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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let’s teach the youth about God

Rev. Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let’s teach the youth about God

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Except the Lord build the house they labour is but lost that build it.  Except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain. (Psalm 127: 1-2)
As I write this week’s column, there is something on my mind which should be of great concern to the public as a whole as we witness the moral decay of our country.
It is that some of our school children do not have any form of relationship with God and they do not see the importance of morning worship.  They do not go to church, Sunday School or any form of religious setting. What a pity! 
For where there is no vision the people will perish. Even at some of our secondary schools in Barbados some students do not even attend morning devotions. It may surprise you, but it is true, you (the public) would have to be present at some of our schools to observe for yourself.
Prayers could be in session and yet some students (note that I have said some and not all) would bypass the school hall or wherever prayers are said or held. Some will hide out in the bathroom and other places or even pretend to be sick during morning devotions.
It is my view that members of the teaching staff (teachers) should be patrolling these areas where students hide out. I do feel that officers from the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, should visit some of our schools early in the morning unannounced. As one who worked in the school system many years ago, it hurts me when I see such things happening in our schools today.
The school system these days is the only way that these students will hear the word of God.
Recently at a funeral service, Reverend Father Keith Griffith, a former principal of St James Secondary School now the Frederick Smith Secondary, made a plea for religious education to be taught in our schools.
You could not have got that call from a person who was in our school system. A word to the wise is enough.
The Attorney General said recently that crime is down, which might be true, but yet there are too many gun crimes done by our young people, all of who have passed through our secondary school system. Let us teach our young people that God is our source and being.
The Clifton Hill Moravian Church, Clifton Hill, St Thomas will host the police band and St Leonard’s Boy’s Secondary School Choir in concert on Sunday at 4 p.m.
• The St Matthias branch of the Mothers’ Union is holding its annual concert tomorrow at 6 p.m. featuring the Barbados Defence Force Band in concert along with other supporting artistes. Proceeds are in aid of senior citizens.
Prayer breakfast
The Moravian Church’s annual evangelistic prayer breakfast takes place tomorrow at 7 a.m. at Sharon Moravian Church, Jackson, St Thomas. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Adrian Smith, pastor of the Calvary and Grace Hill Moravian congregations.
Health fair
The Sharon Moravian Church will be holding a health and fun day at the church grounds in St Thomas tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be lectures on asthma, diabetes, breast cancer and hypertension. Health checks will be done for blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and HIV. There will also be breast examinations and diabetic foot screening. The public is invited.
Awards ceremony
The awards ceremony and musical presentation entitled Craftsman’s Art And Music’s Measure – Celebrating Young Anglican Organ Scholars, organised by the commission on Liturgy, spirituality and music will be held in the Church of Christ the King tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a wine and cheese fellowship reception afterwards.
It is with great regret that we learnt of the death of Neville King, a former organist of St George’s Parish Church. He was buried yesterday after a funeral service at the church. This column expresses its deepest sympathy to his family and relatives. May he rest in Jesus Christ and rise in Glory.
 • On Tuesday, June 10,  Lloyd Gibbons, aged 87, passed away.  He was a member of the All Souls Anglican Church where he served as verger (sexton) for approximately 30 years.
He was buried on Tuesday at the Westbury Cemetery after a service at All Souls.