The Children Department of the Abuja Parish of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) has concluded activities marking the church-wide celebration of Children’s Emphasis Week. The week-long activity on the theme “Children of the Word’’ commenced on Monday 21 May – and ended on Sunday 27 May 2018.
Details of activities during the week included Fasting and Prayers, Bible Studies led by the Children, and Panel Discussion on “Impact of parent/child relationship on a child’s faith.’’
Sunday, May 27, 2018 marked the grand finale of the Children’s Emphasis Week. In a goodwill message, PCN’s Children’s Desk Coordinator, Rev. (Mrs) Esther O. Okpa, congratulated the children
and expressed gratitude to their teachers and caregivers for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the right Christian values are transmitted into the lives of the children. Rev. Mrs Okpa advised that, to be Children of the Word, we need to know who God is, who we are, why we are here, and how to live our lives to have the best relationship with God. “It is therefore important to read, meditate and study the word of God with the help of parents,” she counselled. While reminding parents that “children are innocent learners who model their lives around us,” she emphasised the importance of imparting the right Christian values to the Children always.
From the pulpit, Master Ekpo Ekpenyong delivered one of the shortest but very impactful messages of our times. He noted that children of the Word are those children who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour, who consciously read, meditate, study and live according to the Word of God, and have accepted Jesus’ way of life while rejecting the way of the world. “They have eternal life, they live above the crowd, they distinguish themselves among the lot and they pray always,” the young preacher noted. To the parents, he advised: “To train your children, pray, pray and pray. Teach, teach and teach. Never be tired of disciplining your children.’’
The entire Church service was conducted by the children, who also engaged in recitation of Bible quotations, song Ministration, a playlet, display of talents, among others.
One of the highpoints of this year’s Children’s Emphasis Week was spectacular performances by students of the John Knox College.