Evangelism and Outreach

 
  • 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.

    • 220 families were resettled in 1991; they received plots in Kayole and formed a self-help group Called Tujisaidie;
    • 70 families were resettled at the end of 1992; they received plots in Dandora Phase 4 & 5; their self help is called Ex-Muoroto.
    • 60 families had to wait in temporary plastic shelter until 1996, when they were resettled; they received plots at the edge of Kayole; their self-help group is called Matimamu.

    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:

    • Latrines
    • Water supplies
    • School Feeding Programme for the nursery school
    • Income generating projects
    • Housing
    • Education
    • Health
    • Agriculture
    • Spiritual Growth
    • Food security
  • The communities have made much progress in achieving their priorities:

    1. Since 1996, they have built 120 latrines situated in all three communities. Those located in Mateso are WCs connected to the Dandora sewerage.
    2. Tujisaidie built a water pipe to the community plot in 1996, plus a water tank filling up during the night. This was extended to all plots in 2000. Ex-Muoroto laid a water pipe into its community plot in 1999, and Matimamu laid its first water pipe in 2005. Each of the three communities installed a new water tank in 2006, so as to be better prepared for the recurrent droughts.
    3. feeding programme for the nursery school children in Tujisaidie and Matimamu has been in operation since 1994.
    4. Several small income-generating projects are ongoing. Craft makers produce items for sale in Kenya, and abroad through our Link Churches. The young mothers have registered as Tujiinue Young Mothers’ Self-Help Group (Kayole) and Mwihoko Self-Help Group (Dandora).
    5. The UDP has been helping the neediest community members to improve theirhousing.
    6. Many students have been educated through secondary school. One student has achieved a Master’s degree in Economics from Kenyatta University. Another is studying for his BA in Theology (Urban Ministry) at Carlile College Nairobi. Another has completed her course in Media Studies.
      The UDP supports the Tujisaidie Nursery School, particularly by providing a hot lunch to the children through its school feeding programme, and educational tours sponsored by a friend of the UDP.
    7. The UDP employs a community health care worker. Several community members have been trained in primary health care and make sure that community members are in good health, as well as looking after the environment (clean-ups, tree planting, etc.). The UDP refers patients to a Christian health facility and works in co-operation with several doctors volunteering part of their time and a hospital offering free check-ups.
    8. The UDP has been able to obtain grants which have helped the three communities through periods of agricultural crisis, i.e. drought and flooding, by providing new seeds and interim food grains and extending the school feeding programme to the sick and the elderly. It has planted trees in the communities and takes care of the environment.

    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 :

Worship Pillar

 
  • 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:

    1. Vibrancy – reflecting dynamism
    2. Lively – one that involves and engages every worshiper in an enjoyable way
    3. Relevant – one that worshipers genuinely benefit from
    4. Theologically sound – one that is rich in scriptural content and teaching

    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.

    Key Components

    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 is one of the important ministries in the Church. In other countries it is called the
    “Altar Guild”

    VISION:

    A liturgically and beautifully decorated Sanctuary that gives the worshippers a
    wonderful worship experience.

    OBJECTIVES:

    1. To provide beautiful, clean and well maintained linen, furnishings and decoration
      for the altar and the sanctuary.
    2. To care for the church kneelers, books, cushions etc.
    3. To have a general oversight of proper cleanliness and maintenance of the church
      and its sacred line, vestments, ornaments and vessels.

     

    HOW DOES THE CATHEDRAL GUILD ACHIEVE THE ABOVE?

    • Every 1st Saturday of the month the members meet for planning and fellowship.
    • Every Thursday morning at 8.30 a.m. Cathedral Guild members meet to clean
      vessels of the Holy Eucharist i. chalices, bread boxes, wine holders etc. Also
      they wash and polish the candle holders, crosses and glasses.
    • They mend torn hymnals and prayer books
    • The linen on the holy tables are changed as necessary and taken for laundry.
    • Every Saturday except during the Lent Season, the Guild members arrange
      flowers for the main sanctuary, St. Philip’s Chapel, Trinity Center and for the
      Teens’ These make 12 arrangements in total.
    • They hold annual retreats to encourage and strengthen one another
    • They have fellowships organized once a month. This helps in presenting
      themselves before the Lord as living sacrifices for use in His servi
    • As most members have ageing parents, they have extended their fellowships to
      visit their parents.

