In declaring 2019 as the Year of the Child it was not only the recorder project that would drive the focus of the year as a stand-alone thrust but also, parallel to that, an overarching theme, Nurture the child that speaks to the spiritual development of all children.
The Soul Care Diary 2019, a publication for priestly ministers’ use in Soul Care Visits, reflects the focus on children and serves a very important role in the spiritual development of families.
The articles in the Soul Care Diary is intended to assist the pastoral carers in supporting parents and children in developing Godly virtues that have lasting value. An example of one such article is entitled: "Inheritance of faith", which has the supporting Bible word in Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children . . .” With this article, the minister can make the point that as parents would like to leave their children with an inheritance that may make their lives easier, the spiritual legacy they leave will live on even further than just for their children. They as parents then need to determine what spiritual legacy they will leave.
The District Apostle writes in the foreword of the pastoral tool: "I know there may be those who are childless or those who have already fulfilled the responsibility of teaching their own children. They may now say that this has nothing to do with them, but I would like to remind them of the African proverb: It takes a village to raise a child. Let us apply this in the Church context to ensure that the whole congregation assists in nurturing the children.
In January 2019, to sustain the focus on the theme of the year, each child received a lanyard with the motto given by our Chief Apostle for the new year: Rich in Christ. Throughout the Sunday school year, they have been encouraged to carry the lanyard with them as a reminder of their Christian heritage. After the visit of the Chief Apostle and the divine service he will hold for the children, the Bible word he is going to use will be added to the lanyard so that they may be reminded of this special message.