Thousands of MCGI Youth Join Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity

Manila, Philippines (2 May 2016) – More than 3,000 youth members throughout Metro Manila took advantage of the summer break and participated in the annual Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity (MMYSA).

Congregants  of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)
Congregants of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)

The event was organized by the Youth Ministry of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on May 2, 2016 at the Marikina Sports Complex.

The event aims to promote camaraderie, synergy, good health and fitness via physical activities — a campaign that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon constantly call for, as it is written in 3 John 1:2.

Bro. Christian Anthony Santiago, National Capital Region Youth Ministry Coordinator and MMYSA Organizer, said the event is constantly changing for the better, as it strives to better serve the MCGI youth members in the area.

“The program, throughout the years, has seen a lot of improvements, innovations, and creativity of the Youth Ministry, with the help of the Division Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry,” remarked Bro. Christian.

Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)
Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)

 

The event proper started with MCGI’s congregational singing and an opening prayer. Shortly after, it was followed by Zumba, a popular dance fitness program which served as the participants’ warm-up exercise, and the five districts’ parade of colors.

Despite the scorching summer heat, everyone was in high spirits and competed for the following games: basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, track and field, dodgeball, sackrace, patintero, tug of war, chess, scrabble, games of the general, Pinoy Basketball, Pinoy Gladiator, and the crowd’s favorite cheerdance competition.

A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)
A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)

 

Bro. Mark Johnbill Aga, 22 years old from Quezon City, shared how memorable his appreciation of this year’s MMYSA, especially the cheerdance competition.

“I hope we can have cheerdance again next year because we love cheering for our district thru the form of dancing. It is also a way of inviting our fellow youth to be [more] active in the Youth Ministry,” said Bro. Mark.

The event was joined by the Metro’s five districts, which are:

  • North District Ants (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela)
  • East District Eagles (Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Pateros, and Marikina)
  • West District Oxens (Makati and Manila)
  • South District Rams (Muntinlupa, Pasay, Paranaque, and Taguig)
  • Central District Lions (Quezon City)

The MMYSA started on February 15, 2009, and was previously called the Metro manila Sports Activity.

Successive Youth Conventions of the Church’s different divisions are being done all throughout the summer season.

 

(Written by Julie Anne Sabando)


MCGI’s Innovative and New KNC Curriculum Launched for Fun-Packed Learning of Young Ones

At the ADD Convention Center, parents and children pose and smile together after a Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) presentation in one of MCGI's Thanksgiving services.
Parents and children pose and smile together for a photo taken after a Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) Presentation during one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving services at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

The Kawan ng Cordero (KNC), the Children’s Ministry of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), has something new and exciting to look forward to every Church service. Recently, the National Kawan ng Cordero Workers and Parents Association or KNC WAPS has launched the new Bible School curriculum, which is geared towards fun, educational and most of all, biblical learning for the young hearts and minds. 

Church leaders, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, spearheaded the creation of innovative and new exciting KNC curriculum through educational and enjoyable videos.

The changes in the new KNC curriculum underscored the goals of Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon to help equip the children of the Church with biblical knowledge, as well as make them well-rounded in academics to coincide with their respective school activities.

The lessons included are planned, prepared and hosted by KNC WAPS members, which is a welcome change for the kids of the Church.

“I always have fun in the KNC,” said Dave, a nine-year old KNC from Central District, Metro Manila. “I learn so many things and I make new friends.”

Leading the brethren in presenting songs of praises to the Lord during MCGI's Thanksgivings is the children's ministry or Kawan ng Cordero. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay)
The children’s ministry or Kawan ng Cordero leads the brethren in singing songs of praises to the Lord during MCGI’s Thanksgivings. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay)

The new KNC format makes it easier not just for the children to appreciate biblical teachings but for parents to encourage their children to attend Church gatherings regularly. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel constantly remind parents of what is written in Proverbs 22:6: “to train up a child in the way he should go”.

“It really is a good advocacy of our leaders to take care of our children as well. It is through this that we know they care for us truly,” said Brother Wenceslao Baun, Dave’s father. “The curriculum of the KNC is very well-planned, I agree that they learn more,” he adds.

The new KNC curriculum consists of six categories that are played in weekly intervals per month. In the first category, the Academic Lessons and Art Making Activities, children are trained to prioritize learning biblical wisdom appropriate for their age over academic and creative arts.

Representatives from the Music Ministry Core help the children to have a mastery of Church hymns. This way, at an early stage, children are taught to give praise to the Lord through singing.

Outside the locale, KNC members in Ghana, Africa striking a pose.
KNC members in Ghana, Africa striking a pose outside the locale.

 

The new curriculum also included dance lessons for KNCs as taught by members of the Teatro Kristiano Department, which helps refine the children’s motor skills while dancing to songs of praise.

Marking a major segment in the KNC curriculum is the Bible Story session, which is personally taught by Sister Luz Cruz and Sister Baby de Jesus to all KNCs. These Bible stories serve as additional knowledge and models of moral values to inspire MCGI’s young ones.

(Words by Yanna Faye D. Ferrera)


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