CWS Games, volleyball tourney in New Jersey promote camaraderie

By ANTONIO G. CAÑAVERAL JR.

Date Posted: January 26, 2024

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The Ecclesiastical District of New Jersey simultaneously held the Children’s Worship Service (CWS) Games and Christian Family Organizations (CFO) Volleyball Tournament at the PowerZone Volleyball Center in Denville, New Jersey on January 15, 2024.

District CFO officers organized both events, which aimed to promote camaraderie and cooperation among Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members and help edify them in the faith. “These sporting activities will bring greater stability to the brethren’s faith,” said Brother Alex Reyes, district supervising minister.

Brother Ruben Bustos Jr., the assistant district supervising minister, observed that, indeed, “these have brought about camaraderie. They were able to rely on one another.”

The players were grouped into five teams according to the region their respective local congregations belonged to. These regions and congregations were as follows: Central Region (Bayonne and Central New Jersey), Northeast Region (Bergen and Elizabeth), Northwest Region (North New Jersey and Whippany), Philly Region (Aston, Philadelphia, and Delaware Extension), and South Region (Winslow, Wrightstown, and Atlantic City Ext.).

The CWS members vied in dodgeball and track-and–field events, while the older brethren competed in volleyball matches. The winners received trophies and medals.

The CWS Games aimed for the children “to learn early on [teamwork and cooperation for the sake] of the brotherhood within the Church,” according to Brother Bernard Guerzon, the district CFO overseer.

“I felt excited because I got to meet new people,” said Keison Dacanay, a CWS choir member from Bergen. “I had fun as I got to know new friends and play especially my favorite [game], dodgeball.”

Joshua Bautista from Central New Jersey, who participated in volleyball, said, “Brethren from local congregations worked for a common goal, which is unity. At the end of the day, everyone [was able to] spend time with respective families.”

“During activities like this, everyone is all the more edified in the faith,” added Brother Guerzon. — With reports from Raymond Villegas of INC News Section

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