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K.A.M.A REPORT

Introduction

KAMA - (Kenya Anglican Men's Organization) was started in 1984 in Mt. Kenya
South Diocese but with a different name. Since then many other men's organization
has integrated with different names and in different Dioceses.

In our Diocese, the organization started in 1998. Since then many men has joined the
organization and those that has remained committed to the motto, aims and objectives
have benefited a lot. Their homes have become examples of a Christian home where
the father as the head has lead the family to embrace Christian values.

Aims and Objectives

Promote God's kingdom and set forth its glory.
Help its members to grow in spirit, mind, and body and be nurtured in faith for
every good work.
Encourage members to play an active part in the mission of the church.
Promote Christian principles in National Civil and community life.
Encourage members to undertake acts of Christian service for the distressed,
disadvantaged and disabled.
Encourage members to use their resources in supporting the work of the Church at

all levels.

Activities

Some of the activities undertaken are:-
Local church leaders meeting held in May 2006 to chart way forward.
Enrollment of 80 men to KAMA membership.

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Seminars to enlighten men during the recruitment period.
On November 5th

2005, men held their KAMA day where they were raising money in
support of the department and as well for their own use in their respective parishes.

On Dec 4th

to 9th

, seven (7) men attended RIAT Provincial Conference in Kisumu.

Development

KAMA was given a plot some time ago by the Bishop which they have always wanted to
develop.

Borehole

Towards the end of year 2006, the KAMA Executive Committee decided that drilling of
water be separated from the main project i.e. construction of a boarding primary school at
Kiganjo.

Boarding Primary School

A major harambee for the school construction will be organized.

Challenges

Lack of commitment by some leaders
Communication problem
Lack of full time coordinator

Way Forward

To organize leaders seminar, men's seminar, Archdeaconry Seminars and men's
conference.
Plans to finish Kiganjo first phase i.e. drilling water
Request for the appointment of a full-time KAMA co-ordinator.

Prepared by:
Rev. Francis K. Kinuthia

KAMA Coordinator

MOTHER'S UNION DEPARTMENT

The Mother's Union as a Christian Organization in the Anglican Church, promotes the well
being of families worldwide. To achieve this, members are encouraged to develop the habit
of praying in their families.

Teaching our members to take practical action to improve the conditions of families.

Activities

The department has activities at Diocesan and provincial levels. As here under:
Annual World day of prayer that is held on the first Friday of March.
Mother's Union Rally, which is held annually to mark and celebrate and to remember
the first African women who were first enrolled as members of Mother’s Union.
In the year 2005, talent week was held from on from 30th

August to 4th

September
2005. An enrolment of women was done on 1st October 2005, where 295 women were
enrolled as full and associate members of mother’s union.

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This year (2006) Talent week was held in the second week of August (from 7th

to 13th

August) while enrollment was done on 12th

August 2006 where 176 women were

enrolled as full and associate members.
In April 2005, we held a Regional music and drama festival in Embu Diocese.
Karangi, giachuki and Kame parishes represented our Diocese.
Parishes to Embu diocese to represent the diocese. These parishes were Karangi,
Giachuki and Kame.
Provincial Conference was held in August 2005 at Kenya High School, We were able
to take 32 participants from our Diocese.
We organized a Clergy Wives retreat from 7th

and 8th

April 2006, which was very

successful.
We organized a Seminar on Nutrition and Health. Dr. Gathirwa was the guest speaker.
In August 2006, we held a Diocesan Conference where about 100 women participated
both boarders and day scholars.

On 14th

October 2006, the department organized widow’s seminar where 75 widow’s
attended.. The guest speaker was Mrs. Rachael from Diocese of Mt Kenya South.

Development

For a long time, it has been a great desire for women to see their project of Talent House
take off. This has not been possible due to some unavoidable circumstances. The
department has had various activities to help members raise funds towards the project,
which includes selling of headscarfs, caps, badges and also organized a walk.
This year 2006, we introduced home banks which every woman was expected to
participate. Over 4,000 cans were given out and the department is expecting a good return.
To facilitate the idea of home banks, we have 27 groups (action groups) which we used to
deliver the can to the churches all over the diocese. The exercise kicked off in June.

Mission Work and Future Aspirations

In the near future we intend to take Mission work seriously in terms of Evangelism
(reaching out to the unreached) and to considering needy cases.

Prepared by
Rev. Jennifer Mwangi

Mother's Union Co-coordinator

LINK

The Link is a tripartite Link, between Exeter Diocese, Thika Diocese and Cyprus and the
Gulf Dioceses.

The Link covenant was signed in July 2005 in Exeter by, The Right Rev. Michael Langrish
Bishop of Exeter Diocese, The Most Rev. Clive Handford of Cyprus and the Gulf Diocese
and The Right Rev. Dr. Gideon G. Githiga of Thika Diocese to mark the formal
representation of the Link covenant between the three Dioceses. The affirmation was
repeated in Cyprus and the Gulf in July 2006 and lastly in Thika Diocese on 3rd

September

2006.

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The Link builds its relationship on encouraging one another and building one another in
mission, prayer and other practical ways.

Parishes in the Diocese of Exeter have formed links with Parishes in the Diocese of Thika.
The Linked Parishes are;

St. Andrews Pro-Cathedral links with St. Peter's Cathedral Exeter
Makongeni parish

"

Crediton Parish

Kame Parish

"

Lydford Parish

Thika Memorial Parish

"

St. Leonard's Parish

Giachuki Parish

"

Pilton Parish

Kiarutara Parish

"

St. Andrews Berre Ferrers

Gatura Parish

"

Chittlehampton Parish

Ruiru Parish

"

St. Michael's & St. Barnabas, Devonport

Gakui Parish

"

St. Mary's Willand

Juja Parish

"

St. David's & St. Michael's

Mangu Parish

"

Ashburton Parish

Kiairegi Parish

"

St. Thomas with Emmanuel Team Ministry

Namrata Shah

"

St. Giles and St. Nicholas Sidmouth.

More parishes from the Dioceses of Exeter and Thika have shown interest in starting Link
Partnership. For instance from Thika Diocese the following Parishes are ready for it:
Happy Valley Parish, Mutugu Parish, Ruiru East Parish, Mbugiti Parish, Kairi Parish,
Ndunyu Chege Parish, Kiganjo West Parish, Mwagu Parish, Gatundu Parish and Gakoe
Parish.

Cyprus and the Gulf Link has not fully taken shape but through the efforts of our Bishops
who are in constant communication, we trust God that it will fully take its shape. We wish
Bishop Clive God's Grace as he plans to retire in May this year (2007) and the Christians
of Cyprus and the Gulf during this time of transition.

We thank our Bishop, Rt. Rev. Gideon Githiga for his efforts to make this Link a reality.

Mr. Solomon Mbuthia

Link Chairman

A REPORT FOR DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

Daughters of the King’ is an order for women who are communicants of the Epicospal
church. Churches that are in communion with it are those that are Historic Episcoporate.
It was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of Holy Sepulchre in New
York City.

Our Anglican tradition includes Epicospal oversight, Holy Scripture containing all things
necessary for salvation, recognition of the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the real
presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and to worship according to the Book of
Common Prayer.

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Members undertake a rule of life incorporating the rule of prayer and the rule of service.
By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a daughter of the
King commits herself to a life long program of prayers, service and evangelism dedicated
to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

The Mission of the Order

The mission of this order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer service and
evangelism.

Vision Statement

To know Jesus Christ, to make him known to others, and become reflections of God’s love
throughout the world.

The Motto of the Order
FOR His sake………………
I am but one, but I am one
I can do everything, but I can do something
What I can do, I ought to do
What I ought to do, the Grace of God I can do

In Thika Diocese

The Bishop started the order in Thika Diocese in the 2005. We started with 150 members
from different parishes. The first group was inaugurared and commissioned on 6th

January
2007 by the Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Gideon Githiga in the presence of Prof. Dr. Deborah E.
Ajakaiye the International chair. We also recognised the presence of our clergy who
attended the service Canon David Njoroge, Rev. Stephen Nduati, Rev. Hillary Njoroge,
Rev. Francis Kinuthia, Rev. David Murage, Rev. Mary Chege, Rev. Jackson Maina, Rev.
Jamlick Mwaniki, Rev. Kuria Wanyoike, Rev. Jennifer Mwangi.

81 senior daughters of the King and 60 junior members* were installed. Parishes
represented were:
Gatuanyaga
Ndunyu Chege
Kiganjo West
Ruiru
Ititu
Giteme
Ruiru East
Gathaiti
Njunu
Gatuanyaga

Activities

• Visiting the sick, orphans, widows and widowers, praying for our diocese. Chapters of
Daughters of the King within the Diocese, outside the Diocese and Worldwide.
• Sharing the word of God together. Visiting the old people.
• Involving ourselves in church activities.
• Teaching single mothers their right to serve.

