19 Jan 2019 | Eulalie Semper
The Children's Ministries department of the South Leeward Mission of Seventh-day Adventists was pleased to appreciate the children in the churches and in the community in Antigua and Barbuda.
On December 23, 2018, there was the buzz of excitement, the sound of laughter, the echoes of joy as the happy faces of children dotted the Seventh-day Adventist School grounds. The yellow balloons and beautiful flags that cascaded from the poles created that festive element that drew light laughter and excited chatter from the parents and children. The spirit of love was felt everywhere.
The field was transformed into the ultimate playground with fun toys, amazing games and exciting rides. Children participated in science experiments and educational activities that some said 'blew' their minds. It was an adventure that will long be remembered. As the children patiently waited in line for their horse rides, balloon toss, cart and tricycle rides, persons remarked that they were amazed at what seemed like perfect peace, where normally this would have been marked with confusion and the desire to be first. It seemed as if the children knew that this was a gift and their sense of appreciation was evident as they excitedly moved from game to game without having to pay.
It is not very often that children receive gifts just for being children. The simplicity of childlike acceptance coupled with the expressed joy that lit up their eager faces as their names were called for gifts confirmed the power of the biblical reference that if we do not become like little children we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.
It was a beautiful moment when the children who were baptized in the year 2018 were recognized and proudly walked the corridors to receive their gifts. The excited murmurings captured the moment and made the specially selected children truly the gems of the day. Some children openly proclaimed "I should have been baptized this year."
The day ended with a beautiful parade with fun hats, innovative themes, creative costumes, balloon displays, flower trails and umbrella treks. Words cannot adequately capture the rich display of child-like fun that seems to be missing from present day society. Children should simply be children.
The final circle of unbroken love and powerful prayers formed by parents and children assured all the children present that we will love them through eternity. May God bless all our children.
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