The Social Outreach Ministry (SOM) of All Saints’ Cathedral was started in 1991 in partnership with the Church Mission Society Ireland. It was set up with the objective of supporting 350 families, who had lost their homes in slum demolitions (Muoroto / Kibagare) in central Nairobi and were being resettled in Kayole, in the eastern outskirts of the city.
The 350 families were taken to Kayole and told to wait there for their new plots. They were resettled in three phases.
The plots which each family received were on green-field sites with no services; they measure about 25 by 50 feet (8 by 17 metres). The allottees put up whatever shelters they could, with the materials they had salvaged from their demolished homes.
The three self-help groups each hold their meetings once a week; during these meetings, they take decisions, set their priorities, adopt work plans, collect member funds, pay for commen objectives, and share out responsibilities. They each have a constitution, elect a committee and, in relevant cases, sub-committees for specific activities (such as water, the community nursery school, etc.).
The priorities adopted by the self-help groups at the beginning were as follows:
The communities have made much progress in achieving their priorities:
As the communities have developed and achieved results, the younger generation have emulated them and formed major groups, which have become active in their own right :
The worship pillar is the one responsible for ensuring that the worship needs of the church are identified, reviewed and met effectively. It is also responsible for a kind of front office and service function, which is what, is experienced by the ordinary worshipers. It must deliver the highest quality and values across the board.
The worship experience at All Saints Cathedral must of essence be authentically Anglican, enriching and inclusive. It must also create room to be Holy Spirit led, marked by the following attributes and qualities:
Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit – one that takes cognizance of the pre-eminence of God the Holy Spirit Worshipers must be helped to genuinely relate with God and draw directly from Him.
Worship has two main elements
The worship service and all auxiliary components
The choirs and Praise teams
ASC has more than 10 services every Sunday. Every one of them must be treated as a main service. They are expected to expand in size with growth of the church as stipulated in this plan. However several areas are focus for investment and growth.
Continuous assessment of needs: using regular surveys the Pillar is to determine to what extent worshippers’ needs are being addressed and met.
Investment in Music Equipment: ASC has enjoyed great services in the organ and piano. While these two have served adequately particularly in the main sanctuary, the church has sought to enhance the worship with particular reference to singing with the procurement of additional equipments. This is ongoing but an initial satisfactory outlay of equipment has been procured.
We have adequate outlay of music and sound equipment for Sunday school, the Swahili service, the Teens and Youth services. This effort will be sustained as the church grows.
Training of instrumentalists: the pillar must also identify and train a sufficient number of instrumentalists to service all the Sunday services and other needs. The church is making a concerted investment in appropriate equipment to meet the growing number.
Audio-Visual Communication equipment: the first move was the installation of Audiovisual Equipment in the main sanctuary to enhance visibility and participation of those blocked by the huge pillars, an exercise that was completed in December 2005. The worshipers are now able to participate fully in the services. Provision of audio visual equipment is an ongoing process
Intercessory ministry – in the view of the supernatural challenges that surround a liberating and enriching worship life and experience, the intercessory ministry needs to be strengthened. Intercessors will be recruited, trained and appropriate programmes made to ensure services are bathed with prayers in the course of the week and alongside every service as it runs in the church and in other worship venues.
Hospitality: this is a team that is expected to support worshipers in all needs, prayers, issuance of service sheets and any other help that worshipers need. Every service will have a team for special welcome to visitors.
In the past, choirs had liberty to determine what they sang. The pillar is now expected to ensure that the singing is of high quality, organized and in tandem with the themes of certain times and seasons. Members of the choirs are also ministers. The pillar will therefore vet those who join the choirs. The policy will be that choir members must have a living faith in Jesus Christ and be committed to the life of discipleship and spiritual discipline.
While choirs will be free to maintain separate identities either in names or services they ministry in, there will be a deliberate inclusion of relevant cultural styles that are appropriate in rhythm, tempo and variety, alongside the traditional classical kind of music that dominates singing at the Cathedral. Formal for a will be organized to allow choir members to meet, discuss, exchange and mutually enrich one another including cross-service ministry.
Current updates/ events;
THE 11.30AM choir is recruiting new members to augment their current number. We are looking for those with passion to sing. We are especially short of men but ladies are also free to join. Kindly see Ben or Francis after the service or join us at our rehearsal during the week on Tuesdays and Fridays 5.45p.m – 7.00p.m
This pillar has a critical role of mobilizing every confessing believer to engage in some ministry within the broad range of ministries available in the church. Every believer will be brought to the point of appreciating that the living out of the Christian faith demands the exercise of one’s gifting in the body of Christ.
In a systematic way, the pillar will:
The Process will require:
Education pillar is one of the 5 pillars that make the current operational ministry structure at All Saints Cathedral church, Nairobi. It was established in 2004 based from Ephesians 4.11-13. It was He who gave some to be Teachers—– to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up. Its key objective is to enable Christians to attain Christian unity and maturity in faith and in the knowledge of God through a consistent training and transition system.
