CHURCH GROWTH AND CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

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PCEA is a combination of two missionary groups. The Church of Scotland Mission (CSM) and TheGospel Missionary Society (GMS).Which merged to form the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in 1947 1891 – CSM came with the intention of setting of a mission in Dagorettiand Limuru a fort establiched by Lugard in 1850. 1893: Only Thomas Watson remind of the original party as the rest had died of yellow fever while other had fled back home. 1894: Watson returned to Dagoretti and established a church at Baraniki 1898: The mission moved back to Thogoto and established a church 1900: August, a Swahili service began in Thogoto 1907: on October 20th that year one of the first converts Philip Karanja was CELEBRATION OF 110 YEARS OF MISSION WORK IN PCEA (KINOO PARISH) 110 THE CELEBRATION OF 110 YEARS OF MISSION WORK IN PCEA (KINOO PARISH) 110 THE baptized (was a chief). By then Henry Scott was the leader of the mission after the death of an earlier leader named Clement Scot (Gichia) 1908: A Mission Station was establiehd in Tumutumu and in 1922 another in Chogoria. 1911: Scott suffered from malaria and died on 11th April that year.

By 1913 – 11 and 87 people had been baptized at Kikuyu and Tumutumu respectively. 1920: On 19th September of that year. Dr Arthur who had by then been ordained a church Minister inaugurated the first Kikuyu Kirk Session at Thogoto Church. In 1926: The work of the mission was under Dr.Arthur who had come to work under Henry Scot in Thogoto.The young church in Thogoto started sending out Evangelists to teach and evangelise in the neighbouring villages.Among the first Evangelists to be sent was Musa Gitau who came to Kinoo, an area within proximity of the church of Scotland Mission at Thogot. Thus Kinoo was among the first neighborhoods to receive the benefits of Evangelism way back in 1908, building on earlier efforts which had established Kanithi church in 1902.

The first service in Kinoo was conducted within the compound of Kanithi’s home gate and the site also doubled up as a school for secular education. Whereas many locals opposed the happenings, a few embraced the newsof civilization. The first convert was WamagataWambui followed by Bethel M. Wamagata. Others were Jones K. Muriakiara, Joshua K. Kanithi, Daniel Wamwiri and Arthur Kanithi.1923: The school grew from Kanithischool to Kinoo school under the Church of Scotland Mission.Between 1923 and 1927 there was tremendous growth for both the church and the school. The school changed its name from Kanithischool to PCEA Kinoo School. 1929: The Missionaries disagreed with the local community (Gikuyu) on female circumcision. Many people who supported (FGM) left the church to join the traditional dance called muthirigu which was supporting the now outlawed rite of passage. Thus between 1929 to 1937, both the church and the school were vanquished from Kinoo in the height of this freedom struggle. 1938: The church and school were revived from the efforts of Jones Kinyanjui Muriakiara, Shadrack Wamagata Waruinge, Elisha Gachiru Ndamathi, Harrison Kaba,Wilson Wamagata Kairu, Abraham Gichanga and JohmWamagataGitingu and also Rev. Stevenson Githii. Rev. Stevenson wrote to education authorities for permission to revive the school while the above church elders and community leaders mobilized funds for rebuilding the school.

1939: The second church building – cum – school classroom was erected at Thugui (at the present Abraham Gichanga’s homestead) at Kinoo shopping centre. It was a round thatched mud structure (was a chief). By then Henry Scott was the leader of the mission after the
A Mission Station was establiehd in Tumutumu and in 1922 another in Chogoria. Scott suffered from malaria and died on 11th April that year.Baptized at Kikuyu and Tumutumu respectively.
On 19th September of that year. Dr Arthur who had by then been ordained a church Minister inaugurated the first Kikuyu Kirk Session at Thogoto Church. The work of the mission was under Dr.Arthur who had come to work under Henry Scot in Thogoto. The young church in Thogoto started sending out Evangelists to teach and evangelise in the first Evangelists to be sent was Musa Gitau who came to Kinoo, an area proximity of the church of Scotland Mission at Thogoto.

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