Preamble: For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2)
Greeting: From Children’s service of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Toronto, warm greetings to you all.
Membership: The 2014 year was a very successful year for children service in terms of membership. The children service classes are comprised of Beginners ages 3-7years old, Primary (7-9) Junior (9-13) and Intermediate (13-16) and JY (16-18 years old). For the year 2014, we have had a study increase of children within all the various classes with several new members in particularly the beginners, primary, and junior classes. We have over 250 active members in children service ranging from 3-18 years of age. In 2014, we gained new volunteers and teachers who have been shadowing the children service teachers in the respective class.
List of group executive committee: The executive committee is made up of Sister Jacquie Oppong (Superintendent), Sister. Dora Asare-Abadio (asst. Superintendent), Sister Charlotte Amoafo-Danquah (Treasurer), Sister Alberta Ampomah (Secretary), Sister Princilla Awauh (Activity Organizer). An election will be held to elect new executive members.
Activities: On Children’s Day 2014, we successfully raised funds for children service activities. Blessed Children, the first children choir, increased in number of participants and produced many fun performances at church events. With the help of the parents we were able to collect nonperishable food for the local food drive during the Christmas season.
Accomplishments: During the first 2 weeks of August 2014, Camp Shining stars took place on church premises. There were total of 65 children, 15 youth volunteers and 15 adult volunteers. In all, there was an average of 90 people present daily for the 2 weeks of camp.
Issues: Through the 2014 year, several issues that had persisted within children service over the last few years continued resurfaced. Such as lack of teachers (especially absenteeism), lack of support from the church community, lack of training for teachers and teaching supplies. A major issue concerns space, we faced overcrowding in all the classes particularly in the primary and intermediate classes. Many classes lacked supplies which often interfered with lesson plans. Children service praises was cancelled for several months due to lack of participation from the band and general disorganization. A major problem we continue to face with in the Children’s service has been lack of communication among children service teachers which often led to disorganization. Despite attempts to communicate via email or through the scheduling of meeting we continue to have low turnout and lack of participation. At this time we have a decline in committed teachers overall. The lack of teachers is particularly troubling as it leads to out of control classes and children roaming the hallways. The lack of teachers is especially of great concern during the joint end of the year service with our neighbor churches as there is also lack of involvement from the other churches in supervising the children.
Future Projects: One of our objectives for the upcoming year will be to organize the praise and worship session within children service as a way to energize the group and also to aide in preparation to enter adult service. In the upcoming year we hope to organize an excursion for the children during the summer, as many of the children have expressed interest in trips/excursions.
Conclusion: 2014 has been a very successful year filled with many fun activities for children service, new members, and hopeful prospects for 2015. The year proved that with a combination of hard work and God’s help, we can accomplish many things. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless children service in the upcoming year.