The pillar is aimed at building up people to reach unity and maturity in faith and in knowledge of God through a deliberate and organized Christian education that is Christ centered and biblical based. Christian education is aimed at equipping Christians with Biblical knowledge, Christian disciplines, knowledge on church doctrines and Christian lifestyle. This will produce transformed and mature believers who will impact the next generation and also be able to face modern day challenges and that of the future.
Today, the pillar has 15 active ministries and an education pillar committee headed by Rev.Lilian Karinga as the pillar Minister.Its ministries include
ALL SAINTS’ CATHEDRAL, NAIROBI
Theme: Celebrating God’s Faithfulness (Deut. 4:9)
Topic: Drugs & Substance Abuse: Jesus is the Solution
Date: 25th June 2017
Readings: Jeremiah 29:1-14; James 4:1-12
Our parting shot last week was that the negative effects of drugs and substance abuse are very real and evident in our country. Whether it is the numerous youths in the coast that have been rendered useless by drugs or the cry of aging mothers in central Kenya to the authorities to rid their neighborhoods of alcohol dens so that their sons and daughters can get back home to nurture healthy families or the numerous households across the country that can only dream of what it would mean to have sober and stable mothers and fathers that can give them a good start in life, not to mention Christian parents who are continuously on their knees seeking for God’s intervention in their daughters’ and sons’ lives that present a bleak future.
Occasional campaigns may not come close to capturing the plight of the many lives that are languishing in sickness and evil as a result of drugs. While in the meantime, suspected drug barons are often held as heroes. Time is long overdue to present the people who infiltrate our schools, institutions and neighborhoods with drugs as enemies of the state. For indeed they are; they are literally destroying the future of our nation and citizenry.
While the children of Israel were in captivity in Babylon, through the prophet Jeremiah, God helped them understand that though they were not in perfect circumstances, – and there never are perfect circumstances,- they could not afford to assume a victim mentality by folding their arms in helplessness. God called them to engage in an active and productive life (Jer. 29:5-6), to help them understand that there still were things that were in their power to do. They had an excuse to languish in poverty because of the mere fact that they were refugees. And refugees they were, but the God they trusted in was not a refugee or a victim of circumstances, He could still break through their real situations and bring good in bad circumstances.
Paul had learnt well and adopted the same mentality. Though in chains, he said that the word of God for which He was suffering was not in chains (2 Tim. 2:9). He is credited to have written four epistles from prison and they continue to nourish our hearts to date. He goes down in history termed as the greatest Christian in history who said about himself in 2 Corinthians 11:23 that “…I have worked harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again”, and yet we see him to have left considerable impact in Christian history.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted to have said that the best way to predict the future is to create it. With the help of God, we can create a future that is drug free, if as a society we make a decision to do what needs to be done to make that happen. The often repeated quote says that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. God desires to see and do good in society, but He works through people who fear Him and are willing to be His conscience, His hands and feet in society. In moments of despair and oppression, God expects that there will be people who trust Him enough to make a change. Jesus came into a community that was desperate and oppressed and declared His mission: “the Spirit of God is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Luke 4:18-19). The Spirit of God desires to work in and through us in order that we demonstrate a living faith. One that is active and able to effect God’s will in our everyday life. If indeed we believe that God offers a solution to the drugs and substance menace in our society then we should be willing to partner with Him in order to actualize that solution.
Hymn: Father I Place Into Your Hands
Study Questions: Jeremiah 29:1-14 – Pray that God would cause you to see wonderful things in His Word
Prayer: Almighty God, we are very grateful for Your loving kindness. Thank You for Your promises that enables us to have hope in You even in the midst of difficult circumstances. We pray that we will take a hold of Your promises that we may act according to Your will and not in the limitation of our circumstances. Give us a heart that will perceive Your will and ears that will hear what You would have us do and move us to action by Your Spirit. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
This pillar is aimed at building the worshipers by meeting their felt needs and providing a conducive environment for peer pastoral care. Part of it will require membership recruitment especially among many worshipers who come to the Cathedral but have never been committed as members. Another factor will be the provision of substantive pastoral care in every sector of the church. This involves taking note of salient needs of every sector and developing and carrying out programmes that meet those needs within the sector.
The pillar has several components:
The Anglican liturgy for baptism presumes
The overwhelming size of the church and the attendant overload on a lean staff has rendered visitation to adhoc and emergency situations rather than the spontaneous proactive and preemptive ministry undertaking it should be. This new strategy makes a deliberate effot to treat visitation as a main concern.
This ministry will involve clergy, lay leaders and people across other ministries. The spectrum of places and people to be visited include:
The Cathedral has an enormous turnout of people seeking counseling and help of all sorts on issues. Most of these are of social concern. For this to be done effectively the Cathedral will: