Church helps keep toddlers busy during hols

2015-07-23 06:00
Funeka Liwani, the Social Worker talking to the children during the school holiday programme, in Town Two, Khayelitsha, on Monday. Standing in front are Liyabona Mzi, 10, and Bishop Kholekile Mzi, of Free United Methodist Church of Southern Africa an

Funeka Liwani, the Social Worker talking to the children during the school holiday programme, in Town Two, Khayelitsha, on Monday. Standing in front are Liyabona Mzi, 10, and Bishop Kholekile Mzi, of Free United Methodist Church of Southern Africa an

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As part of their holiday programme, the Free United Methodist Church in Town Two hosted a Convention for Sunday School children, which saw more than a hundred of their lot being kept busy for days on end.

Bishop Kholekile Mzi, hosted the programme which attracted children from between the ages of three to 14 years.

Nyameka Qobo, the Sunday School teacher at the church, said the convection was also open to children who are not members of the church.

“We want children to grow knowing God and under His hand. That will shape them to be good adults who will stay away from bad behaviour,” Qobo said.

This was the first event of its kind and the church is planning to host more such events in future.

Mzi said the programme included various sports, including traditional games, arts, educational activities, and the usual talk about the dangers of substance abuse and crime in the communities.

Police were invited to give a talk about crime prevention. “We noticed that children are mostly neglected when it comes to keeping them busy(during the holidays), and that was why we decided to host the event for them. Our aim is to keep them in the right direction so that teachers will not struggle with their misbehaviour when they go back to school.

They must always show respect at home and at school,” Mzi said.

Sisipho Nkoka, 11, said she benefitted greatly ffrom the programme.

“It was nice to be part of the programme. I learnt a lot and I enjoyed the games that we played. I wish that the church hosts more programmes in future,” Nkoka said.

Liyabona Mzi, 10, said she was happy that the programme also touched on issues concerning the life of the young.

“They taught us that we must not steal and that we must stay clean. I liked the art part of the programme,” she added

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