CSI East Kerala Diocese Sunday School Camp for the year 2019, was held on September 8th to 10th at HRDT Centre Melukavumattom. Sunday School children, teachers, missionaries, church workers and Achens participated in the camp. There were around 825 participants present in the camp. Rt. Rev. V. S. Francis, the Bishop in East Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) presided over the inaugural function and Inaugurated the camp. He emphasized that the children are the future of our nation, they should be firm in faith and their primary faith in God will not change according to the changes in this present-day world. There is a huge challenge of bad effects of modern media among the children. They should have the discerning capacity to choose the right one and use it for the glory of God. The faith we received from our missionaries and forefathers should lead us in the present time and the future ahead. Bishop reminded that God has helped us thus far, will help us now and forever.
The theme of the camp was ‘Ebenezer- This far the Lord has helped us’. Rev. Sunil Raj Philip (Director, Communication & Dalit and Adivasi Department, CSI Synod) presented the theme and reminded the children to be thankful to God in life, we should not forget the past and we are the generation to stand for the faith in this world and stressed that memories and thankfulness are essentials of Christian life. Rev. rAnilal M. Jose (South Kerala Diocese), Rev. P. C. Mathewkutty (Diocesan Treasurer, CSI EKD) and Rev. Dr. Benoy P. Jacob (CSI EKD) gave leadership to the different sessions in the camp. CSI EKD Music Symphony Team led the singing sessions in the camp.
There were classes on CSI Church and its liturgy, responsible use of social media, the importance of worshipping God, Jesus; the super Hero of Children and Teens, Life; the greatest gift and there were interactives sessions and games. The camp concluded on 10th afternoon with a dedication session led by our Bishop, Rt. Rev. V. S. Francis. Children recited the pledge with the Bishop by dedicating their life in service of God, stating that I believe in the God of Trinity, I will leave away all the immoral things, I will not use any drugs, I won’t be the slave for modern media, I will stand for social justice and wellbeing of all, I will protect the God created nature. A framed Ten Commandments was gifted to all the participants in the camp as a compliment. Rev. Biju Joseph; the Clgy Secretary of the Diocese, and Mr. Thomas Varghese Ranni, felicitated the camp and many other priests and Church Workers blessed the camp with their valuable prayers and presence. We thank all of them, especially the resource persons and the people who worked hard for the effective functioning of this camp. We also remember the hard work of all nine associate secretaries Achens and the district leaders and all the people who joined their hand together for the success of this camp.
Yours in His Service
Rev. Jacob Antony Koodtahinkal
EKD Sunday School.