     

Ministry Placement

 
  • 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:

    • Assure every born again Christian and member of the church that they are called to serve. They are called and empowered with all they need for service. This is in reference to 1 Corinthians 12 where every one is part of the body and is expected to exercise the gifts that God has bestowed on them.
    • Help members to know the biblical basis for service.
    • Help every member of the church to discover their spiritual gift(s) and ministries God is calling them to.
    • Conduct audit for ministry needs among sectors and pillars and ensure appropriate placements.
    • Facilitate training of those seeking placement in various ministries.

    The Process will require:

    • Appraisal of all such Christians on the range of ministry available at All Saints’ Cathedral and if need be, advise church leadership on the creation of new ones.
    • Provision of ministry clinic services, which would match members’ gifting with the ministries available.
    • Overseeing placement of members in ministries to ensure every committed member is involved in a ministry in the church.
    • Assisting people who may wish to change their ministries to do so with dignity and without any stigma.
    • Resourcing the leadership function by training ministries on all necessary matters of the church and expanding governance, middle level and grassroots ministry leadership base.

Education and Discipleship

 
  • 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

    1. Curriculum development ministry which provide training materials for all sectors in the church
    2. Discipleship class ministry which trains new believers on how to grow in their Christian lives
    3. Advanced discipleship course that is, diploma in Christian ministries and civic responsibilities from Carlile College
    4. The resource center ministry where both clergy and Christians can get resources to learn on faith but also on the history of the All Saints Cathedral Church
    5. Public lecture ministry where topical national issues are discussed with the use of specialists in the specific areas
    6. Training ministry especially on preaching and leadership
    7. Theological education by extension ministry
    8. The Cathedral Bible class and Bible study
    9. The Children ministry
    10. The Teens ministry
    11. The Youth ministry
    12. The Zabibu ministry
    13. The Mothers’ Union ministry
    14. The Kenya Anglican Men Association ministry
    15. The Marriage outreach Ministry (M.O.M)
  • ALL SAINTS’ CATHEDRAL, NAIROBI

    Theme: Celebrating God’s Faithfulness (Deut. 4:9)

    Topic:  The Reality of Heaven & Hell 

    Date: 20th August 2017

    Readings: Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-21:2

    It is possible to go about life assuming that everything begins and ends in the earth spectrum.   The story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, reminds us that there is a life that is beyond what we see. Genesis 1:1 says that “…God created the heavens and the earth”. Not much is said about heaven after that. Verse 2 singles out the earth and goes on in the succeeding verses to state the beginnings of what exists on the earth. We later see quite elaborate images of heaven in the book of Revelation. Often times, Jesus called people to action in light of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 4:17 points out the message that Jesus was committed to proclaim: “…Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.” The flip side brings out the fact that failure to repent invites judgment in hell.

    To live this life without an eternal perspective is a great tragedy. This tragedy is met by the failure to live our lives in light of who God is. We are told in John 17:3 that “…this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. It so happens that knowing God and believing in Him is gaining eternal life, as one of the most popular verses of the Bible tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). We are thereby implored not to work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval” (1 Timothy 6:12). It is thereby imperative to seek life in Christ and not away from Him.

    It is always interesting to note, that many of the past centuries’ hymn writers would always capture what it meant for them to walk this life with Christ and in the last stanza as if following a script would capture their journey with Christ through death. One such song is the inspiring hymn written by Joseph Henry Gilmore who as he reflected on the passage he was going to share one  night in 1862 got stuck in thought with the first 3 words of the last sentence of Psalm 23:2; “He leadeth me”.

    Remembering that night, Gilmore is quoted to say, “I set out to give the people an exposition of the Twenty-third Psalm. I had given this exposition on three or four other occasions; but this time I did not get beyond the words ‘He leadeth me.’ So greatly impressed was I with the blessedness of divine guidance that I made this my theme… “we continued our discussion of divine guidance (at the home of a deacon). While I was still talking and listening, I wrote on a piece of my exposition manuscript the words to this hymn. I handed the paper to my wife and more or less forgot the incident.”The words that Gilmore had written began with the  stanza: He leadeth me! O blessed tho’t! O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! What-e’er I do, wher-e’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me! And the last stanza goes: And when my task on earth is done, When, by Thy grace, the vict’ry’s won, E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee, Since Thou in triumph leadest me. Reflecting on these words of hope and depth, we are reminded to desire to be where God is, in this life and the next. There cannot be an explanation of why we would opt for the alternative  that only promises utter torment and hopelessness.

