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Sides Men and Ladies

Written by Monday, 02 November 2015 08:48

The Sides Men and Ladies meet every quarter to address issues relating to their duties in the Church. They discharge their duties as expected at the Sunday Services and at Special Services such as weddings, birthdays and funerals.

Weekly Activities

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5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Mid-Week Anointing Service


7:30 a.m. – Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. – Mattins
9:30 a.m. – Sunday School
9:30 a.m. – Teenage Ministry
5:30 a.m. – Evening Service


An Ecumenical Congregation

Written by Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:45

The participation of the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Nigeria at the laying of the foundation of the building of All Saints' Church is significant in two ways:

(i) it shows that the Christian Council of Nigeria would continue to stand as witness to the pact among Anglicans, Methodists and Presbyterians. which All Saints' Church represents; and

(ii) that as the membership of the Christian Council of Nigeria is wider than the three denominations that were negotiating union in Nigeria from about 1936 till 1965, All Saints' Church would always remember that there are "others" (non-Anglicans, non-Methodists and non-Presbyterians) who could find need for its fellowship (there were 18 "others" compared with only six Presbyterians in 1971/72: see table below).


  Anglican Methodist  Presbyterian Others
1965-66  98 26 5 17
1971-72 213 48 6 18


All Saints' Church, Jericho, Ibadan was not the first Church of this type in Nigeria. Before it there had been All Saints' Enugu and St. Piran's, Jos.


Although the name was borrowed from All Saints' Enugu, the interdenominational nature of the congregation was patterned after a similar church in Port Harcourt. There was also St. Piran's in Jos as further precedent.


Writing to the Commonwealth and Continental Church Society London, in September 1964, Mr Mance observed as follows:

The congregation at present averages 120 each Sunday evening, some 40 p.c. expatriates and 60 p.c. Nigerians. In Ibadan it is the only Church offering a "Church Life" for an expatriate community of around 3,000; the chapels at the universities and other institutions do not cater in this way for those outside their institutional communities.


By "expatriates" we should not think just of British nationals, there were Americans, Canadians, Indians such as:

The Acres

Stella Rivers

Dorothy and Dandy Pidgeon (lbadan Grammar School)

Miss Marilyn Digweed (Daystar Press)

The Medleys (Caxton Press)

The Coorays (University of Ife, Ibadan Campus)


There were also people from other African countries e.g.:

The Caulkers (Sierra Leone)

The Williams (Sierra Leone)

Todd Langa (South Africa)

Tandy Rankwe (South Africa)

The Cleggs (Ghana)


Nigerian families with expatriate wives included such members as:

Nat and Pat Oyelola (Nigerian, British)

Akin and Rosemary Morakinyo (Nigerian, British)

Olu and Edna Soyannwo (Nigerian, Ghanian)

Modupe and Mercy Oduyoye (Nigerian, Ghanian)

The Okunsanyas (Nigerian - Caribbean)

The Amons (Nigerian - Caribbean)

The Igwes (Nigerian - American)

The Ogunlesis (Nigerian - Thai)


Even where both husband and wife were Nigerians both might not have the same mother-tongue e.g.

The Ighodalos (Edo, Yoruba)

The Wigwes (lgbo, Efik)

The Akomolafes (Yoruba, Ora)


These are then what made (and still make) All Saints' Church, Jericho Ibadan:

 (i) an English - speaking Church, and

 (ii) an interdenominational congregation.


One Peth, a Methodist, writing from Pierre Benignus Study Centre, Ibadan on 22 November 1967 had commented as follows:

"All Saints ... can scarcely be described as a Nigerian Church."

And the Rev. D. M. Harper, Anglican Interim Chaplain from 30 March till 31 August 1972, wrote thus:

It should be remembered that the Church constitution was drawn up in the expectation of church union and it was intended then that with ecumenicity All Saints' would be incorporated into the Church of Nigeria. This regrettably never took place and now All Saints' is out on the "limb" ... Under present circumstances from the point of view of the church leaders it seems to place us outside recognizable authority and, therefore, somewhat schismatic from the very churches we seek to serve.


Between 1961 and 1984 All Saints' had acquired copies of three books of Order of Holy communion, viz:

(i) An Order of Holy Communion (Methodist Church Nigeria) donated by a member who was born into the African Church Incorporated

(ii) The Celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion (Presbyterian Order) and

(iii) The Order for Holy Communion, produced by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican)


As the Immanuel College Chapel is not "somewhat schismatic" and does not find itself "out on the limb", All Saints' Jericho, too, has remained ecumenical in spite of the collapse of the scheme for the union of Anglicans, Methodist and Presbyterians in Nigeria I in 1965. In fact, Immanuel College Chapel, built to serve the needs of a joint Anglican-Methodist theological college, threw its worship facilities open to interested persons in the Sango-Bodija area of Ibadan and has thus become, like All Saints', a truly ecumenical congregation.


At the 1963 Annual General Meeting of All Saints' Church, the wish to become an established parish church with its own Pastor-in-charge was expressed. An Extraordinary Committee Meeting was held on 17 February 1964 to discuss the appointment of a full-time minister.


The committee requested the vicar to find and submit to it information on the assessment fees paid by various churches within the Anglican communion in Ibadan. This would guide it in determining the contribution that All Saints' Church should make to each of its three major parent denominations (viz Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian).


Local ecumenism is not schism even though it has had its own peculiar challenges. For example, someone had written in March 1972 that:


It is impossible to obtain a pastor from one of the three churches specified in the constitution because it means that he will virtually have to leave his own denomination. Because of the independent nature of All Saints' it is not so easy for a Nigerian to leave the aegis of his denomination, nor are the heads of those churches willing to part with the kind of man acceptable to the committee.


The actual experience of All Saints', however, is that although it has been difficult, it has not been impossible. From 11 May 1966 when it was decided that to surmount the challenge "there shall be a chaplain, who shall be an ordained Anglican appointed by the Bishop of Ibadan in consultation with the church committee," All Saints' moved to the following position three years later:


The chaplains are appointed by the Church Committee.


In 1969 the Committee was asked to review the then extant constitutional requirement that the chaplain must be an Anglican.


