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 is one of the important ministries in the Church. In other countries it is called the
A liturgically and beautifully decorated Sanctuary that gives the worshippers a
wonderful worship experience.
HOW DOES THE CATHEDRAL GUILD ACHIEVE THE ABOVE?
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: 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
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.
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: