Greetings, This is my last blog from Nairobi on this trip.
Last week there were Nomination Forms for Church Officers elections at their AGM on 30 April. Everyone received the A4 form; the 5 retiring positions for which fresh nominations were sought whilst 10 more positions had holders seeking re-election and there were a further 27 holders who were not up for re-election this year. That’s 42 office holders! Interesting that in some cases, anyone can nominate for a position but only the members of that group [such as ‘older persons’, ‘choir’, and ‘youth’] can actually vote in that category. The AGM is at 0800 on a Saturday morning, by the way.
Their website is well organised and you can hear the sermon each week and you can read the synopsis of the message which is printed each week in the pew sheet. Check it out at
Here you can download the weekly sermon or you can read the weekly blog, which is the sermon in précis! They also have a Facebook blog which you can access at
[see how long the services are planned for!]
Sunday 17th April was Youth Sunday when the young people took the service. The usual choir was replaced by about 35 primary age children plus two early teens who introduced the entire programme. The band comprised entirely of teenagers with drums, guitar, trumpet and an adept young lady on the electric keyboard. All very professionally done, with all the youngsters in vivid orange T-shirts emblazoned on the back with ‘Lavington United Church, Youth Outreach’. They congregation joined in singing, including a mighty rendering of ‘I have joy, joy, joy, joy – joy in my heart’ ………………..But the most telling thing was the prayers – about five primary age kids, one after the other, gave very heart-felt and well thought out prayers spoken extemporary – not written down! Half our own congregation could not do that! I guess they come from families where prayer is part of everyday life. Not seen this before.
The Youth Minister said their Vacation Bible School [Kenyan schools have a 4-week break right now] targeted for 90 attendees but 152 had attended – it ran for a week from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm daily with food provided – a mixture of fun and learning, – evidently it is an annual event. Parents were urged to sign up their own children and for the children also to bring their friends too.
There was also infant baptisms of about 7/8 babies with their parents, families and godparents present plus two infant dedications – the Minister hoped these two would be back soon for baptism itself. LUC [being a Methodist-Anglican-Presbyterian Church] has its own Worship Book which we used – it is curiously comprehensive with forms of service for all sorts of occasions. Interesting.
I hope you have enjoyed these jottings – it was a privilege and a pleasure to be in such a congregation.