Earlier on, specifically, on 3 August 1968, the Rev. Dr Russel T. Hall in charge of the Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos, had written as follows to All Saints':


I am sorry that you are having trouble in finding Presbyterian Ministers and laymen to conduct the Presbyterian services at All Saints', Ibadan.


Now for the dilemma regarding the possible formation of a Presbyterian congregation in Ibadan... please be assured that we do not want to disturb or be a hindrance to the excellent work and ministry of All Saints'. Our concern to have a Presbyterian congregation in Ibadan is not mainly just to say that we have a congregation in Ibadan. The leadership of the Presbyterian Church in Lagos feels that it was quite lamentable that in the years leading up to the proposed church union we did not have a visible Presbyterian presence in Ibadan.


It was not difficult for the Anglican Bishop of Ibadan, the Rt. Rev. T.O. Olufosoye, to assign the Rev. S. O. Adesina to All Saints' (1972-83). When Rev. Adesina had to leave, a delegation of elders of All Saints' successfully negotiated a replacement with the Most Rev. T. O. Olufosoye, then Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, who posted Canon Lapese Ladipo to All Saints' in 1983.


Before the end of the tenure of Canon Lapese Ladipo in 1993, a need was already felt for an Assistant Minister. The Methodist Church supplied the Rev. E.A. Fagbemi, who then succeeded Canon Ladipo as chaplain in 1993. By this time it could no longer be said that the independent nature of All Saints' had made the heads of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches unwilling to part with the kind of man acceptable to the Committee (now called Church Council) of All Saints' as minister.


Rt. Revd G. O. Olajide, Anglican Bishop of Ibadan from 1989, readily assigned the Rev. Canon G.B. Daramola to fill the post of Assistant Vicar of All Saints' on 1 July 1994. When Canon Daramola became the Acting Minister upon the death of Rev E.A. Fagberni in May 1995, the Rt. Rev. Ayo Ladigbolu, the Methodist Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, supplied an Assistant Minister for All Saints -- the Rev. O.O. Mewoyeka, who, however, remained a tent-making minister, being a member of staff of the Post Graduate Institute for Medical Research and Training, University College Hospital, Ibadan.


Coming to All Saints' had not meant that Canon Daramola "virtually left his own denomination": within two years of becoming the Minister of All Saints' Jericho, he was collated Archdeacon by Bishop Olajide.


Thus the fear of Rev. Harper that the collapse of church union negotiations in Nigeria in 1965 left All Saints' "out on the limb", "outside recognizable authority" and "somewhat schismatic" has not become a reality.


All Saints' Church now sends delegates to the synods of the Ibadan Diocese of the Anglican Church, the Ibadan Diocese of the Methodist Church Nigeria and pays financial contributions annually to the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.



The type of church polity which operates in All Saints' is the type called "congregational" in the United States of America. In such church type, each congregation is autocephalous (self governing). It is like the kirk in the Church of Scotland rather than like the parish in the Church of England. This contrasts with the episcopal polity in the Anglican Communion where it is partly each Diocese, partly each Province that is autocephalous.


The supreme body in the polity of All Saints' Church is the Annual General Meeting where every member has a vote. Hear what the Anglican Bishop of Ibadan, the Rev. T. O. Olufosoye, wrote in 1972, the year after his translation to Ibadan from Banjul:


Although All Saints' Church is in my Diocese and I am one of the trustees, it is only ill directly under me and I have no say ill the appointment of a priest to the place.


In 1986 a significant change was made in the Constitution of All Saints' Church. For the first time since its beginning, the provision that the chaplain should be the chairman of Council was changed. The first lay chairman, Chief T.O. Ejiwunmi, was elected in June 1983 with Engineer N. Oyelola as vice-chairman. In 1985, Engineer Oyelola became the chairman.



The first trustees of All Saints' Church Ibadan were:

                (i)    The Anglican Bishop of Ibadan (Rt. Rev. S.O. Odutola)

                (ii)   The Rev. Professor E.B. Idowu (Methodist)


In 1995 a new set or trustees was appointed viz:

                (i)   Chief T.O. Ejiwunmi (Anglican)

                (ii)  Engr. N.O. Oyelola (Anglican)

               (iii)  Mrs. Tayo Morgan (Methodist)


In 1999, upon the resignation of Chief T.O. Ejiwunmi, Engr. Chief E.A. Ojo was appointed a trustee.

Our Vision

Written by Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:48

Our vision For the Church is of worshippers who are encouraged to walk daily with Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, and of a congregation involved in the Great Commission through Bible-based means. The vision is also to make every worshipper love and obey God's statutes and commands as well as persevere in faith and God's holiness, as we continue to proclaim the Word of God as written in the Bible. In the next 50 years, our vision is of a Church further characterized by ecumenical solidarity, high spiritual orientation and mutual Christian love among members.

All Saints' Church will continue to serve as a beacon of true worship and service in the Lord's vineyard.

We foresee a phenomenal growth of our Church, both spiritually and physically: a Cathedral-like structure that will seat more than 1,000 worshipers, displaying a bounteous outpouring of God's abundant blessing.

In the years to come, our Church should be in the fore-front of projecting the oneness of the flock of Christ based on this injunction: "that they may be one", In order to emphasize this, there is the need to amplify evangelism and encourage mission work within the immediate environment and further afield because God has blessed our Church so unstintingly.

While the Church intensifies her evangelical activities to win more souls for Christ, emphasis should be focused not only on non-members of the Church but also registered members. The annual Church revival crusade should be for members' spiritual growth as for non-members'. Strategies should be devised to enhance membership drive so as to increase the numerical strength of the Church. Youths should be encouraged to play more active part in Church activities as they are the ones to keep the Church alive in future years.

We have a vision of a Church with a vibrant congregation rather than a lukewarm assembly.


The main Sanctuary should be expanded to meet the needs of Church members as the Church is expected to grow in membership.

We should make every effort to build an excellent multipurpose hall to replace the modest one in place now for the use of the Church for its various activities.

In future, consideration should be given to providing a well-appointed bungalow for the Assistant Minister.

In conclusion, All Saints' Church in the next 50 years should replicate itself by sponsoring the growth of other inter- denominational congregations, in the bid to foster the great spiritual desideratum: One church, one Faith, one Lord.

Our Worship

Written by Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:46

All Saints' Church, Jericho Ibadan is an ecumenical church comprising Anglicans, Methodist and Presbyterians, and this ecumenism is conspicuous in its worship. Members worship the Lord as a body and denominationalism is deliberately played down. However, in keeping with Section VII paragraphs I and II of the Constitution of the Church, services, including Holy Communion, are held regularly according to the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian liturgies, following the approximate proportion of two of the first (i.e. Anglican), to one each of the other two (i.e. Methodist and Presbyterian), so that, as far as possible, there shall be at least one of each form monthly. Other forms of worship could be brought in with the approval of Church Council.

The Church has a tradition of inviting Guest Preachers from the three denominations, and occasionally outside them. This affords members the opportunity of listening to the Word of God preached by a variety of clergymen other than the Minister of the Church and his Assistant. This practice adds a fillip to worship in All Saints' Church. It must be added that lay-people -- members and non- members -- preach occasionally at services.

Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even with its blessings but with God Himself. In 2 Samuel 7:18-22 we see David acknowledging the Sovereignty of God and occupying his heart with God Himself because of what He is. During worship in All Saints' Church, members' hearts are occupied with God Himself.

Worship must be spiritual and sincere. St John's Gospel, Chapter 4, Verse 24 says, "Worship Him in spirit and in truth". Members are always urged by Priest to allow the Holy Spirit to lead them in worship and to let the words of their lips be true, sincere and genuine expressions of their inmost being.

In All Saints' Church, we have an arranged pattern of services every month. Every Sunday at 7.30 a.m., we have the Holy Communion service. At 9.30 a.m., we have Mattins and at 6.00 p.m., we have Evensong, Community Hymn Singing by Groups or General Community Hymn Singing. Every first Sunday of the month, services in the morning are marked with Monthly and Birthday Thanksgiving. In the evening at 6.00 p.m., the monthly Holy Communion Service is held. The evening of the second Sunday of every month is designated for the General Community Hymn Singing during which the history of hymns is cited before rendition. The third Sunday of every month is marked with Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. and on the last Sunday of every month, we have a service at 9.30 a.m. with Praise and Worship choruses.

Occasional and festival services like Weddings, Baptism and Churching, Confirmation, Birthdays, Carols, Funerals, Harvests, Anniversaries and others are also held. Services like these attract non-members who have always enjoyed worshipping in our church.

To enrich worshipping and ministration, the Drama Group of the Youth Fellowship occasionally presents playlets that teach spiritual lessons. Also, the Youth Choir occasionally ministers to the congregation in songs and this always lifts up the souls of God's people. On the last Sunday evening of every quarter, the Youth Fellowship presents what they have tagged "EXALTED PRAISE". This is an admixture of songs, drama, exhortation and prayers. It must be mentioned that every Sunday before Mattins starts at 9.30a.m., the Praise and Worship team formed by the Youth Fellowship renders Praise and Worship choruses for the congregation. This presentation prepares the minds of members for the worship of God Almighty. All these activities of the Youth Fellowship spice up worship in All Saints' Church.

The Choir, backed by accomplished organists and a seasoned Choirmaster, is reputed for beautiful renditions. This regular performance raises the standard of worship and attracts people to our church, especially during Carols, Choir Festival and other Occassional Services.

To set the stage for worship among the young ones, the Church has a virile Teenage Ministry and a Sunday School manned by seasoned, disciplined and dedicated teachers. John Bunyan (1628- 1688) the great Baptist preacher once said, "Those who run from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day". And Psalm 63: 1 says, "0 God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee..." We, in All Saints' Church, want our young ones to seek and find God early in their lives so that when they grow up into adulthood, they will not depart from the path of righteousness and holiness. This system has always yielded good dividends as it has produced devoted and committed adults going into the main Church. This system also perpetuates the life of the Church.

A new dimension was introduced into worship in All Saints' Church a few years ago. This is the "Anointing Service" held every Wednesday afternoon at 12 noon. This one-hour service IS characterized by Praise and Worship choruses, Testimonies, Exhortations, Prayers and Anointing of worshippers by the
Priest. This service which is attended by members and non-members of the Church, has transformed many souls, and worshippers have received abundant blessings through it.

By and large, the standard of worship in All Saints' Church is very high, and members enjoy worshipping God in the beauty of holiness and in the awe of God with all humility and tenderness.


Shift in Mode of Worship: From Classical to Contemporary (1995-1999).

These dates (1995-99) are arbitrary. However, Ven. Daramola regards the shift from a classical mode of worship to a contemporary one as one of the high points of his tenure. During this period, worship incorporated more contemporary music and themes. Preachers were invited, irrespective of their leanings, while even lay preachers among the congregation of All Saints' Church were encouraged. Within the context of the liturgies of its founders i.e. the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian modes of worship, what may be referred to as a "free style" developed which changed worship from the stereotypes. Indeed, the Church's own hymn book, All Saints' Church Supplementary Hymns and Choruses was launched in Nov. 1999. New ideas such as the Endowment Fund for the Needy, Vigils, the Love Feast and mid-week Anointing Service were introduced.

In 1994, the Oyo State Government approved two private secondary schools, one in Ibadan City and the other in Oyo. The leadership of All Saints' Church comprising the Church Council, the Board of Trustees, the Laity and the Vicar, saw this as a challenge.

In the months following Nigeria's political independence, many Nigerians and expatriates living in Ibadan felt the need for a good school for their children. Many of them living around Jericho Links Reservation, Iyaganku and Bodija

Women's Group

Written by Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:41

This group started in 1981 under the leadership of Mrs. Sola Adesina, wife of the then Vicar, Rev. Canon S.O. Adesina (1973-1983).

By 1983, what started as a prayer meeting in Church House had grown and become known as the Women's Group under the leadership of Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Lapese-Ladipo, wife of Rev. Canon Lapese-Ladipo (1983-1993). The Fellowship has now moved to the Sanctuary.

The activities of the group continued after the retirement of Rev. Canon Lapese-Ladipo in 1993, under the leadership of Mrs. E.M. Fagbemi, wife of the Vicar, Rev. E.A. Fagbemi (1993-1995) till his call to glory in 1995.

Mrs. O. Daramola, wife of the immediate past Vicar, Ven G.B. Daramola (1995-2009) led the group from 1995 till March, 2009.

The group has continued to play major roles in the life of the Church, touching the various arms in different ways

(i) To share the word of God through Bible study and prayer meetings.
(ii) To encourage fellowship and social interaction between all women of the Church irrespective of age, calling or marital status.
(iii) To look after the welfare of women in particular, and the Church and family in general.
(iv) To organize charitable activities

These objectives are being achieved through the following:
(a) Random selection of prayer partners at the beginning of the year.
(b) Birthday bulletins distributed to all members. These are used by all women for daily devotion, thus enabling them to remember each other as well as all members of their family on their birthdays.
(c) Regular Bible study and prayer meeting on Thursday. A roster for this is normally drawn up by the leader annually through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and distributed to all members. The weekly Bible study and prayer meeting is led by a member of the group except on Thursday, when a guest speaker is invited in accordance with the roster drawn up for the year.
(d) Lectures by invited guests.
(e) Revival and Charity Week held in the first week in November every year. Activities of the event include:
•    Rededication of all women for better service in the Lord' s vineyard .
•    Visit to charity homes such as:
-Oluyole Cheshire Home, Ibadan
-Home School for Handicapped Children
-Christian Mission for the Deaf
-The Ibadan Home for Motherless Babies.
Each of the homes is given a purse.
•    Word ministration by invited guests.
•    Visits to some elderly members of the Church
•    Quiz
•    Drama by the Women's Group drama team.
•    Dinner
•    Jumble Sale of items donated by members of the congregation
•    Thanksgiving on the last Sunday of the month.

(f) Attendance at social engagements on the invitation of members. This is normally preceded by prayers and fellowship at the member's house.
(g) Visits to absentee and sick members.
(h) Decoration of the Church for Christmas.
(i) Monthly thanksgiving/testimonies on the last Thursday of the month.
(j)Quarterly Sunday evening services with hymns and choruses.
(k) Monthly meetings after the 7.30 and 9.30 am services.
(l) Donations to different groups and individuals for different reasons e.g.
•    Purchase of calipers for a lady affected by polio and materials to help her small-scale tie-and-dye industry.
•    Funds for a kidney patient.
•    Purchase of a new wheel chair for our adopted daughter at Oluyole Cheshire Home.
•    Upkeep of our adopted daughter, Ajoke Oluwafemi, from childhood through primary school to senior secondary school till she finished her course.
•    The building of the Home Economics' laboratory at All Saints' College. The building, which was embarked on in 2004, has been completed and handed over to the
Task Force on the Development of All Saints' College permanent site. A total of 4.9 million naira was raised by the women through various activities for the completion of the project. A balance of N300,000.00 is yet to be paid to the College.

Finances over the years have been through:
(a) Annual contribution of a minimum of N 100 per member. This was raised to N200 in 2009.
(b) Contributions by well meaning members of the Church, friends and well-wishers, during the Revival and Charity Week fund raising. Envelopes are printed and distributed to members of the Church, friends and well-wishers for this purpose.

(a) Fixed deposit at Union Homes Plc N100,000.00
(b) Shares at Union Bank Plc- 6,000 units. This is being managed by the stock brokers - CSCS, A/C No. 4688758W registered with Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The following members have been on the Executive of the group in different capacities over the years from 1981 to date:

Olori J.F. Agbede, Mrs. M.B. Onadipe. Mrs. Tomi Kolawole, Mrs. F. Olunuga, Mrs. Okoye, Mrs. O.O. Dada, Mrs.  O. F. Fatoynbo, Mrs. Moji Vaughan, Mrs. I. Kuye, Mrs. N.N. Usoroh, Mrs. O.O. Soladoye. Mrs. O. Sowonola, Ms. O.O. Gbenle, Mrs. A.T. Akinbo. The remarkable achievements of the group since 1995 have been due to the exemplary qualities of Mrs. O. Daramola, a good administrator, Spirit-filled, innovative and a disciplined leader.

Youth Fellowship

Written by Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:38

There are two schools of thought about the origin of the Youth Fellowship. The first was that the Fellowship started when a set of young people in All Saints' Church decided to form a group in 1981 to be known as "All Saints' Church Youth Fellowship". The Fellowship has as part of its aims, to lead members to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour; to help members develop spiritually, physically, educationally and socially; and to prepare members to take their rightful place in the Church. The foundation members of the then Youth Fellowship included Mr. & Mrs.  Edema, Dr. & Mrs.  Soji Vaughan, Dr. Ekundayo Falase, Mrs.  Florence Ilofuan, Mrs.  Aba Durosaro, Mrs.  Dapo Falase, Mr. & Mrs.  Funso Ojo, Mr. & Mrs.  Laolu Akomolafe among others.

The membership of the Fellowship then was of two types: ordinary and honorary. The ordinary membership had two categories: the "Tenderfoot Group" (14-17 years) and the "Pilgrims' Group" (18 years and above). These groups met once in a month.

The second school of thought, which persists till now, is that the Youth Fellowship began when a group of youths within the neighborhood of Jericho and Idi-Ishin, as well as youths within All Saints' Church decided to meet every Saturday for fellowship in word and prayer. The fellowship of this group of youths started some time in the early 90s and had a positive impact on the lives of members. The aim of the Fellowship was to help members grow in the knowledge of God Almighty. The leadership were Tunde Thomas, Yinka Adeleke, Yinka Fagbemi, Korede Olunloyo among others.

The neighborhoods of Jericho, Idi-Ishin and Eleyele benefited immensely from the activities of members through whose personal evangelism and revivals many souls within the neighborhoods were brought to the knowledge of God.

The need for the Fellowship to make more impact within All Saints' Church brought a slight change in its leadership some time in 1998. When Yinka Fagbemi became President. Under his leadership, there was great improvement in the participation of youths within the Church through activities like Drama, Dance and Song (Choir) which aroused the interest of youths in joining the Youth Fellowship and made many youths begin to attend its Saturday meetings. The Fellowship meeting was held between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. and usually featured (as it still does) worship, word impartation and prayers.

The activity groups became a strong platform for the Fellowship to create an impact in All Saints' Church, through periodic presentations in drama and songs to the congregation during Revivals, Sunday services, Watch-Night services etc.

When in 1999, the Church decided to incorporate Praise and Worship Choruses into its order of service, the group was in the forefront. One cannot fail to recall the consistent involvement of the then President, Mr. Yinka Fagbemi, who led other youths in anchoring this session during Sunday services and other special services. When the singing of choruses was introduced the Church hardly had any musical instruments other than the pipe organ. However, instruments like drums, guitars and trumpets were later acquired to add life to the singing of choruses, the quality of which has continued to improve while some members have learnt to play some of these instruments.

 In January 2001, Mr. Taiwo Daramola became President, with the following as Executive members: Olohi Ilofuan (Secretary), Yemisi Adebayo (Assistant Secretary), Dare Ademuyiwa (Prayer Secretary), Bosun Olunloyo (Assistant Secretary), Tolu Vaughan (now Mrs.  Owoeye) (Treasurer), Imabong Usoroh (now Mrs. Odegbo-Olukoya) (Welfare Officer), Kehinde Daramola (Choir Leader), Tope Fatoyinbo (now Mrs.  Paulson) (Public Relations Officer).

The leadership of the Fellowship tried to build on what its predecessor had been able to achieve and was imbued with the vision to build young people to become a dwelling-place of God. To achieve this, the meetings on Saturday were made more interactive and participatory. Programmes like word-feast, talk shows, question and answer sessions, sports etc. were introduced to enable members become more integrated into the Fellowship.

Later on, there was a minor reorganization in the Executive when some of its members at one time or the other had to relocate or take up other assignments that did not allow them to function efficiently. The new Executive comprised Kehinde Daramola (Vice President), Yemisi Adebayo (Secretary), Tayo Vaughan (now Mrs.  Adewunmi) (Assistant Secretary), Bosun Olunloyo (Prayer Secretary),Meire Ilofuan (Assistant Prayer Secretary), Seun Olusanya (Public Relations Officer). Other positions remained as occupied. This development brought more vibrancy and innovativeness to the Fellowship.

The process of drafting a Bye-Law, a document that states the mode of succession and operations of the Fellowship, was initiated in January 2006 by a committee comprised of Barrister Kehinde Daramola (Chairman), Wale Oluwole (Secretary), Riche Brown, Dolapo Denton. Tayo Vaughan (now Mrs.  Adewunmi), Imaobong Usoroh (now Mrs. Odegbo-Olukoya).

The process began in earnest with inputs from members of the Fellowship and the then Assistant Minister, Very Rev. Olusoji Mewoyeka, whose office traditionally serves as the coordinator of the Youth Fellowship. The Bye-Law was instituted at the end of2006. With the Bye-Law in place, a new Executive was formed, thus bringing to a close the 7-year tenure of the Taiwo Daramola - led Executive. This new Executive under the leadership of Femi Odegbo-Olukoya became the first to have been constituted under the new Bye- Law. Other members of the Executive were Tolu Vaughan (now Mrs.  Owoeye) (Vice President), Segun Adio (Secretary), Dapo Denloye (Assistant Secretary), Oreoluwa Sowonola (Treasurer), Gbemi Akinpelu (Welfare Officer), Tolani Oderinde (Assistant Welfare Officer), Leke Oluyemi (Prayer Secretary), Chineze Ogbogu (Assistant Prayer Secretary). Jide Ajomale (Public Relations Officer), Amos Adeyemi (Organising Secretary), and Dayo Denloye (Librarian).

The tenure of this Executive brought more dynamism to the Youth Fellowship; attracting more youths from within and outside the Church, The vision of the Fellowship at this period focused on youths realizing that they are enrolled in God's Army; thus every youth should build himself/herself in the knowledge of God in order to become a bona fide member of that Army, During this period, the Fellowship experienced tremendous growth and development.

In December 2008 the Youth Fellowship had the second consecutive transition of a new Executive after the institution of its Bye-Law. The new Executive (current) is led by Akin Abudu(President), Others include Gbemi Akinpelu (Vice President: Oreoluwa Sowonola (Secretary), Dapo Denloye (Assistant Secretary). Busola Akinpelu (Prayer Secretary). Chineze Ogbogu (Assistant Prayer Secretary), Dayo Denloye (Assistant Treasurer), Seyi Olaleye-Philips (Welfare Officer), Elvis Osagbede (Assistant Welfare Officer), Samson Nwajei (Organizing Secretary) and Tobi Oderinde (Public Relations Officer), The Youth Fellowship has continued to instil in its members confidence in God's word as the answer to all of life's problems.

The Youth Fellowship Bye-Law is the document that guides the organization and operations of the Fellowship. It states the objectives of the Fellowship, which include: the promotion of deep fellowship with God among youths in All Saints' Church Jericho. Ibadan; the promotion of a fruitful and successful academic, social, spiritual existence of youths of All Saints’ Church; as well as the promotion, discovery and development of the talents of every youth in the Church.

The process of succession in the Youth Fellowship is clearly articulated in the Bye-Law. With the appointment of a 3-5 man Choice Committee, which consists of the Assistant Minister (Chairman) and other members of the Fellowship who would not be serving in the next Executive, the procedure for the selection of the new Executive is initiated. Nominations from members of the Fellowship are usually sought in the process of selecting the new Executive. The tenure of members of the Executive shall expire after two years. The procedure for the amendment of the Bye-Law is also stated in the document.

The Youth Fellowship is blessed with talented members. From its inception, members have exhibited a wide range of talents. Recognizing the importance of using our talents to serve God, our Maker, from the parables that our Lord Jesus Christ told us, these talents have not been left to waste or be misused as members are encouraged to channel their God-given talents to serve in His house. For ease of administration, these talents have been categorized under different activity groups: the Drama Group, the Youth Choir and the Dance group. Other units through which members express their talents are the Publication Unit and the Organizing Unit.


This group has the mission of expressing God's message through drama, a very powerful medium of communication. Over the years, the drama group has performed in various capacities within the Fellowship and in the main Church. The group ministers during Mattins (usually on the last Sunday of the month), at other church programmes like the Couples' Evening, the Annual Revival and also during Youth Fellowship programmes. The group has grown in number and experience and has staged many successful drama productions over the years; examples of these include "Compromise" and "Tangents". Outsiders who attended such productions still make reference to their impact up until now.

Praise is very important to God as He inhabits the praises of His people. It is on this premise that the Youth Choir ministers to God's people in songs. Members of the group also form the bulk of Praise and Worship team. This vibrant group leads the people of God to His courts of praise during church services as well as at the Fellowship's meetings and outreach programmes. The Youth Choir include not only members who can sing but also those who can play the keyboard, guitar, trumpet, mouth organ and drums. Some members of this group also assist the Public Address System team of the Church.

The Psalmist said; "Let them praise, His name in the dance" - (PsI49:3a). The Dance Group praises God's name through dance. This group was named "Sainteers", an adaptation from the name of the Church. The group comprises members of the Fellowship who can dance; they perform mainly during Fellowship programmes like the Youth Weekend and Church programmes like the Easter Picnic. Although people generally do not see ministration in dance, often regarding it as entertainment, this group has grown through the years to correct this notion. The greatest success so far was recorded at an annual programme of the Anglican Mothers' Union held at Immanuel College on 14 May. 2009. The Dance Group ministered at this programme on invitation. The mothers continue to express the power of that ministration to the Glory of God, even till today.

Other units through which talents are expressed include the Publication Unit and Organizing Unit. The former Unit is committed to the production of a newsletter called This House through which members of the Fellowship as well as the Church at large express their talents in poetry, writing, drawing etc. The Organizing Unit arrange and decorates venues for the programmes of the Fellowship. Youths who can decorate and make venues look beautiful are members of this unit.

The Youth Fellowship also provides an avenue for young boys to harness their football talents. A football team has been put in place to help accomplish this objective. The team participates in competitions annually and records modest successes.

The spiritual growth of members of the Fellowship has been very steady. Individuals have been witnesses of real-life manifestations of God through miracles, signs and wonders, resulting in powerful testimonies.

Members have also been able to harness the gifts of the Spirit in themselves, thereby building up their confidence in Jesus Christ through constant fellowship and communion with God: this has enhanced their ministering of the gospel in and outside the church. Members of the Fellowship have been able to discover their potentials and use them to fulfill God's purposes.

The Youth Fellowship has, since its inception, made tremendous impact on the Church. The activities of the Fellowship have, to a large extent, brought variety into worship and the general activities of the Church. In recent times, the Fellowship has been integrated fully into the mainstream of the Church as compared with earlier times when members seemed independent of the Church.

This is an evening service organized by the Youth Fellowship on the last Sunday of every quarter. It developed from the usual community hymn singing which was purely a formal hymn singing service. As a way of bringing variety to the service, the Fellowship by inspiration has made it a more informal service with lots of individual presentations, testimonies and chorus singing. This form of worship has continued to attract lots of youths and adults to evening service on Sundays when Exalted Praise is held. Not fewer than 120 people attend this service every quarter, a remarkable attendance for regular evening worship.

Some members of the Youth Fellowship coordinate the singing of praise worship choruses during Sunday services and special services. Due to the impressive performance of the Praise and Worship Team, members of the Church usually ask the team to perform at their social functions.

The Youth Fellowship took it upon itself to design and develop a website for the Church in 2000. The contents on the site were initiated by the youths with minimal reference to any document of the Church. Plans are on to upgrade the site so as to cater for the current trends in the Church.

Apart from handling the conduct of the Praise and Worship session at the vigil, members of the Fellowship have been asked to preach, lead prayers and perform other roles.

Members of the Youth Fellowship have served on the Church Council in recent times. This development has shown that the youths are indeed taking their rightful place as the future of the Church.

The Fellowship has enjoyed unflinching support from the clergy of All Saints' Church. Jericho, Ibadan. Worthy of note are the contributions of the immediate past Minister of the Church, Venerable G. B. Daramola. He gave members of the Fellowship the room to express themselves, doing things the youth way. Accepting "Exalted Praise" as an alternative to the traditional Community Hymn Singing, allowing youths to make presentations during Church services, attending Youth Fellowship programmes when invited are some instances of the landmark support given by Ven. Daramola. The Fellowship also enjoyed support from the current Minister. Very Rev. Olusoji Mewoyeka. When he was Assistant Minister, he was always ready and willing to give from his abundant wealth of wisdom to the youths, especially members of the Executive on various Issues.

Teenage Ministry

Written by Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:38

In December 1998, a Christian-based organization providing resources, ideas and teaching for youth and children workers, the Olive Tenders, Bodija, invited our Sunday School teachers, among others, to a three-day enrichment programme titled 'Teenage Workers' Training".  Dr. (Mrs.) O.O. Adewunmi was the only one who attended from All Saints' Church Sunday School. It was this training workshop that sensitized her to the need for a Teenage Church to bridge the gap between the Sunday School and the main Adult Church. The Teenage Church would be tailored to meet the needs of these "seemingly neglected" young adolescents who not only felt too big for the Sunday School but at the same time felt insufficiently mature for the Adult Church.


Prior to this time, like their peers in most other churches, our teenagers spent their time either roaming around the church or chatting away during services. Apparently, the idea of a Teenage Church had been mooted earlier on by Mr. O. A. Akinpelu, because whenever he had to prepare the Sunday School children for ministrations in the Adult Church or even for outside engagements he always had difficulties with the older children as they displayed the natural characteristics of 'teenage culture' - self- consciousness, reluctance to participate, lack of cooperation, shyness etc.


Hence, in a letter dated 4 March, 1999 addressed to the then Chairman of the Church Council, Mr. A. A. Babalola (of blessed memory), a proposal was made for the establishment of a Teenage Church to help build up the " Church of Tomorrow". A memo titled "The Need for a Teenage Church" was also attached, a portion of which stated the objectives of the Teenage Church as follows:

(i) Helping the teens lay a solid foundation for their lives, especially during adolescence when there is often a value conflict between family and friends or between the Church and the Word - Provo 11: 14, 10 & 22.
(ii) Encouraging these teenagers to be used as God's warfare tools for the future - Ps. 127:4, and
(iii) Releasing them from the bondage of fear, guilt, etc. by actively listening to them.

