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: Cell Groups: A Place to Connect
Date: 21st May 2017
Readings: Proverbs 3:3-10; Acts 4:32-37
When writing to the church in Ephesus in Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul brought out the importance of the unity of the Church, terming her as the ‘Body of Christ. He used the analogy of the body, to show how connected believers of Christ are to Christ Himself and to other believers. Just as our body parts belong together and none can quite operate away from the rest, so we become handicapped and powerless if and when we are isolated from one another. The unity of believers is of paramount importance in bringing about and demonstrating the oneness of God, the value of every single person in contributing to the whole and in nurturing each other with love and truth such that “from Him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16).
God has joined us together in His love so that we can have the capacity to build godly relationships with one another and be able to connect with God and His purposes. The Early Church would not have survived the torrents of her time, if she had not remained united. God gave the early believers the grace to value their oneness in Christ, so that their relationship with each other was more important than what they owned. It was therefore not difficult for them to sell their possessions in order to support fellow Christians (Acts 4:32-37). This was a true demonstration of their love for God and for one another. Their focus in Christ had helped them value what was eternal rather than temporal; in this they were able to hold the latter in proper perspective. In a materialistic society, possessions take preeminence of relationships; this is why people will be willing to compromise at the altar of corruption, back stabbing and different forms of injustices to add to their treasure chests, leaving many victims on their trail.
As Christians, we are called to unite with God and His people so as to accomplish God’s will for our lives and live beyond ourselves. A whatsapp message that resonates well with this truth is worth quoting here: “…life is better when you are happy; but life is at its best when others are happy because of you. Be faithful in touching other people’s hearts; be an inspiration. Nothing is more important and worth practicing than being a channel of God’s blessing. Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruits. The sun does not shine for itself; and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature (and a significant spiritual attribute). We were all born to help one another. No matter how difficult the situation you find yourself in; still do good to others”. It is no wonder that while talking to His disciples; Jesus termed Himself as the Vine and they the branches (John 15:5), and called them to bear fruit that will last (John 15:8, 16). A loud hint that they were to exist for God and His purposes that are far beyond caressing their egos and fulfilling their selfish ambitions to embracing the eternal perspective/purposes that God had called them into. Connecting closely with a community of faith always helps us to continually beware of the fallacies of self preservation and self aggrandizement that dims God’s rightful place and that of others to keep us grounded and in check so to speak.
Hymn: When We Walk With the Lord
Study Questions: Proverbs 3:3-10 – Pray that God would cause you to see wonderful things in His Word
Prayer: Dear God, we thank You for giving us an opportunity to walk with you and each other in a loving relationship. Teach us to be true to You by connecting with each other as we should. Help us to identify the value of walking together in unity as we follow You. 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: