The All Saints Cathedral is set to build a 4-storey building for children and teens that will cost Sh1 Billion and will be financed by the congregation.
The church will break ground for the building in December and the project is aimed at addressing a rising need for a specialised facility to care for the growing number of young adults and children.
The complex will be within the compound and will comprise a modern amphitheater with a capacity to hold 1,000 as well as 36 classrooms for use by younger children who will be trained by kindergarten Sunday School teachers.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, an official at the church confirmed that plans were underway for the mega project but it would be done in phases.
According to the Business Daily, the complex will continue the adoption of the century-old cathedral’s Gothic architecture employed when a multi-purpose hall, Trinity Centre, was constructed next to the cathedral.
Cathedral Provost Sammy Wainaina last week told his congregation that the project would serve the Church for the next 100 years and the children and teens services would be carried out concurrently with the main service at the cathedral.
According to a layout plan prepared by Masterbill Integrated Projects, the project sets aside land for development of a children’s chapel, an administration block and a kitchen with the lower-ground floor reserved for parking.
It will be funded by member contributions including a pledge by the Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev Justin Welby who was in the country recently.
Rev Welby visited the church two weeks ago during its centenarian celebration where he emphasised peace and reconciliation in among Kenyans.
He explained that there was need for structures that would give the country the capacity to deal with challenges that bring divisions like the presidential election which saw NASA leader Raila Odinga boycott the exercise.
“I am not calling for mediation but for the steady and long-term work of building structures of reconciliation.
"The capacity to deal with the nation’s challenges in a way that brings peace in the future even when there are deep disagreements,” he stated.