers were read by Reverend Sheenagh Burrell, ALMA Co‑ordinator, and a lesson read by Nikkita Robert. It can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/st-pauls-cathedral-london/evensong-in-celebration-of-the-diocesan-link-with-the-anglican-church-in-angola-and-mozambique
We also prepared some resources so we could mark ALMA Sunday creatively and prayerfully together, albeit at a distance.
ALMA Sunday was on 7 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral, with Bishop André Soares (Angola). Muassite Miguel (the Missions co-ordinator in the new Diocese of Nampula) was also present.
ALMA Sunday started with afternoon tea from 4 p.m. at St Vedast alias Foster.
ALMA Sunday was on 8 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop of Niassa, Bishop Vicente Msosa, preached, Archdeacon Emmanuel Dacosta read a lesson and a group of visitors from St Stephen’s Luanda were present.
ALMA Sunday was on 9 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop of Lebombo, Bishop Carlos Matsinhe, preached and 25 pilgrims from Lebombo were present.
ALMA Sunday was on 10 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop of Angola, Bishop André Soares, was present, and the service was presided over by Bishop Rob Wickham, the Bishop for ALMA in London.
ALMA Sunday was celebrated on 12 July, with a service in St Paul’s Cathedral. The service was taken by Bishop Rachel Treweek, who had just resigned as Chair of the ALMA Steering Group. Bishop Mark Van Koevering, Bishop of Niassa, and Helen Van Koevering were present, and there were also visitors from Maciene School.
We made presentations to Bishop Rachel and Bishop Mark. Read more …
Downloads: The Poster for the service (188Kb))
On 13 July, there was an ALMA Sunday service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Bishop Dinis Sengulane and Bishop Michael Colclough were at the service, and we thanked them for all they have given to ALMA. We also officially welcomed Bishop Paul Williams and Archdeacon Rachel Treweek to their new ALMA roles.
Before this, there was an ALMA Reps and Friends Afternoon Tea with Bishop Dinis and Lina at St Andrew’s by the Wardrobe.
We celebrated ALMA Sunday on 14 July. This marked the fifteenth anniversary of the signing of the ALMA Covenant, which inaugurated our diocesan link with the Anglican churches in Angola and Mozambique.
In the afternoon there was an ALMA Reps meeting with Bishop André Soares, Bishop of Angola, at St Vedast Foster Lane, and Bishop André preached in St Paul’s Cathedral at the ALMA Sunday Eucharist at 6 pm. See a full report. There are pictures from the service in a Picture Gallery.
We received greetings from Lebombo:
From Bishop Dinis Sengulane
Our warmest greetings from Lebombo.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of ALMA, congregations in the Diocese prayed specially for our partnership through ALMA, thanking God for the many blessings we have received in these 15 years and committing ourselves to deepen our fellowship in the Gospel through ALMA. Centrally, a festival was held at St. Cyprians at 14.00. where congregations converged to mark the occasion together. They sang, shared their experience of ALMA connections and their vision about the future. Two hours of joy and celebration by a group which though not so big but was the representative of many. Next celebration is called for on 13 July 2014.
May God continue to be glorified through our partnership in ALMA.
From Bento Eliseu Michangula, Diocesan Secretary
Allow me to congratulate, through you, all the members of ALMA London (both clergy and laity, sisters and brothers, young and children) by the 14 July 2013, when we give thanks to the Almighty God for the fifteenth Anniversary of this linking body of the Dioceses of Angola, London and Mozambique, an instrument which has been vital for strengthening of our brotherhood and to speed up us all on the way of making others disciples of Jesus Christ, through sharing of all type of resources. Your help and prayers are welcome. Last Sunday we celebrated along with the Diocese the ALMA Sunday.
God bless us in this sacred adventure in favour of His mission.
Celebrated on 8 July in parishes.
On 10 July 2011, ALMA Sunday was celebrated at St Paul’s Cathedral with a Eucharist. The Rt Rev Dinis Sengulane, Bishop of Lebombo in Mozambique, was guest of honour.
Our theme was the “River of Prayer”; we celebrated eight new links in the past year; and the Diocesan Choir, led by Mervyn Hogg, took part in the service.
ALMA Sunday was celebrated at evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, on 11 July.
We produced some prayers and suggestions for intercessions for ALMA Sunday on 12 July 2009.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of ALMA with a service “River of Life” at St Paul’s Cathedral on 13 July. The Bishops of Angola, Lebombo, London and Niassa signed a new Covenant to renew the ALMA link.
We produced some background materials to help parishes celebrate ALMA Sunday on 15 July 2007.