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
A JOURNEY OF REFLECTION: 7 DEADLY SINS VERSUS 7 HEAVENLY VIRTUES
SLOTH/LAZINESS VERSUS DILIGENCE
Have you ever thought of sloth/laziness as sin? Well, it is. It is to be treated as such and dealt with as such. Looking at Jesus’ itinerary, we see Him busy at work. He was not busy for busyness sake but for the purposes of the Kingdom of God. Kenyans are normally seen to be busy people, but it is important to ask if our busyness is productive and if we are busy for the right reasons. ‘Working’ in Kenya has come to be termed as hassling almost to suggest that work is a necessary evil. In this reflection work is seen as the effort we make to improve ourselves, our surroundings/environment and our society in every sense. On the other hand, hassling is seen as toil, which came about as a result of sin (Gen. 3:17). Toil therefore is not seen necessarily as a way of engaging for the purposes of adding value but rather as a means of survival – in this, the jungle rule would apply, namely: survival for the fittest. Here we will kill, steal, step on each other’s toes for the purposes of getting by and for self preservation.
Diligence gives the connotation of not only being busy, but also of being effective and productive. An ant is celebrated in scripture because of being diligent (Pr. 6:6-11). It is seen to appreciate seasons so as to do what is right in each; storing provisions in summer and gathering its food at harvest. Believe it or not, the animal associated with sloth/laziness is a goat. A goat is known for being rebellious and wayward. Being lazy may be seen as harmless, but is a strong statement of being rebellious, unsubmissive and reckless. “Sloth not only subverts the livelihood of the body, taking no care for its day-to-day provisions, but also slows down the mind, halting its attention to matters of great importance. Sloth hinders the man in his righteous undertakings and thus becomes a terrible source of human’s undoing” (Wikipedia).
Listen to an account about John Wesley, the well known Anglican Priest and theologian of the 18th century; “John Wesley averaged 3 sermons a day for 54 years, preaching all totaled more than 44,000 times, in doing this he traveled by horseback and carriage more than 200,000 miles, or about 5,000 miles a year. His published works include a 4 volume commentary on the whole Bible; a dictionary of the English language; a 5 volume work on natural philosophy; a 4 volume work on church history; histories of England and Rome; grammars on the Hebrew, Latin, Greek, French, and English languages; 3 works on medicine; 6 volumes of church music; and 7 volumes of sermons and controversial papers. He also edited a library of 50 volumes known as The Christian Library. He arose daily at 4 o’clock in the morning and worked solidly through 10 o’clock at night, allowing brief periods for meals. In the midst of all this work he declared, “I have more hours of private retirement than any man in England.” (Growing Kingdom Character 2011:163). You may be tired already by just reading this. But we agree that Wesley demonstrated a clear mark of diligence; he engaged in the kind of work that outlives a person and makes a difference in many generations. God calls us to diligence so as to make our lives count, so that we do not barely survive but live and follow the trail He has cut out for us. It would be sad at the end of our lives to think that there were sermons we never preached (in word and deed) books we never wrote, lives we never touched because of sloth.
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: