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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Brief history of Anglican Student Fellowship

BRIEF HISTORY OF ASF
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Before November 21, 1999, various Anglican Christian students who
find themselves in higher institutions gathered together under various
names to fellowship and to build up themselves, and more importantly
to see how they can go back to the church and help their pathetic
state. They started meeting as campus fellowships under different
names. Some dates back as far as 1975. An example is the (then)
Anglican Youth Fellowship in University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University).
Below are some of the names under which the various groups
gathered together to meet:
• Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF)
• Anglican Students’ Association of Nigeria (ASAN)
• Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion in Schools
Ministry (EFAC in Schools)
• Anglican Communion Students’ Fellowship (ACSF)
• Anglican Students Evangelical Fellowship (ASEF)
As time went on, the need for one umbrella body to foster unity and
forge ahead was felt. The first obstacle was the unification of all the
existing groups and the creation of branches in all the campuses
(universities, polytechnics and colleges of education) in the country.
Series of meetings were held between 1995 and 1997, mostly presided
over by Late Venerable Olu Oshewa of the (then) Lagos Diocese as
appointed by the then Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican
Communion), Most Rev. J. Abiodun Adetiloye (Rtd.) to find a merger
and a consensus name which will be recognised by the Church and all
the higher institutions across the country.
Precisely on May 2, 1997, at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church,
Ikeja, Lagos, it was agreed that one body be formed, and it shall bear
the name: ANGLICAN STUDENTS’ FELLOWSHIP (ASF). Their reasons
were not far-fetched: an umbrella body (with a name different from the
existing ones) for all Anglican students in higher institutions
irrespective of the group they belong to in their respective local
churches – whether AYF, EFAC, BB/GB, YMCA, YWCA or the like. All
the already-existing fellowship associations agreed to change to this
new name with immediate effect except one – the EFAC Students’
Ministry.
Although the change of name was effected and new branches started
coming up, a lot still needed to e done – like drawing up a constitution
for the fellowship and publicising the fellowship in all campuses and
churches. All these were done in readiness for the official inauguration
of the fellowship.
The constitution was drawn by a committee called ‘Task Force on ASF’
and was approved for general use by the Delegates Conference acting
on behalf of all Anglican students on Saturday, March 7, 1998. The
constitution includes, among other things, the Authority, the Name of
the fellowship, the Vision, the Aims and Objectives, the Motto and
Slogan, the Emblem, Membership, Doctrinal Basis, Affiliation, and
most importantly, the sub-units, leadership and administrative
structure of the fellowship.
The official inauguration of the Anglican Students’ Fellowship was
performed by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican
Communion), Most Rev. J. Abiodun Adetiloye (Rtd.) on Sunday,
November 21, 1999 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, Ikeja,
Lagos in a colorful and prayerful ceremony. Thus, ASF which was
conceived in 1997, was finally born.
Today, with well over 100 branches in different higher institutions in
the country, and several alumni doing well in various works of life
(spiritual and temporal), we are working with high energy, renewed
every morning by the LORD, to fulfil our mandate.
We are still committed to chruning out young and enlightened men and
women who will permeate every nook and cranny of the church and
society to restore the ancient landmark in their respective corners. We
are still committed to giving members a sound and solid Christian
foundation, and encouraging them to boldly stand for Jesus Christ in
their various campuses.
GOD who has brought us this far wiil surely see us through to the end.
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