Kids celebrate Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at PBS
The ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ is an international Christian ecumenical activity observed annually. This year 2016, the event is celebrated in the Philippines on January 31 to February 6. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) have partnered to hold festivities; two of which are “The Bible Festival”, a Bible story-telling held at the PBS 3rd floor Ministry Center, 1-4pm, and a Bible Museum tour at the PBS mezzanine level.
NCCP program assistant Mr. Ariel Siagan addressed the audience that we can live life to its fullest and experience it with fullness of joy, giving introduction to the theme of a Bible skit to be performed by the ‘Teatro Ekyumenikal’. After which, PBS general secretary Dr. Nora Lucero gave a brief overview of the Bible society ministry in the Philippines, and that PBS makes Bibles that are affordable, available, accessible, and understandable by all ages, including kids. NCCP program secretary and PBS board member Dr. Rommel Linatoc also followed through introducing the short play he dubbed as “What is Bread?”, a Bible story depicting Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand as performed by the said NCCP theater arts group. After the Bible story-telling, other kid-oriented program followed, and then the students were given an educational tour to the PBS Bible Museum.
About 120 students plus elementary teachers, and staff from the Central United Methodist Church, Philippine Christian University – Union School, and from Ellinwood School, with some PBS staff who joined the event, have gathered to experience both the fun and meaning through Bible story-telling. The kids enjoyed the interactive format of the play, including the ‘QnA’ portion to point out lessons learned by the children in the story told. Such activities encourage students to put the Word of God first place in their lives, to know that the Bible teaches about prayer, and God’s word is the source of unity in the family, school, churches, and our nation.