Yearly Meetings

Here is a list of Yearly Meetings and Worship Groups in Africa and a bit of background

ERSF – Lugulu (Quakers)-Kenya

The Yearly Meeting was Established in 1973; has 22 Quartely Meetings, 76 Monthly Meetings, and 219 Village Meetings with a total of over 30,000 members. The Yearly Meeting sponsors 80 Primary schools, 56 Secondary Schools and 4 Youth Polytechnics. It has 2 health facilities known as, Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital and Machwele Dispensary.

The YM has 19 Trained Pastors, 3 Lay Pastors and 500 Evangelists.

Current Projects: The USFW has purchased a mini bus for generating income for the Church. They have established a “Webuye Friends Centre” in Webuye Town. The Yearly Meeting has put up a modern office that is in full operation with all departmental offices at Lugulu Mission.

Bware Yearly Meeting of Friends, Kenya

Bware Yearly Meeting was inaugurated on 26th June, 1994. The headquarter is situated five kilometers, East of the Kisii-Migori-Isebania Road from Oyani.

It covers the following Districts: Migori, Kuria, Kisii, Gucha, Transmara and Nyamira.

Membership: It has about 7,200 members (adults and children inclusive)

Meetings: It has 57 village meetings, 32 Monthly Meetings and 12 Quarterly Meetings. They have done away with regions as per their New constitutional amendment.

Institutions: The Yearly Meeting sponsors 18 Primary Schools, 12 Secondary Schools, 2 Special Unit Schools, (the Deaf and Mentally Disabled), 3 Health Centres and 1 Youth Polytechnic. Each Primary School has a pre-unit or Nursery school attached to it.

They have 40 Pastors: Few are trained, while others need full course or short courses

The Nigerian Friends

The Nigerian Friends started as a small worship group in Lagos in the early 1990’s consisting of about 15 Friends. The late Kay Williams and Shima Gyoh decided to have a meeting of all the Friends in Nigeria. The first gathering was held in Lagos in 1995 at Kay Williams private house in Kaiama, Bayelsa State deep in Nigeria Delta. They chose Easter weekend as the most appropriate period for holding their Annual gathering because it has 4 days of Public holidays. They have then developed a pattern of activities during their Annual Conference as follows:

The programme starts at 7pm with dinner, followed by the first session known as “spiritual journey”. This is an introductory session at which they get to know one another. Each delegate narrates their spiritual journey through life. People from other Religious Groups including Muslims come to learn something about Quakers. They too share their spiritual journey. They end up the session by drawing a programme for the subsequent two days and then finalize the session with silent worship.

(Extracted from the Nigerian Friends Newsletter)

The Religious Society of Friends In Ghana

In 1925 an expatriate staff caseload had come to establish the famous Achimota School and college. Among them were Quakers who needed a place to worship. They therefore established a meeting for worship and invited their fellow staff Quaker worship to join them. They also welcomed students who wished to be introduced to the Quaker way of worshiping. These are the ones who built the Hill House Meeting. It is open sided and thatch roofed on a concrete floor, embedded in a stone and concrete floor. The property is jointly owned by Achimota School and the Religious Society of Friends of Ghana. The Friends do maintain and furnish the House.

The membership of Quakers at Hill House fluctuates depending on the incoming and outgoing of the students and college staff. There was a time in 1940s when the meeting of Friends at Hill House lapsed. Thanks to God for the coming in of a British Quaker woman who was married by a Ghanaian civil servant. She revived the meeting for worship between 1947 to 1948. Again when the couple was transferred, the meeting for worship virtually became moribund. In 1953, the Society of Friends in Ghana erupted life again. This was so because the British Quaker woman and her husband were re-posted to Accra. Her husband had also become a Quaker.

There were a sizable number of Quakers and their families who were working at Achimota School and college. There were also other people from Accra and other parts of Ghana who had developed interest to join the Quakers.

Chavakali Yearly Meeting

The Yearly Meeting was established on 11th May 1997, curved from East Africa Yearly Meeting of Friends South (now Vihiga Yearly Meeting). The YM has 25 MMs and 25 QMs with a membership of up to 10, 531 both adults, children and youth

Pastors: The number of trained pastors is 42 with a small number of evangelists. The pastors are deployed to local meetings, MMs and to the Quaker schools as chaplains.

Institutions: The YM has

Nursery Schools 28
Primary Schools 26
Secondary 10
Bible School   1
Health Centers and Clinics   2

Projects

THE QUAKER GUEST HOUSE PROJECT

  1. INTRODUCTION

The Quaker Guest House is a project of the Chavakali Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. The project was conceived 3 years ago and has been incorporated in the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan of the Church.

  1. THE PROJECT

The Project is a 3-floor storey building plus the ground floor. Detailed features of the building are as follows:

Ground Floor:       Kitchen and associated stores, dining areas and laundry.

First Floor:            Six Conference halls of capacity 50-500 people each and with movable partitions.

Second Floor:       Single and double rooms

Third Floor:  2 Presidential Suites; 6 Deluxe rooms; Single/double rooms; Gymnasium

  1. THE RATIONALE FOR THE PROJECT

This is an economically viable project whose aim is to provide modern conference facilities which are currently not available in Vihiga County. The project will therefore serve the church fraternity, local community, National and County government departments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector by availing modern and with state of the art conference facilities.

When completed, the project will have a positive economic impact in the community through job opportunities created as well as supply of food items by local people.

  1. PROJECT COST

It is estimated that the entire project will cost Ksh. 78.5 million (US$ 777,114 with the US $ equivalent to Ksh. 101/00).

  1. The project will be financed from church resources to the tune of 10% of the total cost (Ksh.8.0 million or US $ 79,207).

The remaining 90% is expected to be financed by partners and bank loan.

  1. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN: The Quaker Guest House project will be implemented in 2 phases. The first phase will be the Ground and first floors. Second phase will be the second and third floors.
  2. APPEAL

The General Board of Chavakali Yearly Meeting of friends church invites both local and foreign partners to join hands with the church for the successful implementation of the project. The church is therefore ready to discuss with any partners about the mechanism for the partnership.

Please contact:

ABINEAH H. CHAVANGI, CLERK

CHAVAKALI YEARLY MEETING OF FRIENDS CHURCH (QUAKERS)

MOBILE NO: +254720281977

Vokoli Yearly Meeting Kenya

Vokoli Yearly Meeting was established in 1996. They were born from the Southern Friends Yearly Meeting (Vihiga Yearly Meeting)

Vision: To be a Christ centered church

Mission: The church endeavours to glorify God by evangelizing people for Christ and ministering to the needs of all through worship.

Membership: We have 61 local meetings, 25 monthly meetings, 11 Quarterly meetings with a total membership of over 5,000 members.

Programmes:  They have youth programmes, Agriculture, tree planting, family life education programme, HIV/AIADS programme for orphans, widows/widowers.

Central Yearly Meeting Kenya

Central YM was established in 1906

Membership: 7 Quarterly Meetings, 25 Monthly meetings, 69 village meeting, Total membership of 11,003

Institutions: Schools – 38 Primary Schools, 10 Secondary Schools, 2 Polytechnics
We have trained pastors, 3 are undergoing training at Kaimosi, 1 has completed a masters degree in America, 70 Evangelists

Projects:  Main activities: Bee keeping, construction of a Health Center, we want to start a radio station.

Young Quakers Association Africa(YQA)

After the world gathering of Young Friends held at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA 19th – 26th July 1985, the African Youth who participated in this world even gathered together with a view of making follow ups of the World Gathering of Young Friends (WGYF). They requested the FWCC African Section to co-ordinate this process.

On 8th December 1985, Young Quakers Association was launched at Mbale Friends School, Kenya. It was initiated by FWCC Africa Section. In 1991, it held its first International Gathering at Chavakali Friends School, Kenya.

Vision: A vibrant unified Spiritual Association of Young Adult Friends.

YQCA Objectives
  1. To promote Quaker mission and service work in Africa and help those seeking spiritual experience to meet Christ/Light
  2. To promote consultations amongst Young Adult Friends.
  3. To encourage Young Quakers as stewards to give some of their time, energy and property.
  4. To promote Young Adult exchange programs. To help build bridges of co-operation, love, understanding, peace, unity and global networking amongst Young Friends.

Activities: Young Quakers Christian Association has been and is involved in various activities that encourage and boost the morale and participation of Young people as contained in its objectives. Such activities include Triennial Conferences, leadership seminars and workshops, inter-yearly meeting visitations among others. Since the last triennial we managed to have two triennials at Kanamai 2005, in Mombasa, Kenya 2003 and Kigali, Rwanda 2006 respectively. In both Triennials, the attendance was ranging from about 150 in 2003 to about 200 in 2006. Between the triennials, we managed to have a leadership workshop at Mabanga in Kenya. In this workshop, the Association embarked on developing leadership skills to the emerging youth who in turn have started picking up active leadership roles in our Yearly Meetings and the Quaker fraternity. The youths have also managed to learn the diversities of Quakers around the world.

Besides the three major events, the Association in partnership with other young people from all the Sections of the world, participated in the planning and organizing of the World Gathering of Young Friends that took place in Lancaster, August 2005. Many young people from Africa could not attend because they were denied visas by the British. Out of 70 young people from Africa Section who had applied for the visas, only 6 managed to get. However, a similar gathering was arranged in Kenya and those who had failed to attend the Lancaster one joined the rest at Kanamai in Kenya.

Future Plans: To hold a leadership seminar, dates and venue to be communicated. To hold a Triennial Conference in December, 2017 at Rwanda. YQA appreciates the cooperation and support rendered to it by FWCC Africa Section through the clerk and the executive secretary and the World office.

Kyela Monthly Meeting of Friends (Southern Tanzania)

Kyela District is in Mbeya Region of Tanzania. It is situated on the South Western tip of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Nyasa, bordering with Malawi, along Livingstone Hills. The whether of this area is the typical coastal climate, wet and hot. The soil is fertile and suitable for rice growing, maize and palm trees. It is the only area in East Africa where cocoa plantation is grown.

Kyela town is neighboring Malawi on the Lake Nyasa. It therefore serves the Malawi boarder residents with commercial and other related provisions. It is at this centre that the Friends Worship Group started. Kyela Provisional Monthly Meeting is the latest Quaker Worship group which was started through internet communication between the Executive Secretary Moses Musonga and a seeker, Barnabas Mwaihojo from Tanzania. Barnabas wrote an inquiry to the Section office. He wanted to become a Quaker after visiting the FWCC-World Quaker Organization Website.

The Section Secretary challenged him to organize a worship group, however small in number and form a Quaker Community. Through on line exchange communication and other channels, Barnaba Mwaihojo and his close friend Noah Mwanjala started three worship groups: Kyela, Makware and Mwaya. After a period of one year a team of two members from the Executive Committee: John Sabwa and Joshua Lilande was dispatched to Kyela-Mbeya (two days trip by road from Nairobi) for fact finding and meet the group tour. They met dedicated and determined group members who were equally excited to meet with Quakers face to face. It was after this visit that both parties (FWCC-AS and Kyela Groups) gained confidence in each other.

Another follow-up visit was made by the Clerk-Gladys Kang’ahi and Moses Musonga, Executive Secretary. It is during this visit that the three groups were allowed to worship as a provisional monthly meeting. They live several kilometers apart, Makware being 50 Kilometers from Kyela town while Mwaya is 10 kilometers away from the town.

The third visit was made by Moses Musonga, (FWCC-AS), John Muhanji (FUM Africa Ministries) and Pastor Henry Apencha (Nairobi Yearly Meeting). During this trip they visited the three village meetings and met with all the members. They also managed to win a policeman on a road block along their way to Kyela, who has since become a member of Kyela village meeting. Moses says, “we were driving at very high speed after 9:00pm towards Kyela. Then suddenly we encountered a police roadblock and stopped. The policemen asked us where we were rushing to and we told them we had come from Nairobi and were going to minister to our congregation at Kyela town. One of the policemen immediately lifted his hands up and shunted, praise God! He asked in which hotel we were going to stay and promised to visit us on the following day, which he did in the evening. During our sharing, he promised to join Friends Church with his family, which he has done till now”.

The seminar on Quaker faith and practice was conducted and the monthly meeting committee was formed. Since our last visit two more village meetings have been born, namely Matema and Matende to make a total of 5 village meetings. They do meet every Sunday at the village meeting level and all the Village Meetings congregate on the last Sunday of the month on rotational basis. The women do also meet on Thursdays for worship services and fellowship.

Problems: Each one of the Village Meetings urgently needs to purchase a plot and construct a meeting house for worship. The two village meetings that are: Mwaya and Makware do worship under the shade of cocoa trees at the homes of the members. They find it difficult to worship especially during the rainy season. They sit on bamboo trees pasted together as their benches. They are therefore requesting for a helping hand from the Quaker family.

The USFW Kenya contributed money which was used to purchase a plot at Kyela town. The members have constructed a temporary mud-grass thatched church where they are worshiping for the time being.

Two young men and one young lady were sponsored to come to Friends Theological College – Kaimosi where they have studied for a year. They went back to minister to their people as Pastors.