The HOPE Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana today Sunday February 22, 2015 climaxed this year’s Children and Junior Youth Week celebration with Thanksgiving Service in all three worship services. The objective of the weeklong event was to promote the well being of Children and Junior Youth in the church and the society at large.
This year, the general theme for the PCG for the ecclesiastical year is “Be filled with the Holy Spirit”. However the special focus for the Children and Junior Youth Week celebration was “A Child in Ministry”. In line with the celebration, every activity drawn up for the church service in the adult service was led by children in the Children and Junior Youth Members. From the call to worship, Bible reading, praises and adoration, church announcement, the young ones exhibited their readiness and capabilities to further the Kingdom of God and also help them unearth their spiritual gifts.
There was also a short play, bible recitals and choreography (sacred art ministry). In attendance were Children Service Teachers and JY leaders from the Ga Presbytery.
Preaching sermon during the third Service, Master Nana Kwame Frimpong Armah focused his message on the role of stakeholders including parents. He asked if as a church, we regard the child as important or neglect them. He reiterated the fact that children play an important role in the church and society.
He said in today’s world, parents ought to focus on the economy and academic affairs of their wards to the neglect of their spiritual growth. He said if children are fully involve in God’s ministry, they derive various benefits including promoting eternal happiness, helping the child to succeed in life.
“The primary responsibility of instructing children is for parents while the church plays a complimentary role. This should not be left to the Children Service leader or JY teacher,” he said.
Rev Kwaku Bio Kyeame, National Director of Department of Church Life and Nurture of the PCG in message admonished parents to appreciate the work of teachers and leaders in the Children and Junior Youth and willfully permit their wards to partake in the ministry by giving them the tools they will need.
The message also urged parents to serve as enablers and back them through prayers and other support. The message said to fully understand the theme, Christian and for that matter parents must first understand the significant role children play in the church. “We must keep in mind that at stages in their lives, they will come to know the basic principles and what it takes to become God fearing of this world and of this church.”
“At Children Service and JY, they learn to distinguish between moral attributes they must possess and the sinful traits they must fight to avoid. “When Jesus said, “let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to these (Matt 19:14), he was telling us something fundamental about childhood. The message was, there is a season in a person life when they are most open to learning what it means to trust in God and for our children, that season is happening now,” the statement said.
The message called on parents to assist the church to make this season in the lives of children useful by helping them participate in the ministry effectively. It bemoaned the situation where children still come to church without bibles, note book, hymn books and pens adding when teachers at the Children Service and JY specifically work tirelessly to tailor services to the needs of the children, some parents choose not to bring their children. Instead, they either do not come to church at all or they end up sitting by their parents at adult service. The message said when that occurs, children are not able to effectively discover their purpose in the ministry.
The Sakumono District Minister of the PCG, Rev Stephen Nii Lankwei Lawson, urged the congregation to endeavor to know the JY and Children’s Service teachers leading their wards. He also urge congregants to take keen interest in the development of their children.
Newly elected leader of the Children’s Ministry of the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana(PCG) was inducted into office at the church service
The induction list is as follows;
Mr Daniel Ayiteyfio – President
Mr Bernard Osei Agjei – Treasurer
Mr Jonas Mensah. – 1st Recorder
Mrs Amanda Akuffo Djan – 2nd Recorder
Rev Mrs Agnes Ayittey Atiapa – Ga Presbytery Nominee
Mrs Akwele Odonkor – Ga Presbytery Nominee
Mr Carious Narh – Ga Presbytery Nominee
Mr Martin Ofoli Anum. – Coordinator
The Sakumono District Minister of the PCG, Rev Stephen Nii Lankwei Lawson inducted the executives into office on behalf of the Chairperson of the Ga Presbytery, Rev. Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor. Rev. Lankwei Lawson expressed the hope the God Almighty who have called these new set of leaders into the Children’s Ministry of the PCG in the Ga Presbytery will strengthen and equip them with knowledge, intellect, wisdom and insight in whatever they need in the performance of their duty.
He called on them to depend solely on God in the discharge of their three year mandate doing that God should lighten them by his Holy Spirit and strengthen them by his power in order to enable them discharge their duties effectively to the glory of God and in the interest of the church.
Rev. Lankwei Lawson commended the former executives for their dedicated and committed service rendered to the Children’s Ministry of the church and expressed the hope that, the newly elected leaders to build on the successes chalk to keep the Ga Presbytery as the forerunner in the molding and development of the youth of the church