Women's Group

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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.

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