Small Christian Communities (SCC)
By Mercy Kioko
In the last two years, the YCS TUK chaplaincy adopted the idea of bringing together all Small Christian Communities (SCC) in the chaplaincy towards the end of each semester. This has been aimed at challenging each other in sharing the progress that each Jumuiya, sharing the activities that each SCC has been undertaking, as well as raising the challenges that are being faced in each SCC, and giving a solution to these challenges. This semester was no exception, and the activity
A photo for all jumuia members after Mass
On the D-day, the committee members arrived a bit early, and with the help of some members, carried sits to the room - C24/25, and arranged it well as we waited for more people to arrive. At 11:20 am, we started with praise and worship, which was twenty minutes later than the stipulated time, led by Joy Marion. This was followed by the rosary prayers, which were led by David, a member of St. Kizito SCC. The chairperson of St. Bakhita, Arafat Ochien’g, had prepared bible trivia questions. The members who had arrived in big numbers of about seventy people, was divided into two groups, for the bible trivia. Some questions proved to be challenging for both groups, and people were encouraged to read their bibles keenly, and more often. The bible trivia was cut short, to give time for preparation of the holy mass, which was to start at exactly 1: 00 pm, led by our chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr Ndikaru wa Teresia.
The Holy Mass started at exactly 1:00 pm, after preparation by the liturgy group, led by Cornelius and Mercy Kakai. The preaching was very lively, with the preaching of the Gospel from the book of Mark 6: 7-13, 15th Sunday of the ordinary time. Before the final blessings, the alumni who had joined us during the day, including Raymond Sure and Jonathan Wachira, addressed us, and gave us words of encouragement. The mass ended at around 1:40 pm, and with the help of the choir officials; Sebastian, Isidore and Chris Odoyo, the singing made the mass lively.
A team from YCS students from KMTC had joined us, led by their chairperson, who have been close friends to TUK YCS. Speeches from Jumuiya chairs followed up, with each Jumuiya being fully represented. The bigger challenge that was common to all jumuiyas was the meeting time which saw few members turning up for the prayers. St. Kizito, which is the Jumuiya with most members, had the biggest turn up of members during their prayer days. All jumuiyas set their prayer meeting days on Sundays in the afternoon.
After the speeches, we gathered at the students center, where the lunch meal was prepared, and people were given about forty minutes to take lunch, and return back to continue with the program. People ate to their fill and where prepared for the next activity, which was Bible imaging. The group which was bigger now, was divided into three groups where each group would have a representative describing an event which took place in the bible, with the use of actions not words, and the other groups would give an answer on what was being described. The bible imaging took a lot of time as it went on and on, and marked the end of our big day. Thanks to the MC of the day, who coordinated all the activities Mr Peter Mutinda.
The committee members who organized the event involved all Jumuiya Chairpersons, including;
- Arafat Ochien’g - Chairperson St. Bakhita, (Chaired the committee.)
- Kenneth Mwang i- Chairperson St. Kizito
- Michael Murumba -Chairperson, St. Augustine.
- Eric Kavita - Chairperson, St. John Paul
- Modesta Muthoni – Chairperson, St. Monica
- Peter Mutinda – Chairperson, St. MaryGorety
- Ian Machaha – Chairperson, St. Teresa of Calcutta.
- Maryanne Oludhe - Chairperson, St. Albert
- Cornelius Nyaswa –Chairperson, Liturgy.
- Brian Muchiri – Chaplaincy coordinator.
- Cate Kioko – Chaplaincy vice chairperson.
Committee Meetings & Preparations
The above committee in charge, planned and communicated mostly through What Sapp platform. Two physical meetings were held to plan for the budget of the day, the venue, and come up with a program for the big day. It was agreed that the venue would be in campus, since it would be a challenge for an outdoor venue, due to Covid -19 regulations on public gatherings. The program entailed the Holy Mass, Rosary, bible trivia, and involving extra activities such as Bible imaging. During the previous Inter-jumuiya, some members suggested that we incorporate other activities, which would keep everyone involved and actively participate during the event, hence Bible imaging.
All SCC Contributed As Follows:
St. Kizito = Ksh. 650
St. Bakhita = Ksh. 650
St. Augustine = Ksh. 650
St. Monica = Ksh. 650
St. Albert = Ksh. 500
St. Teresa = Ksh. 400
St. John Paul = Ksh. 400
St. Mary Goretti = Ksh. 400
Total = Ksh. 4300.
YCS Group Challenges
- As a committee, we had preferred an outdoor location, but due to Covid -19 restrictions in burning gatherings, it was impossible to hold the event away from the school grounds.
- A bigger number of people turned out for the activity, which resulted to the increase in expenditure, above our set budget.
- Time management was a problem, as the event started minutes late, which made us rush some activities.
- There was no enough time to practice songs and prepare for the mass by rehearsing songs, due to poor time management.
- It is important for people to be punctual with time, for the activities to run smoothly, and have adequate time to carry out each one of them
- All committee members should work closely together, and give their inputs on the event.
- It is good for a set program to be followed to the latter.
The day was a success. Our chaplain Fr. Dr Ndikaru graced the day with the Holy mass and encourage the students to continue been together and be careful of the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone actively participated in the event, which was a good improvement from the previous event. We are grateful to the almighty God for the day.
As a committee; in a special way we thank God for his providence that we were able to share with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We also thank our chaplain blessing us with the Eucharistic celebration. We also thank the TUK YCS Students who not only contributed but also actively took part in the event.