Youth to jump-start ministry

2018-06-19 06:01

Justin Hendricks hopes to jump-start a children’s ministry in the area.

Hendricks established the Jump Start Sunday School Foundation to assist underprivileged and disadvantaged children’s ministries by equipping the teachers and helpers to equip the children.

The project will officially launch on Monday 18 August at the AC Mission Church in Eltiser Road at 18:00.

“The programme is aimed at underprivileged and disadvantaged churches that have children, but don’t have a children’s ministry or Sunday school. We would assist them with building up a children’s ministry,” says Hendricks.

He says they aim to spend up to three months at a church to assist with the training of teachers, setting up a children’s ministry structure, creating curriculums, and learning how to correctly discipline children and conduct child-friendly lessons.

“We also render services of a spiritual and holistic nature and aim to transform the community by inspiring children to participate and be empowered,” he adds.

Hendricks says the foundation’s launch also aims to share the vision and mission with guests but also allow people from different organisations to connect and network.

“At the launch we will be explaining how important it is for children to attend Sunday school and for teachers to be equipped,” says Hendricks.

However, he says that because they are a Christian-based NPO, support – especially in the way of donations – has been hard to come by.

“We are having a lack of donations and having people buying into our vision,” says Hendricks.

Items such as basic stationery which includes copy paper, pens, crayons and pencils are necessary for the programme to run smoother, because Hendricks feels it would be better to house the resources at the respective churches.

“The reason why children attend Sunday school is because we believe every child needs to have a solid and spiritual foundation. This will help them when growing up. We are planning on equipping the teachers by doing teacher training that would involve how to set up a lesson plan, how to create a curriculum, how to discipline children in the correct manner and how to do a lesson in a child-friendly way. We are hoping to put the Jump Start Sunday School Foundation out there with all its services it provides and also equip the next generation from a very young age.”

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