Gauteng teachers from the Biblical School for Children (BSC) gathered at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Johannesburg for their final regional competition on 5th May 2012. Mrs Marcia Pires congratulated all the teachers, thanking them for their hard work and love for the children. “We can do more across the walls of the church. I believe God called you here for a reason -- to be the tools, a channel for His work. Through these children we are going to change families and build a better country because of the foundation you are laying. Never forget that God is going to honour you,” she said.
She encouraged the teachers to reach out and evangelise the parents of those children who were not in the Sunday School.
Teachers took part in a variety of competitions such as displaying art work depicting different scriptures in the Bible, staging plays about Bible stories and creating art to decorate BSC classrooms.
The church which supplied the most snacks, juice and stationery to the children also received a trophy and a free BSC uniform for the teachers.
The 1st prize for the most donated items went to Tembisa, with 2nd prize to Randburg and 3rd to Vanderbijlpark. Daveyton took the first prize in the most creative artwork category followed by Tembisa and La Rochelle. The most active in singing and dancing went to Merafe. The category for the best decorated file was taken by Eldorado Park.
The purpose of the competition was to encourage teachers to develop new ideas for games and activities which would help them teach children about the Word of God. All donated refreshments will be given to children attending the Sunday school, especially those who do not have breakfast before arriving.
Universal News spoke to Ana Lucia, responsible for the BSC in Gauteng, who said that the competition had motivated all the teachers. “They have proved that they are capable and have talents which can make a huge difference in the children's lives and enhance the work of God,'” she said.
The next competition will take place on 2nd June for other provinces.
“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”
by Ayanda Monyela