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FORWARD........................................................................................................................... 1 MINUTES OF THE 4TH ORDINARY SESSION OF SYNOD HELD AT A.C.K. ST. LUKE’S MAKONGENI ON 8TH AND 9TH APRIL 2005 ................................................. 3 CATHEDRAL ARCHDEACONRY ................................................................................ 32 GIACHUKI ARCHDEACONRY..................................................................................... 53 KARIARA ARCHDEACONRY....................................................................................... 68 MANGU ARCHDEACONRY .......................................................................................... 80 RUIRU ARCHDEACONRY ............................................................................................. 94 A.C.K THIKA DIOCESE AMERICAN PARISHES ................................................... 105 REPORT FROM BOARDS ............................................................................................ 114 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 BOARD OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES....................................... 114 BOARD OF EDUCATION ..................................................................................... 120 BOARD OF MISSION............................................................................................. 129 BOARD OF FINANCE............................................................................................ 141 DRAFT RESOLUTIONS ............................................................................................ 148
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Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12 verse 2a) FORWARD This Fifth Session of Synod of our Diocese comes at a time of great controversy in the Anglican Communion. While we need to concentrate on the issues of the Diocese of Thika, we also need to know that we are one organ of a whole body brought together to form a Communion. When one part of the body aches, then the whole body remains in pain and the functions of the body remains impaired. The Primates meeting held in Tanzania in the second week of February this year showed how much the body has been bruised and the need for fervent prayers by all of us. Our theme in the Fifth Session of Synod is transformation. From a pure evangelical point of view, the term transformation refers to changing from one state of life to another, from being far away from God to being brought near to Him. In other words, a person becomes a new creation. We enhance evangelism through all the departments in the Board of Mission: Mothers' Union, Kenya Anglican Men Association, Kenya Anglican Youth Organization, Church Lads and Girls' Brigade, Sunday School and Mission and Evangelism. All these give evangelism the first priority. In a more broad sense, the term transformation refers to changing the whole human way of life. This more recent concept has been the central theme of the Anglican evangelical theologians. Majority of us has grown up in societies where the gospel has penetrated but our people have remained poor, marginalized and dehumanized through hostile social and economic environments. One of my theological mentors Dr. Vinay Samuel of India writes: "Transformation is to enable God's vision of society to be actualized in all relationships, social, economic and spiritual, so that God's will may be reflected in human society and his love be experienced by all communities, especially the poor." Our starting point in Mission is obedience to the Great Commission in Matthew 28: 19-20. This has been the focus of mission in Africa and is a prerequisite for church growth everywhere. Since the inception of our Diocese, we have observed an upward rise in Sunday Service attendance. The second concern is to ensure proper shepherding and pastoral care to discourage church-dropouts. Our other dimension of mission is well explained in this document. Our Diocese in conjunction with Five Talents International has taken a leading position in Microfinance development in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Our communities in the drier areas of the Diocese have started micro-farming concentrating on horticultural products and passion fruits through Planting Faith Ministry, a vision of Horace Tipton, one of our American Missionaries. The Diocese through Christian Community Services (CCS) Mount Kenya Region has reached out to those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS, and is caring for 250 households in Mang'u Archdeaconry. We continue to care for orphans in our orphanage (Namrata Shah) and we are improving the facilities in the home through the assistance of Dr. Frank and Kay Dibianica from St. Peter's Anglican Church in Memphis, Tennessee. This year we started the Institute of Leadership, Counseling and Congregational Development to assist in empowering all the organs of the Diocese in establishing their roles in our corporate mission.
As we continue to read the information in this document, let us ask ourselves what we can do as individuals, local congregations and departments in transforming the Church and society at large. I take this opportunity to thank each of those who have put their hands in this document. Special thanks go to the Editorial Committee for having read and edited the information in this edition. Special thanks also to Miss Teresia Mbaire Kariba for the typesetting exercise.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Gideon Githiga Diocesan Bishop
MINUTES OF THE 4TH ORDINARY SESSION OF SYNOD HELD AT A.C.K. ST. LUKE’S MAKONGENI ON 8TH AND 9TH APRIL 2005
MEMBERS PRESENT EX-OFFICIALS 1. Rt. Rev. Dr. Gideon Githiga 2. Ven. Naphat Gakuya 3. Mr. Jeffrey A. Garrety CATHEDRAL ARCHDEACONRY Cathedral Deanery Parish Kiganjo west
Diocesan Bishop Administrative secretary Legal Advisor (for U.S.A parishes).
Members Present Rev. Daniel Njuguna Mr. Solomon Muiruri Mr. David Kamau Rev. Mary Mwangi Mr. Gerald Gathari Mr. Julius N. Kanyago Ven. Canon Joseph Mwangi Rev. Hezekiah Waweru Rev. Dr. Washington Chege Mr. Nathaniel Gaitho Mr. John Kimani Matheri Rev. Samuel N. Gateru Mr. Peter Kariuki Mr. Moses Njoroge Rev. John Makumi Mr. Stanley Mwangi Mrs. Elizabeth Kagutha Rev. Isaac Muthee Mr. Martin Gatachu Mrs. Scolastica Njogu Rev. Capt. Timothy K. Nduati Mr. Geoffrey Mwangi Kinyua Mr. Francis Ndung’u
Ithanga Deanery Ithanga
Makongeni Deanery Makongeni Ven. George Gitau Rev. Michael Gicheru Mr. Wilfred Kamami Mr. Peterson Karanja Gatuanyaga Rev. Jamlick Mwangi Waweru Mr. Danson Mwangi 3
Mr. Naftali Kiroto Happy Valley Rev. Habel Gitogo Mrs. Mercy Kuria Gerald Muniu Wakiiru Rev. David Chege Francis Mr. Peter M. Gitau Rev. Wilson Wanjoike Mr. Robert K. Kihiko Rev. Philip Munyua Mr. Daniel Wathome Mrs. Virginia Wangu Rev. Timothy D.L Karangi Mr. Eliud Njoroge Muiruri Mr. John Muya Mbuta Rev. George Kiarie Simon Mwangi John Muiyuro
Munyu Mitubiri Deanery Kirimiri Swani
Kariara Archdeaconry Gatunyu Deanery Giatutu
Rev. Sr. Esther Wanjeri Mr. Solomon mbuthia Mr. Samson Wainaina Rev. Gilbert Gathura Mrs. Jane W. Karuru Mrs. Evelyn W. Mwaura Rev. Javanson Ndungu Simon Mungai Rev. John Wajihia Mr. Samuel Mwangi Kinuthia Mrs. Grace Njeri Njuguna Rev. Mercy Kuria Mr. Samuel N. Kagunda Mr. Joseph Kiarie Rev. Bernard Njoroge Mr. William Mbogo Thuo Mrs. Mary N. Kibe
Chomo Gatura Deanery Gatura
Kiarutara deanery Kiarutara
Rev. Silas Njiru Mr. Bethuel Kimani Muthunga Mr. John Michael Wainaina 4
Rev. Paul Wagereka Mr. James Ndirangu Njoroge Mr. David Ngumo K. Maina Rev. Elizabeth Macharia Mr. Julius Wainaina Kiruka Francis Waweru Muthambi
Giachuki Archdeaconry Giachuki deanery Giteme
Rev. David Mariga Mr. Eliud Kamau Mr. Stanley Muturi Rev. Patrick Mukuna Mr. Kenneth Wambugu Mrs. Joyce M. Mbugua Rev. Mary G. Chege Mr. Solomon Nga’ng’a Mr. Paul Kihara Rev. Joyce Kabuba Mr. John Mwangi Thuku Mr. Samuel J.N. Muriuki Ven. Joshua Ngaruiya Mr. Stephen Muchendu Mr. Wilson Huruko Njau Rev. Capt. Stephen N. Kiritu Mr. John Gichuki Mrs. Njeri Mwaniki Rev. Stephen Nduati Mr. Solomon Gichina Mwangi Mr. Eliezer Wambugu Chege Rev. Ibrahim N. Ndungu Hanniel Gichina Mr. Peter Kamau Rev. Hillary Njoroge Mr. Willy Machora Mrs. Teresia Waiganjo
Memorial deanery Thamuru
Ndunyu Chege Deanery Ndakai-ni
Thare Deanery Mutugu
Rev. David Peter Murage Mr. John Kibaiya Mwangi Mr. Julius Kimani Kaganjo Rev. Peter Njoroge Maina 5
Mr. Henry N. Ngumbo Mr. Samuel Kinyanjui Gachinju Mukarara Rev. Paul K. Kimani Mr. John W. Chege Mr. Peter Mburu
Mang’u Archdeaconry Gakoe Deanery Gakoe
Rev. Michael G. Githire Mr. Samuel K. Mutonga Mr. Philip Mwangi Rev. David Mwaura Mr. Humphrey Muchai Mr. Stephen Kimotho Rev. Solomon T. Kamungura Teresia Njeri Karanja Mr. Nathan Njoroge Rev. Joseph Kamau Mr. James Nginya Kago Mr. Peter Kinyanjui Kiruku Rev. Samuel Gachungu Mr. Jotham Gakuo Mr. Paul G. Kioi
Ititu Deanery Gathaiti
Kairi Deanery Gatunguru
Rev. Joseph Kaigua Mr. Reuben Wanyoike Mrs. Charity Mugure Ven. Robert Muoho Mr. John Kinuthia Mungai Mr. Samuel Mwangi Njoroge Rev. John Mbuthia Mr.James Kirika Njoroge Mr. Philip Njoroge Gatongo Rev. Gibson M. Njoroge Mr. Joseph Gathuka Mrs. Charity W. Ngigi
Kamwangi Deanery Nyamang’ara Mang’u
Rev. David Githeru Mr. Peter Muthumbi Rev. George Mburu Mr. John N. Kaigai Godfrey Karanja 6
Rev. John Mugo Mr. Laban Njuguna Githire Mr. Joseph Ndung’u Mwangi
Ruiru Archdeaconry Juja Deanery Juja
Rev. canon David Njoroge Mr. Nelson Ngari Mrs. Mary Njeri Nduati Rev. Francis Kinuthia Mr. Paul Mwaura Mr. Peter Wainaina Rev. Kennedy Kinyua Mr. Douglas Nyingi Mr. Jeremiah M. Muraya Rev. John Njoroge Mr. Samuel kirago Githutha Mr. John Marai Kiereini Rev. Mathew Njoroge Mrs. Ruth Karanja Mr. James Njuguna Muirimi Rev. Jackson Maina Kamau Salome Wambui Mr. Julius Limbua Rev. James Kienye Mrs. Hellen Wamere Dadet Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi Dr. Mbatha Mr. Charles Muriuki
Kiamwangi Deanery Gatundu
Ruiru East Deanery Jacaranda
Ruiru East Ruiru
Departments Mothers union department Namrata shah Children’s Home
Rev. Jennifer Mwangi Rev. Salome Kimani
U.S.A. Parishes Delegates All Saints Anglican church, Jackson, TN Holy Apostles Anglican church Jackson, MS
Rev. Charles Feleatreau Dr. Richard Wagner Mr. Robert (Bob) Hudson Rev. Ruth Urban Rev. John Urban Mr. Larry Bain Mrs. Nanci Bain. 7
St. Peter’s Anglican church,
Rev. Chas Williams Dianne Riggs Mr. David Hightower
Observers 1. Mrs. Mary Githiga 2. Ven. John Kago 3. Mr. Davis N. Njoka 4. Mr. Z.J. Mwangi 5. Mrs. Grace Ngari 6. Mr. George Gitangu 7. Mrs. Rahab Gichohi In-Attendance 1. Kigundu & co. Auditors 2. Margaret Kabingu 3. Horace Tiptons 4. Samuel Mbachi 5. Charles wachira 6. Diocesan office staff MIN: 1/OS/4/05 SYNODICAL SERVICE. The synod started with a synodical service conducted by the Diocesan Bishop Rt.Rev. Dr.G.G. Githiga assisted by His Grace the most Rev. Dr. David Gitari (Retired) and Diocesan clergy from both the U.S.A. and Kenya. The Diocesan Bishop welcomed the Archbishop to the Diocese, to preach and to officially open the 4th ordinary session of synod. Speaking on the Theme" The great commission” from Mathew 28:19-20, Luke 24:45-49, mark 16:15 and John 20:21, the Archbishop emphasized that the mission of Jesus Christ was the model of the church’s mission on earth. He said that Jesus taught, preached and healed in every village and city. He found people who were harassed and like sheep without a shepherd He said that the Jesus’ model was a servant church that should continue what Jesus used to do here on earth. He emphasized the need for social action in evangelism which he described as partners. He said that the church’s mission embraced being the light and salt of the world, hence the need to be involved in the affairs of this world. He concluded by exhorting the church to work positively for the welfare of this nation (Kenya) as good stewards, because “if the Nation sinks we shall all sink”. He prayed for the synod and declared it officially open. MIN: 2/OS/4/05 ROLL CALL The Diocesan administrative secretary conducted the roll call as listed above and apologies recorded as follows. (A) Absent with Apology Samuel Kamau - Kirimiri parish Josphat Kanyi -Nyamangara parish Simon K. Nganga -Ruiru East Parish Johnson Kanyi -Invited Delegates from St. Cyprian church in U.S.A 8
(B) Absent without Apology Mrs. Doris M. Mwangi -Munyu Parish Mr. Francis Ndung’u Wainaina -Chomo Parish MIN: 3/OS/4/05 ELECTIONS OF CLERICAL AND LAY SECRETARIES AND SYNOD VICE-CHAIRMAN.
3:1 CLERICAL SECRETARY The names of: - Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi Rev. Dr. Washighton Chege Rev. John Gitau Rev. Patrick Mukuna Were proposed and seconded for election through secret ballot. Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi was elected with a majority votes to become the clerical secretary. 3:2 LAY SECRETARY The names of: - Mrs. Helen Dadet Mr. Wilson Huruko Mr. Humphrey Muchai Mr. Bethuel Kimani Were proposed and seconded for election. Mrs. Helen Daddet was elected with a majority votes to become the lay secretary. 3:3 SYNOD VICECHAIRMAN
The name of Ven. Canon David Njoroge was proposed seconded and unanimously elected Vice-chairman.
3:4 APPOINTMENT OF DRAFT COMMITTEE The names of: - Rev. Dr. Washington Chege Rev. Joyce Kabuba Mr. Wilson Huruko Dr. Peter Mbatha Mrs. Ngari Were proposed, seconded and appointed as members of the committee. 3:5 Time keeper The name of Rev. John Karanja Mbuthia was proposed seconded and appointed Time Keeper of the synod. MIN: 4/OS/4/05 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION. 4:1 The Bishop welcomed the delegates to the 4th ordinary session of synod. He described the synod as most inclusive in the Anglican Communion because the delegates came from both the USA and Kenya. 4:2 The Bishop and the USA delegates gave the background of the inclusion of the USA churches to ACK Diocese of Thika. Highlights 9
The Bishop said that due to complexity of the USA issues he appointed Mr. Jeffrey to be his legal advisor in the USA. Mr. Jeffrey walked out of the Episcopal Church because “he wanted to witness for Jesus Christ”. With a broken heart following the Bishop of Tennessee’s failure to stand for the right, and having a double mind, they could not walk with him, hence the turning to Bishop Githiga The Bishop responded positively and said “if you (American Christians) don’t have a Bishop, I will be your Bishop” The Bishop of Tennessee wrote to Bishop Githiga denying him access and service in his Diocese of Tennessee, but Jeff and others, assisted our Bishop to carry out his Ecclesiastical duties to those who had walked out of the Episcopal church. Rev. John & Ruth from Holy Apostles Mississippi said “we rejoice in God for being here”(Diocese of Thika). They reported that the people in the USA churches, who stood to be counted and to proclaim the gospel of Christ were a minority, and that the oneness in faith had brought the USA churches and the Kenyan churches in the Diocese of Thika together The Bishop reported that when he accepted the call to minister to the USA Christians he was accused to the Archbishop of Canterbury but he found solace in the Archbishop of Kenya The Most Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi AC St. Cyprian’s international was to send delegates in the next synod. Vicar Rev. Dr John G. Githiga.
MIN5/OS/4/05 BISHOP’S CHARGE. The Bishop read his charge to the synod and later, copies were availed to the delegates and to the drafting committee. Highlights 5:1 Welcomed the delegates attending the synod for the first time i.e. Eight (8) parishes, including the USA churches since the last synod. 5:2 5:3 5:4 Thanked His Grace, Retired Archbishop the most Rev. Dr. Gitari for accepting to officially open the 4th ordinary session of synod. Thanked the Diocesan legal advisors Hon. Kembi Gitura and Mr. Jeffrey Garrety in Kenya and the USA respectively. His appointment to represent the Archbishop of Kenya and ACK in the Network of Anglicans in mission and Evangelism (NAME) committee of the Anglican Communion. His ecclesiastical services in the USA churches. His attendance of the conference of all African Bishops and their Wives in Nigeria (31st Oct-6th Nov 2004). Synod Theme" Therefore go and make disciples of All Nations (Matt 28:19-20). The number of Christians had increased by 45% in six (6) years. That the Kenyan & USA churches were brought together by the common faith based on the sanctity of the Holy Scriptures and our apostolic inheritance. That Evangelism was to be given priority by all parishes and departments. Appreciation of the generous gifts to Namrata shah children’s home. 10
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Gratitude to the American churches for the assistance they were giving to Horace and Ann Tipton in their efforts to exploit the unexplored resources in Ithanga and Gatuanyaga areas. Discouraged initiation of new health clinics as some of the existing ones were to be closed. Reported that clergy retreat and fellowships were held in the last two years. Communicated that he was to have fellowship with individual clergy to share the aspirations, blessings and challenges in the ministry. Challenged the Education Committee to identify school Chaplains while the Vicars continue to be automatic chaplains for the schools that we sponsor. Reported that the Diocese has 23 students in Theological Colleges. Communicated appointment of an examining committee in America to examine potential candidates for the ordained ministry. That the Diocese was to encourage those seeking Bachelors and Masters degree programmes and skip diploma ones. Called upon the delegates to lead in stewardship campaigns to raise funds for the Diocese. That a decision was to be made on whether to call a special synod or wait for the next ordinary session of synod to adopt the revised Diocesan constitution Noted the process of establishing a triangular link with the Diocese of Exeter in the Church of England, the Diocese of Cyprus and Gulf and the Diocese of Thika. Explained the probability of the formation of a parallel province in the USA through the Network of Orthodox Diocese and parishes in America, hence the need to appoint a commissary in America. Plans to come up with a housing project to accommodate Diocesan staff. The decision by the diocesan investment committee to invest in Thika Town, as it is cost effective. The charge was adopted by the synod. Proposed by Wilfred Kamami Seconded by Nathaniel Gaitho Carried unanimously
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Members reaction to the charge. (a) The delegates thanked the Bishop for reaching out to our American brothers, who said No to same sex marriages, and stood by the Holy Scriptures. (b) That parishes be encouraged to start micro-finance groups. (c) Congratulated the Bishop for a job well-done and for his visionary leadership. (d) A proposal by Davis Njoka to hand over the charge to the drafting committee, was seconded by Ven.J. Ngaruiya and was carried unanimously.
MIN: 6/OS/05 TABLING OF MINUTES. 6:1 Minutes of the 3rd ordinary session of synod Proposed Rev. Francis Chege Seconded Bethuel Kimani. 11
Carried unanimously 6:2 Minutes of the SCOS. Proposed by Rev. Jennifer Mwangi Seconded by Nathaniel Gaitho Carried unanimously 6:3 Minutes of the B.O.F. Proposed by Ven. George Gitau Seconded by Joseph Gathuka. Carried unanimously
MIN: 7/OS/05 TABLING OF BOARDS REPORTS 7:1 PASTORAL BOARD Constitution Committee The Bishop tabled the Draft constitution of the Diocese to be received by the synod for perusal and to make recommendations. Proposed by Rev.Gilbert Gathura Seconded by Solomon Mbuthia Carried unanimously A. Pastoral care committee A1. The report was tabled by the chairman Ven. Canon Njoroge. A2. Responses from delegates i. Rev. John and Ruth Urban of Holy Apostles Anglican church (USA) thanked the Bishop and the Diocese for receiving and embracing them. ii. All Saints Anglican church, Jackson, Tennessee Christians were trying to be faithful to God and spreading the Gospel. Members came from different churches looking for someone to shepherd them, whom they found in Bishop Githiga and Thika Diocese. iii. Delegates were never to forget the power of prayer. iv. That Mundoro didn’t appear in the synod document in Kiamwangi parish because it didn’t exist then. It was reported that 23 Christians had accepted to be admitted as Anglicans to start the new church of ACK Mundoro. v. The area between Gatuanyaga, Ngoliba and Ithanga (neigbouring Machakos Diocese) needed to be evangelized. vi. The Diocese and all the parishes were to start HIV/AIDS desks to address the scourge. vii. The clergy needed to deal cautiously with issues concerning single mothers. viii. To eradicate poverty, the Diocese was to facilitate the taping of rain and River water for farming. ix. The Diocese consider Parishes with many Christians for extra clergy and Evangelists. x. Urban churches start lunch hour fellowships. MIN: 8/OS/4/05 CLOSE OF DAY ONE The day’s deliberations ended at 4.10pm and the closing prayer was said by Rev. Chas. DAY TWO MIN: 9/OS/4/05 DEVOTION The day started with worship that was conducted by Ven.Gorge Gitau assisted by clergy. 12
Rev. Ruth Urban gave the sermon on theme “Amour of God”. Speaking on Mathew 28:16ff, she said that a Christian can overcome Satan only if he/she desired to have a good relationship with God. She summarized the great commission in the words: “Jesus went up, Holy Spirit came down, People went out” As we prepare for the great commission Christians needed: i. ii. iii. The power of prayer (seek the lord who gives answers like Mother Teresa of Calcutta). The Word of God (Colossian 3:16) let the word of God be deeply rooted in you all the times. The Armor of God. Those without the Armor go out spiritually naked. She thanked the Bishop and the Diocese for being an emergency and temporary protection, during their time of need. American culture was dominated by selfishness for the past 30-50 years hence the many evils. Americans have exchanged the Gospel truth for a lie (Rom. 1:25) which became the prerequisite of what was happening in the Episcopal Church (ECUSA). A split was anticipated in ECUSA due to same sex marriages since in the following summer, another gay Bishop could be consecrated. Responding to the moving sermon, Bishop Githiga said that Rev. John and Ruth Urban, Rev. Chas Williams were defrocked by ECUSA, but the Diocese of Thika upheld them and licensed them to be Clergy of the Diocese of Thika. The Bishop reported that he had an invitation to ordain Art Toro (a Kenyan) in the USA, by the same Bishop who defrocked the above three clergy. Special prayers were said for the synod and for the American church by Canon Joseph Mwangi and Rev. Dr. W. Chege respectively. MIN 10/OS/04/05 TABLING OF BOARDS REPORTS 10:1 BOARD OF MISSION & EVANGELISM (page 77-85) The Board chairman Ven. Joshua Ngamiya tabled the report. Highlights (a) mission & Evangelism -Achievements & requirements ♦ A successful mission at Mundoro area in Gatundu south was organized in December 2004. ♦ Over 100 missioners were in this mission led by the Diocesan Bishop. ♦ Over 400 people were reached. ♦ 119 people showed an interest of joining A.C.K. -Requirements:Public Address system Tent Projector Power generator Portable dais -Which can be of great use to the whole Diocese. -To provide shelter to the Missioners during missions. -Christian filming has turned to be a very effective way of evangelism in this era.
(b) Mothers’ union department (M.U) (page 78-80). -Future plans ♦ Hold as many seminars as possible at the parish level. ♦ Work on a Girls’ Hostel Project that is in the pipeline and whose plans are underway. (c) Kenya Anglican Men’s Association ( K.A.M.A.) (Page 80-82). Recommendations 1. That every Archdeaconry have a chairman and a co-ordinator. 2. That the above two members represent their Archdeaconry in the Diocesan K.A.M.A committee 3. That the Archdeaconry chairman be a layperson and the co-ordinator a clergyman. 4. That by the help of the Vicars, the local church leaders and men be educated to understand the ministry of men 5. That local churches and parishes be more aggressive in organizing K.A.M.A Sundays and paying Quota to the departments. 6. K.A.M.A project (to cost 7 million) (d) Kenya Anglican Youth Organization (KAYO) (page 82-83) Future plans -To organize missions in collaboration with mission and Evangelism department. -To organize open-air meetings at shopping centers. -To organize seminars at local and parish levels to teach young people on relevant issues. (e) Sunday school (page84) Future plans -Hold Sunday school teachers conference. -Hold children camps. -Hold regional festival and conferences. (f) Brigade (page 85) Challenges -Lack of a full time Brigade worker/ co-ordinatior.
-Officers joining other groups, like the youth, leaving the brigade department weak.
-Lack of committed officers. 10:2 BOARD OF EDUCATION (PAGE 86-95) The chairman of the Board Mr. Solomon Mbuthia tabled the report. Highlights (a) Education Department (Page 86-87). Categories of schools:-The schools that are catered for from the Education Secretary’s desk fall under the following categories:I. Diocese owned schools II. Parish/ church initiated schools III. Public schools sponsored by Thika Diocese That the Schools constitution was in the making (b) Christian Industrial Training Centre( C.I.T.C) (page 87-89). Training & future plans 14
The courses offered are two-year vocational courses leading to government trade Test III and Artisan Certificate following areas of specialization. • Motor vehicle mechanic. • General fitting • Welding • masonry Future plans 1. The centre is at an advanced stage of opening a cyber-café and a secretarial bureau to serve the community within Makongeni Estate and its environs. 2. Revive the production unit, which is an important source of revenue for the centre. 3. Enhance marketing campaigns for training and Production Unit. 4. Write and market various project proposals to donors and development partners. 5. Improve the training department through introduction of new courses in line with changing academic and technological world. 6. Exhort the churches to support C.I.T.C as they serve the community. 7. CITC is a recognized examination centre for K.N.E.C and Directorate of industrial Training Examinations. (c) St. Augustine Boys High School (page89-90) Enrolments & objectives The enrolment was as follows:Form three 17 students Form two 7 students Form one 12 students (local recruitment).
• • • • To establish an institution that is exemplary in performance, and is beyond reproach. To acquire facilities to achieve the needful. To realize the school’s vision To be one of the foremost learning centers in this Nation.
(d) Bishop Njuguna Academy (page 91-92) Performance/achievements (2003) • All classes have been doing well. They have managed to appear among the best top eight in Thika Municipality almost every Term. • Year 2003 K.C.P.E results for the school were good. Performance Achievement (2004) • Classes 1-8 did well. They were among the best top six (6) from 8 in Thika Municipality. • Out of twenty Eight (28) candidates twenty six (26) of them were admitted to provincial schools, (one) 1 to District school and one (1) admitted through his parents. • They scored a mean grade of 374.42 from 372.21 and position four (4) in Thika Municipality. (e) Thika Memorial church school (page 93) KCPE Results • In year 2003, the school attained the best results ever achieved in Memorial and Thika Municipality. • Twelve (12) pupils joined National Schools. 15
• • To continue with phase eleven (11) of the school complex. To explore possibility of starting a class for mentally retarded children.
In year 2004, five (5) pupils joined National schools.
(f) Theological Education by Extension (TEE) (page 94-95). Recommendations • All Christians be encouraged to take TEE. • Every leader in his/her capacity must be a TEE student. • All clergy are stakeholders of TEE. They are, therefore, bound to lay emphasis on the importance of TEE to their parishioners. (g) Human Resources Department (page 95) Way forward 1. To train clergy in:• Financial management • Budgeting • Administration 2. Organize training for lay readers: It is recommended that capacity building be taken on a continuous basis. 10% of the overall budget needs to be set aside for training. 10:3 BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICE The Board Chairman Mr. Wilfred Kamami tabled the report.
(a) Thika Community Development Trust (TCDT) (page 96) -legal framework being prepared. -Achievements -9 groups have been started (b) Justice, Peace, Reconciliation and Advocacy Commission (JPRAC) (page99) Objectives ♦ To train twelve (12) people within the Diocese to be appointed as the department’s committee. They will also be the facilitators of JPRAC issues within the Diocese. ♦ To hold seminars/ workshops for different groups of people within the whole Diocese. (c) Namrata Shah Children’s Home Enrolment The home has thirteen (13) boys and four (4) Girls. Recommendations 1) Whereas the Home through the diocese will continue to solicit funding for development activities, Christian’s commitment in support of the project should be well promoted through the Archdeaconries. These are the ‘Neighbors’ who should lead, while outsiders come to assist. 2) Outside agencies would mainly concentrate on capital or specific project funding. The diocesan contribution should then be running costs. 10:4 BOARD OF FINANCE (PAGE 102-105) The chairman of the board of finance Mr. Davis Njoka tabled the report. 16
Stewardship department (page 102-103)
A spiritually and financially self-supporting Diocese.
To empower Christians through teaching and training on stewardship to enhance effective management of spiritual and physical resources in the Diocese. Future plans. • Continue facilitating stewardship seminars/workshops in the Diocese. • Visit Parishes with financial difficulties for counseling by the Diocesan stewardship team and make recommendations to the board of finance. • Lobby for the appointment of a full-time Diocesan stewardship co-coordinator. • Setting of local churches, parishes, Deanery and Archdeaconry stewardship committees. • Establish a database for all parishes. • Produce a Diocesan stewardship teaching manual. Proposed Ven. George Gitau. Seconded by Mr Nathaniel Gaitho Carried unanimously.
Responses by delegates
(a) That KAMA married men below 25 years discriminated against because they were denied registration by the KAMA constitution. Married men under 25 years should be members of KAYO which accommodates those between 13-35 years. (b) On VCT The synod resolved that people should not be forced to be tested and that a HIV/AIDS negative certificate was not a requirement for those intending to get married. That the diocese should continue the awareness campaign. (c) St. Augustine boy’s High school -Recruitment campaign to continue. (d) The Mission and Evangelism department to organize fund-raising to purchase a public address system and other requirements (e) On illicit Brews Gatundu area was identified as hard hit. Gatura (kariara) women had previously organized serious campaign and poured a lot of brews. 10:5 TABLING OF THE AUDITED ACCOUNTS (A) The chairman of the Board of Finance Mr. Davis Njoka made the following remarks. A:1 Thanked the parishes that had regularly paid their Quota allocations. A:2 That 90% of our annual Budget went to the salaries vote. 17
A:3 Diocesan Quota arrears stood at 16 Million which had made it extremely difficult to run the Diocese A:4 That the BOF had at times sent its members to parishes with financial difficulties (B) The Diocesan Hon Treasurer Mr. James Kirika tabled the Audited accounts.
Highlights B: 1 That there was a big improvement in Quota payment in 2004. 20,378,328.55 as compared to 17,697,872.60 in 2003. B:2 That there was a deficit of 1,189,605.25 in 2004 as compared to 1,366,340.95 in 2003 B:3 That Parish Quota balances stood at 14,236,671.90 as at 31Dec 2004. B:4 He appealed for support for the Diocesan Harambee that was to be held on 12/6/2005. (C) The auditor Mr. Kigunda informed the synod that Namrata shah children’s home was biting hard on Diocesan funds and something needed to be done. C:1 That parish Quota debtors growing at about 3Million annually while income improved by 3Million. C:2 That some departments overspent their budgets. C:3 That when Parishes fail to remit their monthly Quota allocations the Diocese couldn’t pay statutory deductions( PAYE,PF,NIHF,INJILI SACCO ETC). C:4 Thika Diocese was the best in keeping proper accounts in the Province with two qualified accountants. C:5 That the borrowing in the accounts was internal borrowing, hence no outsider could threaten to auction any Diocesan property. C: 6 The Development account had a surplus of Ksh. 1,250,495.20 as compared to Ksh 1,430,047.30 in 2003. Depreciation was 701,423 as compared to Ksh. 481,146,000 hence we went down with Ksh. 220,277. C:7 Departments (a) Quota Parish receivables stood at 1,830,059 as at 31/12/04 compared to 1,379,394.50 as at 31/12/03. (c) That the Mother’s Union department (M.U) had a surplus of Ksh 1,535,115.60 as compared to 239,134.05. (d) Auditor’s recommendation was that the MU department employ a secretary/ accounts clerk for proper financial management. (e) That the MU Assets stood at Ksh 3,546,198.05 as at 31/12/04 as compared to 1,996,082.45 in 2003. Proposed – John Wesley Chege Seconded –Rev John Wanjihia. Carried unanimously 18
MIN: 11/OS/4/05APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS Kigundu and company Certified Public Accountants (K) was proposed, seconded and appointed unanimously to be the Diocesan auditors for the next 2 years. MIN: 12/OS/4/05 ELECTIONS 12:1 Honorary treasurer
The name of James Kirika was proposed by Rev. John Wanjihia and seconded by Solomon Mbuthia and elected unanimously as the Diocesan Treasurer.
12:2 S.C.O.S (a) Ex Officials – Bishop Vice-chairman
Clerical secretary Lay secretary Hon Treasurer Hon chancellor House of Clergy The following names were proposed and seconded for Elections Name 1. Rev.Michael Githiri 2. Rev.J.K. Mbuthia 3. Rev. John Njoroge 4. Rev. Peter Njoroge 5. Rev. Jeniffer Mwangi 6. Rev. Solomon Thiga 7. Rev.David Chege 8. Rev.Hilary Njoroge 9. Rev. George Mburu 10. Rev. Joyce Kabuba 11. Rev.Dr. W. Chege Proposer Rev. Paul Karanja Naftali Kiroto Rev. Hilary Njoroge Samuel Kinjanjui Rev. Mercy Kuria Solomon Gichina Peter Gitau Rev.J. Kienye Laban Githiri Joseph Kamau Rev. P.Mukuna Seconder John Mungai Rev.D.Mariga Solomon Mbuthia Rev. W. Wanyoike Nathaniel Gaitho Rev.J. Kaigua Peter Njoroge Peterson Karanja Peter Muthumbi Wesly Chege Rev. Wilson Kamau
The following were elected with a majority votes to the house of clergy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Rev.Michael Githiri Rev, J.K.Mbuthia Rev. John Njoroge Rev. Jeniffer Mwangi Rev. Joyce Kabuba Rev Dr. Washington Chege
House of Laity The following names were proposed and seconded for elections Name Mr. Joseph Gathuka Wilfred Kamami Nathaniel Gaitho Solomon Gichina Proposer John Njoroge Ven George Gitau MR. Kiroto Evelyn Mwaura 19 Seconder Laban Githiri N Gaitho Canon David Peter Karanja
1. 2. 3. 4.
5. Humphrey Muchai 6. Naftali Kiroto 7. Evelyn Mwau 8. Dr peter Mbatha 9. Wilson Huru 10. Teresiah Waiganjo 11. Solomon Nganga 12. Mrs Nduati 13. Solomon Mbuthia
Rev.M Githiri Peter Gitau Rev.Paul Rev.wison Kamau Jane Karuru Rev.John Mugo Canon Mwangi Ven George Samuel Kinyanjui
Mr. Kamotho Ven. Gitau Rev.Gilbert G Paul Wagereka Philip Canon Joseph Rev. D. Mariga Kamami J.W.Chege
The following were elected with a majority votes to the house of Laity. 1. Mr Joseph Gathuka 2. Mr. Wilfred Kamami 3. Mr. Nathaniel Gaitho 4. Mr Solomon Gichina 5. Mrs. Teresia Waiganjo 6. Mr. Solomon Mbuthia
MIN: 13/OS/4/05 MESSAGES OF GREETINGS AND CONGRATULATIONS. 1. Messages of Greetings 1:1 This 4th Ordinary session of synod of ACK Diocese of Thika meeting on 8th and 9th Day of April 2005 here at ACK St. Luke’s Makongeni Church, sends Christian greetings to the Most Rev. Benjamin Paul Nzimbi, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Bishop of the All Saint’s Cathedral Diocese. This synod further sends Christian greetings to all Anglican Church of Kenya Bishops, and wishes them and the flock they shepherd, God’s richest blessings. This synod sends warm Christian greetings to: • All Christians in our Diocese of Thika • All Christian in our Parishes in the United States of America namely; -All saints Anglican church, Jackson,Tennessee -St. Peter’s Anglican church, Memphis, Tennessee -The Anglican church of the Holy Apostles, Jackson, Mississippi -St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Amarillo, Texas • All Clergy abroad. This synod sends Christian greetings to: • Rev. Mutava Musyimi, the General Secretary of the NCCK • The Rt.Rev.Dr.Dvid Githii, Moderator of the 17th. General Assembly of the PCEA. • Bishop Stephen Kanyaru, the presiding Bishop of the Methodist church in Kenya. • Rt. Rev. Ndingi Mwana ‘Nzeki, Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi and presents condolences on the passing away of the Catholic Church Pope Paul II.
2. Congratulation Messages 2:1 This synod sends congratulations to; • The Bishops of Anglican church of Kenya, who have been elected, consecrated and enthroned since our Third Ordinary Session of synod 1. Rt.Rev. Timothy Ranji, Bishop of the Diocese of Mt. Kenya south 2. Rt. Rev. Joseph Kagunda, Bishop of the Diocese of Mt. Kenya West 3. Rt. Rev. Isaac Ng’ang’a, Bishop of the Diocese of Mt. Kenya Central 4. Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Nakuru MIN: 14/OS/4/05 RESOLUTIONS 14:1 ON THE INCORPORATION OF PARISHES IN WEST TENNNESEE, U.S.A WHEREAS the church of Jesus is universal, and the Diocese of Thika is part of that universal church, which is called to uphold traditional evangelical biblical teachings and morality for right living: This 4th ordinary session of Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Thika meeting at ACK St. Luke’s Makongeni on 8th and 9th April 2005, (i) resolves to adopt and incorporate the Christian brethren of St. Peters Anglican Church, All Saints Anglican church, Holy Apostles Anglican Church and St. Cyprians International Church and other churches (congregations to be started) to be part of the ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Thika in America, and further acknowledges the attendance of the delegates from Parishes in West Tennessee.
(ii) Appreciates and encourages the Diocesan Bishop to continue with the process of establishing the triangular linkage between Diocese of Exeter in England, Diocese of Cyprus and Gulf and the Diocese of Thika. 14:2 SOCIAL SERVICES (i) Appreciates achievements of the ministry of the board of social services in the Diocese. Namely; i. Namrata Shah Children’s home ii. Agriculture iii. HIV/AIDS programmes iv. Health clinics (ii) Cautions that establishment of new health clinics may no longer be viable under the current government Health programmes. 14:3 ON CLERGY (i) Notes with appreciation the number of clergy in training and those who have been ordained. (ii) Appreciates the programmes of spiritual nurture through retreats and other spiritual nurture programmes. 14:4. EVANGELISM AND CHURCH GROWTH Whereas the Theme of this 4th ordinary session of synod is based on the GREAT COMMISION (Go and make disciples to all nations: Mt 28:19-20). And whereas Evangelism is top priority in the Anglican Communion. This synod: (i) acknowledges and appreciates the great strides that have been achieved in Thika Diocese (ii) notes the growth of congregations from 115-150 in six years an increase of Christian population by 45%. 14:5 ON FINANCES Recognizing the fact that God created the word and materials therein and that these materials are necessary for the ministry of the church, the Synod resolves that all Christians be encouraged to participate in the stewardship of resources that God has given us for His glory and for the development programmes in the Diocese. 14:6 ON THE CONSTITUTION Resolves that: The Bishop calls a special Synod to adopt the Diocesan draft constitution, the soonest possible. 14:7 BISHOPS COMMISSARY IN AMERICA Resolves that: A commissary in the USA to help in expansion of the Ministry in America to be appointed. 14:8 ON INVESTMENTS Notes with appreciation the good work and achievements of the Diocesan Investment committee. 14:9 ON EDUCATION Noting with appreciation the involvement of the Diocese in pastoral programmes both in private and church sponsored public schools. Resolves that school chaplains be trained for private and sponsored schools. 22
14:10 THEOLOGICAL TRAINING Recognizing the serious steps the Diocese had taken on training qualified clergy for ministry. Resolves to scale down the Diploma intake and to encourage the clergy to persue Bachelor and masters degree programmes. MIN: 15/OS/4/05 BISHOP’S APPOINMENTS The Bishop appointed Rev. Charles Filiatreau to be ACK Thika Diocese Commissary in the USA. 16/OS/4/05 ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. DDC-was to be held on 22nd April 2005 at 10:00am 2. Giachuki Archdeaconry Council was to meet on23rd April at Kiairegi at 10:00am 3. All those who had not paid calendar money were requested to pay. 4. That On 17th July 2005 the Stewardship Department was to teach on stewardship in all the local churches in the Diocese. 5. That April 30,2005 will be Enrolment day of Brigade 6. That CCS-initiative follow-up was put off. 7. That Mang’u Archdeaconry youth camp was to be held at Gatunguru from 26th April –1st May 2005 8. Trip to Kabarak: All Sunday School teachers are to meet at Diocesan Offices on 11April at 11:00am 9. That June 12, 2005 will be the Diocesan fundraising Day. Clergy to make the necessary preparations MIN 17/OS/4/05 VOTE OF THANKS 1. The Bishop passed a vote of thanks to the delegates for attending and participating in the deliberations of the 4th ordinary session of synod: - Thanked all the committees involved in the synod preparations.
- Urged the members to become a reading community and to seriously read all the synod documents.
- Thanked Jeffrey Garrety (legal advisor in America). 2. The synod vice-chairman Ven canon David Njoroge thanked the Bishop for ably leading the synod to a very successful end. MIN: 18/OS/4/05 CLOSE OF SYNOD The Bishop closed the 4th ordinary session of synod with a word of prayer. Confirmation Proposer.................................................. Seconder.................................................. Signed Clerical secretary Lay secretary ................................................................. ........................................................
Bishop / Chairman...................................................... Date..............................................................................
MINUTES OF THE A.C.K DIOCESE OF THIKA SPECIAL SYNOD HELD ON JULY 1, 2006 AT ST. ANDREWS PRO-CATHEDRAL AT 9.30 AM MEMBERS PRESENT. EX-OFFICIALS 4. Rt. Rev. Dr. Gideon Githiga 5. Ven. Naphat Gakuya 6. Mr. Jeffrey A. Garrety CATHEDRAL ARCHDEACONRY Cathedral Deanery Parish Kiganjo west Kiganjo East Cathedral Members Present Rev. Daniel Njuguna Mr. Solomon Muiruri Rev. Philip Munyua Mr. Gerald Gathari Rev. Joyce Kabuba Mr. Nathaniel Gaitho Mr. John Kimani Matheri Rev. Samuel N. Gateru Mr. Peter Kariuki Mr. Moses Njoroge Rev. Joseph Muchiri Rev. Javanson Ndungu Mrs. Elizabeth Kagutha Rev. Samuel Mwangi Mr. Martin Gatachu Mrs. Scolastica Njogu Rev. Capt. Timothy K. Nduati Mr. Geoffrey Mwangi Kinyua Mr. Francis Ndung’u Ven. Nephat Gakuya Mr. Wilfred Kamami Mr. Peterson Karanja Rev. Jamlick Mwangi Waweru Mr. Danson Mwangi Mr. Naftali Kiroto Rev. Habel Gitogo Mrs. Mercy Kuria
Diocesan Bishop Administrative secretary Legal Advisor (for U.S.A parishes).
Ngoigwa Ithanga Deanery Ithanga Thungururu
Makongeni Deanery Makongeni
Mitubiri Deanery Kirimiri Swani
Rev. Jessee Kamau Rev. Paul Karanja Mr. Daniel Wathome Mrs. Virginia Wangu Rev. Timothy D.L Karangi Mr. Eliud Njoroge Muiruri Mr. John Muya Mbuta Rev. George Kiarie John Muiyuro
Mithiini Kariara Archdeaconry Gatunyu Deanery Giatutu Gatunyu
Mr. Solomon mbuthia Rev. Gilbert Gathura Mrs. Jane W. Karuru Mrs. Evelyn W. Mwaura Rev. Paul Wagereka Simon Mungai Ven. Robert Muoho Mr. Samuel Mwangi Kinuthia Mrs. Grace Njeri Njuguna Rev. Mary Mwangi Mr. Samuel N. Kagunda Mr. Joseph Kiarie Rev. Bernard Njoroge Mr. William Mbogo Thuo Mrs. Mary N. Kibe Mr. Bethuel Kimani Muthunga Mr. John Michael Wainaina Rev. David Githera Mr. David Ngumo K. Maina Rev. Peter Nganga Mr. Julius Wainaina Kiruka
Chomo Gatura Deanery Gatura
Kiarutara deanery Kiarutara Gatakaini Mwagu Giachuki Archdeaconry Giachuki deanery Giteme Giachuki
Rev. David Mariga Mr. Stanley Muturi Rev. Peter Murage Mr. Kenneth Wambugu Mrs. Joyce M. Mbugua
Njunu Memorial deanery Thamuru Memorial Ndunyu Chege Deanery Ndakai-ni
Rev. Mary G. Chege Mr. Solomon Nga’ng’a Rev. Michael Gicheru Ven. Joshua Ngaruiya Rev. Capt. Stephen N. Kiritu Mr. John Gichuki Mrs. Njeri Mwaniki Rev. Edward Mburu Mr. Solomon Gichina Mwangi Rev. Ibrahim N. Ndungu Mr. Peter Kamau Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi Mr. Willy Machora Mrs. Teresia Waiganjo
Kiairegi Kanunga Ndunyu Chege
Thare Deanery Mutugu Thare
Rev. Solomon Maina Mr. John Kibaiya Mwangi Rev. Eunice Njeri Kiuna Mr. Henry N. Ngumbo Mr. Samuel Kinyanjui Gachinju
Mang’u Archdeaconry Gakoe Deanery Gakoe Gachege Ituiku
Rev. James Kienye Mr. Samuel K. Mutonga Rev. David Kamau Rev. Solomon T. Kamungura Teresia Njeri Karanja Mr. Nathan Njoroge Rev. David Chege Mr. James Nginya Kago Mr. Peter Kinyanjui Kiruku Rev. Samuel Gachungu Mr. Jotham Gakuo Mr. Paul G. Kioi Rev. Joseph Kamau Mr. Rueben Wanyoike
Ititu Deanery Gathaiti
Kairi Deanery Gatunguru
Mrs. Charity Mugure Rev. George Mburu Mr. John Kinuthia Mungai Mr. Samuel Mwangi Njoroge Rev. John Mbuthia Mr.James Kirika Njoroge Mr. Philip Njoroge Gatongo Rev. Gibson M. Njoroge
Kairi Kamwangi Deanery Mang’u
Ven. John Wanjihia Mr. John N. Kaigai Godfrey Karanja Rev. John Makumi Mr. Laban Njuguna Githire
Kamwangi Ruiru Archdeaconry Juja Deanery Juja
Rev. canon David Njoroge Mr. Nelson Ngari Mrs. Mary Njeri Nduati Rev. Solomon Nthiga Mr. Paul Mwaura Rev. Francis Karanja Rev. Michael Githiri Mr. Douglas Nyingi Mr. Jeremiah M. Muraya Rev. Jackson Maina Mr. John Marai Kiereini Rev. Mathew Njoroge Mrs. Ruth Karanja Mr. James Njuguna Muirimi Rev. Hilary Njoroge Salome Wambui Mr. Julius Limbua Rev. Patrick Mukuna Mrs. Hellen Wamere Dadet Rev. Hilary NJoroge Dr. Mbatha
Juja farm Mugutha Kiamwangi Deanery Gatundu
Ruiru East Deanery Jacaranda
Ruiru East Ruiru
Departments Mothers union department Namrata Shah Children’s Home
Rev. Jennifer Mwangi Rev. Salome Kimani
Min 1/SS/07/06 – Holy Communion Service The Special Synod started with Holy Communion Service conducted by the Bishop and assisted by the Administrative Secretary, Archdeacons and the Cathedral Vicar. Speaking on the Theme “Conserving the Ministry of Christ,” the Bishop said that Jesus preached to every class of people, both Jews and Gentiles. His preaching was not discriminatory. His healing was gender sensitive; He healed men, women and children. He said that the church had to continue the good work started by early missionaries in Kenya e.g. at Kabete, Weithaga, where a considerable measure of development was realized. As a Diocese we focus on the needs of our people e.g. on Health: - HIV/AIDS Programmes - Political life where the church has condemned injustice, corruption and scandals such as Goldenberg, Anglo-leasing, the Arameanean brothers etc. The Bishop said that the clergy and Laity should thank God for calling them to expand and to consolidate God’s Kingdom. The Bishop also highlighted on matters of church government: (a) The Vicar is the Chief Executive of the Parish on behalf of the Bishop to shepherd and administrate. (b) The main role of a Vice-chairman is to assist the Vicar in his administrative work. He/she should never undermine the Vicar or vice-versa. (c) Parish Council is to implement Diocesan policies and cannot discuss new terms of service. (d) A Lay-reader is to assist the Vicar in his/her pastoral duties and should have a close relationship with the Vicar. He/she should whisper to him when things go wrong. (e) The People’s Warden should not attach the Vicar simply because he/she was elected by the congregation. (f) The Vicar’s Warden’s role is to take care of the Vicar’s welfare and to assist him/her to maintain his/her dignity. (g) A.C.K is synodically run and is Episcopal. It is run through rules and regulations hence the need to have a constitution, although it is better to run it on Grace and Reconciliation. The constitution, however, is helpful when there is danger or when authority is questioned. (h) Our primary duty is to further the kingdom of God by reflecting the ministry of Jesus. He prayed for the word. Min 2/SS/07/06 Roll Call
A roll call was carried out as listed above and the following apologies recorded: Mwagu Kirimiri Gatundu Cathedral 1 2 1 2 Mbugiti Ruiru Giachuki Gatunguru 2 1 1 1 Gathakaini Thamuru Gachege Kiamwangi 1 2 1 1
Giteme Matunda Mugutha Njunu Ithanga Kamwangi Gakoe Memorial
2 3 1 1 1 1 1 2
Juja farm Ngoingwa Mutugu Happy Valley Kigajo West Kairi Ititu Giatutu
1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
Mbithi Kiairegi Kanunga Kiarutara Kigajo East Gituamba Cathedral
2 1 1 Vicar 1 1 1
Members of standing committee of Synod: Rev. Dr. Ikenye on mission in Thika Diocese Staff George Maina and Naomi Maina Min 3/SS/07/06 Preliminary Remarks on the Agenda of the Meeting
The Bishop extended a special welcome to the Diocesan Chancellor Mrs. Grace Ngari and to the delegates adding that: (a) Since the last ordinary session of synod, all has gone well because of the work of Standing Committee of Synod, various boards and committees from the local church to Diocesan level. (b) The Provincial Synod had prepared a strategic plan document which was to be discussed by the Diocesan standing committee of synod. (c) The Provincial Synod had also prepared a new Terms of Service for church workers and that Dioceses were also expected to review their Terms of Services with a view to ensuring that the clergy lived well and were well supported. (d) At the Diocesan level, the Bishop: (i) Explained that a rationalization exercise was carried out regarding evangelists and other church workers with a view to reduce personnel and improve service delivery. Reported that the Board of Finance and Standing Committee of Synod was working on a new Diocesan staff Terms of Service. Insisted that measures had to be taken to ensure that new terms are implemented. Emphasized that new parishes would only be created when all requirements are fulfilled by the Parish and NOT from the diocesan office as has been in the past. Advised that Parishes should consider the possibility of lay readers teaching catechism to reduce costs. Reiterated that the rationalization exercise was an answer to the question of sustainability of the Diocese and to ensure that it remained free from debts. Reported that a very successful clergy retreat was held at Bethany house, Sagana to energize the clergy. Thanked the delegates for supporting him and the Diocese and for making the recent diocesan harambee so successful. Tabling the Constitution
(ii) (iii) (iv)
(v) (vi) (vii) (viii)
The Diocesan chancellor, Mrs. Grace Ngari tabled the draft constitution. The following comments regarding the constitution were made: -
The constitution does not talk about conflict only, it deals with discipline of the Bishops, clergy and the laity; as well as church management e.g. election of boards and committees. (ii) It is a guiding tool on how to run the Diocese and how to deal with conflicts in the church. (iii) The current constitution needed to be reviewed and so, a constitution committee was put in place, and mandated to make additions and to do away with what was not needed as appropriate. (iv) The committee completed its work and the draft constitution was tabled at the ordinary session of synod held on April 8th to 9th, 2005. (v) Copies were distributed to the delegates, to read, make comments and suggestions and forward them so that they can be considered for inclusion in the final draft. (vi) Members of synod have had 14 months, which was more than the required six (6) months to read the draft. (vii) The Chancellor had read the document and noted its contents. (viii) The Chancellor, confirming the need for constitution, assured that it was the work of a properly constituted committee and satisfied that it was read for the required time, PROPOSED that the constitution be adopted. Rev. Paul Wagereka seconded the proposal. (ix) The constitution was adopted unanimously. (x) Date of commencement is 1st July 2006. Min 5/SS/07/06 Comments (i) House of clergy had no comment (ii) House of Laity had also no comment (iii) The Bishop remarked that: - The first draft was full of fear - The second is full of freedom (iv) Terms of service for clergy will be appended after the Chancellor has looked at the document. Min 6/SS/07/06 Announcements (i) Copies of the constitution were to be available at the bookshop (ii) The Diocese wanted the clergy to live well. If a Vicar has not had a salary for two (2) months, the Vicar and Parish executive were to be summoned to the Diocesan office. After three (3) months without pay, the Vicar could be withdrawn from that parish. (iii) Account books must be well kept (iv) Returns from Parish were to be made to the Diocese every three months so that the strength of the parish could be assessed and to facilitate determination of quota allocation (v) September 3, 2006 – signing of Link Agreement between Thika, Exeter and Cyprus and the Gulf. (vi) Consecration and enthronement of the second Bishop of the Diocese of Embu on July 2, 2006. - The Diocese was to be represented (vii) To ensure that the Cathedral was completed and opened, the Bishop was to be the Guest of Honour in a harambee on October 8, 2006. Every parish was to send a donation
(viii) The possibility of Lay readers being asked to teach catechism and parish councils considering buying them uniforms was raised but not concluded. This and other such issues were to be considered during the ordinary synod. Min 7/SS/07/06 Closing The Archdeacon Gakuya said the last prayer while the Bishop closed the meeting at 12.51 p.m.
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General Overview The Archdeaconry was started in 1999. It is comprised of some parts of Thika and Kakuzi administrative divisions, covering Thika Municipality, which has the large estate of Delmonte which grows pineapples and the lower zone of Thika District bordering Machakos District. It has two zones of rural and urban. Much of this area is marginal land with low and unreliable rainfall; although in the recent years the rainfall pattern has significantly changed, with more moisture making the people have good harvests. Geographically the area has two big rivers, Mbagathi (Athi) and Thika. Church Growth, Development Cathedral Archdeaconry is comprised of four deaneries, which have 15 Parishes. The Deaneries are - ; a) Cathedral Deanery with 5 parishes namely St. Andrew’s pro-cathedral Parish, Witeithie, Kiganjo West, Kiganjo East and Ngoingwa which was created in year 2006 from the former cathedral Parish and received Karibaribi from Mangu Parish. b) Makongeni Deanery with 3 Parishes which are - ; Happy valley, St. Luke’s Makongeni and New Gatuanyaga which was started in 2006 after the parish of Munyu was amalgamated to the old Gatuanyaga. c) Ithanga Deanery with 3 Parishes these are; - Ithanga, Thungururu and Matunda Parishes. d) Mitubiri Deanery which has the following Parishes, Kame, Swani, Kirimiri and Mithini Parishes. All Departments are doing very well led by the Mothers’ Union, K.A.M.A, Brigade, Sunday school and K.A.M.A. Physical Developments 1. Some Parishes have bought plots, where they have put up semi-permanent churches. 2. Others have put up perimeter walls, gates and permanent buildings. Tents to accommodate the Christians who cannot fit inside the church and for rent have been bought. 3. Construction of Church buildings have been going on in many parishes such as A.C.K Ngoliba, St. Stephens Gatuanyaga, St. Peter’s Komo, Thungururu, Mugumo-ini, Matunda, Kiawaituika, Trinity Kaguku, St. Luke’s Academy and Church. Spiritual Growth The urban located churches have continued to operate prayer cell groups which have enhanced Christian Unity and have become very effective on Church growth and development. Rural based churches have fellowships equivalent to the above. Missions and crusades have also been going on to nature spiritual lives of the Christians. The issue of training Christians on various programs has increased their capacities. Anglicanism and Church discipline will continue being taught.
Church Schools The Archdeaconry has schools, ranging from primary, secondary and an industrial training centre. These primary schools are A.C.K St. Peter’s Kiganjo, A.C.K St. Luke’s Academy, Bishop Njuguna Academy, St. Peter’s Academy Kame, and one Swani Nursery school. The secondary schools are the St. Stephens Gatuanyaga, the A.C.K Ngoliba, the St. Stephens Ngoingwa High St. Augustine Boys’. St. Peter's Komo closed due to the politicization of the school project. The Christian Industrial Training Centre –Thika provides among others vocational training. The institutions receive chaplaincy services and care from the respective Vicars in the Parishes where they are located. Micro- Finances Program Due to economic growth decline in the area in the past years, Thika Municipality, which hosted a number of industries found itself with very many unemployed and retrenched people. The people affected by this system couldn’t access loans or credit from the Banks. We thank God that some of these factories are now coming back to into operation. The diocese through the Thika Community Development Trust has started a micro-finance program in this Archdeaconry. The Parishes which are implementing the program are;- St. Luke’s Makongeni, St. Andrew’s Pro-Cathedral and St. Mark’s Muthara in Kiganjo East Parish. Through the project members are accessing credit, and are experiencing some economic growth hence improving giving in the churches. Challenges • High level of poverty due to retrenchment, early retirement and closure of Industries. • Lack of market to sell Agricultural products. • Insecurity both in Rural and urban areas. • HIV/AIDS Scourge. • Lack of employment. • Lack of people with appropriate techniques in Agriculture. Future Plans • Opening more Churches e.g. Githima in Gatuanyaga Parish and Oldonyo Sabuk, which is located in Machakos Diocese. • Train people to be self-reliant. • Initiate Village Banking (Micro-Finances) in all Churches. • Teach Christian giving. Ven. Nephat Gakuya. Archdeacon Cathedral Archdeaconry.
a) Cathedral Deanery ACK Witeithie Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Samuel N. Gateru A. Parish details Parish was started in 2000 1. ACK Witeithie 2. ACK Nyacaba 3. ACK Athena 4. ACK Malaba 5. ACK Kiahuria Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 25 90 25 110 0 140 28
Started in 1991 Started in 2000 Started in 2002 Started in 2003 Started in 2003
Reasons for Increase • Enhanced mission & Evangelism activities B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 31 Un-enrolled 41 Total • The department needs more training to achieve its objectives. ii. KAMA Enrolled 11 Un-enrolled 20
iii. KAYO Admitted 4 Not Admitted 15 Total 19 • This group needs more innovation and creativity to be able to attract more members. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 24 v. Sunday School Total 110
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Purchase a church plot at Athena area. 2. Build temporary worship buildings at ACK Malaba, and ACK Kiahuria. Christian Community Services • Assisting the needy in the community with food and clothing. Building & Construction projects 1. Building a kitchen 2. To build a clinic at the ACK Witeithie.
Kiganjo West Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Daniel Njuguna A. Parish Details Parish was started in 2005 1. St Stephen’s Kiganjo 2. St. Stephen’s Kianjau Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 48 92 33 35 225 30
Started in 1996
Reasons for Increase 1. Increased pastoral visits, 2. Strong cell group and departments, 3. Home to home evangelism and training seminars. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 34 Un-enrolled 58 The department is growing, but has weak leadership. ii. KAMA Enrolled 11 Un-enrolled The department is the weakest in the parish iii. KAYO Admitted 10 Department is fairly strong 37
Not Admitted 37
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 17 v. Sunday School Total 35 C. D. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • Plans to open a new church at Kiang’ombe Christian Community Services 1. There is no active intervention of the CCS. 2. There is a plan to start a micro-finance project Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training especially on micro-finance and capital formation. Building & Construction projects 1. The parish office has been completed. 2. The Church has St. Peter’s Academy as an income generating project G. Other Comments. • The church plots have yet to obtain title deeds.
Kiganjo East Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Philip Munyua Waithaka A. Parish Details Parish was started in 2005 1. ST. Paul Kianda 2. St. Mark Muthaara Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 40 80 20 55 31 226 140
Started in 2002 Started in 1996
Reasons for Increase 1. Increased pastoral visits, by church elders and vicar 2. Mid week prayers by cell groups. 36
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 30 Un-enrolled 50 Total The department is becoming active especially in local church level. ii. KAMA Enrolled 20 Un-enrolled 20 The department is active especially at the church level iii. KAYO Admitted Department is not very strong. Not Admitted 20
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 15 Not very active v. Sunday School Total 55 The department is active
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • Plans to recruit and enroll more members in all departments. • Plans to have Evangelistic Missions in 2007 • Plans for the 2 congregations to visit each other occasionally, for fellowship and exchange of ideas. Christian Community Services • Mobilize the congregation to assist the infected and affected especially Namrata Shah Children Home. • St. Marks Muthaara Micro-finance under the umbrella of T.C.D.T
Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • The Diocese can intervene to support the micro finance in the parish. Building & Construction projects St. Marks Muthaara has planned to roof the permanent church Vicarage construction to start in 2007
ACK Ngoigwa Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. James Kienye A. Parish details
Parish was started in 2006 1. ACK Ngoigwa 2. ACK Mugumo-ini 3. ACK Karibaribi Parish Population
Started in 2002 Started in 2004 Started in 1994
2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase
2007 79 226 59 163 51 579
Reason for Increase B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 37 Un-enrolled 81 The department is strong but proper guidance is needed. ii. KAMA Un-enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 16 Not Admitted 45 This group needs proper guidance. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 175 v. Sunday School Total 151 B. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth a) Organize Seminars on leadership and Church doctrines b) Door to door evangelism. c) Strengthen all Departments Christian Community Services • Nursery School started at Ngoigwa.
St. Andrew’s Pro-Cathedral Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Joyce W. Kabuba A. Parish details Parish was started in 1970 ACK St. Andrews Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 250 400 350 80 0 1000 -460
Started in 1970
Reasons for Deacrease • The ACK Mugumoini and ACK Ngoigwa churches were curved from Cathedral Parish to form Ngoingwa parish. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 200 Un-enrolled 200 The enrolled members are active but needs to be encouraged. ii. KAMA Enrolled 36 Un-enrolled 200
iii. KAYO Admitted 45 Not Admitted 200 Total 245 This group needs to be encouraged to participate in the Diocesan activities and be active in the church. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 50 An active group v. Sunday School Total 80 An active group C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Encourage departments to be active 2. Hold open air preaching and crusades 3. Finish the church construction 39
Christian Community Services 1. Micro finance project 2. Helping the orphans through the ACK Thika Orphans & Grandparents support Project. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Continuation of the same project and additional is recommended. Building & Construction projects 1. The cathedral is still under construction. 2. The Mother’s Union are building a projects house.
b) Ithanga Deanery
ACK Matuda Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Capt. Mathew Njoroge Kamau A. Parish details Parish was started in 1998 1. ACK Matunda 2. ACK Ngatho 3. ACK Makongo 4. ACK Wendani Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 30 80 90 60 50 310 152
Started in 2005 Started in 2005 Started in 2005 Started in 2005
Reasons for Increase a) Migration of people to settle in the area. b) Enhanced mission & Evangelism activities B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 18 Un-enrolled 22 Total The department needs more training on mission of the Department.
ii. KAMA Enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 18 Not Admitted 22 Total 40 This group needs more innovation in activities to be more interesting. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 30 v. Sunday School Total 96 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Starting of classes. 2. Strengthen cell groups. 3. Enhance mission & evangelism activities Christian Community Services 1. The area has been active in passion fruits growing 2. This is an intervention of the diocesan Agriculture Produce Intensification and Markets development in conjunction with Planting Faith ministries. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training of farmers especially on microfinance and capital formation Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. Building a vicarage.
ACK Thungururu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Samuel Mwangi A. Parish details Parish was started in 2005 1. ACK Thugururu 2. ACK Silanga 3. ACK Mukundi
Started in 1972 Started in 1989 Started in 1980
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 30 80 90 60 50 310 70
Reasons for Increase 1. Migration of people to settle in the area. 2. Enhanced mission & Evangelism activities B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 18 Un-enrolled 22 Total The department needs more training on the mission of the Department. ii. KAMA Enrolled 6 Un-enrolled 34
iii. KAYO Admitted 18 Not Admitted 22 Total 40 This group needs more innovation in activities to be more interesting. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 30 v. Sunday School Total 96 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Starting of classes. 2. Strengthen cell groups. 3. Enhance mission & evangelism activities Christian Community Services 1. The area has been active in passion fruits growing 2. This is an intervention of the diocesan Agriculture Produce Intensification and Markets development in conjunction with Planting Faith ministries. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training of farmers especially on microfinance and capital formation Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. Building a vicarage.
ACK Ithanga Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Javanson Ndungu A. Parish details Parish was started in 1984 1. ACK Kanjuri 2. ACK Mianya-ini 3. ACK Kaguku 4. ACK Kiawaithuika Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 37 159 50 125 25 371 173
Started in 1969 Started in 1983 Started in 1989 Started in 1989
Reasons for Increase • The figures given in the last report had left out the Youth, Sunday school and infants. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 50 The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 12
Total 37 Total 50
iii. KAYO Admitted 20 This group is doing well.
Not Admitted 30
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 32 They are active v. Sunday School Total 125 An active group
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Promoting farming through CCS 2. To start constructing a permanent vicarage 3. Acquiring public and music systems Christian Community Services 1. The area has been active in passion fruits growing 2. Training on modern farming and animal keeping
Project activities involved in 1. Cultivated bananas (Tissue Culture) 2. Oranges, Mangoes, climbing beans Building & Construction projects • The parish has one church under construction.
c. Makongeni Deanery ACK New Gatuanyaga Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Jamleck Waweru A. Parish details Parish was started in 2006 1. ACK Gatuanyaga 2. ACK Munyu 3. ACK Ngoliba 4. ACK Komo 5. ACK Magogoni 6. ACK Ndula Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 72 192 86 150 30 350 152
Started in 1980 Started in 1969 Started in 1972 Started in 1984 Started in 1997 Started in 1998
Reasons for Increase a) Extensive Pastoral visitation & cell fellowships. b) Former Munyu Parish joined the Gatuanyaga parish to form the New Gatuanyaga parish.
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 80 The department is the strongest. ii. KAMA Enrolled 36
Total 62 Total 86
iii. KAYO Admitted 58 This group is active.
Not Admitted 28
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 78 v. Sunday School Total 150 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Teaching through Seminars and mission to achieve self-reliance. 2. Teaching Anglicanism. 3. Enhance mission & evangelism activities Christian Community Services 1. Helping the orphaned and less fortunate 2. Sensitizing them through farming Suggested areas of intervention in coming years 1. Introduction of micro-finance 2. Possibility of the posting of curate and evangelism Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has four churches under construction, 2. Furnishing the vicarage. 3. Reviving Komo Secondary School 4. Gatuanyaga and Ngoliba Nursery
an Evangelist to enhance
Happy Valley Parish
Parish Vicar: Canon Rev. Habel Gitogo A. Parish Details Parish was started in 2004 1. ACK Del Monte Started in 1978 2. St. John’s Happy Valley started in 1998
Parish Population Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase • B. i. 2003 2004 2007 54 98 60 112 195 324 129
Reasons for Increase Improved outreach activities
Diocesan Departments Mothers Union Enrolled 42 The department is very active ii. iii. iv. KAMA Enrolled KAYO Admitted 16 22
Not Admitted 38
Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 20 The group needs teaching. Sunday School Total 73 The church has plans to start a nursery school Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth There are plans to construct a church; presently they use a church hall. Christian Community Services The church supports Namrata Shah Children’s Home, with Food and maintenance. They have no CCS initiated project. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training especially on microfinance and capital formation Building & Construction projects 1. The church has completed a stone wall 2. Present fund raising activities are to construct the church.
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ACK Makongeni Parish
Parish Vicar A. Parish details Parish was started in 1996 1. ACK St. Luke 2. ACK Holy Trinity Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 315 172 137 275 81 1980 780 Ven. Nephat Gakuya
Started in 1980 Started in 2005
Reasons for Increase • Evangelism and pastoral visitation has been intensified. • Semi-permanent building at Kamenu B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 112 Un-enrolled 60 Total The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled Active
iii. KAYO Admitted 21 This group is very active.
Not Admitted 60
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 35 The department is very active v. Sunday School Total 240 The department is very active C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To construct vicarage. 2. Finalize the payment of the partly paid Kamenu church plot, and thereafter construct a permanent. 3. To extend St. Luke Church
Christian Community Services There are no Christian Community Services activity
Building & Construction projects 1. Holy Trinity Kamenu church is under construction 2. Renovation of a newly bought house from National Housing co-operation 3. The on-going construction of classrooms
ACK Kame Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Timothy D.L Karangi A. Parish details Parish was started in 2003 1. ACK Kame 2. ACK Fly-Over 3. ACK Kabungi Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 70 325 70 215 48 465 244
Started in 2003 Started in 2003
Reasons for Increase • The Parish is located between two district Headquarters – Thika District headquarters, and Muranga South headquarters at Kenol junction, therefore catering for the newly posted district civil servants. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 85 ii. KAMA Enrolled 27
Total 60 Total 47
iii. KAYO Admitted 25 This group is not active.
Not Admitted 22
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 34 The group is active but needs a qualified person to mentor it. v. Sunday School Total 93 The department is doing well. C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Train Leaders 2. Departments participation in Diocesan activities Christian Community Services • There are no Christian Community Services activity Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. The vicarage is to be enlarged 3. There are School buildings under construction at the St. Peters Academy.
ACK Mithi-in Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Paul K. Kimani A. Parish details Parish was started in 2004 1. ACK Mithini 2. ACK Giathanwa 3. ACK Mutithi 4. ACK Kinoo Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 30 93 46 72 60 301 170
Started in 1991 Started in 1983
Reasons for Increase • Evangelism • Nearness to Christians
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 30 Un-enrolled The department is growing rapidly. ii. KAMA Enrolled 11 Un-enrolled
Total 30 Total 46
iii. KAYO Admitted 13 Not Admitted 33 This group is growing though most are students. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 45 v. Sunday School Total 72 The department has grown and teachers are doing good work C.
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Encourage Christians to start micro-finance groups. 2. Organizing missions, crusades, camps and weekend challenge. 3. Starting tree nursery and academy to enhance education. • • Christian Community Services There are no Christian Community Services activities. Building & Construction projects The Church is still under Construction.
ACK Swani Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Mary Gacambi Chege A. Parish details Parish was started in 2004 1. ACK Swani 2. ACK Nanga 3. ACK Gikono 4. ACK Kangangu
Started in 1970 Started in 1970 Started in 1980 Started in 1980
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Decrease 2005 2007 50 90 40 30 40 265 50
Reasons for Decrease • Immigrants from other areas. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 35 Un-enrolled The department is average in performance
ii. KAMA Enrolled 20 Un-enrolled 20 The group is average in performance iii. KAYO Admitted 15 Average performance
Not Admitted 25
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade The group is not active v. Sunday School Total 30 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • Organize Seminars • Enhance Mission & Evangelism activities Christian Community Services • There is no CCS activity Building & Construction projects Church and vicarage construction progressing on well.
ACK Kirimiri Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Captain Julius Jessee Kamau A. Parish details Parish was started in 1. ACK Mwitumberia
Started in 1977 51
2. ACK Kirimiri 3. ACK Kianjugu 4. ACK Ndabatabi
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase
Started in 1989 Started in 2001 Started in 1978
2007 50 70 50 60 20 190
Reasons for Increment B. Diocesan Departments vi. Mothers Union Enrolled 30 Un-enrolled The department is average in performance vii. KAMA Enrolled Un-enrolled The department has not been very active. viii. KAYO Admitted 20 The group is abit active.
Not Admitted 30
ix. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade 20 The group is the most active. They are doing very well x. Sunday School Total 60 C. D. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • To organising courses and seminars Christian Community Services • Involved in dairy goat keeping, rabbit rearing, organic and horticultural farming. Building & Construction projects • Church and vicarage construction going on.
Introduction Giachuki Archdeaconry was created from Kariara Archdeaconry on January 2006. It comprises of 4 deaneries and has 11 parishes in total. Since the last Synod 2005, the growth of the archdeaconry has been as follows: • Giachuki Deanery (created in 2005) comprises of - Giachuki, Giteme and Njunu • Ndunyu Chege Deanery comprises of Ndunyu Chege, Kiairegi, Kanunga and Ndakaini • Thare Deanery comprises of Thare and Mutugu Parishes • Memorial Deanery comprises of Thika Memorial and Thamuru Parishes. Economic/Spiritual Challenges The area is predominantly tea and coffee growing zone. Dairy farming is also practiced. With the improving coffee prices, there is increased household incomes in the lower region where coffee is grown. On the other hand, the social economics placing the market day around Ndunyu Chege on Sundays affects the church worship attendance adversely mainly in the parishes around. Potential for Growth There would be positive exploitation on Land use if diversification of viable crops is emphasized, which must be accompanied by the relevant training. The Infrastructure is reasonable since the road is mostly tarmac and being currently repaired. The area is well served with electricity. Tea growing continues to be the main cash crop with farmers well benefiting from its proceeds. There is one tea factory at Njunu. Church Construction Almost every parish is having a permanent church building or it is being constructed. Other are building works involves construction of vicarages, church halls repairing or improvement of old churches and buying of church plots. Acquiring of Land Title Deeds is a challenge in some areas. Achievements since last synod • Parishes have been reorganized. Mukarara and Gathanji churches were joined to Ndunyu Chege and Thare Parishes respectively, and are doing well. • Departments have grown especially Mothers Union, K.A.M.A and Youth. An Archdeaconry conference was organized by Mothers Union while Sunday School and KAYO held Seminars and Rallies. Growth There has been a remarkable church growth in population almost encompassing all the parishes.
Way Forward There are plans to;• Organize several training workshops and seminars focusing on improving people’s welfare, • Diversification of cash crops and other sources of income. • Initiating microfinance projects in all parishes and offering training on good management. • Intensify training on Christian Stewardship. • Intensify Clergy fellowships with visits to parishes to enhance mutual support. • For recreation, sensitize the Christian community on the usage of the available picnic sites for leisure. The Archdeaconry houses the famous Ndaka-ini dam where people can have picnic. Prepared by Ven Joshua N. Ngaruiya Archdeacon, Giachuki Archdeaconry
ACK Njunu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Stephen Ngaruiya A. Parish details Parish was started in 2005 1. ACK Njunu Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 35 100 40 60 15 250
Started in 2005
Reasons for Increase • Intensified Evangelism & Pastoral visitation activities. • Involvement in Church activities both Spiritual and physical nourishment. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 47
The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 15 Un-enrolled 40 Total 55 Total 35
iii. KAYO Admitted Not Admitted 35 This group is ambitious and makes church lively. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 15 It’s dormant but we are on the plans to revive it.
v. Sunday School Total 60 The group is vibrant and well coordinated for child development -morally, spiritually and physically. C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To organize retreats for the children 2. Involvement in the Parish activities through praise and worship
Christian Community Services There is a HIV/AIDS Program.
Building & Construction projects • The parish has a vicarage under construction,
ACK Giteme Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. David Njoroge Mariga Parish details Parish was started in 2005 1.ACK Giteme
Started in 2005
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 10 30 10 50 100 15
Reasons for Increase • Good relationship of the Parish council and the community • Pastoral visits and evangelism within the community. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 40 There is no growth noted lately. ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted 20
Not Admitted -
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total v. Sunday School Total 50 There are plans to train more teachers C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To start a nursery school as a Parish project 2. To purchase a plot Christian Community Services • Pastoral care to HIV/AID affected people
ACK Giachuki Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. David Murage A. Parish details Parish was started in 1984
1. ACK St. Paul 2. ACK Gaithece
Started in 2006
2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase Reasons for Decrease
2007 100 240 90 100 0 430 -30
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 165 Un-enrolled The department is quite active and strong. ii. KAMA Enrolled 55 Un-enrolled
Total 110 Total 90
iii. KAYO Admitted 20 There is poor leadership.
Not Admitted 70
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total v. Sunday School Total 100 Active, teachers training needed C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To organize Seminars and Training for Leaders. 2. Evangelism 3. Home Fellowship Christian Community Services 1. Home based care for HIV/AIDS infected and people. 2. Encouraging alternative farming 3. Micro-finance projects Suggested areas of intervention in coming years 1. Training on microfinance 2. Provision of seed variety and training on alternative farming
Building & Construction projects 1. Church under construction, 2. The ACK Giachuki multi purpose Hall complex is under construction.
ACK Thika Memorial Parish
Parish Vicar A. Parish details Parish was started in 1927 1. ACK Memorial 2. ACK Kiriga Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase Reasons for Increase B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 24 Un-enrolled The department needs more training and encouragement. ii. KAMA Enrolled 15 Un-enrolled 2005 2007 102 172 82 126 20 502 Ven. Joshua Ngaruiya
Started in 1927 Started in 1979
iii. KAYO Admitted None Not Admitted 82 Total 82 This group is doing well. We are encouraging them to be admitted. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total Reviving the department v. Sunday School Total 140 The department is doing well. 58
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Pastoral Visitation 2. To hold seminars for all Departments 3. Encourage cell groups and fellowship
Christian Community Services The Parish has a trust (microfinance) group
Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has a church under construction 2. A school is under construction
ACK Thamuru Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Michael Gicheru A. Parish details Parish was started in 1998 1. ACK St. Andrews 2. ACK High Level 3. ACK Kiunyu 4. ACK Kitmae Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 33 87 43 28 35 157 -57
Started in 1975 Started in 1987 Started in 1999 Started in 1970
Reasons for Decrease • The last Synod report (2005) figures were inaccurate. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 27 The department is active.
ii. KAMA Enrolled Not active
iii. KAYO Admitted 0 Not Admitted 48 The group is active in some churches iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 15 Not active v. Sunday School Total 15 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To start micro-finance projects 2. To enhance evangelism • Christian Community Services There are no Christian Community Service activities.
Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. A vicarage.
Ndunyu Chege Deanery
ACK Ndunyu Chege Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi A. Parish details Parish was started in 1996 1. ACK Ndunyu Chege 2. ACK Mukarara 3. ACK Gitoto 4. ACK Gitige
Started in 1974 Started in 1989 Started 2002 Started in 2007
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 48 165 50 80 80 423 128
Reasons for Increase • Extensive Pastoral care and visits • Seminars and Training on various fields and topics B. Diocesan Departments Un-enrolled 200 Total 335
i. Mothers Union Enrolled 135 The department is active.
ii. KAMA Enrolled Un-enrolled Department only active on KAMA Sunday iii. KAYO Admitted 9 This group is coming up.
Not Admitted 60
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 34 Lacks full support from parents v. Sunday School Total 80 Lack of committed teachers
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Organize Seminars/training 2. Train our people to be good stewards of Gods resources entrusted to them 3. Organize mission/crusades for spiritual growth. 4. Start Microfinance Trust groups 5. Continue Parish together meeting for fellowship and encouragement. Christian Community Services 1. Training/Seminars on good farming methods and marketing 2. HIV/AIDS awareness 3. Family life education
Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Identification of income generating activities to enhance economic growth. Building & Construction projects • The parish 3 churches under construction.
ACK Kanunga Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Ibrahim N. Ndungu A. Parish details Parish was started in 2005 1. ACK Kanunga Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 20 133 30 40 223
Started in 1996
Reasons for Increase • Emphasizing on crusades, pastoral visitation and seminars B Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 110 Un-enrolled The department is active in all church activities. ii. KAMA Enrolled 10 Un-enrolled
Total 42 Total 40
iii. KAYO Admitted Not Admitted 40 This department has been very active in all church activities. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 20 The department is not very strong. v. Sunday School Total 21 The department is very strong.
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Pastoral visitation 2. Hold seminars and training 3. Organise open air crusades and mass evangelism Christian Community Services • No activity Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Enrollment and commissioning of various members of departments should be done at the parish level to cut the costs of transport. Building & Construction projects The parish has a vicarage and church under construction.
ACK Kiairegi Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Edward G. Mburu A. Parish details Parish was started in 1999 1. ACK GoodSamaritan 2. ACK Gitiri 3. ACK Njaini Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 85 343 186 130 11 744 339
Started in 1994 Started in 1997 Started in 1998
Reasons for Increase • Mission work • Pastoral and Evangelism B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 111 The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 12
The department is not very active 63
iii. KAYO Admitted 11 This group is active.
Not Admitted 175
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 25 The department is fairly active v. Sunday School Total 130 The department is active C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To organize church leaders seminars 2. To make Prayer groups more strong 3. To start T.E.E classes Christian Community Services 1. Offering counseling on behaviour change to the youth. 2. Giving needy families support Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. A vicarage under construction.
Parish Vicar Rev. Mary W. Njau A. Parish Details Parish was started in 2005 1. Ndaka-ini Started in 1991 2. Kimandi Started in 1998 Parish Population 2003 2005 2007 Men 20 Women 52 Youth 16 Sunday School 35 Infants 10 Total 75 72 Decrease -2
Reasons for Decrease • Migratory farm workers
Diocesan Departments Mothers Union Enrolled 25 Un-enrolled 27 Needs training and strengthening leadership KAMA Enrolled 3 Un-enrolled Needs training on KAMA objectives KAYO No functional KAYO Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade None; There are no trained teachers Sunday School Total 33 17
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C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • Strengthening of departments D. Christian Community Services • No Christian Community Service activities E. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years 3. Training especially on microfinance and capital formation F. Building & Construction projects 4. The parish has a church under construction.
ACK Thare Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Eunice Kiuna A. Parish details Parish was started in 1990 1. ACK Thare 2. Gathanji Parish
Started in 1955 Started in 1979
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 130 250 100 80 25 585 355
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral visitation. • Taking A.C.K Gathanji Church back to Thare Parish B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 150 Un-enrolled The department is active and willing to grow..
ii. KAMA Enrolled 30 Un-enrolled 20 The department is active. iii. KAYO Admitted 20 Not Admitted 50 This group is active only the economic status discourages them. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 60 v. Sunday School Total 80 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Mission and Evangelism 2. Seminars and workshop Christian Community Services • A clinic run by St. Stephen's Thare Church Building & Construction projects • A.C.K Gathanji is under construction
ACK Mutugu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Samuel Nganga A. Parish details Parish was started in 1998 1. ACK St. Peters Mutugu 2. ACK Gathangari Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 40 70 40 50 35 235 45
Started in 1986 Started in
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral care and visitation B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 30 Un-enrolled The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 15 Not Admitted 25 Total 40 This group needs more innovation in activities to be more interesting. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 25 Not very active, laxity from teachers v. Sunday School Total 30 Active, though needs more teachers C. D. E. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Pastoral visitation and care Christian Community Services • None Building & Construction projects 1. Gathangari Church 2. M.U Kitchen and hall 67
Introduction The Kariara Archdeaconry, which was created in the year 2005. It has three (3) Deaneries and 9 Parishes. The Archdeaconry mainly covers Kariara Sub-location in Gatanga Division in Thika District, which is at the slopes of the Aberdares. Three main rivers Chania, Kimakia and Kiama are in Kariara Archdeaconry. Spiritual Growth Chomo Deanery is dominated by Catholic, P.C.E.A and Independent or A.C.C.S, hence ACK faithful are very few. It needs intensive evangelist and mission work. The other 2 deaneries in the upper zone, are ACK dominated. Teaching of leadership, Church Administration and Stewardship will enhance growth. Development The Archdeaconry has a total of 16 congregations, two completed Vicarages, one semipermanent Vicarage and five Parishes don’t have Vicarages. Gataka-ini Parish vicarage is under construction. A Few parishes have started Church Nursery and Primary Schools. Ngere Tea Factory is in Kariara Archdeaconry. Economic Growth Agriculture is the basic economic activity in Kariara Archdeaconry. Upper zone is tea and flower farming while Coffee farming is on the lower zone. Both zones have dairy and poultry farming. Some of the upper parishes have started micro finance programmes. Way Forward Plans for Seminars to enhance Spiritual, economic growth..
Report Prepared by: Ven. Robert Muoho Archdeacon-Kariara Archdeaconry
ACK Chomo Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Paul Wagereka A. Parish details Parish was started in 1. ACK Chomo 2. ACK Rwegetha 3. ACK Kirwara
Started in 1986 Started in 1995 Started in 2000
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 43 115 40 54 29 281 59
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Reasons for Increase Extensive Pastoral visits and evangelism. The seconding of diocesan sponsored missionaries to the parish.
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 46 The department is the strongest. ii. KAMA Enrolled 13
Total 43 Total 40
iii. KAYO Admitted 15 The department is growing.
Not Admitted 25
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 0 v. Sunday School Total 54 There is shortage of teachers C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Starting seminars for departmental leaders to improve the departments. 2. Strengthen existing prayer cell groups. 3. Start a C.C.S local committee to work with the Diocesan CCS Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training of farmers on planting macadamia, bananas and pineapples Building & Construction projects • The parish has three churches under construction,
ACK Gatunyu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Michael G. Njoroge A. Parish details Parish was started in 1999 1. ACK Emmanuel Gatunyu Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 10 33 15 30 6 88
Started in 19991
Reasons for Increase • The church has been receiving and loosing members from other churches- some who complain of financial strains as we try to establish and meet the quotas. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 6 The department is the commited. ii. KAMA Enrolled -
Total 10 Total 15
iii. KAYO Admitted 0 The department is growing.
Not Admitted 15
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 17 v. Sunday School Total 20 We have good teachers but experience low turnout due to the distance. C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Fellowship in cell groups. 2. Pastoral visit 3. Planning a door to door mission. D. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • None
Building & Construction projects • None
ACK Giatutu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Capt. Timothy Nduati A. Parish details Parish was started in 2004 1. ACK Giatutu 2. ACK Kigio Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 26 62 37 36 35 186 126
Started in 2002 Started in 1996
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral care • Missions and seminars • Devoted Christian population B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 32 Un-enrolled 30 The department is doing well but there is room for improvement. ii. KAMA Enrolled 6 Un-enrolled 20
Total 26 Total 37
iii. KAYO Admitted 2 Not Admitted 35 This group is not strong but is gaining momentum. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 20 Not commissioned) v. Sunday School Total 36 The department is growing on well. 71
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Organize Seminars and retreats. 2. Pastoral visitation 3. Enhance mission & evangelism activities Christian Community Services • No activity Building & Construction projects Church under construction,
b) Gatura Deanery ACK Gatura Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Ven. Robert Muoho A. Parish details Parish was started in 1. ACK Gatura 2. ACK Good Samaritan Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 120 300 105 135 110+20 500 160
Started in 1998 Started in 2003
Reasons for Increase • Evangelism, Pastoral visitations B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 162 The department is well organized. ii. KAMA Enrolled 26 Need hard-work and fellowship
iii. KAYO Admitted 15 Not Admitted 90 This group has leadership problems within themselves. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 60 Lack of teachers v. Sunday School Total 135 Lack of teachers C. • •
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth To facilitate starting of SACCOs in tea and flowers growing areas. Christian Community Services Hold seminars on HIV/AIDS to create awareness to the infected and affected
Building & Construction projects 1. Gatura Nursery School is under construction. 2. Erect a gate to the Church compound.
ACK Karangi Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. David M. Githeru A. Parish details Parish was started in 2003 1. ACK Karangi 2. ACK karega 3. ACK Gacera Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 68 100 66 119 13 168 -82
Started in 2003 Started in 1997 Started in 2003
Reasons for decrease:
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 77 The department is growing. ii. KAMA Enrolled 31 The Department is fairly active.
iii. KAYO Admitted 13 Not Admitted 53 Total 66 This group is growing though most of them are students in boarding schools. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 52 v. Sunday School Total 90 Doing well but the teachers are lacking C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Enhance Mission/Seminars 2. Organize Parish get-together and Prayer intercessory groups • Christian Community Services None
Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has three churches under construction, 2. Kitchen at Karangi Church
ACK Mbugiti Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Bernard Njoroge A. Parish details Parish was started in 1998 1. ACK Mbugiti 2. ACK Kinguri
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 60 120 102 40 22 350 120
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral visitation. • Missions and open air crusades. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 50 Un-enrolled The department is growing rapidly. ii. KAMA Enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 18 Not Admitted 15 Total 33 This group is not stable as most youth move from rural to urban areas. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 40 The department is very active v. Sunday School Total 40 - 60 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To organize Pastoral visitations/seminars 2. Encouraging farming of indigenous crops and new breeds of livestock 3. Sensitizing on HIV/AIDS epidemic. • Christian Community Services Forestation – encouraging Christians to plant trees
Suggested areas of intervention in coming years 1. Enforcement of piped water 2. Improvement of farming and livestock Building & Construction projects 1. Church Hall under construction. 2. vicarage under construction.. 3. A church School building complex under construction. 75
ACK Kiarutara Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Silas Njiru A. Parish Details Parish was started in2003 ACK. Kiarutara Started in 1954 Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 60 120 40 100 50 410 100
Reasons for Increase • Increased mission and evangelism activities. • Increased Christian Community Services in the parish B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 93 Un-enrolled The department is very active
ii. KAMA Enrolled 37 Un-enrolled The department is waking up. iii. KAYO Admitted
vi. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 40 vii. Sunday School Total 100
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Increase on pastoral visits 2. Increase on Training seminars 3. Train church leaders 4. Hold open air preaching
Mission & Evangelism 1. Start a new congregation at Kagongo/Ithanje. 2. The parish holds a mission every year Christian Community Services 1. Tree planting activities Building & Construction projects 2. The parish has rental housesto boost in income generation
ACK Mwagu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Peter Nganga Karanja A. Parish details Parish was started in 1999 1. St. Peter’s Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 50 114 33 80 4 310 90
Started in 1999
Reasons for Increase B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 101 ii. KAMA Enrolled 30
Total 114 Total 50
iii. KAYO Admitted 3 Not Admitted 30 Total 33 This group needs more innovation in activities to be more interesting. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 21 (not commissioned) v. Sunday School Total 80
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Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth Have plans to open another church in future Christian Community Services No Activity Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Yes, dairy farming needs to be boosted and farmers encouraged to be actively involved. Building & Construction projects A vicarage. Income Generation Activities Has some tea bushes
ACK Gataka-ini Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Mercy W. Maina A. Parish details Parish was started in 1986 1. ACK St. Philips Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Decrease 2005 2007 26 85 40 80 16 247 8
Started in 1986
Reasons for Decrease Differences among Christians. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 70 The department is not active. ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted The group is active. 10 28
Total 26 Total 40
Not Admitted 12
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 32 v. Sunday School Total 80 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Vicarage construction 2. Reviving the church academy • Christian Community Services None
Building & Construction projects 1. A church School under construction 2. vicarage under construction.
General Overview. The Mang’u Archdeaconry was created in 1999 at the beginning of Thika Diocese. The Archdeaconry is located in Kamwangi Division of Thika District. Mang’u Archdeaconry covers the whole of Kamwangi Division and Gatundu North Constituency, it bounders Kariara, Ruiru and Cathedral Archdeaconries. Three main rivers namely Chania, Karimiru and Ndarugu cut-cross the Archdeaconry. Church Growth Development. In the last synod, Mang’u Archdeaconry had 12 Parishes and 39 congregations. After the reorganization of Parishes in January 2006, there are presently 10 Parishes and 37 congregations. The Archdeaconry has 4 Deaneries and 10 Parishes. • Kamwangi Deanery comprising of Mang’u and Kamwangi Parishes. • Ititu Deanery comprising of Gathaiti and Ititu Parishes. • Gakoe Deanery comprising of Gacege and Gakoe Parishes. • Kairi Deanery comprising of Gakui, Gatunguru, Gituamba and Kairi parishes. All the Department are represented namely, the Sunday School, Youth, Mothers Union, K.A.M.A and the Church Lads & Girls Brigade, each having a Co-ordinator. Economic Activities & Growth. Tea is grown in the upper zone of the Archdeaconry and coffee in the lower zone. There are Gacege and Mataara Tea factories, which have offered some employment to the Christians in their areas. The Coffee sector has not been performing well as tea due to low prices. However farmers have moved into other farming like the dairy keeping, poultry and passion fruit farming. Most of the people have invested in the passenger transport business – (matatu), and merchandize trading. The main market centre is Kamwangi, which serves as the divisional headquarters. Health. There are government health centres such as Gacege, Gakoe, Igegania and Ngorongo. Medical Services are nearer to the Community. The church has a HIV/AIDS Centre at Mang’u Parish where there is a clinic under the Christian Community Services. Water The community enjoys water from the three main rivers in the Archdeaconry. There is piped water from the Ndarugu, Githobokoni and Chania Rivers. The lower zone does not enjoy this facility very much, especially in Mang’u Location. Education. There are nursery, primary and secondary schools both private and public. The A.C.K Church sponsors a number of Schools such as:- Gacege Primary and Secondary, Gakoe primary and Secondary, Kairi Primary and Secondary, Kanjuku Primary and Secondary, Gatunguru Primary and Secondary, Nyamathumbi Primary and Secondary, Nguna Primary. Most of these Schools have improved a lot and participates in the Diocesan Educational activities. 80
Challenges. • The infrastructure in the Archdeaconry is not up to standard. For example the tarmac road from Thika to Kamwangi has a lot of potholes. It is relatively smooth from Kamwangi to Gakoe markets, but needs repair. • • HIV/AIDS is a big challenge to those who are infected and affected but the Mang’u Clinic is trying to assist the community in all ways possible. People in the extreme lower zone need piped water. The rivers are also far away. They try to dig boreholes in their homes. Water is a big challenge in this area.
Gakoe Deanery ACK Gakoe Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Joseph Gatungu
A. Parish details Parish was started in 1985 1. Gakoe 2. Gichuka Started in 2003 3. Raini Started in 1997 4. Huiku Started in 1990 5. Ndiko Started in 1997 6. Kieni Started in 1999 Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 132 237 64 120 90 533 143
Reasons for Increase • Enhanced mission & Evangelism activities • Amalgamation of Ituiku and Gakoe Parishes.
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 124 Un-enrolled 80 The department is active but needs more training activities. ii. KAMA Enrolled 40 Un-enrolled The department needs re- invigoration. 92
iii. KAYO Admitted 48 Not Admitted 16 This group needs to be more innovative in activities. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 30 v. Sunday School Total 96 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Start TEE classes. 2. Strengthen prayer cell groups. 3. Enhance mission & evangelism activities
Christian Community Services The area has been active in passion fruits growing. (This is an intervention of the diocesan Agriculture Produce Intensification and Markets development in conjunction with Planting Faith ministries.) • • Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Training of farmers especially on microfinance and capital formation Building & Construction projects The parish has two churches under construction,
ACK Gachege Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. David Mungai Kamau A. Parish details Parish was started in 1999 1. A.C.K Gacege 2. A.C.K Magomano 3. A.C.K Miizi 4. A.C.K Muthage
Started in Started in Started in Started in
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 87 127 61 141 30 275 98
Reasons for Increase • Due to pastoral care, teaching, missions and convention. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 75 Not very active ii. KAMA Enrolled 23 The department is passive.
iii. KAYO Admitted 28 Not Admitted 33 This group is the most active in the parish. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 49 v. Sunday School Total 127 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Missions 2. Evangelism and Pastoral care D.
Christian Community Services No activity. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Financial assistance inorder to penetrate i.e. facilitating pastoral visitations. Building & Construction projects The parish has a church under construction i.e. A.C.K Miiri Vicarage construction at A.C.K Trinity Gacege
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Ititu Deanery Ititu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Samuel Gachugu
A. Parish Details Parish was started in 1980 1. St. Mathew’s Ititu 2. ACK Kanyoni 3. ACK Kariua Parish Population Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Decrease
Started in 1965 Started in 1989
2003 2005 2007 60 137 50 73 314 350 36 320 -30
Reasons for Increase: B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 84 The department is very active ii. KAMA Enrolled 31
iii. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 40 iv. Sunday School Total 73 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Organize Seminars 2. Enhance Mission & Evangelism activities 3. Hold open air fellowships Christian Community Services 1. Microfinance Activities. 2. Thika Old Grandparents Support -T.O.G.s - supporting orphans under elderly guardians.
Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Further Training especially on microfinance and capital formation. Building & Construction projects The parish has two churches under construction, a school and a Mothers Union project
ACK Gathaiti Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. David Chege A. Parish Details Parish was started in 1997 1. St. Joseph’s 2. ACK Mwimuto 3. ACK Kaibere Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 40 100 40 60 270 38
Started in 1997 Started in 1996 Started in 2002
Reasons for Increase 1. Pastoral visits and evangelism B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 53 Un-enrolled Not active due to poor leadership ii. KAMA Enrolled 23 Un-enrolled
Total 36 Total 56
iii. KAYO Admitted 36 Not Admitted 20 The group is active during school holidays. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 40 i. Sunday School Total 60
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • To organize seminars for all groups e.g. Youths, church leaders etc Mission & Evangelism 1. Planting a church 2. Strengthen cell group prayers Christian Community Services None Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Improve tree nurseries in the Parish Building & Construction projects • There is a church and a school under construction.
Kairi Deanery ACK Kairi Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Gibson Njoroge
A. Parish Details Parish was started in 1999 1. ACK Kairi 2. ACK Kagambwa Parish Population
Started in 1952 Started in 1998
2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase
2007 86 164 66 91 56 463 238
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral visits and Evangelism B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers’ Union Enrolled 104 Un-enrolled 60 Total 164 The department is active but young ladies shy from being enrolled. 86
ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted Not active
Total 82 59
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 27 v. Sunday School Total 91 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Organize Seminars for Church leaders 2. Enhance Mission & Evangelism activities 3. Strengthen cell groups Mission & Evangelism • To open a new church between Kairi and Mugumo-ini. Christian Community Services • None Building & Construction projects 1. There is a church house under construction 2. A semi permanent school structure
D. E. F.
ACK Gituamba Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. George Mburu A. Parish details Parish was started in 2000 1. ACK St. John 2. ACK St. Joseph 3. ACK Chania 4. ACK Gathanji
Started in 1981 Started in 2004 Started in 2004
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 97 163 72 82 414 -76
Reasons for Christians decrease: Not Known B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 80 The department is very active. ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted The group is active. 42
Not Admitted 52
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade None v. Sunday School Total 82 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Strengthening all departments 2. Organize missions, open airs meeting, seminars and pastoral visitations. Christian Community Services 1. Sensitizing people on HIV/AIDS scourge. 2. Preservation of the environment through tree planting. Building & Construction projects 1. There is a Church under construction. 2. The vicarage is under construction.
ACK Gatunguru Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Joseph K. Mwangi A. Parish details Parish was started in 1. ACK Gatunguru 2. ACK Mataara 3. ACK Njathaini Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 40 180 42 70 55+150 525 261
Reasons for Increase • Pastoral visits and evangelism • Baptism of new borne B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 170 The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 53
Total 77 Total 60
iii. KAYO Admitted 44 This department is active.
Not Admitted 16
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 56 The department is doing very well v. Sunday School Total 100 The department is growing. C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Enhance mission & evangelism activities D. • Christian Community Services Help orphans .
Building & Construction projects Church under construction.
ACK Gakui Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. John K. Mbuthia A. Parish details Parish was started in 2000 1. ACK Gakui 2. ACK Makwa 3. ACK Nguna Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 143 245 72 125 27 702 274
Started in 1986 Started in 1979 Started in 2007
Reasons for Increase • Mission and evanglism work. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 180 Un-enrolled Active and very strong. ii. KAMA Enrolled 105 Active and very strong iii. KAYO Admitted 68 This group is active. Un-enrolled
Not Admitted 8
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 85 The group is active v. Sunday School Total 125 The group is improving.
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Organize Missions 2. Seminars/teaching 3. Start income generating projects. Christian Community Services 1. HIV/AIDS mitigation programs 2. Orphans care through the ACK Thika Orphans& Grandparents support program. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Empowerment through seminars. Building & Construction projects ACK Makwa church is under construction.
Kamwangi Deanery ACK Kamwangi Parish
Parish Vicar Rev John Makumi
A. Parish details Parish was started in 1995 1. ACK Kamwangi 2. ACK Nyamathumbi 3. ACK Nyamangara 4. ACK Igegania 5. ACK Gatei Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Decrease 2005 2007 51 132 33 77 49 342 52
Reasons for Increase • Despite ACK Kamwangi Parish experiencing crisis in April 2006, and some members ex-communicated, the membership rose because of improved pastoral care and visits.
B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 68 Un-enrolled 64 The department was also affected drastically by the crisis ii. KAMA Enrolled 24 Un-enrolled 27
Total 51 Total 33
iii. KAYO Admitted 18 Not Admitted 15 The group was most affected by the crisis. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 18 v. Sunday School Total 77 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Enhanced Evangelism and pastoral work 2. Reviving of church cell groups. • • Christian Community Services None Suggested areas of intervention in coming years None
Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has four churches under construction, 2. vicarage construction plans are underway.
ACK Mangu Parish
Parish Vicar Ven. John Wanjihia A. Parish details Parish was started in 1996 1. ACK Mangu 2. ACK Kawira 3. ACK Mutuma 4. ACK Miro
Started in 1955 Started in 1989 Started in 1999 Started in 1983
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 39 123 74 58 20 334 124
Reasons for Increase • There was a Parish re-organization. Lost one church and gained another. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 54 Un-enrolled 69 The department needs more training and encouragement. ii. KAMA Enrolled 17 Un-enrolled 22
Total 39 Total 74
iii. KAYO Admitted 39 This group has been very active.
Not Admitted 35
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 40 The group is trying to adapt to the change of name and the new objectives and aims. v. Sunday School Total 58 There is lack of enough teachers. C. • • • Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth Emphasis on Evangelism and strengthening cell groups Leadership training for church elders and group leaders Improvement on church music by using our talented members
D. Christian Community Services Parishioners are already involved in HIV/AIDS programme To open a parish clinic E. F. • • • • Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Would like the Diocese to help improvement of the health clinic. Building & Construction projects The parish has two churches under construction, A vicarage-extension and water project Parish office under construction 93
7. RUIRU ARCHDEACONRY The Ruiru Archdeaconry was created from the then Cathedral Archdeaconry in 2001 and covers the former Ruiru and Gatundu administrative boundaries now Gatundu District. There are Three Deaneries and seven parishes namely, Ruiru, Ruiru East, Mugutha, Juja Farm, Gatundu, Kiamwangi and Gitwe. The elevation to the status of Gatundu town to a district headquarter, there is need for the construction of a big church in the town, which will be the area operation base. On the Church Growth Development, Ruiru Archdeaconry was curved from the former Cathedral Archdeaconry in 2001. It has 3 deaneries, the Ruiru East, Kiamwangi and Juja. The Three Deaneries are: • • • Ruiru East Deanery comprises Ruiru and Ruiru East parishes Juja Deanery comprises, Juja, Juja farm and Mugutha parishes Kiamwangi Deanery comprises of Kiamwangi, Gatundu and Gitwe parishes.
There has been commendable growth in Sunday School, Church Lads and Girls Brigade and the Youth Departments. Challenges Due to the near collapse of the coffee industry sector, some of the people who lived in the coffee growing estates, and the coffee research center in Jacaranda, were retrenched in large numbers. Because of this, the Jacaranda parish has been dwindling in numbers to unsustainable levels, necessitating the amalgamation of Jacaranda parish with Ruiru Parish. While these churches won’t be closed because of the declining membership, as few as they are, they need our services. Evangelism/Pastoral Care The lower zone which covers Juja, Juja Farm, Ruiru, Mugutha and Ruiru East parishes have immigrants coming from Nairobi and its environs for settlement- which means evangelism and mission should be enhanced to bring these people to Christ. There is a challenge of buying plots for church planting and opening church schools in these areas. The Archdeaconry, has only two church owned schools, i.e. the St. Michael’s and All Angels Academy, and the St. Peter’s Church Kiamwangi Academy. There are no Anglican diocese sponsored schools. The following are the permanent buildings in the Archdeaconry: St. Michael’s & all Angels Church, the St. Paul's Church, Kwihota, the St. Mathew's Church, Juja, the St. Stephen's church, Juja Farm, the St. Peter's Church, Kiamwangi, the St. James Church, Njagu. While the rest are semi-permanent. The Archdeaconry has only two permanent Vicarages and a semi-permanent one in Gitwe parish. The other parishes house their Vicars and Evangelists in Rental houses. The building of Vicarages and Church houses will be taken seriously. In future-our Church will be very strong in these areas. Prepared by; Ven. Canon David Njoroge Kamau Archdeacon - Ruiru Archdeaconry
Juja Deanery ACK Juja Farm Parish
Parish Vicar Solomon Thiga
A. Parish details Parish was started in 1987 1. ACK Gikumari Started in 1993 2. ACK Kirima Simba Started in 1990 3. ACK Juja House Started in 1998 Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 50 142 50 100 30 372 222
Reasons for Increase • New people settling in the lower zone. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 100 Un-enrolled Only half of the enrolled are active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 25 Un-enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 15 The group incactive.
Not Admitted 35
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 30 v. Sunday School Total 70 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth • To enhance evangelism activities targeting the newly settled people. Christian Community Services • Passion fruits growing activities.
Suggested areas of intervention in coming years 1. Improve the means of transport for Clergy and Evangelists. 2. The Posting of at least two Evangelists to the area. Building & Construction projects • All churches are under construction
ACK Mugutha Parish
Parish Vicar Rev Francis Kinuthia A. Parish details Parish was started in 2006 1. ACK Kenyatta Road 2. ACK Mukuyu-ini 3. ACK St. Stephen Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 55 236 37 85 38 365
Started in 2004 Started in 2001 Started in 1995
Reasons for Increase Evangelism and pastoral visits B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 45 Un-enrolled The department is weak due to weak leadership. ii. KAMA Enrolled 9 Un-enrolled
Total 39 Total 32
iii. KAYO Admitted None Not Admitted 32 This group is not active as most of them are workers. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 12 (Needs more teaching)
v. Sunday School Total 85 (Lack of enough teachers) C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Enhance pastoral visitation. 2. Enhance mission & evangelism activities Christian Community Services None Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Training on stewardship. Building & Construction projects • Intend to construct a church at Mugutha once the Title deed is out.
ACK Juja Parish
Parish Vicar Ven. Canon David Njoroge Kamau A. Parish details Parish was started in 1999 1. ACK St. Mathew's Juja Started in 1930 2. ACK St. John’s Milimani Started in 1988 Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007
Reasons for Increase • New people moving into Juja and Milimani • Evangelism and pastoral visits B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 43 The department is active.
ii. KAMA Enrolled
iii. KAYO Admitted 8 Not Admitted 36 Total 44 This group has been very active, especially St. Mathew's Church. iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 59 very active t v. Sunday School Total 115 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Emphasis on Evangelism. 2. Missions 3. Seminars, Retreats and Pastoral visits Christian Community Services 1. Helping Ruiru Rehabilitation Centre financially. 2. Christians have opened their hands to Namrata Shah Children Home. 3. There are plans to open a Church School. Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Opening a Church School between Juja and Juja Farm Parish as the area is growing rapidly. Building & Construction projects • The parish has two churches under construction,
ACK Gitwe Parish
Parish Vicar Rev A. Parish details Parish was started in 2002 1. ACK Gitwe 2. ACK Munyuini Esther Wanjeri
Started in 1993
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 15 40 10 20 10 110 40
Reasons for Increase • Mission and Evangelism B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 15 The enrolled women are active. ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted 7
Not Admitted 0
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 0 v. Sunday School Total 20 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Seminars 2. Mission and Evangelism. 3. Pastoral visits Christian Community Services • None Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Facilities like school and hospital are needed between Gitwe and Gachege Parishes. Building & Construction projects • None
ACK Gatundu Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Githiri Michael Githongo. A. Parish details Parish was started in 2002 1. ACK St. John 2. ACK Gatundu 3. ACK Githuya Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 23 77 40 122 30 285 117
Started in 1980 Started in 1986 Started in 1999
Reasons for Increase • Evangelism and Mission work • Good leadership B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 30 ii. KAMA Enrolled iii. KAYO Admitted
Not Admitted 26
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 46 v. Sunday School Total 76 C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Mission work 2. Started a nursery school
Christian Community Services 1. Seminars on HIV/AIDS 2. Have 2 nursery schools at Gatundu and Githuya • Suggested areas of intervention in coming years None
Building & Construction projects 1. Planning for a Church building construction at Gatundu 2. Planning for a School construction at Gatundu
ACK Kiamwangi Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Jackson Maina Kamau A. Parish details Parish was started in 1990 1. ACK St. Peters 2. ACK St. Pauls 3. ACK Nembu 4. ACK Gatitu 5. ACK Kahuguini 6. ACK Mundoro Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 50 224 50 60 41 324 32
Started in 1957 Started in 1987 Started in 1990 Started in 2004 started in 2005 Started in 2005
Reasons for Increase • Started a new congregation at Kahuguini. • Gatitu congregation has attracted many members B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 74 Un-enrolled 150 Total The department is fairly doing well but there is room for improvement. ii. KAMA Enrolled - Not very active 31 Un-enrolled 19
iii. KAYO Admitted Group inactive.
Not Admitted 46
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 5 Brigade officers required v. Sunday School Total 60 Training for teachers required C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Starting Nursery and Primary schools 2. Village churches to be motivated. • • Christian Community Services No CCS Activity Suggested areas of intervention in coming years Would appreciate if considered by the Diocese when it donates computers or any other learning materials. Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, 2. Vicarage – renovation 3. School – Pioneer Christians Memorial Academy 4. KAMA House
ACK Ruiru Parish
Parish Vicar Rev. Hilary Njoroge A. Parish details Parish was started in 2003 1. ACK St. Michaels & All Angels 2. ACK Jacaranda 3. ACK Murera Sisal 4. ACK Murera Coffee
Started in 1933 Started in 1980 Started in 1981 Started in 2001
Parish Population 2003 Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2005 2007 162 321 80 123 31 717 217
Reasons for Increase • The amalgamation of Ruiru and Jacaranda Parishes. B. Diocesan Departments i. Mothers Union Enrolled 116 The department is active. ii. KAMA Enrolled 58
Total 39 Total 80
iii. KAYO Admitted 18 This group requires training .
Not Admitted 62
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade Total 85 Trying to adapt ourselves with the change of name,objectives and aim v. Sunday School Total 123 Teachers need a lot of encouragement and support. C. Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. To organise seminars for all the departments 2. To enhance pastoral visits 3. To build harmony among the churches Christian Community Services • Computer College Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • Would like the Diocese to help us improve the health clinic we are about to start. Building & Construction projects • The parish has three churches under construction, • Church School under construction
Ruiru East Parish
Parish Vicar: Rev. David Karethiu A. Parish Details Started in 1999 1. 1.ACK Kwihota 2. ACK Gitothua 3. ACK Memorial 4. ACK Kihunguro 5. ACK Power Parish Population Men Women Youth Sunday School Infants Total Increase 2003 2005 2007 107 186 92 165 52 448 520 592 59 72
Started in 1984 Started in 1995 Started in 2000 Started in 2001 Started in 2003
Reasons for Increase • • B. Increased pastoral visits Enhanced mission & Evangelism activities Diocesan Departments 94 Total 186
i. Mothers Union Enrolled 92 Un-enrolled The department is active .. ii. KAMA Enrolled 44 Un-enrolled Not Admitted 92
iii. KAYO Admitted 1
iv. Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade v. Sunday School Total 165 The Sunday school is very strong ..
Parish Plans on Activities to enhance Growth 1. Strengthen the existing cell groups and start more. 2. Plant new churches at (Tatu and Mutonya in 2007) 3. Strengthen Mission & Evangelism activities 4. Conduct leaders training 5. Enhance pastoral visits Christian Community Services • Microfinance Activities Suggested areas of intervention in coming years • To start income Generation projects e.g. mushroom farming, spinning & textile, tree nurseries and aloe vera growing. Building & Construction projects 1. The parish has two churches under construction, and two church Halls. 2. There are plans to start a Church school.
A.C.K THIKA DIOCESE AMERICAN PARISHES
ST. PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH 4060 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 ( Audubon Park Baptist Church Chapel) P.O. Box 240905 Memphis, TN 38124-0905 (901)246-7559 Website: www.stpetersanglicanchurch.org The Very Rev. James Kibe Karanja, Interim Rector The Rev. Stephen M. Carpenter, Senior Priest The Rev.Douglas Kimemia , Youth Minister Saint Peter's Anglican Church is a congregation of the Anglican Communion functioning under Episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Thika, Kenya, The Right Reverend Dr. Gideon Githiga, of the Anglican Church of Kenya. STRATEGIC PLAN, 2006 -2009 Core Purpose: To glorify God through worship, service, evangelism and fellowship. Core Values: Jesus Christ: We proclaim the divinity of Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. Biblical Truth: We believe the Bible is God's true and authoritative word.
Worship: We glorify God through worship in the Anglican tradition. Service: We serve others as an expression of God's love. Evangelism: We strive to make mature disciples of Christ. Fellowship: We find joy in the gathering of God's people. St. Peter's has embarked on a strategic plan for the near future! 3 Year Goals : 1. To have our own facility with space to accommodate our own needs and ministries. 2. To grow the congregation to three hundred active and faithful worshippers 3. To have a full time priest and the necessary staff to carry out our programs. 4. To have active programs for all members, but particularly for children and the youth. 5. To seed new churches and work with others to do God's work VISION St. Peter's Anglican Church will have its own space - warm, inviting and full of life in which the congregation can worship God and grow deeper in faith and greater in number; and from which it can reach out to minister to the community and the world, partnering with other believers to spread the Good News and do God's work. Goal 1: We will have our own facility with space to accommodate our needs and ministries. Strategy: Concentrate on finding land and building a new building. Goal 2: We will grow the congregation to 300 active and faithful worshippers. Strategy: Focus first on existing members by actively engaging them in the life of the church and then enlisting their help and involvement in growing the Church. Goal 3: We will have a full-time priest and the necessary staff to carry out our programs Strategy: Concentrate efforts on the careful search for a priest and then entrust the hiring of other necessary staff to the new priest. Goal 4: We will have active programs for all members and particularly for children and youth. Strategy: Focus on making an immediate impact in programs for youth as is
feasible in the present space and be ready with a program expansion plan when the new building is complete. Goal 5: We will seed new churches and engage with others to do God's work. Strategy: Concentrate first on working with Anglican churches to build a strong network and then move outward for interaction with other denominations. e.g. Ojective 1: Form a diocese of ACK churches Objective 2: Help start one new Church Download Strategic Plan The Church has grown to a membership of 110 members with an average Sunday attendance of 70 members and 65 communicants. Holy Eucharist is cerebrated on Sundays at 10.00 a.m and Wednesdays at 12.00 noon. 2006 DIVINE SERVICES 1. Baptism - 2 Members 2. Marriage - 1 Couple 2007: DIVINE SERVICES BAPTISM................. CONFIRMATION of 12 MEMBERS (During the visit of our Bishop, the Rt.Rev.Dr Gideon Githiga, and our Archbishop, the Most Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi, in January,07. ORDINATION : JULY / AUGUST , 07 OTHER SERVICES : Bible Study/ Sunday School is held for children, youth and adults every Sunday after the service at 11 :30 a.m. Dinner and compline :every Wednesday at 6:00 pm CHURCH MINISTRIES : 1. Children Ministry, 2. Youth Ministry, 3. Women's Bible Study and Prayer Meetings 4. Men's Club Dinner and Bible Study 5. House Bible Study and Prayer Groups 6. Evangelistic Outreach - Food and Clothing 7. Mission Outreach- Faith Planting Ministry CHURCH PLANTING: PLANS TO PLANT ONE CONGREGATION THIS YEAR, 2007 CREATION OF ANGLICAN DIOCESE IN AMERICA Proposal for creation of Anglican Diocese in America was presented to our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Gideon Githiga , and our Archbishop of Kenya , the most Rev. Benjamin
Nzimbi, at ACK conference held at Hilton Hotel , Memphis , Tennessee on Friday , January 12, 2007. The proposal was received, seconded and unanimously passed and recommended by all delegates of the ACK Churches in America to be forwarded by the Archbishop to the House of all ACK Bishops in Kenya for consideration and approval for creation of Anglican diocese in America in the year of our Lord 2007. Very Rev. James Kibe Karanja, Interim Rector
Mississippi Deanery of the Diocese of Thika
Introduction: The Mississippi Deanery of the Diocese of Thika covers the City of Jackson and and area extending 60 miles west to Vicksburg, 30 miles south to Raymond (and areas beyond), 15 miles to Madison, 10 miles to Brandon, and several miles to the Clinton area. Jackson is in the middle of the state of Mississippi and is the capitol of Mississippi. Economic Growth: The main manufacturers are: 1) Timber and wood products; 2) Chemicals; and 3) Industrial machinery. Most people are employed in: 1) the Furniture business; 2) the Poultry business, or; 3) the ship building and repair business. Overall Mississippi is an agricultural economy with poultry, cattle, meat products, and anything grown in the ground. Of course, with Jackson being the capital city, there is government business. Spiritual Growth: The Mississippi Deanery is committed to preaching, teaching, and healing (Matt. 9:35) We desire to see the lost come into a relationship with Jesus Christ and then become followers of Jesus. We desire to see all Christians grow deeper in their knowledge and love of the Lord. We desire to see the Holy Spirit at work in their lives. Our people and churches are evangelical, charismatic, and sacramental. This is the fullness of the Anglican Church. Development: In September of 2004, The Rev. Ruth Urban and the Rev. John Urban planted Holy Apostles Church. A year later in 2005, we sent a group to Vicksburg to plant Siloam Ministries. In April of 2006, we sent a group to West Jackson to plant Christ the Savior Anglican Church. January of 2007, a group went to Raymond to plant St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church. Holy Apostles had been meeting in a storefront building in Flowood Mississippi. We had hoped to have a multi-racial and multi-ethinic community. When Christ the Savior was started, it attracted the multi-racial and multi-ethic people. After prayer, Holy Apostles unanimously agreed to “replant” in the Madison, an area north of Jackson. We are meeting in North East Christian Church and beginning to grow, to recover our losses, and then to grow exponentially with the help of the Lord. Established: 2006 Dean: The Rev. Ruth Urban (Elected by Clergy and Laity, but not commissioned). Number of Clergy: 8 Number of Lay Readers: 2 Number of Christians: 111
Challenge: To increase numerically and financially Community Services: Our community services are varied according to each parish. A statement is written in each parish report. Future Plans: We are well represented at the Conference in Memphis, hosted by St. Peter’s Anglican Church. This was a meeting for all Kenyan Clergy and Lay Leaders in America. We enjoyed prayer and fellowship with fellow Kenyans in Diaspora as well as were greatly encouraged by our Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi and our Bishop Gideon Githiga. We presented a proposal to our Bishop and Archbishop to request the formation of an ACK Archdiocese and Dioceses in America. He is taking this under consideration along with other similar proposals.
Holy Apostles Anglican Church Meets at NorthEast Christian Church 3169 W. Tidewater Lane Madison, MS 39110 USA Parish: Established: Rector: Holy Apostles Anglican Church September 1, 2004
Rev. Ruth Urban Rev. John Urban Deacon: Rev. Larry Bain No. of Evangelists: None No. of Lay Readers: 1 No. of Christians: No. of Christians: Achievements: 2005 2006 62 42
Church Plants: Christ the Savior Anglican Church; St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church; Siloam Ministries Plant; and, Hems Ministries establishment. We have sent our people Out with a blessing. We have “replanted” Holy Apostles Anglican Church in a different and fast growing suburb. We are growing also. 2005 Larry Bain and Rip Hoxie ordained Deacons 2005 The Rev. Arthur Toro ordained Priest 2006 Stacy Kenney ordained Deacon 2007 (January) Linda Berry ordained Deacon 2007 (Jan.) The Rev. Lynne Ash
mead ordained Priest Physical Facilities: We are using NorthEast Christian Church in Madison
Ordination to the priesthood - the Rev. Linda Berry The Rev. Larry Bain and the Rev. Stacy Kenney To purchase or build a church building To evangelize the neighborhood To reach and teach as many about the gospel To increase the faith and ministry of Christians To quadruple our membership with God’s help
Community Services: Mission Mississippi (an evangelistic prayer community Of intentional prayer and fellowship with blacks and whites Katrina Hurricane Victim Ministry Healing and Teaching Ministry through HEMS Ministries Common Cause Meetings Christ The Savior Anglican Church 135 Loden Place Jackson, MS 39209 USA Parish: Established: Rector: Number of Evangelists: Number of Lay Readers: 2006 2007 Christ The Savior Anglican April 2nd, 2006 Rev Arthur Ndungu Toro None None Number of Christians Number of Communicants 30 26 35 30 ______________________________________________ Renting a chapel at Wesley Biblical Seminary Purchase an existing church building and use it as a sanctuary. Purchase a church van to take children to church. Reach as many people as possible and proclaim the gospel of Christ. Increase the number of the congregation by the end of 2007.
Physical Facilities: Future Plans:
Community Social services: Our church ministers mainly in the ghettos of Jackson City and we have started a feeding program for the children.
HEMS MINISTRIES 205 Lake Terrace Place Brandon, MS 390947 USA
“And besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” (Matthew 14:36) HEMS is an acrostic for Healing, Evangelism, Ministry, and Spirituality. The HEMS Ministries comprise of a teaching center of applied theology in Healing, Evangelism, Ministry, and Spirituality, which is biblically based and activated by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord gave me this vision in November of 1998. It has been germinating in my spirit. So many schools and teaching centers concern themselves with head knowledge and theories. This teaching center will be a hands-on, applied theology in which the students will have the opportunity to practice their ministry. This teaching center is biblically based and will be empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is expected that the leadership will have mature experience with the Holy Spirit and operating in the gifts of the Spirit. Charismatic ministry will be the normative mode of operation. As we touch the HEM of Jesus’ garment, we will be healed and make whole (body, soul, and spirit). By the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, we can be the eyes, hands, feet, heart, and face of Jesus. Various classes have been taught in various churches. The people interested come from various ecumenical backgrounds. In 2007, we will begin to hold regular weekly classes and worship services for those who are interested. Until the ministry grows, most of these classes will be held at Holy Apostles Church. Some seminars are held around the country at the request of the host parish.
Siloam Ministries 1022 Crawford St. Vicksburg, MS 39180
Siloam Ministries 2005
Pastor: No, evangelists: No. Lay Readers: No of Christians:
The Rev. Rip Hoxie 0 1 2005: 3 2006: 7 Home on Crawford St. Vicksburg, until larger facility needed Provides counseling, prayer, support, worship and preaching to Indigent, transient, addicted, and needy individuals from the Vicksburg and Warren County area. Has a discipling ministry Increase of both ministries To purchase a building for the ministry
Physical Facilities: Ministry:
Community Services: Established and directs Karate for Christ ministries in six different Areas. Deacon Hoxie works with a professional staff of ten certified trainers and counselors, performing skillset training in competent self-defense work in a Christian witnessing context and evangelistic outreach to nearly 100 clients of this ministry.
St. Michael and All Angels 12586 Midway Road Raymond, Ms 39154 USA
Parish: Established: Vicar:
St. Michael and All Angels January 2007 Rev. Linda Berry
No. of Evangelists: None No. of Lay Readers: None No. of Christians: Physical Facilities: 7 Meeting at Reveillon Lodge, Raymond, MS – A 12 acre horse farm. This is a haven for those seeking rest, prayer, recreation and a closer walk with Jesus Christ. Healing prayer is available as well as evangelistic counsel to those requesting it. Overnight accommodations are offered to individuals and groups for retreats. The lodge and farm remain open year-round for recreation.
This rural area includes approximately 100 square miles in which There is no Anglican church. It is 20 miles south of Jackson and 30 miles south of Holy Apostles. Thus, there is much area to be EVANGELISED!! Increase of membership Further develop ministries Planned GLOBAL OUTREACH to refugees in cooperation with the Rev. Arthur
Community Services: Weekly pick-up and delivery support for Christ the Savior’s Food distribution services to poor children and families in the West Jackson Area. The church hosts a monthly large gathering Of children, family members and friends of Christ the Savior Anglican Church which transports them to St. Michael’s for Recreation and a feast.
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REPORTS FROM BOARDS BOARD OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE
Introduction The aims of C.C.S. are: To alleviate poverty among the socially, politically, and economically marginalized people. To work for the improvement of quality of life for Kenyans. To challenge injustice and uphold the rule of law and human rights. To achieve this the C.C.S. is involved in activities like food, security, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS/Health, nutrition and microfinance development.
Activities carried out 1. Food security 110 farmers were reached, trained and enabled to produce sufficient food at the house hold level. 53 farmers have adopted and intensively practiced organic farming. For the last 2 years Ithanga has not depended on food relief. 5 farmers were able to establish water pans and they are utilizing water for small-scale irrigation. 2. HIV/AIDS/Health In Mangu 280 households were trained and enabled to offer home based care to infected relatives. Two supports groups for women and men have been established and their way of living has improved greatly. 300 orphans and vulnerable children were supported with Psycho-social needs, food, clothes and education. Five of them are undergoing vocational training at Mangu polytechnic. 20 elderly caregivers were supported to start self-supporting activities. In collaboration with other actors in HIV/AIDS work, 45 people were introduced to ARVs. About 100 orphans are now getting support from the community. 3. Micro-finance development Five groups in Ithanga were trained in table banking skills and currently they have an accumulated capital base of Kshs.600,000.00. Members borrow this money and they have started successful income generating activities. 84 farmers were linked to Planting Faith International to grow passion fruits and are now making an average of 500/= per week. 4. Fundraising The fundraising efforts have enabled HIV/AIDS project in Mangu to receive financial support for three years by Flar Australia. Through environmental conservation efforts, Christians planted about 150,000 trees.
5. Way forward Build the capacity of link persons at the parish level so that they can be instruments of passing information to the local people. Encourage people to continue conserving environment by planting trees on all their special occasions like birthdays, confirmation and baptism services, burial ceremonies and weddings. Scale-up HIV/AIDS activities in the diocese. Build skills for farmers to produce more for consumption and sale.
ACK THIKA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
ACK Thika Community Development Trust, now in its second year of operation has 15 Trust Groups, spread within the diocesan boundaries. The Trust Groups have an accumulated share capital of over Shillings 5.1 million and has loaned out to the members over shillings 3.8 million. The money loaned out is mostly used for starting and/or expanding enterprises. The TCDT role has been primarily to mobilize for starting up the Trust Groups and building their capacities through members and leaders training, giving management counseling services, and providing the forward and backward linkage to the groups. The success of the Trust Groups operations pivots mainly in the good management skills inculcated through the various training sessions. Sessions are tailor-made to meet needs identified. Good training results are evidenced by the accumulated savings mobilized by the Trust Groups. In its future planning, the TCDT intends to further strengthen its present capacity to enable it continue providing a needs based training that is relevant and timely for the Trust Groups’ growth and expansion. This will involve business management skills training to be achieved through acquisition of appropriate training equipment, good documentation and using real case experiences where appropriate. This approach will be enhanced in the next quarter of this year. A. Spiritual Development Program ACK TCDT Trust Groups members meet within the parish precincts for their business transactions. This enables the parish minister or lay Christians to lead the Trust Group members in bible study and/or in discussions on topical issues that are related to business.
B. Challenges 1. To identify and recruit members to Trust Groups who could lead bible studies. 2. Prevalence of high levels of illiteracy especially in the rural areas 3. Limited time and days allocated to Trust Groups members meetings 4. Availability of relevant Christian oriented and contextual business training manuals.
C. Future Action 1. To identify Trust Group members who could be integrated and trained as group bible study leaders. 2. Develop relevant Christian/business study training materials.
Table 1: Membership/Share contribution/Loans Name of Trust Group Total Share Membership Contribution 1. ACK Ititu 55 613,113 2. Thika Memorial 59 592,494 3. ACK Mugutha 26 125,670 4. ACK Makongeni 75 680,000 5. ACK Gakui 85 1,584,604 6. St. Andrew’s Pro- 40 208,500 Cathedral 7. ACK Muthaara 56 190,723 8. ACK Gataka-ini 25 50,650 9. ACK Gitothua 26 282,000 10. St. Michael’s & All 32 518,000 Angels 11. ACK Juja 35 165,140 12. ACK Giachuki 22 61,950 13. ACK Kenyatta Road 32 40,150 14. ACK Kiairegi New NEW 15. ACK Kairi New NEW TOTAL 568 5,112,994
Loans 228,490 536,000 54,000 580,000 1,498,000 275,000 142,000 24,625 177,500 313,024 41,000 nil nil NEW NEW 3,870,243
Peterson K. Karanja Diocesan Development /TCDT Program Coordinator C. ACK THIKA - NAMRATA SHAH CHILDREN’S HOME. The centre is ‘Home’ to 40 children, all of them who are orphaned. They are all in school, and one was admitted to Ituru High School early this year. The diocese through the Christians has been feeding and clothing the children. However, since this must continously be done, the challenge of maitaining these children in terms of feeding, clothing , and educating them , is increasingly becoming great. This is especially so because these children are gradually moving to higher levels of maturity and education.This calls for attention in meeting the diverse needs of these children necessary for their growth and development. Efforts to intensify Child adoption by sponsors both from within and outside Kenya are an initiative that is emphasized. A local fundraising event/luncheon by friends of the ‘Home’ is planned to take place before the end of this year , 2007.
The ‘Home’ greatly appreciates the efforts put in by the Bishop in starting it and supporting its running, through fundraising. Through these efforts, the ‘Home’ is now constructing a building block to house the senior staff. Painting of the buildings has been done by the Hand in Hand Team from Britain. Rev. Salome Kimani Home Manager
D. THIKA ORPHANS & GRANDPARENTS SUPPORT -T.O.G.S In realizing the limitations of the Namrata Shah Children’s Home to ease the many problems faced by orphaned or vulnerable children, the diocese in partnership with Hand in Hand (Britain) has started the Thika Orphans & Grandparents support project. The project intends to support old and stressed grandparents who are taking care of their grandchildren, in the event of the death of the parents, especially through HIV/Aids related cases. The initial participating parishes in the project are;• Cathedral • Giteme • Gakui • Ititu. • Witeithie • Thare Each grandparent receives KShs30,000 from the diocese and the parish adds KShs10,000. The money is used to start or expand an income generating activity that the elderly grandparent is comfortable in undertaking. The parishes of Giteme, Gakui, Thare and Ititu have provided dairy cows, while Cathedral is financing micro enterprise activities.
Peter K. Karanja Diocesan Development Coordinator
E. AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION INTENSIFICATION & MARKET DEVELOPMENT The following is an update of the progress of Planting Faith Ministries, Inc. to February 2007: Planting Faith has developed a model for organizing farmer groups around the local parish church. Lay people who are leaders in their parishes reach out to the community, attracting participants for the group. This not only helps grow our groups, but also acts as an evangelism tool for the church, as all group activities are held within the church. The group then elects leaders who are instrumental in the organization of the group. The group is organized so that marketing contracts are possible to leverage deals with exporters or local large scale buyers. Our pilot farmer group at Kaguku Parish was successfully
operated in 2005, so we decided not only to expand this first group but also to replicate its organization in two other sites: Ngelelya and Juja Farm. Currently we have 128 farmers participating in these three farmer groups, growing passion fruit for a Nairobi exporter, Sunripe Ltd. at Ksh. 80 per KG. We have been harvesting for several months in Ithanga and have just begun in Juja Farm. As a side note, in the month of July, Planting Faith, with the help of Rev. Dr. Samson Gitau, a team of short-term missionaries from the University of Memphis, USA, and the help of Clive Pickett and Hand-in-Hand – a UK Christian charity – installed an irrigation system at Juja Farm that serves 15 of our participating farmers. In February 2007, we added 14 farmers to the Juja Farm group with the assistance of Hand-in-Hand, who sent a mission team to assist with planting, irrigation installation and the construction of a charcoal cooler. Working with Rev. Matthew at Matunda parish, we are adding 10 farmers to our Ngelelya group. Also, to assist in our marketing of the passion fruit, we are constructing a juicing factory in Juja Farm to commercially produce and sell passion fruit cordial. This will help the farmers sell their “grade 2” fruits which are not commercially viable for the export market. The construction of this factory was also made possible by the generous donation of Handin-Hand. Concurrent with our farm organization, we have been working in Christian discipleship with our group leaders. Our goal is to help them not only develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, but also to help them understand what it means to be a servant leader. The measure of our success is not what our groups look like today, but what they will look like long after we leave. Therefore, developing strong, Godly leadership is necessary for sustainability. With the Lord’s help our work has been successful, and we pray for continued success in our endeavors. Horace Tipton ACK Thika/Planting Faith Ministries, Inc.
F. JUSTICE, PEACE, RECONCILIATION AND ADVOCACY COMMISSION (J.P.R.A C) Thika A.C.K. Diocese is carrying out it’s social obligation in Developing its community by proclaiming a holistic gospel i.e. addressing the Social Physical and economic needs as we wait for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Justice and peace desk has been in the frontline facilitating the targeted Development. Vision A strengthened Church/Society built on the Foundation of the apostolic faith in Jesus Christ with the ability to equip all God’s people to face the challenges of the growing world.
Mission To bring all people into a living relationship with God through preaching, teaching, healing reconciliation, Social transformation and enabling them to grow in faith and live life in its fullness. Achievements/Involvement The department has been active organizing Seminars and workshops in the Diocese on human rights, Democracy, Constitution, and Good Governance among others. Networking The department collaborate with N.C.C.K, and C.J.P.C. on Ecumenical Civic education Programs.
Boda Boda (Bicycle business) For the last two years the department has been having meetings with the Boda Boda community. We have started IGA’s among them and have seminars on HIV/AIDS, Road safety and Good conduct. Challenges: Man – Power – The main challenge is lack of manpower among the clergy and other church leaders. Conclusion The Department needs support from all circles in the Diocese to achieve harmony and Development. Prepared by Rev. John Mbuthia Coordinator JPRAC
INITIATION & COUNSELING PROGRAMME Over 1,500 Boys have and 400 girls have gone through the rite of passage(counseling and initiation) within the past five years. Mission To bring youth into a living relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, by providing counseling services, Initiation, community Healing and social transformation, enabling them to grow in Faith and enjoy life in its fullness. General Objectives To enhance Christian understanding, appreciation and practice of African Christian Heritage to promote Social peace and harmony in the community and Schools. Challenges
Lack of boarding facilities to accommodate the rising number of youth attending the programme. Recommendations To elevate the programme to the status of a Department. The appointment of a co-ordinator. Rev. John Mbuthia Chairman & Co-ordinator. Initiation & Counseling Programme
BOARD OF EDUCATION
EDUCATION REPORT TO THE DIOCESAN SYNOD ON 13TH -14TH APRIL 2007 Introduction Formal Education is an important component of the Diocesan mission. The arm that handles this is the Education Desk. We address various categories of schools i.e primary schools, secondary schools and vocational training. These schools are either started by the diocese, or individual churches and parishes or church sponsored public schools. In general, activities in all these schools are going on well. The big challenge is to excel among the competitors. For this reason it is the task of the committee to initiate through the Education Secretary Desk activities that would enhance the needed encouragement and training are observed. Operation: It is the objectives of the committee to organize various operations to carry out such objectives. 1. Prize Giving Days There is a sub committee comprising of Head Teachers and Principals of the categories of the schools mentioned above. This committee work is to organize all activities that relate with prize giving days. We have had successful trophy days since the last Synod. These are held at St. Andrews Pro-Cathedral Church annually. We are expecting to hold one during the second term. It is the desire that more people especially parents and churches attend to grace the occasion and give encouragement to the participating schools. 2. Training and Seminars There are plans to organize seminars for Head Teachers and Principals later in the year, which is aimed at bringing the teachers together and also developing a sense of relating to the Diocese. Other seminars will be organized for prefects from these schools.
3. Chaplaincy: There has been teachers who have taken interest and are studying for Chaplaincy. We would like to encourage those interested to apply to study at Carlile on Chaplaincy under the Anglican tradition. 4. More work is being done to finalize the constitution that would guide our Church Private Schools. 5. Along with this, a document of registration of schools is on its completion stage. Challenges Registration of New Schools: Requirement for registration of new schools is passed on to those who would like to apply. The challenges are enough land, attaining of a reasonable number of students to meet cost for Teachers salaries and maintenance. This has affected some churches finances to sustain the schools. Work done to improve includes educating the church council in the management of the schools. Other challenges are size of land, competition with neighboring schools and at times the decisive action by the councils. When inspection is done follow up for registration has been beefed up. Progress - Since the last Synod more schools have come up. The main ones being Kiamwangi church and Gathaiti church primary schools. - St. Augustine Boys had the first form four candidates last year and the school has grown. - CITC has also improved greatly. - There are plans to develop more management cohesiveness of the three institutions based at CITC namely; CITC, St. Augustine Boys High School and Institute of Leadership Counseling and Congregational Development (ILCCD). It is hoped once this is approved by the Synod better operation will be realized. - The linking of schools with the diocese of Exeter has benefited some schools. We look forward to more learning from each other. 6. Plans Ahead To improve Schools fellowship, seminars and training in various fields To improve the education desk in services by having full time Education Secretary To organize schools management programmes for boards and commits.
Schools owned by the Diocese 1. Bishop Njuguna Academy 2. Thika Memorial Church Shool 3. St. Philip’s Gatakaini 4. St. Peter’s Kiganjo 5. St. Luke’s Makongeni 6. St. Michael and all Angels Ruiru 7. St. Peter’s Kame 8. Kiamwangi Church Primary 9. Gathaiti Church Primary School 10. St. Augustine Boys High School 11. St. John’s Secondary School Gakoe
Schools sponsored by the Diocese Primary School 1. Gakoe Primary School 2. Gachege Primary School 3. Thamuru Primary School 4. Wandui Primary School 5. Nguna Primary School 6. Gatunguru Primary School 7. Njatha-ini Primary School 8. Nyamathumbi Primary School 9. Swani Primary School Secondary School Kairi Secondary School Giachuki Secondary School Kanjuku Secondary School Thare Secondary School Gatunguru Secondary School Mbugiti Secondary School Nyamathumbi Secondary School Gachege Secondary School Prepared by Ven. Joshua N. Ngaruiya Education Secretary
St. Augustine Boys’ High School
Enrolment 2005 ended with an enrolment of 37 students, which was too low to sustain the school programmes. The Board of Governors embarked on a marketing campaign to improve enrolment. This was done as follows. Banners were posted at strategic places around town The media(Inooro) was used for announcements The press classified Sections Admission letters were sent out through the D.E.O's as well as the Municipal Council Offices for distribution The students moved around town posting posters. Fliers and brochures were given out in churches 2006 The enrolment grew to 74 by end of March. Form I-28, Form II- 11, Form III-15, and Form IV-20 Discipline The influx of students in all classes brought some indiscipline, which with time is being quelled.
Registration of the Institution This was done in May 2006 provisionally. The permanent registration begins in May 2007 to ensure that it is at the M.O.E offices before 18 months elapse in October. The school is a K.C.S.E Centre with effect from March 2006, while the pioneer class results are expected this year. St. Augustine is an active member of St. Luke's Church and is involved in youth activities. 2007 Enrolment Marketing has continued in the same way as for 2006 and admissions are on in forms I, II and III. Form I Form II Form III Form IV Total to date 20 31 16 8 75
Challenges Indiscipline from the students joining in forms I, II, and III. These are only isolated though. Lack of well equipped lab which we hope will sort itself out with time Full enrollment in Form 1,2 and 3 classes.
Bishop Njuguna Academy
Enrolment: Our population is over 400 pupils. We have about 340 pupils in the Primary section and about 75 pupils in the Nursery section. We have 19 teachers, 1 ECD student who is on attachment and 5 support staff. We have divided our large classes into two i.e. classes 6,7 and 8 to make them manageable. Performance: Most of our classes were among the top ten schools in Thika Municipality exam. We hope that the bigger number of pupils shall not affect our academic standard. K.C.P.E 2006 Results: Out of 37 candidates five were admitted to National schools, 24 to Provincial schools and 8 to District schools. We were position 4 in the Municipality. For the past few years we have been among the best four schools in Thika Municipality. Spiritual Nourishment: We usually have our morning devotion in our classes or during the assembly when all the pupils are together. We hold our Christian Union movement on Thursdays every week.
Construction: Due to the Grace of our Lord we are still continuing with the construction although it is too expensive. We are now in the roofing process and it will be completed soon. Our Vision as the Management Board through the advice of our Bishop is to make Bishop Njuguna Academy have a new face in all fields.
Thika Memorial Church School
Memorial Church School mission is to bring up pupils who are spiritually, socially, physically and academically balanced. Our vision is to become one of the best schools in the Country. The Former Head Teacher Mr. Samuel Mbachi retired in April last year and the School held a grand farewell party in November for him. His Deputy Mrs. Eunice Ngui was appointed to act in the same capacity while Mrs. Agatha Kimani was appointed to deputize her. They have brought their immense wealth of experience and we believe they will steer the school to greater heights. The Mothers Union of Memorial Church School opened up a modern kitchen to facilitate a balanced hot lunch to our pupils which has been very successful and taken well by the parents. Enrollment There are 88 children in Nurseries 1 – 3 and 455 in classes 1 – 8. The boys are 280 and the girls 263. Total enrolment is 543 K.C.P.E. RESULTS In year 2005 we were number 1 in the Municipality with a mean score of 368.03. 3 pupils joined National Schools while 25 joined Provincial schools. Year 2006 was not as successful since we were number 3 in the Municipality with A M.S.S. of 348.09. We managed to take 2 pupils to National Schools, 28 to Provincial schools and 6 to District Schools. This year we are aiming higher. Other Activities There is a strong Bible Club, which is registered with the Scripture Union. The Vicar in charge assists in Pastoral care. We also engage in Co-curricula activities like Gymnastics, Drama, Scouting, Environmental Care and Agriculture that was introduced by the Diocese. We are also members of the Red Cross. Last year we organized a visit to Nmrata and Kiganjo children’s Home and blessed the home with food, clothing and toys. The B.O.G. managed to level a playing field in the School. We also held a grand opening for the field across the main Thika Gatanga Road. A modern spacious computer Lab was also opened and learning programmed fitted by I.T. Kids.
Future Plans We are looking at the possibility of buying a School bus which will enhance transport of pupils to and from School. To finish the remaining phase of our School complex. To improve co-curricular activities e.g starting a school band. Planning to open the new field once grass picks by second term. Mrs. Eunice Ngui Head Teacher
CHRISTIAN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRE
Since the last Diocesan Synod held in April 2005,CITC has undergone a metamorphosis geared towards regaining its place as a reputable Institution of choice in vocational, technical, technological and business oriented training center within Thika and beyond. To achieve this goal, the board embarked on a Business Process Re-engineering exercise in the year 2005 culminating in the development of a strategic plan to act as a the reference manual. The impact of this exercise can be evidenced by the achievements enlisted below: . New courses-The Electrical installation class was started in March 2006.This course has registered forty six students within this short time. New computers-the Centre purchased five brand new computers in August 2006 at a cost of Sh. 145,000 to upgrade our I.T department for advanced courses. This has resulted in an increase in enrolment from an average of 8 students per month in 2005 to 30 students per month from October 2006 . Books of accounts-These books are now well maintained and updated regularly Kenya Gatsby Trust We have managed to reduce the Kenya Gatsby Trust loan by Sh.,000 between Jan 2005 and Dec 2006. However this has curtailed any developments that would have been realized. During April and August holidays this year, we successfully hosted the early childhood program from which we realized surpluses amounting to Sh.306,518. However due to large in-take for Dec. 2006 we shall not be able to accommodate DICECE. The challenge is for us to increase the boarding facilities to accommodate about 500-600 people All the institutions within the center have co-existed harmoniously. During the period under review, I am pleased to report that there are no debts that have been created or accrued in terms of goods or services supplied to the centre Challenges Facilities-upgrading requires Ksh.380,000. Boarding facilities
There is need to increase CITC sleeping quarters to cater for girls and the Jan. 2007 intakes estimated at 200 students. Fundraising-to bring CITC to acceptable standards, there is need to inject at least Ksh. 500,000 immediately. Mr. George Maina Muhia Manager CITC
INSTITUTE OF LEADERSHIP, COUNSELING AND CONGRGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (ILCCD) Preamble: Christians in our diocese, both clergy and lay are the resources for the ministries we share as a community of saints. The Institute (ILCCD) is the arm of leadership and training in the Department of Human Resources Development. Mission: To have an effective program of equipping and empowering the clergy and laity of our diocese for an efficient servant ministry Vision: Through the Institute of Leadership, Counseling and Congregational Development ( ILCCD), we shall (a) organize seminars and workshops to train leaders and Christians for an effective and efficient ministry; (b) provide a fee for service counseling ministry, to individuals including youth, couples, families and parishes and deaneries to empower and educate our community for a Balanced Christian Life. Reporting Our Success Story 1. The formation of the Program Committee for the Institute We thank the following who comprised the committee: Ven. Joshua Ngaruiya, Ven. Canon David Njoroge, Ven. Nephat Gakuya, Ven. Robert Muoho, Ven. John Wanjihia, Rev. Joyce Kabuba and Rev. Dr. Ndung’u Ikenye. 2. Complete Modules for Training Through several meetings of the above committee, we developed nine (9) modules for clergy and lay training meeting the needs of our diocese. 3. Speaking Engagements for Training in Life and Leadership We have been speakers at Diocesan Programs such as Mother’s Union, Initiation Counseling Program, Lay-Readers Conference, and Church Executive’s Council. We have also been speakers at parish and archdeaconry events. 4. Each week Dr. Ikenye has also done pre-marital counseling, youth and individual counseling, and counseling for couples and families. 5. Lay Reader’s Conference 2006
A historic conference for the Lay Readers was held at CITC, Makongeni, Thika. Beginning with the official opening by Rt. Rev. Dr. Githiga, Bishop of Thika on Wednesday November 29th, this rich experience has left marks in our diocesan life. We covered essential topics such as the mission of the church, management and leadership, Lay-Reader and the Constitution, Church Life Cycles, Financial Stewardship, pastoral functions of the church, and the Church as a complex system serving complex human beings. There was time for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Those who attended this retreat, training and renewal conference proclaimed it, “a purposedriven, ministry enhancing, and a valuable use of their time.” The Institute of Leadership, Counseling, and Congregational Development (ILCCD) saw themselves breaking a new ground of aligning our diocesan human resources, for the purpose of effective and efficient ministry. Laity in this diocese are a vital part to our shared mission and ministry. The attendees proposed and Bishop Githiga consented, that, the Lay-Readers Conference for 2007 will include spouses of Lay Readers, who are companions of their ministry. The conference speakers included Mrs. Grace Ngari, Diocesan Chancellor, Ven. Canon David Njoroge, Ven. John Wanjihia, Ven. Joshua Ngaruiya, Mr. Solomom Mbuthia, Rev. Stephen Nduati, Rev. Joyce Kabuba, and Rev. Dr. Ikenye. The Challenges and Plans for the Future 1. To develop a board of people with heart for training and leadership. 2. To develop a permanent home for the Department and ILCCD by completing the allocated unfinished building along Garisa Road, at CITC complex. 3. To develop and support a balanced budget for the department and ILCCD 4. To develop personnel for our programs on short-term basis as we move toward long-term plans and goals.
The Director, Rev. Dr. Ndung’u Ikenye, The Manager, Mrs. Rose N. Ikenye DHRD and ILCCD.
Introduction Theological Education by Extension is a department that enhances quick and effective Spiritual growth of our Church whereby many Christians have been elevated to become effective leaders and preachers. Leadership has greatly improved and Evangelism has been marked with a remarkable number of our people giving their lives to Christ through T.E.E. Groups The groups have not been very stable. We have been marking growth and decline of groups with an average of 30 groups being active. However, we hope to revive about twenty (20) groups, which operate on, and off and increase the number of learners in some of the existing groups. The newly trained leaders have opened four more groups this term.
Activities Training leaders The leaders are trained once an year in the month of August. Last year due to the transitions in the department, the course took place in December 12th – 15th at C.I.T.C. Eleven leaders were trained to go and begin new classes. Four of them have already opened new classes. In this course, the leaders are trained on how to deal with adult learners and how to conduct weekly seminars. Leaders Conference Day At the beginning of every term, the leaders in the Diocese hold a day’s Conference, to share the success and challenges they face in the field. This is also the time we get reports and activities that different groups are engaged in. At this conference the leaders collect course books in preparation for opening classes for the following term. Clearing of fees balances is encouraged in the conference. Graduation and Thanksgiving Ceremony We regularly hold graduation for our learners who complete and qualify for Certificate for different levels of learning. So far we have had three (3) ceremonies of this kind. In the first one held on 2002, we had eleven graduands with a certificate of (10) books. In the year 2003, we had (22) Graduants for the same certificates. In May last year, we had thirty five (35) graduands twenty (20) for ten (10) books and fifteen (15) for twenty (20) books. We hope to continue with these ceremonies every year and get to the highest level possible in the parish level. Our next graduation ceremony is likely to take place in 2008. CCRS This is a certificate of Christian Religious Studies Education We have two classes in existence. Due to changes of tutors, the original class has taken very long time more than the three and a quota (31/4) year expected. Nevertheless, they are through but could not graduate last year since their research papers were not submitted in good time for marking. We have been assured that about six of them will graduate in October this year 2007 at Carlile College. We have new trained Tutors namely Rev. Joseph Muchiri, Rev. Eunice Kiuna and Sister Perpetual Mugo. The three are organizing how the second class will be facilitated to continue and finish their course. Plans to open new classes are underway. Challenges Financial problem (learners delaying to clear their fees.) Enrolment to classes has not been encouraging. There are many dropouts, associated with many responsibilities and engagements. There is also lack of confidence that they can get back into class and make it. Recommendations All Christians are capable of learning through T.E.E. All leaders of our Churches are encouraged to enroll either in at Parish levels or CCRS. Aspiring lay readers to have taken at least five courses. Leaders to be recommended for training by vicars. Learners be involved in Church programmes. CCRS students mostly evangelists be supported by Parishes and Christians. 128
Conclusion It is an open truth that most of our leaders who have trained through are exemplary. The Preaching by learners is positively different from those who are not trained. We therefore encourage all leaders to enrol and pray that the Diocese continue to grow to higher levels. This can only happen when all understand that we all need to be in a position to read and interpret the bible to our contemporary lives for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Christ. Thus we shall be able to built a strong church that can stand the challenges of life today. After all we must be ready and able to answer every question concerning our faith. This is possible through learning. Prepared by Rev. Joyce Kabuba - Coordinator
BOARD OF MISSION 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. represented were: Gatuanyaga Ndunyu Chege Kiganjo West Ruiru Ititu Giteme Ruiru East Gathaiti Njunu Gatuanyaga Parishes
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.
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, 134
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 Incomegenerating 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.
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.
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 selfconfidence 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.
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
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, setpieces, 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
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
BOARD OF FINANCE
BOARD OF FINANCE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY We have pleasure in presenting highlights of the Diocese's financial affair for the two years since the April 2004 Ordinary Session of our Synod. We would first like to thank God for keeping us safe to this day. We also wish thank the Bishop and the outgoing Standing Committee of Synod for their support during the Board's tenure of office. Our thanks also go to all our Christians and the Synod for entrusting us with the management of the diocese's finances. We are truly humbled by the trust and confidence you all have on this Board. During the last two years, the country has seen a considerable economic growth (from a negative growth four years ago close to 6% positive growth in year 2006). Although, farming which forms the major source of income for Christians in our Diocese did not perform well due to unpredictable rain patterns, and poor world commodity prices, the growth has impacted positively on the quota payments by most of our parishes. Diocese Source of Income Quota allocation to Parishes remains the major source of income for the Diocese. To be precise, 96.4% of our total annual budget is met through quota allocation to parishes and only 3.6% is financed from small donations in cash and kind from local and overseas friends. This situation has left very little room for the improvement of the emoluments of our clergy and other Diocesan workers. In most cases, payment of quota by parishes to the Diocese has been very poor, resulting in some parish priests going for up to six months without a salary. In the last six years, quota arrears have accumulated to over Ksh. 20,000,000/=. This has been the major challenge for the Board. Improvement As stated earlier, we have seen great improvement in quota payment by most of our Parishes in the last two years. In 2005, our Parishes managed over 74% of the total quota allocation, while 94% was paid in during 206. In 2005, 15 Parishes (26%) completed their quota allocation while over 50% i.e. 26 Parishes paid over half their quota allocation. In 2006, thirty three (33) Parishes 62% completed their allocation and al our Parishes met over 80% of their quota allocation. We thank our Christians and Parish Priests for this good performance. Rationalization The rationalization exercise authorized by the standing Committee of Synod helped the Diocese realize some savings from the salaries of the staff who were laid off. As a result of these savings, the Board of Finance was able to recommend and implement a substantial increase of salaries and allowances of clergy and other church workers. This would otherwise not have been possible without increasing Parish Quota allocation. In terms of staff emoluments, our Diocese now ranks among the best paying Dioceses' (Nairobi and Mt. Kenya South excluded).
Past Achievements We have in the past enumerated projects which the Diocese have successfully undertaken and we feel it is good to keep reminding ourselves that our Diocese started with nothing. Through the efforts of our Christians we were able to start off with a new car for our Bishop. We have also accomplished the following in the last six years. The Bishopscourt + costing over 6,000,000/= Assisting with Cathedral constitution 4,000,000/= Construction of Diocesan Offices 4,000,000/= Replacement of Bishop's car after five years 1,700,000/= The improvement of our staff emoluments is also an achievement for which we all should thank god. Other Projects St. Luke's Bookshop is now self supporting - The Board levied some quota on it this year. Bishop Njuguna and Thika Memorial Primary Schools are doing well both in construction and academic performance. They contribute part of the 3.6% of our annual budget. The CITC has continued to service its debts and will soon start supporting the Diocese. St. Augustine High School is now self supporting, all indications are that the Diocese will soon start receiving some dividends from this effort. Future Plans Our goal is for the Diocese to one day own an income generating property. To this end, we all are aware of the last four harambees: the proceeds of which are still intact. We have over Ksh. 13,000,000/= safely in the Bank. This amount is almost enough for completing phase one of the long awaited Diocesan project to be elected on the site just next to this church. Construction work for phase one will start immediately approval is obtained from the Local Authority. The American Project Our Parishes in America have been giving funds for their quota. Their desire is to have the funds utilized in building staff houses. They have so far sent over Ksh. 5.6 Million. A plot for the project is ready. Building plans have been submitted to the Local Authority for approval and construction work is underway. This project when complete will significantly reduce the diocesan staff costs. Namrata Shah Children's Home We want to thank both our overseas and local donors through whose effort the Home has significantly reduced its reliance on the Diocese. We should continue supporting this home for it cares for orphans within our Diocese. In general, we have seen a lot of improvement in terms of the Diocese meeting its financial obligations. We are up to date in payment of all statutory deductions. Salary arrears have not increased much during the last two years, and the trend is promising. Provident Fund is the only area that requires urgent attention.
Auditing All our accounts - Diocesan, Departments and Institutions have been audited to 31st December 2006; and we shall beat the deadline of submitting audited accounts to the Provincial Board of Finance. The Board recommends the creation of a Diocesan Internal Audit Department to assist the Diocese and Parishes in Financial Management. Conclusion All these achievements and projections have been and will be possible only thorough our unity under our Bishop. We thank God for our Bishop and for all our Christians for making some of our dreams come true. We all have always prayed for the improvement of the Diocesan workers' terms of service. We have witnessed a promising beginning to it and we pray that God will help the incoming Board of Finance achieve all we have hoped to achieve. Thank you all and may God bless our Bishop, Clergy, all our Christians and all of us. Thank you again.
SOLOMON M. KIMANI Chairman Board of Finance Development
JAMES KIRIKA NJOROGE Hon Treasurer and Chairman
Vision A Spiritually and financially self supporting Diocese. Mission To empower Christians through teaching and training of stewardship and Christian giving to enhance effective management of Spiritual and Physical resources in the Diocese. In our inaugural meeting after the ordinary session of synod held on 8th Sep 2005, the Diocesan stewardship committee identified its mandate as: Organizing stewardship seminars / workshops Visits to Parishes with financial difficulties to identify problems and to chart the way forward Distribution of stewardship teaching materials (Literature) Achievements Quota payment has improved drastically. Facilitators on stewardship and Christian giving were sent by the department to all local Churches in the Diocese on 17th July 2005 and 9th July 2006 respectively.
The annual Diocesan Stewardship Sunday held on the first Sunday of December set a side for fundraising for Diocesan Quota arrears realized Ksh 1,603,589. Which was paid to the Diocese as quota. Diocesan Stewardship Sunday Programmes, posters and circular were sent to all Parishes by the department. A Diocesan level stewardship workshop for facilitators was organized in 2005 Meetings at Parish and Diocesan level held for Parishes with financial problems. Challenges: Many Vicars and lay Church leaders not vigorously involved in stewardship programmes in word and deed, hence are not good role models in their parishes in Christian giving. Limited time allocated for stewardship department work though it is the back borne of Diocesan work. Failure by many Parishes to pay their monthly Quota allocation on time. Future Due to the financial problems experienced by the Diocese for the last few years and the need to have a spiritually and financially self supporting Diocese, the Diocesan Stewardship Commit strongly recommends that a full time Stewardship Co-coordinator be appointed to enhance teaching/training/counseling and follow-up. To organize Stewardship seminars /workshops at Parish, Deaneries, Archdeaconry and Diocese levels to enhance Christian giving. To appoint a strong Diocesan Stewardship team that will be visiting parishes on Stewardship teaching , training and counseling To compile a Diocesan stewardship teaching manual. To facilitate the formation and training of Stewardship Committees from local church to Archdeaconry level. Prepared by Rev. Wilson Kamau Mwangi Diocesan Stewardship Co-ordinator
A.C.K. ST. LUKE’S BOOKSHOP REPORT
Introduction St. Luke’s Bookshop is a project of ACK Diocese of Thika which was founded in the Year 2001 with an objective of gospel propagation i.e. making Christian Literature and material available to the community. The Bookshop has a Committee of seven members. The day to day operations are carried out by three employees (the Manager and two attendants). Its vision is to be a market leader in a modern Christian society in the business speciality of spreading the gospel. Its mission is to utilize the available resources in order to enhance economic empowerment geared towards improvement of human and Christian life (i.e. holistic ministry).
In order to effectively propagate the gospel, the Bookshop has embarked on sale of goods and services such as bibles, Christian literature, school and office supplies, typesetting, printing and photocopying. Achievements In spite of the many challenges facing young businesses, we have achieved the following: (1) Improved stock level In the year 2005, the stock level was worth KShs.358,394. In the year 2006 the level raised to KShs.698,494 an increment of 51.3%). (2) Insurance Policy The Bookshop is now insured by Phoenix Insurance Brokers in order to take care of any un-expected risk such as theft, fire and burglary. (3) Debtors The level of debtors has come down as a result of adopting a policy of giving no credit or at most a 14 days credit period. (4) Effective sale of airtime Scratch card re-order levels has now become manageable as a result of reimbursable imprest of KShs.20,000 effected in September 2005. (5) Diocesan calendars Production of a three page quality Diocesan Calendar displaying diocesan Clergy, Link Ceremony, Diocesan Headquarters, Pro-Cathedral and diocesan institutions. Sale of calendars has been a good source of income. (6) Development of strong supplier relationship Establishment of competitive, efficient and trustworthy suppliers hence reducing chances of stock outs and long lead times. (7) Support by Diocesan Departments, Institutions and Parishes There has been a tremendous improvement in terms of acquisition of goods and services by the Diocesan Departments, Institutions and Parishes. This kind of business relationship is very much encouraged towards growth. (8) Participation in the Development of the Diocese (a) The Bookshop participated in the 2005 and 2006 diocesan harambees by donating KShs.10,000 and KShs.20,000 respectively. (b) Some of the diocesan institutions such as St. Augustine Boys High School, CITC, Namrata Shah Children’s home and the Bookshop were advertised in 2007 diocesan calendar. (c) Payment of diocesan quota with effect from January 2007. (9) Profit Margin On comparing the accounts of 2005 and 2006, there was an increase in the profit realized.
Challenges The Bookshop has encountered a few bottle necks such as: Debts Some debtors have not honoured their promises especially parishes hence leading to bad debts. Competition Most of the competitors have been involved in unscrupulous deals esp. when acquiring public schools orders thus being unfair to others. Inadequate facilities By the fact that the enterprise is developing, there are essential requirements (e.g. a modern computer, scanner, spiral binder, laminator and a modern music player) that have not been acquired and would boost sales and consequently the profit margin. Mobility The bookshop has not successfully reached/served its market due to lack of its own vehicle. Projections Despite the above challenges, the sky remains the limit and hence we have the following projections: To construct external display shelves in the year 2007 in order to improve our sales. To acquire the following in the near future: (a) Pentium IV (modern) Computer (b) Spiral binder and laminator (c) Scanner and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) (d) Modern music system. (e) Generator To come up with a business policy document. To prepare quarterly accounts effective year 2007. Increase stock level by 20%. Purchase a bookshop van by 2009 to improve mobility. Open a branch by 2010.
1. MESSAGES OF GREETINGS 1.1 This 5th Ordinary Session of the Synod of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Diocese of Thika meeting on 13th and 14th Day of April 2005 here at ACK St. Luke’s Makongeni Thika sends Christian greetings to the Most Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi, Archbishop of Anglican Church of Kenya and Bishop of the All Saints Cathedral Diocese. Proposed__________________________ Seconded_________________________ 1.2 This Synod further sends Christian greetings to all Anglican Church of Kenya Bishops, and wishes them and the flock they shepherd, God’s richest blessings. Proposed__________________________Seconded_________________________ 1.3 This Synod sends warm greetings to: • All Christians in our Diocese here in Thika • All Christians of our parishes in the United States of America namely: - All Saints Anglican Church, Jackson, Tennessee - St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Memphis, Tennessee - Holy Apostles Anglican Church, Jackson, Mississippi - St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Amarillo, Texas - Jacksonville, Florida • Our Link partners namely: - The Bishops and Christians of the Diocese of Exeter. - The Archbishop and Christians of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. • All Clergy abroad. Proposed___________________________Seconded________________________ 1.4 This Synod sends Christian greetings to: • The General Secretary of the NCCK, Rev. Mutava Musyimi • The Moderator of the 18th General Assembly of the PCEA, Rt. Rev. Dr. David Githii • The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya, Bishop Stephen Kanyaru • Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi, Rt. Rev. Ndingi Mwana ‘Nzeki Proposed______________________________Seconded______________________ 2. CONGRATULATION MESSAGES 2.1 This Synod sends congratulations to: The Bishops of Anglican Church of Kenya, who have been elected, consecrated and enthroned since our Fourth Ordinary Session of Synod here at St. Luke’s Makongeni, Thika on 8th – 9th Day of April 2005. These are: i) Bishop of the Diocese of Embu, Rt. Rev. Henry Kathii ii) Bishop of the Diocese of Butere, Rt. Rev. Michael Sande
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Bishop of the Diocese of Katakwa, Rt. Rev. Dr. Zakayo Epus Suffragan Bishop of Nakuru Diocese, Rt. Rev. Jackson ole Sapit Suffragan Bishop of the Armed Forces, Rt. Rev. Peter Simiyu Suffragan Bishop of Sudan Community in Kenya, Rt. Rev. Peter Ndeng’ Provincial Secretary and Archbishop’s Personal Assistant, Rt. Rev. Lawrence Dena
Proposed____________________________Seconded________________________ 3. NOTES OF APPRECIATION 3.1 This Synod notes with appreciation the generous contribution by Christians and friends of the Diocese towards the construction of: (i) St. Andrew’s Pro- Cathedral (ii) Proposed diocesan income generating project (iii)The on going construction of ACK Diocese of Thika/American Parishes project on staff houses. Proposed______________________________Seconded______________________ 3.2 This Synod notes with appreciation the hard work done by the Standing Committee of Synod, all diocesan boards and committees to bring the wholistic development in the diocese Proposed_____________________________Seconded________________________ 3.3 This Synod notes with appreciation the good work done by the Constitution Committee in coming up with the Constitution of the Diocese Thika which was adopted during the Special Session of Synod held on 1st July 2006. Proposed_______________________________Seconded_____________________ 3.4 This Synod notes with appreciation the devotion and commitment of the Administrative staff, departmental heads, clergy, secretaries, accounts officers, support staff and all evangelists Proposed______________________________Seconded______________________ 3.5 This synod welcomes and appreciates all the clergy who have joined the diocese since the last synod. Proposed_______________________________Seconded_____________________ 3.6 This Synod recognises with appreciation the creation of new Parishes and Deaneries since the last synod Proposed_______________________________Seconded_____________________ 3.7 This Synod notes with appreciation the generous contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Dibianca towards the construction of a staff housing block at the Namrata Shah Children’s Home. Proposed________________________________Seconded______________________
4.4 This Synod sends condolence message to our Diocesan Bishop, whose mother passed on 18th June 2006 and to all our Christians who have been bereaved since the last synod and prays that the Lord consoles them and heals their souls. Proposed______________________________Seconded______________________ 5 FINANCES
5.4 This Synod appreciate the continued support from all parishes in submitting of their monthly Quota allocations and arrears to the Diocese. Proposed_____________________________Seconded_______________________ 5.5 This Synod recommends that parishes clear their quota allocations on or before October of every year to have effective planning, running and implementation of programmes Proposed_____________________________Seconded_______________________ 6. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES 6.1 This Synod receives the minutes of the 4th Ordinary Session of the Synod, held at St. Luke’s Makongeni, Thika on 8th – 9th April 2005 and approves them as a true record of the proceedings. Proposed___________________________Seconded_________________________ 6.2 This Synod receives and notes the minutes of the Standing Committee of the Synod, held at the Diocesan Synod on the following dates: • 14th July 2006 • 20th May 2005 th • 28 October 2005 • 17th November 2006 • 23rd January 2006 • 23rd February 2007 • 7th April 2006 • 16th March 2007 rd • 23 June 2006 Proposed___________________________Seconded _______________________ 6.3 This Synod further receives and notes the minutes of the Board of Finance held at the Diocesan Synod Hall on the following dates: • 12th August 2005 • 23rd June 2006 • 30th September 2005 • 28th July 2006 st • 21 October 2005 • 10th November 2006 • 10th March 2006 • 16th February 2007 • 16th June 2006 Proposed______________________________Seconded_______________________
7. PARTNERS IN MISSION CONSULTATION 7.1 Parish Priorities This Synod receives and notes with appreciation the parishes development achievement reports. We encourage the parishes to continue to prioritize their development agenda as a basis for their development, in order to have a systematic growth in the church. Proposed_____________________________Seconded_______________________ 7.2 Deanery Priorities This Synod receives and notes Deanery achievements from the 2003 - 2005 listed priorities, challenges faced and the recommended way forward. Proposed______________________________Seconded______________________ 7.3 Archdeaconry Priorities This Synod receives and notes Archdeaconry achievements from the 2005-2007 listed priorities, challenges being faced and the recommended way forward. Proposed______________________________Seconded_______________________ 7.4 Incorporation of U.S.A Parishes into Thika Diocese This Synod notes and appreciates the incorporation of the new Parishes of: • All Saints Anglican Church, Jackson, Tennessee • St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Memphis, Tennessee • The Anglican Church of the Holy Apostles, Jackson, Mississippi • St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Amarillo, Texas • Jacksonville, Florida 7.5 Triangular Partnership This Synod supports the affirmation of the link between the Diocese of Thika, the Diocese of Exeter and the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. Proposed______________________________Seconded________________________ 7.6 Boards & Committees Achievements This Synod receives and notes the achievements of the following boards and committees in the period of 2005-2007. • Board of Finance • Board of Education • Board of Pastoral Work • Board of Mission and Evangelism • Board of Christian Community Services Proposed_______________________________Seconded_______________________ 150
PRIORITIES OF THE DIOCESE Evangelism The Diocese will embark on holding evangelistic missions in order to plant more churches and win souls for Christ. Proposed___________________________Seconded________________________
Education and Training To strengthens the TEE programme so as to equip all evangelists, Lay readers and the lay church leaders in our diocese Proposed____________________________Seconded_______________________ This Synod supports the continued upgrading of clergy education to degree certificate level. Proposed____________________________Seconded_______________________
This Synod supports the establishment of Institute of Leadership Counseling and Congregational Development (ILCCD). Proposed____________________________Seconded_______________________
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