The Christian Education Department of the Church of South India has conducted a workshop on ‘Training for Children’s Ministry” from 23-25 January 2017 at CSI Centre, Chennai. 54 Sunday School facilitators from Karimnagar Diocese have attended the workshop with great enthusiasm and have learnt the High Impact Teaching Skills that are relevant and useful to teach the children of all ages. The workshop was inaugurated by Rev. Priscilla, the Bishop Amma of Karimnagar Diocese. In the inaugural address, she emphasized that a new world is possible with faith and obedience to God; perseverance and commitment. She encouraged the participants to be ‘change makers’ in the lives of children.
The training session were centered around the High Impact Teaching Skills, handled by Mr. Prabu, the Director of Kids Kount, Bangalore. He stated that the knowledge of the story/subject; understanding the story/subject and its application are crucial for an effective teaching. The participants have learnt many creative ideas on lesson preparation and presentation, teaching memory verses, biblical stories and missionary journeys. The participants were taught to make their own visual aids by using the available, low cost resources.
Rt. Rev. Dr. K. Rueben Mark, the Bishop in Karimnagar celebrated the Holy Eucharist on the third day. He exhorted that the Christian Education facilitators must have the mind of Christ to accept the children, the most vulnerable in the society. Must have the compassion of Christ to touch them to transform them. Also, must have the courage of Christ to overcome the barriers and challenges that obstruct the ministry. Rev. K. James Cecil Victor, the Director, Pastoral Concerns has dealt a session on Child Friendly Churches where he enumerated the necessity to focus on the child abuse, child rights and children with disabilities to make Christian education holistic.
Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, the Moderator, CSI has encouraged the participants to make Christian education more relevant to the context. He recalled that today’s children are techno-savvy and their world views are shaped by the media and technology. He challenged the participants to set an example in prayer, faith and conduct so that children would see and emulate. The participants had an exposure visit to St. George’s Cathedral and other places of importance.
Through this triaging program, the participants were helped to understand that it is not mere teaching but mentoring and ultimately leading children to a transformed life is the crux of the Christian Education. The feedback session was very encouraging as all of them said that it was a very useful and unique training program that made them realize their responsibilities more vividly. Participants have said that they could make new friends and learn from one another. Mrs. Apolina Calvin said, “It is a comprehensive training program. Gained confidence to teach effectively. Also, got a new perspective to make our churches Child Friendly”. Rev. Jeevarathnam, the Convener of the Diocesan Christian Education Board has led the team efficiently. He expressed his gratitude to the officers of the Synod, Bishop in Karimnagar and the Director of the Pastoral Concerns Department for conducting the Training for Children’s Ministry for the Sunday School teachers of the Diocese. The program concluded with the prayer and benediction by Bishop Rueben Mark.
Rev. K. James Cecil Victor
Director, Pastoral Concerns