St Paul Choir was formed in 1980 in Our Lady of Africa Mbuya Parish, Kampala after a merger between the Luo Choir, and the Alur Choir. The Choir leads the congregation/worshippers in singing at the 11:00 am (11 o’clock) mass every Sunday at Our Lady of Africa Church, Mbuya. The hymns/songs sang cover various cultures all over the world.
Membership to this choir is open to all and currently there are over seventy five (75) members from various walks of life who volunteer to sing whenever called upon.
Besides praising and worshipping the Lord during the Sunday celebration of Eucharist, the Choir also participates in singing at both catholic and Anglican private functions like Baptism, weddings, funerals and last funeral rites, thanksgiving occasions, and any other customized functions in which they are obliged to participate.
The choir also participates in music festivals like the Ecumenical Festival of Christian music and it is privileged to have been in the East African music festival in Kigali Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya; which is yearly and involves countries in the East African region namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The choir strives to produce good sound and in that regard, they use both indigenous and modern musical instruments like the harps (adungus), shakers, olang (bells), drums, guitars, pianos to mention but a few.
To be an evangelizing, self-reliant, culturally diverse model choir."
To inspire spirituality of Christians and develop members' talents through professional singing.
We sing for the lord.
St Paul Choir hosts annual carols in and out of the Parish. We do both the Easter and Christmas carols. The choir has also introduced carol presentations to mark the feast of St Peter and St Paul, which is commemorated on June 29. So far, we have celebrated this magnificent occasion together with the St Paul Youth Choir from St Michaels Cathedral Parish, Kigali, Rwanda. This event can only grow bigger as many other choirs that have St Paul as their patron Saint participate in the coming years.
The choir is undertaking a number of other projects, these include;
The St Paul Sunday school
The Children’s Sunday School as perceived by the choir is a source for fresh, creative Children's Ministry resources, Sunday school lessons for children, Bible crafts, activities, object lessons, stories, skits, games, songs and much more. A very exciting way of helping the children to understand the Sunday messages.
Savings and Credit
St Paul Choir was facilitated by the former Vice President of Uganda; Dr. Specioza Wandira Naigaga to start up a SACCOs. This is an ongoing project and very soon, members and all other interested persons will begin saving money. This will greatly improve the economic livelihoods of especially the members. It is also important to note that this group will not conflict with the already existing savings group that is already in existence in the Parish.
St Paul choir has also taken on the corporate social responsibility. This is a new annual event in which the choir chooses an area of concern/need in the society and then together with the Parish try to address it accordingly. One such example was the visit to the Women’s wing of the Uganda Prisons service, Luzira. This was on Good Friday and the choir did this as a way of carrying their own cross. The visit was mainly intended for the children that are in detention because their mothers are inmates. We were able to mobilize children items like toys and also other necessities like sugar, soap, and sanitary pads for the women. We were accompanied by the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs, led by their chairman Hon. Fred Muwuuma.
Watch this space for the next community work schedule and be a part of it.
Mbuya Parish Choirs have been blessed with music equipment and trained music personnel to enhance the singing. However, there are many other choirs in some parishes that do not have the means. In that regard therefore; the Christians in those parishes do not get to appreciate choral music to the fullest. St Paul Choir has hence forth decided to work with some of the choirs and parishes. We have made contacts, visited parishes, and celebrated mass with them. We have been to Gulu, Katakwi, Nairobi, Kigali, Jinja, Mukono, Kitgum, and we are open to any other parish that needs our services.
Our practices are done at the Church premises every Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and every Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.00pm after the 11.00am Mass.
How to join
We welcome you to join our big family. Membership is open to every one. Each member contributes Ugx1000 membership fees on joining the choir and an annual subscription of Ugx2000 only which is geared towards supporting the choir. You can join the choir by simply walking in during the practice days on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays after the 11 O'clock mass where you will be given a registration form to fill or alternatively download the form here and fill then hand it over to the choir Leadership.
For more information, Contact us now on the numbers below.
We invite you to support our work of evangilization through singing by supporting all our projects. The finacial assistance you give will go miles to support the choir's welfare and projects. You can donate to the choir through the Parish here. or call any contact below.
The choir can be reached through the Parish office and postal address; or directly through the following Phone contacts:
+256 700 907 373 – Onen Edward (Chairman)
+256 702 568 850 - Okello John Edwine (Secretary)
+256 775 338 628 - Lydia Atim Ochola(Treasurer)
+256 776 070 487 - Ojilong Ronald (Public Relations/ Communications )
+256 776 437950 – Rachel K. Sebudde (Patron)