The Friends International Center (FIC) Sunday school scooped a majority of the awards in the April music festivals. This is not the first time the youngsters have shone. “They have over the years won most of the awards at musical festivals within the Nairobi Yearly Meeting,” notes teacher Pamela Majani. The Sunday school is built on a strong Christian background. Teachers lay emphasis on preaching the word of God not only in class, but also through various
The Sunday school is organized into five tiers based on children’s age. The first tier is the baby class which takes ages 1-3 year olds. Although the class is the newest, it has attracted many babies. The other tiers comprise of children aged 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The final class comprise of teens aged 13 and above.
The school has 12 trained teachers who cater for the needs of the children. Each class is managed by at least two teachers who work collaboratively. The teachers have attained levels 1, 2, and 3 of the trainings organized by the Nairobi Yearly Meeting.
“We keep abreast with what other teachers are doing though attending conferences and teachers’ retreats,” says Evelyn Agala.
Children also have a chance of participating in leading the main service. For instance during the Africa child’s prayer day, the children lead intercessory prayers in the main church. They also conduct bible readings with the guidance of their teachers. “Sometimes the children perform in the main church, much to the delight of the congregation,” states teacher Jacob Gimongo.
We are working together to have vocational Bible study programs during the school holidays. Pastor Fanuel Demesi
There are a number of challenges facing the Sunday school. “The number of children attending our classes is ever increasing. We need more space,”
observes teacher Gladys Barati. “We also need more volunteers to teach. There is also need to train teachers to handle children with disability,” she adds.
Despite these challenges, efficient teaching has been going on. As a matter of fact, FIC Sunday School was the first to teach using the recommended CLMC
curriculum. Plans are underway to increase the range of activities kids are involved in. “We have held youth career mentorship programs. We are working together to have vocational Bible study programs during the school holidays,” notes Pastor Fanuel Demesi. “We also want to organize for teen’s concerts and teen’s camps,” he adds. With all these activities going on, FIC Sunday School provides assurance that there shall be continuity of the Quaker church in Kenya in years to come.