In commemoration of the 105th anniversary of the Pagsamba ng Kabataan (PNK) or Children’s Worship Service (CWS), the Ecclesiastical District of Hawaii-Pacific conducted a special gathering of CWS officers on November 17, 2023. The next day, CWS members held a Tagisan ng Talino, a friendly Bible quiz competition on the participants’ knowledge on Church-related topics.
The special gathering, which was held at the house of worship of the Waipahu Congregation, was officiated at by Brother Gem Baitan, district supervising minister. His Bible-based sermon reminded the CWS officers about the importance of abiding by the commandments of God in the face of wickedness in the world, as well as that of upholding their Church duty, which they received from God.
After the homily, Brother Randy Weir, district Church officers overseer, led the oath-taking of new CWS officers.
“As CWS officers, it is our duty to help the children not only to understand but also put into practice the biblical teachings inside the Church Of Christ. So we are thankful to the Church Administration for approving this special gathering, wherein we were reminded how we should take care of our young brethren in the Church,” said Edward Aquino, CWS district president and CWS teacher from the Local Congregation of Honolulu.
The following day, the Tagisan ng Talino event was held at the function hall of the Waipahu Congregation house of worship. The CWS members were given questions about doctrines and Christian values upheld by the Church.
“These activities, like this Tagisan ng Talino, can help us see if the children truly have learned what is taught in the CWS, such as respect to one’s parents, obedience to the Church Administration, dos and dont’s for true Christians, and the like,” said Brother Israel Brandon Pacheco, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer. He added, “It is our hope that the children now will grow up to become strong members of the Church Of Christ in the future.”
Out of the 19 CWS members who participated, Isaiah Arongay of Waipahu Congregation was declared the winner. — With reports from Sean Adam of INC News Section