On Feb. 10, 2018, at Guelph Bible Centre, the First Filipino-Canadian Adventist Church’s children’s ministries, in partnership with the stewardship department, launched the first children’s stewardship program during its annual winter retreat. This new initiative of Ontario Conference’s Stewardship and Children’s Ministries aims to teach our children about holistic stewardship with language and actions they can easily comprehend.
Using the Stewardville Daily Times resource, with support from the conference’s Stewardship and Children’s Ministries directors, Gerry Pasikatan and Allan Chichester, the children had a great time learning about trusting God with their resources and being smart with their time. That day’s program comprised a morning and evening session. Each session ran for two hours and featured different stations for the various age groups. The sessions featured lively singing, brilliant skits and presentations, followed by arts and crafts.
The program has had a significant impact on the children of First Filipino Canadian Seventh-day Adventist Church. The children’s ministries department has now completed the rest of the program’s modules by integrating them into the children’s church sessions planned for 2018.
Said Pasikatan, “The kids’ stewardship program at First Fil Can leading to graduation was successful. From full attendance and the kids’ enthusiastic participation to the support of the whole church family and many testimonies of transformational learning, the program had it all. Glory be to God!”
We pray that this story inspires other churches to journey with God in raising children to become faithful stewards of the Lord through the kids’ stewardship program.
Ethelyn Pilapil Cerezo is a member of the First Filipino Canadian SDA