The Sunday School children from Midrand Congregation in Johannesburg held a Christmas Choral on Saturday, 3 December 2016.
Below are some images from the afternoon’s festivities.
The celebration of Easter is the highpoint of the church year. It is a celebration of resurrection and the hope for life. After the ignominious crucifixion of Jesus, evil seemed to have triumphed over good. The resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, demonstrates the power of God over evil and death. This resurrection gives believers the justified hope in their own resurrection and eternal life.
During the Easter Sunday divine service, we learnt that Jesus has announced that it is possible to enter into the eternal glory of God; Jesus died on the cross, resurrected from the dead, and was accepted into the glory of God; the disciples proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus and he lived in them; and that we too are called upon to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus by professing that He lives in us.
After a spiritually uplifting divine service, it was time for the annual Sunday school Easter egg hunt. Children combed through the bushes for their favourite Easter chocolates.
Many of us know the story of apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison but this weekend we were again reminded that God is certainly the God of the impossible when the Sunday school children of the New Apostolic Church in Gauteng staged a play on this event for its members.
Taking place at the St Stithians School in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Sunday school children brought to life this miraculous event together with various musical and orchestral items. Capturing the essence of this important Biblical story they explained how King Herod (King of the Jewish people) persecuted Christians and ordered the arrest of Peter. Because members of the church were afraid, they gathered together in a house to pray, and while they were praying, an angel visited Peter’s prison cell. Even though he was heavily guarded, the angel miraculously released Peter. He then found his way to the house where the church was praying. The children then explained the importance of this story for the 21st century.
The play, which was staged twice in the morning, also formed part of a family picnic day where families spent quality time together and with other NAC members. Fires were provided for braais and there were jumping castles, water slides, as well as organised fun activities for the children.
District Apostle Patrick Mkhwanazi thanked everyone involved for making the play and the day a success. He especially thanked the children for their dedication, highlighting that such dedication is important for the future of the church. Plays will also be staged in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State, said the District Apostle.
Below is a gallery of the Gauteng staging of the Sunday school children’s play, Peter’s miraculous escape from prison.
* By Rivonia Naidu-Hoffmeester
You are invited to attend a play that will be staged by the Sunday School children of the New Apostolic Church in Gauteng. The play, Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison, will take place at the St Stithians School in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Saturday, 28 November 2015. Supporting this play are various musical and orchestral items which will be rendered by our young children.
The play also forms part of a family picnic day so that families may spend quality time together and with other NAC members. A demarcated area will be reserved for us from 09:30 to 17:00 at the school. Fires will be provided so that you may be able to braai. There will also be jumping castles, water slides, as well as organised fun activities for the enjoyment of our young ones. You are requested to bring your own picnic baskets, utensils, crockery, umbrellas, gazebos, camping chairs, picnic blankets and other picnic items you may need.
Unfortunately because of the limited seating capacity of the hall, entry to the play will be by ticket only. Tickets are available for sale now on the church’s website. However, if you wish to join the family picnic day, entry to the venue is free and members who do not wish to attend the play are still welcome to participate in the picnic.
Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” — John 1: 48–49
God can give you the power to do anything. This was one of the messages delivered during the Sunday school service held on 25 May 2014. Sunday school kids were treated to an hour of understanding how divine power works and in Jesus Christ, we recognise and experience the power of God.
Shepherd Lance Smith, rector at Midrand Congregation, began the service by explaining the difference between physical and emotional strength. He then recalled the story of Nathanael, who was well acquainted with Scripture, but who at first, took offence at the background of Jesus of Nazareth. It was only after a personal encounter with Him that He acknowledged the Son of God. Nathanael recognised the divine power in Jesus’ words.
The Shepherd explained to the congregation, especially the kids, that God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus, whose teaching we were meant to listen to and practise. Jesus knows every part of us, and he wants to live within us. He wants to give us love, hope, peace, patience and the ability to accept the bad that others do to us, so that we can build on what God has placed within each of us. God chose us to be a part of his work, said the Shepherd.
In his serving, Evangelist David Cooks explained the concept of power. He asked them if Iron man, Superman and Spiderman or God was the most powerful being in the universe. The kids answered God. Using the analogy of superheroes, he explained the concept of power. He asked the kids if they could stop the sea, and some of them said no. The evangelist then reminded them of Moses who was able to part the Red Sea because God gave him the power to do so. He made the kids promise that they will allow God’s power to work in them.
Priest Gershon Monk also served, informing the kids that the Lord only has successful stories, and they were a part of those successful stories. He reiterated the Evangelist’s comments about power, informing the kids that they have the power to do everything. “If anyone says you can’t, you tell that that you have all the power because your father in heaven has all the power.” He reminded the children to trust in God, and pray to God. He also explained the power people receive when participating in the sacraments.
To sum up the service, the kids and congregation learnt that we experience the power of God in His salvation-bringing word and in the sacrament, which leads us out of the domain of power of sin and death, and into life.
The month of May is dedicated to the Sunday school in the New Apostolic Church, South East Africa district.
Sunday school tuition forms an integral part of the spiritual care of the children of the New Apostolic Church. Lessons generally take place after the Sunday morning divine service. A child’s Sunday school career spans a four year Sunday school course, a three year Religious Instruction course and a one year Confirmation course which run consecutively. The lessons in each syllabus have been expertly designed to meet the needs of the developmental stage of the children in each course. The content of each lesson is scripturally based with a contemporary application so that the children are able to experience their faith.
The foundation for future musical development is laid into our children. All children are exposed to choir singing in Sunday school, and are also encouraged to learn to play the recorder. Further progression to the playing of an orchestral instrument is thereby promoted. Children’s choirs sing in divine services and on various other occasions.