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• Visit children homes in our Diocese.
• Educating the orphans on various courses.

Projection

• The order of the Daughters of the King needs enough training materials especially
printing and translation (in our nature languages) and distribution of the same materials
to every member.
• Preparation, printing and distribution of handbook study guide of senior and junior
daughters countrywide which as well needs time.
• Organising training workshops in our Diocese.
• A follow up evaluation of the training workshops.

Challenges

• Financing the order to enable us to teach in different parishes and to have enough
manuals during those training’s.
• Parishes to positively support women to be able to attend meetings when invited.

Prepared by

Rev. Mercy Maina

KENYA ANGLICAN YOUTH ORGANISATION (KAYO

Motto - “Be strong in the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:10).

Introduction

The department was started back in 1961 by the late Bishop Obadiah Kariuki. By then, it
was known as AYO (Anglican Youth Organization) later, it charged to KAYO (Kenya
Anglican Youth Organization). The Department covers ages between 15 and 35 years.
However, those aged above 35 years are enrolled as supporting members.

The purpose of the department is to spearhead the work of the young people in our diocese.
The areas of concern of the department being, taking care of the Spiritual, Physical, Social
and economic transformation among the young people in our diocese.

Aims and objectives

1. To build young people in the knowledge of Christ.
2. Build up young people to be good church and community leaders.
3. Create an understanding in the church about its role towards the growth of
young people.
4. Empower young people to become responsible and meaningful in their lives
morally, socially, economically and politically.

Activities

The department has concentrated most of the youth activities in the parishes, deaneries and
in the archdeaconries. While others are organized at Diocesan level and at the Regional
and Provincial levels. For the past two years (2005 and 2006), the youths in this diocese
has been able to participate in the following activities,

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Fellowships have been held at parish level and have been helpful to the young people
and they have enabled them to grow spiritually.
Retreats have been organized at the Archdeaconry level.
Kesha’s have been held at parish level, deanery, archdeaconry and diocesan level
Hike- we have hiked Mt Kilimambogo and Ngong hills for the past two years
respectively where around 300 have participated. The hike takes place on 10th

October

every year.
Youth Sunday- This Sunday is usually on the first week of September. A Program of
activities is made during the youth week to make sure that the youth participate in both
Church and Community. The money raised on Youth Sunday is used to pay the KAYO
Diocesan Quota and arrears as a priority. The rest of the money is used for local church
youth projects.
KAYO Convention- The youth meet every year in the month of June for fellowship.
In the last two years, the attendance was very good especially last year where about
200 youth gathered at the Cathedral for teaching and counseling.
Enrolment- This happens once a year. In the year 2005, we enrolled 200 youths and in
the year 2006, we enrolled 220 youths. So far, over (one thousand) 1,000 members
have been enrolled.
End of Year Conference- This has been taking place every year in the month of
December. The youths are taught, preached to, counseled and have a fellowship. In the
year 2005, the conference was held at Munyu Girls secondary school where 200 youths
attended and in the year 2006, the conference was held at Thika Primary School for the
Blind that was attended by 350 members from all over our diocese and 6 from Diocese
of Mt Kenya Central and Nairobi Diocese.
Ball games took place on 25th

November 2006 at CITC we had about 400 young

people who participated in the games.

The Way Forward

The department intends to,
Hold trainings and seminars at local and Parish levels to teach young people on
relevant issues such as;
Leadership
Proposal Writing
Issues of Governance
Networking and Collaboration
On Income-Generating Projects. Such projects include, rabbit rearing, fruit tree
planting, juice, youghurt and detergent making.
Do social responsibilities i.e. clean up campaigns as well as visiting the orphans.
The department plans to continue sensitizing the young people on the HIV/AIDS,
encourage them to freely visit the V.C.T centers, visit and support those affected and
infected by the scourge and teach young people to positively accept those infected.
Start kinyozi and saloon business within Thika town. This will be an Income-
generating project for the department instead of the proposed cann.
Plant Two million trees in conjunction with the CCS department.
Have a diocesan football team.
Do civic education.
Embark on sports evangelism.

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Anticipated outcome
Through these activities, the department expects to achieve these goals:
Enlightened youths who with a focus will identify and use their potentials/ talents.
Create and improve the job market of self-employment.
Provide safe and secure environment where young people will respect and honour

God.

