C.S.I. ST. JAMES CHURCH, AYANAVARAM – CHENNAI -23
“Teach your children to choose the right path and when they are older they will remain upon it”
We are grateful to the Almighty God for leading and directing our journey in the ministry of teaching the children in our sunday school. By the grace of God we had a fruitful year of activities and achievements. All the activities and events of our sunday school were well attended and supported.
Our sunday school started in the month of june. It is being conducted during the tamil service every week. Children from 3 to 18 years have been attending our sunday school. Classes are divided as Beginner, Primary, Junior, Inter and Senior. Children were taught both in English and Tamil. The sunday school starts with a general devotion session which includes a brief worship and singing. They are also entertained with pupet shows, games, skits, live shows, memory verse activities and quizzes that focus on nurturing the children with God's word and motivating them to get closer to God.
Our sunday school consists of around 280 children and 31committed teachers .We follow the curriculum “ABIDE IN CHRIST” given by our diocese. Diocesean scripture annual exam
The teachers' devotion to children and our church is evident by the success of our children in various talent competitions, quiz programmes and Memory verse recitation within and outside the church.
- Three children participated in the Scripture Memory Verse competition held at Cathedral Church in connection with the Mission Festival. Joelin received the 3rd place in the Junior level.
- Thirty three children participated in Scripture Union memory verse competition held on August 28th.
- Seventeen students participated in 8 competitions in the Annual Talent Contest conducted by Chennai Youth for Christ at two levels on the 15th and 22nd of October at Bentick Hr. Sec. School,Vepery. Our children won 6 prizes out of the 8 events they participated.
- Sixteen children participated in the Lily Pushpam Vedhanayagam Memorial Quiz competition at the Junior and Senior level conducted at St. John's Church, Perambur during the month of October. Our Junior level children bagged all the three prizes. Benita Chandra won the first prize, Jecintha and Jenita won the second place, and Joeline won the third place.
- Our children also participated in the competitions conducted by fpwp];jt ,yf;fpa jkpo; Nguit and jkpopir gs;sp of the Church of South India, Madras diocese. Benita Chandra participated in the mUl;Fws; recitation, Dency in singing, James in drawing and Roseline in essay writing competition.
- The diocesan area level children’s rally was conducted on the 12th of november , in which our children participated in 5 competitions and won in 3 competitions. It was also a very special and memorable day for all who were privileged to be there as our church was awarded the overall III place in north area.
- Our children took very active parts in various competitions like singing, drawing, fancy dress, oratorical and JAM held in connection with the Children’s Day celebration on the 6th of November. All these competitions were centred on the theme “Grow in the Holy Spirit, Grow in the Church.
In order to train our teachers to teach our children effectively with innovative teaching methods, they are given opportunity to participate in the training programmes conducted by our Diocese and other organizations. “Children are important - CHAI- 2011”, a training programme organised by Chennai Transformation Network was attended by two of our teachers Mrs. Philomena and Mrs. Udaya Packiaraj. A planning meeting with all the Sunday School superintendents of our diocese for drawing appropriate syllabus modules for teacher’s training at cluster level was organized by the Christian Education department of the Madras diocese on the 26th of October 2011.
Our Sunday School had active involvement in the Faith Festival, Mission Sale and Harvest festival. With the active assistance and involvement of our teachers and students we were able to collect Rs. 7100 for the faith festival, Rs. 20,000 for the Mission festival and Rs. 35,000 for the Harvest festival. We acknowledge and appreciate all the students and teachers without whom we could not have achieved this. We are also very much thankful for the encouragement of our pastor Rev.. I. Samuel Prabakar, secretary Mr.Balasingh, Treasurer Mr. David Prabhukumar and the pastorate committee members.
We thank God for His grace that has been sufficient in all that we did in our Sunday School. We pray that His blessings will continue to rest upon all our children and teachers. We also thank you for your sincere prayers and faithful support to the ministry. Let us pray that the Lord will continue to use this ministry to not only bring many children into His kingdom but also to call them to serve Him. Your prayer support will build them as they will be prepared as God’s witnesses to influence their families, friends and neighbours. May God continue to bless us and strengthen us with His grace to carry on His work . Thank you.
MRS. AMUTHA GIDEON