Bridgetown District Beaver Colonies at Church
The period of Pentecost is always an enjoyable one for the Christian Church. It is certain that many persons can recount the story of the original Pentecost as found in Acts 2 when Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. The story stated that the disciples were gathered in the Upper Room as instructed by the Lord.
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.” (Acts 2:2-4)
Christ had promised His Apostles that He would sent His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptised that day. That is why Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the Church.”
It was on this occasion that 32 Beaver Scouts and five Leaders of the Bridgetown District opted to exercise their duty to God when they joined in worship with the congregation of the Abundant Life Assembly on the morning of Pentecost Sunday 2013.
Representing the national administration was Cheryl Callender, the recently appointed Assistant Chief Commissioner with responsibility for Beaver Scouts. From all reports the service was a lovely one which was enjoyed by the visiting Beavers and Leaders. The members of the District were welcomed by Pastor Michael Holford after an inspired worship song session lead by the worship team of the church. The sermon was preached by lead by Pastor Kevin Hunte who encouraged all present to constantly remember that their bodies are the temples of the Lord.
While the leaders and parents were enthralled with the morning’s sermon, the boys were divided into two groups to participate in Children’s church. The younger Beaver Scouts between the ages of ages four and five studied the story of Jairus’ daughter and did activities and had a great interactive session on the topic of trust while the older Beaver Scouts between the ages of six and seven year olds had an interesting session which was themed exactly to suit the members of the association.
The topic was “Be Prepared” and they studied the story of the five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. It brought out not only the point that the boys should be prepared in their every day lives but that they should prayer and prepare themselves for the coming of Christ.
After the service the entire scouting contingent with parents in train journey to Three Houses Park for some social activities and relaxation. It was a joy watching these boys on the slides and playing with each other in total oblivion of the recession of the world and our country, of the hard times their parents might be having in trying to meet their basic needs or even the health challenges which some of their family members might be currently experiencing.
The long and short of this is simply, as children they should have the privilege of being children – free from the cares of the world, at least for the next 15 or so years.