Children dancing during the Bible camp, held from Nov 24-28.Children dancing during the Bible camp, held from Nov 24-28.

Over the course of five mornings from Nov 24-28, more than 100 children aged five to 12 from the West district parishes gathered at the Church of St Ignatius to get to know Christ better through fun and faith-filled activities.

The aim of the programme, titled Cathletics – Training to be Champions of Christ, was to familiarise children with the life of Christ with teachings on  the Commandments, the Beatitudes and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
 
The children were grouped into five different teams and rotated around five stations that offered challenges based on the daily theme, virtue and scripture verse.

Whether it was stacking up s’mores at the snack station, stringing colourful beads at the craft station, striking a ball at the games station, sustaining their spirits at the faith station or dancing their hearts out at the music station, each child was inspired to become a champion for Christ in his or her own way.

A child stringing colourful beads representing the 10 Commandments. A child stringing colourful beads representing the 10 Commandments.
The organising committee comprised members from Blessed Sacrament Church, St Ignatius Church and Church of St Mary of the Angels.

Using a programme loaned from ONE (Office for the New Evangelisation), the committee created resources and adapted activities for the camp.

More than 65 volunteers – made up of parents, catechists and young people from various parishes – helped by shepherding the children during the camp.

They also shared their talents by preparing and leading the activities, as well as putting on skits.

Volunteers also reinforced learning points by presenting “gold medals” for Christ-like behaviour to the children, who happily exchanged these for treats at the camp grandstand.

The camp ended with a closing Mass and presentation of gifts such as personalised bookmarks.

Ms Melissa Ho, shared how her son, Zachary, seven, enjoyed the camp.

“This is Zachary’s first Bible camp and I was apprehensive how it would all go because he is a restless child at catechism. But he returned home beaming at the end of the first day, with many stories to tell.”

Ms Ho said Zachary also asked her to set up a “prayer corner” in his room. “He has been going to the prayer table to pray on his own accord since!” she said.

Ms Felicia Tan, mother of Eva, 8, and Vera Borromeo, 6, shared that her daughters “are looking forward to next year’s camp”.

By Nisi Lee

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