This concern was summarized in a poem:
They pass so quickly, the days of youth
And children change so fast
And soon they harden in the mould
And the plastic years are past
So, we shape their lives while they are young
This be our prayer, our aim.
That every child we touch shall bear
The imprint of His Name

By the time the Annual General Meeting took place in June 1999, Dr Adewunmi had taken up an appointment outside Nigeria and could, therefore, not personally present the motion for the establishment of the Teenage Church. The motion was presented all the same but the name 'Teenage Church' created some apprehension in the minds of a number of those present at the meeting. The experience of All Souls' Church Bodija in this connection did not help matters. The motion was therefore defeated on the floor of the 1999 Annual General Meeting.

However, by the next Annual General Meeting in 2000, Dr (Mrs. ) Adewunmi re-presented the motion, but this time around, for a Teenage "Ministry" instead of "Church", Following a prolonged discussion, the proposal sailed through, to the glory of God. Hence, the approval for the establishment of the Teenage Ministry in All Saints' Church, Jericho, Ibadan was granted in the year 2000. Dr Adewunmi was invited to attend the July 2000 Council Meeting to brief the Council further on the subject.

 In a letter dated 15th November, 2000, the Council constituted a five - person committee whose terms of reference were:

(i) to advise the Council on the modus operandi of establishing the Teenage Ministry in the Church; and
(ii) to consider all implications, financial and otherwise and forward recommendations, as early as possible to the Church Council.

This Committee consisted of:
Dr. (Mrs.) O.O. Adewunmi     - Chairman
Engr. F.O. Oluyerni         - Member (past Sunday School Superintendent)
Mrs. N.N. Usoroh        - Member
Mrs. J.C. Ogbogu         - Member (Sunday School Teacher)
Mr. O.A. Akinpelu         - Secretary (Sunday School Teacher)

Two meetings were held by the committee - the maiden one on 18th December. 2000 in the Council Chamber and the second, on Monday 8th January, 2001. Engr. F. O. Oluyemi and Mr. O. A. Akinpelu handled Finance and Establishment matters related to the Ministry, whilst Mrs.  N. N. Usoroh and Mrs. J. C. Ogbogu prepared the programme for the first quarter.

 Thus the Teenage Ministry took off with a total of 23 children (14 boys and 9 girls):

(1) ADETOLA Adebisi (Miss)        
(2) AGBEJA Mofeyisayo (Miss)         
(3) AGUN Abosede (Miss)     
(4) AJAJA Ayoolabode (Master)         
(6) AKINKUGBE Olubusola (Miss)
(7) AKINYEMI Teniola (Miss)
(8) BABAJIDE Bukola (Miss)
(9) EDET Ete (Master)
(10) MEWOYEKA Yanmife (Master)
(11) OGBOGU Chike (Master)
(12) OGBONAIYA Chukwudi (Master)
(13) OMOLOLA Ogunsemowo (Miss)
(14) OLUKOYA Damola (Master)
(15) OLUYEMI Leke (Master)
(16) OLUYEMI Ifeoluwa (Master)
(17) OREKHA Tolu (Master)
(18) OWOSINA Abimbola (Master)
(19) OYELEYE Ayokunmi (Miss)
(20) OYELEYE Ayoyemi (Miss)
(21) PHILIPS Timilehin (Master)
(22) TALABI Oluwatobiloba (Miss)
(23) VAUGHAN Tomilola (Miss)

Initially, the Ministry was handled by Dr. (Mrs.) Adewunmi alone,but by the end of the first year, some other teachers joined her. They were Mr. Oladimeji Oluwole and Dr. (Mrs.) Dele Sannoh. In 2002, Mrs. Julie C. Ogbogu joined us from the Sunday School. Our meeting place was the Church Office, until it was reconstructed. Since that time, we became nomadic, holding our services either on the Church Hall verandah or, on the lawn, or under the Indian almond trees.

In the report earlier submitted by Engr. Oluyemi and Mr. O. A. Akinpelu to the Church Council on the resources needed for the establishment of the Teenage Ministry, a separate building was proposed; therefore, under the able leadership of Chief Femi Adewumi, Chairman Church Council in 2002, the Church proceeded to construct a Teenage Ministry Hall, adjacent to the Church Hall. Despite a few hitches, the hall was completed and dedicated on Whit Sunday, 8th June, 2003.

At the inception of the Ministry, we attended the Opening Assembly and even used the same Bible Study programme as the Sunday School. However, three years after being established, we were "weaned" and since then the Teenage Ministry has been on its own. As occasions demand, however, e.g. Children's Day, Palm Sunday. Harvest. Christmas etc., we still come together.

The motto of the Teenage Ministry is "KNOW JESUS AND MAKE HIM KNOWN TO OTHERS" The mission is to demonstrate God's love to members by meeting their needs (spiritual, emotional, relational or physical - Eph. 4: 12) and by healing their wounds, not by our own strength, but by total DEPENDENCE on God. The vision is to encourage our teenagers to become "blameless and pure children of God, without fault, in a crooked and depraved generation"- Phi 2: 15

At a special service every July, the SS2 teenagers graduate into the adult church. This enables them to integrate into the adult worship pattern during their last year in Secondary School. During this year, they are discouraged from being just bench warmers but rather encouraged to serve either as choristers, sidemen ladies, library assistants in the adult church or even as junior teachers in the Sunday School or Teenage Ministry. At every graduation, each teenager is presented with a copy of the Holy Bible and the All Saints' Church Supplementary Hymns and Choruses. Exceptional teenagers receive prizes for Best Behavior, Best in Evangelism. In 2007 Pa Ade Akomolafe's Prize for Integrity was added. This was first won by Miss Adebisi Adeogun.

The first teenage graduation service was held on Sunday 30th September 2003, during the Juvenile Harvest. Since then, the Church has made it a special service by itself, held either on the second or third Sunday in July every year. The director of Olive Tenders, Mrs.  Sola Sun-Bashorun, delivered the sermon at the first graduation service. The Church Council Chairman, Chief Olufemi Adewumi, received the graduands on behalf of the congregation while the President of the Youth Fellowship, Taiwo Daramola, admitted them to the group. The first career talk was held on Saturday, 18 May, 2002 whilst the first teenage seminar was held on Saturday, 20 July, 2002.