Behavioral change among the youths that will lead to good health and longer lives.
Changed attitude towards the Church and the authority.
Challenged youth who can engage in self-employment activities.

Challenges.

Low quota payments.
Lack of consistence and committed leaders.
Low morale by the youths in participating in youth activities.
Lack of good role models within the youths.
Lack of self-sustainability of the youths due to un employment.
The challenge of HIV/AIDS, early pregnancies and early marriages as well as increase
in come- we stay marriages among the youths in our diocese.
Lack of full time youth worker who will concentrate with the youth work alone.
Lack of good means of communication for the co-coordinator in his visit to the youths
in their local parishes and churches.

Conclusion

The department is committed to educate, sensitize and integrate the young people in our
diocese in the society, so that they may become productive members of their respective
communities, our diocese and the country at large. However, more needs to be done to
ensure that the young people remains string and vibrant and are able to meet the challenges
of the 21st

century.

Prepared by
The Rev Kuria Wanyoike
Diocesan Youth Coordinator

BRIGADE DEPARTMENT

MOTTO: Fight the Good Fight. 1 Timothy 6:12.

Preamble:
The Brigade department in our Diocese has been busy laying the foundation of Church
Lads and Church Girls Brigade (CLCGB). This report gives an overview of the department
and what it has been able to achieve thus far and the challenges it has faced.

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C.L.C.G.B History

The Brigade movement was popular within the churches in Europe because it prevented a
massive loss of Sunday School members when they reached 13yrs. The British government
at a time of international insecurity saw it as a source of military cadets who could be
called upon when required. Most importantly, young people liked it because it gave them
an interesting, purposeful and recreational, social life, many years before clubs, discos,
sports centres or TV.

From about 1860, isolated “brigades” were formed all over the United Kingdom, but the
first to develop into a truly National organization of “The Boys’ Brigade” was Glasgow in
1883, followed by the “ The Gordon Boys’ Brigade “1885 in Walton, Liverpool and “The
Church Lads’ Brigade in 1891 in London.

In 1901, a Girls movement (Church Nursing and Ambulance Brigade for young Women
and Girls), that dealt with first aid was started by Rev. Thomas Milner in London. The two
movements (CLB and CNAB), rapidly progressed and developed as two different entities.
In 1923, the CNAB sought to merge with the CLB and anticipated to change its name and
constitution to become, The Church Girls Brigade (CGB). The CLB council rejected the
offer. In 1966, the Bishop of Exeter recommended a full time training officer who had
closer links with the Girls movements. In 1978, the CLB and the CGB amalgamated to
form, The CLB and The CGB and in 1980, it changed its name to CLCGB.

In Africa, the movement is found in South Africa and in Kenya, it is found only in two
Dioceses (Mt. Kenya south and Thika). The Church Lads Brigade was started with the aim
of forming a National Anglican organization.

Objectives

To extend the Kingdom of Christ among the lads and girls.
To encourage faithful membership of lads and girls to the Church.

Aims

To establish friendship between children and adults in a caring and safe environment.
To help children to grow in confidence and develop their skills and abilities.
To help children to work together and to show care and concern for others including
the environment.

To achieve these aims we use the following methods

Christian leadership
A balanced program of fun, excitement and a variety, which enables children and
adults to explore, share and learn together.
Groups for the development of trusting friendships co-operation, team work and self-
confidence among children.
Worship at company meetings.
Uniform that is worn at weekly meetings and on special occasions.
Awards

Activities
1. Training of officers and children’s camp.

In the last two years, we held training for officers where 100 officers took a basic
training and 90 officers were trained in a workshop. Thus far we have around 200
trained and commissioned officers in the diocese.

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Brigade children camps have also been held at diocesan level and at archdeaconry

level.

2. Enrolment and Commissioning.

These events take place annually. So far we have around 3000 children enrolled as minor
corps, junior and senior corps and 300 officers have been commissioned. This year, the
event took place on 10th

August 2006 where around 2200 children were enrolled, and

around 150 officers were commissioned as 2nd

lieutenants Clergy were commissioned as
chaplains. This day also marked as the launching of CLCGB in our diocese. The occasion
was also attended by a group of CLCGB from diocese of Mt. Kenya South and their
officers as well as a band from St John’s Kangemi church. During this day about 100
children gave their lives to Jesus as their lord and saviour after the bishop had preached.

3. Brigade Sunday that is held annually in July all over the diocese and for the last two
years it has been very successful.

