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Great Insights: African Christian Fellowship

Submitted by Arnold Blanshard
ACF President 2020-2021

The purpose of this African Christian Fellowship (ACF) is to provide a forum for all people: men, women, and children in Southern California, most especially at St. James’ Church, to embrace and maintain unity, culture and values of Africans both in the United States and Africa, with emphasis on religious closeness and family values.

Membership is open to all Africans and other interested people of all religions.

Please feel free to join us during our regular monthly meetings which are generally held on the 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. via zoom. We are delighted to report that during the period of COVID-19, the Fellowship continues to meet via zoom on the 1st Sunday of each month. We were able to celebrate the Partnership Sunday during the regular church service and a zoom social gathering with the members.

In the normalcy, the highlight of the ACF is our annual Partnership Sunday which showcases our African culture in Music, Dance, food, and fashion. These are our fundraising events that allow us to make financial contributions to St. James’ Church and School, Soup Kitchen, the Choir, charitable organizations and natural disaster relief.

Other Highlights of Fellowship’s Customary Activities are:

  • Active participation of members in different activities and committees of the church, such as the Vestry, Women’s group, Intercessory prayer group, Soup kitchen, Greeters, Ushers, Lay Readers, Intercessors, Lay Representatives, Oblation Bearers, youth programs and Sunday school.

  • Hosting Coffee hour twice a quarter.

  • Attend “wake keeping” for bereaved members’ families.

  • Celebrate monthly birthdays of members.

  • Provide lunch during our monthly meetings.

  • Celebrate Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day with special gifts.

  • Celebrate the births and baptism of members’ children.

  • Provide lectures in a variety of topics including but not limited to financial and health literacy.

    All of these activities would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the Executive and members of the African Christian Fellowship and St. James’ Church Community at large.