(a) Annual

(i) Teenage Career Talk - 3rd or 4lh Friday in January
(ii) Teenage Bible Quiz - 3rd Friday in March
(iii) Teenage Seminar - 2nd Saturday in June
(iv) Teenage Graduation and Party - 3rd Sunday in July
(v) Long vacation excursion and retreat - 2nd, 3rd or last Friday in August
(vi) Welcome Teens Barbecue/Love Feast - 1 st or 2nd Friday in October
(vii) Easter visit to Christian Mission for the Deaf with presents - Palm Sunday
(viii) Christmas visit to Christian Mission for the Deaf - 1st Sunday in December
(ix) Christmas Carols at Your Door- 1st Saturday and Sunday in December - 2nd Saturday and Sunday in December
(x) Annual Christmas Party - 2nd Sunday in December after Mattins during which each teenager receives TEEN DAILY GUIDE and some other gift as Christmas presents.
(xi) "Come, let's get together" - during Christmas vacation, for our past teenagers who come home on vacation.

The important thing at every one of these activities is to "market" Jesus to the teenagers as well as to encourage them to make the Bible (the WORD) their life's true compass.

(b) Quarterly

Teen Birthday Cake - This is presented on the last Sunday of every term for those whose birthdays came up during the term.

(c) Monthly

  (i) 1st Sunday - Bible study, Birthday prayer for previous month's 'babies'
 (ii) 1st Saturday - Interactive sessions on peer pressure, relationships, HIV / AIDS
(iii) 1st Saturday - Extracurricular activities e.g. baking, sewing, beading, baking, hair barbing, hair dressing etc
 (iv) 2nd Sunday - Bible study/lecture
  (v) 3rd Sunday -Teen Adult Service/Holy Communion in adult Church
 (vi) 4th  Sunday - Variety Sunday - Film show, Bible quiz, Teen prayer requests
(vii) 5th Sunday - Evangelism i.e. Visit to Christian Mission for the Deaf - We relate with the teenagers and raise funds throughout the year from donors to give to the Christian Mission for the Deaf at festive seasons.

Special Teenage Prayers Whenever we come together, we do have some special prayers

(1) Teenage prayer
May Christ be seen in me, O Lord,
Hear thou my earnest plea,
O take me, fill me, use me Lord
Till Christ be seen in me. Amen.

(2) Prayer for our elders
O Lord, we thank you for all our leaders and those in authority over us. Have mercy upon them, so we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

(3) Prayer for our nation
Grant wisdom, Lord, and strength to all Who serve our country's needs.
Forgive our sins and heal our land, Nigeria, In Jesus' name we plead. Amen.

Established in June 2003. A few members of our congregation were selected to look after the teen graduates in the adult church and if possible until later life because "plans fail for lack or counsel. but with many advisers they succeed" – Prov.15:22
Male Counsellors: Mr. O. A. Akinpelu, Chief S. B. Alade. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and Dr Dele Obileye.
Female Counsellors: Mrs.  N. N. Usoroh, Dr (Mrs. ) Lola Falase. Mrs.  O. Mewoyeka and Mrs.  Olunuga.

At our fifth graduation on Sunday 241h July, 2005, a few people who had played vital roles in the establishment of the Teenage Ministry were honored; thus late Mr. A. A. Babalola who 'midwifed' us and Chief Olufemi Adewumi who "nannied' us became our patrons. Both men had chaired the Church Council during the "teething" period of our establishment. They both believed in us totally and remained the backbone of the Ministry, never failing to advise us regularly. Our patronesses include Mrs. Janet Akinkugbe, Lady F. Akinsipe and Mrs. O. Daramola.

Until recently, our population used to be about 90. This was when students of Lead City High School and All Saints' College were in attendance. However, with Lead City High School establishing a Chapel, the number stands presently at about 75, made up of the Church teenagers. All Saints' College and Beechford International School students, To date, a total of 186 teenagers have graduated from the Teenage Ministry to the glory of God. Similarly, the teacher population has increased to seven senior teachers, four intermediate and two junior teachers.

 Our senior teachers include:
(i) Mrs.  Julie C. Ogbogu - Teenage Ministry Assistant Leader
(ii) Mrs.  Adeola Thomas
(iii) Mrs.  Omotayo Bademosi - Secretary
(iv) Chief (Mrs. ) Modupe Adeleke
(v) Mrs.  Hannah Akinkugbe - (Financial Secretary)
(vi) Mrs.  Yemi Odegbo-Olukoya
(vii) Dr (Mrs. ) Olufadekemi Adewunmi - (Teenage Ministry Leader)

The intermediate teachers are:
(i) Mr. Siji Sowonola (an undergraduate of O.A.U, Ile Ife)
(ii) Mr. Seyi Philips Esq. (an undergraduate of Lead City University, Ibadan)
(iii) Mr. Tomiwa Ajaja (an undergraduate of Babcock University Ilishan)
(iv) Mr. Segun Adio ( a banker)
The following are the junior teachers:
(i) Motayo Oseni (Miss)
(ii) Sola Akinkugbe (Master)
The junior teachers are past teen-graduates waiting for admission into higher institutions of learning. The younger teachers especially the undergraduates, are able to reach out more to the: teenagers, being closer to them in age. With this high teacher population, we can offer greater attention and monitoring. This is most crucial to them at this stage.

First and foremost, our appreciation goes to God Almighty for making this vision become a reality and then to the entire Church of All Saints' through the Church Council, for establishing the Ministry in the first place. We cannot but remember to express our thanks for the total commitment of the late Mr. A. A. Babalola and Chief O. Adewumi in "jump starting" us. We thank our revered father and Minister, Ven G. B. Daramola, for his unparalleled support, encouragement and prayers.
Our fervent prayer is that God Almighty-may empower us truly to live according to our TEENAGE PRAYER i.e.
"May Christ be seen in me, O Lord
Hear thou my earnest plea,
O take me. fill me. use me Lord
Till Christ be seen in me. Amen.

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