     

    Hymn:  He Leadeth Me! O Blessed Thought

    Study Questions: Luke 16:19-31 – Pray that God would cause you to see wonderful things in His Word

    1. What strikes you about how the rich man and Lazarus have been described in v. 19 to 21?
    2. What do you make of the situation that the rich man and Lazarus found themselves in after death?
    3. What do you make of the fact that the rich man called ‘father Abraham’ and ‘Lazarus’ by name?
    4. What does v. 25 to 26 tell you about the choices and liberties we have in comparison to what we have beyond the grave?
    5. What do you make of the rich man’s request to Abraham and his concern for his brothers in v. 27 to 28?
    6. What does v. 30 tell us about the reason why the rich man found himself in hell?
    7. What does the passage under study teach you about the life you are living now?
    8. Which side would you say you are on in light of the passage under study? Give reasons for your answer.

     

    Prayer: Almighty God, we are very grateful that You have loved us with an everlasting love and You have gifted us with Your very presence. Help us by Your grace to capture the vision of heaven for this life and the next where we shall reign with You eternally. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.

     

     

Pastoral Care and Sacraments Pillar

 
  • 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.

  • Key Components

     

    The pillar has several components:

    1. Sacraments (Baptism & Holy Communion)
    2. Other support services (Confirmation, Weddings & Funerals)
    3. Visitation (ministry to the sick and the needy)
    4. Counseling & Social concern eg. S.O.M
    5. Home fellowships & cell ministries.
     

    Sacraments

     

    Baptism

    The Anglican liturgy for baptism presumes

    • Believer’s baptism for those within the age of reason. Adults and bigger children who seek out baptism will be exposed to the challenge of personal commitment to Christ as the basis of baptism.
    • Infant baptism for children of believers who commit them to God and vow to bring them up in the faith. Parents and god parents will need to be helped to appreciate these truths. Where there is no evidence of a living faith in Jesus Christ in both parents and god parents, the church will wait for the child to grow up, take up instruction and bring themselves for baptism on the confession of their own faith in Jesus.

    Confirmation

    • The church will affirm a vibrant course for preparing confirmation candidates.
    • The content of the course will be under scrutiny and review by the Education Pillar of the PCC.
    • Only born again persons and those who come to a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus during the instruction will be confirmed.
    • The Education Pillar will work out methods of continuing support and instruction for both candidates and parents after confirmation.
    • Instructors will be vetted by Education Pillar and equipped to ensure they grasp the fundamental philosophy and have the capacity to transmit desirable values to the candidates.
     

    Support Services

     

    Weddings

    • A large number of people continue to seek to have their weddings done at All Saints’ Cathedral.
    • Premarital counseling will continue to receive due attention and the curriculum reviewed.
    • All ministries that are related will be drawn in to offer support and instruction so that all those who marry at All Saints’ Cathedral continue to worship at the Cathedral and can have support in their marriage pilgrimage.

    Funerals

    • This is a major activity at All Saints’ Cathedral.
    • Awareness must be created that only communicant members of ASC or those with corroborated proof of communicant membership of other churches can have a Christian funeral service at All Saints’ Cathedral with the body brought to church.
    • For the non-communicant members, pastoral care support will be provided, while observing necessary precautions that are generally administrative.
    • A grief and trauma-counseling programme, will be introduced immediately to support the bereaved families.
     

    Visitation

     

    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:

    • New believers
    • The sick in homes and hospitals
    • The straying and backsliding
    • The aged and the feeble
    • The thriving and regular members
    • The strangers
    • The prisoners
    • The needy and afflicted
    • The bereaved
    • Visits to work and business places
     

    Counseling & Social Concern

     

    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:

    • Establish a social concern office
    • Mobilize and recruit professional counselors who are members to volunteer and offer free services to members.
    • Organize seminars and workshops that would enhance group therapy on common issues.
    • Pay attention to the HIV & AIDS crisis.
     

    Home fellowships & Cell Ministries

     

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