4. Brigade Uniform

The department has over the two years been able to acquire uniform materials, membership
cards, flags, socks, caps, and lane yards available in their office at an affordable price. All
companies are encouraged to buy them.

Challenges

Lack of Brigade Company in some parishes.
Lack of committed and consistent trained officers to handle the work of brigade in the

parishes.
Lack of teaching manual for the officers.

Future Projection

Purchase a set of band system worth 1.5m shillings.
Promote exchange visits within and abroad.
Equipping the Brigade office with more materials that can be sold to the groups and
make some profit.
Renewal of each company’s membership annually.
Training of officers from every local church.
Identifying an income generating project.

Conclusion

We wish to thank our Bishop for his support to the department. Special thanks to all other
Christians and our officers who have made this department grow from strength to strength.
God bless you all.

Report Prepared by
Rev. Kuria Wanyoike

Diocesan Brigade Coordinator

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Sunday School Department

Motto: Wholistic Growth of the Child. Luke 2:52

Preamble

The Sunday School Department in the Anglican Church of Kenya has grown steadily since
its foundation in 1844. In our diocese, the department has been there since the creation of
our diocese. The department deals with the welfare of young children in terms of their
spiritual, emotional and social welfare. The department has been moving on well from the
local churches, to the parishes, deaneries, archdeaconries and the diocese as a whole.

Functions

To assist Christians in our diocese to recognize that the word of God gives an
important place to children as members of today’s church as well as its future hope and
so:

(i)

To help parents realize their great responsibility in teaching children the Christian
faith, and
(ii) To assist Christians in giving due consideration to the needs of children in every
aspect of the life of church.
To coordinate Sunday school work within the diocese and to discuss methods of
extending that work.
To provide and co-ordinate means for adequate training of Sunday school teachers
within the diocese.
To discuss and take action on any books, pictures, visual aids and equipment needed by
the Sunday school teachers.

Objectives

To lay good foundation in evangelizing young children and to build them up in the
knowledge of Christian faith.
To help the church understand her responsibility towards young children.
To educate the young children to live in good Christian’s character, responsible and
meaningful lives morally and socially.

Activities

Annual Sunday school Sunday held on April.
Festivals in which children are involved in competing in different items that build
Christian faith among the children. These include; drama, shairi, memory verses, set-
pieces, singing games and Bible readings.
Retreats for both children and the teachers
Children’s conferences
Teachers’ Seminars, courses and conferences.
Visits to archdeaconries and deaneries by the coordinator.
Inter diocesan activities within Mt. Kenya Region as well as in the Province.

Achievements

The department has been able to hold training for the teachers at the diocesan level
(held at Joeska primary school and Chania High school where 270 teachers attended)
and at Regional (Kamama boys high school where 30 teachers from our diocese
attended) and Provincial level (held at Moi High School, Kabarak where 8 teachers

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from our diocese attended. So far we have been able to train around 300 teachers all
over the diocese.
We held a census of our children in 2005-2006 where we found out that we have a total

of 6000.

We have been able to hold two children camps, in 2005, the camp was held at Joy town
and was attended by 400 children while in 2006 the camp was held at CITC and was
attended by 420 children.
We held a talent show in the year 2005 that was very successful where children
displayed their talents in form of artwork. Children from all over the diocese
participated in the event.
We participated in Regional Music and Drama festivals.

Challenges

Lack of enough, committed, consistence and trained teachers to teach Sunday School in
the local churches.
Children’s offertory is too low as little as Ksh 60 in a parish per month. This is a poor
stewardship foundation.
Low morale by teachers.
Lack of enough teaching materials and good methods of teaching by teachers. This
results to poor teaching methods.

The way forward

Enhance training and seminars of teachers from the parish, deanery, archdeaconry and
diocesan levels. We plan to have TOT’s in every archdeaconry in the coming two
years, 2007 &2008).
Enhance talent show by making it an annual event for the Sunday school children.
Issue a certificate of recognition to the teachers as a way of appreciation for the work
that they do.
Have a constitution.
Equipping the Sunday school office with relevant teaching materials.

Conclusion

The department wishes to thank the Bishop and his entire office for facilitating the working
of the department. Finally, the department would wish to thank all Christians and Sunday
school teachers in the diocese who have made this department to grow from strength to
strength. And we hope to grow better every day.

Prepared by
Rev Kuria Wanyoike

Diocesan Sunday School Coordinator

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