The congregation of Kimberley Central hosted their annual Sunday School Winter Camp, during the 2018 mid-year school holidays.
Roughly 34 children participated in the camp for this year. This annual camp stretches over 5 days and aims to: grow a love for the Lord’s work; foster fellowship amongst fellow learners and; create awareness of and teach children to become active participants in their community.
Here are a few of the highlights from the event:
Bible Study with Apostle B Swartbooi
The Apostle Swartbooi conducted a short Bible study with the children. He used a word from the book of 1 Samuel 1:11. Following this session, the Apostle played a hymn on his recorder and encouraged all learners to participate in the Recorder Development Programme that will be launched by our District Apostle J Kriel towards the end of 2018. The Apostle was amongst the first ministers to participate in the Programme, as a forerunner to the vision of our Church, in his area.
Warm-up and exercises
A healthy body bears a healthy mind...and so for the duration of the Camp; children were required to do 15 minutes of exercise routines, twice a day.
Visit by the South African Police Service
Three officers from the SAPS visited the camp to speak to the children about: the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse currently plaguing the society of Kimberley; human trafficking and how to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do in an instance when one becomes lost.
A ride on the Kimberley Tram
Kimberley’s Vintage Tram has been around since the 1890s and forms part of the historical features in the city. It is the only Tram in the Country. The Tram departs the historical Kimberley Open Mine Museum daily. As part of the camp experience of this year; children were treated to a Tram ride, which for many was a first experience.
Visit to the Fire Brigade
The Fire Brigade renders a critical service to any community and the children were taught the value of this service. In addition, they learnt a few very important fire-safety tips and actions to be taken, in cases of emergency.
Visit to the SPCA
The Kimberley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, care for the destitute and homeless domestic animals of the city. The care they offer is paid for through donations and sponsorships received through support from the community. In a run-up to this visit; the congregation of Kimberley Central took donations of dog and cat food, from amongst the members. The children presented these items to the SPCA upon the conclusion of their visit.
This entire event would not have been possible if not for the loving and generous support of: the parent community from the Kimberley Central Congregation, and the Sunday School teaching caucus under the leadership of sister Gertrude Marajh, who is the Sunday School coordinator. The camp was supported by 5 sisters and 4 ministers, including the Rector, of the Congregation. These brothers and sisters sacrificed time and energy, to make the experience of this winter camp, a success.